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Christmas Time on Siesta Key

30 Nov

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Christmas season is now in full swing on beautiful Siesta Key, FL. Last night marked the Key’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. Baseball great Tim McCarver flipped the switch last year, this year it was former basketball coach and present ESPN TV personality Dick Vitale (AKA “Dickie V”).

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Vitale addressed the crowd and asked one & all to dig deep this holiday season for the Jimmy V Cancer Fund. Dickie V was a good friend of the late NC State hoops coach Jim Valvano and he continues to wage Valvano’s battle to find a cure for cancer. Vitale had some books he was selling and signing for $25 with all the proceeds going to the foundation. Great job, Dickie V … you are indeed AWESOME BABY!!!!

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I kicked in our donation to the cause & paused for a snapshot with Dickie V.

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It was then time to turn on the tree lights. It is a beautiful (and very tall) tree this year. It can be seen thru Christmas in front of Gabbiano’s Italian Restaurant in the heart of Siesta Village. Stop on by, do a little shopping, grab a bite to eat, and say hello to our good friends at the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Debbie, Mike and Charlie will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. They are truly wonderful folks!

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Santa also arrived on Siesta Key last night. All the kids were thrilled to see him.  

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Sure, Christmas shopping is now fully underway. But there was another kind of shopping going on last night — Barber Shopping! These brightly clothed gents busted out some familiar harmonies inside the Village Barber Shop. Our kids enjoyed this very much. We believe it was the first time they had ever seen barber shoppers in action — excepting for a recent episode of “Flapjack” on Cartoon Network. I have always been partial to “My Wild Irish Rose” … and no, I’m not so partial to the cheap wine of the same name!

Merry Christmas from Siesta Key, where the sand is as white as freshly fallen snow!

Time for Christmas Tunes!

14 Nov

I just re-activated all the Christmas songs on my ITunes jukebox.

Perhaps my favorite of all Christmas albums is Phil Spector’s “A Christmas Gift for You.” Yes, Spector is actually Jewish, but unlike Neil Diamond & Babs Streisand, he manages to pull it off. It doesn’t hurt to have a killer house band and the angelic voices of Darlene Love & Ronnie Spector.

Enjoy — and let me be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas!