Monday, November 18, 2019

Spooks, Ghosts and Shocking Sights on the Isles of Capri

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

They came out of the woodwork, on bikes, in strollers and wagons,

By the end of the event, Their costumes were draggin’

The clever, the scary, the family-themed gory,

Plenty of treats for my Halloween story!

Photos by Jory Westberry | The first-ever Isles of Capri costume parade was held on October 26th for over 50 children, along with their parents.

Thanks to the efforts of Joyce and Dave Beatty, Senior Pastor Curt Ayers, Anne and Eddie Hall, and a contingent of other fun-loving, Isles of Capri residents, parents and friends, too many to print here and now, but rest assured that the Isles of Capri neighborhood “rocks.”

The Capri Community Inc. (CCI) never does anything half-way, whether it’s the annual Christmas boat or golf cart parade, bocce ball leagues, weekly Bingo, Bridge, Mahjong, Mexican Train, monthly community meetings with fascinating speakers…well, I could go on, but here’s the news about their most recent brainstormed activity for the children on Capri.

The first ever Halloween parade was planned and jointly sponsored by the Capri Christian Church (CCC) and the CCI along with others to have an event purely for the children on the island. Plans invited bikes/strollers/wagons/walkers and scooters to march behind the local Capri fire truck (GN Fire Station 90) with sirens and fanfare. The committee planned not only the march in costumes, but engaging games inside the community room at the church with lots of laughs. About 50 children with their parents and committee members enjoyed the action, decorations and ghostly music thanks to Jason Beal, musician and DJ, volunteered songs like Monster Mash.

Two separate, spookily-decorated hayrides were a big hit as Steve Cooper drove Dave Beatty’s truck around several blocks while the children and parent passengers enjoyed a blast from the past. Pizza, popsicles, water, soft drinks and candy were donated to the event by local residents. Pastor Dawes recorded the event throughout the day, which was enjoyed later by the participants on YouTube

Watching children playing the games was hilarious, as you’ll appreciate from the photos. Something tells me there will soon be plans afoot for another special event for the children of Capri in the near future.

Jory Westberry has been a dedicated educator for over 40 years, the last 14 as Principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary, where she left her heart. Life is rich with things to learn, ponder and enjoy so let’s get on with the journey together!

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