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Shop Locally! by Terry Sampson

The Rise and Fall of Marion City by Ken & Lisa Marks

Historic Hannibal Christmas Extravaganza Diabetes Awareness Month

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Inside this issue HIGHLIGHTS

Shop Local, Buy Local



Historic Hannibal’s Christmas Extravaganza


Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Kids


Hannibal Arts


We Need More Lather: Hand Washing 101



Program Educates and Empowers Diabetics

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November Best Bets


Quincy Medical Group: Yoga Wellness Coach / Wellness Coordinator Triathlete



Hick Finn • Just Wanted to Say Thanks


The Rise and Fall of Marion City


Are You Connected?


Hannibal LaGrange Offers Online Learning Opportunities



Local Calendar


Regional Calendar HOME


Confessions of a Swiss Army Wife • It’s About Gratitude


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Shop Local, Buy Local by Terry Sampson Executive Director, Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce


ard to believe how fast time flies. We are suddenly approaching the holiday season, and what better time to think about shopping locally than now. Whether you are buying new clothes for fall and winter, purchasing a new or used vehicle, decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving, or doing some early Christmas shopping, be sure and buy from local stores. There are many choices in town that you need to visit. Let’s try to help each other in a tough economy by making sure our dollars are supporting our community. There are many reasons why you should do so, and I will talk about some of those.

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ast but not least, you get to see all your friends who own, work in, or are shopping in the businesses you are supporting. I look forward to seeing you in a Hannibal business!! Let’s work together so we can develop and strengthen relationships that improve our quality of life. So next time before you make a purchase, plan on shopping locally, and supporting our community. n

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Health & Fitness

Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Kids by Linda Carleton, M.S., F-AAA Audiologist, Hannibal Regional Medical Group


oes your teenager have earphones attached to his ears? Do you feel like they aren’t hearing you? It may be more than just typical kid behavior. Hearing plays an essential role in communication, speech and language development and learning. Even a small amount of hearing loss can have profound, negative effects on speech, language comprehension, communication, classroom learning and social development. Studies indicate that without proper intervention, children with mild to moderate hearing loss, on average, do not perform as well in school as children with no hearing loss. This gap in academic achievement widens as children progress through school. An estimated 12.5% of children and adolescents aged 6-19 years (approximately 5.2 million) have suffered permanent hearing damage to their ears from excessive exposure to noise. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is preventable. Learn about the causes and prevention of NIHL so that your child—and you—can have healthy hearing for life. Hearing consists of a complex series of steps involving our ears and our brain. Loud noises can damage small sensory cells in our inner ear, causing hearing loss. This type of hearing loss cannot be medically or surgically corrected. Noise-induced hearing loss can result from onetime exposure to a very loud sound, blast, or impulse or from listening to loud sounds over an extended period of time. Noise levels are measured in decibels (dB). The higher the decibel number, the louder the noise. Sounds that are louder than 85dB can cause permanent hearing loss. Signs of listening at dangerous noise levels: • You must raise your voice to be heard. • You can’t hear someone 3 feet away from you. • Speech around you sounds muffled or dull after you leave the noisy area. • You have pain or ringing in your ears after exposure to noise. You can protect your hearing. First, wear hearing protection (cotton in the ears will not work) and learn how to insert them properly. Second, do not listen to loud sounds for too long. Third, lower the volume of the sound. Lastly, be a good consumer. Look for noise ratings on appliances, sporting equipment, power tools, and hair dryers. Purchase quieter products. This is especially important when purchasing toys for children. It is important to note that your ears don’t get used to noise. Don’t be fooled by thinking that your ears are tough or that you can “tune it out!” Noise induced hearing loss is usually gradual and painless but, unfortunately, permanent. If you think you have “gotten used to” the noise you routinely encounter, you may already have some hearing damage. For more information, call 573-629-3500 or visit n


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We Need More Lather: Hand Washing 101 by Robin Doyle


t’s that time of year again. There are no Hallmark cards to cel-

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to prevent the spread of infection,” explains Keith Griffeth, Hannibal Regional Hospital Infection Preventionist. He explains that when hand washing is utilized along with other tools like influenza vaccination, “individuals and their families can dramatically raise their odds of remaining healthy this fall and winter when viruses are circulating.” The best method of hand washing is to use soap and water and lather them up for 15-20 seconds (or sing “Happy Birthday” twice through). Rinse your hands and dry them using a clean towel or air dry them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 65% alcohol. For more information on preventing the flu, visit

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Program Educates and Empowers Diabetics by Robin Doyle


iabetes is a common topic among healthcare providers to helping patients self-manage their chronic disease.” and media outlets. During November, which is desigHannibal Regional Hospital and Hannibal Regional Medical nated as Diabetes Awareness Month, it is important to Group are also committed to preventing diabetes and helphighlight that: ing those who are dealing with this disease get the education • every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, and treatment they need through a $299,967 ACCESS grant the • diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and organizations received from the Missouri Foundation for Health AIDS combined, and (MFH). • recent estimates project that as many as 1 The ACCESS project ensures that chronic in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 care patients, including diabetic and cardiac paNovember is Diabetes unless we take steps to prevent diabetes. tients, have the necessary tools to successfully Awareness Month Even with these startling statistics, most self manage their illnesses. A multi-disciplinary Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious team works with patients to determine specific matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibilgoals and expectations. In addition, telemediity; someone else’s problem. cine will be used to connect patients in rural healthcare clinics “It is really sad to see someone who feels diabetes is not a to educational seminars which are held at the main Hospital problem have a heart attack or lose a foot due to uncontrolled campus. The Diabetes Center and Cardiology Services work diabetes,” says Betty Louderman, RN, BSN, CWCN, Diabetes Edwith local fitness experts to develop a relationship in which ucator for Hannibal Regional Hospital. “Proactive is always betpatients may speak with a trainer concerning specific exercise ter than reactive. Learning how to control your diabetes when programs designed for their medical needs. you are diagnosed is much better than waiting for a complicaFor more information on diabetes, visit hannibalregionaltion to happen. At the HRH Diabetes Center we are committed or call the Diabetes Center at 573-406-5823. n

