Chassell hosts its holiday weekend

Provided by Samantha Elenich In a portrait taken at last year’s Old-Fashioned Christmas in Chassell, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are seen ready to greet kids both young and old.

The Old Fashioned Christmas in Chassell is returning this year, with events starting Friday afternoon through Saturday.

Chassell School invites the public to its elementary Christmas program at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the weekend kickoff event comes later that evening.

“Santa Claus comes and lights the tree,” organizer Barbara Wells said.

At 5:30 p.m. on Hamar Field, Santa Claus will light the tree and lead the group in singing Christmas carols. Afterward, the Chassell Women’s Club will provide homemade cookies and hot chocolate for the carolers.

On Saturday, events start at 10 a.m. with the Holiday Handcrafts Bazaar in the Chassell School.

“They line the entire gym and the hallway, too,” organizer Samantha Elenich said.

The Keweenaw Kountry Store is offering free coffee and pastries 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. The Chassell VFW home is hosting a children’s games and story hour at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., Santa returns to Chassell with Mrs. Claus at the Chassell Heritage Center to visit with children.

“He sits in an antique sleigh with Mrs. Claus,” Elenich said. “The sleigh is beautiful.”

Before or after visiting Santa, children can decorate their own cookies for free.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, the Home For the Holidays house tour and tasting gives people a chance to visit decorated homes in the community.

“There’s food and drinks at each stop,” Elenich said.

Area restaurants and stores cater snacks for the visitors. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Chassell General Store, Chassell Heritage Center, the Grooming Zoo of Chassell, the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce in Houghton, and the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau in Calumet.

Homes on the tour include:

•Forrest and Beverly Raisanen, 44990 12th Street, Baltic

•Roy and Vita Britz, 22475 Britz Road, Houghton

•Rick and Lisa Gregg, 43558 Highway US-41, Chassell

•St. Anne’s Convent, 41893 Wilson Memorial Drive, Chassell

•LaRose Wellness Retreat, 12383 Highway US-41, Baraga

For more information, contact Smantha Elenich, 906-231-0723 or