The Cedaredge community rang in the Christmas season with gatherings, music, activities, and lots of colorful lights during events for the annual Parade of Lights celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, sponsored by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
There were abundant holiday cheerfulness and lots of friendly smiles as neighbors and family turned out for the high point of the day — a parade that had 25 entries.
The town's brand new, widened sidewalks were filled to capacity in the two-block-long downtown core. Lots of other people lined West Main Street along the parade route from Town Park to Grand Mesa Drive.
A light snowfall that began just as the parade was getting under way lent a special holiday feeling to the event as flakes drifted through the haloes cast by new street lights and gathered on holiday wreaths hung for the occasion.
The parade and several other events of the day took place under the chamber's coordination.
Santa made his appearance on the portico of the chamber building during the afternoon prior to the parade.
Next door to the decorated and all-lit-up chamber office on West Main Street, members of the town board gave out warm apple cider inside Town Hall. It was a popular stop for paradegoers who wanted to chase chills as they waited for the procession to begin.
The Cedaredge Floral and Gifts building was opened for the day, hosting a holiday boutique that provided retail sale opportunity for local, Cedaredge area vendors. A collection of fine antiques was also on display.
Friends gathered in the street-level businesses of the Odd Fellows building to watch the parade in warm comfort through a big picture window.
The new coffee shop was busy all day long, and the Pondy held some special events for its customers during the day and evening.
At the Masonic Hall, a dining room full of paradegoers enjoyed the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church's annual chili and baked potato dinner, a high-energy and great tastingmenu perfect for steeling souls against the winter cold.
Cedaredge High School students got a special thanks from the chamber for participating in this year's events. Student artists painted windows of Main Street businesses with holiday scenes. At the chamber office, other artists were on hand for face painting. The high school choir sang carols downtown and at the Community Center where dozens of families gathered to build gingerbread houses with Habitat for Humanity of Delta County and created their own family Christmas traditions.
There were two performances at Pioneer Town's Chapel of the Cross. The second one at 7 p.m. following the parade supplied a perfect crown of Christmas music and community sing-alongs for a real old-fashioned community Christmas celebration, "In the Heart of Cedaredge."blog comments powered by Disqus