Two and a half months after Hurricane Ian ripped up the grounds at Bearadise Ranch in Myakka City, it was business as usual at Monica Welde's bear haven.
Well, as usual as it can be for the holidays.
Children of all ages roamed through the bears' habit, which was back in full use after the grounds had been cleaned of falling debris, fences had been fixed, and the Welcome Barn had been repaired and was once again serving hot dogs, snacks and drinks.
Welde's Country Bear Christmas Dec. 10-11 featured live music from Renee Riddle and Rambin Rose, juggling by The Great Anastasini, a petting zoo, inflatables for the kids, and, of course, the bears.
Bearadise is once again open for tours on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. while large groups can make reservations for tours at any time.
For more information, go to BearadiseRanch.com or call 322-2462.