The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner
November 29, 2017
With all the activity of Christmas walks and open houses and parades around Thanksgiving, it seems it really gets us in the spirit of Christmas earlier. Maybe we will have more time to enjoy the month of preparation without feeling soooo rushed.
I really enjoyed the Stronghurst Annual Open House and seeing so many friends come in. One of my regrets however, is that business owners are hosting and can not get out to see everyone else's businesses.
There were some very interesting things around town I was told. I heard Rhonda and Brad Flatt had a Christmas tree made out of tires at the Flatt building, formerly C.E. Neff's Buick and John Deere dealership. The Manger Scene is in that building as well.
In the Quill, it is never a dull moment with Dan Ashton as the Elf entertaining all the kids with his magic guitar which determines if you've been naughty or nice and your Christmas wish will be granted!
You should have seen the looks on some of their faces when they were told that if their wish was still in the guitar case after they sang Jingle Bells, it means they've been naughty and their wish won't magically be sent to Santa.
Fortunately there were no naughty children on that night.
Tuesday, from 5-8, La Harpe is having their Country Christmas Open House which is complete with Horse Drawn Carriage rides and at 7:00 p.m., a lighted parade. Business have drawings and treats and there is a craft and vender blender at the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Hall.
Burlington, Iowa had their Christmas parade Saturday evening which the SECWRT was to ride in a carriage but found out the driver was sick.
Some of us were able to see Rob Hull and his family perform their musical Christmas show at The Capitol Theater that evening. It really brought tears to my eyes as they sang some beautiful moving numbers. It was a packed house except for a few, hard to get to seats in the middle.
After Shirley had a wonderful time with her family home for Thanksgiving, she and I are back working to get the Christmas book together for your enjoyment. I hope you sent your memory in.