Rural Missouri - January 2011 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 Doing wood right For 90 years, handscraftsmanship has been the calling card for Freedom Products Departments 4 Comments National and statewide news 5 Columns Hart to heart 14 Blackwater’s Bucksnort An unusual store and saloon in a historic setting 8 photo courtesy of Freedom Products Co. 12 Mail Bag Letters from our eaders r 16 Out of the Way Eats Sirros 21 Hearth and Home Wok ’n’ roll 22 News Briefs News you can use 18 Huntin’ with hawks The ancient sport of falconry is alive and well in the Show-Me State 23 Billards meets bowling Fredericktown man combines two classic games to create a new sport 14 28 Marketplace Classified ads 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 32 Neighbors Power pioneer 34 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 24 Getting $mart in the new year Make a resolution to plan for your financial future 26 Meet Yorik, one tricky dog This therapy canine takes his show on the road across rural Missouri 18 About our cover E ven if you’re not a big fan of cold weather, there’s a good reason to bundle up and take the family outside this month. Fill a thermos with your favorite hot cocoa, coffee or hot apple cider and head to St. Charles, home of the Fete de Glacé (the Festival of Ice). The historic downtown district of St. Charles will once again transform into a venue for the 13th annual outdoor ice-carving competition. Skilled carvers from Missouri and surrounding states will turn huge blocks of ice into incredible works of art. Curious spectators can even get close enough to feel the spray of the ice as it’s carved. For those who want to watch but stay warm, fire pits are placed along the street. Using only a list of approved carving tools — including ice tongs, grinders, chisels, hand saws, propane burners, steam wands and chain saws — these professional ice carvers turn simple blocks of ice into ephemeral creations of beauty. Fete de Glacé is unique in that the artistic competition is judged and juried by the crowd. Visitors have the final say as to the winners in two divisions — individual and team. Two-person teams compete using five blocks of ice each; individuals are limited to one block each. Last January, master ice carver Ken Burkemper (pictured on our cover) from Oklahoma City took home first-place honors in the team ice sculpture monster carver segment with his sculpture “Riding the Dragon,” seen at left. Burkemper, one of 14 carvers entered in the competition, also garnered a third-place win for his master carver entry, “Sailfish.” The ice carving festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, and the event is free. For more information about this “cool” event, check out or call 636-946-1898. Cover and photo at left by Heather Berry JANUARY 2011 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2011

Rural Missouri - January 2011
Doing Wood Right
Mail Bag
Blackwater’s Bucksnort
Out of the Way Eats
Huntin’ With Hawks
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Billards Meets Bowling
Getting $mart in the New Year
Meet Yorik, One Tricky Dog
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - January 2011