By David Crane
Again, my apologies for being late. Maybe my New Year’s resolution is to be on time! At the end of the year comes a time for reflection. The days keep going faster and faster as I age, and there never seems to be enough time. Ever.
We have seen slow, but steady growth here at the store and museum. I hope it is all the social media, advertising and fresh word of mouth that has gotten the attention of new and current customers. Of course, no advertising will help if the experience in the stores/restaurant fails to live up to expectations. I do believe the staff in both buildings have been hitting it out of the park. That is what keeps people coming back and the reviews back this up.
As my boys get bigger, the “magic” of Christmas has definitely waned, but there is still excitement about putting up a tree and presents. I’m always behind on getting presents since I try to focus on the store for the holiday. Luckily my wife and Amazon take care of this. I’m always as surprised as they are on Christmas day.
But of course, we shouldn’t always focus on the gifts. The holidays are a time to reach out to those that have less. To remember to be humble. Forgive and reconnect with those we have lost in our lives. And to smile.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Around the Neighborhood
On December 24th Marlene’s Restaurant and Crane’s museum will close at 3 p.m.
If you come into the museum during the holidays, you’ll see scattered throughout the building various Santa figurines and other Christmas-themed displays. Over the years, Marlene and Joe acquired a collection that dates from the 1800s to the mid-1900s. Once a year this collection is set up and displayed during the month of December.
It’s well worth the trip to see these figurines. The detail in some of them is incredible, from the eyes to the beard to the clothes they’re wearing. The following handful of photos gives you an idea of the old-world craftsmanship that was involved.
Recipe of the Month
Bonnie’s Lemon Jello Salad
by Bonnie Cruickshank
Heat together the following:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 can undrained crushed pineapple
- 3 oz package lemon jello
- Refrigerate until it begins to set then fold in:
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 container of thawed cool whip
- 1 cup shredded mild Cheddar, Longhorn or Colby cheese
- Mix well, place in 9×9 pan and chill.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Crane’s Country Store, Marlene’s Restaurant and Crane’s Museum in beautiful downtown Williamsburg.
The Williamsburg Villager is provided by Crane’s Museum and Shoppes. Please submit any announcements to David Crane at Crane’s Country Store located next door to the museum by the 15th of each month to ensure publication.
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Crane’s Museum & Shoppes 10665 Old US Hwy 40 Williamsburg, MO 63388 877-254-3356 www.cranesmuseum.org
Crane’s Museum is a Regional History Museum located in Williamsburg, MO. We invite visitors of all ages to enjoy a step back in time. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in Marlene’s Restaurant, shop for gifts at Town House Treasures, or get ready for any season at Crane’s Country Store’s Clearance and Closeout Shop.