Sunday

~Festival of the Little Hills~

Lewis and Clark Statue, Frontier Park, on the Missouri River, Saint Charles Missouri.


J and I spent a lovely evening, last Friday, enjoying Festival of the Little Hills, in Saint Charles Missouri. We stopped at Bradden's on South Main Street for a cold drink and homemade chips with ranch dressing, on the patio, before continuing our walk.



We sampled delicious Greek pastries, as we strolled along the brick streets.
Folks walking along in front of Homestead Shop. A few years ago, during the Festival, I purchased a carved swan, at Homestead. The large swan now sits on the mantel in our hearth room, beneath a print of Jon Pils' South Main Street (Saint Charles).
We were accompanied by friends, JoAnn & Jim and Gwyn & Charles, that year. We took turns carrying the heavy swan, from one end of Main to the other and back again! We and our friends, especially Charles, still talk about that day and the swan!
Saint Charles Veterans Memorial, near the riverfront.






Above photos are scenes around the festival.

Bob Culbertson, at left, provided lovely sounds of an acoustic instrument called a Chapman Stick. We sat at the gazebo and listened for awhile. The instrument and soothing sound intrigued us, so much, we purchased two CD's. We listened to Cafe San Francisco (jazz), on our drive home. The other album, we bought, is A Moment in Time, featuring acoustic rhythms of Spain and the ancient sound of Celtic lands.
More about the instrument and the music of Bob Culbertson can be found here. Music can be heard at the link, by clicking CD's.
Festival visitors arriving as we were leaving.

A beautiful sunset on a perfect day.

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I remember the day of the swan too, Pat!! But it was a fun day despite the heavy swan and the fact that I was determined to wear a new outfit that had a vest even though it was an extremely hot day and I was miserable in it! Maybe next week we can join you there again.

JoAnn

Beverly said...

Pat, it looks like a wonderful festival, and a wonderful day.

I am so glad you have each other to share your lives.

Adrienne said...

Oh how I wish I could have been there, too. It looks absolutely wonderful! I love the sights and I know I would have loved the sounds of it all. I'd love to have heard the Chapman Stick. Thanks for taking us along with you. ~Adrienne~

dana said...

I think the last time Bonnie and I attended the Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles was two years ago. There was one visit when I vaguely recall some crazy folks lugging a huge wooden swan up and down Main St. :-) We WERE there two summers ago, but I didn't really see you carrying the swan. Each time we have attended, it has been beastly hot. I love walking the brick streets, too. The beautiful old buildings with their lovely flowers and plantings --just a joy to be a part of it. The stroll along the Mo. River is great, too. I loved your photos, Pat. Glad you had such a great evening! Dana

Deborah said...

What fun! I love events such as this. ...and look at those beautiful quilts!

Your dining room is on it's way to being quite exquisite! I am most impressed with the calendar prints. One would not believe you spent so little on them.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend,
Deborah

Rose Mary said...

Love the swan story! What a wonderful time you had~now I'm hungry from reading about all that good food:) Thanks for sharing the photos of the festival. We haven't been to anything like that this year. I'm hoping to go to a few fall festivals.

Have a great weekend,

R~Mary

Belle said...

What fun! That puts me in the mood for fall and the fair.

Brenda Kula said...

I love those gorgeous quilts, Pat! Years ago when I'd go to events like this, I would envy the quilts, because I didn't have any heirlooms handed down to me. So it was then I began to make them myself, so my daughters would have them.
Brenda

a day in the life of bella said...

Greek food and pretty fall wreaths, I'm in heaven :)

Bella

auntpittypat said...

Looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing. See you soon!

Brenda said...

Oh I love festivals and this one looks amazing.The fall colors cause my heart to feel the cool breezes of Oct. Thanks Pat!
the potatoes looked yummy too.
Brenda

Deb said...

Hi Pat, this was a great outing, I had a good laugh over the swan story lol! I think your dining room turned out lovely, that's a beautiful wall color and the botanicals are lovely too. I can't get over what a bargain they were. I'm visiting a little while before I start my dinner, I hope you're having a beautiful day. Deb

Andi said...

A perfect day indeed! I adore festivals like this...and that display of quilts was calling to me. Well...the Greek pastries were calling to me too!!!

Picket said...

Great festival Pat and I loved the pics of you and hubby! You are so blesed to share so many beautiful adventures together...great post girl...I always enjoy them!

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
Sounds and looks like fun!
I love the photo of the carriage house.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Chat soon,
Rosemary

nikkicrumpet said...

