For several years, the dedicated and hard-working ladies of the Grand Junction Symphony Guild brought us the Cup of Cheer. Whether you know it as the Cup of Cheer, the Holiday Tour of Homes or the Soup Supper, there is no denying its tradition and appeal in the Grand Valley.I have been working for the Grand Junction Symphony for nearly four years and in that time the Cup of Cheer has changed significantly. In 2010, the Guild decided, reluctantly, to forgo hosting the Cup of Cheer. It was not that the Guild ladies did not want to continue the tour, it was just becoming more difficult with the advancing age of their membership.The ladies of the Grand Junction Symphony Guild are some of the hardest working women I know and have been doing incredible things for the Grand Junction Symphony since their inception in 1979. Each year they host numerous fundraisers that seek to directly benefit the educational programs of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. From Brats in the Park in the summer to their Springfest Luncheon, the Guild contributes, on average, over $15,000 a year. That holiday season in 2010, the Symphony office was flooded with calls asking if the Cup of Cheer was happening and when we explained the situation the common sentiment was disappointment followed quickly by a request to bring it back, to which we listened.It was quickly decided by the fundraising committee of the Grand Junction Symphony that the Cup of Cheer needed to stay in the family so in 2011 the Cup of Cheer made a triumphant return after only a one-year hiatus.This year's tour features four homes spread across the Grand Valley including one downtown, one near Fruita and two in the Redlands. The final stop of the tour will again be at Two Rivers Winery & Chateau where tour participants will be treated to a room full of festive table settings and a cookie and fruitcake reception. The cookies are provided by the Cake Cottage and a special Finnish fruitcake is being prepared by Grand Junction Symphony board member Gunilla Bishop. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from the Grand Junction Symphony by visiting www.gjsymphony.org, calling 970-243-6787 or stopping by the office at 225 N. Fifth St., suite 120. The Grand Junction Symphony will also have a booth in front of Unique Expressions (between Third and Fourth streets) at this Saturday's Downtown Winter Fest before the Parade of Lights. Stop by to purchase Cup of Cheer or "Nutcracker" tickets, some coffee or hot chocolate or just to say hi.A raffle will also be conducted at Two Rivers where those that enter will have a chance to win a four-place setting of an Old St. Nicholas pattern by Vietri with glassware and linens. Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the Symphony, from Unique Expressions and at Two Rivers Winery on the day of the tour. The winner does not need to be present to win.
Warm up with a 'Cup of Cheer' with the Grand Junction Symphony Guild
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