Oh, we had a wonderful time. After walking to the village with our neighbors, Catherine and Bob, we hung out near the tree in front of Cafe Gabiano’s. While we waited, Santa was escorted through the Village to the center where the Sheriff’s office is located. Siren’s blared, lights flashed from the fire truck and ambulance that led the parade. Following came a golf cart with Santa in the front seat. The whole parking lot was set up for families to wait in line to visit with the old elf. Face painting, a balloon-sculpting clown and a barbershop quartet rounded off the festivities on that side of the street.
Back to the tree, Dick Vitale was talking to the crowd about cancer research and the V Foundation’s work to raise money for a cure. He then sat down to autograph his new book for donations. The book, “Dick Vitale’s Fabulous 50 Players & Moments in College Basketball”, was going like hotcakes. When the signing was done the crowd counted down in unison from 10 to 1 and Mr. Vitale flipped the switch that lighted the gorgeous tree. What a site! Then, suddenly, snow started to fall on the crowd surrounding the tree. Ok, it wasn’t real snow. I don’t think Siesta Key has ever seen snow, but it was fun.
There were some other things going on in the Village but we didn’t take part. After the tree lighting and some pictures we scooted home. The kids hadn’t eaten dinner and were starting to notice. We did make a stop before leaving at the barber shop to hear a tune. Those singers were great.