Coming Saturday, June 2nd, is a choral event that you just can’t miss. Vox Nova, a vocal chamber ensemble of music educators, conductors, and professional vocalists, will be performing at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church at 7 P.M. on the CMU campus.
It’s free admission and open to the public!
In 2014 a group of friends came together to create Vox Nova so they could continue their love of music by singing challenging choral music during the school year. The group continues to sing together today for various events even though they are spread across the country from cities spanning from Seattle to New York, and we’re lucky enough in Fayette to have them come together for a performance at Linn.
They are accomplished musicians, as many of the members perform with other professional choirs, at prominent music festivals, and with various opera companies, both locally and across the United States. The group has been guest artists for the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, the Idaho International Choral Festival, and the True/False Film Festival. Vox Nova has been committed to choral excellence, working together even as their careers have taken them across the country so they can continue to spread choral music to listening audiences.
Some members of the group that you may recognize are Darrell Jordan, a former adjunct professor of music at CMU and a now in-demand recitalist and concert soloist, Christine Jarquio Nichols, a Columbia music educator and the artistic director of Vox Nova, and local Lacey Gladden, a music educator and CMU grad.
To learn more about Vox Nova, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/voxnovacomo/
For more information about the event Vox Nova in Concert, check out their event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/207772699827456/.
It will be a great concert of friends and musicians, each with their own professional careers that have led them on different journeys, coming together to reunite at our benefit. Make it a night out with this fun and engaging performance!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s always something going on at the Howard County Library in Fayette. Genealogy research takes place every Friday from 1-4 P.M. in the Glenn and Betty Collier Genealogy Center in the basement of the library. Fridays are also busy with library story hour at 11 A.M. and all day block day on the first Friday of every month.
Spring and summer are gearing up to be busy as well, and the first event will be Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 P.M. at the library for the Friends of the Library annual meeting. This isn’t just any annual meeting though. After a brief business meeting, they will honor Tony Cook, the outgoing Friends of the Library president, who is stepping down after more than 15 years of service to the Friends. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. If you’d like to become a member of the Friends of the Library, dues are $5 for an individual annual membership, $10 for family annual membership, $100 for individual lifetime membership, and $2 for student membership. These funds help support library collections and programs.
On May 9th at 7 P.M., the Friends of the Library have scheduled a meet and greet with author Alex George at the Fayette First Christian Church sanctuary. George is the author of A Good American and Setting Free the Kites, and he is also founder and director of the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia. He is also a lawyer and is opening a bookstore in Columbia soon. Following the program, there will be a book signing and refreshments giving you a chance to ask him how he does it all. Well, that’s what I’m going to ask, anyway.
Get ready for some excitement in the library this summer because the summer program is entitled Libraries Rock! Every Thursday in June, at 10 A.M. and 6 P.M., readers of all ages can paint rocks, learn about rocks and caves, and even get a little musical. And new to the library this year is a middle school book club that begins Tuesday, May 22 with book discussions, pizza, and fun. Did I mention pizza? I wish I was still in middle school. They’ve been working hard redecorating an area in the basement just for this purpose so stop by and check it out. The summer reading program will wrap up on Saturday, July 7 at 5 P.M. for the annual street fair.
Lots going on at the library! While you’re there for all the cool events, check out a book, buy a book from their book sales, and get to reading. Bask in the summer sun (it will come eventually, I think) with a good book thanks to your local, hard-working, wonderful library.
April 14th is going to be a great day to get out and get active! The Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT) is hosting a “Superhero” 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, April 14th with a 9 A.M. start time. Get the family out, dress up as superheroes, and get a little exercise while you’re having a great time!
You can register for the 5K at the link below: https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/Fayette/FACTSuperhero5kFunRunWalk
You can also register the day of the event at the check-in table near City Hall right off the square in Fayette. Just arrive about ten minutes before the start time so you have plenty of time to register, stretch, and plan your strategy of Superman-flying to the finish line or giving everyone else a chance while you jog it. It’s $15 for adults (18 and up), $10 for youth (6-17 years old), and children 5 and younger are free. Save on your registration fee by bringing a canned or boxed food item for $1 off (up to $5 off per person). These food donations will go to the Fayette Food Pantry.
Costumes are encouraged but you certainly don’t have to wear one. Everyone knows you’re already Super Mom, or Wonder Dad, or the Amazing and Incredible Grandma. If you have questions about the event, email email@example.com or call 573-239-0238.
