Making music to help others have a Merry Christmas

Jingle Bell Jam again collecting donations for Toys for Tots, Gifts for Teens

MANISTEE — The festivities of Sleighbell Weekend have a knack for putting people in the giving spirit, so the timing is perfect for asking the community to extend generosity to their neighbors in need and help to provide Christmas gifts to families that can’t afford them.

As thousands gather on the chilly streets of downtown Manistee for the Victorian Sleighbell Parade, the bands will be warming up for the annual Jingle Bell Jam.

This event will take place on Saturday, at the Manistee American Legion Post No. 10 on 10 Mason St. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with music starting right after the parade, and going to 11 p.m. The band line-up is Cheryl Wolfram & Friends, Junk Monkey and Sufferin Succotash. Food and snacks provided.

Manistee County resident Cheryl Wolfram began planning the first Jingle Bell Jam concert over 15 years ago. She and her new band mates were trying to cultivate venues to perform, but they were also looking to do something for the community. Hence, this event which has become a perennial favorite.

All proceeds benefit the Toys for Tots and Gifts for Teens program in Manistee County, which is sponsored by FiveCAP, Inc. and Synergy Broadcasting Group (WKZC Radio).

Admission is one new unwrapped toy or gift or a cash donation to FiveCAP’s Toys for Tots and Gifts for Teens program. For more information on the event or Toys for Tots and Gifts for Teens, contact the Manistee County FiveCAP office at (231) 723-8327.



Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or

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