Bob Clendenin

Conquistadors

 

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The Charlotte County Chamber Christmas Parade starts at Charlotte High School where Conquistadors enjoy fellowship, breakfast and an occasional cold beverage on Saturday morning, December 4.  

Paraders await the step-off at noon, enjoying the company of nearby contingents.  When we ask if the Conquistador Cannon will spook a troop of horses, we're told, "Not these horses.  They know all about hunting, guns and bullwhips."  We then conclude we have no reason to fire the cannon until the parade starts.

 

The parade begins; the cannon roars.  Ear plugs are the uniform of the day as we pass the Reviewing Stand.
       

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An Elegant Christmas by Punta Gorda Garden Club
is the Holly Days Home Tour.
The first two homes are on Marion.

 
 

 

The next house visited is on Goldstein where we meet
Tim and Peg.  Our last stop is on Gill.
 
       

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Saturday evening we have dinner while
watching the Lighted Boat Parade.

 

 
       

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On Thursday night we enjoy the
Lighting of The Fleet at Isles Yacht Club.
 
       

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Stockings are stuffed, but before packages can be opened, a holiday toast is in order.
Nancy Fe wears special glasses that make any light look like Santa, while Ed sports vintage Christmas clothing.

 

 
 

 

Mark is delighted with the largest stocking, unaware it's filled, though not entirely, with coal.  Linda's wish for rose colored glasses is granted and later we enjoy cigars in the pool.  
       

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Pam and Rick arrived just in time for dinner, with an unusual gift.  After joking for years about wearing blue jeans with plaid lining in the winters of our youth, Linda decided getting Rick a pair of flannel lined jeans would be a wonderful surprise. 
Apparently Rick nurtured the same idea.

 

 
       

Bob Clendenin

Conquistadors