The Hotel Colorado’s Pageantry of Lights
While the guest list at the Hotel Colorado may have changed in the last century, last Friday night proved that the hotel still entertains interesting people.
In the 1920s, Diamond Jack Alterie, covered in bodyguards and armed in gun belts, flashy diamonds, shirt studs and belt buckles, would arrive at the hotel in a fleet of large Lincoln convertibles.
This year, another legend appeared in similar manner with all the bells, whistles and fancy clothes he could muster.
But even Santa needs connections.
And since it’s fanfare he wanted, he gave Rudolph the night off and hitched a ride with the guys from The Glenwood Fire Department.
And although debutantes and movie stars have graced the hotel’s hallways in the past, not even they could match brilliance of the millions of lights that light up the hotel courtyard each year.
Local entertainers, including the Hotel Colorado’s children’s’ choir, provided the star power on stage with selections of favorite holiday music.
While the hotel’s balconies have always played key roles in local history, this year was no different.
In the 1920s, while Presidents Roosevelt and Taft used them as podiums, this year Snob Productions, an entertainment company out of Grand Junction, launched a ten-minute pyrotechnics show from the same spot.
But in all the stories and legends that surround the hotel, there is one thing that makes it special.
It’s still the people. “It’s best when it’s packed to the brim,” Greg Bak said.
Which is why they don’t mind when three thousand people show up in their back yard every year.
The Pageantry of Lights, now in it’s twelfth year, is the hotel’s gift to the community.
It is also one of the most anticipated events of the winter season.
“We try to make a special impact for the families and community,” Mariel Carino said.
From left, Cindy Stone, of Rifle, a travel agent, and Kelley Timmer, of Rifle, a secretary for Re-2.
Mae Houston, left, 5, of Glenwood, is in kindergarten at Sopris Elementary, and her great-grandmother, Easter Rahenkamp, 97, is from Wexford, Pa.
Brandon Park, left, of Glenwood, a Seabee in the United States Navy, deploys to Japan this month, and Sarah Johnson, of Basalt, is attending Mesa State University in Grand Junction.
From left, Emily Wilbur, of Glenwood, works at the Book Train, and John Valiton, of Glenwood, works at Mountain Sports Outlet.
From left, Jamie Patterson, of Silt, makes fun robes and sells them through her business, Cozi Nites; Brian Gardner, of Glenwood, is general manager at Mountain Estates; and Paulina Wisniweska, of Glenwood, works in patient financial services at Valley View Hospital.
From left, Marie Huber, 14, of Glenwood, a freshman at Bridges High School; Lindsay Piffer, 14, of Carbondale, a freshman at Roaring Fork High School; Cody Weller, 14, a freshman at GSHS; and Stephanie Grange, 14, of Glenwood, a freshman at GSHS.
From left, Temo Camarena, of Glenwood, a cook at the 19th Street Diner; Maria Leon, of Glenwood, a mom; and Noe Camarena, 8, of Glenwood, a third-grader at GSES.
The Drew family, of Glenwood. From left, Irene is a day care teacher, Richard Drew works at CDOT, and Michelle works at Lowe’s.
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