Happy New Year 2019

The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) would like to thank all the volunteers and visitors for making 2018 a record year for all of our events; from the Covered Bridge Bike Tour, the Fallasburg Village Bazaar, the sold-out Fallasburg Village Haunting to the Christmas in Fallasburg party.

To all who have renewed memberships, made donations, or volunteered their time to FHS and our cause for preservation of Fallasburg Village in 2018, thank you. We simply can’t do it without your support!

Ken Tamke
FHS president

Wishing you a healthy and a prosperous 2019.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thanks to everyone who attended the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) Christmas Party. It was the most well attended and festive gathering in our Christmas party throwing history; the bonfire was magnificent.

To all who have renewed memberships, made donations, or volunteered their time to FHS and our cause for preservation of Fallasburg Village in 2018, thank you. We simply can’t do it without your support! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ken Tamke
FHS president

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Christmas in Fallasburg 2018

An old-fashioned Christmas party in Fallasburg rings in the season

By Emma Palova

It was a night to remember: good food, great friends and live music by band Hawks & Owls. After months of preparations for the annual signature event and fundraiser of the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS), the party was a smash hit.


People streamed in from all over West Michigan, a sign of changing times; most of them found out about the party from Facebook and Twitter. The great coverage from the Lowell Ledger helped immensely.
For those who came late, there was no food left or libations. The Christmas buffet consisted of turkey and all the trimmings, two types of meatballs, pasta and stuffing, plus different salads and deviled eggs.
A lot of credit for the food goes to Patty Brechbiel, as well as other ladies of the FHS. The epic dessert buffet was partially created by Joann Childs.
The elaborate dessert selection featured nutty bars and devil’s cake, among others. But mostly it was the camaraderie of the event that brought it home.
The one-room schoolhouse was beautifully decorated with electric candles, and the drive across the lit Covered Bridge at the speed of walking enhanced the historic atmosphere of the pioneer 1840s village founded by John W. Fallas.
The party was capped off by a huge bonfire at the Fallasburg Base Ball Field.
“We never know how many people will come out,” said FHS president Ken Tamke. “This was a huge turnout.”
“Villager Craig Wood spent the whole year building the bonfire,” said Tamke.
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 with red tablecloths and a buffet style dinner, while making sure everything works including the heater and electricity.
It is also the favorite FHS event considering the atmosphere in the historic pioneer village of Fallasburg all decorated for Christmas.
Everybody enjoyed the music by live band Hawks & Owls that has been playing at the party since its beginning. They played non-stop.
The huge bonfire 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.
The bell in the belfry at the schoolhouse announced the end of the party.
Happy holidays.
More holiday festivities coming to Lowell:
Visit Santa on the Riverwalk with photos by Bruce Doll:
Saturdays Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Christmas in Fallasburg

ON DECEMBER 6, 2018 BY EMMAPALOVA IN CHRISTMAS IN FALLASBURG, COVERED BRIDGES, FALLASBURG HISTORIC VILLAGE, FALLASBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, HISTORY, PURE MICHIGAN, UNCATEGORIZED

Old-fashioned Christmas in Fallasburg

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI – This year the party is set for Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A $20 donation is requested at the door.

Step into the holiday spirit as you cross the beautifully lit Covered Bridge into the 1840s pioneer village. However, you can only drive at the speed of walking or you get a fine of $5; so the sign on the bridge states.

The Christmas party is a premier event and a fundraiser for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).
Fallas party 3

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

“Villager Craig Wood spent the whole year building the bonfire,” said Tamke.

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.”
fallas party

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.

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

Everybody enjoys the music by live band Hawks & Owls. They play non-stop. You can ride your snowmobile in. You will enjoy new dishes like the delicious French green bean casserole, as well as the mainstay meatballs in two different versions, turkey and stuffing.

The huge bonfire warms up the night in a large radius around it. People gather in a circle around the bonfire for great conversation and to enjoy the warmth of the fire.

The bell in the belfry announces the end of the party.

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 2019. Happy holidays.