Welcome to Beamer’s Holiday Beat, Bronner’s e-newsletter
for everyone who shares my passion for Christmas. (There are
only 113 days until Christmas.) September
is an ideal time to visit Bronner’s in Frankenmuth. The
store is all aglow with new items, and it’s a great time
for leisurely shopping.
is a great time to start making your list and planning ahead
for Christmas gift-giving. Bronner’s has plenty of ornaments
and trims that can be personalized
for free. Check out our website for all the possibilities
or visit our store in Frankenmuth, Michigan. A great lineup
of ornament and collectible artists will be visiting
Bronner’s this fall. Please join us if you are going
to be in the area.
I enjoy hearing from you so please take time to answer my survey
question. Responses will appear in survey form in the next quarterly
you for inviting me into your home. You’re welcome at
my home, www.bronners.com
or 25 Christmas Lane in Frankenmuth, all year long!
Bronner’s Christmas Favorites Catalog is Complete
new 2008/2009 Bronner’s Christmas Favorites
Catalog is now available. The 64-page catalog features
a large variety of ornaments, especially those that
can be personalized. Popular themes include families,
occupations, hobbies, music, pets and much more. Many
favorites relate to a legend, symbol, or tradition.
Nativities; outdoor silhouettes; lighted, frosted
ornamentals for windows; and personalized snowman
plaques are also featured.
your snail mailbox!
For those of you who are not on our catalog mailing
list and wish to receive a paper catalog, you may
request a catalog online
or call 800-361-6736. All catalog items are also available
on Bronner’s website and may be viewed in our
Staff Cookbook Released!
Bronner’s new staff cookbook, “Bronner’s
Flavorful Favorites, Book 2,” is now available.
We extend thanks to over 140 staff members who contributed
just over 400 year-round recipes to the three-ring, hardcover
cookbook. Designed by Bronner’s and printed in the
USA, this 7-inch by 9¼-inch cookbook features original
artwork and a legend or story related to each section.
Flavorful Favorites, Book 2” offers a wide variety
of recipes: everything from appetizers and beverages to
soups and salads to main dishes to desserts and more.
The new cookbook follows the successful release and several
reprints of Bronner’s first staff cookbook in 2005.
Flavorful Favorites, Book 2” is available in-store
and on-line at www.bronners.com
Here’s one of many delicious recipes from the new
6 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch
1 lg. onion, chopped
3 (14-oz.) cans chicken broth with roasted garlic, if
¼ c. butter
2½ tsp. salt
1¼ tsp. pepper
1 c. half-and-half or whipping cream
1 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 T. chopped fresh chives
1 (8-oz.) carton sour cream
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
extra shredded cheddar cheese for topping
potatoes, onion, chicken broth, butter, salt and pepper
in 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 4 hours
or until potatoes are tender. Mash mixture in slow cooker
until thickened. Stir in cream, cheddar cheese and chives.
Ladle into individual bowls. Top with sour cream. Sprinkle
with bacon and shredded cheese. Serves 6 to 8.
by Denise Rulason
Flavorful Favorites, Book 1” is still available
online and in-store for $14.99.
in Our Eyes
Barrymore directed the filming of scenes for the movie
“Whip It!” in nearby Birch Run Township in
mid August. The crew filmed at the former Ken’s
Diner, transformed into the Oink Joint for the movie scheduled
to release in 2009.
The movie, set in Texas, tells the story of a girl who
joins the roller derby league and is based on the novel
written by Shauna Cross. The film features Ellen Page,
Jimmy Fallon, Marcia Gay Harden and Juliette Lewis.
Bronner’s Sue Kern and Sandi McNutt met Barrymore
during the filming on Tuesday, August 19, and on behalf
of the Bronner family and staff, presented her with a
Department 56 diner reminiscent of the one used for filming
which was custom altered specifically for the production.
sighted at Bronners!
Legend of Bigfoot
For hundreds of years, the legend of Bigfoot has been
a subject of intrigue, with many sightings reported
in remote areas worldwide. The tall half-man/half-ape
is known as Bigfoot in the United States, Sasquatch
in Canada, and Yeti or Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas.
Covered in long fur, Bigfoot received his name from
stories of huge, human-like footprints, up to 18 inches
(Bronner's exclusive Bigfoot ornament is
Your new décor this Thanksgiving may be as much of
a hit as Grandma’s apple pie with this heartwarming
display idea from Bronner’s.
this space every month for the results of our previous
Question of the Quarter.
total of 1260 responses were received from our March
e-newsletter’s question of the quarter. The
question and a summary of the responses are listed
will high gas prices affect your shopping habits this
(431) answered "I'll shop closer to home"
42.4% (535) answered "I'll do more of
my shopping online"
23.3% (294) answered "My shopping habits
here to answer this
quarter’s poll question:
most treasured purchase or gift from Bronner’s
an idea for a possible future
Question of the Quarter? Please email us at email@example.com
Events At Bronner's...
be here for an event? Contact customer
service to inquire about shipping (989-652-9931).
56 Open House Event with Artist Greg Beilke
Friday & Saturday, October 17 & 18
Oct. 17: 6-8 pm; Oct. 18: 10 am-Noon and 1-3 pm
Village artist Greg Beilke will greet guests,
pose for photos, and sign Department 56 pieces
purchased at Bronner’s during the event.
Celebrate Department 56 with Greg Beilke.
Designs Ornament Artist Signing
Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26; Oct.
