Junie's Place: Light up Ocala-one more time!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Light up Ocala-one more time!!!

We went down for our annual 'Light up Ocala' event.

Here we are - ready to leave our home .

Every year the crowds get bigger. This year, there were more people than we've ever had... It was like trying to make your way through Disney World! ;) But very festive and pretty and a lot of smiling faces. The weather was perfect, just cool enough for light jackets or sweaters!

We met up with Tina and Alli and 2 of Alli's friends. Of course I got a few pics of everyone!

Alli has tall friends! :)

...Turns out ~ I found me some tall friends too!


Hey~I've been telling you folks I'm a very short lady... ;)

As we were walking around I heard this terrific Beatles music being played by a band performing at the Gazebo in the square. They were singing 'I Saw Her Standing There,' and doing a great job of it! I couldn't even get close enough to the action to get a picture-or even catch the name of the band. They went on to do a couple more Beatles' songs - then a Bob Seger- and then some jazzy stuff I didn't know. They were good and I enjoyed that half hour or so of listening...just standing alone, there.
Charles had gone to find a place to sit - as he was not feeling well (has a cold)_ and the girls and their friends had gone on their way.

Finally, it was the appointed time for all the lights to be turned on-all at once! (300,000 mini-lites, according to the Ocala Star Banner)

Last year, I remember, the downtown square was decorated in all white lights ~ very festive and beautiful!

This year, when the lights were turned on, we see it is done in strings of RED-WHITE & BLUE! It was spectacular!!

We left soon after but I want to go back another night - without the crowds- and see it all again!

A good day here ~ hope yours was too!


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At 10:51 PM , Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

My day was nowhere near as fun as your Junie. Love all the pics of you, Charles and the family. Sounds like a great time was had by all.

At 11:05 PM , Blogger Susie said...

Looks like such fun. Glad you had a great day :)

At 12:30 AM , Blogger Skye said...

Looks like you went as your alter-ego: the little Gnome Lady today, Junie! :)

What pretty lights... glad you enjoyed it!

We did a lot of Christmas un-shopping today. That's where you go to a million stores and search for hours, but don't find any of the gifts you're looking for!!

At least I got a nice new winter jacket! I'll post a pic of it in my blog soon.

At 5:55 AM , Blogger Merle said...

Dear June ~~ I'm so glad you had a good night out and I hope Charles is over his cold. Your Harvest loaves look yummy, and I see you are gradually getting a bit of the cleaning, decorating done. It is hard to keep up with all the reading and comments. That's what I am doing tonight, before I post.
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

At 7:45 AM , Blogger Hootin'Anni said...

Looks like fun!!

And the harvest loaf below looks scrumptious

[I have a slide show of Disney on Ice today, which we saw last night]

At 9:15 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


Susie and Joy,

Yes- it was a nice outing for us- and served to get me in a holiday mood a little more.


At 9:20 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Looks like you went as your alter-ego: the little Gnome Lady today, Junie! :) (Skye says)


:) YEP- you're right!

...and I know those kind of shopping trips you mean...and I am not looking forward to it. I think my shopping will be greatly decreased this year...


At 9:23 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Merle and Anni

Thanks for coming by and for your comments about my Harvest Loaf!

It really is a good holiday cake and one thing my family expect every time.

Will visit you both soon.


At 4:31 PM , Blogger PEA said...

They sure grow 'em tall in Florida!! lol I don't know how anyone can walk on stilts! Oh, and Alli's friends are also very tall! lol I so enjoyed all the pictures...isn't it just beautiful when there are all these little lights lit up around you?! Yesterday when I went to the Festival of Trees, it was the same thing and it was so awesome. Glad you had such a fun time dear Junie! xox

At 4:34 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

And I thought they grew 'em tall in Texas, lol! Sure looks like a lot of fun, Junie. Glad you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty good-- chilly, but good :)

At 7:32 PM , Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

How fun!
I LOVE the photo of you looking MIGHTY short next to those frightfully TALL people.
Just LOOK at their LONG legs!!!!

At 8:32 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


Thanks for your comments-






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