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Basalt gets in the spirit

Dear Editor:

The annual Basalt tree lighting was held in Lion’s Park in Downtown Basalt on Friday, Dec. 5. Santa arrived on Matt Nieslanik’s wagon, drawn by Kibbles and Bits. Warm chili was served up by the Basalt Regional Heritage Society, and hot cocoa, cider and homemade cookies were given out by the Basalt Lion’s Club and Beta Chi Sorority.

Folks took wagon rides, munched on hot roasted chestnuts provided by Toklat Gallery, and were entertained by the Basalt Middle School Choir. Mayor Larry Duroux lit the giant tree at 6 p.m.

Mrs. Claus was available at Susan’s Flowers, Express Yourself invited everyone over to write their letters to Santa, and The Fleisher Company, Midland Clothing, and Chaffin Light all held warming stations complete with cookies, cocoa, hot cider, entertainment, and door prizes.

The chamber offices were open for people to pick up their free coupon book (some still available!) and received an official ballot to judge the best decorated business in Basalt. Judging started on Friday, Dec. 5, and all entries must be turned into the chamber offices by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19. Everyone is encouraged to visit Willits, southside and downtown to find the absolute best decorated business! Only one entry allowed per person.

Special thanks go out to everyone involved in making this magical night possible, including: Aspen Earthmoving, Basalt Regional Heritage Society, Basalt Rural Fire Protection District, Green Drake Motel, Midland Shoe Company, Roaring Fork Club, Town of Basalt Public Works Department, Vectra Bank and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Yule Night from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in Basalt will mark the beginning of the 12 days left of shopping before Christmas. Stroll through a luminary-lit downtown Basalt. Shops will be open late for holiday shoppers; some will have refreshments to keep you going.

The galleries in downtown Basalt will host a Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 20, with artist receptions, demonstrations and refreshments from 4:30-8 p.m. Stop in for those final purchases.

Eat, shop and be merry in Basalt this holiday season!

Heather Smith

executive director

Basalt Chamber of Commerce


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