Masons, Shriners, Knights provide winter coats

Dave Marner

Three local fraternal organizations are doing their part this holiday season to provide winter clothing and shoes to local students in need.

Ashley Kopp, the family school liaison for the Gasconade County R-2 School District, took possession this month of 14 boxes of new winter coats donated through a program of the Owensville Masonic Lodge, the Ozark Shrine Club, and Masonic Home of Missouri.

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council in Owensville donated two boxes of coats and $200 to go toward new shoes for students in need.

“Both of these donors are critical in providing kiddos what they need for the winter and we couldn’t provide these things without them,” said Kopp.

School staff were distributing the donated items across the school district before Thanksgiving.

John Behrens, a member of the Masonic Lodge and Ozark Shrine Club, credited Walmart staff for helping “maximize” their contribution which includes a matching grant from the Masonic Home of Missouri.

“The people at Walmart really helped streamline the process and maximize our investment,” said Behrens.

This is at least the 10th year the Masons have been fund-raising and donating winter coats for local school children. Behrens said he was notified recently the lodge will be presented a 10-year participation award from the Masonic Home of Missouri.

Masons to host ‘Breakfast with Santa’ on Saturday

Members of the Owensville Masonic Lodge will also be supporting the Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County and Operation Christmas 2017 programs from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, when they serve up an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Santa is scheduled to visit the lodge at the corner of Highway 28 and Walnut Street. Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and pecan waffles will also be served for $8 (adults) and $3 (children).

Santa will be available for photographs with the children.

Band Boosters celebrate 25th year of hosting craft sale

The Owensville High School Band Boosters continue their support of the Marching Magic band with their 25th annual Winter Craft Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the school’s large gym. Pre-orders are being accepted for homemade cinnamon rolls by calling 573-659-6989. The OHS band is scheduled to perform during the event and a photo booth will be on scene to capture your holiday shopping group.

Santa visits Owensville

This weekend’s holiday festivities kick off with a “A Night Out with Santa” in downtown Owensville on Friday.

From 5 to 8 p.m., activities are planned for children up to the fifth grade including stations for writing letters to Santa and crafts. Or you can bring a letter from home.

Santa’s Food Court will be open and local school choirs will be performing during the tree lighting program at the parking lot by the Owensville mural. Downtown merchants will have treats for children who visit their shops.

Rosebud celebrates 

Christmas season Saturday

On Saturday, the Rosebud Area Enrichment Association and local merchants have events scheduled throughout the afternoon when they host their 6th annual Old Fashioned Christmas.

Pictures with Santa are available for free from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Big Red Barn, U.S. 50 and Old 50, with a canned food item. Those will be donated to Helping Hands.

Wagon rides around Rosebud will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. and live music begins at 3 p.m. at the Big Red Barn. A petting zoo is planned at the corner of U.S. 50 and Route T (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and the community tree will be lighted there at dusk. Caroling is planned from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and children’s Christmas movies will be shown starting at 11 a.m. at the barn.

Three prize baskets will be awarded that evening after the lighting ceremony. Visit local businesses to register for baskets worth $2,400, $200 cash (donated by Clyde H. Zelch and his Tom Cat Consultants business), and $100 cash (donated by Rick Larson).

Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available at the tree site.