As planning begins for the holiday retail season, the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital for the 13th consecutive year has stepped forward as the major $2,000 underwriter of this community’s Christmas celebration.
The four-fold event features family activities during Open House Weekend, Nov. 8-11, Small Business Saturday and continues Friday, Dec. 7, as the magnificent lighted procession of 100 holiday floats, costumed characters and marching bands usher in one of this community’s best-loved traditions.
For the second year, the Chamber is again joining forces with the Elks Lodge to host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Event chairman Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce & DDA program director, said she is pleased this year to present a four-hour holiday showcase of local youth, from 10 to 2 p.m., featuring performances by Miss Michele & Co., Dowagiac Union High School Choir, MKSOD /Positively Dance and Dowagiac Union High School’s Marching Band.
Also new this year, downtown merchants will host a Thursday evening promotion, Holiday Hop - Dine, Mingle & Shop, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Family events during Open House Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are built around the appearance of an European-styled Mrs. Claus and an Old-World Santa, the interactive display of Whitney Podell’s holiday attired “magic mini” miniature horses, horse-drawn wagon rides and several hands-on activities for children, hosted by Who Knew? Consignment, the Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant as it marks the start of its 80th year of pageantry, Dowagiac Area History Museum and Dowagiac District Library.
Phillipson said fundraising continues. Chamber members who would like to become part of the celebration as an underwriter should call the Chamber.