It's almost here, and we're so excited!
In the same vein of “It’s a great pumpkin Charlie Brown”, the Swan Song Inn, in Marshfield, MO has created a fun, family friendly event called the “After Dark Pumpkin Hunt”.
The Annual After Dark Pumpkin Hunt is a throw off to the original Easter Egg hunt that was created. Swan Song Inn also does a version of the egg hunt as well in the spring, creating fun for the whole family… and giving an opportunity to do this twice a year.
When the folks at Swan Song Inn set up the Easter Egg hunt this year, we decided to check it out. Imagine if you will… as the sun goes down, the anticipation is growing… the instructions are given… and the horn is blown. And, there off! Adults are running everywhere. Laughter ensues. Complete chaos. We loved it! It’s a great event to throw off your cares, and just be a kid again. And… while you’re at it… win some fun prizes too.
We expect the pumpkin hunt to be just as much fun.
Some things to bring for the hunt:
This year Swan Song Inn is adding some additional features for the Littles, as Cheri affectionately calls the kiddos, with a bounce house and pumpkin decorating. The Littles will be able to select their pumpkin straight out of the “pumpkin patch”.
After the hunting is done, there’s more. We anticipate additional antics from the staff at Swan Song. Cast your cares away… stay awhile and enjoy the bonfire in the cool autumn air. It's the perfect time to soak it all in. If you come early enough, you may even catch a glimpse of the famous Mister and Lola, the Inn's dynamic duo (swans that is.)
Kiddos must be 48 inches tall for the main hunt, and everyone over 48 inches is $10.00. For those under 48 inches, cost is free. There will be a hot dog station on hand, and guests can bring their own snacks. There will be yard games, bon fire, music, and more!
Come on out for a good time… you’ll be glad you did!
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween.” ~ Unknown
Tis near Halloween! We are a week away from one of the most talked about costume parties in the area. Have you got your tickets to the Masquerade and Monster Ball yet?
Here’s a little 411 about the castle.
Did you know it was built by it’s owners Bonnie & Robert Palmer? They had the help of their daughter Brittany, but the work was done all themselves. It’s pretty amazing, if you ask us.
If you’ve never been, it’s quite the experience.
Just imagine like days of old, as if you were coming in a carriage with all of it gallantry… tucked away in the Ozarks countryside, along the twisty, curvy roads, you’ll find a set of heavy cast iron gates. … An eerie stillness awaits you. You push them through and there is a path… a road that takes you to the castle doors. Like stepping into a fairy tale.
It’s the weekend before Halloween and the ghosts and goblins are running a muck. The night is dark and the air is crisp. You drive down the twisty road... and there it is. When the chateau comes into view rising from the night, it stands magnificently. As if conjured by a storybook.
As your carriage…. Err… um, car draws closer, the celebration draws nearer.
McGee Creative, 417 Princesses, and Chateau Charmant cordially invite you to the Masquerade Ball of the season. Tickets include the following:
Everything mentioned is included. This is an alcohol-free event, please plan accordingly. Tickets are on sale for $35.00 for adults, and $25.00 for kids 12 & under. Tickets are on sale until October 26th (date of event) and can be purchased through Eventbrite. The castle is located at 1700 Martins Branch Road in Fordland. All proceeds will benefit Ryker McGee who was born at 25 weeks gestation and spent 115 days in the NICU. All funds will go to the family's medical bills.
Get some tickets, bring your friends, and have a ball! Ba dump bump. We expect this event to sell out.
Since the first day of fall, we’ve been dreaming about pumpkin patches... hot apple cider, hayrack rides, colors changing in the trees, the crisp autumn air, and of course fall festivals. There is just a special feeling that these festivals bring. You know what we’re talking about. There is a certain savoring that comes with the season.
This weekend, we’ve got just the fall festival just for you!
Gas up the car, and head on out to historic little town of Hartville. Just about an hour East of Springfield on Hwy 60, off the MO-5 North exit, you’ll find this tiny little berg with a population of just over 600 people. It’s a little off the beaten path, but that’s what adds to the adventure. This day trip takes you on winding two lane country roads, along rich farmlands, and into the heart of Ozarks countryside.
With the 44th Annual Hartville Fall Festival approaching, this town is coming alive. There is an energy igniting in the air.
Here’s what to expect:
Start your day off with a little bluegrass. Get a rhythm going and feel your toes tapping to the sounds of the Southwynns, a bluegrass and country band based out of Branson.
There will be traditional festival faire of funnel cakes, frito pies, cotton candy, and candied apples (and of course so much more). Make your way down historic Rolla street and explore the square to peruse the many vendors that line the road. Craft vendors will be on site to help you get a jump on Christmas shopping.
Don’t be a bystander, jump in and get involved! There are plenty of things to do!
Enter the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Scarecrow Decorating Contest, Cutest Baby Contest or feed your competitive side with a Cornhole Tournament! Better yet, win a prize with some carnival games. The summer fair may be over, but your chance to win a giant stuffed teddy bear is not! And if you’re up for a real challenge, you can take home the title of being the fastest Wipe-Out Inflatable “Baller”. We’re not quite sure what that is, but it sounds awesome!
You won’t want to miss the tradition of crowning the Fall Festival Queen (2pm), a long standing tradition around these parts! Followed by something we’re excited about… wait for it… an old fashioned pie auction. Bring your appetite and maybe a cooler in the car, as eighteen mouth watering, good ole fashioned, baked in the country, amazing pies will be auctioned off at 3pm.
Throughout the day, there will be regular drawings for local merchant baskets with the grand prizes being drawn at 3:30 pm. We love this addition.... pilot, Andy Johnassen from Johnassen Structural Movers will fly over the festival in the afternoon to drop candy from above! Now, how often can you experience that?
End your day in Hartville with headliner Cas Haley, as he takes the stage at 4 pm. The show is free and we love that he is finishing his fall tour, right here in Hartville.
If you’re a victim of the city life, and you’ve got a hankering for a hearty dose of hospitality… hop in the car and head our way!