Quantcast

Holiday window display at Joplin City Hall starts season of acti - KOAM TV 7

Holiday window display at Joplin City Hall starts season of activities

Updated:

POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF JOPLIN

Holiday window display at City Hall starts season of activities

In the spirit of the holiday season, the windows of a downtown historic structure will again be decorated for all to enjoy. The public is invited to share in the excitement during the annual unveiling when the curtains are pulled back of the large windows of City Hall, 602 South Main. The opening takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25, with holiday refreshments served immediately following.

Formerly Newman’s Department Store, this five-story building was built in 1910, and was a main attraction for shoppers throughout the years. Window displays depicted the latest fashion trends and society standards. During the holidays, shoppers enjoyed the elaborate decorations of the season with holiday décor, specialty items and a large assortment of toys.

Following the unveiling, the downtown audience can join in the Holiday Tree Lighting event at Spiva Park, 4th and Main Street. Joplin Parks and Recreation staff host this event and plan to turn the lights on at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 25.

Both events are fun annual activities for all ages to enjoy as kick off to the holiday season.

To bring back the window display tradition, City Clerk Barbara Hogelin and her elves work to create a fun look back to years past. Each year various reminiscent themes are used to reflect holidays of yesteryear. This year’s windows will offer displays featuring Barbie, the doll that has become a cultural icon since first being introduced in 1959.

In addition to The Wonderful World of Barbie, another area will focus on Joplin’s mining history with a collection of mining equipment and mineral specimens from the Tri-State Mining District including a Jackson Drill, Ore buckets and rails. Other windows will offer a look at fun holiday times in a home setting, outdoor park and reindeer scene.

The City of Joplin has decorated the windows since 2009. Hogelin coordinates the project with other City staff members and recruits area artists June Stokes and Dixie Boyd-Carter to complete the displays. Hogelin has worked with both ladies throughout the years for various projects and knew their expertise would be an asset to the window displays when the project started four years ago.

“We enjoy recreating window displays in the downtown,” said Hogelin. “It creates a fun and festive atmosphere for the holidays. Many of our citizens may recall Newman’s windows being elaborately decorated for the holidays, but the younger generation may not have ever experienced anything like this. We are happy to share a little piece of history with them.”

The construction part of the project is managed by Jeff Tennis and Rick Allen, Maintenance Mechanics for the City, who provide their knowledge and skills in the building and assembly of the various elements included to create various scenes.

The first year’s display in 2009 offered scenes of holiday magic through the eyes of a child. It received first place honors in the Outstanding Window Display category from the Missouri Main Street Association. The following year had a similar theme, and in 2011, the windows served as a tribute to the perseverance and resilience of the Joplin community and volunteers following the May 22 tornado. In 2012, the windows depicted scenic vistas and points of interest along Route 66, The Mother Road.

In addition to the window displays, the Joplin Model Railroad Club provides a working model train for all to enjoy. The Club has been part of the tradition since 2009, and each year offers new elements to their display. The 40-foot display, shown in the windows facing 6th Street, includes working trains traveling the miniature countryside.

Various other activities are planned throughout the holidays as well, so be sure to check out the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website at www.visitjoplinmo.org for more details or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HolidayExperience .

# # #

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Northpark Mall Burglary Suspects Charged

    Northpark Mall Burglary Suspects Charged

    Northpark Mall Burglary Suspects Charged

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:28 PM EST2018-02-20 22:28:11 GMT
    According to Joplin Police Department four people have been arrested in connection to a burglary at Northpark Mall early Monday morning but only three are charged. Captain Trevor Duncan tells KOAM-TV that officers arrived at the mall after an alarm at Vintage Stock was triggered.   Once on scene officers made contact with 18 year old, Cameron Adams of Duenweg walking away from the business.  While investigating it was determined Adams was involved. Adams was arrested and ch...More >>
    According to Joplin Police Department four people have been arrested in connection to a burglary at Northpark Mall early Monday morning but only three are charged. Captain Trevor Duncan tells KOAM-TV that officers arrived at the mall after an alarm at Vintage Stock was triggered.   Once on scene officers made contact with 18 year old, Cameron Adams of Duenweg walking away from the business.  While investigating it was determined Adams was involved. Adams was arrested and ch...More >>
  • Chanute Student Disciplined after Alleged Threat

    Chanute Student Disciplined after Alleged Threat

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:15 PM EST2018-02-20 22:15:52 GMT
    The Chanute School District says disciplinary action has been taken against a 15-year-old high school student.  According to police and Superintendent Richard Proffitt, students told administrators that the 15-year-old allegedly revealed to another student his intent to commit violence against another student while at the high school and allegedly provided some details on how he would commit the violence and that others, including school administrators, would also be harmed. ...More >>
    The Chanute School District says disciplinary action has been taken against a 15-year-old high school student.  According to police and Superintendent Richard Proffitt, students told administrators that the 15-year-old allegedly revealed to another student his intent to commit violence against another student while at the high school and allegedly provided some details on how he would commit the violence and that others, including school administrators, would also be harmed. ...More >>
  • Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-20 18:00:38 GMT
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.