Megan Again: “O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree”
By Megan Wirts
Saturday was the annual Wirts family Christmas tree finding adventure.
Well, actually, only the second year that we have gotten a real Christmas tree, but annual just the same.
In years past we had an artificial tree that I was never really that fond of. I am a real tree kind of girl. I love the way it makes my house smell and feel like Christmas. My husband on the other hand...
Jalisa Danhof Of Camp Newaygo Honored With Leadership Award
Jalisa Danhof is the 2017 recipient of the American Camp Association (ACA) Jack Weiner Leadership Award. The award was named for a legendary camping professional who had a passion for mentoring young camp leaders and is designed to support a young person who is pursuing a career in the camping field.
The award recipient receives $1,000 to attend and fully participate in the ACA national conference.One honoree receives this particular award annually, and it will be presented, along with seven others, at the ACA National Conference in February in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ms. Danhof, Assistant Director at Camp Newaygo, was nominated...
N3 ShopLocal: Beyond The Benefits
Small Business Saturday
By SWK II
"As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same." - Donald E. Westlake
At N3 World Headquarters and Home of the Christmas Decoration Diva we pretty much assume that you’ve likely read or heard about all the reasons for buying local.
You already know about how the higher percentage of the money you are spending ends up going back into the community when you buy from a local business and how you tend to get better customer service since the folks we’re buying from rely on...
Magician Baffling Bill at the Dogwood Center on December 9
Santa To Make Guest Appearance
Join magician Baffling Bill for a spectacular holiday show of magic and illusion at the Dogwood Center on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. for “Baffling Bill’s Magic of Christmas Show”! With over 30 years of experience as an educator/entertainer, Baffling Bill knows how to make everyone have fun through dazzling magic, audience participation, and non-stop laughter!
Let the fun begin! Card tricks, illusions, rabbits, and puzzling magic! Things will disappear and...
Happy Thanksgiving From Near North Now!
The Folks here at N3 World Headquarters and Fowl-Focused Feast Facility want to wish our readers the happiest of Thanksgiving Days with hopes that within the abundance of things to be thankful for each of us find the majority of these to be the people in our lives.
A few quotes for your Turkey Day amusement:
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” - Oscar Wilde
Megan Again: Gratitude & Pumpkin Pie
By Megan Wirts
Can you smell the pumpkin pie? The turkey and stuffing? I can and I love it.
I’m a fan of any holiday where it is deemed acceptable to eat until your stretchy pants are too tight. Do you want to eat 14 pieces of Auntie Amber’s homemade pumpkin pie? You go right ahead and throw a little extra whipped cream on top. It’s Thanksgiving after all.
I’ll fully admit that I am one of those people that starts decorating and listening to Christmas music right after Halloween. It doesn’t mean that I don’t give Thanksgiving the respect it deserves, it just means I seriously love Christmas. I will still set out my cornucopia and wear my turkey apron and shove...
Bellwether Harbor Annual Holiday Open House Dec 3rd
We at N3 are huge fans of the folks in our area who take care of finding homes for the furry friends who find themselves friendless through no fault of their own.One such refuge for rescuees is Bellwether Harbor where each year the staff and their quadruped occupants put on a fun and festive Holiday-themed open house.
We received this missive from BH recently and are passing it on in hopes you will make it a point to stop by and help support the work being done by the fine folks at Bellwether.
Busy that day? Arrange a time to...
Newaygo Christmas Festival ‘17: Who Will Be The Honorary Chair?
By N3 Holiday Coverage Team
The Christmas Walk.
This Newaygo tradition has been charming visitors and community members alike for many years and remains the centerpiece of the sizeable seasonal celebration the town has become known for.
There are many among us who have taken that familiar Friday night stroll through the streets and shops with the only traffic being pedestrians and Bill Van Andel’s wonderful horse drawn wagons packed with people enjoying the night air.
“The downtown area provides a unique setting,” said Del Hirdes who chairs the River Country Chamber committee tasked with putting together the festival.
“The whole community comes together in so many ways,” he added.
Mr. Hirdes is also...
"Baby It's Cold Outside": NCCA-Artsplace Winter Community Photography Contest
The NCCA-Artsplace Winter Community Photography Contest is an event that anyone can enter and showcases the season as we turn toward the winter months.
Entry deadline is Tuesday, December 6 by 5:30 p.m.
This free contest is for all ages and all...
It’s Time! N3 ShopLocal Starts Their Seasonal Search Engines
By N3 Retail Exploration Team
For many years now, we at N3 World Headquarters and Home of the Hallmark Holiday Movie Marathon (yes our Ms. Wirts is not alone in this obsession and no I do not share the enthusiasm) have been researching and writing about our area's unique shopping opportunities particularly since we're literally minutes away from the beginnings of that seasonal surge of generosity that serves to bring out our collective inner Santa.
This year, despite what seemed to be an overly abundant amount of opposition to the idea from advisors on all fronts, we have decided to continue this timely tradition.
Of course, if you’re intent on handing out gift cards to a mall store or...
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