Last week I reminded everyone about an annual festival that takes place at Alley Springs, Missouri. On Saturday October 8th, 2011 our family made our annual trip to Alley Springs, for the Haunting In the Hills storytelling festival.(That’s a mouthful!) As always, we had a great time. We visited with other families, watched our children play and played a fair bit on our own.
Highlights of Haunting In The Hills
- Jade informed the cast iron cookware vendors that the pans they had were “Head Bangers.” Disney’s Tangled taught her that, I didn’t.
- The kids all learned about moonshine and its contribution to alternative energy.
- We shucked corn and learned that dried corn is reconstituted with lye to produce hominy.–No wonder I could never stomach the stuff.
- We learned about beekeeping and made candles from real bees wax.
- We played with some old-fashioned toys, and everyone took a turn walking on stilts.
- We learned we are proficient tomahawk throwers <— for lack of a better term, we can get the job done.
- We took a bus ride into the past and paused to reflect on the lives of those that came before us.
I’d like to say a special Thank You to the storytellers. You were professional and kind. I appreciate the way you answered the questions of my children and didn’t become upset with the “ooOOOOOOOHHHH THAT is Soooooo Scary!!!, Isn’t that SCAARRY?!?!” remarks that Jade made throughout the night. Thank You for helping us look for the Karkaghne Beast, and for telling my children that IT especially loves to eat kids that don’t listen to their mothers. They have all been on their best behavior since then.
Shucking Corn @ Haunting In The Hills
I’ll have the videos of us walking on stilts and throwing the tomahawks up soon. If you didn’t make it out to the festival I hope we’ll see you next year. All in all, 12 people from our family made the trip to Alley Springs and a dozen people made up their minds, right then and there to attend next year.