Published on January 22, 2021

Family Snow and S’mores Event to Benefit Return of Maternity Services

Photo of Nicole Potter and Jakub Malarz, M.D., taking in an afternoon of snowshoeing at Zettle Farms in West Branch, Michigan.

Nicole Potter, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation and Family Medicine Physician Jakub Malarz, M.D., take in an afternoon of snowshoeing at Zettel Farms in West Branch. The public is invited to enjoy winter activities, including snowshoeing at the farm during an upcoming Snow and S’mores fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 6, in West Branch. Funds raised will support the return of maternity services at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch.

Glistening snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing on 65-acres of trails, a warm fire, s’mores and cocoa are just some of the family outdoor events planned at MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Snow and S’mores event on Saturday, Feb. 6. Hosted by Zettel Farms in West Branch, proceeds from the event will benefit the MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch Maternity Services project.

“Dan and Melinda Zettel are generously hosting us at their beautiful farm to help us in raising funds for the return of maternity services in West Branch,” said Nicole Potter, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “It’s the perfect escape to enjoy a variety of activities while supporting the community. We have a day full of fun in the snow planned for families and friends and hope everyone can join us.”

Late last year, it was announced that maternity services would be returning to the West Branch community at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. The more than two million dollar project includes renovations and new equipment to create a comfortable, state-of-the-art, family-focused place for women to give birth.

“Our family is excited to open the farm to our friends at MidMichigan Health,” said Dan and Melinda Zettel, owners of Zettel Farms. “We are longtime residents of the community. We’ve watched our children grow up here and are proud to be part of the future generations that will be welcomed to the West Branch community.”

Attendees of the Snow and S’mores event can enjoy a private, 30-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride which tours guests through Zettel Farms. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket. After the sleigh ride, s’mores and hot cocoa will be available at the outdoor fire pit. Rides are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $200 per group of up to 12 people.  Reservations are required.

For those interested in exploring Zettel Farms on foot, guest may bring cross county skis, snowshoes or hiking boots and enjoy time on the 65 acres of farm trails. Trails will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and includes hot cocoa and s’mores at the outdoor fire pit. Reservations are required.

Additional food will be available on-site from Zettel Farms and for delivery from The Highway Brewing.

Those interested in a reservation for a sleigh ride or trail adventure may call (989) 343-3694 or visit Reservations are non-refundable; however, if the event is canceled due to weather conditions, all reservations will be fully refunded. 

Those unable to attend but interested in supporting the new maternity unit with a donation may visit Those interested in learning more about this project may contact Potter at (989) 343-3694 or