Events At Bronner's...
Department 56 Open
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.
Department 56 with Tom Bates.
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.
Joe Walsmith, former president of Possible Dreams
(now affiliated with Department 56). He will sign Possible
Dreams purchases during the event.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4/5; Nov. 4: 10 a.m.-noon and
1-5 p.m.; Nov. 5: noon-5 p.m.
Michigan artist Pam Chatley. Pam will gladly sign
any of her whimsical, creative ornaments purchased November
4 or 5.
Connie Larsen Ornament
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.
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
Sat.& Sun., Nov. 18 & 19, Nov. 18: 10 a.m.-noon
and 1-5 p.m.; Nov. 19: noon-5 p.m.
Clay Creations ornament artist Jacki Edwards at
Bronner’s. Jacki will sign and personalize her
ornaments during the event.
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.
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.
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.
Ornament Artist Signing
Dec. 8-10, Dec. 8 & 9: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.;
Dec. 10: noon-5 p.m.
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.
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
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 22 & 23, 1:30-2 p.m.
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
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