The Ruins of Us, Christmas Shopping and Columbia Independent School

by Keija ParssinenYou might wonder how the The Ruins of Us by local author Keija Parssinen, Christmas shopping and Columbia Independent School connect?  The answer is brilliant and simple!  Barnes and Nobles has provided readers in Columbia with a chance to meet Keija Parssinen while attending a reading of her novel, The Ruins of Us. In addition to this fabulous opportunity, Barnes and Nobles is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales made during the event to the school of Keija’s choice, Columbia Independent School.  To help support the school, stop by the table to meet Keija and receive a voucher that tells the cashier to donate a portion of your purchase to the school.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet a local author, published by HarperCollins and shop for those avid or budding readers on your list.  The perk? Your purchases help support an institution on our community.  What could be better than meeting a talented, best-selling author and enjoying a reading from The Ruins of Us, all while supporting an educational institution while Christmas shopping?

Join us on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Barnes and Nobles in the Columbia Mall. The reading will take place at 5 p.m. We hope to see you there.

CoMo Family Kids: Library Book Sale

What will you find?

If you missed the annual children’s book sale at the library today, have no fear, there’s still tomorrow!  The Daniel Boone Regional Library host an annual book sale that focuses on children’s literature and raises money for the library.  Inside the sale are fabulous and frugal finds.  With hardbacks selling for .50 cents a book and paperbacks for .25 cents a book, families can stock up and save!

If you have busy little readers – like I do – this sale is perfect for your family.  Each year my children are set free to explore the piles of books available for purchase, enabling me to teach them money saving techniques, money management – they each have a pre-set limit- and best of all, instills a love and excitement of reading.  If you have children and missed the opening day of the sale, you can still head out tomorrow and browse the many available titles left on the shelves.

The book sale will continue on Sunday, October 14, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  If you don’t have children or you simply want to help children in Boone County, consider attending the sale and donating your purchase to one of the many elementary school libraries or organizations such as Granny’s House or Rainbow House.  It’s just one way you can make a difference in the life of a child or give back to our community.  Happy Shopping!

Como Theatre: De facto Festival

They may not have planned it, but with 5 different productions by local theatres, Columbia, Missouri is hosting a de facto theatre festival this weekend.

“All the schedules just lined up,” stated no one but I figured putting a made-up quote would make it look personal.

Leading the group is one of COMO’s well known community theatres, Columbia Entertainment Company’s production of “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s“. This  screwball comedy promises to be hilarious as well as well directed and acted. Director Judy Olson, well known in the local theatre scene, has a passion for farces and comedies.  She’s worked extensively with her small cast since early February to perfect their timing.  “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” focuses on the ditzy Arlene Miller and her buffon lover Mitchell Lovell as they plot to murder Arlene’s husband, Paul in a Howard Johnson Motel.  But the thing is, each is too stupid to actually pull off the murder. The show runs Thursday through Sunday, April 19 to May 6th. Opening night tickets at CEC are only $8,  other nights vary from $8-$10.

Over at the MU Theatre Department in Rhysberger Theatre, Kevin Brown is directing Shakespeare’s famous play about the brooding Danish prince “Hamlet“. It looks like this one is a bit of an update as it has been adapted for a contemporary audience, emphasizing Hamlet’s descent into madness and his romantic entanglements with Ophelia. The show runs thursday through Sunday, April 19-26. Tickets are between $8-$10.

The Moberly Area Community College Theatre Department  is putting on “The Laramie Project.” Sure, that’s not technically in COMO but with so many MACC students (who get in free) it may be of interest.  “The Laramie Project” is a pretty tough show to watch as its subject matter is very serious.  It focuses on the tragic story of Matthew Shepard who in 1998 was tied, beaten and left to die on a bitter cold night in Wyoming, all because of his sexual orientation. That said, it’s well written and has been well received by critics across the country. The show runs this weekend only April 19-21st. Ticket prices range from free for MACC students and between $3 – $5 for the general public.

