Saturday, December 25, 2010
Magic during the holidays makes the season special.
When children believe in the magic of the Christmas season, it makes the holidays more special for everyone around them. But my older son, who will be turning 8 this spring, is at the typical age when children start questioning the reality of Santa. He has already had the other kids tell him the harsh truth that Santa doesn't exist. He refuses to let go of the magic, however, and chooses to still believe — at least for one more year. I know that when he finally lets go of that belief, his world will change. It will become slightly duller and possibilities that use to seem endless will become a little less. I also know that once the middle one goes, my little one won't be far behind since he believes anything his older brother does — and …
Help us tell our community's story by uploading.
As a journalist, I'm always looking for ways to help tell Hartland's story, so I couldn't help but capture an image on Christmas Eve of the marquee at Waldenwoods Resort & Conference Center to help celebrate the holiday. With the resort's historic significance in our community and its visibility from U.S. 23, the marquee is more than a sign — it's a very public face of Hartland much like the Hartland Big Boy sign is on Highland Road. And while both often serve business-related purposes, it's not uncommon for them to reflect how the community is feeling. Feel free to share some of your Christmas or holiday pictures right here. By doing so, you would help tell Hartland's story one upload at a time.
Friday, December 24, 2010
High School group performed Thursday at Walmart, Big Boy, Meijer and Target.
About a dozen members of the Hartland High School recorder ensemble — and one alumnus home from college — played holiday music Thursday at area businesses. We captured "The First Noel" while they were at Walmart.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Parents, family and friends watch as first grade class performs mix of holiday tunes.
The Lakes Elementary gymnasium was standing room only with a crowd of more than 200 on Tuesday when the school's four first grade classes took to the raisers and performed 19 holiday favorites at the 15th Annual First Grade Holiday Sing. Adorned in Santa, reindeer or elf costumes, the boys and girls of the Class of 2022 sang traditional favorites "Jungle Bells," "Silent Night," "O Chanukah," and "African Noel." The play list also featured the Caribbean themed "Christmas Comin'" and crowd favorite "Gee up, Little Donkey." The children spend several weeks practicing for the performance, led by Lakes music teacher Jason Eaton. Eaton praised the children for their hard work, and he also thanked their parents. "Thank you for listening to your …
Sunday, December 19, 2010
The school district collected more than 4,000 items in its drive.
"Optimist Club, you rock." Those words were spoken by Nicole Conley, staff adviser for the Hartland High School Optimist Club Juniors, in praise of the 87 members of the club who spent several hours after school Thursday and Friday at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center sorting items, checking expiration dates, assembling boxes of food and stuffing stockings for 25 Hartland families. Those two days were the culmination of two weeks of collecting by all Hartland School District buildings. They gathered more than 4,000 food and personal care items for this annual event, which the students take great pride in pulling off. Simple calculations based on family size were done to determine how many of each item would be place in each …
Hartland Patch reposts additional photos and a video of local displays.
Last week, we asked you to share some of Hartland's best holiday light displays. Today, we feature some nominations by Round Elementary Paraprofessional Tammy Chinn, including the Preiss home on Clyde Road and a home that features lights coordinated with music in the village area. (Thanks, Tammy!). Feel free to suggest more or upload your own pictures. For Orville Rigsby what started as a fascination with Light-O-Rama software grew into the project that is garnering so much attention today at the Martin House at 10402 Hibner Road in the Hartland village area. "There are 120 strands of lights on each Christmas tree," girlfriend Nancy Martin said. "This is his pride and joy. He loves doing it." The light show will continue through the …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Village PTO hosts its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa and more.
Pancakes are yummy and Santa is magic, so it's only fitting that the parent-teacher organization at Village Elementary would combine the two for its annual community event. Pancake Breakfast with Santa was held Saturday morning in the Village cafeteria and gymnasium. In addition to pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee, children could make a craft, decorate a cookie and have their picture taken with the Big Man in Red himself. Moms and Dads could also have fun by grabbing a few last minute gifts at Santa's Shop, the Scholastic Book Fair or from one of the vendors offering handcrafted items and home based business products. Megan and Brooke Zapfe, 7 and 4, attended the event with their parents David and Cheryl of Hartland. The girls …
Hardy United Methodist Church celebrates 50th Anniversary of holding outdoor event.
This year marks the golden anniversary of the Hardy United Methodist Church's Live Nativity — a unique experience that you can still witness from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Bundling up to stay warm, I jumped in my car and drove my fiancé and myself to the church to attend Friday's presentation. There were about 40 people of all ages gathered around the manger area. A great way to start the Christmas season, some came from as far as Sterling Heights to see the performance that include donkeys and goats. The scene took me back to my childhood years in the 70s. I remember my mother bundling me up in order to stand in the cold to see the presentation. I'd scurry into the passenger seat, and off we'd go in the 70-something Chrysler New …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Events range from traditional to contemporary.
From midnight Mass to "Christmas Unleashed," area churches are offering a variety of religious services that start as soon as Sunday. Highlighting the more contemporary is The River on 59's Verve — which is advertised as "Christmas Unleashed" on freeway billboards and the church's website —at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The services are in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, 9525 E. Highland Road (M-59). This unique Christmas service involves "lots of great, celebratory music," said Jeanette Prisk, the church's creative arts director. Although Prisk doesn't want to reveal too much in advance, she points out it includes a video component to it with a …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Youth, adults from Hartland help staff three locations to raise money for the Salvation Army.
On Monday morning, while some lucky people stayed warm in their beds and kids of all ages cheered for the always anticipated snow day, Karen McGraw, a first-year volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army, stood at her post outside the Hartland Kroger faithfully ringing her bell. With ice covering the roads, snow piled up on every corner and wind whipping through the air, the winter season had finally stuck, but for volunteers like McGraw, their mission is more important than blizzard-like conditions. "It's not that bad out here," she said. "I enjoy it, it keeps my heart warm. Everyone says thank you for doing this to me, but it's an honor really. It's a pleasure." Huddled by the building pillars that blocked the harsh wind, McGraw …