A variety of Christmas-related celebrations are taking place over the next three days throughout St. Joseph County.
In Constantine, the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony takes place at 6 o’clock tonight.
The village is also staging its Fourth of July fireworks fundraiser dinner tonight at Meeks Mill. Dinner settings are at 5 o’clock, 6:30 and 7:30.
Also in Constantine Saturday, downtown stores will feature a Christmas scavenger hunt 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Santa and reindeer will be at Shelby Park from 11 a.m. until 2. Prospective participants are advised to bring their own cameras.
Christmas in Colon takes place Friday, when a downtown parade starts at 6 p.m. Santa and carolers will be at the Colon Community Park at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Centreville Downtown Development Authority has announced Santa will be coming to Centreville at 7 p.m. Saturday. The village’s Christmas tree lighting will occur at the same time in the courtyard gazebo.
The Christmas season officially kicked off Friday in Three Rivers, as a crowd gathered for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.
Staged in the downtown mural mall, the ceremony included music from the Three Rivers High School Aristocrats. It also marked the first of a three-day celebration in downtown Three Rivers, where the Riviera Theatre hosted events Saturday and Sunday.
Cookie decorating at World Fare and pet photos with the Grinch at Downtown Dog also took place Saturday.
More than 150 people attended Thursday’s opening night of the 57th Mendon Kiwanis Showboat.
“The Not-So-Wild West” is the theme of the music and comedy program, which continues tonight and Saturday.
A cast of about 35 members drew audience laughter for its between-song skits and jokes and strong applause for its two dozen musical numbers.
The cast paid tribute to late members who passed away in the last year: “Captain” Roy Marshall, Pam Harrison, Jerry Bennett, Pastor Ward Pierce and Violet Pierce. Images of the six were shown on a large screen as the song “Go Rest High on that Mountain” was performed by a trio of musicians.
Tickets for the final two shows are $10 at the door; the program begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mendon Elementary gymnasium.
“The Not-So-Wild West,” the theme of the 2013 Mendon Kiwanis Showboat, begins its three-night run this evening.
A cast of nearly three dozen people will perform a total of 24 songs and be featured in a variety of comical skits that have become the hallmark of the annual Mendon event over its 56-year life.
Organizers of this week’s 57th annual Showboat said about six weeks of rehearsals have gone into the program and it will feature singers on the floor in front of the stage instead of on the stage.
The program starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly and takes place at the Mendon Elementary School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance.
All proceeds go to scholarship programs administered by the Mendon Kiwanis Club.
The St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners of the annual Meyer Broadway Park scarecrow contest.
The displays were one of many attractions at the park as a part of the Oct. 13 Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour.
A variety of categories were in place and winners were: funniest, “The Three Rivers” by Andrews Elementary fourth grade; scariest, “Frostbite, the demented snowman,” by Heartwood Renaissance Academy; and most creative, “Roadie,” by the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority.
Honorees in the Colon Magicians’ Walk of Fame were recognized over the weekend, as a dedication ceremony was staged in the village’s downtown.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting took place at 10 of the stars honoring 11 people and their contributions to the field of magic and illusion, as well as their involvement in the annual Abbott’s Magic Get-Together.
About two dozen people gathered to watch a series of ceremonial ribbon cuttings that honored Richard Tanis, Wilma Rench, Bill Watson, the Amazing Conklins, Harry Blackstone Sr., Neil Foster, June Horowitz, Monk Watson, Carl Karl, and Gay and Harry Blackstone Jr.
Later Saturday, a seven-act fundraiser magic show to benefit the Colon Food Pantry took place at Colon High School.