There are two musicals raising the curtain this weekend as well. The first, Talking Horse Production‘s presentation of [title of show] at the Berlin Theatre, adjacent to the restaurant formerly known as Cafe  Berlin, now known as Toast. Yes, the brackets are correct. This 2009 musical centers around the creative process of self-expression. It’s a love letter to the unique American art form of musical theatre.  I caught a few of the songs back in 2009 and have been itching to see this show. I’m excited to see what this production does. The show runs April 19-29.  Tickets are between $10-$12. It’s a very small theatre so get there early enough to secure a spot, or pay the additional handling fee and order online, or take advantage of their discount.

Finally, Performing Arts in Children’s Education (PACE) is presenting the musical adaptation of Dickens’ 1838 novel “Oliver!” at the Missouri Theater (I guess it’s no longer the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts?).  The cast is composed of non-adults ages 8-18, with one role, that of the antagonist Fagin, being performed by an “adult”, Trent Rash.  The show runs April 19-22nd with two performances on the 21st. Ticket prices are between $5 to $12 with their Thursday opening performance also serving as a fundraiser for the Buddy Pack Program for the food bank and being at a discounted rate of  $10

Three of the productions being produced in the area this weekend

CECTheatre (Murder at the Howard Johnson): 1800 Nelwood
Rhysburger Theatre (Hamlet): University and Hitt Street, 129 Fine Arts Building
MACC Auditorium (The Laramie Project): 101 College Avenue, Moberly, MO
Berlin Theatre ([title of show]): 220 N. 9th Street
Missouri Theater (Oliver): 203 S. 9th Street 

Pssst, next weekend Indpendent Actor’s Theater (IAT) opens Talley’s Folly, by Missouri playwright Landford Wilson.

CoMo Weekend 2/9-2/12

Thursday the 9th:

  • The Week of Smart Parenting : Growing Your Child’s Brain  – In the age of super parenting, you better get with the program or your kid will be the only one not subjugating pronouns on the kindergarten playground. Seriously though, don’t miss the free parenting program happening tonight at Smithton Middle School from 6:30-8:30pm. David Walsh will be speaking about how smart parenting produces smarter kids. The first 200 attendees will receive a copy of his book Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier.
  • Opening Night of The Spitfire Grill at the CEC: Columbia Entertainment Company puts on this popular American musical full of bluegrass music. Shows at 7:30 Thursday through Saturday and on Sunday at 2pm.
  • How to Cook Soul Food: The Campus Dining staff is opening their doors to amateur cooks wanting to learn how to spice up their food. Traditional soul food recipes will be demoed as well. The workshop will be from 7-9pm at Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center on the MU campus. Call 882.2664 to register for this free event.

Friday the 10th

  • Don’t miss Kickstarter sensations The Believers at Mojo’s. For five bucks, you get an evening of fine CoMo music. Believers headline with openers Spirit is the Spirit and Fliight. Doors open at 8:30pm, show starts at 9:30pm. Check out the details on the Facebook event page.
  • Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts: Take off from work early to enjoy five inventive animated shorts from around the world. Includes: “Dimanche/Sunday” (dir. Patrick Doyon) “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” (dir. William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg), “La Luna” (dir. Enrico Casarosa), “A Morning Stroll” (dir. Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe), and “Wild Life” (dir. Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby). Showing starts at 4:30pm at Ragtag Cinema

Saturday the 11th

  • Phantom of the Opera: Don’t miss this unique production of Phantom of the Opera at Jesse Auditorium at7pm. The background of the play is a screening of the 1925 original silent film. Dancers and singers perform the story in front. Should be amazing.
  • Totally Bitchin 80’s Dance Party: You will have a totally tubular night at Eastside’s bi-monthly dance party. DJ iRonic spins tunes from 10:30pm-1:30am. Admission is free if you are over 21. Eighteen and over need $5 to gain entry.

Sunday the 12th

  • Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers: Check out this highly accomplished Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger at this MU College of Arts & Science A&S Week Signature Concert. Doors open at 6:00. Call for tickets or more information: 573-449-3001, or visit the We Always Swing website.
  • Library Book Sale: for Get ready for Valentine’s Day.= with a sale on romances (as well as action novels and thrillers). These used books are for sale at adventurously low prices at this special two-day sale. All proceeds go to support library services. Sale runs from 1pm to 4pm.


