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Snow village is on display

Susan Cunningham

Residents of Yampa and beyond are invited to stop by the Yampa Egeria Museum on Friday for a new tradition: viewing a snow village.

The snow village is made up of dozens of tiny homes and businesses, with windows that provide glimpses of families sitting around fires, a disc jockey at work in an old fashioned radio station and goods stacked in a grocery store.

When all of its tiny lights are turned on, it is “utterly charming,” said Wendy Moreau, director of the Yampa Egeria Museum.

“I wished I lived there — it’s so sweet,” Moreau said.

The snow village was set up at the museum for a Christmas Eve viewing this year, and Moreau said she hopes it will become a holiday tradition. Also on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will visit the park near the museum, and hot cocoa, coffee and cookies will be served.

“It’s a wonderful way to spend your Christmas Eve,” she said.

The snow village was loaned to the museum by longtime resident Susi Crowner, who has been collecting the tiny buildings for more than 20 years. In the 1980s, Crowner would set up the village in her own home, letting residents stop by for a look, Moreau said.

For residents who didn’t have a chance to see the village, the Christmas Eve viewing is a perfect opportunity.

“I just thought it would be a wonderful thing for the town,” Moreau said. She said that Crowner’s generosity was crucial to having the display.

“Yampa’s pretty famous for its Fourth of July, and I think this will be another tradition in that same vein,” Moreau said.

Also for the holidays, the museum has a collection of Victorian Christmas cards on display.

The cards date back to the 19th century. Some belong to Moreau’s great-grandmother, who came to Yampa in 1886 as a young girl. Another bunch belonged to the grandmother of longtime resident Arlene Porteus.

The cards are not the sort of cards used today, Moreau said. Rather, they are mostly postcards that have old images of St. Nick and winter village scenes.

Santa Claus will visit Yackey Park, where a town Christmas tree is, at 6:30 p.m. The Yampa Egeria Museum will be open at 6 p.m. Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served.

— To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com


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