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6th Annual Festival of Lights is Saturday

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The annual Festival of Lights is set to brighten The Village of Grass Lake this Saturday.

The 6th annual event kicks off at 8 a.m. with breakfast with Santa Claus at the Grass Lake Charter Township Fire Department on E Michigan Ave and concludes with the lighting of the Village Christmas tree downtown at the Whistlestop Park at 7:15 Saturday night.

The festival began in 2010 as a way to bring out holiday turnout and showcase area businesses that participate in the event each year, which includes a cookie tour, and horse-drawn carriage rides, and a parade prior to the tree lighting.

The centerpiece of Saturday is the Around the World Cookie Tour.

“We’re having cookies from around the world,” said Susan Cobb-Starrett, who is coordinating the Festival of Lights this year with Cindy Caro.  “There’s nothing like fresh-baked cookies during the holidays,” Cobb-Starrett added.

Planning for Saturday’s events began in October; this is the first year that Cobb-Starrett and Caro have organized the event.   

Each ‘traveler’ picks up a passport and bakery bag from the Whistlestop Depot and other participating destinations in the village.  The passport takes the traveler to each stop marked on a map where participants have their passports stamped and receive cookies.

Participating businesses—there are 16 this year— agree to be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and collectively provide a minimum of 350 cookies to give to travelers.    

Additional events include:

10 am to 1 p.m. visit Santa Claus at the Whistlestop Depot and drop your letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox.

Visit Christmas Past at the Coe House Museum.

6:30 p.m. Around the Town Joy to the World Christmas parade from Buddy’s to the traffic light at Lake Street.

Hot chocolate provided by the Lion Club.

For more information see Page 11 of todays’ edition of The Grass Lake Times or online at the Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce website at

See Page 11 for the events

See Page 10 for the Cookie Passport locations.

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