( shot with my smartphone)
You never live until you take time to do it…
Although we never rose early the event unfolding this morning ( May Day Festival ) was taking place as we loaded up in the car and put ourselves into the wind. Destination, Jamesport Missouri for a day of festival,country life and touch of the past in the present.
Taking our time we wound our way thru the back roads on some of Missouri secondary highways taking in the warmth and sunshine of this beautiful and almost cool breezy Saturday. Up Mo.6 thru Clarksdale and Maysville the day progressed at a leisured rate and speed we enjoyed. Arriving at our destination town of Jameport around “noonish” or so.
Seeming a moderate crowd of folks traversing up and down the side streets as well as sidewalks taking in some of the local merchants of goods of yesterday gone by as the area is populated with Amish folks with much to offer as well as share in seeing the past in today’s standards.
Hungry by the time we had arrived, we parked and decided to take lunch at the Local Dutch Pantry Restaurant & Bakery located on the corner of the four-way stop intersection. The meal was marvelous and simple buffet style. Having a short wait in line for seating it was well worth the wait. Servers were dressed in old fashion traditional Dutch attire adding to the flavor of the meal and service. Once finished and trying to pay our tab was the challenge not to fall “prey” to the bakery case of goodies staring at us seemingly planting in our mind ” You know I am sumptuous and you want me!” we managed to survive and make the transition to the door “empty-handed”. ( Not for wanting,waist line not needing).
Outside the Dutch Pantry sat a One horse Surry offering to tote you around the area on a whirl-wind tour of sites for a modest price of $3.50 per person. Not a bad price however we passed it up at this time for wishing to explore shops. taking in some of the local affairs browsing thru and again withholding ourselves from purchasing items,we continued ourselves to the car and made way to one of the local merchants bulk/dry goods stores. Arriving there it came obvious this is where I was going to lose the “Scrooge” title and dip into my pocket quite willing!
Mind you there are numerous stores as these around this community operated by the Amish local folks. Bulk dry goods from old day items to new as well as foods,spices,cookbooks and way more than one can imagine. Leaving near $70.00 lighter in the wallet before I was done! I purchased Honey,blueberry jam,Agave nectar, Unbleached/un-brominated flours,spices and countless other items. ( got a long list to go back for one day soon!armed with more cash!!) having found a sugarless cookbook packed with tons of favorites, I made it home with it in my possession! ( soon to explore & sample some recipes ) Smartphone image/click to enlarge
Although we did not even begin to cover the area the way we wanted to, a full day of leisure was taken and enjoyed. Plans are to soon go back and spend at least two days taking in the area and its offerings of “country living/the past/Amish culture & shops. The rough decision here is weather to take advantage of one of the local Bed & Breakfast locations or to tent camp? either way we plan to have a great time and enjoy ourselves. There are many attractions as well Guided tours that are at hand to enjoy.
- Countryside RV Park
- Jamesport Inn & General Store
- Country Colonial Bed and Breakfast
- Arbor House Country Inn ( Jamesport site with facebook links etc.) These are just a sampling of Merchants & certain I have not even “close” came to touch what there is to see or do around the community ! Come explore this small country Missouri town on your own for a day (recommend two or three) and see for yourself! From furniture to dry goods,cheeses and much more you will find something interesting for all the family or as a day of leisure and fun for yourself. There are many events thru out the year from flea markets to festivals worth the time and fun.. ENJOY !
Stay tune to our next journey around the neighborhood of Missouri exploring & spelunking !!!! there is plenty of parking available for “Big Rigs”.. truckers can stay a spell and take in the beauty & fun as well.
( NOTE a lot of Amish stores are closed Thursdays and all are on Sundays )
‘Sidebox & Rowdy Boy” <— He didn’t get to go this time! stayed home and guarded the house from wildcats and predators! ( asleep I am sure )