Black Friday delivers holiday crowds

Black Friday santa

Dexter and Trenton Teat pose for papa with Santa Claus. On Friday morning they got a special treat, a new baby brother named Drake.

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 04:22 PM.

Shops and eateries in downtown Apalachicola say Santa delivered robust sales on his shrimp boat this year.

Apalachicola never looked better with musicians and strolling carolers enlivening the busy street and luminaries everywhere. During the afternoon, glorious blue skies were tickled by wispy white clouds. It was perfect November weather, even if it was a little too warm to feel like Christmas, since Black Friday came a week early this year.

In keeping with tradition, Mr. Claus arrived aboard the shrimp boat Buddy’s Boys and mounted his glittering throne. At dusk, Apalachicola Mayor Pro Tem Frank Cook flipped the big red switch to light the city Christmas tree.

The Orman House and Raney House historic sites, both beautifully decorated, stayed open late and served refreshments to visitors. Members of Philaco Woman’s Club pitched in to help park staff adorn the Orman House, and to work with Lynn Wilson in decorating the Raney House on behalf of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society.

The Apalachicola Municipal Library and Franklin Needs Inc. each decorated one of the four trees that Wilson provided for the Raney House. Wilson adorned the other two trees, one with a coastal theme and a second arrayed with Russian dolls.

George and Pam Mahr contributed a magnificent nine-foot cedar to the Orman House, where it is on display in the parlor adorned with antique ornaments.

Dale Julian, owner of Downtown Books and Purl and a veteran of many holiday seasons, said this Black Friday seemed a little different to her.

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