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Tree lighting ceremony on Reservoir Hill Saturday

By Christine Funk
Special to The PREVIEW

This time of year, no matter how you celebrate, it is about being together with family and friends, to take time out of our busy schedules and relax for our well-being and health.

The Friends of Reservoir Hill wanted to create an event that would be memorable for the community and visitors to take part in each year during the holidays, expanding our lighting and music as the years move forward.

The lighting of a tree is a tradition that this country has been celebrating since the pilgrims landed.  The United States’ National Christmas Tree has been lit each year since 1923 on the South Lawn of the White House and since it came not only from the State of Colorado, but also through our town, it seems appropriate to light a tree (trees) in honor of the holiday.  Next year maybe we can light one as big as the one we shipped to Washington D.C. … OK,  maybe not that big!

Mayor Ross Aragon will be the official tree lighter and we look forward to working in cooperation with the mayor and council on many matters that concern us as community members.  Santa is also joining us; he will be busy with delivery of presents after the 22nd, so it is your last time to ask him for that special gift.

We feel that The Friends of Reservoir Hill group is made up of positive energy and moving forward to help create selective amenities for our Hill park. We want to keep it a destination of natural surroundings enhancing the experience for hikers, bikers and nature lovers, a place to educate people on our natural environment and history.  Not many communities have open space so close to their downtown — this event is to celebrate the special place Reservoir Hill is and has been.

Come and join us on Saturday, Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m. at The Spa Trailhead (behind Healing Waters  — parking at Mary Fisher Park is available if you can’t drive up the hill due to snow) for cookies, hot chocolate, cider, Santa, Mayor Ross Aragon, Christmas Carolers, a special Christmas poem, friends, family and visitors who come to stay at our winter destination.

Thank you to all who have helped support this event.

For more information, go to www.friendsofreservoirhill.org.

This story was posted on December 20, 2012.