CoMusic: Johnny Cash Tribute

I grew up watching Elvis impersonators croon and swagger, so when I headed to the Blue Note to see One More Round, a Johnny Cash tribute band, I had low expectations. I thought that I might see an amusing show and hear my favorite Cash tunes. One More Round had something else to offer though: Four extremely talented musicians who put on a great show from start to finish. They are returning to the Blue Note on February 11th to do it again.

One More Round consists of Bill Forness as Johnny Cash, Tara Schmittgens as June Carter, Brandon Jacoby as Luther Perkins (guitar), Matt Davis as Marshall Grant (bass), and Benet Schaeffer as W.S. Holland (drums). At their show on December 9th, they played thirty songs, a full two hours. Forness, who has a mother named June, talked with me after the show.

Did your mother like June Carter and follow her music?

She did not. But my grandmother and grandfather did. My mother did like old country, and I grew up around it. My step-grandfather was a picker, and my uncle actually lives in Nashville and was a singer/songwriter for Tree Publishing House for many, many years. He wrote songs for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton and different people. I’ve been a singer/songwriter for 25 years and have been playing and writing songs. I started doing cover songs, doing it as a living.

All Johnny?

At first it was an array, like four hour cover shows, just me and the guitar. But the more that I’d do Johnny Cash, the more people would come up and say, “Would you please do this one or that one?” So I started to learn more, and it was being received very, very well. Then there was a breaking point in a restaurant when a guy came up and said, “I’ve been coming to see you play for a while, but I’ve brought my girlfriend. Will you play Ring of Fire tonight?” When I started to play it, he sat her down in front of me and proposed. He said that it was the closest thing to Johnny Cash that he could get. That’s when I said, “I’m going to do this and see if I can make people happy.”

The crowd at the Blue Note was happy the night of the show. Two hard-core Cash fans, one with a large Johnny Cash tattoo on his arm, stood front and center enjoying the show and waiting for their favorite songs: Ring of Fire and Folsom Prison Blues. Seven-year-old Danny O’Toole attended the show with his father Tom, who saw Cash perform years ago in St Louis. Danny’s favorite song is Jackson, a duet that Cash did with his wife June. The band’s June was not able to make it that night. Not only did they manage without her, it turned out to be the song that brought the house down.

You pulled up an audience member to sing that song with you. Do you often do that?

That was the first time. The first time anyone has ever said “I’ll get up there and do it!” It was a blast. It was complete spontaneity.

The band plays well together, and Forness has a great stage presence. They covered all of Johnny Cash’s best known songs and threw in some trivia here and there. I learned that Cash did covers also, and One More Round played some of those: Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt, Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus, and Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage. They nailed them all, but Rusty Cage, the final song of the night, was one of the best songs that I have experienced live.

Johnny Cash himself once performed on the Blue Note stage. Owner Richard King said in an interview recently that it was his favorite show at the club.

How did it feel to play on the same stage as Johnny Cash?

I was very humbled to perform on the same stage as Johnny Cash and June Carter; that was the first stage I have performed on that they performed on. There was a moment on stage when I felt a calm wash over me, as if I was in the right place, doing the right songs, at the right time. It felt amazing!

I posed a tough question to each band member before we left: If you could only play three Johnny Cash songs for the rest of your life what would they be?

25 Minutes to Go…um…probably “Hurt”, which wasn’t his. Oh, man, there’s just so many that I really like! Probably Ring of Fire.—Bill Forness

I like to keep things peppy, so they’d probably be “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, and probably “Get Rhythm”.—Brandon Jacoby

That’s a hard question. One’s got to be “Ring of Fire”. One that we don’t do that I like: “The Ballad of Ira Hays”. My last one would be “Home of the Blues”.—Matt Davis

“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down…Green”, “Green Grass of Home”. They’re all really heart-wrenchers. “Five Feet High and Rising”; I’ll tell you why: The thing about the chickens sleeping in the willow trees…it cracks me up every time.—Benet Schaeffer

One More Round: A Tribute to Johnny Cash. Saturday Feb. 11th, The Blue Note. Doors open at 8; Show starts at 9.

