The Christmas season blossomed like a poinsettia into full bloom last weekend.
On Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, H’COLA (Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola) hosted a Santa on the Hill for the 12th consecutive year, this time at the Project Impact site at the former Apalachicola High School. Bring Me a Book Franklin was there to add a book giveaway to the candy and coloring books that each child got, and once again, as has been the case for a dozen years, Beano Simmons handled all the arrangements to make sure Santa Claus showed up, on time, on the fire truck.
That evening it was time for the annual Lighting of the Palms at the St. George Island Lighthouse, as a large crowd gathered to see Santa, whose visit was arranged by Tim Goldstein. A golf cart parade greeted the dusk as scores of volunteers helped kids enjoy everything from games and face painting, to home baked cookies courtesy of Mango Mikes to hot dogs provided courtesy of the Apalachicola Area Chamber of Commerce.
Then on Saturday, it was time for the chamber to host its annual Fresh Market, on the street in front of the office at Commerce Street and Avenue E.
“The holiday fresh market had wonderful Florida winter weather 75 degrees and sun shining,” said Chamber Director John Solomoin. “We had 28 booths selling everything from handmade cutting boards to wreaths and everything I’m between. We had a great consistent group of shoppers from 10 a.m. when it opened all the way until about 3 p.m.
“The dancing witches showed up and put on a great show,” he said. “It was a great small town holiday fresh market. Another wonderful event to help people shop local.”