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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS


The long arm of the Internet stretched out from Santa Barbara this past Thanksgiving holiday, as the music video for Spencer the Gardener’s “The Gobble Song” – filmed at a Tuesday State Street Farmers Market and starring numerous familiar faces – hit YouTube.com and garnered more than 300,000 views and nearly 600 comments (good and bad) from all around the world. As of Thanksgiving Day, the song was the top featured video, and as of press time, it remains on YouTube’s homepage, one of the most visited sites on the Internet. Said Russ Spencer, who filmed the video, “It’s basically become one of the biggest videos ever on YouTube.”

Winter celebration parades will close several roads this weekend. State Street in downtown Santa Barbara will close for the 54th Annual Holiday Parade from 6:15-8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1, from Cota to Sola streets. Starting at 5 p.m., Sola and Micheltorena streets will also be closed just east and west of State for use as parade staging grounds. Further north, Highway 1 and Highway 246 in Lompoc will close from 4-8 p.m. on Friday for the Children’s Christmas Parade. In Solvang, Highway 246 (Mission Drive) will be blocked Saturday, December 2 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the Winterfest Christmas Parade. Traffic will be detoured.

Sometime in the early morning of Friday, November 24, an as-yet-unidentified vandal lopped off the tops of 39 Christmas trees at the Earl Warren Showgrounds lot, sticking owner Anthony Dal Bello with a $5,000 bill. The vandal struck again in the early morning hours of November 26, halving nine large, pre-sold trees at a cost of $9,000. Dal Bello, who also owns a Milpas Street Christmas tree lot, has been in the business for 53 years. Asked about the vandal’s motive, he said, “I guess it’s someone who doesn’t like me.”

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