Snow no obstacle for Holiday Tour

       Despite a name change, icy weather and higher prices, the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) improved on 2011 for the 18th annual Holiday Tour Dec. 9, netting $1,500, according to Susie Schorsch the OCCHS treasurer.
       The event is a yearly fundraiser for the OCCHS, which owns and operates the Old Colorado City History Center at 1 S. 24th St.
       The previous name was the “Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour.” Shortening it to “Holiday Tour,” Schorsch explained, fits the event's venue change from just B&Bs. Last year a church was added, and this year there were three of them.
       The OCCHS' thinking is to also mix in historical sites to help keep the tour fresh.
       The weather, which had been warm, turned to snow with temperatures in the teens Dec. 9. The turnout was somewhat less than in 2011, but the $5 per-person increase in prices (to $20 in advance and $25 at the door) offset that, Schorsch said.
       For OCCHS members, the tour prices were $10 less than for nonmembers. This evidently led to a record number of people becoming members in November, with several more in December (before the tour). “We did that on purpose,” she said. “We want to put a value on our memberships.”

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