CoMo Weekend 12/9-/11

Rest your weary feet and stay out of the malls this weekend. You know Stadium is going to be a nightmare. Instead head off to one of these CoMo events…

Friday the 9th:

  • Grace Kids’ Consignment Sale at Grace Bible Church 9:00AM-8:00PM: This is a Christmas Sale with lots and lots of toys, Christmas outfits, All-Season kids clothes (Newborn to 16), baby equipment, maternity clothes and items, nursing equipment, outdoor toys, movies, books, kids furniture and ALL other kid related items – at roughly 1/3 of the original price! Bring cash and get ready to score some bargains. Sale also runs Saturday from 9am-2pm.  [Facebook Event Listing]
  • Like Crazy at Ragtag: Oscar season means some pretty depressing movies during the holidays. But don’t resort to Jack and Jill for some laughs. Instead head to Ragtag to see Like Crazy, a largely improvised film about a long distance love affair. It took the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. [Times]

Saturday the 10th:

  • A Maplewood Christmas at the Historic Maplewood House from 12:00PM to 4:00PM:  Join the actors from the Maplewood Barn Theatre as they portray Dr. Frank Nifong and his family and friends celebrating the holidays at the Maplewood House in historic Nifong Park. This is a chance to see the beautifully restored home as it was in 1904, and to get a glimpse of what Christmas was like at the turn of the century. Santa will even pay a visit to the house and visit with the children! [LINK]
  • G.A.G Art Show the Xmas DoOver: G.A.G. is a new way of approaching, viewing and purchasing art work in the Columbia, MO. area. The Gallery itself will move from Garage to Garage every 2-3 months. Artists and Art collectors will have the opportunity to bring their art to the community and sell it at garage sale prices. Join us to mingle and to find amazing christmas presents made by renown artists in the Columbia, MO. area and beyond. [Facebook Event Listing]

Sunday the 11th:

  • CBE Holiday Swap and Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at 44 Stone at 12:00PM:  Put on your ugliest Christmas outfit and join the Columbia Beer Enthusiasts for a Yankee Swap. Members will be exchanging beer themed gifts and drinking some special brews. Bring a beer to share, a wrapped gift, and $25 in membership dues.
  • Senior Dance Performance Warehouse Theatre 104 Willis Ave., 2pm: Catch the talented Stephens dancers as the culmination of personal dance experiences is reflected in the choreography of graduating dance majors. Fee: $8 General, $6 Student/Senior [Event Listing]

CoMo Weekend : 11/11-13


The weekend came early for parents who couldn’t park their public school kids somewhere, but for the rest of us the bell just rang and we’re free to go. Here’s where the Collective is spending their precious 55 hours.

Friday the 11th

  • If you’re superstitious, don’t forget to make a wish at 11:11pm tonight. You’ll be dead and gone the next time 11:11 11.11.11 comes around. Unless you wish for eternal life.
  • Feeling a little uncool these days? Up your hip factor by going to see the KOCU bill at MoJo’s. CAVE, Jerusalem & the Starbaskets, Running, and Hott Lunch are playing. Doors open at 8:30. It’s a cheap night at $6 a ticket (plus $2 if you’re a minor.)
  • Weekend opens at Ragtag.  Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe says it’s “one of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers.” Check out the trailer here.

Saturday the 12th

  • Want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support local bsuinesses? Take yourself down to the Expo center for the King’s Daughter’s Holiday Festival.
  • Did our post on Occupy CoMo make you want to get in  on the action? Then head to city hall at 12pm and join in the potluck/protest/celebration.
  • If you’re not sported out from the last Mizzou home game, the Derby Dames have some sweet roller action happening at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The Convixens and Violent Phlegmmes will face off at seven. Tickets will be $15 at the door, unless you bring 5 donate-able cans of food for $5 off the price of admission.

