It was hard to imagine a white Christmas in Berryville yesterday. But temperatures breaking the 70 degree mark by mid-afternoon didn’t stop several people from trying.
Sisters Nicole Will of Minneapolis and Mikki Tarantino of Charles Town, together for the Thanksgiving holiday, strolled along Main Street in Berryville hoping to visit a shop or two and just enjoy a bit of “sister time” together.
“We wanted to go to the book store but it was closed,” said Will. “The Fire House Gallery is open, isn’t it?” responded Tarantino. “Let’s try there.”
The two paused for a few leisurely minutes to observe Jessica Cather as she worked to turn a parking meter in front of Sponseller’s Flower Shop into a holiday polar bear.
Cather, in a short-sleeved tee-shirt, was properly attired for the unseasonably warm weather as she magically formed a polar bear from the chicken wire and boxwood clippings that she had spread out on the sidewalk.
Cather’s polar bear will be one of several that will compete in Berryville’s annual Christmas parking meter decorating competition.
“This is the third year that I’ve done the parking meter for Sponseller’s,” Cather said. “I’m trying to replicate the Coke polar bear.”
Cather agreed that the day’s warm temperatures made it hard to think about the snow and ice that may be just around the corner.
For the foreseeable future Cather’s polar bear may need to drink plenty of his favorite beverages in order to stay cool. Daytime temperatures are expected to stay in 50’s for the remainder of the week.