Merry Christmas

Happy holidays to all from the Fallasburg Historical Society.

Copyright (c) 2017. Emma Blogs LLC. All rights reserved.

Advertisements

Christmas in Fallasburg 2017 was the most successful ever

Christmas in Fallasburg  party enjoys huge turnout

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI – It was a night to remember. After much anticipation and preparation, the “Christmas in Fallasburg” party rolled in with fanfare last Saturday on Dec. 9. Snow was on the ground and we didn’t get the promised arctic blast by the local weatherman.

The Covered Bridge was all lit up and created a great photo opportunity at night. Just driving across the bridge in the silence of the night was an experience in itself. Of course the bridge allows only One-Way traffic at the speed of walking under the fine of $5.

I always feel nervous before each event, including my own, after all the marketing and promotions. The Christmas party is a premier event for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).

“We never know how many people will come out,” said FHS president  Ken Tamke.

However, the party turned out to be the most successful party ever with 75 people in attendance.

“The fire was magnificent,” said Tamke. “Villager Craig Wood spent the whole year building it.”

The party started in 2006 and it is Tamke’s brainchild. Previously the FHS hosted a “wild game” dinner at the Fallas House. The Fallas House is small and not too many people could attend.

“We never made any money on it,” Tamke said. “The caterer did.”

Tamke lobbied to use the one-room schoolhouse instead, get a band, serve beer and wine, and to have a potluck.

“There was a brush pile in the field that first year, so we lit it,” Tamke said. “Craig Wood took over the fire. We’ve been going with the same formula ever since.”

The FHS volunteers put a lot of work into getting the old one-room schoolhouse ready for the annual event. This includes decorations, large round tables and a buffet style dinner, while making sure everything works including the heater and electricity.

In other words, it was a true old-fashioned Christmas.

It is also the  favorite FHS event considering the atmosphere in the historic pioneer village of Fallasburg all decorated for Christmas.

People packed out the schoolhouse like never before. There was standing room only between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This year, we enjoyed newcomers and a younger crowd as well. There were families with children.

It was heartwarming to see the oldest member of the FHS Edwin Roth, 97, come in with his daughter Jeanne Roth Vandersloot. Roth never misses out on an FHS event.

Everybody enjoyed the music by live band Hawks & Owls. They played non-stop. The spirit of the night was in meeting new people as well as enjoying old friends. Even some people on snowmobiles stopped by. With new people involved also appeared new dishes like the delicious French green bean casserole, as well as the mainstay meatballs in two different versions, turkey and stuffing.

We headed out to the bonfire, that warmed up the night in a large radius around it. People gathered in a circle around the bonfire for great conversation and to enjoy the warmth of the fire.

As we came back, the bell rang in the belfry announcing the end of the festivities.

I feel honored to be a part of the FHS preservation efforts including the Christmas magic in Fallasburg.

Thank you for a great year. Looking forward to 2018. Happy holidays.

Copyright (c) 2017. Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.

Christmas magic in Fallasburg

Christmases of the past

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI – The weather outside is frightful with an arctic invasion coming our way, but I am definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s Christmas party in Fallasburg.

It has become a tradition much like baking, shopping and writing Christmas cards. It’s like recapturing part of the past magic of Christmas that we all have experienced as kids.

It’s all the Christmases of the past coming together into one. We each have special memories of Christmas tied to our childhood past.

Every year we meet out there inside the old Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse to share camaraderie, to break bread and enjoy Christmas music.

First you have to cross the Covered Bridge at the speed of no more than a walk. And then you immerse yourself into the magic of the pioneer village.

I live three miles from the village, and I have discovered it early on after moving out into the northeast corner of Kent County. The village is located approximately three miles north of Lowell. It nestles on the banks of the Flat River.

The Patina of time has settled in on the historical buildings from the 1850s like the Tower Farm. It’s a bygone era of a simpler time in the village.

You can hear the horses and coaches cross the bridge. The party runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and it is capped off with a bonfire.

The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) has been managing the village since 1965. As with any historical preservation, the challenges are many. They range from funding to labor for the upkeep on the buildings.

Without a dedicated team of volunteers, none of the events throughout the year would be possible.

These include:

March Expo in Lowell

Spring into the Past Museum tour

Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour

Fallasburg Village Bazaar

Christmas in Fallasburg

As we wish you a peaceful holiday, we hope that you can join us in our historic preservation efforts by volunteering time or a money donation.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Fallasburg Today at http://fallasburgtoday.org

Fallasburg http://www.fallasburg.org

Thank you for your support.

Copyright (c) 2017. Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.