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Just Wanted to Say Thanks


ovember is a month chock full of holiday spirit and family time. We aren’t quite to the Christmas season, but the retailers are. The Christmas season is in full swing, which often frustrates me. I can only handle one holiday at a time. I like to pace myself and enjoy life in small doses to make it last. I realize Christmas is right around the corner, and I certainly don’t need the added pressure of Christmas displays and music while I wheel the grocery cart toward my Thanksgiving turkey. Retailers, you will get all of my money. Just be patient! Not to take anything away from the talents of Bing Cosby, but the only white Christmas I would enjoy is one with magical self-shoveling snow. That would really be a Christmas miracle! After the snow I shoveled last winter, I am caught up for the next few seasons. I am thinking more along the lines of “White Turkey,” sliced preferably from the golden brown breast. As far as snow in November goes, I would like to politely decline that offer. With that being said, I would like to address the topic at hand, which is November and the Thanksgiving holiday. We often overlook much of what we need to be giving thanks for. We are a society that takes most things for granted, which is sad. I am thankful for our military, which protects my freedom to be an American. That reminds me that I am VERY thankful to be an American. I am also thankful for many things people don’t consider. I am thankful for electricity. I am just ecstatic that I don’t have to chop wood to cook with or have to utilize oil lamps to see with. I am also thankful for those who keep my electricity on after severe weather. Come to think of it, when I use oil lamps and candles, I am thankful for firemen and ambulance crews. I am thankful for police officers, highway crews, Homeland Security and everyone out there protecting my family and keeping transportation safe. I am thankful for doctors, nurses and medical personnel. The miracles of modern medicine are endless. I may have to be extra thankful for this one. I am also thankful for generic drugs and medical insurance. I am thankful for road signs. Road signs make life better. However, I am not thankful for red light cameras, because they make my friends cranky when they get a ticket. I have often suggested that, when they receive a ticket in the mail, they respond with a picture of a check made out in the amount of the fine. I am thankful for those who prepare Thanksgiving meals. By Hick Finn

Given my cooking ability, Thanksgiving would be reduced to microwave meals, ramen noodles or Campbell ’s soup. Hamburger Helper is not most people’s idea of a proper Thanksgiving. I am also thankful for canned cranberry sauce. Sliced cranberry cylinder is a dining experience. I am thankful for women. Women are beautiful, they smell wonderful and they are great to look at. Men are not all that attractive. I am thankful for mopeds, because you get all of the fun of a bicycle without pedaling. If I want to pedal, then I will get on a stationary bike at the YMCA. I am thankful for grocery carts with properly functioning wheels. I have never found one, but they must exist. I am thankful for school teachers and for having been taught to read and write. I think texting would be very difficult without those skills. I am thankful for remote controls. I don’t like getting out of my dry truck in the rain to open a garage door, and I despise leaving my recliner to change a channel. I will admit that the remote control car stereo is a bit much. I am able to physically to push a button that is directly within arm’s reach. I am thankful for wonderful maid and janitorial services. I like shiny and clean. I would never want to deal with what they deal with on a daily basis. I am not thankful that I cannot afford either of these services at the moment in my home. Come to think of it, I have never been able to afford such luxuries. I am thankful for syndicated television shows from my childhood. I enjoy watching television that is entertaining and free of sexual innuendo. I find myself overwhelmed by modern programming and usually want to wash my eyes out with soap after watching it. I am thankful to everyone who has talents and skills that I don’t have and to those who do the jobs we all seem to never notice. I would like to give a huge “thank you” to you for making my life less stressful. I am very thankful for our parents, because without them I wouldn’t be writing this and you wouldn’t be reading it. Most of all I am thankful for God, the love of my family and friends, my health, being born American and the loyalty of my readers. I am blessed by the smiles and laughter that I am able to give to you monthly. I will be expecting a lot of presents this year in return for the laughs. You have plenty of time left to shop, so no excuses! May your Thanksgiving be blessed and filled with love! n

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The Rise and Fall of Marion City by Ken & Lisa Marks


n 1821, an enterprising 24-year-old named William Muldrow made his way to Missouri. In a short time, Muldrow achieved great success with his salt-making enterprise at the saline lands around Spalding and became well respected in the tiny community. In 1831, when plans for a new Presbyterian college were developed by Reverend James Gallaher, Muldrow was named a trustee. Believing Muldrow to be a man with proven business savvy, Reverend Gallaher assigned to Muldrow the task of securing funds for the construction of the new institution. Muldrow’s success at recruiting investors for the college exceeded expectations. Muldrow soon realized that a similar campaign to recruit investors could be applied to other business ventures. He and Reverend Gallaher began to envision a grand new settlement that they believed could become the largest metropolis west of the Mississippi: Marion City. Muldrow chose land along the banks of the great river just twelve miles north of the village of Hannibal. First, he surveyed and laid out his new town; next, he was able to persuade a small

group of residents in the region to provide the money for the purchase of the land, which they did with enthusiasm. The plat Muldrow submitted designated lots for churches, a college, a female seminary, schools, businesses, warehouses, and an opera house. He began to advertise the lots for sale in papers as far east as Philadelphia, Boston, and New York. He traveled to the East Coast and met with potential investors personally, and his charm and enthusiasm were infectious. Muldrow succeeded in selling more than $185,000 worth of lots in Marion City, most to land speculators sight unseen. With newfound confidence, Muldrow planned to convert an old slough that was part of Bay de Charles into a canal that would provide access for shipping vessels directly into the center of Marion City. Further, he planned the first railroad west of the Mississippi, calling for “steam cars� to be brought to the area. The rails themselves would be made of wood. William Muldrow was eventually able to sell more than five hundred lots of Marion City land to speculators back East. While some investors paid cash, others purchased lots on the

