Cal­en­dar Cap­tures Look At Va­ca­tion Spots From Yes­ter­year

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Sally Car­roll

The col­or­ful post­card came in the mail, fea­tur­ing a look at the won­der­land of all va­ca­tions: peo­ple fish­ing, swim­ming and en­joy­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of the Ozarks.

Peo­ple flocked to McDonald County, tak­ing in a fun, re­lax­ing va­ca­tion amongst the hills and rivers, with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy.

A rem­i­nis­cent look at yes­ter­year, high­light­ing spe­cial places in the Ozarks, has been cap­tured in a cal­en­dar, now on sale in var­i­ous lo­cal places and by mail.

The cal­en­dar is pro­duced by McDonald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety vol­un­teers each year. The 2019 theme show­cases “The Land of a Mil­lion Smiles,” the area’s nat­u­ral beauty and tourist spots. The an­nual cal­en­dar, pro­duced since 2011, is a fundraiser for the so­ci­ety while pro­mot­ing the county’s rich, in­ter­est­ing his­tory.

Each year, a com­mit­tee pe­ruses thou­sands of pho­tos on hand and de­ter­mines a theme that seems fit­ting. Pho­tos are grouped, and com­mit­tee mem­bers cre­atively place pho­tos to­gether to see if themes emerge, said His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Karen Dobbs.

Time spent among the area’s hills, hol­lows, forests, bluffs and clear-run­ning streams seemed to be a won­der­ful as­pect to re­visit, she said.

The area’s beauty — along with all the types of re­cre­ation avail­able — has drawn many va­ca­tion­ers and tourists for years. Hot spots such as re­sorts, res­tau­rants and tourist draws are spe­cial places that at­tracted many peo­ple, Dobbs said.

The cal­en­dar fea­tures col­or­ful post­cards ad­ver­tis­ing the area. This year, or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to pur­sue a stitched cal­en­dar, rather than a spi­ral-bound type. Be­cause of that, the or­ga­ni­za­tion was able to add two more pages to the cal­en­dar. Fea­tured is a two-page photo of va­ca­tion land, which makes for a nice dec­o­ra­tor piece, Dobbs said.

Each month fea­tures a blast from the past. Post­cards from the 1930s adorn the cal­en­dar. Each month also fea­tures his­tor­i­cal events sprin­kled through­out, thanks to his­tor­i­cal re­search con­ducted by McDonald County res­i­dent James Reed, Dobbs said.

“On a cer­tain day, there is a men­tion of some­thing his­tor­i­cal that hap­pened in 1909,” she said, cit­ing an ex­am­ple. “It’s en­ter­tain­ing to read those tid­bits,” she added.

Re­quests for the cal­en­dar are com­ing in from var­i­ous ar­eas. Vol­un­teers can mail the cal­en­dar and have had sev­eral in­quiries from sur­round­ing states, Dobbs said.

“It’s unique and dif­fer­ent and nos­tal­gic. Peo­ple kind of lose them­selves look­ing at those pic­tures,” she said. “It’s a real con­ver­sa­tion starter.”

The cal­en­dars make a unique gift for others, as folks are search­ing for new and dif­fer­ent items for the hol­i­days, Dobbs said.

While vol­un­teers re­view thou­sands of pho­tos and de­cide on a theme, others pitch in to help as well. Phyl­lis Chan­cel­lor, his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety vice pres­i­dent, over­sees the de­vel­op­ing and pub­lish­ing of the cal­en­dar. Dorothy Beauchamp cov­ers the county, sell­ing the cal­en­dars to busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als. Many busi­nesses pur­chase the cal­en­dars.

“We rely on her greatly,” Dobbs said.

As this cal­en­dar goes out to help cel­e­brate the Ozarks, vol­un­teers also are work­ing dili­gently to come up with an­other at­trac­tive cal­en­dar for the fu­ture.

“Plans for the 2020 cal­en­dar are al­ready in the works,” Dobbs said, laugh­ing. “If you want to stay busy, just join the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety!”

Cal­en­dars are $10 each and avail­able at Rags to Riches Flea Mar­ket in An­der­son, Mus­tang Drug in An­der­son, Cor­ner Cafe in South­west City, Com­mu­nity Bank in Goodman, Golden Rose in An­der­son, City Hall in Pineville and the Jane Store.

Cal­en­dars also may be mailed. To re­quest a cal­en­dar to be mailed, send $13 for each cal­en­dar to McDonald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 572, Pineville, MO 64856.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

The McDonald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s 2019 cal­en­dar fea­tures a look at many hot spots across the county. The post­cards are from the 1930s, of­fi­cials said.

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