Holiday happenings abound in Parachute area |

Holiday happenings abound in Parachute area

Santa Claus could be found on Saturday, Dec. 6, in Parachute at the Early Childhood Literacy Center. Over 100 area children were there to greet him. Each child had their special time with the big man, and received a gift and a picture of the two of them.

Waiting in line was not so bad this year ” the Grand Valley High School cheerleaders and their sponsor, Dana Emmons, were on hand with face painting. Lots of candy canes, snowmen and snowflakes adorned the cheeks of little ones and a few older ones.

The Soaring Eagle Choir from Bea Underwood Elementary School, under the direction of Jeff Van Devender, performed Christmas songs. The St. John Middle School band also played a few Christmas favorites for us. Both groups were wonderful and added a lot of holiday joy. Lots and lots of homemade goodies were on hand to be enjoyed.

The Annual Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights preceded this community gathering. Thanks to the judges, Jackie Gardener, Lee Smith and Merlisa Porter, for making the tough decisions.

Large Business honors: 1st ” Toby’s Vacuum Truck Service, 2nd ” Super 8 Motel, 3rd ” Battlement Mesa Co.

Small Business honors: 1st ” True Value Hardware, 2nd ” JDH Limited, 3rd ” El Rio New Mexican Cafe

Non-Profit Groups honors: 1st ” Consolidated Metro District, 2nd ” Town of Parachute Public Works Department, 3rd ” Grand Valley Fire Protection District

This was a wonderful community evening with people lining the streets on Battlement Mesa and in Parachute to watch the parade. As our float crossed the overpass, it was heartwarming to look back up the Mesa and see all the vehicle headlights following the parade down to the Center.

The gym of the Center was full of people talking to each other, listening to the band and the choir, eating cookies, drinking cider and hot chocolate and just sharing the holiday spirit with each other. The kids were great, waiting in line for their turn with Santa, getting their faces painted, opening the gifts from Santa and running back and forth from the cookie table. Every year this event helps remind me that my decision to live and raise my daughter in a small community is a good one.

Sandy Yeager would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make this another successful Chamber event. Thanks to City Market and Battlement Mesa Co. for their contributions to the cause.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail

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