Whether it’s Olde Tyme Christmas or Christmas Tyme in Colusa, Christmas festivities have a history of coming early in the City of Colusa.
Two weeks ago, the city announced that the longstanding tradition was at risk of coming to an abrupt end. After officials learned that Christmas Tyme’s organizers would be bowing out this year, they reached out to the community and asked for someone else to step up.
For those who were worried, rest easy: Colusa Lions Club and Colusa Rotary have stepped up to the plate. Christmas Tyme in Colusa will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 PM to 8 PM on Market St.
Organizers are currently working with CalTrans to get Market St. closed to traffic for the evening and said that they don’t anticipate having any problems in doing so.
Rotary and Lions Club will jointly host the event, with the Lions Club taking the lead. Lions Club member John Smart will serve as the event chairperson.
Smart said he was excited at the opportunity for the two clubs to work together on the event.
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“It’s going to be nice doing a joint venture with the two clubs. It’s not often these two clubs get a chance to do something like this together. We’re happy to be taking this over, because if we didn’t, the odds are it probably wouldn’t be happening,” Smart said. “There’s a lot of work to it, and we’re a month behind already, so we are hitting the ground running. We want to put on the best event we can in the short time we have to prepare.”
Smart explained that, based on feedback from the community, the event would be moved back to a Friday after taking place on a Saturday over the past two years.
“From what we’ve gotten from the community, everyone likes to have it on Friday, because a lot of people can go there straight from work,” Smart said.
Organizers will soon be reaching out to returning vendors via email, and Smart said he would be at the Holiday Craft Fair in November to see if anyone there would be interested in coming to Christmas Tyme in Colusa.
Colusa City Manager Randy Dunn expressed relief on Tuesday that Colusa’s holiday tradition was on track to continue.
“I’m feeling much better now that we’re going to continue with the Christmas Tyme in Colusa event. I am very happy that the Lions Club, along with Rotary, are going to chair this and make this a successful event, and the city is here to help them in any way we can,” Dunn said. “The City Council wanted us to get the word out, and we were able to do that. Two of the city’s social clubs stepped up to the plate, and we are extremely happy about that.”
The two clubs are still hoping for the support of the community and seeking volunteers to help with the event.
“If there is anyone who would like to volunteer to help us, we would be more than happy to have them,” Smart said. Those individuals interested in volunteering should send a letter to the Lions Club’s (PO Box 528, Colusa), with attention to John Smart. The letter should include a name and phone number where they can be reached.
Schools, churches, and other organizations are also encouraged to get in touch with Lions Club if they are interesting in putting up a booth at Christmas Tyme for fundraising purposes. They should do so sooner rather than later.
“If one organization says they’re going to do hamburgers and hot dogs, there is only going to be one booth selling that: We want to give people a choice,” Smart said.■