Several hundred people turned out in St. Petersburg’s EDGE District the evening of Thursday, December 1 to enjoy holiday activities, visit local businesses and judge competitions for best festive grog and best window display. At left, Jody Bikoff of the Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center served guest Carolina Lombardo of Clearwater a cup of the center’s entry for the contest – Van Gogh Grog – a mixture of red wine, orange and cranberry juices and cinnamon. About 80 of the 100 or so visitors got to sample the beverage before it ran out.
“We had a bunch of grog hogs, basically,” said Kim Dohrman, executive director of Creative Clay, which works with people with developmental, emotional and/or physical disabilities.
Barbara Voglewede, executive director of the EDGE Business District Association, said she was very pleased with the turnout for the celebration, now in its second year. “I’m thrilled that so many people came out to support a community event where the whole idea is to stroll around and explore in the holiday spirit,” she said.