Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Time on the Island

I am getting ready to do my Christmas decorating today and was looking at the Island schedule for the season. There are events for everyone this year. Come by the store or stop at any retailer or the visitor center and pick up a bookmark with the 12 Days of Holiday Celebration schedule. You can also find the complete schedule on Facebook at SPI Jolly Days.

My hat is off to the brand new SPI Parks and Recreation Committee for the work they have done and the tremendous list of events they have coordinated. What is special about this committee and the 12 Days of Holiday Celebration is it is truly a community effort. Most of the activities are free or merely charge enough to cover the costs and all are sponsored by area businesses at venues across the island.

And I also want to remind everyone about the book signing and discussion with Daniel Dinges on December 11. His book, "Get Out of the Way" gives a front row-view of a young man's fight to stay alive during the cultural revolution of the legendary sixties. A panorama of the times, the main character of the novel, Tom struggles to endure the personal battles of love and family while avoiding being in the crosshairs of another man's gun.

Daniel Dinges currently resides in the Rio Grande Valley after a varied career in business, consulting, and management. He holds degrees in economics and business. He is the father of two, grandfather of two, and enjoys golf, movies, music, reading, and travel.

And then on Sunday, December 12, the Sandbox Inn will again present Raina Rose at 7 pm for another backyard concert. If you have not attended one of the events offered during the Sandbox Inn Concert series, you really must give it a try. Sitting under the stars, surrounded by swaying palms and fragrant vines, listening to some of the most talented singer songwriters from all over the country, this is a true opportunity not to be missed.

Yes indeed, it is looking to be a very busy Holiday season on South Padre Island.

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