John & Anne Wiley

2011/07/08

Happy Thursday

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 05:55

This is a fun town. Tonight we got a full measure, starting with friends at the free Summer concert series – http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Visitor/Things/Arts/Concerts_in_the_Parks.htm – at  Chase Palm waterfront park. The playful, easy mood included dancing, singing, clapping, cheering, and conversation. It began at six in muted evening light under a high overcast that didn’t dampen the festivities.

1616 Chasing the Gloom

1616 Chasing the Gloom

Before long it seemed as though all the frivolity had brought out the sun again.

1642 Sunny Times

1642 Sunny Times

I didn’t take any wide shots, but the crowd was quite large, a few hundred happy folks, come dancing as you see in the pic below.

1635 Tiny Slice

1635 Tiny Slice

Then we strolled the First Thursday – http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com/go.asp – starting at La Arcada where we were so busy sampling free goodies and enjoying all the people, art and beautiful Stuff… Well, we didn’t think to snap any pix for you. Then to our surprise, a horde of cheering cyclists rode up State Street and tho we didn’t have a camera I snapped with a cellphone.

51_661 Bikes Blank Cars

51_661 Bikes Blank Cars

We loved how the bikes were so numerous they blanked out the cars like this for at least three blocks, taking over the entire lane of traffic with playful people power. It’s part of a local fitness craze called Night Moves –  http://www.runsantabarbara.com/nite_moves.html – As we strolled more shops, they came by again riding back down.

36_725 Free Fun

36_725 Free Fun

It’s so heartwarming to live in a town where so much fun is available, with the price of admission being simply Being.

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