New Year's Eve, Seaside Style

December 31, 2009 It was a frigid, breezy evening on the sloping grass of Seaside Central Square, but not bone-chilling enough to stop the party ... with the help of heart-warming spirits, the kind you ingest and otherwise. The sensible ones brought a supply of wine. We also loaded up on layers of clothes, munchies and blankets.

The party pulsed by 7:30 p.m. Delta Highway moved everyone with a soulful blues performance then Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience lit up the stage:

Zydeco is "a kind of black American dance music originally from southern Louisiana, typically featuring accordion and guitar".

In 2008 Terrence and his band won a Grammy for "Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album". Terrence, a good 'ol cajun boy, naturally plays in bare feet despite the raw, thick dew that soaked everything in sight.

He kicks it up a notch.

Meanwhile the children made party hats, noisemakers and pictures of fireworks painted with Koosh balls.

Just before midnight we all wandered across the street, over the dunes and onto the miles-long stretch of white sand to enjoy fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico.

Happy new year!

We hope 2010 blesses you with good health, peace, hope and all the love you can stand.