| Along with first snows, stringing lights, and planning festive gatherings and gifts, the Valley comes alive this time of year with a number of events for the public. Those we are aware of include the following:
Rehearsals have already begun for the annual Christmas Chorale. Community choristers are invited by Sara Thompson, director, to the every Monday rehearsals, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 109 S. 5th Street, Westcliffe. Performance this year will be Sunday, December 13 at Our Lady of Assumption at 3 p.m.
Community Thanksgiving Meal
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp hosts its 21st annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the community today , Nov. 26 at noon. There is no charge for the meal, but reservations, including the number in the party, should be made at 719/942-4220 or 719-276-5233.
Small Business Saturday: Gallery Events
Greenstone Artworks, 95 Main Street, Westcliffe, across from the Supermarket, has special hours on Small Business Saturday, November 28, from noon until 7 p.m. Greenstone features fine art and unique alpaca apparel, made for the holidays. Otherwise, Greenstone is open most Fridays and Saturdays noon until 5 p.m. Details are available at 719-315-6048 or at www.greenstoneart.com.
Brookwood Gallery opens its doors this same Saturday at 1 p.m. for its Winter Solstice Show. Located at 211 Main Street, Westcliffe, Brookwood also hosts a mingler with featured artists from 4 to 7 p.m. Details can be obtained at 783-2166 or www.brookwoodgallery.com
Bill Gillette’s Silverlight Gallery also has a reception that day from 4 to 7 p.m. Located at 102 S. 3rd Street, Westcliffe, Silverlight features “Images of the West…People, Places.” Call 783-9746 or drop in on www.bgillettephotography.com for further information.
Christmas Tea and Cookie Exchange
The Custer County Chamber of Commerce invites all to open the holiday season on Saturday, November 28 in the West Custer County Library Community Room. The Christmas Tea is served from 2-4 p.m., followed by a cookie exchange from 4-5 p.m. “Bring a dozen, take home a dozen!” Details are available at 783-9163.
Library Arts & Crafts Fair
Friends of the Library sponsors their annual holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5 at Hope Lutheran Church’s Lange Hall, 312 S. 3rd Street, Westcliffe. Over 50 local craftspeople can supply handcrafted treasures and gifts for Christmas gift giving. Proceeds from the Fair go to Library books and programs. Hours are 3-6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Festival of Trees
Valley Park, Recreation & Youth Center collaborates with Families Matter to Custer County to bring the Festival of Trees to Cliff Lanes Community Room in Westcliffe on Friday and Saturday December 4 and 5.
Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a Kids Holiday Shopping Corner; a Holiday Boutique featuring Old ‘Westcliff’ Schoolhouse Quilters items, other hand made gifts, and floral arrangements; and an opportunity to make silent auction bids on trees and holiday items decorated and donated by local businesses, Custer County school kids, and other organizations and individuals throughout the Valley.
Bids close at 6 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds go to the sponsoring agencies for the upkeep and maintenance of the Old ‘Westcliff’ Schoolhouse and Museum, educational programs, and families in need.
St. Luke’s Crafts and Bake Sale
Historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Mission, 201 South 3rd Street, Westcliffe welcomes everyone to bring family and friends to their Artisan Crafts and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15 percent of artisan sales and 100 percent of baked goods sales are donated to St. Luke’s community outreach programs. This year featured items include jewelry by Ann and Ann of E Heart Creations; pottery by Karen LeBlond of Blue Moon Pottery Ranch, and by Chris Tabb; paintings by Willdra Ruzanski; Wayne Ewing’s book “Tears in God’s Bottle;” professional photography, cashmere scarves from Samaria, hostess gifts, copper décor by Copper Creations, and artificial 24” Christmas trees and greenery. Hot cider and organ music accompany the event.
SAG Reception and Sale
The non-profit Sangres Art Guild (SAG) welcomes the community to its Holiday Show Reception and Sale on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 4-6 p.m. Held at the 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 N. Highway 69, the SAG event promotes local artists and provides “smaller art works of exceptional value for holiday giving.” Regular hours at the Gallery during December are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 719-315-6045 or visit www.sangresartguild.org.
School Christmas Choir/Band Concert
The Custer County Schools Christmas choir and band concert will be held in the West Gym, Tuesday, December 8, at 7 p.m. The concert should last about two hours. Details are available at the school, 783-2291.
Post 170 Party
Tickets for the American Legion Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 16 at Nacho Mama’s Cantina, 6-8 p.m., are available from Ted Ballard at the Library, Tim Swartz at the VSO, or Preston Madler at 719-735-7833. The cost is $10 per person.
The festivities include a variety of hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, service competition, Christmas songs, and gift exchange ($10 and under, marked man or woman).
Please be sure to contact the Tribune for posting other holiday events open to the community. Already, the season is shaping up to be fun-filled and happily busy!