Rural Missouri - December 2012 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart Faith in fruitcakes Assumption Abbey’s holiday cakes are known worldwide 5 12 Best of rural Missouri Vote for your favorite places to travel, shop and eat across the state 8 14 Outdoors Pursuing dreams 16 Out of the Way Eats Lucky J Steakhouse 24 Hearth and Home Making merry 30 Marketplace Classified ads 14 Pursuing dreams Hunting and fishing dreams are coming true for kids with life-threatening illnesses 20 Beauty from math and metal Cole Camp’s Bill Brackett creates feminine forms in a masculine material 14 32 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 36 Neighbors Mrs. Claus 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 22 Spreading the Masonic message Grand Master Dave Ramsey builds on the traditions of Freemasonry 29 Rooted in Missouri Screenwriter Paul Henning included the state he loved in popular TV shows 20 About our cover P oinsettias have long been a staple of U.S. holiday decorations, but it isn’t a tradition that originated in the United States. The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. Inspired by an angel, she gathered weeds and placed them at the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. In 1825, Joel Roberts Poinsett, the U.S. minister to Mexico, first introduced Americans to the plants. During the 1960s, Paul Ecke Jr., whose family owned a poinsettia farm in California, offered them as decorations for TV news broadcast sets and before long, everyone wanted one. Today, poinsettias are grown in every state, although many are shipped from their native lands in Central America. A new twist to the classic red and green is the radiant stylings offered through the University of Missouri’s Tiger Garden, featured on this month’s cover. Each year, the student-run flower shop decorates nearly 500 plants in the greenhouse, shown at left, and offers a wide variety of colors and patterns from polka dots to vivid blues and oranges. “Our most popular design is the tiger paw poinsettia,” says manager Kim Martin. “We first start with poinsettias with white bracts, dye them yellow and hand paint tiny black tiger paws in the spirit of Mizzou.” Orders can be placed by calling 573-884-1191 or by e-mail at Prices start at $12.95 for regular poinsettias and $14.95 for decorated plants. To view all other services the Tiger Garden offers, such as fresh-cut floral arrangements, houseplants and other seasonal decorations, visit Cover and photo at left by Kyle Spradley DECEMBER 2012 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - December 2012

Rural Missouri - December 2012
Table of Contents
Faith in fruitcakes
Best of rural Missouri
Pursuing dreams
Out of the Way Eats
Beauty from math and metal
Spreading the Masonic message
Hearth and Home
Rooted in Missouri
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - December 2012