Lucy the Elephant to get a formal unveiling Dec. 28 after 15-month, $2.4 million renovation

Lucy the Elephant has finally emerged from her scaffolding after a $2 million exterior renovation as seen in this Dec. 15 photo. An official unveiling will be held Dec. 28 at the Margate icon. Amy S. Rosenberg

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: MARGATE, N.J. — After a 15-month renovation whose costs reached $2.4 million, the Margate icon Lucy the Elephant will get a formal unveiling Dec. 28.

In truth, the scaffolding and shroud have already been removed from Lucy, a process that began after a test Nov. 21 for leaks that involved the Margate Fire Department. And she truly looks lovely in her new skin, a brighter, shinier version than before with slightly different tusk markings.

But like any diva, Lucy demands a formal unveiling, and so she will have one at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28, during which her handlers promise she will be revealed “in a spectacular shower of light at a ceremony.”

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Where Christmas Was Celebrated Year-Round: The Story of Santa Claus, Arizona


Santa Claus shredding the slopes at Arizona Snowbowl. Arizona Snowbowl

From azcentral: Arizona is rife with talented celebrity chefs, and one of the first was Ninon Talbot, a former Los Angeles real estate agent turned kitchen whiz. “In her own field, she was an artist equal to Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare,” proclaimed science fiction writer Robert Heinlein in his short story, “Cliff and the Calories,” published in 1950 and later reprinted in Expanded Universe.

Ninon Talbot, assisted by her husband, Edward Talbot, served five-course gourmet meals at the Christmas Tree Inn, 12 miles north of Kingman on U.S. Highway 93.

The holiday-themed feasts, served year-round, included Eskimo Fruit Cocktail, North Sea Shrimp Cocktail, Poinsettia Tomato Soup, Chicken a la Snow White, Mary’s Little Lamb Chops, Evergreen Salad, and North Pole Salad. Ninon’s specialty, however, was 16 featured desserts, including the legendary Kris Kringle Rum Pie.

The Christmas Tree Inn was the centerpiece of a roadside attraction called Santa Claus, Arizona.

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Oklahoma town celebrates its ‘A Christmas Story’ ties with new 50-foot leg lamp statue


A 50-foot-tall leg lamp sculpture inspired by the 1983 cult-favorite film “A Christmas Story” stands as the centerpiece of a new park in downtown Chickasha on Oct. 30, 2022. Phase 1 of the park project will be dedicated with a Nov. 5 celebration and concert. Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman

From USA Today: CHICKASHA, Okla. — Inspired by local legend, a 50-foot-tall recreation of the iconic “A Christmas Story” leg lamp — complete with a black high heel, fringed lampshade and box marked “fragile” — has become a permanent statue.

Built entirely out of fiberglass, the permanent sculpture is located in Chickasha’s new downtown park. It measures 40-feet tall, stands atop a 10-foot crate and boasts “the soft glow of electric sex” that Ralphie admires in the classic 1983 movie, Joe Hutmacher told The Oklahoman, part of the USA TODAY Network.  

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Buenos Aires’ outskirts are a ‘post-apocalyptic paradise’ of outsider art. Here’s a look at Argentina’s Statue of Liberty—and more


From Fortune: Why build a rooftop water tank in the shape of a Teletubby? Or go to the effort of installing a replica of the Eiffel Tower atop a semi-abandoned building?

It’s often difficult to explain the proliferation of unusual artwork dotting the vast urban belt of some 11 million people outside Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires.

In this immense swath of tree-lined neighborhoods co-existing with areas of chaos — apparently built with little if any urban planning — many residents have erected grandiose, eyebrow-raising surprises.

The creators are usually construction workers or shop owners, although some artists are seeking to leave their signature in their neighborhood.

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Iconic East Shore Diner in Harrisburg prepares for move to Cumberland County


Workers slide a steel plate under the former East Shore Diner in preparation for relocation later this week or next, in Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 7, 2022. Mark Pynes | pennlive.com

From pennlive.com: At long last the East Shore Diner, which closed this fall, is preparing for a big trek.

The 1950s roadside diner will be placed onto a trailer and driven about 12 miles across the Susquehanna River to a new home in Silver Spring Township. The move, which could happen as early as Dec. 12, will relocate the diner to the Carlisle Pike at Waterford Drive near the Cumberland Valley High School.

“I raised this baby for the last 38 years,” said Bill Katsifis, co-owner with his wife, Dorothy.

On Thursday, Bill Katsifis watched workers prepare the Jerry O’Mahony diner at Cameron and Paxton streets ahead of moving day.

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