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Holly Days, Mountain Madrigals brighten the holiday season

Submitted PhotoIn their 25th season, the Mountain Madrigals will perform at 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday, and Saturday, Dec. 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs.

Bundle up warmly and come to Rifle out for The Citizen Telegram’s ninth annual Holly Days celebration Saturday.But before that, be sure to visit local Holly Days retailers, which display Holly Days signs in their front windows, as they are giving out double tickets Saturday only for prize drawings held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds later that night.This year, the Holly Days theme is “Holly Days Around the World.” The holiday event includes incentives for shopping locally at Holly Days merchants, the Parade of Lights in downtown Rifle, and, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, prize drawings, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and holiday festivities.The Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m. and marches from Third Street at East Avenue to Park Avenue. Immediately following the parade, the community is invited to gather at the fairgrounds for cider, hot chocolate, refreshments and drawings for prizes and a grand prize Colorado Outdoor Getaway Weekend worth $4,000.Winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest, sponsored by Colorado Heritage Real Estate, will also be announced. The judging for the contest takes place today. Prizes include $100 for first place; $50 for second and $35 for third.Those living in the 81650 ZIP code interested in having their homes judged should submit their addresses to Colorado Heritage Real Estate in Rifle at 625-8910 or in Battlement Mesa at 285-9700.Mountain Madrigals celebrate 25th yearAnother area holiday tradition taking place this weekend is the Mountain Madrigal Singers annual concert.In the past 25 years, the concerts have grown from an original ‘one-time-only’ show by a small group of friends who loved madrigals to three shows over two weekends. This year’s concert, “Silver Celebration – 25 years of Holiday Cheer,” moves through time from 16th century a cappella madrigals, to classical music, contemporary songs and show tunes.The Mountain Madrigals, under Laura Porterfield’s direction, perform at 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday, and Saturday, Dec. 17, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Free child care is provided for parents with small children.”One of the very special traditions of this concert is that it is free – a gift of music to the community,” singer Erin Wiencek said in a press statement.Other happeningsAlong with Holly Days and the Mountain Madrigals concerts, holiday events this weekend include Basalt’s Peace Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll, the Christmas Bazaar and Santa’s Workshop, the Fifth Annual Winter Fest Craft Fair and activities at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. See Etc. on page B2 for more information on these and other events taking place during the holiday season.

What: The Citizen Telegrams ninth annual Holly Days and Parade of Lights in Rifle When: Saturday During the day, shop locally at Holly Days merchants. Look for the Holly Days holly sprig signs displayed at local retailers. On Saturday only, shoppers receive double prize tickets for every $10 spent at participating retailers. Check out the the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. when it courses through downtown, starting at East Third and East Avenue and finishing at Park Avenue. Immediately following the parade, head to the Garfield County Fairgrounds for visits with Santa, cookies, cocoa and chili sold by local nonprofit groups, prize drawings (including a $4,000 Colorado getaway) and more. Information: Jessica Stott, 625-3245

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