The New Buffalo Santa Parade kicks off downtown at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, proceeding  to Lions Park near the beach where Santa will then meet with youngsters. 

Parade organizers from the New Buffalo Business Association are looking for elves, Christmas characters, moving objects (bikes and such), pets,  choirs or bands, businesses and whatever else can be dressed or to decorated to march in the parade with Santa.

The following holiday activities also will take place in New Buffalo on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24):

• 9 a.m. to noon — Breakfast with Santa at Rosie’s Restaurant, 128 N. Whittaker St. (open to the public).

• 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Christmas Tree and Wreath Sales at Lakeview Video, S. Whittaker, throughout the season.

• 11 a.m. — Small Business Saturday kick-off (like us on FB/newbuffalo for details of promos/sales at participating businesses).

• 11 a.m. — Holiday Craft/Painting at Elsie Earl Studios, 200 W. Buffalo St. (open to the public, fee for craft).

• 2 p.m. — Gingerbread House Decorating Class at Jackie’s Cafe, 801 W Buffalo St. (free to all, reservations required by calling 269-469-1800).

• 4 p.m. — Santa Parade on Whittaker Street starting at the corner of U.S. 12.

• 4:30 p.m. — Visit with Santa (plus hot cocoa and s’mores) in the Lions Park Pavilion, 101 N. Marquette Drive, free to all (sponsored by David’s Deli).

• 6 p.m. — Tree Lighting and Caroling by the St. Mary’s Choir at Lions Park, 101 N. Marquette Drive.

• Gnome on the Roam will be held through Dec 23 in New Buffalo (find the gnomes in local businesses and win prizes) Follow us at FB/gnomeroam for details.

Candy Cane Express to run

The Candy Cane Express will run the first two weekends of December (Dec. 1-2 & Dec. 8-9) at the Hesston Steam Museum.

Grab some hot cocoa and ride the Express in open or enclosed passenger coaches pulled by the newly restored Plymouth Locomotive Works No. 4 for a 20-minute scenic ride through woods and farmlands.

Santa waits for your Christmas wish lists in a 1900s era railroad caboose and all are invited to take photos with him at no charge. Then step into The Depot Store, where you can find lots of great stocking stuffers and gifts for your little engineer — all at 15 percent off the normal price.

Hungry? Doc’s Soda Fountain is an authentic 1930s soda bar where “soda jerks” dish up ice cream treats for your family including hand dipped milk shakes, full lunches, and even breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m.

Give a new unwrapped toy for U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to the ticket booth and receive a free train ticket (suggested value of toy is $6-plus).

The Hesston Steam Museum is located east of State Rd. 39 (west of Basswood Road) on LaPorte County Road 1000 North. Visit for more.

Three Oaks Christmas Parade

The Three Oaks Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, from downtown (line up by Dewey Cannon Park) to Carver Park where there will be caroling, hot chocolate, a tree-lighting ceremony, and the chance to meet Santa Claus.

Mustang Moonlight Madness

The 4th Annual Mustang Moonlight Madness will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Jerry Schaffer Gymnasium at River Valley Middle/High School. Admission is free.

Events include: Meet the Team & Cheerleaders, Mens’ & Ladies’ Alumni games, Student/Alumni pep band and half-court shot. Event shirts will be available for purchase.

Three Oaks/RV Pageant

The “Wisconsin: America’s Dairyland” Three Oaks/River Valley pageant will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the River Valley Auditorium.

Contestants are; Junior Teen - Addyson Frazier, Ava Ledesma and Brianna Taylor; Teen - Alexis Walton, Katie Lambert, Brianna Martin, Leah Martin and Madison Schrader; Miss and Mr. - Taylor Masse, Emma Springer, Jacob Good, Dayna Schumm and Claudia Moore. Tickets are $15 in advance of $20 at the door. Chairperson is Terry Bronson. Co-chairs are Sandra Strauss and MacKenzie Bronson. For more, call Terry Bronson at (269) 426-1055.

Gnome on the Roam

Gnome on the Roam will be held Nov 23-Dec 23 in New Buffalo (find the gnomes at local businesses and win prizes). Follow us at FB/gnomeroam for details.

There is no cost for businesses to participate; just donate an item valued at $15 for the prize basket. Gnome on the Roam provides a fun way to engage with customers over social media and get them into your store in search of your gnome. All businesses located in New Buffalo are invited to participate. For more information or to register, contact Lisa Gawron at (708) 574-8320,, or stop by the Hidden Gem on Whittaker Street.

Civil War Days fundraiser luncheon

The Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is offering “It’s A Crock!” fund-raising luncheon on Sunday, November 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Oaks American Legion Post 204 on West Linden Street in Three Oaks.