Family Fun Day is also on April 14th at the Fayette City Park from 1-3 P.M. There will be numerous activities geared toward preschool through 5th grade in shelters #1 and #2, the playground, sand volleyball court, and the frisbee golf course, and all the activities are FREE. This is a great way to spend a day with the whole family and save your wallet as well.
Many organizations are joining in for the fun:
Fayette Library/Librarian Christina Kloeppel - Rock Painting
First Christian Church - Decorate Your Own Mug
Get Bent Fitness/Mackenzie Wells - Obstacle Course
Golden Study Club - Butterfly Feeders Craft
HCHWC - Squirrel Feeders, Free Snacks, Games, Frisbee Golf for Kids
Howard County Veterinary Services/Dr. Jessica Stroupe - Roping Game
Jr. Optimists of Fayette - Games
Paisley Bowtique - Face Painting
Parents As Teachers/Kristen Himmelmann - Bubble Fun
Sam's Health Mart Pharmacy / Pharmacist Cortney Pettit - Decorate Your Own Tote Bag
In case of rain, activities will be held in the Fayette High School gymnasium. If you have questions about Family Fun Day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-864-2064.
It’ll be a great day of fun for the family, so head out, and show your support for both organizations, Fayette Area Community Theatre and Howard County Health and Wellness Council.
For updated information about the events, check their Facebook event pages:
Elisha Wells Stroupe
New Franklin is feeling pretty lucky this coming weekend! One of my favorite things is coming up. Wine walk time! The Cork and More Wine Walk in New Franklin takes place from 4-7 P.M. downtown this St. Patty’s Day, Saturday, March 17th.
At $15 a ticket, it’s a great deal for a date night or girl’s night out. There are, as always, wonderful wine tastings from wineries all over the state. A long list of wineries are attending this year, nine total:
Check out the Cork and More Wine Walk event page for more details about each winery if you want to do your homework. You are certain to find something you’ll love with the extensive options available at this event.
Local vendors will be set up as well with food, personal shopping and great gift items. Tanner Lee Bechtel will be performing with guest Phillip Wooldridge, as well as the Fairley Brothers Band. If that wasn’t enough to get you there, you also have the chance to win one of the three door prizes: overnight stays at Megraw House in Fayette, Hickory Springs Bed and Breakfast in Boonville, and Hotel Frederick in Boonville.
This event is hosted by the South Howard County Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $15, or if you’d like them in advance, stop by Exchange Bank in New Franklin and pick up a pair. It’ll be a fun time and a good way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Make sure to wear your green!
Elisha Wells Stroupe
The Fayette Area Community Theatre has another great production coming up this week. The modern classic Steel Magnolias will be presented by the local community theater by our very own local talent on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 25, 26, and 27 at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 P.M.
The play, which will be held at CMU’s Little Theatre, is a comedic drama about the lives of a group of Southern women, their family relationships and friendships, in the face of difficult times, and how those bonds help them move forward in the face of these difficulties. The director is Angela Howard, the Fayette High School speech and theater coach, and she has assembled a group of local women that fit the characters to a tee:
Truvy - Stephanie Moore
Annelle - Anna Valencia
Clairee - Bridget Hussey
Shelby - Hailey Sage
M'Lynne - Aimee Sage
Ouiser - Mickie Foland
Advanced tickets are available at Grey Willows, Merchants and Farmers Bank, Commercial Trust Company, and Exchange Bank in Fayette, or you can purchase them through the following link on Eventbrite:
Advanced tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door will be available for $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. There will also be an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter for the Friday, January 26th performance. Make sure you head out to one of the performances to support your local community theater, these talented ladies, and all the volunteers and businesses that help make FACT productions happen.
If you’d like more information about Fayette Area Community Theatre, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FayetteACT/. Volunteers, actors, and directors are always welcome to join in on their monthly meetings!
Thanks to Sam’s Health Mart in Fayette for sponsoring this ad. Stop by Sam’s at 300 N. Church St. for your pharmaceutical needs and check out their new Mommy and Me section.
Elisha Wells Stroupe
For all you moms out there, your life just became a little simpler. Sam’s Health Mart has answered your prayers with its new Mommy and Me section. No more running out to the big box store or spending extra money on expedited shipping from Amazon to get your childcare items ASAP. An even worse scenario, sending your husband out with a picture of the breast pump parts or colic drops that you so desperately need.
