Downtown Boonville will kick off its 2012 Christmas season this Saturday with extended hours and plenty of activities for the whole family.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Boonslick Model Railroad Club will sponsor a free Christmas Train Wonderland at the State Fair Community College Kemper Campus. Santa is scheduled to make an appearance from 2-3 p.m.
Cooper's Oak Winery, 327 Main Street, will host The Farmers Holiday Market featuring arts, crafts, and holiday gifts. “Kids Only” shopping will be available in the Candy Cane Boutique. All gifts $10 or less. Both will be from noon to 6 p.m.
The Boonville Womens Club will be selling assorted holiday cookies by the dozens from noon to 4 p.m. at Cooper's Oak Winery, Zuzak Wonder Store and the Walter Williams Home.
The First Presbyterian Church will have Soup, Sandwich, Dessert and a Country Store at 301 Vine Street from 4-7 p.m. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will benefit the Harvest House.
A Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Boonville Jaycees, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Following the parade, the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church, 407 East Spring, will present “A Night in Bethlehem.”
Some events will last all week.
A Holiday Wreath Walk through Downtown will allow visitors to see many handcrafted wreaths and give them the opportunity to bid on the one they'd like to take home. All proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the Downtown white lights.
The Historic Homes Tours is another week long event that pulls people “Home for the Holiday.” According to Sherry Broyles of the Boonville Tourism office, “People have already called from Cole Camp, Stover and Sedalia for dates and times or to make reservations for a group.”
Roslyn Heights, also known as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) House, is located at 821 Main Street. Sandra Comer, Missouri DAR State Curator, said, “Our theme this year is “A Star-Spangled Season: Celebrating American Christmas Traditions.” Chapter members from all over the state came together to decorate at least 20 Christmas trees in the mansion.
Open House will be December 1 through December 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch of soup, relishes and cookies will be served daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with live music from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 660-882-5320 or 660-882-3967.
The Walter Williams House at 711 Morgan Street, the former home of Walter Williams is filled with 45 Christmas trees, not counting the three on the front porch. An old-fashioned sled is next to the front door, waiting for the first snow.
Everything from the cannon in the front yard (yes, a real working cannon) to the upstairs bath is dressed for the Christmas season. Every window has a wreath.
Page 2 of 3 - The entrance way has its own tree, and the chandelier and grandfather clock are draped in holiday splendor. The Lang family Bible rests on the library table and at least one nativity scene is in each room.
The downstairs has three fireplace mantels and each is decorated as it might have been when Walter Williams was in residence.
“Every room is named and has multiple themed trees in each,” Edward Lang explained as he gave a preview tour.
An electric train is set up around a large tree in the Silver and Gold Room. The dining room is the “I'll Be Home for Christmas” room. One of the smaller trees in that room is the Red, White, and Blue Tree, also known as the Flag Tree.
Other rooms include “Let It Snow” and “Blue Christmas”. Lang pointed out different trees —”Silent Night”, “Jolly Old St. Nick”, and “Frosty the Snowman”. “I still haven't named all the trees,” he laughed.
What is probably the most unique of all his trees stands in the upstairs hallway — “The Music Tree”. It is not, however, decorated with toy instruments or other plastic musical symbols as one might expect. All the decorations are real. There are three trombones, two trumpets, a French horn, drums, guitars, several other string instruments, music books and records.
When asked, Lang said, “I ususally start decorating in August, and don't get done putting everything away again until about March. I do, however, leave one tree up year round.”
For more information or to make a reservation, call 660-888-8932 or 660-882-3967.
The third home on the Historic Homes Tours is at 519 High Street. The High Street Victorian Bed and Breakfast transports visitors to another time and place. Lights and greenery decorate the spacious front porch and an old-fashioned doorbell announces the arrival of guests.
One hears Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker Suite” before the door is completely open as one steps into a fantasy world of nutcrackers. The entry way is filled with nutcrackers. The room to the right is filled with them, as is the parlor on the left.
Red blooms with strands of white beads outline the archway into the parlor. Mistletoe hangs overhead. The fireplace mantel is decorated in the manner of Victorian homes of the past, a family of carolers stand in a corner as if outside in the snow, and in front of the large window is a real Christmas tree. Red ribbons and strands of white beads adorn the ceiling-high evergreen as wrapped presents and more nutcrackers nestle underneath.
The dining room looks like a night sky with falling snow.
Kriss Royer said she has 18 Christmas trees if she doesn't count the small ones on each step to the second floor. She didn't say how many nutcrackers she has.
Page 3 of 3 - When asked when she begins decorating, Royer said, “I usually start decorating the last week in October, but due to other obligations this year, I didn't get started until after November 7.” Like Lang, she, too, admitted to leaving one tree up year round, although she had everything else undecorated and put away by February.
For more information or to make a reservation, please call 660-882-7107 or 660-882-3967.
All home tours and lunch at Roslyn Heights are $5 each.
For the first time, on four dates only, The High Street Victorian will host a Sugar Plum Tea Party for children ages 3 & up and their special adults. The Victorian Bed and Breakfast will be transformed into a fairy land with twinkle lights, fine china, and linens. Cost is $15 per person, space is limited and advance ticket purchase is required.
The dates and times are December 1 at 2 p.m. December 2, 8, & 9 will begin at 4 p.m. Enjoy a special reading of the nutcracker story, make a keepsake ornament and shake hands and pose for pictures with the Sugar Plum Fairies or The Nutcracker. Attendees are encouraged to attend in Prince or Princess costume or fine dress.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 660-882-7107 or 660-882-3967.
NOTE: December 1 has sold out.
Santa Claus will be in front of the Boonville City Council Chambers at 525 East Spring every Saturday December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.