Holly jolly gift to city
by Chip Latcham
Dec 18, 2013 | 266 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For those who ventured out in the chilly weather last Saturday, the 2013 Holly Jolly Christmas celebration in downtown Beeville offered a veritable holiday feast.

From Santa’s arrival and horse-drawn carriage rides to rock wall climbing and the lighted night parade, the event brought broad smiles to numerous faces, both young and old.

Our effusive compliments to Michelle Wright, Beeville Main Street and the City of Beeville employees for preparing for and sponsoring this third annual attraction attended by about 4,000 people, including visitors.

“The families all had a great time,” Wright said, adding that she thought the vendors also did well. Many plan to return next year.

Our congratulations also extend to the winning float entries; Lanny Holland, who was in charge of the parade and also was named the parade marshal; the Lions Club and countless business volunteers; and the Bee County Historical Society, which hosted the Christmas Tree Forest at the McClanahan House.

Wright said that a portion of the money brought in by the event, which has minimal charges and is mostly free, will help improve the quality of life for Beeville residents.

She added that next year she plans a few more changes, including bringing an ice skating rink to the downtown celebration.

That certainly would be a rarity in South Texas and undoubtedly would draw even more kids, and adults, to this Holly Jolly grand time.

Already we appreciate everything Main Street and its many volunteers do to decorate and dress up downtown for the holiday season.

We will be anxiously awaiting to see what Wright delivers next – like kids who can’t sleep thinking about what will magically appear under the tree.
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