For what might appear to be a sleepy little town you drive through on your way to work at different destinations in Melbourne and beyond, EGAD is the little engine that could. Tomorrow night EGAD will host a holiday tree lighting like never before. The extremely talented  Ann Petrosky, her daughter Sara Russo, and their respective husbands, and brother, Tom, John and Alex (owner of Autobahn Restoration and Repair), with grandson Gabriel in tow in the dark of night in the square, managed to create a stunning 14′ Christmas tree with funds donated by the city of Melbourne and the Rockledge Rotary and cover the shrubbery with twinkling white lights to create a holiday set worthy of a Hollywood production. Sara’s class of students at Renee Foosaner Education Center made adorable clay hands painted with words of hope, peace and joy which are hung from the tree with care.

The tree was provided by the Boy Scouts Troop #300 from St. Paul’s Methodist Church on Highland Avenue and the city of Melbourne Parks & Recreation staff secure it every year. The heavy wreath above the band shell is stored offsite all year and Sorenson Moving & Storage relocates it from the locker to the square where the city uses a cherry picker to install it high above. For all the “shop local” we hear about, this tree is as local as it gets and has the honor of gracing the beautiful square in our town green, something no other community in Brevard County has, I might add. Tomorrow night, when the rain realizes it’s time to stop, the Mayor will light the tree and the Melbourne Fire Department will deliver a certain jolly fellow to the delight of everyone one to 102 following the luminarias lighting Eau Gallie Boulevard. Amidst the classic glamour of the brilliantly lit square, folks will enjoy holiday music by a children’s violin group, the Harmonizers and then the Jazz Cats take the stage which will feature Santa’s sleigh right on stage. Adults will enjoy beer and wine sold by the Rockledge Rotary and “kegnog” and hot chocolate for children sold by 321 Millennials.

In staying true to what’s great about EGAD–doing things unlike everybody else–coming all the way from Xtreme Entertainment in Orlando courtesy of Slug-a-Bug is…wait for it…the human snow globe. Yes, that’s right. Bring your cameras and take photos of your friends and family inside the human snow globe. It’s powered to cause the snow to blow around you. Now who’s your Daddy? (You might want to go back and hit that Slug-a-Bug link and enjoy the show.)

If you’re local or if you don’t have a hometown you can go to, tomorrow night, EGAD is your hometown. Please come enjoy all the magic of the season. Shops, restaurants and galleries await you as well as the glory in the park. Thank you so much to our friends, partners and neighbors. You simply rock.