DEL NORTE — The coming together of two Del Norte groups is making an interesting Christmas season in Del Norte. Activities Director from Casa Illuminaria, Toni Reynolds, with several residents, made Christmas ornaments to decorate three Christmas trees at the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center. The residents have worked for several weeks making these simple, but beautiful handcrafted items.
The trees are part of the art show that is running at the museum featuring a collection of approximately 90 nativities. The nativities are collections from loaned to the Museum for the holiday season by Randy Macy, Roberta and Henry Hanna and Wendy and Jerry Krause. Two menorahs and a stained glass Star of David are also part of the collection.
Del Norte photographer Wilma Schaffer is showing photographs of local churches from Del Norte, South Fork, La Garita, Crestone and Monte Vista. Roberta Hanna has a collection of international churches and temples.
The Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center will be open during the Del Norte Parade of Lights and Merchants’ Open House on Friday, December 7. The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This would be a perfect opportunity to visit the museum, as the admission fee will be waived for the hours between 4-8 p.m.
On December 23rd at 7 p.m., the Christmas season will have a grand finale with a concert presented by Randy Macy, Sarah Off and vocalist, Rachel Hand. The tickets are $15 and available at the Rio Grande County Museum. Seating is limited so early reservations are suggested.
Further information regarding any of the events for the holiday season, please call the Rio Grande County Museum at 657-2847. For information for lodging if a Rio Grande County weekend adventure is an option, please check rglodging.com for lodging information.
Museum director, Louise Colville, and the museum staff of volunteers are available to assist with questions during the regular museum hours. The hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special tours of the museum would be available upon request by calling the museum.