Wow! The Rockaway Annual Christmas Tree Lighting was the coolest event ever! The town was a wonderful display of brightly colored Christmas lights, decorated flowerpots and Christmas themed window. Our town was gloriously dazzling! Be sure to check out inside our city hall too. The Beautification Committee did a fabulous job. Our town’s Christmas tree is perfect! Thanks to all involved in decorating our community. The caboose at the wayside was the only place not decorated, but the rest of the town made up for it. Perhaps next year we could get a committee to help decorate it. Even the Candy Cane Express rolled up, decorated to the max, escorting Santa Claus and his elf and carloads of happy families ready to celebrate the Christmas season.
So, if you didn’t attend the Christmas Tree Lighting, I would guess maybe 300+ folks attended. Santa was a hit and even better, the Salty Strings Ukulele Group of Rockaway Beach performed 16 Christmas songs for entertainment, in spite of the 32-degree temperature. Oh, what fun....
The Holiday Gift Fair was well attended. We went there on Saturday. Amber and I played a special song for our friend, Terri Michael at the fair. There were gorgeous items displayed, to enjoy or buy.
The same day the Brosius family attended the Garibaldi Maritime Museum’s Holiday Open House. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were able to stop by that event too. Our Golden Retriever, Koa, got to meet Santa. He was a little unsure of him, but once Santa gave him a doggy cookie, he won him over. We had so much fun at this event; Amber and I grabbed our ukulele’s and played Sugar/Amber style. Believe me, we do have our own style.
The “Simply Charming” ‘Charlie Brown Children’s Christmas Celebration’ is on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.! This great Christmas event is located at The Little White Church Antiques building at 344 S. Hwy 101 in Rockaway Beach. At this delightful event there will be a free gift for the first 100 kids to attend, age 10 and under. There will be a Children’s General Store set up for your children to buy presents for their loved ones, priced 10 cents to $1. The proceeds from the Children’s General Store will be donated to a local children’s charity. And, as if that isn’t enough fun, kids of all ages can have free photos with Santa; enjoy holiday snacks, coffee, cider and cocoa. There will be free gift wrapping (holiday bag and tissue), and last but not least, there will be entertainment by the Salty Strings Ukulele Group in the afternoon. How can you say no? This is definitely the event of the year.
While Dale, Amber and I were shopping at the Holiday Fair at the Convention Center in Seaside, we met a delightful couple from Manzanita. Ken and Cindy Erickson introduced themselves to my family. Cindy has an amazing business called the One Big Tree Designs, and her jewelry, designs and art is nothing short of amazing. Check Cindy out on Facebook. Anyway, as wonderful as her art is, they read my column. Yay! Hi guys, we loved chatting with you.
The Rockaway Beach Library invites you to stop by and visit their Holiday Table. My friend, Anne McBride has reminded me to thank all the generous folks that have donated wonderful gifts for the gift tables and to Linda and Pat Olson and Marilyn Romine for gathering the gifts and organizing the event. So, if you don’t already know, you pick out gifts from these tables and pay for the items by donation. This is a wonderful fundraiser for the library and will help pay the utilities and keep the doors open. Bring your kids to the library too! They can pick out affordable gifts and surprise family members with a present on Christmas Day. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Once more I want to remind you that the Lions Club would love donations for their Christmas Basket program. They are looking for food, gifts or donations. If you want to help, stop by the club, or find the nearest Lion and tell them you would like to help.
A quick reminder for all the ukulele players in the county, the Salty Strings jam meet at the Rockaway Beach City hall on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. and the Mookulele group meet at the Tillamook Library on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.. Come early if you are a beginner at the library jam. Ukuleles are available at both jams. It is easy and fun!
“Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmas time.” That’s Rockaway Beach, “Sugar Coated!”