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Festive Westside photos reflect Christmas holiday season

       With the Christmas holiday season upon us, the Westside Pioneer staff offers on this web page some of the Westside photos we've taken that seem to reflect this festive time of year.
       PHOTO AT LEFT: As snow sprinkles down Dec. 17, a skier approaches the southbound hill on 26th Street, between Bott Avenue and Hagerman Street.
       1st PHOTO DOWN: The Coronado High Shomber Choir sings with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic Dec. 18 in the school auditorium. The song being performed here is John Williams' "Double Trouble" composition from the movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." For the number, Philharmonic director Louie Silvestri (left) jokingly wore a wig to look like Professor Snape. The Coronado choir teacher (not shown) is Jeff Hodur.
       2nd PHOTO DOWN: During the Christmas Stroll Nov. 26, the Pikes Peak Youth Ringers perform for shoppers on the sidewalk on the south side of Colorado Avenue's 2400 block. The show was part of an annual night of on-street entertainment - in conjunction with shops staying open late - on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Stroll is sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates business group.
       3rd PHOTO DOWN: Led by music teacher Jill Green (not shown), Howbert Elementary's holiday program by grades K-2 was presented in the Coronado High auditorium Dec. 15.
       4th PHOTO DOWN: The Pinery at the Hill, a three-year-old events venue atop the Near Westside's Bijou Hill, prominently displays a large wreath on its east-facing wall. Asked about the size of the decoration, a Pinery employee said she was not sure, but that a company comes in each year to install it.
       5th PHOTO DOWN: The view here is of the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site's annual Holiday Evening in 2015, showing the traditional tractor-drawn wagon ride, with the blacksmith shop on the right and the "Granddaddy" apple tree, planted in the late 1800s, at the left. The Pioneer wimped out on this year's event, which was held Dec. 17 in subzero temperatures and "lightly attended," according to the ranch's Living History Association President Ron Wright.

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(Posted 12/19/16; Community: Ongoing Issues)

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