Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, Holiday on Main
As is tradition, we arrived back from Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia (where my sons encountered Santa at Macy's, and on Broad Street), we arrived back in Middletown to head to Main Street where they could jawbone with Santa one more time (one of my son's want to be quite sure that Santa knows he wants the book, Walter the Farting Dog, under the tree).
The holiday events were in full swing, with Santa, Curious George and the Wesleyan Cardinal greeting children who were in queue for a "hayride" down Main Street.
At the Inn at Middletown, Mayor Sebastian Giuliano found himself upstaged by Curious George himself. While the children squealed in delight for the michievous monkey, hugging, mugging for pictures, and high-fiving, Giuliano was ignored, and left pondering his role at storyteller - a task he handled ably.
In a story about Curious George at Christmas, the mayor ad libbed: "I'm sure we'll have plenty of snow before Christmas, and we'll enjoy it, as long as all the snow falls between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays." Every concientious mayor worries about overtime.
In the Creative Juice holiday stores, local artists and craftspeople sold their one-of-a-kind wares in the space formerly occupied by It's Only Natural grocery.