MARCO ISLAND — Thanksgiving is here and with that the Christmas Island Style Committee has swung into overdrive and is about to start the 23rd year of the island’s celebration of the Christmas Holiday Season.
Although the committee has been working hard over the last months raising funds for all the community events, this Friday will kick the actual festivities into high gear
What better way to start the season than with the arrival of jolly Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus on Friday night the Shops of Marco where they have put together a wonderful evening of entertainment, special offerings for the early shopper and refreshments for all that visit with them from 6 to 8 p.m.
This year Rudolph and the other reindeer are working overtime to insure they’ll be ready for the biggest Christmas rush ever, so Christmas Island Style has arranged to have Mr. and Mrs. Claus to arrive in a little more modern conveyance. Get there early to not to miss this first time event for Marco Island. Keep your eyes peeled to the sky and hold onto your hats as Santa swoops into town for his first visit of the season.
Then Santa will be walking through all the stores and will stop to have pictures taken with children. Parents and grandparents should bring their cameras and be prepared to have a wonderful night out, courtesy of the great shop owners at the Shops of Marco.
TREE TO GO UP
The Italian American Club will swing into action on Monday morning to help assemble and decorate the community Christmas tree, which will be located at the Veterans Community Park. The 30-foot-high Christmas tree was donated to the community and Christmas Island Style several years ago through the generosity of the club and it will be lit at a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the park.
That evening attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and refreshments so they can enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment and celebration. The Marco Island Optimist Club will also be present, selling cookies and hot chocolate to help raise monies for their activities.
This year the Christmas Island Style Committee has purchased $3,000 of new ornaments. Wanda Day, John DeRosa and Kris Hodgdon worked with Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florist to pick out the new ornaments and they will be ready for the assembly of the tree. Last year the committee spent over $1,500 to rewire a good portion of the tree and make other necessary maintenance repairs. “This type of work is an on-going process for the committee” commented Gregg Schneider who is a committee member and volunteer.
Raffle tickets for the $3,000 professionally-decorated tree are still available from Marco Island Florist, Chamber of Commerce, Erin’s Isle Restaurant, or by calling Kris Hodgdon at 580-7899, or Barb Dasti at 393-6204. This tree was donated by Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florists at 178 S. Barfield. The tree is on display there and will be delivered and set up in your home or business the week of Dec. 5.
Those wishing to make an entry into the annual Christmas Street and Boat Parades should visit the Christmas Island Style website, download and send in their forms. Spaces are filling in quickly and we are hoping for a record number of participants for both events.
More information regarding Christmas Island Style events can be found by checking its website at www.christmasislandstyle.com, or by calling Chairman Steve Stefanides at 250-8348.