Vol. 14 No. 7 - December 11, 2013
A holiday thank you
FROM THE STAFF OF THE ANNA MARIA ISLAND
The largest crowd ever attended the 12th Annual Lester’s Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center on Saturday, December 7. It’s such a busy time of year, but all ages came from near and far to welcome in the holiday season. There were smiles and laughter and holiday cheer, tidings for friends old and new. There was Santa’s arrival by fire truck, the ever-popular fish pond, very talented ballerinas from Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet performing scenes from The Nutcracker, artistic face painting, holiday card making, a balloon artist, pony rides, Stevie Dee the magician, mouth-watering Paradise Pops and a very upbeat Drum Line. But most of all, there was a feeling of good old-fashioned fun with great old-fashioned prices, which is just what the Lesters wanted.
The Island Community Center would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful sponsors, Chuck and Joey Lester, whose continued support over the years has been just incredible.
We would also like to thank the following: Polli Stroup and the Duffy’s Grill Team; John Horne of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Kelly Joseph and Kathy Breiter, our fantastic winter wonderland set designers; and the Manatee High School Drum Line. Special thanks to Santa for generously giving his Saturday to listen to the good children’s Christmas wishes and thanks to West Manatee Fire & Rescue for being Santa’s “sleigh”! Big kudos to the Sandbar, Hometown Desserts and The Sign of the Mermaid for their delectable Ginger Bread House Contest entries!
Also, we’d like to acknowledge all of the wonderful volunteers who so graciously gave their time, rolled up their sleeves and made this event happen. The Anna Maria Kiwanis Club, the AMI Rotary Club and so many who simply showed up and asked, “What can I do to help?” The Annual Lester Family Fun Day is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and visit our Center to see what we do and meet our staff. The Center extends best wishes to you and your families for the holidays and 2014.
Unfortunately, none of these wonderful things are permanent, though we all like to think they are. All things must pass, including old friends we hold near and dear.
Laurie Krosney was one of those friends. She passed away Saturday, leaving behind an empty space in the collective heart of those who knew her. She was an inspiration to me personally and professionally and I am proud to have known her. She wrote the following in 2005 for the five-year anniversary edition of The Sun as part of an essay on how happy she was working at her job.
"I must confess that sometimes I'm tempted to pinch myself to make sure I'm not having a wonderful dream. What a job! I feel so lucky and blessed."
Your friends feel the same way, Laurie.
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