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Farolito Lighting and Pinecone Ceremony

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November 28, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
-Tesoro Cultural Center Home Tesoro Cultural Center at The Fort’
19192 Hwy 8 Morrison
CO 80465

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. 


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