Crock Pot soups, stews and chili with corn bread, desserts, coffee and water will be served. Live music by Loose Strings, a 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction also will be featured. The luncheon is being supported by the Region of Three Oaks Museum. Requested donation is $5 per person, $1 for each additional bowl. Pay at the door.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks will take place on the weekend of July 27-28, 2019. Re-enactors will present a “battles” between the Blue and the Gray throughout the weekend. There will be special programs for children and opportunities to meet and talk with the re-enactors. Other programs will include a Sutler, Coffee with the Generals, vendors, various presentations and much more.

For more information to support this fundraiser and the Three Oaks Civil War Days, send an email to

Baroda Pageant

The 2019 Miss Baroda Scholarship Pageant and the Little Miss Baroda Pageant will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Bridgman High School Performing Arts Center. The theme is “Pennsylvania - The State of Independence.”

Miss Baroda contestants are Abigail Nitz, Kendall Beyer, Sydney Melton and Chelsea Bly.

Tickets are $15 each.

New Troy Flea Market

Get started on your Christmas shopping. The New Troy Community Center is going to be chock-full of treasures for an Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made or grown goodies and more will be available. Admission is free.

Flea Market season will continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. A map is available on the Facebook page NewTroyFleaMarket. For more information, contact Donald at 773-803-9773.

Mobile Food Pantry visit to New Troy

A Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visit to the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation and including volunteers from Church of the Mediator, Harbert Community Church and The Friends of New Troy), is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21.

For more information on the Harris Family Farm Foundation, please visit

Take-A-Hike Day

As part of National Take-A-Hike Day on Saturday, Nov. 17, Harbor Country Hikers will share safety tips and the benefits of hiking while enjoying the Hoadley Nature Trail in Three Oaks’ Watkins Park, Nels Drive and Locust Street, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Hoadley Trail was originally a one and one-half mile physical education trail including 21 workout stations. Over the years, the trail has been updated and expanded to include a mowed loop that can be used by off-road bicycles and hikers. If the weather holds out, a new trail marker system will have been installed which was developed and designed by HCH President Pat Fisher and funded and installed by the Rotary Club of Harbor Country, HCH members and nature-loving volunteers.

For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit

Chef Night

The next Chef Night sponsored by the New Buffalo Township Library will feature Holiday Cookies with Milda’s Market at Elsie Earl Studios beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3. Cost is $35 per person, and sign-ups are at the library, 33 North Thompson St.

Acorn Shows

The following events are scheduled at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: Nov. 16 - an 8 p.m. Open Mic Night with host Rick Pryzdia; Jerica Paliga with opener Strings Beyond Description on Nov. 17; the Keith Harkin Keep on Rolling tour on Nov. 19; Dancing Queen: A Tribute to Abba on Nov. 21; and the Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show on Nov. 23.

For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to

Harbor Country Singers concerts

Harbor Country Singers, the area’s community chorus, has scheduled two full-scale concerts and three caroling/Christmas sing-along events for the first two weeks of December.

The concerts are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Church of the Mediator in Harbert. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

In addition to the concerts, Singers members will lead caroling at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Three Oaks at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; in Harbert Community Park in Harbert on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and at the New Buffalo Township Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

Invasive plant removal

A DNR Stewardship workday at Warren Dunes State Park, to remove invasive plants, is planned on Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the organizational campground parking area on Floral Lane. just south of the intersection of I-94 and Red Arrow Highway (Bridgman Exit). GPS Coordinates: 41.921620, -86.578874.

Work will take place off trail so wear long pants and appropriate shoes. Bring work gloves and a hand trimmer if you have them. Free park entrance

for volunteers.

Robotics Team at Teen STEAM session

The New Buffalo Township Library’s Teen STEAM series is welcoming the New Buffalo High School Robotics Team, on Thursday, November 29 at 4:30 p.m in the Pokagon Room. The team will demonstrate their collection of robots, where teens will interact and learn. This is an excellent opportunity for students without access to a robotics program. The weekly series is open to middle and high school students, ages 11-18 only, to join in on the fun and learning. Space is limited however, sign ups available in the library’s youth services department. Stop in, call, or email to reserve space. (269) 469-2933.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “Blaze” (rated R) and “Collette” (rated R).

Coming soon is “The Old Man & The Gun” (rated PG-13). For times, more information and movie trailers, visit The phone number is (269) 756-3522.

Church services

Thanksgiving Service at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21.

Christmas Banquet at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. Sunday, December 2.

Children’s Christmas Program at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 9.

Christmas Mixer at Converge Community Church (601 W Buffalo, New Buffalo) at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 16.

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, is offered on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences with former elementary school teacher Ollie Rosenthal, who makes sure they have a fun, enriching time. All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a resident of New Troy, but parents are required to remain with their children.

The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call Terry at (269) 426-4199.

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