Visitors are invited to blast into the past at the fifth annual Kaysinger Christmas at the Harry S. Truman Visitors Center in Warsaw.
This 1800s Christmas celebration will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.
“We’re just trying to show what it was like — kind of a trip down memory lane,” said Steve Hanson, board member of the Kaysinger Bluff Pioneer Heritage Association. “It’s a miniature Heritage Days.”
Hanson, other board members and volunteers have been busy all week preparing the grounds with more than 750 natural luminaries. This includes about 130 oil lamps, 600 fruit jars with candles and numerous kerosene lamps. All of the buildings are decorated like the 1800s and the Christmas trees are filled old-time decorations like dried apples, popcorn chains and paper chains.
About a half dozen crafters will show visitors the art of broom making, blacksmithing, baking bread on a cook stove and how to make caramel apples. The general store will be open with craft items for sale.
Visitors can purchase all types of food including chicken and noodles, biscuits and gravy, fudge, peanut brittle, kettle corn and turkey legs. For those who don’t visit the country much, they can buy a hot dog, bun and marshmallows and cook them over an open fire.
“We take it for granted, but city folks don’t get to do that,” Hanson said.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. The wristbands are good for both days. This is a rain or shine event.
Hanson said they are expecting a crowd of 1,000 to 1,200 people to attend over the two days.
OTHER ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND:
•Farrington Park in Windsor is decorated with lights and holiday displays. People may drive through and view them between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
•The Marshall Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. in downtown Marshall. The theme is “Star Spangled Christmas.” Prizes of up to $200 will be awarded in the nonprofit category and $100 to the best individual entry. Santa will visit with children in the courthouse rotunda immediately following the parade. They should enter through the south door of the courthouse. Children can write letters to Santa and make an ornament to place on the tree. Epsilon Xi sorority will take pictures for $2 or parents may take their own photo.
For more information, call the chamber at 660-886-3324.
•Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck in Green Ridge at 1 p.m. at the Green Ridge Community Building. He will visit with children until 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Green Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
•The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Lincoln. The theme is “A Pioneer Christmas.” More than 20 entries are expected to participate. Following the parade, drawings for prizes will be held at the grandstand. A craft show will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lincoln School. The 4-H Club will host a chili supper following the parade at the school. For more information about the parade, call Rowena Lietzke at 660-547-0320.
•Farrington Park in Windsor is decorated with lights and holiday displays. People may drive through and view them between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The International Order of Odd Fellows will provide free train rides from 5:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting.
•The Warsaw Christmas party for the kids will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Warsaw Community Building. Children can visit with Santa. The event will also include refreshments, crafts, clowns, face painting and balloon art.
•The Warsaw downtown lighted parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street, between Seminary and Commercial streets.