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Retry: Christmas party, parade Saturday

Postponed events to include Santa, new railroad diner car

Cold, and a little icy, weather caused organizers around the county to postpone, and even cancel some, Christmas events set for last weekend. Most will give it another try this weekend, with annual parades and activities in Rockdale and Milano rescheduled for Saturday.

Day-long events, conducted by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, are centered around the I&GN Depot-Museum area and Wolf Park.

And they all lead up to one of the town’s most popular annual events, the lighted Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m. that winds from downtown to Fair Park.

CLOWNS—Activities will get underway at 9 a.m. and run until 6 p.m.

Shriner clowns will be on hand with balloon art and the “kiddie train” from past years will return with runs throughout the Wolf Park-depot area.

Face painting and other children’s activities will also be on tap.

Local musical entertainers, will perform in the Wolf Park pavilion.

DEPOT—The restored I&GN Depot, across the street from Wolf Park, will also be the site of several events.

Browsers can view a historical quilt show in the depot museum that features dozens of quilts, dating back to the 1890s.

DINER, SANTA—Something new for 2013 is a preview of what Rockdale Historical Society members hope will be the depot-museum’s newest permanent attraction in the not-too-distant future.

Between 2 and 4 p.m., coffee and desserts will be available in the under-restoration 1940s-era railroad dining car, on the depot-museum tracks behind its caboose.

The Cheyenne Mountain was constructed in 1942 and went into service on the Missouri-Pacific Colorado Eagle.

It’s hoped that eventually the diner will become a restaurant or snack bar.

POSTPONED—All the events above were supposed to be held on Dec. 7, but were postponed on Thursday by organizers after weather forecast for the area predicted freezing temperatures and possible icy road conditions for the weekend.

Temperatures dipped into the 20s on Friday night and did not get back above the freezing mark until Sunday.

MILANO—The City of Milano postponed its annual Christmas parade and free meal, according to mayor Billy Barnett.

The events were supposed to be held Dec. 7 as well, but will now be held Saturday. The parade will kickoff at 10:30 a.m. that day from the Milano football field and end downtown where a free, traditional Christmas meal will be served at the Milano Civic Center.

Christmas light decorations are set to be judged on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. A community wide Christmas sing-a-long is set for 7 p.m. at the Milano Civic Center.

THORNDALE—The annual downtown Christmas parade in Thorndale on Dec. 7 was completely canceled because of weather conditions.

Organizers said it will not be rescheduled due to other event conflicts.


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