Christmas Tyme event scheduled on Dec. 7
Christmas in Colusa starts on Dec. 7.
That is the date set officially for the re-re-invented Christmas Tyme in Colusa, which will return to its birthplace on Market Street.
"We determined the theme is going to be "Winter Agriland," in keeping with our ag theme of the community," said Marilyn Acree, who is heading up the volunteer team putting on the event this year.
"It will definitely be a community-involved event."
The city has agreed to pay upward of $3,900 for the overtime of police, fire and public works staff needed to make the event work, but much of the effort is being handled by volunteers on the committee.
The Lions and Rotary clubs are on board, and art students at Colusa High School are hard at work to come up with a marketing logo.
"Mr. (Bob) Kirkman is having some of his students put together some designs based on this year's theme, and that will be the design we will use on all the vendor applications and entertainment applications, all the marketing material," Acree said.
The group intends to develop a pamphlet with the logo as well. It will be put up in the city website and passed out around town.
The streets between Third and Eighth will be close from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. The event will run from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Acree said.
Market Street is part of state Highway 20, and the permit allowing the road to be closed requires it be re-open by 9 p.m.
Applications for vendors and entertainment will go out on Oct. 12 with a deadline to return them of Nov. 9.
The committee will be working off vendor lists established over the last few years, but it is open to anyone wishing to have a space for their goods and services. Some organizations have already put their hands up.
The Colusa High band and choir are scheduled to perform, Acree said.
The Stardust dance troupe from Maxwell also will be performing — and it will have a very unique venue.
Sankey Automobile has agreed to let the group perform in its showroom, while visitors to the festival can watch through the big windows.
The event is also teaming up with the California Highway Patrol's annual toy drive and the annual Colusa County Food Basket effort.
Those attending the event will be asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy and canned goods to help the Christmas spirit to be spread around to some of the most needy in the county.
Acree said there will be a few more surprises coming, and will be announced later.
The event started 16 years ago as Old Tyme Christmas. It ran 14 years along Market Street, then moved to the historic courthouse area as Home Town Christmas the last two years.