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November 30, 2017
by Ron Drake
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I love a parade as much as the next guy but I’m always disappointed with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It just seems more like a Broadway production with a lot of commercials, than it does a parade. But I always watch it on television Thanksgiving morning because it is sort of a tradition, I guess. But this year the parade held more interest for others and me in Castle Valley. Utah’s Davis High School Marching Band was one of several bands nationwide out of more than 2,500 applicants that was selected to participate in this year’s parade. But more specifically, one of the band members is the daughter of former Castle Valley residents who, themselves, grew up in Castle Valley.

Jade Williams, the daughter of Ben and Emily Tuft Williams is one of the members of the clarinet section of the elite Kaysville, Utah high school band who had the honor of performing in the parade this past Thanksgiving Day. I tried without success to spot her among the large throng of performers but Emily said she spotted her daughter several times during the televised performance in front of the famed Macy’s Department Store in Manhattan. I still think “parade” is sort of a loose term for the annual event but it did hold more interest this year because of the local connection. Jade is the granddaughter of Don and Janie Tuft and Richard and Jolene Williams, all of Castle Valley.

This column reported two weeks ago that our long-time friend and neighbor Jay Kratz died at his home on Monday, Nov. 13. He was found at his home by neighbors Mark and Faylene Roth who were checking on him after calls from out-of-town family members went unanswered. Many Castle Valley residents posted inquiries about memorial plans for Jay, which prompted his close neighbors Mark and Faylene to honor him with an event to pay homage.

As a result, they are hosting an informal remembrance of Jay on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at their home. They are at 93 Bailey Lane, the next lot up from Jay’s home on the same side of the lane. Everyone is welcome to come and share memories of Jay.

Next month will be time for a movie, which is sponsored every other month by the Castle Valley Library. They will be showing “The Hours,” which is based on a novel by Michael Cunningham that spotlights the author Virginia Woolf and one of her fictional characters — Mrs. Dalloway. Movie time is 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Castle Valley Library. Jenny and Faylene say to come early for popcorn.

Thirty-five years ago this week this column reported on the Thanksgiving Day dinner that was hosted by the Castle Valley Institute (now the Daystar Adventist Academy). Approximately 120 people from Castle Valley gathered in the school’s maintenance shop, which was converted into a beautifully decorated dining hall and were treated to a scrumptious holiday meal. A long table was set up down the middle of the building with bales of straw on each side to provide seating for the diners. It was a rustic and traditional setting that was possibly similar to the first Thanksgiving, where the Pilgrims set aside a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the first harvest in the New World.

A few days after the dinner the Castle Valley Fire Department was summoned back to the school for a chimney fire at the Widstrand residents. The 5:50 pm fire was quickly extinguished with no damage to the structure.

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