Oh it looks like you had such a lovely day!

Robyn said...

That does look fun Pat! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Now that sounds like a perfect day indeed! Love these kind of days!

Anonymous said...

You have so many lovely places to travel to on a day trip...you live in a wonderful place and are so blessed. I love that you take us all along to enjoy the beauty and the pure fun of it all...
Now, of course, I am STARVING for homemade chips with Ranch dressing!! Yummmmm
love, bj

Catherine Holman said...

I've never been to the festival. My husband and I stopped in historic St. Charles on our way back from a convention in Ohio. I took lots of pictures of the old buildings and hope to someday get more of them painted.
Hugs,
Cathie

Lisa said...

I've always wanted to go to the Festival of the Little Hills. You had perfect weather for it!!

Wendy said...

What a lovely festival!! You captured it so wonderfully with your pictures. So glad you had a wonderful time together! Those quilts were beautiful!! Have a great night!~Wendy

Nancy said...

Hi Pat, looks like you had a great time...and those chips look delish!! Nancy

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Looks like you had another wonderful day Pat ! The homemade chips looked yummy !

OldBagNewTricks said...

I love small town festivals, especially ones that feature Greek pastries. And stories, like the one about the swan. (My youngest niece has a similar swan -- she changes her furnishings often, but the swan stays and stays.)

Thanks for taking us to the festival. (And your dining room down there is beautiful -- I love the botanical prints. It's very soothing and sophisticated. The bargain price makes them all the sweeter.)

Jenny

Mary Kay said...

Oh, Pat! What a treat! I can't wait 'til next spring when we'll be in St. Charles for my niece's wedding. Thanks for the tour!

yellowfarmhouse said...

What a great way to spend the day. You and J always do such fun things together and thanks for taking us along.

Hugs - Karen

Deb said...

Hi Pat
Your festival day looks wonderful. The chips with ranch dressing sound delicious :-)
Looking forward to catching up on missed posts (your dining room make over is gorgeous - I LOVE the blue)!!

Susie Harris said...

Now that's my kind of fun! Eat... shop...eat...smiles...

dec0r8or said...

It's just adventure after adventure with you kids, isn't it, Pat? It's so great that you guys spend such great quality time together. BTW, I'm having a 100th post giveaway over at my place! Stop on by! :)

Brown-Eyes said...

Your photos are always so enjoyable...your camera is the one my DH is lusting for...LOL. Thanks for your sweet thoughts on my lil ole blog. I'll be back to visit often! ;-) Brown-Eyes

KARIN said...

I Learned something new today- never heard of a Chapman Stick! What a lovely festival. Those are my favorite kinds of activities. We go to Fredericksburg for Octoberfest every year- usually its cooled down ever so slightly by then so we can enjoy strolling outside.

I'm off to investigate your music links. I'm always looking for new music!

Daisy Cottage said...

What a wonderful festival Pat! I love how you captured the day for us and I LOVE your new, gorgeous blue dining room! Love it!!!

xo,
Kim

Steph said...

I can't believe I didn't run into you guys! We had a blast, It was me, mom, stac, and Jayna (who is due in 3days!!) We made it thru the entire show tho! Did you see the plant holders made out of used go cart tires? I bought one--I'll have to post it on my blog!! It's super cute!! Seriously, it's my fav part of summer--I love it there!!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Pat! What great photos! I would've been tempted to buy one of those quilts for sure!

I love the new paint color in your dining room! Very very nice!
Hugs,
Robin

Pam said...

Great fun Pat. Thanks for sharing such a happy and colourful adventure in your beautiful country. I always love visiting here.

Sharon said...

Thanks for taking me along on your trip even tho it was through your beautiful photos.
Wish I could have been there in person that would be even better.
Love the swan story.

Joy said...

Pat we were there Sunday. I bought a Halloween decoration. A black cat standing on pumpkin wheels.
Of course dh had to buy a funnel cake and some kettle corn before leaving.

Blog Stalker said...

Great pictures and a great post too!

nicely done

Jeanne said...

Pat, what a fun day to share with friends and we bloggers. The food at those festivals is so good. Great photos too.

Hugs, Jeanne

Screaming Meme said...

I love it! I love stuff like that! It looks like a whole bunch of fun!

Twice as Nice said...

I love homemade chips. As for the Greek food, my husband is Greek. I've learned how to make the Greek sugar cookies which are so good but that is about it. I find some of the pastries to be too sweet. His mom makes him some of his favorites but I need to learn so I can pass them down to my children. It looks like you had a wonderful time and the weather was perfect.

