The owners of a new pizza restaurant on Cedaredge's Main Street decided that last Friday would be a good time for a little celebration for customers and friends, and so they had a celebration.
Ray and Annie Batalla, owners of Annie's Pizzeria open since June 1, arranged for horse-drawn carriage rides and music by a Christian group as their friends and customers enjoyed pizza and ice cream on a pleasant summer evening.
Annie's is one of two Cedaredge restaurants that specialize in fresh-made pizza. The other is Rudy's Pizzeria located at the intersection of South Grand Mesa Drive and SE Frontier Avenue across from Leisure Time Sports.
Carriage rides around Main Street and Town Park were provided by Steve and Eunice Ward. Their well-paired team of Brabant horses were harnessed to a six-passenger wagonette, a reproduction of an original from the horse-and-buggy days.
The Wards' two mares, Kacey, 6, and Cricket, 7, have been pulling together for about a year, Eunice explained.
As carriage riders and diners enjoyed the valley's summer evening, just off of Annie's Pizzeria outside patio dining area a group of Christian musicians from the Covenant Christian Fellowship in Montrose performed worship and praise music that filled the still evening air.