Non-traditional gifts for the holidays available

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Memberships are available at Hidden Lake Gardens. Photo by Jim Lincoln.

It is the week before Christmas, and often the time to begin panicking about needing that perfect Christmas gift for the last few people on the Christmas list. Traditional Christmas gifts of clothing, electronics, toys, and other items are one way to celebrate the season. For those who have all the “stuff” they need, there are better non-traditional choices.

Lenawee County is home to a variety of different arts and activities that offer memberships or the chance to give a gift that is off the beaten path. The best part is the purchase of these nontraditional gifts is easy, and can be done over the phone or online or in person. And the cost is often more affordable than gifts that end up in a closet or regifted.

Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton offers annual memberships. Recipients of a gift membership receive newsletters and bulletins, discounts on classes and lectures, a discount on gift merchandise, a plant sale preview, as well as unlimited visits to the conservatories and unlimited trail access throughout the year.

A single membership for one person is $30, a dual membership for two adults at the same address is $40, a family membership for two adults and children under 18 is $45, a grandparents membership for two grandparents and grandchildren under 18 is $45, and a family and friends membership for two adults, all children under 18 and six guests is $60.

It’s even a great gift for non-Tecumseh residents. “Remember that you can give a membership to out of town people as well because of the Reciprocal Garden Agreement that allows entry to over 200 Gardens nationwide,” said Hidden Lake Gardens Manager Steven Courtney. Hidden Lake Gardens can be reached at 517.431.2060

A membership to the Tecumseh Historical Society is a perfect gift for the person who appreciates all history found in Tecumseh. A yearly membership is $10, a lifetime membership for seniors is $50, and a lifetime membership is $100.
“A membership would afford a guest to play an active role in the reshaping and restructuring of the entire historical society,” said Eric Burdick, President of the society. “They are not only giving a gift of history but a gift of activity.”
More information is available by calling the Tecumseh Historical Society at 423.2374.

Music lovers would appreciate the opportunity to enjoy a concert or group of concerts performed by the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. The 2012-2013 season still has five great concerts to enjoy in 2013.

“Give the gift of live music to someone special on your Christmas list,” said Sharon Taylor of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra.

The Adrian Symphony Orchestra has gift certificates available for holiday gift giving. The giver may select the concert or allow the recipient to choose the concert of their choice. Call the Adrian Symphony office at 264.3121 on Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Community Arts of Tecumseh offers classes in visual arts and music for ages two through 92. Members of CAT receive a $5 discount off all classes. A membership is $20 for individual, $35 for Family, $150 for Business, $250 for contributing, $500 for Patron and $1,000 for sponsor. Information is available by calling 423.0000.

The Tecumseh Center for the Arts offers a variety of arts and travel entertainment right here in Tecumseh. From the Kiwanis travelogues to national music and illusion performances like Franc D’Ambrosio and Jason Bishop to local youth musical theater, there are still many performances left in the 2012-2013 schedule to delight as a special gift. Information and tickets are available online at thetca.org or by calling 517.423.6617.




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