Christmas lights and music in Cache Creek

The Cache Creek Beautification Society is hosting the second annual Christmas singalong and Winter Lights Appreciation on Dec. 19.

The Cache Creek Christmas Singalong and Winter Lights Appreciation is back for a second year on Dec. 19.

The event began last year, organized by the Cache Creek Beautification Society and Communities in Bloom committee, as a way of recognizing all of the residents who took the time to decorate their homes for Christmas.

From there it grew into an event with music as the Desert Bells Handbell Choir decided to come and play several Christmas numbers, also a jazz band and a recorder-playing duo.

Later in the evening, Mayor John Ranta with his daughters Katherine and Elizabeth led everyone in the Community Hall in the singing of several traditional and popular Christmas songs. And just as that was ending, Santa made a surprise visit and thrilled all of the children who were present.

Oh yes, and over 50 appreciation certificates were given out to people in Cache Creek who had taken the time to decorate their homes and spread the joy of Christmas to others.

The event is free and so are the hot beverages and snacks. There will be an optional donation jar at the front door and all donations go to help the handbell choir.

Doors at the Community Hall open at 7 pm and music begins soon afterwards.

The Winter Lights Appreciation is not a competition. There are no judes. It is simply our way of saying “thank you” to those who spuced up their homes. Everybody who is nominated gets a certificate, which will be handed out at the Dec. 19 event.

Nominations are easy! You can nominate yourself, or you can nominate a neighbour, or you can nominate someone on the other side of town! Call Carmen Ranta, chair of the Beautification Society and the CiB committee at 457-9119 and tell her you would like to nominate “so-and-so”. You’ll need to give her a complete name, address and phone number for your nominee.

The Christmas decorations don’t have to be grand or state of the art or artfully arranged – the Rule is, if You like them, then nominate them!

Cache Creek residents don’t limit their enthusiasm for decorating to Christmas only. Although we aren’t handing out any certificates for it, we would like to recognize a few residents who went out of their way to make Halloween fun and exciting for everyone who stopped by.

Barb and Dave Clark’s wicked Hallowe’en decorations on Sunvalley Cres. get wilder every year and really stop the traffic. Alex and Robin Ekering also put out some great spooky decorations, as did Jenn Gross who lives down by the Cache Creek park.

Thank you to everyone who channel their enthusiasm into making special occasions even more special for everyone.

Winter Light nominations close on Sat., Dec. 15, so make sure you call in your nominations by that date.

Nominees will be contacted, but everyone is invited to the singalong and musical event on Dec. 19 at 7 pm in the Cache Creek Community Hall.

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