Christmas 2016 At Sherman Gardens

Nights of a Thousand Lights - Holiday Event

Nights Of A 1000 Lights At Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016 (Page One)

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016

Sherman Gardens was illuminated with a thousand holiday lights and festive decorations. Each section of the Gardens had unique lighting and decorations ranging from a canopy of twinkling stars over an enchanted evergreen forest to an underwater oasis in the Conservatory.

The centerpiece of the display was a grand 20ft. Christmas tree surrounded by an eye-popping display of flowers. The Tea Garden was glittering in gold in honor of the Library & Garden's 50th anniversary.

Antique toys and a classic Christmas scene were on exhibit in the Adobe.

This special evening featured live musical performances by a jazz trio, a delicious assortment of hors d'oeuvres and desserts prepared by Chef Pascal Olhats. Wine, champagne and beer were available for purchase.

Menu For The Evening


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We Are Off For A Wonderful Evening

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
It's going to be a great evening...
Our little orchid has come to life!   Thank you Jennifer!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016


We had front row seats at the bar... Reserved!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Tuckie makes us a special drink!  Note the ice cube!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Flaming orange peel

Did You Know? - Use dried orange peels instead of newspaper to start a fire. Orange oil is flammable and lights easily which makes it an excellent fire starter. Burning orange peels in your wood burning fireplace is supposed to remove any creosote that's inside your chimney too. Just use caution because you are playing with fire in this tip.

Although you'll probably need a little supplemental help from another source, orange peels are perfect fire starters! The oil in the skin fuels the fires and in the process they release less creosote than traditional paper. It will keep your chimneys cleaner in the process and leave your home smelling like roasted oranges — take that Febreze!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
He runs a knife across the skin leaving the pith so the oil is easy to get to...
The he rubs the rim of the glass with the orange oil! 
A lighter comes out and stand back!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Making sure he has enough!


"Who has the marshmellows?"


We all spilt a mushroom pizza

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Perfection but now it is time to move on!
(NOTE: Brian said the pizza at Cucina Enoteca was the best he ever had!)

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016


California.... See the cuckoo in the tree?

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
We were right on time and got in before the crowds

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
The grounds were beautiful

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Let's find a table quickly

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
The music was super this evening...

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Plenty of goodies for all

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
We stayed outside... Too noisy inside!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
We had a table right next to the bar and the music...Life is good!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Tummies are now officially full! ... Again!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Gloves and warm jacket... She is ready for a walk
(p.s. Sue is planning to audition for Frozen)

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
We are about to walk...

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Mr. Claus adjusts his bonnet

Did You Know? - Every year, as Christmas rolls around, one will commonly see people wearing red pointed hats. They sometimes have little white balls on top, and they usually have a band of white around the bottom, but they are always red and always pointed. They are often called a Santa Hat in today's world, but this hat has been called by many other names throughout history.

Remember, in pagan culture, the names and associated meanings often change, but the ritual or tradition remains very much the same. This is the case with the Santa Hat. It has been known throughout history as the Pileus, Phrygian Cap, Cap of Liberty, Freedman's Cap, Cap of Mithra, and has only recently taken on the name Santa Hat.

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Santa is smiling... What did he do?


Jan assists Brian with his cap! Perhaps it needs a chin strap?
Do you notice something a little strange?

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
Handsome devil!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
The fun done begun!

The Finch's and Liles enjoy 'Night Of A Thousnad Lights' at Sherman Gardens 12/8/2016
The evening gets off to a riotous beginning...