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condition that improvements such as hotels, steam mills and stores must be completed before full payment was made. Muldrow began construction immediately. The weather during the summer and fall of 1835 was favorable, and great progress was made. Steamboats began arriving daily, bringing carpenters, masons, coopers, blacksmiths and plasterers, who in turn brought their families and needed supplies to the area. Some of the buildings planned were fabricated in other cities such as Cincinnati and St. Louis and sent in sections by steamboat to be reassembled in Marion City. Muldrow even went as far as to pay $11,000 toward his own steamboat, the Caledonia, to transport additional goods and labor to Marion City. The excitement generated by Muldrow’s bold new plan made its success seem certain. “The proprietors of Marion City and the projectors of the railroad began operations at once,” reported R.I. Holcombe in his History of Marion County, published in 1884. The timber was cleared for the track of the proposed railroad and the grading begun. Subscriptions to the stock of the new enterprise were solicited from the people, and poured in very rapidly and in considerable quantities. The surveyors determined that the site of the town was below high water mark and the levee was ordered thrown up along a portion to the bank of the river… In the summer and fall of 1835 it seemed as if a golden age had fairly arrived…prices of all kinds of property rapidly advanced, and a

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DISCOVER sioned a bright new future, instead they found an incomplete wetland of a village built on sand and mud, swarming with mosquitoes. The buildings promised were mostly incomplete, forcing some families to sleep in tents on their small plots of land. Further, the previous winter had been harsh, producing heavy snows in Wisconsin and Iowa. The spring of 1836 was cold and wet, with temperatures remaining cool throughout May. As the weather suddenly turned warm, the snows from the north began to rapidly melt and surge downstream. The sudden massive influx of melted snow flowed into the Mississippi and began to mix with northeast Missouri’s unusually heavy, late spring rains. Soon, residents noticed that the Mississippi River was slowly creeping into Marion City. Day by day, the shore would encroach a little further. Eventually, the river overwhelmed the town; it was soon apparent to all that Marion City was situated in a flood plain. By June 1836, during the height of the flooding, the entire town was submerged. Muddy river waters and debris flowed into the second story of some buildings. At the time, there was no way to forecast weather predictions or river flood stages, nor were there sufficient means of communication to warn those living along the banks of the Mississippi of the northern waters coming their way. The residents of Marion City, including Wil-

liam Muldrow, were taken completely by surprise. Then, as the floodwaters receded over the long, hot summer of 1836, malaria set in. Mosquitoes, unsanitary conditions, contaminated drinking water, and the deep mud left behind by the retreating river brought sickness and death to Marion City. Those who could soon fled the town. In their book Hannibal, Too, J. Hurley and Roberta Hagood wrote that Charles Dickens, the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, immortalized the tale of Marion City in his 1843 novel, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit: Charles Dickens, the English novelist, visited the United States… He used Marion City, in the stage of its history just after the 1836 flood, as a subject for a narrative in his novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. He called Marion City by the name of “Eden.” In his story, Martin Chuzzlewit and Mark Tapley met a man known as General Scadder who convinced them to settle in Eden. Their journey to Eden by steamboat is described and their arrival is vividly portrayed. The flood waters had just receded and instead of the promised paradise, they found mud, slime, remains of buildings, a few cabins, and a people scourged by ague and other disease.”

Muldrow implored the residents of Marion City to stay, promising levees to protect the development. He insisted that the town could be saved, citing the facts that Chicago was built

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on a swamp and St. Petersburg on a marsh. Most did not heed Muldrow’s pleas. William Muldrow in no way tried to swindle his investors; he truly believed in his vision for Marion City. Muldrow’s only crime had been in underestimating the power of the mighty Mississippi and the vulnerability of that particular area of land chosen for the grand metropolis he’d envisioned. Marion City would never recover from the flood of 1836. Some residents stayed on and tried to rebuild, but the area continued to be inundated by flooding. For many years, attempts were made to save Marion City, but ultimately the settlement was never incorporated and was unable to grow into anything more than a struggling village. In 1849, William Muldrow boarded his steamboat Caledonia and made his way toward the promise of gold in California. Eventually, the entire settlement was abandoned. Marion City had proven to be a complete and utter failure. Today, the only thing that remains of Marion City is a single monument, a large boulder commemorating the location that simply reads, “Site of Marion City, 1835.” Some who fled Marion City migrated 12 miles south to Hannibal. Hannibalians welcomed them, provided shelter and shared their food supplies. Soon, the refugees were incorporated into the small town as official citizens. The grateful families would write to loved ones, singing Hannibal’s praises

and encouraging them to visit. Hannibal saw its numbers swell from the thirty residents recorded in 1830 to nearly five hundred in 1837, in large part because of the failure of the community of Marion City. The carpenters, masons and plasterers who came to the area to build Marion City began to apply their skills toward the construction of Hannibal, and the riverside settlement began to grow. A St. Louis newspaper, the Daily Missouri Republican, reported the plight of Marion City in “Removing a City,” published on November 16, 1841: The buildings of Marion City, on the Mississippi River, the same town in which so many eastern purchasers got their fingers burned a few years since, are being removed to Hannibal, a town some twelve miles below… When the buildings are removed to Hannibal they will be worth something, for there is no town on the Missouri side advancing more steadily and rapidly than this same place. Its business is already large in a commercial point of view, and within its limits is fast accumulating wealth, industry, population, and all the elements necessary to the creation of, in no distant day, a city.” n Ken and Lisa Marks are curators of the Hannibal History Museum and conduct Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours. Their books, Hannibal, Missouri: A Brief History and Haunted Hannibal: History and Mystery in America’s Hometown, are published by The History Press and are currently available at the Museum’s gift shop, located at 217 N. Main Street.

