Bridge lighting, food collection set
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors
Bureau and the city of Ketchum on Friday, Dec. 12, will conduct their first
"Lighting of the Bridge," an event designed to dedicate the "Broadway Bridge"
and collect food for the hungry.
The event will commence at 5 p.m. in
Ketchum’s Rotary Park, near the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Broadway
Carolers will sing holiday songs, hot
chocolate and cider will be served and Ketchum Ed Mayor Simon will deliver a
short speech to dedicate the bridge. At 5:30 p.m., the bridge will be
illuminated with lights for the holiday season.
Broadway Boulevard will be closed from 5
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate the event.
In conjunction with the bridge lighting,
the city of Ketchum and the Chamber will collect nonperishable food items to
donate to needy families in Blaine County. Canned goods are considered
especially useful because of their long storage life.
YAK! (Youth-Adult Connections) volunteers
will be on hand to assist in the collection of the food.
After the event, approximately 50
merchants will stay open until 8 p.m. to accommodate late-evening shoppers
during the Chamber’s "Shoppers Night Out."
Carolers will stroll throughout the
downtown Ketchum area while many stores offer shoppers an array of hot
beverages, treats and special discounts.
"It’s kind of a ‘Gallery Walk’ plus," said
Ramona Duke, membership services manager for the Chamber.
The shoppers’ night is part of an ongoing
effort by the Chamber to encourage local residents to shop at stores in Ketchum
and Sun Valley, instead of traveling to distant shopping centers or making
purchases via the Internet.
Mountain Adventure Tours will offer
childcare services and activities for children ages 4 and up.