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A  winter photograph of the old ranch house at White Sulphur Springs featuring the restored front porch. Photo by Chris Smith

A wet Christmas celebration at White Sulphur Springs Ranch

Submitted by  John Lullo


This Christmas bear had its own comfortable seat next to the famous Clio Stove, in the living room of the old ranch house. Photo by Robert Ware

Tuesday, Dec. 10,  was the day of the Christmas party White Sulphur Springs Ranch for members and invited guests. A big crowd was expected but only a few actually braved the terrible weather.  It was a deluge outside! Some of the old time Eastern Plumas County residents couldn’t remember a more fierce rain in the month of December.  Many remarked that if it was snow instead of rain nobody could have attended because the roads would be impassable.

Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council (MVSC) Volunteers Yvonne Ware, Barbi Hendrick and Judy Porep-Lullo had arranged for the old ranch house to be festively decorated, the dining room table full of goodies and Santa ready to greet guests and take photos with the kids.  Unfortunately none of the attendees were young enough to sit on Santa’s lap.

The raffle prize was a Christmas wall decoration and a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant, won by Joanne Grasso of Graeagle.

The renovated old ranch house never looked better.  Docent guided tours were available for the asking. The front façade, recently rebuilt, showed a lighted, front porch. There was a Christmas wreath at the front door. The restrooms functioned and the elegantly furnished living room lent a warmth to the whole scene, in contrast to the tempest going on outside.

Information about White Sulphur Springs Ranch, current projects and membership in the MVSC is on the website, www.WhiteSulphurSpringsRanch.com

Santa and an elf at the Christmas party at White Sulphur Springs Ranch. Photo by John Lullo
The dining room table filled with hors d’oeuvres and a picture of George McClear looking down from the wall. Photo by Sugie Barker

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