Cedaredge preps for a Cowboy Christmas parade

By Hank Lohmeyer


Cedaredge is making preparations for its annual Parade of Lights this year on Saturday, Dec. 5. Events are being scheduled and local businesses are including activities to help celebrate the event.

This year's theme is a "Cowboy Christmas," and there are sure to be plenty of cowboys and cowgirls in the parade down Main Street which gets underway at 6 p.m.

This year's "Cowboy Christmas" parade entry forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. The chamber's hours are 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m. Folks may also enter by simply calling the chamber during office hours, and the staff there said they will complete an entry form over the phone -- 856-6961.

A few steps away from Main Street at the Chapel of the Cross in Pioneer Town there will be the traditional two concert performances on Dec. 5. This year's music will feature the Surface Creek Valley's favorite cowboy balladeer, Ray Carpenter.

Ray's authentic western voice will fill the chapel to the rafters with western-style holiday music fitted to the Parade of Lights theme and to the Christmas season. His performances will be at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. As always, admission to the chapel music events is by donation; but for this special event a ticket is needed to make sure there is enough seating for all. The free tickets are available at Gazebo Florist and at Munson's Main Street Gallery.

Santa will visit the Chamber of Commerce office beginning at 4 p.m. Parents are advised to bring their kids and their own cameras for a holiday tradition snapshot of the youngsters with the Jolly Elf.

The third annual Habitat for Humanity gingerbread house building and decorating festival is scheduled for the Civic Center again. It will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. There will be a silent auction also. Tickets to participate in the gingerbread house activity are available in advance by calling Cedaredge Land Company at 856-3173, according to organizers.

During the parade there will be hot cider available to help chase any wintery chills at the town offices.

The planned events and activities include the following ones:

• A kids' free winter coat and jacket giveaway will be hosted by the local Methodist women at the Masonic Hall beginning at 3 p.m.

• The chili and baked potato bar in the Masonic Hall from 4-7 p.m.

• At the other end of Main Street a new artists' co-op is planning to have a grand opening event on parade day so there will be something brand new for families to experience.

•The Living Christmas Card at the Methodist Women's Thrift Shop front window beginning at 3 p.m.

• There will be a display and mini-seminar on woodworking conducted at Munson's Main Street Gallery by Walt Anderson.