Family makes birthday a special ‘Oz’ treat

Published 8:52 am Thursday, January 6, 2022

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By KC Smith
Cooleemee Correspondent

The secret of a surprise birthday party was held tight until 30 minutes before the special drive-thru celebration was to begin.
Adam Chandler had a slew of family and friends to drive up to his front door and wish him a happy birthday.
Dec. 31 may have been a strange day to celebrate since his real birthday is Jan. 17, but since his brother Phillip Chandler and his family were home for Christmas, they all wanted to be part of his celebration.
“Adam, why don’t you put on your scarecrow costume?”
Without question he obliged.
He asked about the yellow balloons outside but didn’t question anything else.
He’s always ready to put on a top hat, top gun sunglasses, or anything of costume. When he makes his entrance down the staircase, sometimes you don’t know what to expect.
The family enjoyed dressing up to the Wizard of Oz theme.
Uncle Henry was his father John Chandler, Auntie Emnie was his mother Regina Chandler, his sister Claire was Glenda The Good Witch, his brother Phillip was The Cowardly Lion, his sister in-law, Kendra Chandler was The Wicked Witch of The West and his niece Juliette Chandler was Dorothy.
This family likes to have fun and Adam had a great day.
While Wizard of Oz music was playing he greeted many friends and family including a surprise visit from Cooleemee Fire Department, Davie County EMS, Sheriff’s Department, Police Department, and State Highway Patrol.
Sirens and lights were blaring and flashing while not only did they circle around the block, but also many got out of their cars to come and have their pictures made with the honoree.
Thanks to all who helped give Adam a happy 40th birthday. It was special.