Christmas has never been my favorite holiday. My enthusiasm lands with Thanksgiving, but Sheridan has so much to offer in terms of Christmas cheer, I can’t help but sing holiday carols in my head this week.
I’ll attend a number of holiday events this year — I hope you will, too, between shopping trips to local businesses.
Thursday, I’ll attend my very first professional ballet. I know many are excited about the San Diego Ballet coming to the Whitney Center for the Arts, and many have expressed disappointment that the two shows have sold out. I’ve seen many plays and productions through the years — I even worked for an arts and entertainment magazine in Chicago in college, attending and reviewing new plays a couple times each month. Somehow, though, ballet never made it in the mix.
Then, December gets started with a whole mess of holiday cheer.
• The Trail End State Historic Site will open its doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4-7 p.m. each day for its annual open house. Father Christmas will be on site, and guests will be treated to figgy pudding.
• Saturday will include a holiday bazaar in Ranchester, an Ugly Sweater 5K and the Big Horn Equestrian Center’s winter ball. You can shop for gifts, get in a few laughs for the run/walk and then get dolled up for the ball.
• Sunday’s festivities will bring community members together for the Trees of Love lighting ceremony at Sheridan Memorial Hospital and the Community Holiday Dinner. Literally hundreds of local residents will gather around tables at the Holiday Inn to break bread. It’s a pretty impressive tradition and will help fill your heart with some love for your neighbors.
That’s just the beginning, too. Sheridan College and The Hub will host holiday concerts. In the coming weeks, local schools will also perform in holiday programs.
Ucross has kept busy planning for its annual Christmas celebration, which will take place Dec. 9 and include a special tribute to the foundation’s founder, Raymond Plank. Fireworks, Christmas lights and appearances by Craig Johnson and the Buffalo Balladiers will get the holiday season started with some sparkle in eastern Sheridan County.
Check The Sheridan Press website — thesheridanpress.com — for details on upcoming events and holiday cheer. We keep track and try to update the calendar each day. If you have an event planned, send the details our way.
Among all of those performances and events, the Sheridan business community has decorated storefronts and interiors to the nines. While many likely took advantage of some Cyber Monday sales, remember that the local businesses offer a human touch that cannot be found in many online markets.
Tuesday also marks #GivingTuesday — a day dedicated to charitable gifts after the madness of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Consider a gift to a local nonprofit this season. The Sheridan Press helps organize two great options.
We help collect books for children to be distributed via The Food Group for the Season’s Readings program (drop-off locations at both McDonald’s locations, Java Moon, Red Velvet/Twisted Hearts, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Sheridan College, Hospital Pharmacy West, The Sheridan Press and Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery).
We also help organize the Goodfellow Fund, which raises funds for the Salvation Army. Mail donations to: The Goodfellows Fund, c/o The Sheridan Press, P.O. Box 2006, Sheridan, WY 82801.