Glancy had a bright
smile to go along with her
brightly colored hat as she
prepared to run in the fourth
annual Tamarac Turkey Trot
on Thanksgiving morning.
Glancy placed fifth in the
30-34 age group, finishing
the eight-kilometer course in
a little more than 48 minutes.
pictures and information
are in this week's TimesIndicator.
Photo by Russ Tindall,
Twin Lake man dies in crash
41-year-old Twin Lake man died in a single vehicle crash in downtown Fremont on
to a Fremont Police Department report, Michael J. Poling was driving the vehicle that
crashed on Main Street near Mechanic at noon.
Chief Randy Wright said that Poling was having a medical issue that contributed to the
crash. Poling was pronounced dead at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont.
incident was still under investigation at press time. Fremont police officers were
assisted by the Fremont Fire Department and Life EMS.
Ice sculptor Phillip DeBoer is
scheduled to return for another
demonstration at Newaygos
Christmas Walk on Friday evening.
Photo by Lil DeLaat
Shopping With Ken
Get in the
with a Walk
staff at Shopping With Ken is assuming that each, or maybe most, or at least more than a
few of the ebullient band of buyers, those canny consumers and shrewd shoppers who thrive
throughout our area took part in Small Business Saturday.
exploring the region with canine cruising companion and SWK Chief Security Officer
Shotgun, I discerned a bit more buzz and bustle than normal at some of our local gems, so
we hope that this elevated level of activity produced some prominent presentry for
and I mean all of us who ride the wave of localism, so appreciate any effort to keep
resources flowing within our community.
with Black Friday, Gray Thursday and Cyber Monday now in the rear view mirror, it is time
to regroup, gentle shoppers. What better way than to participate in that holiday
extravaganza that fills the streets of downtown Newaygo every year, the event known as The
is scheduled to start with the Newaygo High School band greeting the arrival of Santa
Claus at 6 p.m., and the activities will wind down around 9 p.m.
is not only a fun-filled family frolic with horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling
carolers, chestnuts roasting (yes, on an open fire), and Santa riding in and then holding
court at Independent Bank, it is a prime time to discover downtown and sample some of the
shopping treasures this historical little town holds.
SWK began some eight seasons of pa rum pum pum pums and fa la las ago, the first
place we ventured was Jerkies
in its previous location. We came away so impressed by the quality of product
(particularly CSO Shotgun who, although he is an often hungry carnivorous canine,
possesses decidedly discriminating tastes) that we went with kind of an All-Meat Christmas
that year in terms of gifting.
is not the stuff found aging on the shelves of convenience stores my friends, this is fine
tasting treats of meats. Along with the exceptional jerky items perfect for a gift basket
that Jerkies staff will assemble for you, the store offers dips, Michigan beers and
wine, delicacies and more. A gift certificate means the meat-loving man or woman can
partake of the jerky of his or her choice since the selection is substantial.
perhaps one of SWKs all-time favorite shops. Think about it. GG is filled with two
things: good and items to help you make food. Thats a win-win.
is a celebration of culinary creativity. Owner Terri Ortwein has designed a shop,
assembled a crew, provided an array of intriguing products and developed a welcoming
atmosphere. Then, to top it off, she begins to offer some of the premier baked goods
anywhere (Ellies cinnamon rolls are simply to die for), a delightful deli case and
soups and sandwiches that will cause you to find ways to be in the area around lunchtime.
will be serving up some treats on Walk night and featuring a return of ice sculptor Phil
DeBoer, who drew crowds to his artistry last year, also courtesy of GG.
If you have catering needs, you should know that
Gala Gourmet has built a solid reputation for innovative and inspired catering designed to
meet the needs of hosts and hostesses, whether the gathering be big or small. I can
testify to the crews flexibility. When SWKs daughter got married last spring,
though given the erroneous original date for the event, they were kind enough to find a
way to shift dates, thus saving us from the possible wrath of the superhumanly patient,
but seriously, only to a certain point, Mrs. SWK.
is a veritable feast for fiber and fabric folks. Long one of the areas destination
shops, TNE provides nearly anything you could possibly need in the world of needlework:
books, patterns, yarn, wool, quilting material, kits, notions and so much more.
became a bit better acquainted with the quilting world via the recent show put on by the
Tall Pines Quilters. While not fluent in the language, we acquired a smattering of
knowledge, enough to know that this shop is precious to those who share in the passion.
