Night Lights

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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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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