Long road to Christmas starts near Meeker

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Long road to Christmas starts near Meeker

Fun family activities to be offered for visit
The 73-foot Capitol Christmas tree was cut down Nov. 2 in the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest, near Meeker. It is traveling more than 5,000 miles to Washington, D.C., where it will be decorated and lit in early December.
If you go

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be on display from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Main Avenue and Eighth Street. All activities associated with its stop are free and will include:



A kickoff with music by the Durango Choral Society, a presentation of colors by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4031 and local dignitaries accepting a live spruce tree from the White River National Forest.

A tent sponsored by San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan National Forest will offer free Smokey Bear items, conifer seedlings donated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and opportunities for children to decorate holiday pine cones. Smokey and a ranger will be walking through the crowd.

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Trails 2000 and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will serve hot chocolate.

The Durango Arts Center will offer children's ornament-making crafts in the Durango Welcome Center.

Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Ave., will hold a reception for the touring exhibit accompanying the tree with pieces by 48 artists, and author Chris Vandeleur will sign and present a multimedia reading of his book The Mighty Tree.

Steamworks Brewing Co. will tap its seasonal brew Spruce Goose Ale.

Long road to Christmas starts near Meeker

The 73-foot Capitol Christmas tree was cut down Nov. 2 in the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest, near Meeker. It is traveling more than 5,000 miles to Washington, D.C., where it will be decorated and lit in early December.
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