Welcome to “Beamer’s Holiday Beat,” Bronner’s e-newsletter for everyone who shares Wally Bronner’s and my passion for Christmas. (Wally asked me to tell you there are only 110 days until Christmas!)

September really is an ideal time to visit Bronner’s Frankenmuth store if you have the opportunity. The store is all aglow with many new items, and it’s a great time for leisurely shopping.

Now is a great time to start making your list and planning ahead for Christmas gift giving. Bronner’s has plenty of ornaments and trims which can be personalized for free. Check out our website for all the possibilities.

I really enjoy hearing from you so please take time to answer my survey question. Responses will appear in survey form in the next quarterly e-newsletter.

Thank 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!

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with a display featuring the traditional colors and fruit of the season.

Cranberry Velvet Krebs Ornament
Set of 8 (1029276)...$4.49
Cognac Velvet Krebs Ornament
Set of 8 (1114846)...$4.49
9-ft. Copper Ice Crystal Garland
Wheat Sheaf Glass Ornament
Faux Pear Green Ornament
Faux Apple Red Ornament
8.5-in. Faux Grape Cluster Ornament
5.5-in. Faux Grape Cluster Ornament

Wrought Iron 5-tier Pillar Holder (1100413)...$21.99
Jim Shore Scarecrow with Crows Figure (1099756)...$30.00

The Symbol of the Eagle
Immortalized in the sky as the constellation Aquilla, this heavenly eagle faces east towards the sun, showing us courage for meeting each new day. A majestic symbol, the eagle represents power, honor, strength and wisdom. The eagle became a national emblem in 1782 when the Great Seal of the United States was adopted. The eagle has come to represent freedom and bravery to Americans everywhere.

Eagle with Shield Glass Ornament

Good Morning America from Bronner’s
The familiar “Good Morning America” greeting aired from Frankenmuth on August 11, 2006.

South Entrance Home to New Display
The snowmen in our new display at south entrance are waiting to welcome you to Bronner’s.

Bronner’s Christmas Favorites Catalog is Complete!

The new 2006/2007 Bronner’s Christmas Favorites Catalog is now available. Its 60 pages feature ornaments, Nativities, outdoor silhouettes, Bronner’s cookbook and history book, and the new Department 56 replica of Bronner’s Original Store. Many of Bronner’s ornaments can be personalized. Even personalized stockings are available in Bronner’s catalog!

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 online e-catalog.

Bronner’s Village Grows
Department 56 is crafting a second, exclusive Snow Village lighted piece for Bronner’s. The first, a replica of Bronner’s Tannenbaum Shop, was produced in 2004. This second village piece will be modeled after Bronner’s Original Store at 121 E. Tuscola near Main Street. Bronner’s Original Store was built by Bronner Brothers Construction (Wally Bronner’s father and uncle) and opened in 1954.
The new village piece is expected to be available in September and will retail for $99.99 (SKU #1115178). You may reserve Bronner’s Original Store by calling or emailing customer service at (989) 652-9931.

Star Sightings!

Santa and Mrs. Claus were sighted shopping and vacationing at Bronner’s July 7-9. The jolly pair handed out candy canes and paused for impromptu pictures with young guests to Bronner’s.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris visited Bronner’s on Friday evening, July 7, 2006. Harris, who currently plays Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother,” established his acting career in the late ’80s as “Doogie Howser, M.D.”

Harris was coming from the Cherry Festival in Traverse City and had also visited Mackinac Island. A traveling companion suggested they stop at Bronner’s. After shopping at Bronner’s and signing some autographs, Harris joined family and friends for dinner at Sullivan’s Black Forest Restaurant in Frankenmuth.

Photo (l to r): Bronner’s employees with Neil Patrick Harris: Katie Bondy, Kristi Jackson, Gladys Custer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Dorothy Hucul

Actor Larry Joe Campbell visited Bronner’s on Monday, July 17, 2006. Campbell, who currently plays Andy on the ABC sitcom, “According to Jim,” was born in Cadillac, Michigan. He received his bachelors degree in theater from Central Michigan University and a masters degree in theater from Wayne State University.

