Sarasota News Leader

12/14/2012

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ARTS BRIEFS Selby Gardens will be transformed into a holiday wonderland when Lights in Bloom opens again on Dec. 15. Photo by Norman Schimmel LIGHTS IN BLOOM TO DECK THE HALLS OF SELBY GARDENS For 11 evenings, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will transform its Sarasota bayfront acreage into a fantasyland of themed light displays and holiday enchantment, the Gardens has announced. the dozens of fabulous volunteers who help to make this event happen,��� he adds. Most of the decorations for Lights in Bloom are custom-designed and handcrafted on site, the release points out. The ninth annual Lights in Bloom: A Tropical Holiday Celebration will be open Dec. 15-23 Visitors to Lights in Bloom will be welcomed by Tree Man, ���the event���s kindly but imposing and 26-27 from 6 to 9 p.m. greeter,��� the release adds, and they will ���tra���Lights in Bloom designer Bob McComb is verse a landscape filled with larger-than-life, pulling together an unforgettable evening rainforest-themed light displays, dancing fairfilled with brilliant lights and family-themed ies, a colorful Wishing Tree, a Toyland featurfun,��� a news release says. ���Every year, my ing oversized games and a brand new snowgoal is to make Lights in Bloom a fresh expe- flake forest,��� the release notes. rience while bringing back everyone���s favorites,��� says McComb in the release. ���The best Along the way, guests will enjoy live enterpart is coming up with new ideas and finding tainment, and vendors will offer holiday fare, a way to bring them alive ��� and working with including Merry Meals for children, sweet

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