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I was reading some “posts” on face book recently, and was intrigued by what I read. I saw where “DOWNTOWN TITUSVILLE” was encouraging its residents to come re-discover the down-town shops and restaurants.  I thought that would be a great thing to do for a Saturday off from work during this holiday season.  It turned out to be a very pleasant day.

My wife Cathy and I decided we would spend a few minutes exploring the shops, I would take a few photographs and we would move on to some other holiday activity.  Titusville is trying to re-build the downtown area.  It’s been slow and our residents have not really supported the area shops and restaurants in a meaningful way.  We were pleasantly surprised by some of the newer shops.

Soup and A Sandwich

Cathy wanted to step into Cafe Chocolate and buy some fudge, we did not realize it was both a chocolate shop and a cafe.  It was a nice surprise.  We bought some candy and decided to return at another time for lunch.  We walked around the streets for a short time and found ourselves in the Sunrise Bakery, where we bought some bread and breakfast scones.  We took a few more photographs and were ready to head somewhere else when we came across some people setting themselves up, curb-side, with some folding chairs and card tables.  Brief inquiries revealed, to our surprise,  the Christmas Parade would be starting in a couple of hours.

Browsing the Bakery

Cathy and I decided we could go back to Cafe Chocolate, eat a light brunch, then come out and watch the parade.  We called the kids, and they agreed to come down and meet us, after we ate.  Suddenly the afternoon was developing into a Christmas outing.  Lunch was good even if our soups, “french onion”, were a little disappointing.  I make better.

French Onion Soup

The parade started late and it was a little cold, so we kept warm in the car, we were parked just a few feet from the parade route.  The warm car and a “coffee to go” made the wait worth it.  We ran into a few friends, visited with others.  We waved to a few participants we recognized and shouted Merry Christmas to the ones we didn’t, we laughed and carried on like little kids amazed by the wonder of a “small town Christmas Parade.  I’ve posted some of the photographs on the Christmas Page and hope You enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taken them.

We didn’t go out looking for Christmas, but happily it found us, right here in our backyard.  The cost was small but the reward was great.  To paraphrase Tiny Tim, God Bless us one and all!


About jrivera4

Loves life and those that love theirs.

4 responses »

  1. Elissa Rivera-Whalen

    Sounds wonderful! Felt like I was right there with you. 🙂

  2. The parade pictures look great! I’m loving your articles.


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