The entire Campbell family – including Larry, his wife Peggy and five children -visited Bronner’s. They were vacationing in the area.

Photo: Larry Joe Campbell with wife Peggy (holding baby Lydia) and children (l to r) Gabriella, Madelyn, Maxwell, and Nathan.

Singer Tony Orlando visited Bronner’s on August 16, 2006, during his visit to Frankenmuth to appear in Frankenmuth’s Summer Music Festival. He visited the store once, the Silent Night Memorial Chapel twice, and took time to view the lights along Christmas Lane.

Bronner's Flavorful Favorites
We thought you might like to try one of the recipes from Bronner’s staff cookbook, “Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites.”

The cookbook features over 400 recipes submitted by Bronner’s staff and is available online or in-store for $13.99.

Cream Cheese Bars
submitted by Sharon Bierlein

2 pkgs. crescent roll dough
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 c. sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla
powdered sugar

Press one package of dough into lightly greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Spread over dough. Press second package of dough over mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Wait five minutes, then refrigerate. Make a glaze of powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over top.


Bible Verse
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalms 1: 1 & 2

Coming Events At Bronner's...

Department 56 Open House Event
with Artist Tom Bates

Fri. & Sat., Sept. 15/16; Sept.15: 6-8 p.m.; Sept. 16: 10 a.m., Noon and 1-3 p.m.
Village artist Tom Bates will greet guests, pose for photos, and sign Department 56 pieces purchased at Bronner’s during the event. Bates has been with the Department 56 creative team for six years. He has designed accessories and lighted houses for Christmas in the City, Seasons Bay, The Original Snow Village, and North Pole series. Celebrate Department 56 with Tom Bates.

Possible Dreams Event with Joe Walsmith
Friday & Saturday, October 6 & 7
Oct. 6: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 7: noon to 4 p.m.
Meet Joe Walsmith, former president of Possible Dreams (now affiliated with Department 56). He will sign Possible Dreams purchases during the event.

Charming Tails Event with Dean Griff
Saturday, October 14; 1-4 p.m.
Enjoy the rare opportunity to meet Charming Tails creator Dean Griff, who will be greeting guests and signing Charming Tails figurines purchased at the event. Two special event pieces will be available. “Dairy Good Friends” will retail for $32, and “Believe – a Single Word Can Mean So Much” will retail for $28 and be accompanied by a lapel pin. Dean Griff’s Charming Tails collection started with a dozen designs. The collection has grown over the years and now includes over 300 designs, all made of resin. The designs have been produced as figurines, ornaments, water globes and lighted houses. All of the pieces feature woodland creatures in a whimsical outdoor setting.

Beer Stein Event with Rex Halfpenny
Saturday, Oct. 21; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Rex Halfpenny is publisher of the Michigan Beer Guide, founder of the Michigan Brewers Guild, a certified beer judge and district officer of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. Hear Rex speak about beer steins and the history of beer.

Meet Wally Bronner
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 21 & 22, Nov. 11 & 12, and Dec. 2 & 3 - 1-4 p.m.
Meet originator Wally Bronner as he takes time to meet with guests, pose for photos and sign autographs. Wally will be happy to sign his new book, “A Picturesque Story of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.” While you’re at Bronner’s, view the video presentation, “A Decorative Life: The Wally Bronner Story,” shown daily free of charge in Bronner’s program center.

Department 56™ Retirement Weekend
Fri. & Sat., November 3 & 4
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.

Glassblowing and Painting Demonstration
Nov. 3-12, Mon.-Sat. - 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m., 7-8 p.m., Sun. 12:30-6 p.m.
Thomas and Marlene Horn, artisan husband-and-wife team, will showcase their ornament-making talents. Thomas, a skilled glassblower, and Marlene, a talented painter, represent the Krebs Ornament Factory in Lauscha, Germany. The Horns will be delighted to sign any Krebs ornaments purchased at Bronner’s during their visit. Join the Horns at Bronner’s.

