LUTHER NEWS: Winter has arrived

By Tiffany Clark

Special to the Star

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Just in case you haven't looked outside lately, it looks like winter has finally arrived. Let's face it people, we were very lucky to have had it wait this long. With that being said, slow down. We all have some idea of how to drive in this sloppy mess, but the first few weeks are like a refresher course. Not to mention all the newly licensed kids facing their first winter. Take your time, turn on your lights and just relax. Let's all try to make it through this winter accident free.

Don't forget, if you don't feel like cooking Thanksgiving dinner, North Bar and Twin Creek Inn will be serving full Thanksgiving meals with all the fixin's. You can stop by Twin Creek Inn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or swing into the North Bar starting at noon. For all you crazy Black Friday shoppers, the North Bar will be once again be having their Black Friday sale beginning at 8 a.m.. A little birdie told me that the famous gift shop will be celebrating Pink Friday too! Don't miss this opportunity to stop in and get great deals on all kinds of gifts and shop locally. If you are not too tired from all the Black Friday shopping and just need to unwind, you will find J & B Beats hosting a "glow party" at Logger's Landing starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27. Good music, good drinks and lots of fun ... why not!

It's Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale time! The Luther Church of Christ will be hosting its annual bazaar from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Ellsworth Township Hall. You will once again be able to find homemade crafts, jams and lots of baked goods. Don't forget this is also where you can pick up some of that famous Syrewicze fudge!

To answer your many questions, YES, there will be a Light Up Luther again this year. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5. We will start the day with the Luther Library's annual open house. Not only will there be snacks and crafts, but Santa will be there to get his picture taken with all the kids! The gingerbread "house" winners will be announced also. So if you haven't started your creation yet, there is still time. The more the merrier. Remember, these do not have to built from gingerbread. Sticks, clay, candy, wood and whatever else you want can be used. Use your imaginations and let's see what everyone can come up with.

At 5 p.m. we will meet in front of the Luther/Newkirk Hall to light the village tree and then continue the fun by Christmas caroling from house to house until we make it to the fire barn, where we will enjoy a tasty soup supper. All houses and businesses in town are encouraged to decorate for Christmas. Don't be afraid to bring out your inner Clark Griswold and LIGHT IT UP! There will be a prize for the best decorated house and business again this year too! Winners for the decorating contest will be decided at the soup supper. To fill the time between the open house and the tree lighting, you can check out what your local businesses have going on for the holidays. I know you will be able to find a "create your own hot chocolate" bar along with an all you can eat hot dog/sloppy joe buffet at North Bar that day. I am sure you will find plenty of fun things at many of the other local businesses too, so stop by and just say hello!

A congratulations and good luck is in order for the "Plump Pumpkin and Pine River Pottery". If you haven't heard, they are restoring the old Dover Township building in Bristol as a new location for their growing business. This is an amazing store that has a little bit of everything, from pottery to homemade soaps. Be sure to give them a look-see as soon as they are ready. You can still find them at their current location on East Five Mile for now, though.

Now, the run down on the local meetings taking place in the next two weeks. I know I say this in every paper but it is important that you, the people, attend these meetings and let your voice be heard. The Fire Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Luther Fire Barn, the Luther Days Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at the Ellsworth Township Hall, and this month's Village of Luther meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Luther/Newkirk Municipal Hall. Again, you should try to make it a priority to attend at least one of these meetings.

On  a personal note, I would like to wish my husband a Happy Anniversary. We will be married for 12 years on Sunday, Dec. 6 and anyone that knows me, knows how difficult I can be. I can't even count how many times I have heard, "poor, poor Jimmy." I just want you, James Clark, to know that I love you and thank you for putting up with my stubborn butt for these past 12 years. I think the next 12 will be a little easier for you. I am softening up in my old age (We all heard that Jimmy, so if you need witnesses just holler!).

Thought for the week: Loving words are just a bunch of pretty verbal decorations if they are not backed up by loving actions!

"See" you in two weeks!