Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Gardenland Express is only one of a wide variety of events marking the holiday season. Traditional celebrations for Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are also planned.
The Missouri Botanical Garden outlined its season-long schedule of holiday events in a news release recently. Included in the holiday events are flora, toy trains, holiday crafts and plenty of holiday decorations. The Missouri Botanical Garden is sharing the spirit of the holiday season with an abundance of festivities to create lasting memories for young and old alike. Enjoy the return of the colorful Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show, two weekends filled with holiday carols and visits with Santa, holiday décor, traditional Chanukah and Kwanzaa celebrations, and more. For detailed information on the complete lineup of holiday happenings, visit the Garden's website. Gardenland Express The annual Gardenland Express holiday …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Vicki Erwin, owner of Main Street Books, has 10 books for children in your life.
SAFARI, Created by Dan Kainen, Written by Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $24.95 This spectacular picture book gives us color photos of animals in their natural habitat movingacross the page. Informational essays accompany each photo making the book entertaining forall ages. I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99 This picture book has become a classic. Klassen’s bear has lost his red, pointy hat and searchesthe forest asking each animal he meets. Finally, he gives up but in mourning the hat he realizeshe HAS seen it and goes back looking for the culprit who has stolen it. There is subtle humor andeach animal character is imbued with personality. THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen, Candlewick, 15.99 In the follow-up to I WANT MY HAT …
Friday, October 26, 2012
From fudge to soup to bread, pumpkin has a lot of opportunities for the home cook.
Stacked in seasonal displays at Herman's Farm and Orchard, at local grocery stores and in piles at roadside stands, fall pumpkins are hard to miss. And while you might see them merely as Jack' O'Lanterns or as a pumpkin pie ingredient, I see more. Pumpkin has potential. Pumpkin is perfect for recipes ranging from soup to breads as well as cooked into candy to slow-roasted around a pot roast. The fact is, few vegetables offer as many culinary options as pumpkins. The only trick is knowing how to prepare the pulp. To cook a fresh pumpkin cut them in half (larger pumpkins cut into pieces) then, scrape out the seeds and stringy fibers. Brush cut side with oil and place cut side down in a shallow baking dish. Pour about 1/2 inch water in the …
Friday, December 16, 2011
From your hard-to-shop-for father to your exercise-loving boyfriend, we've got suggestions for guys of all ages.
Thro's has classic menswear in stock that will have any man looking sharp. Pick up a red holiday sweater for $50 or invest in a pair of brown leather gloves for $45. A wool and acrylic flat cap made by Scala costs $38.
Friday, December 9, 2011
We've got a roundup of gifts for readers, along with recommendations from local bookstore owners.
Check out these recommendations for books from Vicki Erwin, owner of Main Street Books: For Young Adults/Children: Kayla Schneider, owner of Sage Books in Frenchtown, recommends a list of both best-sellers and classics.
Santa and his elves will stroll the parade route, accepting donations of toys and cash and giving out holiday cheer.
A Christmas Parade with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves, snowmen and more, downtown businesses with live holiday scenes in the windows and the play “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas” make Hannibal the place to be this weekend. The annual parade, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees, has the theme “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” With the historic downtown decorated for the holidays, the parade will be part of a winter wonderland of lights and displays. “Last year we had a sleigh, reindeer, snowmen – people get really creative,” said Jennifer Foster, chairman of the parade and chairman of the board for the Hannibal Jaycees. Santa, who will walk the parade route with his elves, will stop and say hello and even pose for …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net $100,000 to our schools.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $100,000 gift to the St. Charles public schools. Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home in its Patch communities, and the winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 26, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
What's the story behind your favorite Christmas ornament? Whether you made it in kindergarten or it's been handed down through generations, share it on Patch.
I remember a seventh-grade classmate who complained loudly when her mother decided to make a magazine-inspired fashion statement out of the Christmas tree. Instead of hauling out boxes of old ornaments, the snow-flocked tree was covered with red bows, tiny apples and naked cherubs. That classmate believed, as I do, that a Christmas tree is meant to tell a family's history, and she missed the handmade ornaments, the mementos of family milestones and other odd bits that find themselves tied to an evergreen branch each December. We'd like to know what ornaments are special to you and your family. Is it a precious heirloom blown-glass figurine? A gift from a teacher? A souvenir of a vacation or other important event in your life? Post a …