I know that there are a few former residents of Great Falls who check in periodically, so this little video might cheer them up a bit – especially if they are trapped in non-snow places such as Miami, Phoenix, or San Antonio. I was sitting in my car in the parking lot of the country club on Tuesday, transfixed by the falling snow, listening to music that perfectly captures the pre-Christmas atmosphere.
CMR is hosting the Electric City Invitational speech and debate tournament December 7-8, 2007 and is in real need of volunteers to judge the tournament. You don’t need any special skills or experience except the willingness to listen to student speeches or debates and choose the ones you feel do the best job. We need 93 judges per round and are having some difficulty filling that need. The rounds of competition are Friday December 7th at 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 PM, and Saturday December 8th at 8:00, 10:00 AM, 12:00 noon, 1:30 and 3:00 P.M.for speech and debate events. The rounds are approximately an hour and a half, and we will have hot coffee, soda, and snacks for all of the volunteers. Please call Teresa Lang-Court at 231-9379 or email Tom Cubbage (email@example.com) with the time and day you can help.
I’ve judged a few debate tourneys, and it is really a great experience – these are smart kids, and it’s invigorating to see them put their wits and public speaking skills on display.
Welcome to folks who are visiting for the first time! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. In a nutshell, GreaterFalls.com is my online fan club for Great Falls. This website is a “web-log,” commonly referred to as a “blog.” It’s a regularly updated online journal of people, places, events, and news in Great Falls.
Wouldja believe that we’re only a few days away from the annual Christmas Stroll (aka Downtown Stroll or Holiday Stroll)? If you’ve been here for at least a few years, you know how fun The Stroll is; if you’re new to Great Falls, this is one of the “must see” events. Basically, it’s a huge street party in downtown Great Falls.
Here’s what happens: downtown is blocked off along Central Avenue, from the Civic Center to about sixth street, and vendors set up booths to sell crafts, food, and decorations, and the downtown merchants are all open and usually offering some great holiday deals. There are also some fun activities – such as the “Polar Plunge” last year that saw local civic leaders and media folks taking a freezing-cold dunk to raise money for Special Olympics.
This year’s Stroll is on Saturday, December 1, from 11 am until 7 pm, and the theme is “Through A Child’s Eyes.” The theme is featured on unique “stroll buttons” that you can purchase from many downtown merchants (such as Amazing Toys, where I saw them today); each button enters you to win a prize package. This year there are three designs:
One more thing: be sure to bundle up – tradition dictates that it is COLD at the Christmas Stroll, and the forecast right now is calling for a high temp of 23 degrees next Saturday.
See you at the Stroll!
By the way – since publicity for this year’s Stroll seems to be a bit subdued (the DGFA website is…um…lame), please go ahead and e-mail this entry to other folks around town – help get the word out!