We are always looking for an extra set of hands or an entire group of them, really.
Here are a few ways that you, your family, or your business or organization can lend a hand:
*Decorating help- we need many hands to make quick work of putting together Santa's House, stringing lights, placing candy canes and other decorations in the Museum parking lot downtown.
*Participate in the Lighted Holiday Parade. Build a float, decorate your truck or bike, snowmobile, or even a pull wagon. Individuals or groups, all are welcome!
*Craft Show help- we need a large team for a variety of chores for the craft show. Set up help is needed for Friday beginning at 3 pm- this will entail taping off the floors and helping set up tables and chairs in the booths.
Beginning bright and early Saturday morning, 7 a.m., we need 4-6 people to assist our crafters with unloading their vehicles and bringing into the school (great opportunity for community service hours). The next chore is to retrieve lunch orders and crafter raffle donations from each booth. Because of the high number of crafters, a team of 4 is needed for this. We also need a raffle team, whether you can staff the tables for two hours or the entire day. The raffle is set up in a high traffic area so you need to be comfortable with asking people to purchase raffle tickets as they walk by. Clean up duty on Saturday between 4 and 6 is also needed to take down the tables and chairs, pull up the tape, help empty trash cans, and other general clean up.
*Bake cookies for the Friend of the Library's Annual Cookie Sale.
*Volunteer to hang fliers, create signs, put out the craft show signs, pick up the craft show signs, etc.
*Be a "gopher". Run errands, pick up donations, returning borrowed equipment.
*Sponsor a program, the entire event, or part of it with a monetary donation.
*What is your talent? Your ability? Let us know, we'll use you!
We are always hoping to introduce a few new events to this celebration. One fun idea that keeps coming up is a "Jingle Bell Jog" 5k or fun run. If you are passionate about running, have ran in or organized running events previously, we want to talk with you. This is your opportunity to do it from the bottom up, just how you wish a run would be organized. This could be an effort for a group or club to earn money or you can help Christmas in Kalkaska underwrite the costs of the parade, supplies, equipment, and promotion.
Another idea batted around was a Fruitcake Toss. Teams such as local law enforcement, sports teams, a bowling league, teachers, work places, etc. would construct a trebuchet or catapult for launching a fruitcake. After a series of rounds and eliminations, a winner would be determined. There may be a nominal registration fee to help with the costs involved and for prize money. Doesn't that sound like fun?! Sound like something you would like to be involved with? Well, let us know.
Something else we've talked about is a vintage snowmobile show for Saturday. We could see about using the high school parking lots for display. It would be a perfect companion for the craft show for those men who don't care to shop with their wives. :-)
If you would like to be involved in the 2016 Christmas in Kalkaska Community Celebration, please contact us at 231 465-5258 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasinKalkaska