Lovin’ the locals ft. farmers market, plays and cool stuff

Everyone can feel like a local this weekend. Yes, even you with the out-of-state drivers license. Just spend some time in The District. Check out a farmers market or a few local theater productions. Take a final trip to Cool Stuff. That will definitely stamp you as a cool local and stuff.

Grand Opening Farmers & Artisans Market 2012 (Sun, 9 a.m.)

Support local farmers and artisans by heading to the first North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market of the year. It’s one of the 7,175 farmers markets around the country, according to the USDA. Visit more than 20 booths with fresh produce, crafts, fine art and other goods.

Buying locally keeps money within our community. The Farmers Market Coalition estimates that “fruits and vegetables can travel, on average, more than 1,200 miles before reaching the final consumer.”

“Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to stop by, listen to music, shop and grab a bite to eat,” says Haley Schwarz, marketing director for the market.

So, don a floppy hat, bust out those reusable bags and check out the only Sunday market in the area.

[title of show] at the Berlin Theatre (Fri-Sun, 7:30 p.m.)

Grab one of the Berlin Theatre’s 65 seats and watch Talking Horse Productions’ first musical, [title of show]. The show is a musical about two guys writing a musical about writing a musical. Believe me, watch it and it will make sense. The show is “light-hearted and will give you a good laugh,” says Ed Hanson, artistic director for Talking Horse Productions. Just leave the kids at home for this one. It’s for mature audiences.

Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson (Fri-Sat, 7:30 p.m.)

Catch this Independent Actors Theatre production at the SilverBox Photography Studio on Orr Street. Talley’s Folly, written by Missouri playwright Lanford Wilson, is a one act play that features two local actors. “The play is funny, quirky, touching, heart-warming, and a powerful statement on human relationships,” says Emily Rollie, artistic director of IAT. Talley’s Folly is definitely worth a trip downtown; after all, the play did win a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1980.

Rainbow House Spring Fair (Sat, 11 a.m.)

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join Rainbow House’s celebration with a Spring Fair at Flat Branch Park. This free event features three of my favorite fair goodies: face painting, free pizza and a bouncy house. Here’s to hoping there’s no age limit on the bouncy house.

Cool Stuff Closing Sale (Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.)

Stock up on random nick-knacks at Cool Stuff. After 23 years, the store closes for good on Saturday. Enjoy discounts of up to 50-75% off. It might be the end of an era, but the store lives on online. Arnie Fagan, el presidente of Cool Stuff, says he’s going to have an online scrapbook as a memorial to Cool Stuff. Visit www.coolstuffland.com in coming weeks and relive the glory days.

CoMo Weekender is curated by Trupti Rami in hopes of enlivening those 55 hours away from the workweek. Email questions, comments or suggestions to events@kbia.org.


This article appeared on kbia.org on April 27, 2012. I wrote it as a part of CoMo Weekender, a guide to weekends in Columbia, Mo.

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