As we get ready to close out 2020 and move into the new year, I reflect on this beautiful community and how proud I am of the people that make Ogden such a great place to live and visit. I could not be more proud of how we’ve navigated the challenges that this year has presented, and I know that we’ll continue to move in the right direction together into 2021.
The holiday season is upon us, and I’m very excited to announce that Ogden’s Christmas Village will once again light up our downtown with hundreds of thousands of lights and nearly one-hundred handmade cottages. We know that it will be different this year with limited programming, but I hope you’ll take time to safely enjoy the lights, Christmas cabins, and memories that Ogden’s Christmas Village provides. It is genuinely one of our gems and a Utah holiday tradition. As always, please be safe, patient, and kind while you are out with your friends and loved ones.
While you are downtown, please take the time to visit our local merchants and spend locally. Ogden is a treasure-trove of locally owned businesses and offers a wide variety of experiences and options while you are out Christmas shopping. Who knows ~ you may even discover a new favorite restaurant or local artist while you are out!
Speaking of local artists, I’m excited to recognize nine Ogden creatives to be honored at the 2020 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts program shines the light of recognition on local creatives and arts-based organizations who have been or are currently making a beneficial impact in Ogden. Ogden artists are not only featured at our several museums and galleries, but a wide variety of arts venues and entertainment choices. Art is a fundamental part of our exceptional quality of life in Ogden, and I’m honored to recognize the contributions to our community from the following individuals:
• WSU Arts Learning Collaboration – Arts in Education
• August Akada – Emerging Artist
• Joseph Blake – Performing Arts
• Project Success Coalition – Folk Arts
• Lydia Gravis – Visual Arts
• Laura Stott – Literary Arts
• Daniel Matthews – Media Arts
• Jake McIntire/Union Creative Agency – Arts Advocacy
• Brad Wheeler – Lifetime Contribution
Again, we live in a wonderful place, surrounded by amazing people. Whether it’s skiing with your family, hitting the trail with your dog, curling up with your favorite book, or enjoying the company of your loved ones, I hope you’ll find the time to enjoy all that is good and right in our lives this holiday season. Please, also continue to reach out to your neighbors or those that might need a little help this season. Ogden continues to be recognized in national publications as one of the best places in the country to raise a family, and it’s the giving people of our community that deserve this recognition.
With sincere gratitude,
Mike Caldwell, Ogden City Mayor