First Congregational-UCC of Charlotte once again hosted a table inside the main tent of the second annual Michigan Nordic Fire Festival that was held February 24-26 in Charlotte. Our hot cocoa warmed many visitors seeking shelter from the cold wind at the Viking camp site across from Lincoln Park. This year we passed out 775 cups of cocoa (36 gallons) on Saturday and Sunday, more than double the amount of 2016.
New this year were Viking helmet-shaped frosted cookies baked by Mary Normand. They were a huge hit, as delicious as they were creative. All 300 of them were gone in less than four hours. Donations to our Walk for Warmth canister totaled $205, more than double the amount of the previous year. Walk for Warmth is a statewide annual fundraiser for home heating assistance.
Attendance was definitely up at this year’s festival. Volunteers at our booth spoke to people from around Michigan and even from other countries. People were eager for a mid-winter outing that was family-friendly. They enjoyed the Celtic music and dancers, the burning of a long boat, shopping at vendors’ displays, dressing in Norse “garb”, and other activities.
Thanks to all who helped make this a fun, successful event for our community.