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Vine Street Victorian Showcase
Monday, December 14, 2009
[Greetings, and happy
holidays, everyone! This is Ashley Fischer, your purveyor of all things Paso
Robles. I will be regularly
updating this blog with insider tips and information about local events, chefs,
wineries, and more. I’m thrilled
to be a member of this community, and I can’t wait to share with you all of the
exciting things happening in Paso Robles throughout the year. So, if you’re taking a stroll through
our beautiful park downtown, or sipping a delicious glass of Paso Robles wine
in one of the hundreds of tasting rooms and you spot me with my camera, don’t
be afraid to stop and say hi!
I moved to Paso Robles a little over two years ago after
relocating from San Francisco.
While I was attending college in the bay area, I frequently traveled down
to Paso to visit my parents (who both relocated here from Bakersfield). Each and every time I came to town, I
was always thrilled with the seemingly endless array of events, festivals,
fairs, parades, and other fun activities to attend on any given weekend; and
eager to become a part of the overwhelming sense of love and community that was
shared by those hosting and attending these events.]
– I wrote this as a sort of introduction to myself as
the blogger; it can be snipped, edited, stricken, etc. at your discretion.
As a city that loves to celebrate, the holiday season in
Paso Robles is no small affair.
One o the largest and most eagerly anticipated holiday events to bring
people flocking to the streets of downtown Paso Robles each December is the Vine
Street Victorian Showcase.
This holiday festival, takes place amongst the beautiful
Victorian homes lining Vine Street between 8th and 21st
streets is a favorite holiday tradition for many Central Coast natives, and it
also brings travelers from far and wide who are in need of a hearty dose of
holiday spirit to our city each year.
As soon as the sky darkens, the Vine Street homeowners flip the switch,
lighting up the thousands of glittering lights covering their intricately
As a Paso Robles newcomer, this year’s Vine Street Victorian
Showcase was the first I had ever attended, I was delighted with what I
found. For kids and kids at heart
(such as myself), I found the main attraction of the evening (aside from the
houses and the parade, of course) as soon as I turned the first corner: free
cotton candy! Many local clubs, chambers, and other non-profit organizations
lined the streets distributing an array of tempting holiday treats, from
delightfully warm cups of coco and cider to homemade Christmas cookies and the
aforementioned cotton candy.
After having my fill of the spun, sugary confection, I
wandered along the street enjoying the rest of the sights, but in particular,
the sounds. There was no shortage of live entertainment, from a local
choir singing a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night”, to local musician, Donna Lou, sitting on the beautiful wrap-around porch of one of the Vine
Street homes singing her excellent, acoustic versions of holiday classics (I
was around to catch “Jingle Bell Rock”).
But more than the treats and the music and the sheer
spectacle of watching people wandering through the street wrapped up in
Christmas lights, my favorite part of the evening was being a part of a holiday
event being so obviously enjoyed by children and parents; locals and newcomers
(such as myself); and those just passing through. The Vine Street Victorian Showcase is a prime example of one
of the many fun, free events happening throughout the year, and one that is a
part of the unique, utterly Paso Robles experience.
** Upcoming Holiday Events: Victorian Teddy Bear Tea