Mother Nature freezes out parts of CofC Christmas Stroll


33_5766SANTA AT STOCKMAN  — “Look Santa, we’re twins!” Santa listens carefully as Morgan Kersey Fuson gets ready to tell him her Christmas wish list.  Santa was at Stockman Bank during the Christmas Stroll on Saturday and he most definately received an earful of Christmas ‘wishes and wants’ from the children.  Over the next several issues, we will publish more ‘Santa and Me’ pictures that were captured by Adam Jerome with the I-O camera.


By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Mother Nature was not kind to Conrad on Saturday.

An uninvited Alberta Clipper roared down from Canada and played havoc with the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Stroll.

It was almost a “Tale of Two Cities.” Some planned events went well despite temperatures that rolled off the table and fell to as much as -19 degrees (below zero) while others just simply had to be cancelled.

Never getting off the ground was the dedication of the new marquee at the Orpheum Theatre, the cardboard parade, wagon rides, and the traditional opening ceremonies and lighting of the Christmas tree at the courthouse.

A recital at the library never took place, the museum closed their doors early and crowds were sparse at times for the craft vendors at the Moose Lodge and the Pondera Village Shopping Center.

On the other hand, over 100 youngsters came to Stockman Bank to visit Santa Clause and impart their Christmas wish list on him.

While that was going on inside, Sablle Erickson, the daughter of Dustin and Mary Erickson braved the “Big Freeze” and was selling hot cocoa in front of the bank. She later moved her business to Meadowlark School where she could be in the foyer while the Kids Carnival was going on. Proceeds from her entrepreneurial enterprise went to the local Cancer Foundation.

Meanwhile, the kid’s carnival was going great guns with young people getting their faces painted, shooting hoops, tossing bean bags and having a lot of in-door fun.

The art show, upstairs at Joe’s Steakhouse had a number of folks viewing some nifty works of art. The Theatre still presented their movie.

This all leads up to the Christmas Tree auction held at the former location of G&D Hardware on Main Street.

There were 14 trees and 10 wreaths that went on the block, each and everyone decorated magnificencently.

Last year’s auction brought in $3,325, but this year on a nasty night, the trees fetched $5,795! Proceeds from the auction go towards the purchase of new Christmas street decorations.

Gary and Leo’s IGA provided meat and cheese trays and a wide variety of crackers, dips, chips, cookies and candies for bidders to munch on.

Taking a little editorial license here, even though parts of the Christmas Stroll weren’t able to be pulled off and people ventured out, only to get stuck in the snow, some more than once as they moved about, overall the Stroll was a success.

A lot of preparation and planning went into the Stroll and its new look, both from the CofC and merchants to arts and crafts people to all of the folks who braved the weather to take part in it, kudos and big pats on the back to all of you.