On a day that started out at a balmy four degrees, it looked like this year’s Shop N Hop may break previous years’ trend of cold, freezing, rainy or all of the above. Mother Nature apparently had other plans as the wind quickly picked up and the temperature fell to a more respectable minus seven degrees by the late afternoon. It’s a photographers absolute dream to try and stop shivering long enough to take a photo, especially when what small amount of sun we saw set at 4:30 in the afternoon.
But with a smile on my face (not too big of a smile or everyone would see my chattering teeth), I set out to document all the events that were happening in the village: many of the businesses were open until 8pm for people to shop; the tree lighting and carolling at town hall; the wagon rides and the Christmas Market and Santa in front of Cottage Coffee were just a few of my stops.
Westport is a truly amazing community. There were people smiling and laughing everywhere. No one was complaining about the cold rather everywhere you turned there was someone serving a warm cup of Chili, a space in front of their portable heater or a mug of hot cider.
A big thanks to the Westport businesses for staying open late; to all the vendors, small businesses and artisans that braved the cold with a smile on their face; to the Westport Arts Council for the planning of the Christmas Market and their involvement in the tree lighting, carolling and bright Christmas cheer; and of course to Cynthia and John Pringle for their organization of the Shop N Hop, the awesome prizes and for bringing Santa to town, especially when he has such a busy schedule this time of year.
Congratulations to the winners of the Shop N Hop Gift Baskets:
And the winner of the first ever Shop N Hunt Prize Pack: