First-ever Whoville Celebration to take place Sat.

HUBBARD LAKE — The Loyal Ladies will help the community of Hubbard Lake kick off the holiday season with the first ever Whoville Celebration to be held Saturday.

Organizer Cyndi Apsey said the celebration event also is a fundraiser for the Loyal Ladies, which began this summer working on art installations for various communities in Alcona County.

To date the Loyal Ladies, through donations and fundraising efforts, have put up decorative window clings in vacant stores in Spruce and funded a carved wooden interpretive sign that is located at the Alcona Township Park outlining the history of Black River. And the group is planning to do more art projects all over the county.

There will be a number of events taking place all day at the Hubbard Lake Community Center beginning at 1 p.m.

From 1-4 p.m. there will be a bake sale, children’s activities including arts and crafts, a bonfire and free photos with Santa or The Grinch, according to Apsey.

A special dinner will begin at 5 p.m., featuring sausage-stuffed pork loin, side dishes and dessert.

Apsey said dinner is a donation of $15 for adults, and a donation of $5 for children under 12 years old. Pre-purchased dinner tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the General Store in Hubbard Lake, Stone Bar, gas station or at theloyalladies.com/future-events.

Apsey said there will be the lighting of the first ever Hubbard Lake Community Christmas Tree at 7 p.m. More information on the event can be found by looking at the group’s Facebook page or by calling Apsey at 335-3018.

Apsey said she hopes the event will continue from year to year. She said it is a way to give back to the community.

“What happened is when we started a lot of the big donations came from the town of Hubbard Lake,” he said. “We wanted to show the community our appreciation and have a fundraiser at the same time. The community has really come out to support us and helping us do it at the same time.”

Apsey said she hopes to continue the event and make it larger next year. She said the group is also planning upcoming art projects to be placed in different parts of the community and said the projects have been worthwhile.

“It is a really good feeling and it makes it all worth it and I think it’s really good for the community,” she said.

Jason Ogden can be reached via email at jogden@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693. Follow Jason on Twitter @jo_alpenanews.

What: Hubbard Lake Whoville Celebration

When: Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

Where: Hubbard Lake Community Center