Thursday, December 1, 2016

Webb City Sentinel column - 12-2-16


The market is abuzz with excitement!  We have celebrity guests on Saturday and special activities. In the pavilion, Elsa and Anna will be on hand to pose so bring your camera!  These royal sisters are real sisters out of costume – Brooke and Bethany Montgomery – and make perfect princesses.

Just across the aisle we’ll have a quartet of carolers from MSSU. And over at the depot west of the market, the Polar Bear Express will be pulling out 10 and 40 minutes past the hour. 

Stewart’s Bakery is serving breakfast – scrambled eggs, biscuit and gravy, two sausage patties, and hash brown casserole for $5 or a giant cinnamon roll for $3. Both include coffee or orange juice.
Two of our farmers have such bumper crops of lettuce that they are running a sale tomorrow. Braker Berry Farm will have green butterhead, red butterhead and green leaf lettuce on sale for $2 a head. 417 Produce will have bibb and butter lettuce on sale – buy 2 and get 1 free or buy 3 and get 2 free. Because it’s just harvested this lettuce typically lasts a week if properly refrigerated. Make a habit of enjoying a healthy green salad every day and you might not even have to make that annual New Year’s resolution in January! 

We’ll have a full pavilion tomorrow. The Troyers are back so that means Lance will have dog biscuits for sale – and his dad Hector will have beautiful fresh produce.

Cook’s Berry Junction will give out tastes of their honey butter and flavored honeys tomorrow.

Girl Scout Troop 70391 will sell their handmade craft gifts. This is actually a learning experience for the girls in entrepreneurship but I’m told their work is charming. Mende Staggs of Apple Road Farm returns to the market with pralines. Mende is teaching a class in the kitchen on making old-fashioned cream candies dipped in chocolate at 2 pm tomorrow in the market kitchen. Call Mende at 417 529-5715 to register and get a list of ingredients to bring. The class is $30 per person. 

For an article about the Christkindlmarket in the Globe last week I was asked, “when did you first think of this?”  I answered that I’d been daydreaming about more Christmas activities in Webb City for decades. And yes, Jiminy Cricket, dreams do come true!  

The Polar Bear Express is back after being shut down for three years by park construction. This event which began in 2009 will run in three different modes this month. On the mornings of December 3, 10 and 17, it runs in conjunction with the market. The 15 – 20 minute ride through the park is accompanied by a reading of the book The Polar Express. The library provides a book for each seat so readers can follow along. Tomorrow I get to read for the first rounds, then extraordinary educator Ann Foos takes over for the last three rounds.  (If you would like to be a reader, just give me a call at 417 483-8139. To be a streetcar volunteer, call Jerry at 417 850-1721.)  The tickets are free. Day of tickets are available at the depot (until we run out). Advanced tickets are at the market information table in the pavilion.

The night-time version of the Polar Bear Express is operated by the parks department and it features a light show as it goes through the park on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 17. Tickets are $1 and are available at city hall until sold out. 

On weekdays the Express is busy with school fields trips. The first and second graders of Carterville, Webster, the Truman schools will be riding the trolley and reading the books. 

The Chamber of Commerce hosts Cookies and Cocoa with Santa next Saturday at 2 pm at the Route 66 Event Center. Tickets are $5 per child. Since there are only 50 tickets this event may already be sold out. Check with the Chamber. 

The Chamber is also the place to get tickets for the Christmas double feature at the Route 66 Movie Theater – A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The movie starts at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 13, and tickets are $5 each. The chamber number is 417-673-1154.

The Webb City Christmas Parade begins at 6:30 pm on December 14th.

And the Christkindlmarket is open every Saturday from 9 to noon through Christmas Eve. Yes, I think Webb City has added just a few Christmas activities since I daydreamed about it twenty years ago. Come join the festivities.  (above - and guess who's coming NEXT Saturday?!)