Holiday programs entertain and delight |

Holiday programs entertain and delight

The Parachute/Battlement Mesa area has been alive with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. My winter program activities started out at Bea Underwood Elementary School on Dec. 9 with a music program put on by the first-, second- and third-graders. My grandsons Tylor and Andrew Mead were part of this presentation, and I was a very proud grandma. The production was entitled “A Dinosaur’s Christmas,” and I was amazed at the variety and uniqueness of the costumes. Mr. VanDevander did a wonderful job putting the entire show together, as usual. My next program was at the Grand Valley High School cafetorium on Dec. 13 where the Bea Underwood Soaring Eagle Choir entertained us with holiday tunes. This choir is a select number of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who do all their practicing after school. It is truly an amazing choir and is under the instruction of Jeff VanDevander. The sixth-grade band, under the direction of Van Merritt, also presented a few numbers for the audience. What a great sound from 28 children who only started playing their instruments in September. Great job!On Dec. 16 at the GVHS cafetorium once again, the students from St John Middle School and Grand Valley High School entertained me. Both the choirs and the bands performed. The choirs are under the direction of Kimble Klinzman, and the bands are under the direction of Van Merritt. I really cannot say enough about the performances. William Hendricks, a freshman at GVHS, gave us a trumpet solo that was just outstanding. And the boys in the high school choir, Taylor Hendricks and Justin Munyer, added so much volume to the high school choir. The Early Childhood Literacy Center presented their winter program on Dec. 15. I was at a wrestling dual at the high school, but I understand from my daughter Charlene that it was fantastic. All the little kiddos were dressed up in their holiday best and their sweet voices and the jingle of bells filled the hall at the center. The Strictly Gospel Choir performed their Holiday Concert on Dec. 19 at the Activity Center. This 24-member choir had the additional support of nine kids from the Children’s Choir. The performance was entitled “The Night Before Christmas.” The first portion of the program told the traditional story with the wooden soldier player by Elliott Amrie. The second portion of the program told the story of the birth of Jesus and asked, “Will you make room from Jesus?” Over 200 people attended this inspirational and delightful concert. These choirs are under the direction of Mary Jane Wahlman and accompanied by BJ Lindauer.I would also like to say a few words about the GVHS wrestling team. This is only the third year for the wrestling program, and it is really taking off. The dual on Wednesday evening was with Meeker High School, and as all wrestling fans know, Meeker has a long tradition of great high school wrestling and is a powerhouse. Three of our wrestlers won their matches. Kelby Dillon won by major decision, Cody Mills won by technical fall, and Danny Manzanares won with a pin. The coaches are Richard Gallegos and Joe Wahlman. This Christmas will be especially enjoyable for me. All seven of my children will be at my home this year, which hasn’t happened in several years. So from the Moore/Gonzales family – we wish you a Merry Christmas.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or send an e-mail to Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or send an e-mail to

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