Living Windows attract huge crowd

With street traffic closed, Hannibalians filled Main St. Saturday, Dec. 10 for Living Windows.
Posted: Dec. 12, 2016 12:06 pm

From the very young to senior adults, everyone who meandered along Hannibal's North Main Street on Saturday evening, Dec. 10, was entertained by the people performing the annual Living Windows celebration.

The street was closed to traffic this year for this Historic Hannibal Marketing Association Christmas event, which gave families room to safely cross the street from shop to shop. The cold weather, with temperature in the 30s, did not appear to encourage anyone to stay at home.

Outside Rumor Has It, Snoopy (Vernon Ingram) danced around his doghouse, while Lucy (Sonja Otten) and other "Peanuts" characters met the people.

The Chocolaterie Stam shop was attracting big crowds with its window display featuring the Snow Miser (James David) and the Heat Miser (Dalen Schmoll) from the movie "The Year Without Santa Claus." Inside, "Mother Nature" (Rachel Nemes) was helping children write letters to Santa as the adults were offered wine tasting.

Next door at Greater Days cafe, the window included a Fashion Barbie (Stephanie Rose), Doll (Jensen Ross) Batman (Dylan Ross), a bear (Angelique Cummins) and a Biker Ballerina (Destiny Spratley).

Cheerful Christmas music has heard from a window at the Native American Trading Co., with Willy Phillips on keyboard and Heather Howald singing "Jingle Bells."

Children were munching on cotton candy as they walked with parents on the crowded street, but one of the best aromas was coming from Paddlewheel Popcorn, where a wrapped Christmas present (Diane Addison) greeted people inside, and her niece, elf Joely Greenwell, them offered candy.

Mississippi Marketplace employee Laura Zamboni read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to her 1-year-old daughter, Lucy. Inside, employees were offering free cups of wassail, which was composed of apple cider mix, red hots and cinnamon sticks.

Outside Nancy Lee Kaufman's gallery Elvis (Hank Abel) was singing Christmas songs, which he has been doing for several years. He portrays Elvis all year, singing at jam sessions in Center. Kaufman explained Elvis first sang in the window, but so many people wanted photos with him, he moved his performance to outside. Kaufman had fur coats on display on her sidewalk.

Across North Main Street, children were keeping active in a "Frozen" bounce house after they watched or participated in their Babes in Toyland children's parade earlier Saturday afternoon.

At Java Jive, Maddie Brandenburg was selling a lot of hot chocolate and candy cane lattes on this cold afternoon. Java Jive's living windows illustrated "The Wizard of Oz."

In the Hannibal History Museum, Ken Marks reported a crowd was going on the trolley to hear a reading of "Polar Bear Express." In the window, Santa was greeting children and posing for photos, including 7-month-old Kali Helkey.

Two elves (Henry Sweets IV and Conner Prenger) were singing and playing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in the window at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery.

Nearby at Alliance Art Gallery, Bella Erakko was in the window weaving an outsized potholder, which she said was a good dining room wall hanging.

A snowflake (Victoria Delgado) danced in the window and posed for photos at the Abby Rose.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.


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