Tonight’s the night!

It’s not the Christmas season until the annual Sheridan Christmas Stroll, now in its 20th year.

It’s Friday — today — from 4 to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Sheridan.

There’s music, contests, promotional giveaways — always a festive night. And best of all, shop local discounts. Many merchants have in-store refreshments.

The Sheridan Press, for the second straight year, is having “strolling carolers.” Why, it’s listed in the program as The Sheridan Press Choir. (They asked me to sing, too, but the downtown merchants in fact want to attract customers.)

The Press carolers are: Phil Ashley, Becky Martini, Irene Nettles, Rena Appel, Diana Goodrich, Yvonne Cossel and Thea Olson.

Look for them in front of these stores: JC Penney, Twin M, Over the Moon, Brian’s Boot.

Sponsors of the Stroll: Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Sheridan Association, Farm Bureau Financial Services/Bob DeFries/Erin DeFries, Sheridan Travel and Tourism, Century 21, city of Sheridan.


The Sheridan Press’ Wednesday edition — the Black Friday/Total Market Coverage newspaper — came in at 1 pound, 9 ounces. It was the biggest edition of the year and had extended circulation throughout the city. It included four “wraps,” including one about Whitney Benefits — always good reading about the good work that foundation does here.

Add up all of the coupons and the discounts in Wednesday’s newspaper: $185,579. Really.


According to Forbes magazine, the No. 1 ski resort in all of the U.S.A. is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Writes the magazine: “Pure awesomeness factor,” which includes a combination of terrain, lift quality, skiable acreage, accessibility and other factors. Nearby Grand Targhee Resort in Alta also made the list at No. 9.

Jackson’s 550,000 skier days leads the state in tourism dollars in the winter. On average, JH gets more than 450 inches of the white stuff and attracts skiers from all over the world.


Wednesday’s Notebook included my mother’s pecan pie recipe.

One other aspect of pecans is pronunciation. Some say “pee-can”, others pronounce “pe-cahn.” It was clear from an early age in our home the difference between “pee-can” and “pe-cahn.” Pecans (pe-cahn) were a nutritious snack, a nut often found in fruitcakes, pies and roasted during the holidays. Whereas a “pee-can” was something my brother and I took along in the back seat of family car trips, usually an old Maxwell House coffee container. Our father was loath (mother would say unwilling) to “pull over” as the bladders stretched en route to San Antonio, or the Gulf Coast. He was driven to “make time.”

(By the way, for the fresh pecans in that pie recipe: the best pecans come from Berdoll Pecan Co. in Cedar Creek, Texas. Or, Sunnyland Farms in Albany, Georgia. Both are family-owned, easy to work with, have websites and have never disappointed.)


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