Another week gone by, the weather on Thanksgiving was really great. We hope you didn’t eat too much, and gave your thanks for everything we have. Now, it is December, and Christmas is just around the corner. There will be many Christmas programs for us to enjoy. See you there!
The Lyons Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring their Shop Local Contest from November 25 through December 31. Folks are encouraged to buy in Lyons and keep your
receipts. The number of receipts counts, not the amount spent; with $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Five gift totes will be awarded through a random drawing of all participants. Shop local and save your receipts!
OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND (Friday, December 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4) at Gwynne’s Greenhouse. Help kick off the winter season with fantastic door prizes, hot, spiced cider, and food samples as you explore their store. Gwynne’s has expanded to include wine and cheese, entertaining, accessories, jewelry, and other great gifts, along with Christmas poinsettias and Christmas trees.
HOLIDAY POTTERY PAINTING this Saturday December 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., at The Stone Cup. Hosted by Sherry Laurienti, items to paint will include: ornaments, penguin, snowman or Santa mugs, bowls, and plates, vases, napkin holders and more for great gifts.
THIS IS LYONS’ BIG WEEKEND – SO WRAP UP AND JOIN THE FUN. LET’S HOPE IT ISN’T TOO COLD. ANYWAY, SEE YOU THERE.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2011 HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST are available until December 9, with judging to take place at dusk on December 14. Any residence or business that has a Town of Lyons electric bill is eligible to enter. Prizes will be awarded.
DONATIONS ARE BEING SOLICITED FOR THE FIREWORKS and can be sent to: Lyons Parks & Recreation Dept., Box 49, Lyons, CO 80540.
LYONS LIGHT SHOW
The bright glow of the holidays is coming to the Town of Lyons, once again the Lyons Lights Show in Sandstone Park. The Lights Show will take place on Thursday, December 1, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday, December 3, from 5 to 6 p.m., and again from 8 to 9 p.m. New this year are holiday spec glasses that transform Christmas lights in to a magical message. Glasses will be sold for $2 each.
LYONS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Don’t miss the 37th Annual Lyons Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Lyons Elementary School gym (4th and Stickney). The event provides great holiday shopping with many unique handcrafted items to browse. On Saturday, Debi Stevenson will bring us live keyboard music, with Santa and Mrs. Claus appearing from 2 to 4 p.m. On Sunday it is “Meet the Authors” from 11:30 to 1:30, with the Quarry Gals’ live music from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The place to do your Christmas shopping. Baked goods and crafts are being solicited by the Lyons Historical Society for their booth at the Bazaar. Call (303) 823-5925 for a pick-up.
GET YOUR GIFTS AT THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOTH: featured at the Bazaar will be framed pictures of Lyons olden days and LYONS AREA BOOKS: $24.95 - The Frank Weaver Books; The Quarry Town-Lyons, CO 1800s, Diane Benedict; Double Gateway to the Rockies-Lyons 1900; and Piecing the Town Together-Families of Lyons, Colorado, compiled by Denise Berg.
$19.95- Big Elk Ranch-Don Smitherman; Altona-Left Hand Canyon; Hygiene, CO – Diane Benedict; Town of Niwot-Ann Dyni
$14.95 - on Welch Resort-Diane Berg; History of the Lyons Quarries-Al Pace; Sawmill Days-Fred Bowles Family, Pella-Diane Benedict, and a NEW BOOK – “A Home on the Range – George R. McIntosh, Western Everyman” by Robin Priebe Branstator” ,
$10.00 - Billings family; E. S. Lyons (founder of Lyons, Co.); That Summer on Blue Mountain-James W. Montgomery; List of Graduates of Lyons High School (1925-2011); 1993-1994 3rd Grade Pioneer Interviews; Lyons\Hygiene Cemetery Listings-Frances Brackett and Diane Benedict; 1977-Lyons Pictorial Book-Dorothy Paxton
VIDEOS:$10.00-Lyons Geology-Front Range; and What to Do and See in Lyons, Colorado; $20.00 - Our Stones Gather Moss – History of Lyons Sandstone Quarry.
Books and Videos are available at the Christmas Bazaar; Re-Runs; the Red Canyon Art Co; The Country Store, or call (303) 823-5925.
HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
The highlight of the weekend is the Holiday Parade of Lights this Saturday, December 3. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be filled with illuminated, colorful floats. The theme of this year’s parade is “Silver Bells, Electric Light.” Register today!
