Vaily Daily Holiday Statistics |

Vaily Daily Holiday Statistics

In the name of making stuff up, we have your Vaily Daily Holiday Statistics, brought to you by the International Council of Shopping Centers. We, the Titans of Town Talk, hate shopping centers. It’s a little like being allergic to cats. If you have to be allergic to something, it might as well be something you hate.

But we digress.

n Did you know that the average shopping center spends $22,998 on holiday decoration? That’s more than the entire gross domestic product of most Third World countries.

n It takes eight days to decorate a mall for the holiday season, which is more time than you’ll spend on maintaining your wife’s automobile in your entire life.

n Santa Claus will most commonly arrive at the mall as part of a parade. Santa will almost never arrive as part a police lineup.

Movin’ right along.

Artisans and ambassadors

Chelsea Linman, student ambassador traveling to France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria next summer, along with Brady Coffey and Caitlin Cerra, will be at the Eagle Valley Arts and Crafts Show in the Eagle-Vail Pavilion, Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Chelsea, Brady and Caitlin are selling hand-crafted candles and angels. The whole show includes 25 booths featuring fare from local artisans, all of whom are brilliant. You don’t need any more information than that. Just show up with your checkbook.

WARPed women

Dana called to tell the universe that the Vail WARP women’s hockey team (Women Associated for Recreational Pucking) plays their season opener at 1 p.m., Saturday, in Vail’s Dobson Arena. Admission is free, and they’re real entertaining. Check ’em out.

Put on your dancin’ shoes

Tom Ruemmler can help the rhythmically impaired, which probably includes you. He’s teaching East Coast Swing dancing, beginning Monday, Dec. 9, at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Relax and remember that if your parents and grandparents can do this, so can you. Dance lessons from 7-8 p.m. and dancing is 8-10 p.m. It’s $45 for the six-week series; $30 for Vail Resorts employees, and $5 for just the dancing. No partner needed – just show up!

New students are welcome Dec. 16, but you’ll need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to catch up. Call Ruemmler at 479-1057, or email him at

Children’s Chorale sings Sunday

The Eagle Valley Children’s Chorale eighth annual winter concert, “Holiday Sing,” is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Beaver Creek Chapel. Children in first through seventh grades, representing 10 schools throughout the valley, will perform a variety of holiday selections. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contributions will be accepted at the door. For more information call 926-2228 or 476-5822.

Toys for Tots needs you

Christmas in the Eagle River Valley is a difficult time for many families. Please help out by donating a $10 toy, game or appropriate gift for a child or teen. Cash donations are deposited in a Toys for Tots Toy Fund. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to involve employees by asking for donations at company parties. You can drop off donations at City Market, Safeway, Columbine Market, the Eagle Pharmacy, all local banks, or any emergency service agency. Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army will make certain that deserving youth in the valley will receive your gifts. For details or more information, call the Salvation Army, any emergency service agency, or Toys for Tots chairman, Nick Frenze at 524-7705.

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