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Christmas traditions – old and new – are well underway in Colusa County.
A downpour of rain on Friday for Christmas Tyme in Colusa was not a total washout, as people donned umbrellas and raincoats to enjoy the beloved downtown event, sponsored annually by the Colusa Lions Club, Colusa Rotary Club, and City of Colusa.
Despite the rain, kids played in the snow machine in the parking lot of Davison Drugs, and vendors lined the streets selling everything from hot tamales to glow sticks.
On Sunday evening, the inaugural Arbuckle Winter Stroll was a walk in a winter wonderland.
The LaVanche Hurshe park gazebo featured what officials from the Arbuckle Revitalization Committee called the “Pioneer Tree” because of its rustic charm at the Winter Stroll’s inaugural premiere.
ARC member Kay Lemos said the tree was a result of many hands, including those of Rod Bradford, who built the frame.
Lemos and her husband had put on the garland and lights, Alsco-Geyer ACE Hardware donated the star on top, and many others contributed other decorative elements, such as wrapped presents under the tree.
“We hope (the Pioneer Tree) will be a community tradition,” Lemos said.
As in Colusa, Santa made an appearance, brought in on a fire engine before making his rounds around the town.
The line to see Santa wrapped around the gazebo, and ARC provided photos of each child on Santa’s lap for no charge.
Brian Stone brought his family along with “Taco” the dog for a family Christmas photo.
“It is a good turnout for how many people showed up,” said Stone. “You never know how it will be for the first time. It helps that we have good weather, too.”
ARC also had a table for kids to write Santa letters directly.
“Everyone has been filling them out they really enjoyed it,” said ARC member, Elijah Rodriguez.
Kinley Richens, 5, insisted on sending a letter to make it official. She asked for a skateboard and a toy car in pink or purple. After all, she has been a good girl, listing kindness and helpfulness.
“I been playing with my friends at school days and sometimes I help my mom cook dinner,” said Kinley.
O’hara Farms provided romantic horse rides. Local businesses without storefronts were there under canopies surrounding the gazebo.
Arbuckle Jr. Bears Cheer sold hot burgers, hotdogs with bacon, nachos, hot cocoa, along with toys. Pierce FBLA sold chocolate covered pretzels. Better Body Fitness was on hand to let people know about classes for those who want to get a head start on their New Year’s resolutions. Roo’s Goodies pedaled handmade bags, and there were unique gifts, such as polished stones from Gypsy’s Gypsum. River Road Lavender had soothing self care, along with DoTERRA. Origami Owl and Just 5 Ana sold jewelry, Blessings Mother and Baby Boutique had a variety of items, and Moore Designs had unique wood signs. First 5 Colusa had arts and crafts for kids. Meanwhile, Arbuckle businesses, including Rise & Grind, El Jalisciense, Kreative Salon, and Alena Anberg opened up the doors of “Making THE Difference” and sold handmade wreaths with profits going to the Travel Club Program, which has provided school aged youth trips to Disneyland and the Woodland Opera House, with their next trip going to Turtle Bay, in Redding.
ARC started planning the Winter Stroll in early November, after the rescheduled Car Show had taken place. Committee members said that the huge success have given them the desire to go bigger for next year with a tractor light parade. The planning for next year will begin at their next meeting in February.
Williams will hold its Festival of Lights on Saturday evening, Dec. 14, and Maxwell will host the Country Christmas Parade and Festival on Friday, Dec. 21. ■