TESORO CULTURAL CENTER’S SIGNATURE ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENTS 2021
November 28, 2021 - December 24, 2021
Tesoro Cultural Center will once again host its signature events this holiday season: The Farolito Lighting and Pinecone Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 28; the Holiday Auction Party on Sunday, Dec. 5; and Las Posadas on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24. The Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which celebrates the artistic and cultural treasures of our American past, invites guests to rejoice in the holiday season’s festivities at Denver’s iconic The Fort Restaurant, located at 19192 Highway 8, in Morrison.
Farolito Lighting and Pinecone Ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 28, 4-5:30 p.m.
A tradition for more than 25 years, this free event ushers in the holiday season as a unique alternative to the typical tree-lighting ceremony, reenacting holiday traditions originating from Spanish merchants. From 4-5:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, guests watch as a chosen honoree lights the farolitos – paper bags filled with sand and illuminated with candles – in The Fort’s open-air courtyard, while enjoying 1830s and 1840s Christmas carols, performed by students from the Colorado School of Mines and other strolling musicians. This year’s honoree is longtime Tesoro board member, Charlotte F. Baron, and her husband, Robert “Bob” Baron.
Charlotte and Bob Baron founded Golden, Colo.-based publishing company, Fulcrum Publishing, more than 30 years ago. With a mission to publish authors who inspires readers, the Barons have made a dedicated effort to publish the work of many American Indian authors in order to amplify their perspectives and stories.
As part of the Pinecone Ceremony, guests are given a pinecone and a piece of paper, and are invited to write a message to someone who lives far away or has passed. The message is tucked inside the pinecone and tossed into a bonfire; 19th-century ancestors believed that well-wishes were transported to the heavens as the fire burned the pinecones. Hot cider, Mexican hot chocolate and biscochito cookies will be available during the festivities.
Annual Holiday Auction Costume Party, Sunday, Dec. 5, 5-8 p.m.
In support of Tesoro’s ongoing educational programming, the annual Holiday Auction Costume Party takes place from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at The Fort. Tickets are $25 and available to Tesoro members, who are welcome to purchase additional tickets for friends and family.
Guests are encouraged to dress in 19th-century attire, with the “best dressed” awarded a prize. The evening includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and drinks from The Fort, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions of items including Native American art, Spanish Colonial art, hand-crafted jewelry and more.
Las Posadas, Friday, Dec. 24, 4-5:30 p.m.
Celebrated in Mexico and throughout the United States during the week leading up to Christmas Eve, Las Posadas commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. In partnership with The Fraternas, Tesoro Cultural Center produces a condensed version of the tradition, held annually on Christmas Eve, from 4-5:30 p.m. on the grounds of The Fort.
Children are invited to participate in a reenactment of the biblical scene; musicians play customary Las Posadas songs; a seven-pointed piñata is provided for children; and complimentary biscochito cookies, hot cider and Mexican hot chocolate are served. All ages and religious backgrounds are welcome to join in the fun.
For more information regarding Tesoro Cultural Center’s holiday events, or its year-round mission and educational efforts, call (303) 839-1671 or visit www.tesoroculturalcenter.org.
About the Tesoro Cultural Center
The Tesoro Cultural Center (Tesoro means “treasure” in Spanish) is committed to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. All Tesoro events are inspired by Colorado’s rich history and shared experiences with Southwest, Spanish, Mexican, Native American, African American and early European cultures. From art and cuisine to historical reenactments and music, the Tesoro Cultural Center’s mission is to create enriched, community-based events and educational outreach programs designed to preserve and celebrate our cultural heritage. For more information, please visit www.tesoroculturalcenter.org, or follow @TesoroCulturalCenter on Facebook.
Submitted by Kelli Gowder on: November 3, 2021