Christmas Lights

December 8, 2007

We left Eugene and drove the short distance to Albany, Here we entered the Cascade Pavilion, where the Christmas Light Storybook Land was held. The building was lavishly decorated with greenery and lights. There were greeters everywhere in costume. There were booths depicting every childhood story book imaginable. Some of the displays were animated. In addition, there was a room where three train sets were running, and another area that contained about 400 Teddy Bears. As we left this enjoyable experience, we learned that there was to be a parade in Salem. We hurried to Alesandro’s, where we were to have dinner. It was not open, and the street was to be blocked off for the parade. Not wishing to be trapped in the parade traffic, we left for the next planned view of Christmas lights in Kaiser. Before proceeding on the Christmas Lights route, we had a short break, and Verna Kocken of the Hospitality committee, brought out Christmas goodies. The lights display route in Kaiser is marked by snowman about two feet tall. All of the houses on the blocks had displays of lights of all shapes and sizes and it was very colorful. Again we wished to avoid parade traffic so we took the freeway from Kaiser and went to Applebee’s for dinner. We arrived home about 9:30 p.m. Thanks to Verna Kocken, Liz Reanier, and our driver, John Goddard, who drove us through the Kaiser lights twice.

Riders were: Ethel Allen, Lloyd Bissell, MaryLee Cheadle, Sharon Cutsforth, Rosemary Etter, Barbara Flanders, Dennis Flanders, Bette Hack (leader), Dora Harris, Mervin Kisel, Verna Kocken, Edith Patten Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Liz Reanier, Dick Speelman, Janet Speelman and Carol Voleska.

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