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o you have a connection to Hannibal-LaGrange University, as an alumnus, a parent of a current or former student, or a member of the Hannibal community or surrounding area? Celebrating five years on the campus, the HLGU Campus Community Connectors (CCC) is a group of local men and women who are connecting the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus with the Hannibal area through service to the university, support and hospitality to the students, and education opportunities for CCC members. Making the connection between the university and the surrounding area is what the CCC is all about. Are you interested in seminars about current topics, use of the university library, and keeping up-to-date about events on campus? Could you help with student Move-In Day, ACT Testing, or hosting an international student for Thanksgiving? Does surprising dorm students with goodies during finals week, assisting with campus blood drives, or beautifying the campus interest you? The Campus Community Connectors are involved in all of these activities and many more. . The HLGU Campus Community Connectors are always actively seeking volunteers. Membership is open to any individual

Classes through HLGU’s online program vary from basic

liberal arts classes to online-based programs. Two programs currently being offered are the early childhood special education endorsement and classes for degreed registered nurses to further their education and obtain a bachelor of science in nursing. Each online class offered at HLGU is an eight-week course that is taught by highly qualified faculty. Classes run year round, with new classes beginning in January. To register for classes, apply online at Online courses offered at Hannibal LaGrange University include religion, math, English, nursing, education, art, music, sociology, biology, and history. Whether you are looking for a change in careers or a class to enrich your life, online classes at HLGU can help you fit education into your busy life!

who is interested in making a connection with HLGU. To learn more about the Campus Community Connectors, contact Judy Harding ( or Louis Riggs, Director of Grant Research at Hannibal-LaGrange University (573-2213675 ext 3121 or Come on...get connected! n

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Highlights Historic Hannibal’s Christmas Extravaganza November 12

by Kristine Russell


s the lyric goes, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council is sponsoring our first Christmas Extravaganza Saturday, November 12th, from noon until 8:00 pm. Hannibal’s downtown will come alive with twinkling lights, food, drink, and good cheer! The HHMC will be selling passports to the event for $20. The passports are good for 5 free gifts, which you may choose from among 22 participating merchants. There are also 26 additional coupons with generous savings, including 35% off at Ayers Pottery! The HHMC sponsored a similar event in March called the Chocolate Extravaganza, and it was so successful they decided to hold a similar event during the Christmas season. Be sure to purchase your passport at any of the following downtown Hannibal locations: Ava Goldworks, Main Street Wine Stoppe, The Powder Room, Miss Trindy’s, Alliance Art Gallery, Main Street Kitchen Store, Danni Nicole’s, Chocolaterie Stam, Java Jive, Picture Perfect, Mark Twain Museum Gallery Gift Shop, and the Hannibal History Museum. At dusk there will be a special “Lighting of the Season.” Watch as our storefronts light up one by one! Throughout the evening as you stroll along the Main Street area, you can enjoy all the beautiful window displays from the merchants participating in the “Best Window Display” contest. Vote for your favorite at the Hannibal History Museum, where the winners will be announced at 7:00 pm. The top three winning merchants will receive cash prizes so be sure to vote for your favorites! After you’ve recovered from all the fun you’ll have on November 12th, we hope you’ll join us for even more merriment on Saturday, December 10th! Again, we will have the “Lighting of the Season,” followed by our Christmas Parade sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees. The window displays will still be beautiful, but on this night they will also be LIVE! You never know what our merchants will come up with for their “Living Windows”! Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to visit Santa at the Hannibal History Museum and share your wish list with him. Don’t be a Scrooge—join Hannibal’s downtown merchants in November and December and jingle all the way! n

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Hannibal Arts Performance UNEXPECTED BOYS (Frankie Valli tribute) Friday, November 4 • 7:30 pm HLGU Roland Fine Arts Center

The Unexpected Boys will sing familiar songs of the era, like “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Who Loves You,” “Oh What a Night,” “Lets Hang On,” and “Rag Doll,” all of which were top ten songs between 1962 and 1975. The program will also include tunes from several Broadway shows such as Grease, Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, and Phantom of the Opera. Without a season pass, tickets are $20 and $5 for students. Single ticket sales and season tickets are available at the door.


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Exhibits & Gallery Events

Hannibal Arts Council 105 South Main Street Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm Saturdays 11am–2pm (573) 221-6545

99 Bucks…Or Less November 25 – December 22

The Hannibal Arts Council invites to you our popular holiday shopping exhibit featuring, as the title suggests, art priced at or below $99. Support local artists and stop by the Hannibal Arts Council and other downtown galleries and specialty shops to find a unique one-of-a-kind holiday gift for someone, or for yourself ! Come by during regular gallery hours or during these special opportunities: • Members-Only Preview—HAC members will be sent

a Special Invite

•B  lack Friday—Friday,

November 25, 11:00 am– 2:00 pm • Second Saturday—Saturday,

December 10, 5:00–8:00 pm ATTN ARTISTS: If you would like to participate in the exhibit, bring your work by the Hannibal Arts Council on Saturday, November 19 from 11am-2pm or Monday, November 21 from 9am-5pm. Exhibit details, including artist registration form and artwork labels, are available on the Exhibits page at

Go Big or Go Home October 28 – November 19

It’s going to be BIG! There’s nothing SMALL about the current exhibit at the Hannibal Arts Council! Local artists met the challenge to create works on a large-scale.