Those driving floats in the parade are asked that they don’t allow throwing of candy. With the darkness, a child can easily get under the wheels! Be safe!
AT THE STAGE
The parade will be followed by live music and entertainment at 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park on the Raul Vasquez Community Stage. Among those featured will be the Lyons High School Choir.
FIREWORKS TO FOLLOW
The popular and breathtaking fireworks display will follow at 7:45 p.m., made possible by donations received from local supporters. Thanks to those who participated and donated to make this possible. Send donations to Box 49, Lyons, CO.
PARADE AWARDS CEREMONY will take place at approximately 8:05 p.m. on the Raul Vasquez Community Stage awarding the outstanding parade entries of 2011. The evening will wrap up with Lyons Lights in Sandstone park from 8 to 9 p.m.
DURING THE PARADE, SNACKS FOR SALE WILL BENEFIT THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY with The River Church providing hot chocolate for a donation, and the Society selling their goodies-cupcakes, cookies, and candy in the Visitors’ Center vestibule. Stop by and warm up!
THE GOLDEN GANG will hold their bazaar and a chili lunch at the Lyons Oddfellows Lodge on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch from 11 to 3). This is a fundraiser.
“BAG IT” Wednesday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at the Lyons Farmette. A free documentary film about plastic bags in our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Decide for yourself how plastic your life will be. Register at http://www.lyonsfarmette.com
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, AT THE LIONSCREST MANOR, Saturday, December 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. Santa has agreed to make a special stop at Lionscrest for your holiday photo. Cost for breakfast is $20 for adults, $12 for children (ages 4 to 10). Children 3 and under are free. A 4x6 photo with Santa, and digital file download (so you can make as many prints as you like) is included. Breakfast includes: pancakes, bacon, potatoes, scrambled eggs, assorted breads with coffee and juice. RSVP by December 6, online at http://lionsccrestmanor.com/showings.htm. Or phone (303) 823-5337.
It is very exciting to have a theatre group here in Lyons, and we are anxious to attend. Through the years, we have had drama club plays and pageants at the churches, and it seems like a citizen’s play in the 1970s, but none since then. Thanks to the Randy and Georgi Pollard who were involved in community theatre in Greeley, and are giving of their expertise here in Lyons. Another plus for our town. The show is a melodrama titled, “The Pony Expresso – Or The Villain Comes To A Grinding Halt.” It will be performed in the cabin behind Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taphouse on Friday and Saturday only, December 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. Happy hour drink prices before the show at the bar, and discount dinner prices with your theatre ticket before and after the show. (Thanks Dave and Cat) Get your tickets at ReRuns (limited seating, at 50 seats per night) or at the door.
HIGH STREET CONCERT – HOLIDAY BENEFIT AND FOOD DRIVE – Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m., in Rogers Hall. The Show features KC Groves & Friends and Dave Ritchie & The Ruined Nation Boys. A donation of $5 for each ticket goes to the Lyons Community Foundation and earmarked for the Lyons Emergency Fund. Tickets available at www.highstreetconcerts.com or at The Stone Cup. Bring a canned food item or donation to the Lyons Food Bank.
ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS!
We greatly enjoyed an evening with Elvis in Greeley, Saturday evening. Directed by George Gray and the Elvis Experience 16-piece band, a 6-piece choir, plus the choir from Highland High School in Ault. We truly enjoyed the songs of Elvis. Although it has been 30 years since his alleged death, Elvis is still popular.
The volleyball team and parents were honored a week ago for their good season. The cross country and softball teams, coaches, and parents held a dessert banquet last week with Coach Mark Roberts giving certificates and showing a video of their success. The girls X-C team placing fourth, and the boys X-C team second in the state.
A dessert potluck is scheduled for the football team next Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. (We note that Burlington, which beat Lyons 53-13, also beat Wiggins 27-10 last Saturday winning the state 1A title for the second year in a row).
WINTER SPORTS BEGIN THIS WEEK
Wrestling begins this Thursday with an away match and basketball starts this weekend.
CHOSEN BY THE DAILY TIMES CALL FOR ALL-REGION HONORS are: Softball - Rachel Bashor, Sr. Cross Country - Marissa Roberts And Shawn Flynn, Srs. Football - Jayse Long And Jodan Melani - Srs. Our Congratulations!
