Lakeside shows off its holiday spirit

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– PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA PRICE

By Cynthia Price

The merchants and neighbors of the Lakeside District always welcome everyone to an early celebration during Holidays in Lakeside.

This year’s event, on Saturday Dec. 1, saw weather that might have dampened the holiday spirit; it was both icy and rainy, and windy as well. Only a few hardy souls came out, brandishing umbrellas, for the horse-drawn carriage rides, run by Frog Flats Brabants, a farm in Fremont. And the annual ice sculpture looked a little forlorn even shortly after it was completed.

But inside all was comfy-cozy. The complex that houses the beautiful ArtCats Gallery also featured a bake sale with everything from chocolate chip cookies to cupcakes decorated to look like reindeer (complete with pretzel antlers).

A new business offered an open house in that same complex. Kim Shutek, a Holy Fire II?Reiki Master/Teacher, opened the Reiki Room. Reiki, pronounced RAY-kee, is a form of massage or energy therapy which involves no (or very little) touching. Shutek promises that there will be classes, fun women’s events, and healing circles at the comforting space.

Santa and Mrs. Claus offered their warmth to kids of all ages who visited the Harbor Cinema, which later showed The Santa Clause.

The evening before, Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron and City Manager Frank Peterson joined lakesiders for a lighting of the community tree in the Pocket Park.