First Friday Art Adventures Hands-On Art Workshops for Ages 6–12


November 4 * 4 pm

Saturday, November 12, 5:00-8:00 PM

Hannibal Arts Council,

Hannibal Alliance Art Gallery, 112 North Main

105 South Main Street

Riverside Originals, 209 North Main

$10 per child • $5 per child for HAC members

Main Street Wine Stoppe, 303 North Main

Registration is required. Call (573) 221-6545 to join the fun!

Gallery 310, 310 North Main

Participants will make their own A-Maize-ing Lanterns and Birdhouse Gourds while enjoying a fall treat, Acorn Dough Nuts.

Hannibal Arts Council, 105 South Main Street

Art, wine, friends and special events make Hannibal’s downtown galleries the place to be each second Saturday.

Scholarships are available when requested. First Friday Art Adventures are held at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 South Main Street, unless otherwise noted.

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Beckwith Exhibit on Display at Mark Twain Museum by Ryan Murray


n exhibit featuring two of James Carroll Beckwith’s paintings is currently on display at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Gallery located at 120 North Main Street. Beckwith was born in Hannibal in 1852. The first painting is on loan to the Mark Twain Museum by Nora Creason and Don Metcalf who make their home in both Seattle and Hannibal.  Nora and Don acquired the Beckwith painting from a dealer in England who specializes in 18th and 19th century European paintings. The painting is a portrait of Judy Fox, most likely a European socialite who commissioned Beckwith to paint her portrait. Beckwith inscribed the picture Judy Fox/A Bacchante.    Nora, a Hannibal native and also an artist, has won many awards over the years.  She and her husband are currently in the process of restoring numerous historic buildings in downtown Hannibal.  Among them is the Laura Hawkins House built in 1897. This was the home of Judge Louis Hawkins. His mother, Laura Hawkins, Mark Twain’s inspiration for the fictional character Becky Thatcher, died in this house in 1928.  The second painting is on loan from the Hannibal Free Public Library and is of Paul Du Chaillu, a popular but controversial African explorer, writer, and lecturer, who first attracted the world’s attention by reporting his observations of live gorillas (the first by a Westerner) and pygmies following his return in 1859 from a four year expedition to Gabon in West Africa. In the same year Charles Darwin (1809-1882) published On the Origin of Species, which contained his earth-shaking theory on evolution, so Du Chaillu’s accounts of manlike beasts captured the public’s imagination and became the subject of international debate. Du Chaillu’s first book, Exploration and Adventures in Equatorial Africa (1861), sold more than ten thousand copies in its first two years, earning the French-born naturalist enough royalties to return to Africa and further his lifelong career as an explorer. Over his lifetime, Du Chaillu wrote many more books including


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novels. Beckwith must have befriended the explorer, to whom he inscribed the portrait in 1898. “Beckwith’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Mandolin” circa 1900 displays a midpoint in James Beckwith’s painting career. Beckwith painted in two styles - the classical style of his earlier years and a more impressionistic style in the latter part of his career (late 1890’s until his death in 1917). This painting marks a departure from the use of strong contrasts of light and dark modeling (chiaroscuro) to the use of relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes to express an impressionistic style that employs a lighter palette and emphasizes a more accurate depiction of light.” Further information regarding Beckwith can be found at the Hannibal History Museum at 217 North Main Street.  n

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Happy Hours, Specials & Events 16” 2-topping pizza and 2 liter of Pepsi for $17.95; 10” Turkey Sub for $6.85; Tenderloin and a Bowl of Chili for $6.95 at Cassano’s. (See ad on page 2) Any large pizza $11 at Papa Johns. Enroll in Papa Rewards to earn points with each online order. (See ad on page 21) Photo by Georgia Degitz, Alliance Art Gallery

Shop Hannibal this Holiday Season! (See pages 3-9)

Quality Inn & Suites offers happy hour in the lobby from 5:00–7:30 pm, Mondays through Thursdays. Free hors d’hoeuvres. Now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. (See ad on page 29) Enjoy nightly specials at Rustic Oak Riverview Dining

Legion Riders Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 12 • Noon The 2011 Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10th and Broadway and continue north on Main Street to the statue. This year’s theme is Honor Flight Veterans. Come honor and show your support for past and present veterans! All veterans are welcome to ride the trolley. Boarding will begin at Sav-A-Lot parking lot at 11am. Sponsored by the Legion Riders of American Legion Post #55. To participate, please call Francis Foubester at 573-406-2310.

at Sawyer’s Creek. Sunday buffet $10.99 ($5.99 kids 11 and under). Enjoy the talents of pianist Willy Phillips every Wednesday evening. See daily specials at (See ad on page 17) Holiday Open House Saturday, November 12, noon– 6:00 pm at Cave Hollow West Winery and Cave Hollow Gifts and Candles on the grounds of Mark Twain Cave Complex. Free Wine Tasting daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Now featuring exclusive issue wines. (See ad on page 7) 25% off Christmas merchandise at Groomingdale’s. (Mention ad on page 6) Buy one in-office whitening, get another free from dental hygienist Anna Lemon. (See ad on page 8) 10% off purchases at Always in Style. (See ad on page 8) 10% off any refilled inkjet cartridge at Cartridges Plus. Beautiful handmade holiday wreaths. (See ad on page 9)

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Calendar of Events

November Saturday, November 5

ONGOING EVENTS November 4–6 Making Wood Storm Windows. 8:00 am–5:00 pm. $350. 217-474-6052.

November 5–6 50 Miles of Art. Annual Fall Studio and Gallery Enjoy artist and artisan galleries, studios, and specialty shops along the 50-mile stretch of scenic Route 79 (re-opened by tour weekend) between Hannibal, Louisiana, and Clarksville, MO. or 573-221-6545.

November 17–19 Christmas in the Green. Bowling Green, MO. 573-470-0040.

