Saturday, December 3rd saw children and families both at the Abel Maldonado Center for Rotary Santa Maria South's Winter Wonderland and the City Recreation & Parks' "Winterfest", as well as all along Broadway, as the Santa Maria and Nipomo Rotary clubs brought the "Christmas Parade of Lights" to town.

A huge thank you to Henri Adantz (artificial snow), Engel & Gray (tranport), Halsell Builders (snow-movin Bobcat) and Will Collier and Trevor Crandall (Bobcat drivers) for their support of Winter Wonderland. Three truckloads of "snow" made this year's "magic mountain" a true joy for sliding down! Despite some snow-packing issues, Will and Trevor were able to make three runs down hill, translating to a smooth ride for hundreds of Santa Maria kids.

Special appreciation Bill Thompson for securing the snow, the transport, the snow mover and the drivers, as well as for attending every Parade meeting! As one of the "Three Amigos" who did the bulk of the Winter Wonderland planning, he deserves a round of applause! Julie and Jeff came through with voluneers, trees, shovels, trucks and hot coffee to help the day go off without a hitch. Many thanks to Julie's husband and son for pitching in to help - especially for the coffee!!

Bravo to the volunteers (photos comin soon): Georgia, Paul, Rick, Sue, Susan, Fran, Audrey and Peter! To our new Interact Club students (Interact Club at Orcutt Academy now in formation), you were awesome as Winter Wonderland volunteers! On behalf of hundreds of happy children who have now experienced snow sliding, we thank you!




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