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Kalamazoo will hold its annual Holiday Parade

Nov 19, 2021
John McNeill / WMUK

The Holiday Season officially arrives in Kalamazoo on Saturday, November 20, with a big parade downtown.

Christmas Tree Sellers Are Having A Banner Year

Dec 14, 2020
A foreshortened view of the underside of a bushy, newly-cut Christmas tree. It is resting on a metal cart. More trees, planted in rows, are visible to the sides and in the background.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

COVID-19 has messed up many people’s holiday plans, to put it mildly. But it may have brought some good news to Christmas tree growers. As people avoid travel and indoor gatherings, they’re flocking to Christmas tree farms.

courtesy of the artist

Carolyn Koebel's musical life has introduced her to so many diverse musicians, regionally and beyond, that she no longer sees barriers between genres. The multi-instrumentalist and music therapist  likes to connect these disparate points in her projects.

courtesy of the Kalamazoo Singers

The Kalamazoo Singers will begin their season with "A Merry Mosaic," at 5 pm on Saturday, Dec 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, led by their music director, Rick Phelps. Cara Lieurance spoke to Phelps about the pieces on the program, which features works that combine voices, brass, and piano, as well as a personal selection written by a composer friend, Gerald Custer. Another highlight is a setting of the Magnificat by modern choral composer Arvo Part, who created a new movement of choral minimalism based on bell tones and silence.

Jennifer Combes, of Kalamazoo, and her daughters sit next to the Holly Jolly Trolley driver on the Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 Art Hop Night (Photo by WMUK/Earlene McMichael)
Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Note: For the holiday season, WMUK rebroadcasts this story about downtown Kalamazoo's Holly Jolly Trolley.