A little bit about a lot of things:
• Hallmark moment?
That was the description I heard applied to Gustine’s upcoming “Christmas in the Park,” which will be held next Wednesday evening in Gustine’s Henry Miller Park.
The label seems fitting, as the celebration embraces the spirit of the season and “Christmas in the Park” could very well be the theme of a Hallmark movie.
Since its beginning, the park celebration has been a popular hit which draws visitors from Gustine and beyond. Bundle up, as it is mid-December after all and there will likely be a chill in the air....but the free hot chocolate and s’mores will help warm the body while the spirit of the event warms the soul.
Gustine and Newman have each held their downtown Christmas festivities to usher in the holidays, but the Christmas in the Park event offers one more opportunity to celebrate the season.
You can never have too much Christmas, right?
• Sunday was one of those rare days which I spent doing, well, not much of anything, truth be told.
I am not a big follower of the National Football League, but actually made a point of catching quite a bit of the 49er game, having heard so much about their successes this season.
Yep, they’re good....and anybody who is even remotely a football fan had to love that game against the Saints.
I also watched part of the Raiders game, which didn’t go quite as well for the local fans.
You know, sometimes nothing (at least nothing too productive) is a pretty good thing to do on a quiet Sunday.
• Special moment in store Friday morning at Hills Ferry Cemetery, where for the first time a Wreaths Across America program will be held.
By the time the morning it over, wreaths will have been placed on more than 200 veteran graves in the local cemetery.
The organization’s mission is to Remember (fallen veterans), Honor (those who serve) and Teach (younger generations the value of freedom and the sacrifices involved).
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery has hosted a Wreaths Across American program for several years now, and the ceremony truly is moving. The same will be true at Hills Ferry Cemetery, I’m sure.
I am glad that Hills Ferry is joining the network of cemeteries where Wreaths Across America observances take place each December. Every veteran, in every cemetery, should be remembered at the holidays....as well as active duty personnel serving today.
The Hills Ferry Cemetery program begins at 9 a.m. Friday morning, Dec. 13. Those attending are asked to bring a chair if possible.
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery will host its Wreaths Across America program Saturday morning, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m.
• Yes, a popular new fast food alternative is coming to Newman....just not as quickly as originally hoped.
Developers of the Newman Taco Bell, who had initially hoped to have the project completed in time to ring in the New Year, are advising now that - if the weather cooperates - the new eatery could be done sometime in February.
• A clear morning in Newman gave way to moderately thick fog in the matter of a couple of minutes of driving time recently, a reminder that we’re heading into another San Joaquin Valley winter.
I have kind of a love-hate relationship with the fog.....and with winter in general, I guess.
The wintry aspects that reflect their own beauty can be breath-taking.....but sometimes that can be fleeting.
In some settings, the fog can make us feel that we have the world all to ourselves, shrouded in silence by a blanket of gray....it does have its own beauty at times, doesn’t it?
But then you have to drive in it, and that’s where the enjoyment ends. I would take a moderate snowfall over dense fog any day when it comes to driving. Black ice might be a toss-up in terms of the most difficult driving conditions....but at least you can see where you’re going on ice, even if you have to go slowly.
Same kind of goes for rain....I love a good storm but only if I can watch it from the warm comfort of home, preferably with a cup of hot coffee in hand. Having to be out in the rain is a completely different story.
Enjoy the winter season for what it offers.....but be careful out there!