Sunday the 13th

  • Let’s face it you’re never going to finish that scarf in time to give it to your aunt for Christmas. Let the professionals of the Wavers and Spinners Guild take over your warmth needs. They are having a Holiday Exhibition and Sale  from 11am-3pm at the Boone County Historical Society Museum at 801 Ponderosa drive.
  • Stop getting your comedy and mystery from network television and catch it on the live stag instead. Missouri’s own playright Lanford Wilson murder mystery comedy Book of Days is showing at the Columbia Entertainment Company


CoMO Sports: Missouri’s Miracle Weekend


It was called the greatest Missouri sports weekend of all-time. That might be debatable… but you would have to do a lot of research to find a better 4-day span for fans of Missouri sports teams. What made it so great? The idea that the Missouri sports team was the underdog in every single big game, and in every single big game David slew Goliath. There were six rocks for six slingshots.


Friday, October 28:

MIRACLE #1: “Purple Power” – The Hickman Kewpies football team’s only chance at the playoffs was to win on their homefield on the last week of the regular season. Unfortunately, the Kewpies had a 4-5 record and were facing 8-1 Jefferson City. The Jays were ranked #4 in the state, two weeks removed from their first #1 ranking in over a decade. Jefferson City was among the favorites to win the Missouri State Championship, all THEY had to do was beat their struggling rival. The Kewpies forced the heavily favored Jays to turn the ball over three times in the first half, and four times in total on their way to the biggest Missouri high school football upset of 2011 and a ticket to the playoffs (eliminating the Jays in the process). FINAL: Hickman 16, #4 Jefferson City 14.

MIRACLE #2: “The Rally Squirrel” – The St. Louis Cardinals took a standing 8-count in late August, but managed to wobble to their feet before the ref could call the knockout. All the Cards did was overcome a 10.5 game deficit to catch and pass the Atlanta Braves on the final day of the regular season to win the National League Wildcard. But like Rocky Balboa & Apollo Creed, the underdog Cardinals took the opportunity to beat the best team in baseball (Philadelphia) in the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS on the Phillies homefield against the Phillies ace pitcher. Then, it was on to Milwaukee. The Brewers outlasted the Cardinals all season in the NL Central on their way to the division crown. But the Cardinals outlasted the Brew Crew in six games of the NLCS to win the “Pilsner Pennant”. In a remarkable World Series, the Cardinals did the improbable and beat the Texas Rangers in a classic seven games to win the organization’s 11th World Championship. FINAL: St. Louis 6, Texas 2.


Saturday, October 29:

MIRACLE #3: “College Station Conquest” – The relatively disappointing season the Missouri Tigers football team had stumbled and fumbled through with the #2 toughest schedule in America led them to a 3-4 record and a trip to College Station, Texas to face the #16 Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies were favored BIG. The Tigers hadn’t won a road game against a ranked opponent in nearly 15 years, and in such situations in 2011, they were already 0-3. It didn’t set up very well for Ol’ Mizzou. Missouri was down by two touchdowns (28-14) at halftime. But with some kind of fortitude, the Tigers fought back to tie the game 31-31 and headed to an improbable overtime. MU struck first with a touchdown pass to take a 38-31 lead, and then on defense swatted away A&M’s last chance on 4th down to come away with their first road win against a Top 25 opponent since 1997. FINAL (OT): Missouri 38, #16 Texas A&M 31.

MIRACLE #4: “M-I-Z! Beat-O-U!” – The Missouri Volleyball team came into the 2011 season with one of the top recruiting classes in the Big 12. The only problem the Tigers have with a top class is that they are all freshman. Due to that inexperience, MU had already lost a lot of close matches with some of the best teams in America. But not on this night at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou Volleyball would roll past #21 Oklahoma. FINAL: Missouri 3, #21 Oklahoma 0.


Sunday, October 30:

MIRACLE #5: “Greatest Show On Turf” – When you’re the St. Louis Rams and you start the season 0-6 things can’t get much worse. Unless of course, your #1 Draft Pick star quarterback Sam Bradford isn’t able to play against the powerful and potent 5-2 New Orleans Saints. The Cardinals World Series parade was set to begin just down the road from the Edward Jones Dome a few hours later, so most of the fans in attendance decided to take in a football game before celebrating their beloved baseball team. But even with Tony LaRussa and the Cardinals poking their heads in to the Dome before leaving for the parade, NOBODY WENT ANYWHERE. Wearing the old blue and yellow throwback uniforms of the late-90’s, the 2011 Rams resembled the classic Superbowl champion Rams both in uniform and in their play. With great defense and a punishing running offense, the Rams scored the biggest upset of the NFL season by handling the favored Saints, shocking the NFL and maybe even themselves. FINAL: St. Louis 31, New Orleans 21.