Kat said...

Looks like you left at the right time Pat! Thats one long line of cars. You picked a great way to spend a day. I enjoyed my visit very much. Fresh Chips....I bet those are yummy. The brick streets are charming. Loved the swan story.

Bridget said...

Wow what a wonderful day! I always enjoy your photography! Thanks for taking us all along for this beautiful outing. I think I'll spend a few more minutes at that booth with the quilts.
Bridget

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Ah, this makes me yern for fall! Hasn't the weather just been dreamy in MO??
Too funny about the swan.
The music is beautiful. I think Kevin would like that for Christmas! Thanks Pat!

Julie said...

Oh - this post is giving me Fall Fever! I have never been to Branson, but would love to visit one day.

Melissa said...

Pat,

I love your new banner.

Melissa

dana said...

Love your swan! It was worth lugging it all over St. Charles!

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

What a lovely trip you had !!! The pictures are wonderful!
Take care,
Diane

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

That's the kind of day you want to rewind. :)

Robyn said...

Come and read all about PART II of mystery trip! And there will be a PART III as well (our eating pleasure)! LOL! Thanks for stopping by! It was lovely to see you there!
Hugs,
Robyn

Mrs. B said...

Hi Pat! That looks like a fun day. I love those brick streets. And I must say that the new color of your dining room is gorgeous!

bj said...

I just LOVE your banner...it looks so nice and now....I WANT A SWAN!
A BIG one, like yours.
love, bj

Sandi McBride said...

there's nothing better than a festival that celebrates our history...great post Pat!
Sandi

Amber said...

Pat, you always manage to find (and create) the best days! Looks like a really nice, relaxing time! Glad to see J is looking and feeling so well!

Debbie Egizio said...

It looks like this was a fun festival!! Thanks for sharing this. I haven't had a chance to go to any this summer.

Rowan said...

This looks such a fun day, I would definitely have had to buy one of those lovely Fall wreaths and as for \Greek pastries - oh,yum!

smilnsigh said...

What a wonderful day that must have been. And what a wonderful Festival, to be able to attend.

Thank you for taking us along.

Mmmmm, that music sounds as if I'll have to take a look....

Miss Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh'

smilnsigh said...

And seeing your new header photo... It's beginning to feel "like a change." isn't it? I'm not the only one! :-)

I didn't have an Autumnal photo I wanted for my header. But just had to change my lovely Pink Rose. As beautiful as it was, it's just not 'for now,' at this time. :-)

Miss Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh'

Rue said...

Hi Pat :)

It looks like you had a wonderful day. I love the pictures of you two :)

Your dining room turned out gorgeous and that color is perfect! I can't believe how beautiful those botanicals turned out for the price. Great job!

hugs,
rue

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
Love your new banner. I have an award for you on my blog!
diane

Pat said...

Hello Pat!

Very pretty new banner on your blog!

This looks like a lovely day and yoiu and J look very happy! Nice to see photos of you both.

Enjoy thses fast fleeting summer days my friend.

Hugs, Pat

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Pat, that sounds like a day that I would have really enjoyed! Thanks for taking me along with you via your photos...
Penny

Linda said...

Hi Pat, what a great featival, I love events like this. The swan story is too funny. He is lovely and looks great on the mantel. I loved the fall arrangements and oh those beautiful quilts....both so tempting. It was a perfect day.....I'm happy you shared. Hugs, Linda

Pamela said...

I had to go google map St Charles. I recall my SIL talking about it (They lived in Sullivan for years)

Judy said...

Good morning Pat! When I was making my napkins, I thought of you and your wonderful outdoor table you set using your Nell Hill inspired tablescape! The only problem I had was not getting enough ink loaded on the stamp but you really can't tell until you stamp on the linen. I really wanted to use a birdsnest stamp I had with black ink but that didn't work at all! Surprisingly, the brown ink worked better.

One of these days I'm going to Nell Hills!

Judy

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Sounds like a glorious day. Any day with Greek pastries and old quilts HAS to be totally fabulous!

Becky

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I've got a award for you to pick up and claim, even though you've already gotten it, didn't know.

Mary said...

What a fun day that must have been Pat. I love Greek food, especially spanokopita (spinach pie) made with filo dough - bet they had that there - wish I could have joined in!

Hope this weekend will be another great one for you and J.
Hugs - Mary.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What great photos of all the sights you saw! You made me hungry, though ...... better go get my breakfast! Rosie :-)