Glenwood, Carbondale, Redstone get in the spirit of the holidays
Three area mountain towns will add a little light to the lives of locals and visitors this holiday weekend.In Glenwood Springs, the Hotel Colorado’s annual lighting ceremony – the Pageantry of Lights – will take place at 7 p.m. today with caroling, door prizes, fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus. Before, during and after the ceremony, holiday shoppers can take advantage of one-stop shopping at the “Christmas in the Rockies” 11th annual Arts and Crafts show.”Christmas in the Rockies” takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and features more than 60 artists offering homemade crafts and gifts.The Hotel Colorado carries on another holiday tradition next weekend with the 13th Annual Elegant Auction and Luncheon to raise money for high school scholarships and the nonprofit Even Start Literacy Program. Local chapter AO – of the international sisterhood of P.E.O. – hosts the event on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Hotel Colorado. Previewing of the auction items begins at 11 a.m. and lunch begins at noon. Tickets are $18 and available at the Mountain Peddler in Glenwood Springs.Through Dec. 21, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts continues its annual offering of distinctive, handcrafted Colorado gifts with the Holiday Goodies arts and crafts fair. Call 945-2414 for Center for the Arts hours.The holiday festivities spread to Carbondale when the Chamber, Recreation Department, Arts Council and Downtown Preservation Association team up to bring the First Fridays/Light Up Carbondale celebration on Dec. 2.The evening begins with a bonfire, hot chocolate, cookies, carriage rides, caroling and a visit by Santa Claus from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the Fourth Street plaza.Shops will be open for extended hours, and galleries will have special exhibit openings as part of the monthly First Fridays event.Redstone’s Grand Illumination, a valley tradition for more than 30 years, also shares in ringing in the season from 4-8 p.m. today.Candle luminaries will be placed throughout the historic village. Shops, galleries and cafes will also be open and serving refreshments and holiday cheer until 8 p.m.Santa Claus is slated to arrive by sleigh at 4 p.m. in front of Fiala Handweaving/Cats Too and will greet children until 4:45.Then Santa will lead the procession to the tree lighting ceremony at Redstone Park at 5 p.m., and on to the bonfire and caroling at Redstone Inn from 5:30-7 p.m.Haden Gregg and Kelly Michel will perform at the Redstone Inn at 6 p.m.Other events throughout the day include:n Redstone Art Center preview of exhibiting artists, plus a complimentary cup of hot cranberry cider. Exhibit includes Garson & Pakele ceramics, watercolors by Kurt Isgreen, jewelry by former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, silks and wearable art by Stryder & Phoenix, hand-carved wood and stone sculpture by Oregon artist Donna Goss, and the unique marble sculpture of Colorado sculptor Steve Kentz. The Art Center’s holiday season show runs through Jan. 31, 2006.n Local children’s book author Amy Krakow will have a book-signing for her new book, “Mutt and the Monster Go Skiing and Snowboarding,” from 1-4 p.m. today at the Book Bistro, located on the Boulevard. Mutt will be there, and refreshments will be served.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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Grace Wesseling is an animal lover, a cheerleader of seven years and another soon-to-be graduate of Bridges High School, class of 2021.