Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Three weekends are done.  It doesn't seem possible because it's flown by so fast.  We had good weather this weekend and a lot of people came out to see the North Pole Express. 


There's almost always people waiting at the crossings to wave at the train as it goes by. 


The elves this weekend had a cute routine they performed for the crowd. 







Juggler Tim Salisbury with a willing helper. 


Kids crafts in the Emporium. 



Sometimes the whole family wants their picture taken with Santa. 


Kids, don't try this at home. 


Something new this year is the vintage photo booth where you can put on old clothes and get your picture taken. 


Sometime's people don't want their picture taken with Santa. 


Swing dancers from Alma College. 





Our mayor on Sunday, Dale Yelsik


The swing dancers tried to get everyone to participate. 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another weekend done.

It's hard to believe that we've already finished two weekends of the Ashley Country Christmas.  Where does the time go?  We had better weather this weekend but a little snow would be nice.  Isn't there a way to have snow and warm temps?  


One of our street performers. 




A couple of hobo's at their camp. 


People enjoying a wagon ride.



I've heard of taking the Spirit of Christmas with you but someone literally takes Christmas with them where ever they go. 



Does the bell ring for you?  Everyone is welcome to put a bell on our bell tree. 



People waiting to get their picture taken in front of the train. 


A hitch hiker?



Being an elf is hard work. 


Another hitch hiker. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

More of our shops and vendors.

The first shop in this group is the Country Store.  Everything in this gift shop is handmade.  They have a wide variety of items for sale. 







This next shop is our most popular.  It's Santa's workshop and is operated by the Sawdust Santa's out of Laingsburg, Mi.  Your children can make a wooden toy to take home with them.  You can find out more information about this group on their Facebook page.  They are a charity that provides toys for underprivileged children in the area.  










Our next vendors are Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody.  They have handmade ornaments and as famous authors you can buy one of their books there and get it autographed. 




We also have a vendor selling fresh wreaths.  And she also has handbags and shopping bags for sale. 





Be sure to check out the glass blowers.  You can watch glass being blown and they have a large selection of items for you to choose from.  









If you get hungry then visit the Hobo Kitchen and get some good soup and check out their souvenirs. 



The last vendor in this group is Sean Bell, our chainsaw carver.  It's great fun to watch him turn pieces of logs into animals.  Bears are his main item and there are many to choose from.