Callao was “lit up and beautiful” for its “Nauti” Christmas celebration Sunday, Lisa Deitz said Monday.
Deitz said she thinks the idea of having a “nauti” – short for nautical – theme created extra interest in the annual celebration. Businesses had so outdone themselves with decorations that judges couldn’t decide between “five or six” businesses, she said.
The decorations ranged from Santa on a boogie board behind a boat at the Callao Supermarket to WC Lowery’s decorated boat with Santa waving from an outhouse. At the far end of town, RW’s Sports was seriously decorated with all sorts of nautical related gear.
The celebration started at one o’clock with a Christmas Bazaar, an antique auto show, Santa Claus and a Santa’s workshop for youngsters and continued through a parade the length of town and finished with a nativity scene and music at the town’s Christmas tree made of crab pots was lighted at 6:30. Judge Mike McKenney read the Christmas Story and Henderson United Methodist Church’s choir sang seasonal music.
All day David Parr kept Christmas music drifting over the town.
Deitz noted that about 60 youngsters saw Santa and made angels from oyster shells at his work shop. Deitz had been busy with oyster shells, too. She created a large crab from them that decorated Callao Supply.
The parade included about 45 entrants with a large number of floats. The Callao Volunteer Fire Department and the Upper Lancaster and Fairfields fire departments rolled heir fire engines though town with heir lights flashing. The Northumberland Public Library’s mobile library rolled the route and from Bleak House Farm’s float girls with fishing rods “trolled.” They didn’t catch anything but “their bait got serious road rash,” Deitz said. Vintage Mustangs and Corvettes joined the parade and Fred Paul drove his 1931 Chrysler. American flags put up by the Moose Legion flew along both sides of the entire parade route
After the nativity scene, everybody went back to the firehouse for cider, hot chocolate and cookies.