Carriages, candy houses, costumes

Barbara Lawlor, Central City.  For two days, on the first weekend of December, Central City becomes the epitome of a Victorian Christmas. The streets boast decorations against the historic buildings that could be a Christmas card painted in the late 1800s. The women in their long, lush, colorful winter dresses topped with remarkable hats add to the atmosphere.

Entering the Teller House last weekend was like walking into a bustling, vibrant array of crafts, making one aware that they didn’t bring enough money to purchase all that they desired.


Children entered the coloring contest and enjoyed decorating their own cookies. An intricate spectacular gingerbread house was the guest of honor, made by LaNora Braning, in honor of the 20th Tommyknocker event. Organizers say they are now considering having a gingerbread house contest next year, the beginning of another tradition.


One of the main attractions of the event was the appearance of Domino, a 2,400 pound Shire draft horse who pulled the Queen City Carriage through the main street route. Owner Ashley Sanchez parked the carriage in front of the Teller House and offered free rides. Everyone who walked past the big gentle giant patted his head, rubbed his nose and spoke kind words to him, commenting on how hairy his legs were.

Vendors came from all over the state to offer their handmade crafts and jewelry, great gifts for all ages.
Throughout the weekend, various musical groups, including the girl scouts, the Peak to Peak Chorale and the Big Hat No Horse band entertained.


Somehow, as one walked up the hill to the Teller House, the sound of the casinos was drowned by the music and the voices that experienced the joy of the season, the scents and scenes that were a part of the Victorian Christmas celebration in Central City.


Contest winners for the 2017 Tommyknockers
Ugly Sweater Contest:
Mike Plante, Mary Sagona, Belita Persichini and Angie Diamond.
Victorian Era Costume Contest:
‘Best Proper Lady’, Joan Hemm, Nico Nagel and Robbie Zmuda.
‘Best Couple’, Susan & Dewey Smith, Julian & Wanda Gothard, Vicki & Craig Barringer and Jonas & Jacklyn Schrock.


Children’s Coloring Contest:
Kindergarten-First Grade: Norah Manley Quin Sill & Ella Albrecht.
Second -Third Grade: Avery Lawson, Adeline Buckland, Nora Westling and Abigail Manley.
Fourth -Fifth Grade: Bella Marquez, Raeann Palfy, Elise Vincent, and Kayla Lawson.
Sixth Grade: Akane Randall.

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.