Exhibits Ongoing Beckwith Paintings. (See page 24) October 28 – November 19 Go Big or Go Home. (See page 23) November 25 – December 22 99 Bucks ... Or Less. (See page 23)

Tuesday, November 1

Wednesday, November 2

7:00 – 8:00 am: Good Morning Hannibal. Hosted by Chamber of Commerce. 573-221-1101.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Massage for Baby. Classes run for 3 weeks (Nov. 2, 9, 16). $20 fee includes supplies and handbook. Hannibal Regional Hospital. 573-248-5161.

6:30 – 8:30 pm: Pinkie Pals Breast Cancer Support Group. First Christian Church, 1101 Broadway.

Friday, November 4 4:00 pm: First Friday Art Adventure. (See page 23)

8:30 am: Trojan Turkey Trek. 5K run/walk & halfmile fun run for kids to benefit Carroll Missions Center. Registration: $20 advance/$25 on race day; HLGU students/faculty/staff/alumni $15. Family rate $50. Kid fun run $8 advance/$10 on race day. Door prizes, food & drink immediately following. Hannibal LaGrange University. Register online at For more information 573-406-5488 or 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Pet Photos with Santa. $5/4x6 photo. Proceeds donated to Douglas Community Services. Groomingdale’s, 308 North Main St. 573-248-2945. 10:00 – 11:00 am: Kidtoons Family Matinee. Family friendly G-rated films. $3.00 per person (kids under 3 free). B&B Theatres Main Street Cinema 8, 100 Broadway. 573-248-1966. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: American Legion Auxiliary Craft and Bake Sale. Lunch available for purchase: chili, soup, hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, and drinks. Crafter’s space available $10/ table. American Legion Post #55, 3819 Hwy. MM. 573-822-0486.

7:30 pm: The Unexpected Boys. (See page 22)

Take a Great Picture and Win a Great Prize! The Hannibal Convention & Visitor’s Bureau is sponsoring a “My Hannibal” photo contest. We’re looking for pictures that express the uniqueness, beauty and excitement of Hannibal! Photos of scenery, Hannibal’s festivals, unique shots; all are encouraged! Photos will be accepted now until Monday, November 14, 2011. Contestants could see their pictures appear in national publications or on billboards!

1st Prize - $100 VISA Giftcard • 2nd Prize - $50 Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Gift Card TOP 3 PHOTOS CHOSEN WILL APPEAR IN THE 2012 HANNIBAL VISITORS GUIDE, WHICH IS DISTRIBUTED NATIONALLY

Photos must be at least 300 dpi to qualify.

Go to for information. By submitting your photo to the “My Hannibal” Photo Contest, you grant the Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau, its affiliates, and Hannibal Magazine permission to use the photo(s) for any marketing programs including print and the internet. No obligations, financial or otherwise, will be given to the owner of the photo or to the people in the photo.

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Calendar of Events Sunday, November 6

drink. St. John’s Lutheran School Gym, 1317 Lyon.

Daylight Savings Time ends.

12:00 pm: Legion Riders Veteran’s Day Parade. (See Best Bets on page 25)

Wednesday, November 9 4:30 – 5:30 pm: Little Helpers Sibling Class. Reassure and prepare your older children for mom’s hospital stay and the arrival of their sibling. Register at or 573-248-5161.

Friday, November 11 VETERAN’S DAY Saturday, November 12 9:00 am – 3:30 pm: Basic Childbirth class. Hannibal Regional Hospital. Register at hrhonline. org or 573-248-5161. 5:00 – 8:00 pm: Second Saturday Gallery Night. (See page 23) 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: BLP Holiday Gift Show. Admission $2.00/5 and under free. No strollers allowed. Palmyra High School, 1723 South Main Street, Palmyra. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm: St. John’s Soup Dinner & Bazaar. Craft items, baked goods, raffle, and more. $5/adults, $3/children includes soup, dessert, and

LaGrange University. For tickets visit boosterbanquet. For more information, contact Lauren Youse at 573-629-3126.

Friday, November 18

12:00 – 6:00 pm: Holiday Open House at Mark Twain Cave Complex. (See ad on page 7) 12:00 – 8:00 pm: A Christmas Extravaganza. (See page 21 and ad on page 7)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Coffee Club. Themed programs for those interested in coffee, conversation, and light entertainment. Hannibal Free Public Library, 200 S. 5th St. 573-221-0222.

Sunday, November 13

Saturday, November 19

5:00 – 8:00 pm: GRJPS Concert—New Red Onion Jazz Babies. Concert. Food, dance floor and cash bar available. $20/students & children free. Quality Inn & Suites. 573-248-4019 or 573-4395991.

9:00 am – 3:30 pm: A Day About Baby. Breastfeeding class 9:00 am–noon. Infant Care class 1:00–2:30 pm. Happiest Baby on the Block 2:30–3:30 pm. Hannibal Regional Hospital. To register call 573-248-5161.

Tuesday, November 15

Monday, November 21

7:00 pm: 70th Annual Hannibal-LaGrange University Booster Banquet. Featured speaker: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Doors open 5:30 pm. General Admission $80; Executive Admission $200 (Executive tickets limited: call 573-629-3124; includes admission to special reception with Huckabee 6:00–6:50 pm, signed copy of A Simple Government, and reserved seat at banquet). Mabee Sports Complex, Hannibal

6:30 – 9:00 pm: American Heart Association Heartsaver AED/CPR class teaches lay rescuers to recognize and treat life threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for an adult, child, and infant victim. Classes include instruction on and use of AED. Course participants receive CPR certification card. $15 per person, or $20 per couple. Hannibal Regional Hospital. 573-248-5161.

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Wednesday, November 23 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Dunstan Baby Language. Become familiar with the newborn’s world of communication. Parents and expecting parents. Babies welcome. $20 fee includes DVD. Hannibal Regional Hospital. 573-248-5161.

Thursday, November 24 — THANKSGIVING DAY Hannibal Free Public Library closed.

