Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

Join Us in our April Fling

Harkening back to the “good ole days” (days when you hung your wash on the line, etc.), when Williamsburg had a street fair at least once a year…. Families gathered on the streets, shared their picnic baskets, visited, and ended with a street dance… complete with country fiddlers providing music while the villagers tried their talents at dancing the fan-dango.

Well, once again, the villagers would like to resurrect a lively street FLING. There will be an open house, garage sales, free museum, dollar ice cream cones and many more entertaining things afoot. As for dancing, the fiddlers are long gone, but you can pick your feet up going from one location to the next.

The dates for the FLING are April 17 and 18. Time 8:30 until 3:00 each day.
Here is a list of venues for those days:

 Gray Ghost Inn – open house (check the town map) Jan and Steve Gray, owners.
 Lynda’s Treasures (located in Marlene’s Restaurant and Crane’s Museum) 20% off all merchandise both days. Also, yarn and fabric on sale on the porch of her shop.
 50% off Williamsburg Garage Sales both days (across the street from Crane’s Store) open 8:30 – 3:00.
 Crane’s Store – Boy Scouts – selling first aid kits on the porch (Saturday only)
 Marlene’s Restaurant – $1.00 ice cream cones (tax included) Saturday only.
 Crane’s Museum – FREE both days
 Bob Schultz’s – Trains and Tools – at his home. (see town map)
 Ginny’s Sales – granddaughter Ali’s toys and clothes plus home furnishings.
 Other Williamsburg families may join in the fun and have wares for sale in their yards.

We are hoping for fair weather for our FLING, but in case of rain many of these venues are already under cover. We are looking forward to seeing you here. It would make us so happy we might just dance a JIG!!

Things Heard ‘Round the Potbellied Stove

 Rylan and Barbara Mann celebrated Rylan’s birthday and their 56th wedding anniversary at Marlene’s Restaurant in February (We’re a bit late with this news). They shared pieces of their beautiful cake with everyone in the restaurant. We wish them many more happy years.
 The Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) annual spaghetti supper was canceled this year because of inclement weather. Not many of these have had to be cancelled during Jim Cruickshank’s 12 year tenure with us. We thank Jim and Bonnie for their efforts to do this for the community for many years.
 Our good friend, Thelma Henning, passed away recently. She will be missed.
 Mentioning Jim and Bonnie, remember that this is their last full month of serving as pastor and wife in this community. They are moving east to be closer to Bonnie’s father and her family. They will be greatly missed. Be sure to visit with them while you still can. There will be a party for them at the Old Auxvasse Church on April 26, following church services.
 Just a reminder that our get-together for the local ladies coffee club begins at 10:00a.m. every Thursday and lasts until whenever…
 The Game Night continues every second Friday of the month at the Community Center. Cards are cut at 7:00 p.m. Come and Join the fun!

That’s it for this edition of “Things Heard ‘Round the Pot-bellied Stove.” If you have anything to add to this column please have it on my desk by the twentieth of the month.
Best wishes for your health and happiness from Megan, JoAnn, Danielle, Debbie, Fiona, Kami, A.J., Scott, Joe, and Marlene.

Joe’s Corner


I was very happy on one recent day when Megan, our kitchen manager, was able to purchase a Fisher-Price castle complete with dragon, queen, (I already had the king) and some minions (little people) while Marlene and I were out shopping.

We now have in the museum the parking garage, complete farm with barn, trough, and all the animals, the doll house, the airport, with plane, and bus, school house, and the original McDonald’s Restaurant.

While our museum’s theme is primarily about Williamsburg in the late 1890’s through the early 1920’s I can’t resist displaying these very popular toys of more recent years.

The little people that came with these items are often missing and hard to come by. If any of you have some of these that you would like to sell, I am open to negotiation.

Many hours have been spent by youngsters using their imaginations and manipulating these toys in the past. And, the children who come through the museum today seem just as intrigued with them.

Come in and relive your youth in our toy section no matter what your age. We have everything from tin soldiers to Rock’em-Sock’em Robots! In our doll section we have a rare, large Charlie Chaplin doll, a life-sized Shirley Temple doll, a three-foot nurse doll, Buddy Lee dolls, depression dolls and many, many more!

Unique FASHION Show

Marlene’s hosted a unique fashion show in the museum on one recent Friday. Chuck Eckert, store manager, had invited policemen and EMT’s to a showing of military and tactical gear made by the Propper Co. and sold at Crane’s Country Store.

The clothing is protective, fire-proofed, and loaded with pockets for guns, flashlights, handcuffs, medical kits, and any other gear commonly carried by policemen or EMT’s.

When word got out that a “fashion” show was going to be held, we had all sorts of questions about who could attend. Chuck said that this show would probably only be of interest to the attendees who had been invited from Holt’s Summit, Fulton, Callaway County, Montgomery County, Mexico, Auxvasse and other neighboring counties.

I love being able to be in Crane’s Museum almost every day. Something of interest is most always going on.


The following jokes and comments are submitted by Rylan Mann. I call them “BITs of Wisdom form the past.”

 Top 10 Reasons Farm Trucks Aren’t Stolen:

10. They have about 20 miles before they overheat, breakdown, or run out of gas.

9. Only the owner knows how to operate the door to get in or out.

8. It is difficult to drive fast with all the fence tools, grease rags, ropes, chains, syringes, buckets, boots and loose papers in the cab.

7. It takes too long to start, and the smoke coming up through the rusted-out floorboard clouds your vision.

6. The Border Collie on the toolbox looks mean.

5. They’re too easy to spot. The description might go something like this: The driver’s side door is red, the passenger side door is green, the right front fender is yellow, etc.

4. The large round bale in the back makes it hard to see if you’re being chased. You could use the mirrors if they weren’t cracked and covered with duct tape.

3. Top speed is approximately 45 mph.

2. Who wants to steal a truck that needs a year’s worth of maintenance, u-joints, and $3,000 in body work, tail-lights and windshield?

1. It is hard to commit a crime with everyone waving at you.

 The Basic Rules for the Clotheslines: (If you don’t even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes… not the top.

2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/ cuffs… not the waistbands.

3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes – walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites”, and hang them first.

5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven’s sake!

7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know!)

8. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather… Clothes would “freeze-dry.”

9. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were “tacky”!

10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so each of them did not need two clothes pins.

 Quotes from famous “oldies”:

If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster. – Clint Eastwood

People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’ Well, no, I was an accountant. –
Ellen DeGeneres

I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat. – Will Rogers

I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time. – Charles M. Schulz

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. – Fred Allen

Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely. – P. J. O’Rourke

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists. – Don Marquis

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. – Josh Billings

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. – Robert Benchley


The Williamsburg Villager is provided by Crane’s Museum & Shoppes. Marlene Crane is our on location reporter and resident artist. Please submit any announcements to Marlene by the 20th of each month to insure publication.

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