Santa listens intently to a secret wish.

Santa listens intently to a secret wish.

Well, “rats,” as Charlie Brown used to say. For the first time ever, The Bernice Garden Tree Lighting and Holiday Craft Market had to be canceled because of weather. With an outdoor party, we suppose it was just a matter of time. Dec. 5, 2013, was that time.

But next year, we hope to be back to normal. And our Charlie Brown-style garden tree was decorated and lighted on schedule.


Our intrepid vendors quickly regrouped, though, and we had a cold, windy, successful and fun Holiday Craft Market on Saturday, Dec. 14, one of many rescheduled (or already scheduled) events that day.

We even had a mini-food court, with Southern Gourmasian, Pizzeria Santa Lucia and Loblolly Creamery offering toasties to warm people’s tummies. Yes, Loblolly Creamery, with heavenly hot chocolate and handmade marshmallows!

Who says an ice cream wagon can't adjust for the weather?

Who says an ice cream wagon can’t adjust for the weather?

Technically, the temperature was in the 40s most of the day, but the wind and clouds made it seem much colder – but we shivered and carried on. How about a few more photos for proof? And here’s to a happy, safe and peaceful 2014!


Main Street Apothecary had a good day – cold wind makes for brisk lip balm sales.


And yarn and warm cozy items from Ximena and Elle had to seem like a good idea.



Willow Springs Market did a brisk business with bird feeders and soy candles, among other items.



Leah Patterson explains Etniq Mineral Cosmetics to market customers.



Did we say, “Brrrrr”? Bundling up was the right idea.