|Alamo folks gathered at Andrew H. Young Park on Sunday evening for the gala Tree Lighting Festival.
The San Ramon Valley High School cheerleaders led the countdown, and the newly announced Business Person of the Year Dick Delfosse did the honors, switching on the new colored lights to illuminate the old oak tree.
Joe Combs of the Alamo Merchant and Professional Association, which sponsors the festival, announced Delfosse, the owner of Richard's Arts and Crafts, as the third Business Person of the Year. Previous honorees were Bruce Marhinke Alamo Communications and Claudia Waldron of Waldron Health Insurance.
"He is the owner of the most successful businesses in the community," Combs said about Delfosse, noting his many contributions to the Alamo community.
The cheerleaders formed a tunnel with their golden pompoms for Santa to travel through to arrive at the tree, and he sat in a special throne to talk to the long line of children gathered for the occasion.
Hot drinks and cookies were also given out, and children had their photos taken and decorated frames for them marked with the date of the occasion at a YMCA table.
Emcee Mark Curtis of KTVU Channel 2 news fame also introduced Alamo historian Virgie Jones, who recently turned 90. When he asked her what she likes best about Alamo, she responded, "The weather."
The weather was indeed mild Sunday night and the afternoon's strong winds had died down.
— Dolores Fox Ciardelli
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