As hunters’ blaze orange and snow signal the season, so does the packed Houghton Lake Historical Playhouse’s parking lot in late November with Santa’s Workshop, the first opportunity for area children to get a good word in with the “Big Guy.” It is also an opportunity for parents and children to interact making things for the holidays, presents for family members or ornaments for Christmas trees. It is just one of the events in Roscommon County that prompted Santa’s Workshop organizer Sherry Radenbaugh to exclaim, “We live in an awesome community.” Indeed we do.
Santa’s Workshop kicked off the holiday activities which will continue this Thursday with the seventh annual Russ Graham Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Club from noon to 3 p.m. Organizer Matt Grover expects that more than 500 people will attend. He expects more than 40 volunteers to help serve the 50 turkeys, tons of potatoes, pies, dressing and other fixings.
A similar dinner will be served in the community of St. Helen from 1 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. American Legion Post 416 and Sons of the America Legion of St. Helen are sponsoring the dinner.
A Breakfast with Santa will be part of the Village of Roscommon’s annual Christmas in the Village celebration, planned Dec. 5th. The breakfast will be held at Roscommon High School from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
These events, combined with an almost steady stream of benefit programs such as UPS Ed and Caren’s annual auction all become, in our way of thinking, things that make Roscommon County “an awesome community.” Generosity in our county knows few bounds. We are truly blessed and we have many reasons to be thankful at this Thanksgiving season, especially for those who make good things happen for others in our community.