By B.C. Manion
Santa may arrive by sleigh in most places, but he’ll be coming by pickup truck to
Traditions on the Green in Land O’ Lakes.
This is the fourth year for the holiday event, which is intended to provide Land O’ Lakes residents and people from other nearby communities an opportunity to gather and have a good time – without having to spend a lot of money, said Sandy Graves, president of the Heritage Park Foundation.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.
When organizers launched the event, the idea was to have events at the community center to help revive it as a community focal point, Graves said.
Land O’ Lakes residents paid for the construction of the community center duing the 1960s, and the Heritage Park Foundation is working to raise money to eventually provide historic markers in the park and a xxx.
Traditions on the Green includes a free pancake “Breakfast with Santa” beginning at 9 a.m.,
There also will be a Kid’s Christmas Corner from 9 a.m. until noon, with free face-painting, ornament-making, letters to Santa, puppet shows, a bounce house, greeting card coloring, crafts and games.
Vendors also will be selling items at the Land O’ Lakes Saturday Market, said Pam St. Mary, who oversees the market.
Musical entertainment will be provided by students from Land O’ Lakes High, Pine View Middle and Land O’ Lakes High.
“Everybody can bring a lawn chair and enjoy,” St. Mary said.
The event is sponsored by Heritage Park Foundation, The Land O’ Lakes Saturday Market, The Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes, the Women of the Land O’ Lakes Moose Lodge, Candlewood Community Church and Keystone Community Church.
Vendors are still welcome. Booths are $15 each. For more information, call (813) 731-5168.