Holiday celebrations are popping up all over, as they do every year. Early Saturday morning I staked my claim on a bench on Main Street to enjoy a local festivity. (This is a photo-heavy post, but I only do it on special occasions, so I hope you don’t mind the indulgence.)
Write Anywhere #20: Christmas Parade
I bundled up and found a good vantage point in front of the Main Street Tavern Restaurant. Couples strolled down the sidewalk keeping warm with coffee and one another. Kids dragged their parents to the curb; parents dragged wagons overflowing with kids. Christmas music and the smell of bakery goods wafted out of the open shop doors and combined with the cigar smoke of old men talking together on the corner. The atmosphere reminded me of some of the reasons why we chose to live in a small town. I practiced writing descriptions of the activities and people around me before a siren signaled the beginning of the parade.
It was great seeing candy flying through the air, poodles wrapped in Christmas lights, energetic cheerleaders and cool muscle cars.
But I was really there for the bands. Here in Oklahoma we’re serious about our football, and we’re serious about our marching bands. Three local high schools competed in the 2011 Bands of America Grand Nationals and out of all the bands in the nation the Pride of Broken Arrow took home first place. There were several bands in today’s parade.
I had an ulterior motive for watching the bands. There is a scene in the historical fiction I’m writing where my main character, a German-American girl, attends a Saengerfest.
Find out about Saengerfest at “Glee”and Getting Your Historical Research Groove On
Writing about the sensory detail of the marching bands gave me some material to work into those scenes. And it was a fun way to make time for creativity.
Where did you write this week?