Night on the Town shines spotlight on local landmark
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:37 am
Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Busy Main Street Pioneer Town's Main Street was busy on Saturday as guests enjoyed the annual Night on the Town hosted by the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society.
The annual Night on the Town last Saturday was a big event for the community as volunteers of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society opened the doors to the Pioneer Town complex for everyone to enjoy.
There were some new activities and attractions for SCVHS guests this year as event coordinator Doris McGuire added kids' games and food offerings.
The community was introduced to a new pavilion at the Sutherland Museum. Outfitted with patio furniture for the people who dined on fare served up by SCVHS and the Cedaredge Rotary Club, the new pavilion will provide an added element of comfort and pleasure for Pioneer Town visitors. The pavilion was constructed in memory of McGuire's late husband, Dick, who was also a devoted Pioneer Town volunteer and supporter.
Kids' games were added this year and a photo board gave folks the opportunity for creating a fun family heirloom of their Night on the Town.
Main Street was busy and bustling like never before. In addition to the popular free popcorn concession that ran throughout the evening and the cool refreshments offered at the Lizard Head Saloon, there was a silent auction, a raffle with lots of nice prizes, and live music by David and Tamara Hauze that kept the event lively and entertaining for three full hours.
As an added bonus, the second of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce's "Cruise Nights" filled the Pioneer Town parking lot with several nice examples of local project cars for viewing and admiration.
The Pioneer Town "Night on the Town" tradition was initiated over a decade ago by the historical society as a way to involve the community and to celebrate the fun and importance of preserving the pioneer heritage and spirit that helped create and develop the Surface Creek Valley community that residents enjoy today.