Friday, November 25

Hannibal Free Public Library 200 S. 5th St. 573-221-0222

Every Wednesday 1:00 pm: Chess Club. Enjoy a competitive game of chess and/or learn more about playing the game. 4:00 – 7:30 pm: Homework Help.

Every Monday

Every Thursday

4:00 – 7:30 pm: Homework Help.

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Recess at the Library. For tweens in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

Every Tuesday 10:30 – 11:00 am: Tuesday Morning Story Time. Stories for preschoolers read aloud. 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Teen Tuesday. Supervised activities for middle and high school students.

New Year’s Eve

Extravaganza • Cocktail reception 6 pm • Dinner buffet 7 pm

Hannibal Free Public Library closed.

Weekly Library Events

Saturday December 31, 2011

Every Saturday 10:30 – 11:15 am: Saturday Read & Glue. Story and craft activity for 5 to 9 year olds. 2:00 pm: Children’s Matinee.

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Reservations accepted starting November 1 on first come, first served basis.

For more information or to reserve your rooms, call 573-221-4001 & mention New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

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Calendar of Events

November Tuesday, November 1

ONGOING EVENTS November 4–5 American Stars in Concert Celebrate Motown. Celebrate Motown’s 50th Anniversary with solo, duet, and ensemble performances by American Idol top 10 finalists Michael Sarver, Gina Glocksen, David Hernandez, and Lakisha Jones. Musical direction by American Idol’s Michael Orland. VIP Tables $40, VIP Front Rows $35, General Admission seats $25. Oakley Lindsay Civic Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Quincy. For information or tickets, 217-222-3209 or

November 18–20 Country Treasures Holiday Craft Show. Friday 5:00–9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am–4:00 pm. 130 booths of handcrafted items, including ornaments, personalized items, & home décor. Admission $3. Oakley Lindsay Center, 3rd & York, Quincy. 217-223-1000 or 618-539-3395.

November 19–21 Quincy Service League’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale. Over 100 booths of Christmas gifts, decorations, and home decor. Quincy Senior High School, 33rd & Maine St., Quincy. 217-214-3700 or 217221-1349.

November 24 – January 1 Avenue of Lights. 6:00–9:30 pm. 2-mile display of animated lights. $8/car. Moorman-Wavering Park, North 36th St., Quincy. 217-222-7980 or

November 25–27, December 1–4 Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus. Thursday– Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm. Quincy Community Theatre, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 118, Quincy. For information or tickets, 217-222-3209 or

Exhibit November 12 – January 22 Oakley-Lindsey Area Artists Showcase. Quincy Arts Center, 1515 Jersey St. 217-223-5900.

4:00 – 7:30 pm: 21st Annual Woodland Cemetery Tours. Hosted by the Gardner Museum. Tours every 15 minutes. $7/person. Reservations required. 1020 South 5th St., Quincy. 217-2246873. 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Boy Scout Troop 315 Chili Supper. All you can eat chili, sandwiches, veggies, and homemade desserts. Takeout available! Adults $6, children 12 & under $3, family ticket $15. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level), 1212 West Calhoun St., Macomb, IL. 6:00 pm: Quincy Medical Group Diabetes Awareness Event. Physicians provide presentations on diabetes related topics and attendees can tour booths with various local, diabetes resources including dieticians, wellness programs, dialysis and more. Free and open to the public. Kroc Center, 405 Vermont St., Quincy.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm: A Very Merry Market. Free admission. Light breakfast and lunch available for purchase. Vendors include: Creative Memories, Scentsy, Arbonne, Domestics Etc., Creations by Vale, Miche, Avon, Rada Cutlery. St. James School Store. Tupperware and more. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2701 College, Quincy. 7:00 pm. BYOB-B-E Trivia Night (Bring your own Brain –Booze-Eats) to benefit Alzheimer’s Association. $20/person. Quincy University Hall of Fame Room, 18th & Oak Street 217-228-1111.

Tuesday, November 15

Friday, November 4

10:00 am: Hip & Knee Seminar. Quincy Senior Center, 639 York Street. 573-406-0576 to register.

6:00 – 11:00 pm: QND Extravaganza. Gather a table of friends for a fun evening and help support Quincy Notre Dame High School. Dinner, live and silent auctions, raffle. Beer and wine included. $50/person. The Ambiance, 5225 Kochs Lane, Quincy. For tickets 217-223-2479 or 217-4309581.

Saturday, November 5 10:00 am: Quincy Veterans Day Parade. Parade route begins at 12th and Maine St. and continues to 5th & Maine. Veterans Home Celebration at 1:00 pm. 217-228-9759. 7:00 – 11:00 pm: Annual Fundraiser Dance to Benefit Guide Dogs of America. Music by Boulevard Band. Food & beverages, 50/50 raffle, silent auction. $5.00/person. Machinists Lodge #822, 2929 North 5th St., Quincy. 2127-2220394.

Friday, November 18 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Alzheimer’s Association Open House. Register loved one in the Alzheimer’s Association Medic Alert + Safe Return Safety program. Holiday items available for purchase. Quincy Family and Resource Center, 639 York Street, Room 200. 217-228-1111.

Saturday, November 19 Baxter’s Vineyards Wine and Food Pairing. Baxters Vineyard, 2010 E. Parley St., Nauvoo, IL. For reservations 217-453-2528. 8:30 pm: Contagious. Classic rock. Johnny Bang Bangs, 138 N. Front St, Quincy.

Wednesday, November 23 8:30 pm: Blaisin’ Timothy and Fielder. Johnny Bang Bangs, 138 N. Front St, Quincy.

Sunday, November 6

Thursday, November 24

Daylight Savings Time ends.


VETERAN’S DAY 8:30 – 11:30 pm: Ketcham Louden Live. Johnny Bang Bangs, 138 N. Front, Quincy.

