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Christmas festivities kick-off in Lowell this weekend

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) An annual favorite returns this weekend in Lowell.  The night-time Santa parade along Main Street takes place Saturday December 4th. 

The parade starts at 6pm sharp.  All of the floats are illuminated as they travel through the historic business district.

The festivities begin earlier in the day and include an ice sculpture challenge, visits with Santa on the Robert E. Lee Showboat and a pancake supper.

For more on the parade click on the link to the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas Through Lowell a success story for local businesses

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Ella's Coffee Shop on Main Street was a hopping place over the weekend.

Owner Ella Bolan says business was much better than she anticipated. Bolan says sales were actually tripled her expectations.  Ella's opened in June in the same location of Voyages Coffee Shop.  Bolan says even on Sunday, when the shop is usually closed, business was steady.

Down the street at Giggles and Gum Drops, business was also brisk. Owner Melissa Freeman says they had a steady stream of customers throughout the weekend.

Unique Idea's at 2010 Christmas Through Lowell

It was exciting to discover imaginative people displaying their inventiveness like the Up-Cycle Sisters selling their Album Bags at Christmas Through Lowell, stop #13.  The creative young entrepreneur sisters made decorative bags using old vinyl record album sleeves.  The Album Bags seemed to be an instant hit as I saw ladies wandering through the Grand Volute Ballroom carrying the bags on their shoulders.

Another striking and unique product I discovered was Pamela Benjamin’s “Windowworks Glass Art.”  The whimsical figures of “Six Maids A-Dancing” and a wind swept scene named “Autumnal” were only two of several beautiful and cheerful displays exhibited in old windows.  There were many impressive locally made crafts for sale.

Christmas Through Lowell is underway

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Christmas Through Lowell is officially underway.

40 homes and businesses are participating in this years event which includes 200 crafters and artists. Christmas Through Lowell kicked off November 19th and continues through Sunday November 21st. Shoppers can find many original hand made crafts, antiques and much more.

You can find out more information by calling the Lowell Chamber of Commerce at 616-897-9161 or by going to the website www.christmasthroughlowell.org 

Find a list of the artists by clicking on this google map.

(Photo by DeAnn Eddy)

Exercise alternative for children during the winter months

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) As the weather turns colder, and your children have fewer options for exercise, you might want to try ZumbaAtomic.

Lowell Community Education is offering the dance fitness program late this year and early next year.  The program is developed to help children incorporate fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle through dance, music and exercise.

Children will learnchoreographed dances (salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, hiphop
and more) to multi-cultural music!

The program is designed for kids and pre-teens 4-12 years old.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays,
Session 1: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, Jan 4, 11, 18
Session 2: Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 8
Times: Lil Starz (ages 4-8) 4:00-4:30pm
Big Starz (ages 9-12) 4:30-5:15pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $42/6 week session

Jeff Daniels' Escanaba in Love

Thebes Players of Lowell presents Jeff Daniels' Escanaba in Love, opening Friday, November 5th.  Enjoy dinner theater at Larkins or come for the play only.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings and will run November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20.  Dinner is at 6:30 PM and the play begins at 7:30 PM.  There will be a Saturday Matinee at 2:30 PM (no dinner) on November 7 and 14. 

Ticket prices: Dinner and theater- $23 (reservations required for dinner) Show Only: $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

This comedic deer hunting prequel to "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" takes you back to the Soady deer camp. Visit the Lowell Area Arts Council website to read more or to purchase tickets or call 616-897-8545.

UPDATE: Sleigh Bells & Holly: Gallery of Fine Arts and Gifts

UPDATE: Sleigh Bells & Holly: Gallery of Fine Arts and Gifts

From: http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

Two weeks left for this years Sleigh Bells & Holly! Ends December 23rd!

Members will receive a 10% discount. December 18-23!