Shrine of the Pines Christmas event brings community together

BALDWIN — With the scent of pine trees perfuming the air, snowflakes falling steadily and the gentle current of the Pere Marquette River singing its own carols, the Shrine of the Pines was the perfect setting for a community Christmas event.

Last Saturday, different groups from the community came together at the Shrine of the Pines Museum, south of Baldwin, to treat families to a time of holiday fun.

The Christmas event at the Shrine of the Pines began last year, when Lake County Treasurer Kellie Allen, who, with her husband, portrayed Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, thought it would be an ideal setting for such a festivity.

The museum grounds were quaint and charming with all the Christmas lights and decorations and children visiting the different venues.

Kids not only got to visit Santa and his wife, but also received goodies and handouts from other community groups, like members of the Webber Township Fire Department, who handed out hot dogs.

Kids also got to meet and greet John Drake with Shrine of the Pines, Shawn Coffey with the Lake County Road Commission, members of the Lake County Clerk and Register of Deeds office, the Lake County Treasurer's Office, the Lake County Sheriff Office, and others.