Saturday, November 12 Holiday Kick-Off Vendor Blender. Shop several companies in once place. Great deals, prizes and more. Baxter’s Vineyard & Winery, 2010 E. Parley St., Nauvoo. 217-453-2528.

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6:00 – 9:00 pm: Drop’ N Shop. Pizza, games and much more! Parents drop off kids ages 4–14 and get the night off. Parent/guardian must be present to sign waiver. $12/members, $15/non members. Gem City Gymnastics, 2010 Jennifer Lane, Quincy. 217-224-8491.

6:00 pm: Candle Light Service to honor loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. 5:00 pm soup supper. Reserve candles with named ribbon $5. Sunset Home, 418 Washington, Quincy. 217-228-1111.

Friday, November 11


3:00 pm: “Beyond The Score—Whose World?” Performance with theatrical and multi-media presentations as commentary on D’vorak’s “From the New World.” Adults $15, seniors $12, children free. Morrison Theatre, Quincy Junior High, 14th & Maine. 217-222-2856 or

8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Quincy Family YMCA Annual Turkey Run. 1-mile and 5K non-competitive leisure walks, 5K and 10K medaled runs and lap swimming. YMCA, 3101 Maine, Quincy. 217-2229622 OR www.quincyymca.

Friday, November 25 8:30 pm: Remedyalls. Johnny Bang Bangs, 138 N. Front St, Quincy.

Sunday, November 27 4:00 pm: Sunday Music Series—Woodwind Quintet. Free. Congregational Church, 12th & Maine, Quincy.

Quincy Public Library Weekly Events 526 Jersey Street Registration available online at or call 217-223-1309.

Tuesdays 10:00 – 10:30 am: First Steps Storytime and Craft. Toddlers, ages 16 months to 36 months. 9:00 – 10:00 am: Computer Class. One-on-one, 30-minute computer tutoring sessions. Must register in advance.

Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm: Wii Wednesday for Teens. All games are rated E 10+ for everyone.

Wednesday – Friday 10:00 – 10:45 am: Quincy Public Library Storytime and Craft. Designed for children ages 3 and up.

Saturdays All Day: Drop-In Craft. Stop by the library and construct a paper craft with your child! All supplies will be provided. No reservations required. Visit for full calendar of library events, including book discussions, films, contests, and more.


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n the month defined by Thanksgiving, I’d like to start my monthly rambling by making a couple complaints. I am not grateful for the fact that retail Christmas displays go up about the same time the Halloween treats go on sale... roughly early September when parents are still dealing with backto-school chaos. Like we really need that extra whining every time we go to the store: “Can we have candy? Can we have candy? Can we have candy? Can I be ninja ghoul for Halloween? No, Mommy, I want the smell good markers. That’s the (insert current obsession) lunch box I want. I hate the one you got me! Nathan gets spiral cheese puffs in his lunch. Why don’t I get spiral cheese puffs? Ohhhh, look! I want that for Christmas!” All I’m concerned about at that point is (1) what is the healthiest dinner I can make that will generate the fewest yucks and groans, and (2) where can I find shoes that magically grow with their giant feet and aren’t covered with superhero decals? In a country obsessed with stuff, is it any wonder that the day devoted to family and gratitude has practically disappeared from public view, lost between the twin consumer orgies of Halloween and Christmas? The two biggest holidays of the year— combined with huge, obscenely expensive birthday parties—are teaching our children to feel entitlement, not gratitude. On Halloween, we dress our little ones as monsters and murderers, then send them out to demand candy from strangers. Think about it. Some friends of ours, whose parents are fairly well off financially, have a path from the front door to the kitchen during the Christmas season. The pile of gifts spilling out from under the tree almost completely fills the family room. What do you want to bet that half that stuff is in the trash before the next December? Will their children truly value those gifts, or will they start to feel that it’s their annual due? Another friend of ours said, “If three gifts were good enough for Jesus, three gifts apiece are good enough for my kids.” Hmm. Not a bad thought.


November 2011 Hannibal Magazine

Americans often seek pleasure in stuff. Our houses have to be decorated just so, and our kitchens need granite countertops. We need giant flatscreen TVs and DVRs. I would argue that you don’t even need a dishwasher or a microwave. Yes, we want them, particularly since everyone else has one, and they definitely make life simpler. But that doesn’t mean we need them. We’ve begun to mistake luxuries for necessities. But the simple truth is, while stuff makes life more comfortable, it doesn’t make us happy. The key to happiness is really quite simple. I have it posted on my refrigerator for my kids to see (one of Mommy’s Life Lessons). I hope they pay attention. The key to happiness is gratitude. Just gratitude. That’s what Thanksgiving is about. Whether or not you believe in a deity, gratitude is essential. Thanksgiving is for everyone. And I don’t buy the argument that it celebrates the genocide of Native Americans. When the Pilgrims were in danger of starvation and looking decidedly pathetic, no one could foresee that Europeans would swarm across the continent over the next two centuries. Thanksgiving celebrates the cooperation between European settlers and Native Americans. It celebrates how the Indians saved the Pilgrims’ butts and taught them survival skills in a dangerous environment. And for this they were... grateful. If you want to be a happier person, count your blessings. Here, in the most bountiful country in the world, we take most of them for granted. Try this: Every evening before you fall asleep, think of three things in your life for which you are grateful. Soon you’ll be unable to keep the list down to three, because acknowledging our blessings makes us more aware of how abundant our lives truly are. So this Thanksgiving, let us all create a new mindset to carry with us into the Christmas season. Give thanks for what you have, think less on what you don’t have. Find joy in gratitude. Give joy in love. Count your blessings. n

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November 2011 Your Regional Entertainment Guide

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November 2011 Your Regional Entertainment Guide