Winterfest set for this Saturday, December 3 in Unionville


Come celebrate the small town charm and friendliness of Unionville, Missouri at Winterfest Saturday, December 3.

Many activities have been planned for Winterfest and most take place around the historic downtown square. Merchants will be open late as well.

Two new events have been added this year: an art show and a lighted Christmas parade. The art show, featuring both adult and student art, will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. in the former Scrapper’s Den building on the west side of the Unionville square. High School art teacher Megan Hines has organized the event and entries will be judged and ribbons awarded.

At 5:30 a lighted Christmas parade will roll down Main Street. Anything with wheels and decorated with Christmas lights is encouraged to enter the parade. The line-up will begin at the City Park at 5:15. The parade will travel south to Great Western Bank, east on Main Street, loop at the First Baptist Church and back west on Main Street. Santa will be leading the parade on a Unionville fire truck.

The Holiday Home Tour is from 1 to 5 p.m. and features six local homes. $7 advance tickets and maps are available at Shelter Insurance or at Studio 136 the day of the tour for $8.

A delicious dinner will be served at the PC Café from 4:30 to 7:00. Diners can choose from homemade lasagna or homestyle breaded chicken breast, along with potatoes/gravy, hot vegetables, salad bar, hot roll, dessert, and drink. Children 10 and under eat for $4; adults are $9. All proceeds from the dinner will go to fill the monetary deficit in the Meals on Wheels program.

The interesting and ever-changing Putnam County Museum will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Admission is free, as always. Inside the museum, one can browse the many exhibits, all clearly marked with dates and donors. At 6 p.m. a special Tree of Memories ceremony will honor loved ones that have passed away.

Live music will be provided inside the courthouse from 6:00 to 7:00. Performances will be given by The Keynotes, the United Methodist Church handbell choir, Theresa Hammett, and Putnam County Band ensembles. Santa will be available in the Old Soldier’s Room of the courthouse for children to visit and present their wish lists

The Living Window event will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 in business windows around the square. Each window will depict either a Norman Rockwell painting, a movie scene or a spiritual story. Everyone viewing the windows is invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award.

The evening will culminate with a community Christmas Carol Sing at the United Methodist Church at 7:00. The United Methodist Church is located on west main, just a block from the Unionville square.

Winterfest is being organized by the Unionville Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and the Historical Society.