December 3: events in Mecosta County



Are you looking for something to do? The Stay Local Events Calendar publishes a list of nonprofit events on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please check with your club or organization to be certain of meetings, outings and classes, as they may be canceled due to inclement weather or COVID-19. If a listing is inaccurate or to submit an event, contact Julie Norwood at 231-592-8358 or [email protected]

• Star of Wonder Drive Thru Live Nativity: 6 pm to 9 pm December 3-5, at CranHill Ranch, 14444 17 Mile Road, Rodney. See the story of Jesus’ birth come to life through actors, animals, lights, and storytelling. No cost. Contact: 231-796-7669, [email protected]

• St. Andrew’s Cookie Walk: 10 am Saturday, December 4, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 322 S. State Street in Big Rapids. First come, first served until all the cookies are gone. Large boxes cost $ 15; small boxes cost $ 7. You select the cookies to take to your box. The profits will be donated to local charities. Masks are encouraged. Contact: 231-796-5473.

• St. Mary-St. Paul Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 4 and 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, December 5 at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 919 Marion Ave., Big Rapids.

• Christmas Craft Bazaar: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday December 4 at Morley Community Center, 151 E. 7th St., Morley

• Christmas at The Winery: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at Young Farms, 8396 70th Ave, Mecosta. With holiday music, chestnuts roasted over an open fire, hot chocolate, soup, wine, cider and more. Contact: 989-506-5142, [email protected]

• Old Fashioned Christmas in Barryton: 4 pm to 7 pm Saturday, December 4 in Barryton. Visit Santa and get a free slice of pizza at Lonnie’s BP from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Mackersie Brothers Butcher Shop, 138 Northern Ave., Barryton. Christmas tree lighting is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barryton Historical Museum, 19600-19782 30th Ave., Barryton. In addition, Steadfast Baptist Church will host a song, prayer, hot drinks, cookies and a campfire.

• Tuba Bach presents the MSU Jazz Orchestra: 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. at Big Rapids. The concert features the MSU Jazz Orchestra with special guest Lewis Nash. No admission fees; mandatory masks.

• Con Brio Voce Brass Quintet and Mallet Force Percussion Ensemble Concert: 4:30 pm Sunday December 5th at Big Rapids High School Auditorium, 21175 15 Mile Road, Big Rapids. The bands will play holiday classics, such as selections from Charlie Brown Christmas Special, Al Jarreau and Mannheim Steamroller.

• Coffee with a Cop: 5:30 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, December 7, at Biggby Coffee, 840 S. State St, Big Rapids. Join the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety.

• Evergreen Trees and Boxwood Table Class: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, at Patterson’s Flowers, 216 Maple Street, Big Rapids. Cost: $ 35. Space is limited. Call 231-796-8683 to prepay and sign up.

• Holiday Home Concert: Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Big Rapids High School, 21175 15 Mile Road, Big Rapids. A vacation variety show featuring current and former BRHS students. Cost: $ 5. Tickets can be purchased at

• Three Girls Bakery Chili Cook Off: December 10-11, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Three Girls Bakery, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Vote for the best chili. Profits support Our Brothers Keeper.

• Nights of Light: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays from December 11 to January 1, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, The Castle in Canadian Lakes, Pere Marquette Dr., Canadian Lakes. No cost. Non-members can get a free vehicle pass at

• Chippewa Hills Band Boosters Craft and Vendor Show: 10 am to 4 pm Saturday December 11 and 10 am to 3 pm Sunday December 12 at Chippewa Hills High School, 3226 Arthur Road, Remus. All registration fees, raffles, cookie sales and concessions benefit the CHHS Band program.

• Voca Lyrica Holiday Concert: Sunday, December 12 at 4 pm at Big Rapids High School, 21175 15 Mile Road, Big Rapids. Guest artists include Con Brio Voce Brass Quintet; pianist David Husser; pianist Ruth Reeds; TCAPS Central HS Vocal Majorit and TCAPS West SH Bel Canto; and the TrebleMakers Youth Choir. Tickets are $ 12.50 for adults and $ 5 for Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Holiday Home: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 16, in downtown Big Rapids. An event highlighting downtown shops in a holiday atmosphere. Includes Christmas carols, hot chocolate and horse-drawn carriage rides.

• Wine & Canvas: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, December 17, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. A unique social painting experience. Bring your own drink and snack. Cost: $ 40. Register at or by calling 231-796-2420.

• Tuba Bach Christmas 2021: 4 p.m. Sunday, December 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. at Big Rapids. The concert stars Will Sutton, Remus Webb, Ed Mallett and Noah Mallett. No admission fees; mandatory masks.


• The Yellow Window: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at 111 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

• Old Fashioned Christmas in Barryton: 4 pm to 5:45 pm, Saturday, December 4, at the Mackersie Brothers Butcher, 138 Northern Ave., Barryton.

• Morley Community Center: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Friday, December 10, at 151 E. 7th St., Morley.

• Piggies and Pearls: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 11, at 116 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

• Patterson’s Flowers: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, December 12, at 216 Maple Street, Big Rapids.

• Red Fox Market: 4 pm to 7 pm Thursday, December 16, at 112 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.


• Swiss Steak Dinner: 4 pm to 6:30 pm on the last Friday of each month, April through October, at Barryton Senior Center, 71 Northern Ave., Barryton. Includes dinner and dessert. Everyone is welcome.,

• Mecosta Co. Genealogical Society: Open 10:00 am to 2:00 pm every other Saturday at 424 N. Fourth Ave., Big Rapids, next to Recycle, or by appointment. Volunteers needed to help sort and index. Call Maureen Nelson at 231-250-5555 for more information.

• Mecosta County Sheriff Posse: 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Mecosta County Jail Basement Practice Room, 225 S. Stewart Ave., Big Rapids. This group of volunteers is always looking for more members. For more information call 231-250-9241

• Morley Community Center: The center, located at 151 7th St., Morley, hosts a weekly pickleball, open gym, indoor garage sales and outdoor market, in addition to a monthly class on the ancestry, a craft evening and a blood drive. For a list of activities, visit or call 231-856-4496.

• Reed City Pantry: Open 10 am to 3 pm Tuesdays at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 831 S. Chestnut St., Reed City.


106 N. Michigan Ave. at Big Rapids / 231-796-2420 /

• After school arts: 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Walk-in tours are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis, but registration is recommended. Register at the Artworks Gift Shop or by calling 231-796-2420 the Monday before each session. (Paused. Back in January)

• Pottery open: 5 pm-8pm Tuesday. Cost: $ 10 per session, $ 60 for a punch card of eight sessions. (Additional baking charges apply. Clay can be purchased in bulk for $ 20 per 25 lbs.) Call 231-796-2420 to schedule your session.

• Fundamentals of photography, intermediate: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 9-Dec. 14, Cost: $ 75. Register at

• Holiday market: 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 24; Extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 16 for the Home for the Holidays event.



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