Wednesday, December 08, 2010

UPDATED: Chassell to celebrate Old Fashioned Christmas Dec. 11

CHASSELL -- An Old Fashioned Christmas in Chassell will offer activities for the whole family on Saturday, Dec. 11, with activities at the Chassell Heritage Center, the Chassell School, the VFW, and the Einerlei gift shop.

Celebrate at the Chassell Heritage Center

Parents and grandparents help kids decorate Christmas cookies during the 2009 Old Fashioned Christmas at the Chassell Heritage Center. (File photo by Keweenaw Now)

The Chassell Heritage Center will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and kids can decorate their own cookies to take home.

Musician Dave Bezotte and friends Kora Johnson (fiddle), Bertha and Jack Rossberg (organ and violin), and Kay Seppala (flute) will play music at the Heritage Center between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

During Chassell's 2009 Old Fashioned Christmas, Santa joined musician Dave Bezotte (center at piano), the Maple Sugar Folk and Oren Tikkanen and friends in a musical program at the Chassell Heritage Center. This year Dave (and maybe Santa) will again join visiting musicians at the Heritage Center on Saturday, Dec. 11. (File photo by Keweenaw Now)

Update: Also at the Heritage Center Friends of Fashion are featuring their exhibit: 100 Years of Wedding Apparel.

At 7 p.m. the Heritage Center will host a showing of the documentary Réveil -- Waking Up French, a powerful film that explores the struggle for cultural survival among the French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. This documentary is relevant to everyone. As the melting pot attitude and globalization threatens diversity and the heritage of so many cultures, Réveil explores the struggle for cultural survival in the very heart of American monoculture. It reveals the importance of history and heritage understanding and demonstrates how languages can be reacquired for personal and community renewal that is truly inspiring. Free Admission. Sharing and discussion will follow with Evan Dixon, moderator. More information about the film is at

The Chassell Heritage Center is at 2nd and Hancock Streets in Chassell. For more information contact Dave Bezotte at or (906)482-4956.

Update: Chassell School Events

At the Chassell School events begin with Breakfast with the Chassell High School Junior Class, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. For information contact the Chassell School at 523-4491.

A Holiday Handcrafts Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chassell School. It will include a sale of locally made crafts as well as handicrafts and colorful calendars from Guatemala, presented by members of the Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project, a human rights group. For information contact: Marvyl Wilson, 523-4115.

Parents and Teachers Together (PATT) will offer a cookie sale from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chassell School.

Enjoy a Chili Lunch and More! with the Chassell High School Senior Class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chassell School.

Update: Storytelling, cookies and hot chocolate around the tree from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW Home.

At the Einerlei

The Einerlei gift shop will host a book signing with Lon Emerick from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for his new book, Paradise North -- Seasons in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Update: The Home for the Holidays House Tour and Gourmet Tasting will take place from noon until 5 p.m. Tickets ($10) are available the Einerlei in Chassell, Chassell Heritage Center, and the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau in Calumet. For information contact Nancy Leonard, 523-4612.

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