Christmas in Fallasburg


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).
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“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.”
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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.

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