Cherished Teddies Event
with Priscilla & Glenn Hillman

Sat., Nov. 4 - 10 a.m.–Noon and 2-4 p.m.
Enjoy the rare opportunity to meet Cherished Teddies creator/artist Priscilla Hillman and her son, artist Glenn Hillman, who will be greeting guests and signing Cherished Teddies figurines purchased at the event. The event piece “Fran and Vinny: It’s Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together” will be available during the event for $35. In 1992 Priscilla submitted her drawings to Enesco and the Cherished Teddies collection was born. Glenn joined her in 1999 and has since designed many pieces in the collection.

Pam Chatley Ornament Artist Signing
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4/5; Nov. 4: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Nov. 5: noon-5 p.m.
Meet Michigan artist Pam Chatley. Pam will gladly sign any of her whimsical, creative ornaments purchased November 4 or 5.

Connie Larsen Ornament Artist Signing
Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 9/10, 16/17, 30 & Dec. 1
10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a unique opportunity to meet Bronner’s ornament artist Connie Larsen. She will sign or personalize any of her ornaments purchased during her appearances. Connie’s ornaments are exclusive to Bronner’s.

St. Nicholas: from Saint to Santa
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 11 & 12 - 2 & 3 p.m.
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 ages.

Fontanini Signing with Marco Fontanini
Fri. & Sat., Nov. 17 & 18, Nov. 17: 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 18: noon – 4 p.m.
Marco 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 personal collection. Join Marco Fontanini at Bronner’s.

Jacki Edwards Ornament Artist Signing
Sat.& Sun., Nov. 18 & 19, Nov. 18: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Nov. 19: noon-5 p.m.
Meet Clay Creations ornament artist Jacki Edwards at Bronner’s. Jacki will sign and personalize her ornaments during the event.

Ulrich Tendera Hummel Painter
Nov. 24-26, Nov. 24, & 25: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m., and 7-8 p.m.;
Nov. 26: 12:30-6 p.m.
Welcome M.I. Hummel artist Ulrich Tendera to Bronner’s. Ulrich will be happy to sign M.I. Hummel purchases made at Bronner’s during his appearance. If you would like to preorder a Hummel figurine for signing or shipment, please contact customer service at (989) 652-9931.

Santa Visits Daily
Nov. 24-Dec. 24: Mon.-Sat.: 10-11:30 a.m., 1-4:15 p.m., and 6-7:45 p.m.; Sun.: 1-6 p.m.
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.

Byer’s Choice Event
Saturday, Dec. 2 - 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Stop in and pick up the special event Byer’s Choice caroler, “Partridge in a Pear Tree Santa,” at Bronner’s. The figurine will retail for $64.

Teresa Thibault Ornament Artist Signing
Dec. 8-10, Dec. 8 & 9: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Dec. 10: noon-5 p.m.
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 yourself.

Precious Moments Company Doll Signing
Saturday, Dec. 16 - Time TBA
Linda Rick, Precious Moments Company’s nationally renowned doll designer, and Richard Hay, Precious Moments Company president, are teaming up with Bronner’s to create a fun-filled event just for you. They will be greeting guests and signing Precious Moments doll purchases.

Wally & Irene Sing-along
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 22 & 23, 1:30-2 p.m.
Join Wally and Irene Bronner as Wally leads everyone in singing a variety of favorite Christmas carols while Irene accompanies on an old-fashioned pump organ. Music is piped throughout the store. This is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Silent Night Sing-along
Sunday, Dec. 24 - 3-3:15 p.m.
Join Wally Bronner and 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 season.

Watch this space every month for the results of our previous Question of the Quarter.

Due to a changeover in Bronner’s website, responses from the June Question of the Quarter are not accessible. We are repeating the question in this issue:

My First Experience with Bronner's was...

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