We would like to thank everyone including merchants and guests who made the 2nd annual “Christmas Fantasy” another fantastic success. The participation of local businesses was nearly 100 percent and guest attendance was an all-time high for an event of this nature.
The event centered around a magnificent “Tree of Lights” custom-made for the city of Perry by the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude are extended to Lynn Coleman and MLTAI for this everlasting gift.
Working together to bring smiles to all the faces is always very rewarding in many ways. Key features during this year’s annual holiday event included: the living nativity, coordinated and performed by Perry Baptist Church; the reindeer station; Ty Rockafellow and the Perry Elementary music students; Christmas carolers from the Congregational Church; harpist Danielle Eilert (at the library); pianist and soloist Sue Hammond (at the museum); and local author Leland Scott.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in town in a fantastic horse-drawn wagon that was provided by Doneth Farms of Durand, courtesy of Dr. Tammy Mika of Perry Dental. The two seasonal visitors were escorted by the Perry Police Department, with Perry Area Fire Rescue providing a secure route to the Christmas tree.
Dr. Dave Mika, of Mika Orthodontics, organized and sponsored an exciting scavenger hunt with numerous prizes, which incorporated the festive business windows painted by members of the Perry High School (PHS) National Arts Society. Thanks to PHS teacher/advisor Sarah Rozdilski for all her help.
Two “selfie” stations were set up at Spaulding Insurance for photo enthusiasts, including Mistletoe Stop, thanks to the Floral Gallery with assistance from Total Resale and a vintage tractor owned by Randy Davis.
Various fun-filled activities (and goodies) were provided by several merchants, including Carl’s Super Market, Darling Art and the Children’s Community Theater, Pink Shear Pet Spa, Joyful Sole, Bentley Branch Library, Perry’s Downtown Diner and Spalding Insurance.
Lots of free goodies and giveaways were available to guests, including those from Mugg & Bopps, Brent’s Pizza, Swan Creek Candle (also Santa Paws), Lockhart’s Authentic Grooming, Perry Area Fire Rescue, Eye Care Associates, Charlie’s Bar & Grill and Darling Hardware.
Gratitude is also extended to 7-Eleven; Road Trip Oasis; the Calkins-Macqueen House Museum (Nancy Parrish, Jann Lardie, Rebecca Wickens, and Nate Parrish); Howard Tree Farm; chili judges Mayor James Huguelet, Perry Township Supervisor Mark Fulks and Henry Wolf, legislative aide to state Representative Ben Frederick; the Great Gazebo; the Perry Baptist Choir; Alison and Butch Mosher; Bart Darling; and John Plowman.
Help with setting up the event was graciously provided by the Perry DPW, Perry Area Fire Rescue (all you guys were awesome from beginning to end), Devin Miller, Mayor James Huguelet, Shirley Smith and Emily Thomas.
Whether you helped make event decisions, donated prizes, sponsored an event, opened your business as a warming center or attended as a guest, thanks again from the bottom of our hearts.
Hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.
The Christmas Fantasy Committee