November 30, 2005
Cascade Locks invites families throughout the Gorge to enjoy an old-fashioned holiday celebration on Sunday.
The third annual Festival of Lights begins at 4:30 p.m. in the city administration building. The Columbia Gorge Lioness Club is sponsoring the program that features a variety of activities.
“This is just going to be one of those Norman Rockwell moments. It will be the Christmas of yesteryear that we all miss and want to enjoy,” said Phyllis Thiemann, event coordinator.
Children are offered a free photo and visit with Santa Claus for the first two hours of the festivities. At 5 p.m. a community choir leads the singing of traditional Christmas carols. Then guest musicians dressed in authentic Victorian costumes will perform, followed by the third-annual tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
During the evening, the Lionesses will draw the winning ticket for a handmade quilt prize. Tickets will also be sold for a $200 food basket put together by the Lions later in December.
Cookies are being baked for the special occasion by local organizations and individuals. The Port of Cascade Locks is supplying coffee and other beverages.
In addition, the Cascade Locks Benefit Association will be selling “chili boats” and other food items to raise funds for its programs. The association provides short-term financial help for residents, such as paying an outstanding medical bill or a month of utility costs.
Nonperishable food items will be collected at the Festival of Lights by the AWANA Club and fire department. Those goods will then be distributed to needy families prior to Christmas.
Prior to the start of the celebration, community members will carol and deliver well wishes to homebound individuals.
The holiday spirit in Cascade Locks continues throughout December in the downtown business corridor. Local students have created artwork that will be displayed in these establishments.
Area businesses are offering shoppers a special “passport” for the first two weeks of December. Individuals visiting area stores will be given a special stamp in their passport. After 12 stamps are collected, that person becomes eligible to enter the Dec. 15 drawing and become one of three prize winners. The prizes include an overnight stay at the Best Western Columbia River Inn, a brunch or dinner cruise aboard the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge, and a gift basket.
For more Holiday Happenings in the Gorge, please turn to page A5.