Knitters, crocheters, quilters and sewers of all levels frequent New Ewe. The
exceptionally welcoming and accommodating staff is ardent about sharing its substantial
skills, conducting classes and performing charity projects such as the recent Gift
of Warm Hands, an afternoon spent repurposing old sweaters into new mittens then
donated them to children in need.
coffee is always on, and the seating for those of us who accompany patrons but do not
engage in the artistry is comfortable. It is just one of those places that feels so good
to occupy. On Walk night, they will also be announcing the winner of their fifth annual
Christmas Stocking contest.
is the place to shop for the outdoorsy person on your list or even someone who might not
be outdoorsy but likes the outdoorsy look. From kayaks to camping supplies, snowshoes to
stand-up paddle boards, there are gifts for those who like the action to be found on
lakes, rivers, woods and trails. Clothing, outerwear and accessories abound with a variety
of fine footwear, and high quality products from Woolrich, North Face and others. The
store also features the wonderful line of Michigan-made Stormy Kromer stuff (check out
their hats) so favored by most Newaygo County newspaper editors.
is there to provide the fishing, hunting, camping sportsperson with everything he or she
might need to either bring home dinner or look good trying it. For the outdoorspersons on
your list, you can do a dual favor by slipping them gift certificates so they not only get
presents but get to pick from Parsleys plentiful products.
is the first year of the Christmas Walk for our new and very welcome neighbor, Bay
This is an absolute dream of a used book shop with little surprises to be found throughout
this well laid out and well stocked store.
store has a gigantic inventory and can order you anything youd like. The store has
comfortable chairs and has yet to ask me to perhaps move on when I have spent time
sampling the readables and taking up space in one of the chairs. They are amiable hosts.
Leaf Books will offer 10 percent off storewide during the Walk, so come in and add to the
library of your friends, even if one of them is you.
abound at the River City Antique Mall and at This Old House, also a resale shop and the
place where one can also purchase the Alpaca products that come from locally owned White
Cloud Alpacas. Get the socks. Trust me on this, they are well worth it.
a visit to Mary
Janes Flowers while
Walking and check out their wonderfully decorated shop, grab a few Christmas items (well,
pay for them first) and look at the gifting options available to send as a centerpiece, or
just a floral surprise come holiday time.
has had a makeover since last year, with many new items and the usual cozy cottage and
cabin companion pieces. You can always find something intriguing, and a slew of satisfying
stocking stuffers are plentiful on the premises.
has settled into the boutiques new abode and is worth a saunter through to check out
their fun fashions and exceptional accessories.
the hill and just south of the light at the intersection of M-82 and M-37 is Northern
If you have been in this feast of fine furniture emporium and have witnessed the
innovative designs crafted by Andy Carlson and pitched by his extremely congenial spouse
Tracy, you already know about the imaginative and rich yet rustic pieces populating this
not, pay a visit and also see the wealth of other intriguing items they have on hand, from
toys and games to candles, soaps, decorative signs and more. All are American in origin
because that is how the Carlsons roll. Their products made in America because they believe
it fosters prosperity here at home. Much of their stock is from this region, produced by
we find ourselves in need of furniture (SWK lived in an apartment room with a chair, a TV
and a small table next to the chair during his brief single years; and he seldom used the
table), Mrs. SWK will make it a point to visit Northern Woodworks.
next to Northern Woodworks, is a must-visit for those who fly fish, those who know folks
who fly fish and those who wish to fly fish. The Fly Shop folks will provide all the
information, advice and equipment you need to partake in this captivating sport.
River Tobacco Traders
at the M-37 and M-82 light can be a boon to the beer brewers on your list and the
winemakers wanting to whip up some fine adult beverages. They have all the supplies and
can advise you if you are a bit of a novice. The shop has spawned a number of private
breweries and vintners locally, and it also has any tobacco product desired.
owner Cheryl Wright is active in community events and she is a whole lot of fun to talk to
if she is on hand when you visit. Tell her Ken sent you and shell most likely
respond as others in the area do: Ken who?
out on some of the local craft shows or maybe just cannot get enough of these wonderfully
local enterprises rich in a variety of potential gifting and/or decorating items? This
Saturday, you might want to travel just a bit to Casnovia
for the Annual Holiday Bazaar and Santa Day held at the Old School Community Center from 7
a.m. (when early birds will flock) until 2 p.m.
with an all-you-can eat Lions Club Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., then featuring cookie
decorating for the children, a visit from Santa from 10 a.m. to noon, free horse-drawn
wagon rides from 10 a.m. to noon, and a barbeque lunch served at noon, the event promises
to be a festive one. For more information, call Linda at 616-675-7729 ext 48 for more
has some of the finest events around and this time of year is no exception. Need a little
boost to get you in the Christmas spirit? Pack up the family and head for Santa and Smores
this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. The event offers a chance to see some genuine reindeer,
take a peek into the Camp Newaygo branch of Santas workshop, and visit with the
Jolly One himself. With the roasting of marshmallows around a campfire, it promises up to
be a fun and festive fete.
following weekend, on Friday and Saturday, start with a hearty supper of soup, salad and
bread before departing on a horse-drawn light tour around Emerald Lake and polishing off
the evening with hot cocoa and mulled cider around the fireplace. The camp is also
offering some of its finest baked goods with scones, muffins, cookies, breads and more
making their way to your house from the kitchen of Camp Newaygo. Orders must be in by Dec.
13, and all proceeds go to the fine programming the camp provides all year.
a fabulous Christmas present for a young lady, one that will provide a lifetime of
wonderful memories, consider sending her to camp next summer. It is truly a gift that will
keep on giving. For more information, call Camp Newaygo at 652-1184.
get out there
and catch some local bargains, partake in some regional purchasing, connect with community
entrepreneurs and give a boost to the local economy. Remember that just a local buy here
and there can help support this wonderful area.
Local, Be Local
the Mitten (its getting cold).