Santa wows Old Town; carols in Bancroft Park Dec. 17-18

       Santa was a big hit at two events in Old Colorado City Dec. 11. Next up for Rocky Mountain Christmas in Old Town will be Candlelight Caroling from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (Dec. 17 and 18) in Bancroft Park. Santa Claus shares a moment with young diners Robbie 
Coco (left) and Alexa Tartaglini during the Breakfast with Santa at Meadow Muffins Dec. 11.
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       Local singer/entertainer Jerry Brown will lead the caroling in the park's pavilion. Anyone is welcome to join in. Singers will be given candles to hold. This is the eighth year for the event, according to Lynda Dunne, event organizer for the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group.
       “It's a delightful warm fuzzy for the holidays,” she said of the caroling. “There's not too many things you can do as a family that has the same warm feeling. It brings back the past.”
       Meanwhile, Santa will continue to meet young children for free at Bancroft Cabin. This will be daily from Saturday, Dec. 17 through Thursday, Dec. 23. See Westside Happenings (Page 7) for specific times.
       On Dec. 11, the Man in the Red Suit visited with kids at Breakfast with Santa at Meadow Muffins, then strolled over to a large, portable, climate-controlled tent in Bancroft Park for the first-ever Santa's Old Time Workshop.
       The two events overlapped, but luckily for the Chief Toymaker, Frosty the Snowman and several elves were available to handle the workshop until Santa arrived.
       “I thought it went very well,” Dunne said. “The kids just had a ball.”
       She estimated that a total of 150 to 250 people came to one or both activities. At the breakfast, Santa went from table to table, meeting with open-eyed youngsters (and even getting tastes of food). The workshop gave kids chances to make their own ornaments, play games, do other crafts and meet Santa. Other seasonal activities on the Westside last weekend 
included (above) Holiday Evenings at Rock Ledge Ranch  - 
Terence Borden and Molly Gardner are shown presenting
 the flaming pudding in the Orchard House
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       Dunne expects to bring back the workshop next year, “Absolutely,” she said. “It's a great tie-in with the breakfast. It not only gives families something to do until the shops open, more importantly it makes a full day for the kids and their families.”

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