Elisha Wells Stroupe
Local students have been staying busy this summer thanks to Hilary Myers, director of the Fayette Area Community Theatre’s summer production. They’ve gotten up early to perform and advertise at the Optimist's Friday breakfast meeting and stayed up late rehearsing. They’ve been memorizing, dancing, building, and learning, all coming to a finale this weekend, July 21st-23rd, with their production of Godspell, Jr.
Get your kids out of the house and have a family date, dinner and a musical. Godspell, Jr. is an upbeat, playful version of the original Godspell, written by Stephen Schwartz. The disciples of Jesus Christ help him present his parables in many creative ways with a variety of song styles, allowing the cast a creative way to represent their character and story. This musical has a message of kindness, tolerance, and love, a show for the entire family. Godspell, Jr. has an approximate running time of one hour.
The production will be held at 116 Main St. in Fayette (the future location of the Alexander Hotel) on the courthouse square. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and 5 and under are free. The Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd productions begin at 7 P.M. and the Sunday, July 23rd matinee begins at 2:00 P.M.
The Fayette Area Community Theatre has presented the community with many wonderful productions over the years, such as Gypsy, The Heiress, and Company. FACT is always looking for directors, new production ideas, and volunteers. If you’d like to join or find out more about the local community theater, check their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FayetteACT/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak with Bridget Hussey, FACT president. Or just let them know what your favorite productions have been and keep on attending!
A SHORT PREVIEW...
This Spotlight was sponsored by Miknan's Main Street Pub in Fayette. They are located just steps away from the performance at 107 N. Main St., so stop by and grab dinner before heading to see Godspell, Jr. Their special for this weekend is $6.50 breaded catfish with fries and $3.00 cinnamon waffles with ice cream, whipped cream and caramel topping. That's just too good to pass up! Outdoor seating is available too with a great view of our historic courthouse.
Elisha Wells Stroupe
A well-known institution for locals, Snoddy’s Store has been a family-owned and operated business since 1924. For those outside of Howard County, it’s a rare find. Online reviews of Snoddy’s often include phrases like “awesome deli,” “this place has EVERYTHING,” and “nicest people.” Most of us know that, but it’s a good reminder of what a gem we have right here in our county.
For those that don’t live here or are new to the area, Snoddy’s is located on Hwy. 5 & 40, just before the Missouri River Bridge crossing into Boonville, and just a short walk or bike ride from mile marker 189 on the Katy Trail. It’s the perfect stop after a long bike ride for lunch, drinks, candy, yes, most importantly, don’t forget that candy rack, and souvenirs. Snoddy’s has a little bit of everything.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that you can get anything at Snoddy’s, specifically in my experience, a spicy pickle, a birthday card, and wedding decorations in one trip. If you can’t find it, ask Chris or Jimmy Snoddy, and they’ll find it or something similar (or better) that will work in its place. When they see my husband coming, they know they’re going to have to use some critical thinking skills because they will be asked to figure out what parts to splice/glue/jam some broken object back together with as little work as possible.
They’re so friendly, they never complain about the wild goose chases they are sent on. The staff is very helpful and it reflects our community. I once brought a college roommate home to visit our wonderful community, and I took her to Snoddy’s for lunch. I told her, “We’ll just grab a couple of Snoddy Burgers,” and because of my lack of articulation or her lack of hearing correctly, she wasn’t too excited about this prospect, but once she devoured her Snoddy Burger, she was more than happy to eat there again. She was from Minneapolis, so she was also concerned when I left my car running in the parking lot, but I explained to her that it was okay, the only time it had ever been taken was by friends, who just hid it behind the store. I don’t recommend leaving your car running though. It was a 2001 Saturn, so odds of it not being stolen were greatly in my favor.
Snoddy’s Store holds many memories for visitors and locals alike. I remember clearly getting yelled out by my mother in the old store before the flood of ‘93 because I had both hands, elbow deep in the minnow tank. What are your favorite memories or items from Snoddy’s? Share in the comments or on Facebook and show your appreciation by stopping by soon for a sandwich, some boots, or maybe just a lottery ticket, if my dad hasn’t already bought them all.