Did you run out of liquid gold nursing bags? Not feeling so great from morning sickness and need something to ease the queasies? Or the worst of all mommy catastrophes, did the last surviving binky disappear into thin air? Sam’s has you all set.
The Mommy and Me section has been up for a little over a month but new items are still being added to fit the needs of our local moms. If you can’t find what you need, just let them know and they’ll find it for you. The ever popular Medela breast pump parts are in stock, and the newly popular Spectra parts have recently been added. If you have a baby shower to stock up for, definitely stop by for all the most popular items that moms and babies love. Great gift ideas include the Baltic Amber teething necklace, which is very popular for those teething, fussy babes, and Nuby’s The Nibbler, for introducing solid foods without the choking hazard. They have lots of other great baby items like the NoseFrida to wipe out a snotty nose, baby sleeper sets, picture books, educational toys, and baby soaps and skin care for mommy and baby like Bella B, an all organic line.
It’s a great way to shop local and they are priced competitive with Amazon, and it’s another great service brought to you by your local pharmacy. If you do have to send your husband in with a blurry picture of a baby item that he can’t name, they’ll make sure he leaves with what you need. Happy mommy, happy baby, relieved daddy!
Stop by Sam’s Health Mart in Fayette at 300 N. Church St. or call 660-248-2275 if you have questions.
Elisha Wells Stroupe
Each school in Howard County has their own Parents as Teachers organization. If you’re not familiar with PAT, they are an amazing group of educators who focus on early childhood development by working with parents and caregivers. They do so many things for local children and families that I’m not sure I can accurately make a complete list because I’m always learning something new.
Just to be clear, I’m on the Fayette PAT Community Advisory Board, so I hear about the wonderful things going on with PAT through that group, and that might make me a little biased about all the great things that PAT can do for a family, but they are honestly doing great things for our community. Different PAT’s do different things, but that includes personal visits with families to assess development, health, and the needs of families that participate in PAT. They also hold special events for children and parents, provide support and local resources that parents might need, and provide educational toys and books for young children. And sometimes, when the need is great, they provide diapers for families, and if you’re a parent, you know how fast you can fly through diapers.
Recently, with budget cuts, some grants that provide these resources for local PAT’s have been drying up or limiting their support. After hearing about this, that’s when I thought it would be a good idea to create a little competition to see how many diapers we, as a community, can get for our local PAT directors. There are boxes set up to drop off donations of diapers. They’ve been out since December 8th and in two days the drive will wrap up on December 20th at 8:00 A.M. Winner gets bragging rights (and hopefully a lot of diapers to better serve the needs of families in our communinty). While you’re out shopping this week, grab a few diapers to show your support for Parents as Teachers and all the hard work they put into educating our young children and parents.
Daly Elementary Office
Glasgow Elementary Office
Charlie’s Quik Chek
New Franklin Elementary Office
If you don’t have a chance to stop by one of the drop-box locations, email me at email@example.com to set up a pick up time. I’d be happy to help!
If you’d like to contact our local PAT directors for more information about their programs, there emails are listed below:
Fayette - Nancy Holtwick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow - Mellissa Frevert - email@example.com
New Franklin - Marsha Stewart - firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, let the games begin and let those old sports rivalries do some good. Don’t let another town show you up! But for the good of all our Howard County families and our wonderful PAT directors, let’s make a mountain of diapers to show how much we care.
The Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT) Wine and Spirits Walk is coming up this Saturday from 4-7 P.M. starting at the courthouse square, and I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited. It’s a chance to check out local businesses and taste delicious wines and spirits along the way. For those of you who don’t know, I planned the wine walk last year, and it takes a lot of planning, a lot of volunteers, and a lot of cooperation from local businesses to get an event like this together. This year a committee was nice enough to take over for me so I could regain some of my sanity (it was never all there in the first place), so I’m super excited about this year’s event because I get to enjoy it without those terrible dreams at the last second about having a car wreck with 500 engraved glasses in the car, or the one where no wineries show up but 10,000 people do, or the one about sleeping through the entire event.
No, someone else is having those dreams, literally, someone else on the FACT committee is having those dreams, but I get to relax a bit and enjoy what’s going on around the square. One business that is involved in the wine walk is Miknan’s Main Street Pub, and they are most certainly going all out, one reason why I’m looking forward to this event. Miknan’s will be hosting Arcadian Moon Winery, and they will be serving appetizers and snacks at the wine tasting bar to make sure the crowds keep coming. If you feel like hanging out longer, they also have a pasta bar beginning at 5 P.M. for $15 per person, which includes Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Seafood Stuffed Ravioli in Sherry Cream Sauce, Stuffed Manicotti with Homemade Marinara, and Pesto with Pine Nuts over Bowtie Pasta. You can enjoy all four pastas along with freshly baked breadsticks and salad! If you don’t have enough room for all that pasta, check out the regular menu, which has some awesome new and fantastic classic menu items.
