This mural was painted by Roger Cooke in 2002.
I chose to feature this mural today, because tomorrow is the big night here in the town that still believes. It's the first Friday here in town. Every month on the first Friday, Art galleries, antique shops, restaurants etc. stay open later and offer refreshments while you browse and visit with neighbors. December is always special because it is the night Santa come to light the Christmas tree. He does this just across the street from this mural in the town square park, which is just around the corner from my house. While waiting for his appearance on a fire truck, people crowd into the small park and partake in free hot chocolate and cookies and visit with all the locals. I love this tradition but last year did not go well.
Well it all started with LL and I going to the park. Santa is usually on time. Everyone waited and waited. Rumor has it that Santa "allegedly" partook in too much punch before his appearance and so things got a bit disorganized. While LL and I waited patiently, we listened to the local choir, drank hot chocolate and visited. I was so happy. It was one of my first outings after regaining strength from chemo. But just as Santa finally came rolling up in the fire truck, I felt something warm on my belly and running down. Remember? I still had my illeostomy. My ostomy bag leaked. So LL and I hightailed it back home. By the time I got cleaned up and new bag on, we knew we had missed Santa's big moment. So instead, we cuddled up on the couch, me in tears, and watch my favorite holiday movie.....Holiday Inn. No not White Christmas. Holiday Inn was made 12 years before White Christmas. It is in Black and White with Bing Crosby and Fred Astair. I love it. When the movie is broadcast on t.v. now, they cut out Lincolns birthday. They should, horribly offensive to African Americans. But I still watch the uncut version I have on DVD. It is a beautiful movie and does not need color.
So, with luck, I will take pictures of the festivities tomorrow night for you all to enjoy.