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Posted on December 08 2016, 11:40am by Mark Esper in Local News category



Volunteers planning events to help make the town more jolly

A committee of Silverton volunteers is working with Town Hall and the San Juan County Historical Society to make Christmas more festive than ever for the town.

The coordinated effort to spread good cheer got under way Saturday evening with the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree at 13th and Greene streets.  

And this year, even the tree seemed brighter.

“The new LED lights are much brighter than all previous tree lights,” said Casey Carroll, Silverton Christmas Committee member.

Also on the committee are Judy Zimmerman, Tim Hewett, Kim Eisner and Lisa Stockebrand.

The tree lights, strung by San Miguel Power and the town crew, were greeted with cheers, carols, hot chocolate and cookies provided by the Town.

The committee has come up with a mix of old traditions and new events to  fill the month of December, from Saturday’s tree lighting to the traditional Christmas Eve visit of Santa.   

Events include: Sleigh rides, a Silverton Brass Band concert, the Durango & Silverton Railroad’s Historic Narrators “Historic Christmas Tales,”, Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” “A Christmas Carol” reading, and the Full Moon Snowshoeing.

The Silverton Christmas Committee began meeting in October with the objective of promoting Silverton’s existing holiday events and creating new ones.

 “The goal is to start small but create a base of holiday events that can be expanded over time and make surrounding communities aware of the Winter Wonderland that is just a short drive away,” said committee member Tim Hewett.

“The Silverton Christmas Committee is a low budget/no budget operation, being run on the enthusiasm of volunteers,” Carroll added. “Our intention is to share Silverton’s wonderful Christmas heritage with surrounding communities.”

Ads will run in the Silverton Standard, thanks to a donation by a local businessman. Out-of-town advertisements will run with funds from the local Tourism Board. 

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