If you’d like to order your tickets for the wine and spirits walk ahead of time, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fact-wine-and-spirits-walk-tickets-37023167290?aff=efbeventtix.
Tickets include an engraved wine glass and samples from ten wineries or distilleries. This is a fundraiser for FACT, and it helps support upcoming productions throughout the year and to get closer to their future goal of purchasing their own performance space. The tickets are $15 in advance or $20 that day.
Enjoy the wine walk and enjoy the pasta bar at Miknan’s. The wine walk begins on the courthouse square, and Miknan’s is located right across the street at 107 N. Main Street. It’ll be a great evening of friends, family, music, and more, so eat, drink, and be merry!
It’s time to celebrate one of our local businesses, and what better way to do that than with a birthday party! On Saturday, September 30th, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M., Market Street Floral in Glasgow will be celebrating their third birthday. Market Street has spent three years taking care of our flower, apparel, and gift needs, and done it splendidly, so take time to stop by, shop, snack, and celebrate one of our wonderful local businesses.
Kiersten O’Dell, the shop owner, has made a tradition of having a McCall’s Candle sale during their birthday celebration and this year you can get them 25-40% off. Not only that, but any attendee will receive a gift and you can also get a gift with purchase as well. You most certainly will find something to purchase - fall decor, wine, jewelry, dip mixes, clothing, and wine. Yep, I said wine twice because it’s important. There's an array of wines from Giggling Grapes and Adam Puchta Wineries for you to choose from.
Giveaways are planned, and it wouldn’t be a party without cake and punch to celebrate. There will also be a pop up jewelry show, hosted by Claire Moorehead, presenting Chloe + Isabel jewelry.
Market Street Floral is located at 111 Market Street in Glasgow. To get a sneak peek of what’s going on at Market Street, check out their website at www.marketstreetglasgow.com or catch Kiersten in a live video on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marketstreetglasgow/. Stop by and celebrate this beautiful local business.
Elisha Wells Stroupe
This Friday and Saturday, September 15th and 16th, is the annual Santa Fe Trail Days in New Franklin. I have many memories of Santa Fe Trail Days - marching in the parade, being a victim of the pie throwing contest, and most embarrassing of all, a member of many lip sync groups. Overall, I’m very glad I didn’t grow up in the digital age because those would be very humiliating to watch. Karaoke is pretty popular nowadays, so a new generation can head out with their smartphones and get an entertaining video.
There are lots of things to look forward to this year. Friday night is kids night with many free and inexpensive activities to keep your little ones busy. It starts at 6:30 and includes activities such as a bounce house, barrel trains, air tattoos, games, and much more. Concessions start at 6:00, so you don’t even have to worry about dinner. At 7:00 P.M., the annual Little Mr. and Miss contest starts (registration at 6:30) and a limbo contest starts at 7:30 as well.
Saturday is jam packed with family fun, as usual. Biscuits and gravy are served, starting at 7:30 on the street near the beer tents. Vendors will be set up all over town and the baby contest will also be Saturday morning. Concessions will run throughout the day, a fundraiser split amongst the high school classes, and the parade starts at 1:00 P.M. The New Franklin Park Board is holding a pie-eating contest at 2:00, $5 to participate with all profits to be used for park improvements. The New Franklin senior class will also hold a mouse race at 4:30 with a grand prize of $50. Place bets and enjoy an entertaining fundraiser.
Don’t worry all non-parentals or parentals that just want a night out on your own. The beer garden is back Friday (opening at 6:30 P.M.) and Saturday (opening at noon), and Saturday afternoon there will be karaoke, for those of you brave souls, from 2:00 to 6:00, and St8 Arrow will perform from 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. in the beer garden. Starting at 5 P.M., there will be a $2 entry fee into the beer garden. Not a beer fan? Margaritas are also available.
Concessions, vendors, games, and other events will take place throughout the day. Most importantly, remember that Santa Fe Trail Days is a great opportunity for the local organizations to raise money, so your money will be well spent and your day will be highly enjoyable. Check out the flyer for more events and detail. Have a great Santa Fe Trail Days!