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Thirty-Third Annual Christmas Stroll – December 3 & 4

Christmas Stroll No. 33 will be held on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Stroll hours will run from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, the 3rd, and from 11:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, December 4. Sponsors are again Annette’s Flowers & Gifts, Country Lace & Holiday Shop/Green’s Decorating Center, Heritage House Historic Sites, Flea Market/Vendor Show – Immanuel Lutheran Gym, Country Craft Fair & Chamber Information Area, and the Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course.

Two attendance prizes will again be offered, and those who have their Stroll brochures stamped at the six locations will be eligible for the drawing on Sunday evening. Winners need not be present at the drawing.

Food will be available at the Community Club building with the craft fair, at the Immanuel Lutheran School Gym, the Boiler Room Restaurant/Original Springs Hotel, Dairy Queen, Eats & Treats Bakery, the Ranch House Restaurant at the golf course, Subway, the Burger King. In addition, light refreshments will be served at the Chamber’s hospitality table at the craft fair.

Breakfast With Santa

The Chamber’s popular event with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 9:00 A.M. in the Original Springs Hotel Dining Room. Breakfast for the youngsters will be provided free, and for parents at reasonable cost. Of course, the Jolly man in the red suit will also be there. Call 243-5694 for reservations and more information.

Christmas In The Barn

While not an actual part of the Stroll, Alan Blumhorst will again welcome visitors to his Rainbow Ranch to see some of the kinds of animals that were likely present on the first Christmas night. Of, course, there will be sheep a camel or two, a donkey, and several other kinds of unusual animals housed in a 150 year old barn. The ranch is located at 9906 Route 15 near Plum Hill, about six miles southwest of Okawville. For more information call Alan at 618-424-7979 or check out his web site at There is an admission charge.

Special Event On Sunday

On Sunday afternoon a children’s choir will be singing at the craft fair.

Thirty-First Annual House Tour

The annual Tour of Decorated Homes sponsored by Heritage House Museum will again be held on Stroll weekend from noon to 5:00 on Saturday, December 3, and from noon to 4:00 on Sunday, December 4.

This year’s the tour features the homes of Gary and Debby Stricker at 1205 Waterworks Road; Mark and Michelle Riechmann at 612 North James Drive; Leonard and Berniece Hemminghaus at 201 Fifth Street; and Alex Croessman (Meier’s A-Frame) at 701 South Esser Street. Of course, the museum’s three properties will also be featured: the Frank Schlosser and Joseph Schlosser properties on West Walnut Street, and the Front Street home of Dr. Poos, which was not open last year due to a fallen ceiling. There will be no church on the tour this year. Tickets are still $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for ages six through twelve and may be purchased along with free maps and guides at the Heritage House Museum at 114 West Walnut or at the Chamber’s hospitality table at the craft fair in the Community Club building.

Festival Of Trees

The ever popular festival of decorated trees sponsored by the Okawville Chamber of Commerce will be held throughout the Stroll weekend in the smaller room of the Okawville Community Club building. Usually decorated around a theme, this year’s theme is “Ways or Places to have Fun,” although trees are not required to follow the theme. The festival hours are the same as those of the Stroll – 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, and 11:00 to 4:00 on Sunday. A small admission fee of $2.00 is charged, and visitors may vote for their favorites trees.

The museum’s entry will deal with the circus theme in memory of the late Doris Frank. Doris has a lot of circus ornaments and was an originator of the tree festival.