Monday, October 31:

MIRACLE #6: “Monday Night Black Magic” – Arrowhead Stadium is always a special environment. It’s a little more special at night. Monday Night Football rolled into Kansas City for a Halloween game between the AFC West Division rivals Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. KC had started the season 0-3 and were getting pummeled by historically large margins at every turn and were considered the “worst team in the NFL”. After rattling off three straight victories, they had shed that “worst team” tag and had reached 3-3 on the year. In front of them was the favorite to win the division, the San Diego Chargers. San Diego was favored by four points to win in Kansas City and with the score tied 20-20, the Chargers were on their way to kicking the game-winning field goal with under a minute to play. The only thing San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers (one of the best in the league) had to do was take the snap, kneel down and spot the ball perfectly for his kicker, and the Chargers would kick the short field goal and win the game. No problem. But Rivers inexplicably fumbled the football on the snap. Then the Chiefs miraculously fell on top of the football. Then the two teams went to overtime. Then the Chiefs won on a Ryan Succup field goal. The ghost of Lamar Hunt was smiling on this Halloween at Arrowhead. FINAL (OT): Kansas City 23, San Diego 20.


Click the link titled “Missouri Miracle Weekend Montage” at the top of the page to relive Missouri’s Miracle Weekend…

Highlights credited to:

KCFX – Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network

Learfield Sports Properties – Mizzou Sports Network

KMOX – Cardinals Radio Network

KLIK – Cumulus Broadcasting Columbia/Jefferson City

WWL – New Orleans Saints Radio

CoMo Weekend : 10/27-30

Image by Ian Boyd

Looking for a way to spend your weekend? Here’s a list of things CoMo Collective writers are doing with their days off…

Thursday, October 27th:

  • Drive by Truckers at the Missouri Theater, walk up tickets are just $10
Friday, October 28th:
  • Head to the District for Halloweenie, the not so spooky trick or treating event for teenies. Over 50 stores and restaurants will be handing out treats from 4 – 6 p.m. New this year is The Great Mini Pumpkin Hunt. Stop by a participating business and pick up a “treatsure” map directing you to the “Live United” pumpkins for a chance to win great prizes. The start location is up to you, but the end location is Orr Street Studios at 6:00pm. Bring your full game pieces to Orr Street Studios in the North Village Arts District for fun and prizes.
  • Even if you are without any trick or treaters, head to The District to check out the Fall Harvest Festival at The Root Cellar (1023 E. Walnut) for free local food, tasty beverages, crafts, and pumpkin carving from 4-8pm.
Saturday, October 29th:
  • You can ride your bike in costume anytime but only once a year do you have company on the Katy Trail. Join Off Track Events Monster Bash. Race starts at 9am and includes various fun stops. Check out the site for more info.
  • Ragtag is screening The Big Lebowski all weekend but only tonight’s screening features a CCR band. Band plays at 6:30, film starts at 7:00pm. No word on if White Russians will be on special at the Uprise Bar.
  • Marine Outreach Dinner:  This annual dinner showcases the MarineParents Purple Heart Family Support initiative. The featured speaker will be Marine Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch.  Come hear how Marine Corps mentality of “improvise, adapt and overcome” enabled this Silver Star recipient to prosper despite the handicaps resultant of brutal head injuries. He will also be signing copies of his book, Once A Marine. Donations accepted at the door, cash bar.
  • Bring the whole family to the Energy Expo at the Boone County Fairgrounds from 11am-3pm. And then I want you to relish the fact that this is a free event with free food and door prizes, kiddo activities and DIY seminars, as you mill around and learn a thing or two about energy efficiency.
Sunday, October 30th: 
  • Take a break from the candy fest and attend Kent’s on Broadway’s annual Holiday open house from 12-5.