Flying W Ranch is popping right into a winter wonderland.
And the Flying W Wranglers are turning right into a Christmas band. Or, extra precisely, a cowboy Christmas band.
Flying W’s season of Christmas concert events kicks off Friday and every one can be with a smaller crowd than ever within the ranch’s almost 70-year historical past. However the custom continues amid COVID-19 restrictions that may restrict the viewers to 75 individuals contained in the open-air eating corridor and occasion heart. It’s thought-about an open-air facility as a result of it has a number of garage-style doorways that open up. The brand new multimillion greenback facility can maintain 850 individuals.
This summer time was set to be a triumphant time for Flying W, a Colorado Springs staple since 1953. After being ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fireplace in 2012, the ranch’s long-awaited reopening in July was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Whereas capacities had been restricted due to COVID-19 restrictions, ranch proprietor Leigh Ann Wolfe counts the summer time season of chuck-wagon dinners and concert events as a hit. Plus, she stated the season went on “with out a single COVID incident.”
“Despite the fact that our numbers had been low for the Flying W, individuals had been so comfortable to be there,” Wolfe stated. “Folks had been actually blessed by it.”
There was one thing else that made Flying W’s return stand out. The celebs of the present — the Flying W Wranglers — had been brand-new to the band.
That features the group’s first-ever lady, Cassy Weil.
“I believe there have been lots of people who had been skeptical, since we had been all new,” she stated.
From her perspective on stage, the band put the skeptics comfy.
“I believe all people was blown away,” Weil stated. “We saved the custom alive for the ranch.”
“By the top of the summer time, the present was spellbinding, actually,” Wolfe added.
Weil additionally thinks the concert events had been a welcome escape for attendees.
“Folks had been prepared after months of lockdown to get out and do one thing,” she stated. “And we had been in a position to present that.”
Christmas on the Ranch reveals, that are scheduled for weekend nights by means of Dec. 20, will present one other model of that.
Every live performance will characteristic a mixture of Christmas classics and cowboy and nation songs, reminiscent of George Strait’s “Christmas Cookies.” Some are unique tunes written by members of the band.
“We’re attempting to maintain the Western spirit, in addition to the Christmas spirit,” Weil stated. “This provides individuals one of the best of each worlds.”
Personally, it’s a mixture of two of her favorites. Weil says she might simply take heed to Christmas music all yr lengthy.
“I don’t know what it’s about Christmas music,” she stated. “It brings these emotions of pleasure and happiness and heat and household and mates. It pulls at our coronary heart strings.”
“One music can carry again so many reminiscences,” she added. “I believe that’s what so particular about it.”