Christmas Parade is Saturday; kids can visit Santa
The town Christmas parade is Saturday, December 7 and begins at 4:30 p.m. at the high school. It is still not too late for businesses, families, and individuals to enter the parade for free and compete for the best float entry. The theme this year is “Christmas.”
First place winner receives $200, second place $50, and third place $25.
People may enter either on townofwestcliffe.com or by going to Town Hall on Main Street in Westcliffe.
Floats are asked to line up at 4 p.m. in the Custer County School’s west parking lot. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m.
The parade will march west from the school down Main Street and stop at Jess Price Memorial Park for Mayor Christy Veltrie’s lighting of the park, and then proceed down Main Street ending on Adam’s Boulevard.
Mayor Veltrie will give the town, participants, and visitors a celebratory speech. The Custer County School Choir, accompanied by the piano, will perform carols and other holiday songs.
“The parade judges are Mayor Veltrie, Trustee Art Nordyke, and Mayor Pro-Tem Audrey Gluschke,” said Westcliffe town clerk Kathy Reis. “Parade winners will be announced the following week in the paper, and they will be contacted.”
Before the parade begins, parents can bring their children to visit Santa Claus at Cliff Lanes from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Reis at 719-783-2282.
Chorale to perform Sunday
Get the Christmas season off to an outstanding musical start by attending this Sunday’s annual performance presented by the Wet Mountain Valley Christmas Chorale.
The popular annual event will be held this Sunday, Dec. 8, at Hope Lutheran Church in Westcliffe. There will be two performances, at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m.
The public is invited to celebrate the season with song and scripture. The chorale is conducted by Brittan Braddock and Monica Backsen, and will be accompanied by pianist Cheryl Pinnella.
Among the highlights will be solos by David Schneider and Kim Millett in Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”
Music-lovers should also make plans to attend a festive holiday performance by the Wet Mountain Valley Community Band on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the west gym at Custer County High School.
Festival of Trees!
Fully decorated trees among items available
The annual Festival of Trees will be held at the Cliff Lanes community room this Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Christmas trees fully decorated by clubs, businesses, individuals and students will be available for purchase, and the public can also vote for their favorite tree.
“There are 16 trees this year,” said volunteer Rosemary Moose. “Marci Gregg went out in three feet of snow on Monday to get some of them, so they are really fresh.”
Household decor items will also be for sale, provided by the Olde Schoolhouse Quilters. The items include holiday table runners, tree skirts, placemats, wall hangings and other handmade items.
Various other holiday table settings, arrangements and other items will be available as well.
“We’re really having a lot of fun getting things put together,” Moose said. “We love working with each other too. If we finish putting together a table setting, we can ask each other if it needs work or if it is good. It’s fun sharing opinions.”
The event is an annual fund-raiser for the Valley Park, Recreation and Youth Center, and proceeds will be put toward scholarships for local students.
“We’re just having a ball,” Moose said.
Library craft fair opens today
Longtime Friends of the Library member Ginny Powers will be selling her award-winning pottery today, December 5 through Saturday, December 7.
Powers is one of many local artisans and crafters who will have their works on display at the popular annual fundraiser.
The pottery for sale was carved, glazed, and decorated by Powers, and is being sold exclusively at the Friends of the Library Craft Fair. This is a one-time opportunity, as Ginny and her husband Bob will be moving closer to family soon.
Everyone is invited to stop by the Hope Lutheran Church’s fellowship hall at 312 South Third Street for the Meet, Greet and Shop evening. It will begin on Thursday, December 5 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Hot cider and cookies will be provided. The fair will continue on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Susan Raymer at 783-4340.
KWMV radio in its new studio; open house is this Saturday
KWMV 95.9 is back. The valley’s radio station is holding a grand opening and open house this Saturday, Dec. 7 at its new location, 103 S. 2nd Street in Westcliffe.
The grand opening celebration starts at 1 p.m. and goes to 6 p.m.
“The studio is three times larger than the old one where we were before,” said DJ Gary Taylor. “There is now room for live performances, and for people to sit in and enjoy the music. There is even a window into the recording room for people to peek in and watch.”
For the grand opening, the radio station is making good use of the extra space to have performances from Sugarfoot, Becky Beard and Steve Thomas, Ron Thomason and Heidi Claire, Jack Naff, just to name a few.
When DJs Roger Wise and Gary Taylor were asked what they think of the new station, they both shared a glance and grinned.
“It’s great,” Taylor said off the bat.
“I’m reserving judgment,” Wise laughed. “It looks good.”
Manager Bob Thomason said that they all learned from the prior location what goes into a studio.
“There needs to be lots of room for performances,” Thomason said. “Now we have space for our equipment, for people, for entertainment.”
Now that the station is finished, the live shows will start back up. Some of the DJs and hosts include Les Schickling, Drew Horton, Joanie Liebman, and Roland Williams.
The public is encouraged and invited to join the celebration at the grand opening, meet the familiar voices heard on the air, and enjoy live music and good food and drinks.
For more information, visit KWMV.org.
Art Guild hosting reception
The Sangre Art Guild will hold its last reception for the year of 2013 on Saturday, December 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the 3rd Street Gallery, one block north of downtown on highway 69. This month features a non-juried show that includes a sale of art suitable for holiday gifts. In the gallery can be found jewelry, pottery, photography and paintings in acrylic, oil and watercolor
At the reception, attendees will vote on three People’s Choice awards. As usual, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, including wine, will be served.
The show and art sale, having begun on November 3, runs until December 29. The first floor houses the holiday show, while the second floor offers new works by local painters.
The gallery is open Thursday through Monday until the end of December.
Visit Beckwith Ranch celebration
Once again, Beckwith Ranch will be festooned for the holiday season. The theme, an “Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration” will open the first two weekends in December from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15. Different individuals and organizations have decorated rooms in the old ranching mansion so that each one radiates a festive spirit.
As holiday guests tour the historic structure, they can choose their favorite room and cast a vote of appreciation for the group that bedecked that room. Some participating organizations include Custer County Historical and Genealogical Society, Westcliffe Garden Club, The Chamber of Commerce, The Altar Society of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, and committees of the Friends of Beckwith Board of Directors.
As in previous years, John Boucek, who writes the astrology column for the Tribune and a former resident of Westcliffe, donated numerous nativity sets that he and his deceased wife, Margaret, gathered during their travels to a myriad of different countries. The nativity sets will be sold in a silent auction, with all earnings dedicated to the Beckwith Ranch renovation. The bidding will commence both weekends, ending at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, when the highest bidder may come to claim their nativity sets.
Friends of the Beckwith Ranch Society, setting up an have created several unique hand-crafted gifts and baked goods that will be offered for sale in the “Old Fashioned Christmas Boutique.” Guests will also be served hot spiced cider and cookies. Admission for adults is $5, with children under 12 years of age free.
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