Great Girlfriend Getaway looms

This group of St. Louis friends at the Great Girlfriend Getaway on April 23, 2016, reported shopping was their top activity. They are, seated from left, Priscilla Pennington and Nikki Holdener, standing from left, Leigh Ann Graff, Connie Brown, Polly Jung and Patty Everitt.
Posted: Apr. 23, 2017 12:01 am

Whether you want to shop with coupons, win prizes, learn to apply makeup or paint, or relax and hear special music, Hannibal’s annual Great Girlfriend Getaway weekend on April 28 to 30 has something for all the ladies who will be arriving in town. The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council sponsors this annual event.

The 35 participating downtown merchants are listed in the guidebook, which may be picked up on April 28 and 29 at the GGG headquarters, the patio at Finn’s Food and Spirits, 214 N. Main St., according to Katy Welch, GGG chairperson and owner of Java Jive. Finn’s will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 28 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29.

Also available at Finn’s will be Shopper’s Survival Totes, Welch said, which have that name because each has, "all the items essential for a shopping weekend in Hannibal. There are water bottles, chocolate, hand lotion, a First Aid kit and hand sanitizer.

"Bring your wallet and the tote, and you are ready to shop. It is a shopping weekend. The totes also come with coupons for downtown businesses, and you only get coupons if you buy the tote." The tote costs $20.

T-shirts, Party Pass Cups, itineraries and visitors’ guides also will be available at Finn’s on April 28 and 29, Welch said. The $10 Party Pass Cup will provide discounts on drinks all weekend at participating clubs and restaurants. A pub crawl is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

To be eligible for prize drawings, ladies will bring a receipt of $5 or more from any participating merchant. "They get an entry and keep the receipt," Welch explained. "Two grand prizes will be awarded this year. In the past it was for one grand prize, but this year - thanks to a donation from Swiss Colony - we have lots more items to give away."

The drawings will be at Finn’s, with four or five hourly drawings. The grand prize drawings will follow the concert by Hannibal’s Steppin’ Back band, which will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Finn’s.

Prize drawings also are planned by several merchants, while others will host contests offering prizes.

Some ladies will learn to make pottery. They may schedule a pedicure or learn to prepare and cook veggies and fruits. They may take a Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour.

One special event this year will be a book signing by local author Mary Lou Montgomery from 9 a.m. to noon April 28 at Java Jive. Her book, "The Notorious Madam Shaw," is available at Java Jive.

Another event will be a Lighthouse Challenge hosted by Shine a Light on Autism from 7 to 11 a.m. April 29, beginning at the lighthouse stairs on North Main Street. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with climbs at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m

Welch expects a big crowd at GGG, reporting, "We have around 1,000 ladies each year."

More details and the schedule of events at each business are on greatgirlfriendgetaway.com.

"You may order gear (online) and pick it up at the headquarters," Welch said.

Most events are scheduled on April 28 or 29, she said, with breakfast and shopping planned on April 30, "so they can buy things they meant to buy before leaving town."

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



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