Oak City Hustle
Raleigh Winterfest with Team Kernick

Raleigh Winterfest with Team Kernick

Even though the Raleigh Winterfest presented by Ipreo was waterlogged and gloomy the good people of Oak City made sure it was still a good time. I took my two critters and met up with a friend of theirs to explore the festivities and get into the spirit. We played the long game arriving at 3:30 and staying till 9:30. The hell was I thinking?01-IMG_0310

The front door of the Wake County Courthouse is a strange place to dance (unless you just beat your case) but this team killed it none-the-less. And I’m pretty sure none of them had a case to beat.

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The good people who were running the snow sled ride were having a tough time managing this giant hose which was blasting chopped ice from the back of the truck. 10% of it was flying over the top of the stage and making it snow on the kids who had gathered behind the setup.

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The crowd was thin due to the rain but the music played on. Can’t remember the name of this band but they were killing it.

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The rain almost ruined the ice but people stuck it out. I refused to let the girls skate because I knew they would bust their ass and they would be soaked and cold for the rest of the night.

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Once it was time for the tree lighting ceremony the crowd thickened and the anticipation was relatively high…

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…and boom goes the dynamite.

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When it’s raining at Winterfest it’s not too hard scoring front row seats for the Christmas Carolers.

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My man Ricky with Nyla Elise was as cool as ever and blessed these little critters with some Carolina Culture!

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Shout out to the talented folks at the The Cupcake Shoppe. They got us for a giant brownie and a chocolate dipped marshmallow with candy cane sprinkles. Plus they made the Big Hero 6 cake for Makayla’s bday a few days ago.

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Get ready…. here they come…

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Painter Dan Nelson was nice enough to take a break from live painting to put up with these goons harassing him for a few minutes.

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Poor guy thought they actually wanted a nice Christmas photo with him.

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Santa was cool, albeit slightly inebriated or possibly shell shocked from PTSD, and the girls only drove him slightly nuts. A little tug on the beard, a little impromptu song & dance, and maybe a few demands were tossed around. Santa seemed to roll with it and I’m pretty sure all three little ladies stayed off the dark side of the naughty list. Hopefully you can say the same about yourselves!  Happy Holidays Oak City!



Sean Kernick

Sean brings a mix of social consciousness, inspiration and creative connection to his life as a family man, artist, social organizer, producer, creative director and co-founder. “Family, friendship, and artwork are the pillars that keep my foundation secure. I am always looking to expand and explore all forms of artistic expression.”


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