THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
VISIT THE MANGER-The public is invited to stop at The Harbors Retirement Community on 10th Ave., Menominee from 4 to 7 p.m. every evening from now until Christmas to visit the life sized manger scene and enjoy the decorations and a cup of hot chocolate. There is no charge. The manger scene, lights and other decorations were donated to The Harbors by Sue Krygoski.
Krygoski Lights Now at the Harbors
For many TIMESland area families, viewing the spectacular Christmas light display and life size nativity scene at the home of Joe and Sue Krygoski at 4001-18th Street, Menominee has become a holiday tradition. This year the display will not be there, but it can be viewed at The Harbors, the former St. Joseph-Lloyd Hospital that is now used for retirement living, at 1110-10th Ave., Menominee, and at Holy Spirit Church, also on 10th Street in Menominee.
Just drive across the Interstate Bridge from Marinette and you can't miss them. Nor can you miss the life size manger scene that was moved this year to the Abundant Life Homeless Shelter, which is also on 10th Ave. after being evicted from its traditional setting in the bandshell on Menominee's lakefront.
The Krygoski Christmas light tradition started over 35 years ago, when Sue asked her husband, Joe, who has since passed away, to put up a huge star over their house for Christmas. She was concerned about the many secular-type Christmas displays and wanted a large reminder of the reason for the season, the star that led the shepherds to the manger in Bethlehem to pay homage to the new born Christ child.
Joe had his company crew, using large lifting equipment, put a really, really big lighted star high over the house. The decorating grew from there.
The life size Krygoski manger scene is on display this year at The Harbors. The public is invited to stop there between 4 and 7 p.m. until Christmas for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate besides viewing the Christmas scene.
Sue Krygoski had some injuries from falls this year, and was not able to put up her light display so she decided to share her lights and other decorations with The Harbors and Holy Spirit Church.
"Little did we know that the city's Nativity Scene would also have a new home on 10th Ave.," she said. "Now the many people driving through the City of Menominee will see the Christmas display and realize the true meaning of Christmas - that Jesus is the Reason for the Season."
She said some people feel bad about the nativity scene being moved out of Menominee's bandshell, but asked what could be more appropriate than having the scene of Jesus in the manger at the homeless shelter along with His family. After all, they were homeless in Bethlehem when He was born.