As Delta County ramps up restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike, the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) is doing a reprise of its virtual fall event, Tour de Cedars.

The event, which features high quality virtual tours of four different homes with a historical backstory or an artistic theme, was originally available at the end of September. The event that will be running for the next week is a repeat of that over the Thanksgiving holiday, from Tuesday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 29.

The sign-up for the event did close on Monday, but featured the same prices as before. Individual tickets were $20, family tickets were $40 and party tickets were $60. As the event is virtually streamed, they were sold in these three categories on the honor system.

“It is not a different program,” GMAEC Executive Director Deborah Shaffer said. “It is the same program. The Tour de Cedars is being offered again during the Thanksgiving week in case people didn’t see it and have heard how wonderful it was and wished they had seen in, or maybe they have friends or family in for the holiday and maybe they would like to share some of the surroundings and stories about Cedaredge with families.”

The first time around, Tour de Cedars was deemed a big success by Shaffer, as described in the DCI article “Virtual Tour de Cedars exceeds expectations on all sides,” when she reported that they had been receiving “excellent, excellent feedback.”

The virtual Tour de Cedars had videography that went above and beyond the average virtual home tour, and the credit for that goes to three local professionals: David Jacobson out of Paonia and Phil Berghauser and Nolan Thornberry out of Cedaredge.

Tour de Cedars is sponsored by Benson Brothers Truck and Equipment, LLC, Cedaredge Land Company, Deer Creek Village Realty, Heritage Title Company, Macht-Liles Real Estate Group, Janice Jones, Greg & Kristi Stratman ReMax Mountain West, Casa Bella Homes, Starr’s Guitars and Safeway in Delta.

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