I know I have already had one post about Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Factory, but I was there again today and just couldn't resist...
When the Robinson Chain Saw Carvers are at our Washington Town and Country Fair they create amazing things. I am sure the only thing that I could make out of a stump and a chain saw is saw dust, but on Sunday as the Robinsons are beginning to shut down operations there is always an auction of their great work. I am always there helping with the auction and the paperwork, but also get drawn into the excitement of bidding. I see the fantastic wooden carvings that they make with these high-powered saws, and fall in love. That being said, I became the proud owner of a 3.5 foot, 200 pound ear of corn, with the word "Welcome" down the front.
I took it home, and when I asked my husband to help me get something out of my van, little did he know what he was getting into. "Nice." he said. "Where are you going to put it?" But I had a vision! First I had him put it in a tub and then I took the next two weeks applying numerous coats of linseed oil (oh yes, I followed the directions.) Gary was a champ as he parked his truck out in the elements while my corn took his parking space in the garage.
Now finished I knew exactly where it belonged. And once it was delivered and in place I saw that I chose the best home for my corn carving - Missouri Meerschaum's Museum! I hope you think so too. But before stopping by, give Marilyn and Phil a call at the pipe factory at 636-239-2109. They will be opening the door for normal hours soon, so check out the new look of their little museum, and the great souvenirs in their retail area.
If you were one of the few people not in attendance at the Washington Town & Country Fair, let me tell you - You missed out. Despite a bit of rain and heat the fair was awesome! I got to spend a lot of time shuttling people to and from the fair in our new Tourism bus, but still found a few minutes to spend with my granddaughters. Seeing the fair through the eyes of a 4 and 2 year old children makes it that much more exciting. The rides, the entertainers, the food ...everything was appealing to them, except breaking for a nap. This brings back so many memories of bringing my own children to the fair when they were young. This Saturday all three of my children were there with the grandkids. I was in heaven. Even my own children at 37, 33, and 29 loved reminiscing all the years they spent at the Fair growing up.
I am in my 26th year with the Washington Chamber and I have to say I still love my job. However, it is getting harder each year to bounce back from the "fair" hours. But I don't think I would change it for the world!
I just love when groups come to Washington and I am able to give them historical tours. The group today was from Illinois. The spent the day yesterday in Hermann, and then came to Washington in the evening to eat and spend the night. Today it was my pleasure to spend some time with them as they learned about our great city! The end of our 60-minute tour ended at the Missouri Meerschaum Pipe Factory. It has been a little while since I last took a tour group into the little museum there, but it was worth the wait. They have done a nice job renovating that area. They have also added a sales area and AIR CONDITIONING!! The history of the factory, Henry Tibbe, and the building were always great to hear, but sometimes got a little warm for the groups in the summertime, but not today! Phil always does a nice presentation and Marilyn could not be nicer. The group love it and their new purchases. There will soon be set hours when this area is open to the public, but when it is, be sure to stop by. I know you will be glad you did!
I had last Friday off and spent it with four wonderful friends. We started out with the intention of grabbing a coffee downtown and then walk around. Well Jennie and Grace was so welcoming we sat with our coffee and had some great quiche to boot. Carla Poepsel and her FABulous baristas make you feel very much at home. Plus we loved browsing the books and gifts. We could have stayed all day, since the coffee cups are bottomless. ;-) Seriously, we almost stayed long enough to order off the lunch menu. But that's what good friends do when they get together... and Jennie and Grace is just the place to do it! Go by at 219 W. Main and tell Carla I sent you!
Yesterday our 14 passenger shuttle bus was delivered! Everyone in the office was so excited we had to lock the office for a few minutes while the boss did a once around the park with us before putting it to bed. I am thinking JB and I may need to sit on phone books to be seen above the dash. ;-) Although it is here and I am super pumped about all the possibilities, we have much to work out before it is actually put into service. Bummer! But we are definitely making strides. Our plans are to use this strictly for tourism. Giving tours to groups that come in and shuttling those visiting Washington around will be our main objective. There will be a slight fee to help offset the costs, but I don't think anyone visiting will balk at that. So when you see our bus with tourist cruising around town, give them a welcoming Washington wave.