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This year, it's Nathaniel Merrill's turn: The founder of Opera Colorado is being honored today at the Tesoro Foundation's annual Farolito Lighting at the Fort restaurant, which each year draws attention to a different community member in the celebration of light, carols and pinecones.

The farolitos — tiny lanterns based on the Hispanic tradition of placing tea lights in successions of small white paper bags — adorn the Fort year-round but are only lit during the holiday season. The result is a picture-perfect image of Yule in the Southwest, pretty enough for a Christmas card. "Two singers from Opera Colorado will be here to lead the carols, accompanied by Southwest musicians," reveals Janice Holcomb, Tesoro's administrative director. The event also includes a pinecone ceremony to honor the spirits of loved ones who have passed on. Stop by the Fort, 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, at 4:20 p.m.; the lighting is free and open to the public.
Sun., Nov. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.


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