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12th night celebration

Post Independent Writer

The Eagle and Gypsum communities will bid farewell to the holiday season, with the local tradition of a “Twelfth Night” bonfire and celebration on Thursday, Jan. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m.Eagle’s event will be in the town park, near the outdoor skating rink; and Gypsum’s event will be near the skating rink at the Town Hall. Bring your ice skates. The Lions Club will offer hot chocolate, coffee, and cider.Discarded Christmas trees and greenery will fuel the bonfires. The Lions Club will pick up trees from the curb in front of houses on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1 and 2. Citizens may also drop off their trees at a designated spot in the community parks. All trees should be dropped off by 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 6.According to the Enterprise archives, Dr. L.W. Simmons started the Twelfth Night observance in 1952. Twelfth Night is traditionally rooted in the Christian observance of the Epiphany, celebrating the arrival of the three wise men to worship the baby Jesus on the 12th night after Christmas. Through the ages, the Jan. 6 celebration became more jovial in nature, a tone that has carried over to the local observances. This is a no-cost event, open to anyone interested. Typically, several hundred people, including adults and children, turn out to visit neighbors, skate and enjoy the bonfire.This year, the ice rink in Eagle is being operated by volunteers, with some equipment backup by the Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District. The town of Gypsum is responsible for the ice rink in that community.The Greater Eagle and Gypsum fire districts play a role in their respective communities. Firefighters control the bonfire and help ensure that the evening remains a safe and happy occasion.The Greater Eagle and Gypsum fire districts play a role in their respective communities. Firefighters control the bonfire and help ensure that the evening remains a safe and happy occasion.


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