Holidays and Art Combine to Start off December

The weather couldn’t dampen anyone’s spirits at the Holiday Open House and First Friday art shows in Downtown Cape last Friday. Caroling dogs, hot chocolate, dirigibles, and Santa Clause all came together to create a memorable night.

The weather was frightful last Friday (and not the good, snowy kind) but it wasn’t enough to stop the carolers, shoppers, and art enthusiasts from enjoying a night on the town. The events of First Friday, and the Downtown Holiday Open House combined to make Downtown Cape a fun and festive location that even the rain couldn’t ruin. Every business in Downtown was open, showing off their window displays, and offering shoppers sales and specials. Music was in the air with not one but over three caroling groups gracing the streets. The angels at the Lutheran church had a dry place to sing in their manger on Broadway, while carolers dressed in authentic era clothes entertained at Pastimes Antiques. Mississippi Mutts brought some ‘howliday’ cheer as the dogs and their owners – all dressed to impress – sang together, giving some classic carols a doggy-twist.

Socials Café helped keep everyone warm with a hot cocoa bar, while the art venues were inviting with beautiful local work and complimentary snacks. The Art Council hosted a juried exhibit, bringing in art as far as Arkansas and Tennessee, while Socials kept it festive with Santa paintings. It all started on Main Street down at Hutson’s Fine Furniture where patrons could pick up their tickets for the drawing (a chance to win a shopping spree), and see the famous Hutson’s window unveiled to show Santa coming into town on a dirigible, in a steampunk-style display. The real Santa waited at the other end of Main, posing for pictures and listening to to everyone's Christmas wishes. In-between was fun enough for families, art-goers, barfly’s, and late-night shoppers.

Despite the rain the streets were bustling, and the parking lots were filled. Even some local guitar players braved the weather in front of Cup ‘N Cork, serenading those who passed by. The decorations brought out everyone’s Christmas cheer, making for memorable night on the Downtown.  

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