25: 10 am to Noon and 1-5 pm; Oct. 26: Noon- 5
Susan Cherry, glass ornament designer, will sign
her ornaments purchased at Bronner’s during
the event. Each new 2008 ornament comes with a
coordinating, silver-plated charm that can be
added to a charm bracelet or necklace.
an Annalee Event
Saturday, October 25; 11 am to 2 pm
We have dolls waiting for you to make your own
with a selection of clothing and accessories from
all seasons. Join the Annalee designers and create
your very own Annalee masterpiece!
Chatley Ornament Artist Signing
Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2; Nov.1:
10 am-Noon and 1-5 pm; Nov. 2: Noon-5 pm
Meet Michigan artist Pam Chatley. Pam will gladly
sign any of her whimsical, creative ornaments
purchased November 1 or 2.
56™ Retirement Weekend
Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8
Bronner’s will have a complete list of retired
Department 56 pieces available for review. New
village gift sets, Snowbabies, and special-edition
Santas will also be available. Join us for Department
56’s retirement weekend.
Tails Event with Dean Griff
Saturday, November 8; 1-4 pm
Enjoy the rare opportunity to meet Charming Tails
creator, Dean Griff, who will be greeting guests
and signing Charming Tails purchased at Bronner’s
during the event.
Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9
Nov. 8: 10 am to Noon & 1-5 pm; Nov. 9: 1-5
Glassblower Kim Maul will be greeting guests and
signing Hope Glass Works ornaments purchased during
the event. Kim’s hand-crafted, mouth-blown
glass ornaments are created using a lamp-working
Moments Doll Event
Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9; Nov.
8: 10 am to Noon and 1-5 pm; Nov. 9: 12:30-5 pm
Linda Rick, Precious Moments Company’s nationally
renowned doll designer, and Richard Hay, Precious
Moments Company president, will be greeting guests
and signing Precious Moments doll purchases.
Larsen Ornament Artist Signing
Thursday & Friday, Nov. 13 & 14, 20 &
21, and Dec. 4 & 5; 10:30 am-Noon and 1-2:30
Enjoy a unique opportunity to meet Bronner’s
ornament artist Connie Larsen. She will sign or
personalize any of her ornaments purchased during
DeBrekht Russian Gifts
Saturday, November 15; Noon to 5 pm
Bronner’s is pleased to present Andrew Gabricht,
creative director and artist with G. DeBrekht
Artistic Studios, makers of fine Russian gifts.
Andrew will sign G. DeBrekht purchases during
his appearance at Bronner’s.
Nicholas: from Saint to Santa
Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16 2
& 3 pm
Join us as St. Nicholas tells the story of how
he became Santa Claus. This half-hour performance,
a tradition here at Bronner’s, involves
audience participation. Don’t miss out on
this memorable experience for children of all
Cobane Ornament Artist Signing
Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16
Nov. 15: 10 am to Noon & 1-5 pm; Nov. 16:
Welcome ornament artist Margaret Cobane, who will
sign any of her ornaments purchased at Bronner’s
during the event.
100th Year Celebration Signing with Stefano Fontanini
Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23; Noon-4
Stefano Fontanini, fourth-generation member of
the House of Fontanini, will be happy to sign
any Fontanini Nativity purchases made during the
event as well as two Fontanini pieces from your
Museum Glass Artisan Signing
Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23
Nov. 22: 10 am-Noon and 1-5 pm; Nov. 23: 12:30-5
Mohamed and Linda, owners of Egyptian Museum Glass,
will be signing purchases of Egyptian glass ornaments,
perfume bottles and other decorative pieces.
November 28-December 24
Monday-Saturday: 10-11:30 am, 1-4 pm, and 5:30-7
pm; Sunday: Noon-5:30 pm
You want to see Santa? Bring your camera and your
wish list to Bronner’s. Because Santa is
so busy on Christmas Eve, his visiting hours will
end at 3 p.m. Bronner’s closes at 4 p.m.
on Christmas Eve. For groups of 25 or more, please
phone (989) 652-9935, ext. 556.
Signing with Ulrich Tendera
Friday-Sunday, November 28-30
Nov. 28: 3:30-5 pm& 7-8 pm; Nov. 29: 9:30-11:30
am, 12:30-2 pm, 3:30-5 pm & 7-8 pm; Nov. 30:
Master painter Ulrich Tendera will demonstrate
the art of figurine painting and sign Hummel figurines
purchased at Bronner’s during the event.
The Hummel line will be discontinued in 2009.
Take advantage of this final opportunity to purchase
a Hummel signed by Ulrich Tendera.
Edwards Ornament Artist Signing
Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7; Dec.
6: 10 am to Noon & 1-5 pm; Dec. 7: Noon to
Ornament artist Jacki Edwards will sign her delightful
clay dough ornaments purchased at Bronner’s
during the event.
Thibault Ornament Artist Signing
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 12-14
Dec. 12 & 13: 10 am-Noon and 1-5 pm; Dec.
14: Noon to 5 pm
Meet Teresa Thibault, the artist behind the popular
Heart Gifts line of ornaments. From inspirational
to whimsical, Teresa’s ornaments make perfect
gifts for everyone on your list … including
Monday & Tuesday, December 22 & 23; 1:30-2
Join members of the Bronner family in singing
a variety of favorite Christmas carols. Music
is piped throughout the store. This is a great
way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Wednesday, December 24; 3-3:15 pm
Join a member of the Bronner family and a guest
guitarist in the Silent Night Memorial Chapel
as they lead everyone in singing “Silent
Night.” This peaceful assembly is the perfect
way to remember why we celebrate the Christmas
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on
your most holy faith, praying in the Holy
Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God,
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
unto eternal life.
~ Jude 1: 20 & 21
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