Be sure to take your extra used or unused envelopes to Debi Stevenson at 314 Main Street, Lyons, to be used as prop letters to Santa in the upcoming musical written by Debi to be presented at the Longmont Theatre, December 8-9-10, 16-17-18. Call (303) 772-5200 for reservations.
GET WELL WISHES GO TO RAY THOMAS, who has been losing his balance and falling lately. He is in the Kaiser Hospital, checking on the problem.
LOU SPIERES, Lyons Community School leader in the 1980s, who now lives in Nathrop, has been in the Salida Hospital with a ruptured appendix. She is slowly recovering. Her address is: 13905 CR 261-H, Nathrop, CO 81236; her hospital phone is (719) 530-2200, Room 2512.
Anne Marie Brown has returned from a trip to Milltown, New Jersey, where she visited with her mother, brother, a niece, a great niece, and great nephew. She reports she had a wonderful time.
Carly Meckle, daughter of Dr. Joe Meckle, Chiropractor, is celebrating her 10th year in the Army. She has been overseas twice. Congratulations.
WE ARE HAPPY TO RELATE THAT MARILOU WALLACE, Senior Meals Director, is back. She turned in her resignation to retire at the end of the year, but then asked the Golden Gang to reconsider. They did! We are happy to keep Marilou, she is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and a great asset to the senior community.
Members of the Golden Gang who would have been alone, celebrated Thanksgiving with a turkey and all the trimmings at the senior center. Hmmmmm good!
THANKS TO PAULA AND THE STUDENT ACTIVISTS who gathered food and passed out Thanksgiving food baskets from Oskar Blues basement last Wednesday. Others will receive a Christmas food basket. A big help and much appreciated!
MEALS ON WHEELS and the Golden Gang received a real Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, creamed beans, buns, and pie, with a Thanksgiving card from the Blue Mountain Elementary School. Thank you. Seniors, if you want a good balanced meal, order “Meals on Wheels” at $2.75, call (303) 823-6771.
Ray and Dora Babcock attended their family’s Turkey Day dinner at the home of their son, Alan, and Janet Babcock in Westminster. Also attending were: their other son, David, daughter, Sandra, and their families.
Steve and Cindy Moffitt were greatly surprised when their daughter, Amy, arrived home for Thanksgiving to help Cindy celebrate her birthday. Even having a friend bring her from the airport to add to the surprise. Great fun!
THE JOHNSON’S: We had a call on Thanksgiving from granddaughter, Audrey, who was at Starbucks in Hawaii. Lucky girl. She has spent 111 days touring the world on a cruise ship “Semester at Sea” (cave exploring in Malaysia, shopping in Vietnam, hiking the Great Wall of China, backpacking through Japan, touring Africa, etc.) The ship will dock on Dec 14, in Ft. Lauderdale. Then back to the University of San Diego in January. A tour of a lifetime! Son, Ron Johnson, and family hosted the family dinner at their home in Niwot.
DECEMBER 1st is always a dreaded day to me. About noon on Dec. 1, 1997, David Lock, the Town Administrator, came knocking at my door telling me that Mr. LaVerne (yes, we were both named Lavern) had a spell on Highway 66, and was in the hospital. He had congestive heart disease, and his heart gave out. Needless to say, through the week he didn’t move an inch. They eventually took the ventilators off and he lasted a couple of days, dying Dec. 7. It doesn’t seem it has been 14 years without Mr. LaVerne. He served on the sewer board in 1960; the Town Board 1964 to 66 and 1982 to 1997; Boy Scouts, the Lyons Historical Society, and was founder of The Red Rock Ramblers (1958). Sadly, it is something we all must face. They say, “That is Life, and Death.” However, we must go on until . . .
WE PAY TRIBUTE TO COLEEN SHELINE, whose memorial service is this Friday, December 2, at 11a.m., at Howe’s Mortuary. Coleen was a year ahead of me in high school (class of 1944). Her classmates were: Betty Bay, Goldie Boydston, Frances Brodie, Ruth Mary Brodie, Margaret Clotworthy, Coleen Drage, Wallace Goranson, Erwin Hettinger, Betty House, Robert Marx, Richard McCain, Max Roach, Rosemary Spivey, and David Spivey (Betty House of Louisville and Rosemary Spivey, who lives in Canada, are still alive.) Coleen was a friendly, studious person, going off to work before graduating. Her three children, Leonard, Don, and Leslie, were good students and are good citizens, as are her grandchildren. What more can you ask? With deepest sympathy to all.