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!