Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce
Weeping Water, Nebraska
Contact: Suzy Oliver
or Lora Markham 402-297-4498
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Weeping Water Fall Festival Returns September 25th
WEEPING WATER, Ne — September 14, 2021 — The scarecrows will be lining Eldora Avenue ready for some fall fun and mysteries in Weeping Water on Saturday, September 25th. Headlining the events is the Show N Shine car show from 11 am to 4 pm on Eldora Avenue and the craft & vendor show at Gibson Hall from 9 am to 4 pm. While you’re at Gibson Hall, grab clues for adult and youth scavenger hunts and vote for your favorite scarecrow. The Vault Boutique at 208 W Eldora will be open and celebrating with giveaways, drinks, and deals.
The historical society has a day of family-friendly events planned. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Heritage House at 300 H Street and catch Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay as he presents Nebraska Territory Stories. In this upbeat presentation, David performs folk music that existed at the time Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867. Between tunes, he discusses how these songs provide glimpses into history by telling stories of the everyday life of pioneers during the 13 years before Nebraska statehood. Snacks will be available from Will Cover’s chuckwagon and the museums will be open for tours following the presentation. At Memory Lane Museum, stop in for ice cream and pick up a clue book for the Oakwood Cemetery Scavenger Hunt.
Take a hike and check out the new Heritage Trail Walk. The self-guided 3.2-mile trek takes you to 14 points of historical interest through town. Learn about the brave settler who built the first cabin in the yet-to-be platted town. Walk past the grand home of drug store proprietor and state legislator Stephen Orton. See the site of the former CCC and German POW Camp. Stroll through the beautiful Oakwood Cemetery and learn about its rich history. Maps are available at the gazebo on Eldora Avenue, Heritage House Museum Complex, and the campground.
Food options for the day include Drue’s Kitchen, Dairy Sweet, Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Express Lane, and Stop N Shop.
To get registered for the non-judged car show contact Jerry at 402-297-8078. For information regarding the craft & vendor fair contact Brooke at 402-297-6872.
- Show N Shine Car Show - Eldora Avenue 11 am to 4 pm
- Craft & Vendor Show - Gibson Hall 9 am to 4 pm
- Youth & Adult Scavenger Hunts
- Oakwood Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
- Scarecrow Contest
- Nebraska Territory Stories presentation by Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay - Sept. 25 at 11:00 am at Heritage House, 300 W H Street, Weeping Water
- Ice Cream Social - Sept. 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Memory Lane Museum, 215 W Eldora Avenue
- Heritage Trail Walk
Weeping Water Valley Historical Society
Hosts Day of Free, Family-Friendly Events During Fall Festival
WEEPING WATER, Ne — September 13, 2021 — Join the Weeping Water Valley Historical Society on September 25th for a day of free, family-friendly events. The day kicks off the Cemetery Scavenger Hunt at the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Entrants can pick up official clue books at area locations then visit the cemetery and find the answers to the mysteries while learning intriguing history about some of Weeping Water’s early residents. Enter as an individual, team, or family. Those who complete the hunt and return their entries by October 12th will be put into prize drawings. Oakwood Cemetery is one of the stops on the new Heritage Trail Walk, a 3.2-mile self-guided tour featuring 14 sites highlighting the history of Weeping Water.
At 11:00 am, bring lawn chairs or blankets and join us at the Heritage House Museum Complex at 300 West H Street where Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay will present Nebraska Territory Stories. In this upbeat presentation, David performs folk music that existed at the time Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867. Between tunes, he discusses how these songs provide glimpses into history by telling stories of the everyday life of pioneers during the 13 years before Nebraska statehood. Combining his passions for music, history, and storytelling, David has presented HN Speakers Bureau programs since 1997. He is a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist-in-the-Schools Communities Residency Program and performs with his wife, Deborah Greenblatt, in the popular musical duo Greenblatt & Seay, which has participated in the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Program for more than 30 years. David plays over a dozen instruments, teaches private music lessons, and conducts workshops in harmonica. There will be snacks available from Will Cover’s historic chuckwagon and the Heritage House and Dr. Fate’s office will be open for tours following the presentation. Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.
Take a nostalgic stroll through the historic main street at Memory Lane Museum, 215 W Eldora, where the historical society is hosting an ice cream social from 10:00 am t0 2:00 pm. Memory Lane features displays and memorabilia cataloging the business interests of Weeping Water from the time the town was established. A diorama of the downtown businesses, built by the UNL School of Architecture includes pull-out drawers showing the occupants through the years. The Wilkinson Confectionery soda fountain was moved from next door, and a restored counter from Gibson Grocery is featured in the General Store display. You'll also find cemetery records, Weeping Water advertising collectibles, postcards, old yearbooks, and town records at Memory Lane.
The Scavenger Hunt Clue Book will be available starting September 25th in Weeping Water at Memory Lane Museum, Drue’s Kitchen, Express Lane, Stop N Shop, State Farm Insurance, and at Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm near Avoca.
Nebraska Territory Stories is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers, and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation. For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, or visit www.humanitiesnebraska.org.
Founded in 1969, the Weeping Water Valley Historical Society (WWVHS) recently celebrated 50 years of preserving the history of the Weeping Water Valley. WWVHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and depends upon memberships, contributions from our community, and the dedication of volunteers.
Oakwood Cemetery Scavenger Hunt - Sept. 25 through Oct. 9
Nebraska Territory Stories presentation by Humanities Nebraska speaker David Seay - Sept. 25 at 11:00 am at Heritage House, 300 W H Street, Weeping Water
Ice Cream Social - Sept. 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Memory Lane Museum, 215 W Eldora Avenue
For more information visit www.weepingwaterhistory.org.
Weeping Water Valley Historical Society
PO Box 43
Weeping Water, Nebraska
Red Cross blood drives:
MONDAY, SEPT 27, 2021
VFW Post 2543
501 1st Ave
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
11:30 am ~ 5:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, OCT 6, 2021
Plattsmouth High School
1916 E Hiway 34
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
8 am ~ 2 pm
WEDNESDAY, NOV 3, 2021
Louisville High School
202 West 3rd St
Louisville, NE 68037
9 am ~ 4 pm
TUESDAY, NOV 9, 2021
Weeping Water High School
204 W O Street
Weeping Water, NE 68463
Noon ~ 6 pm
Maurice Bernard Hammons
Monday, May 31st, 1926 - Friday, September 10th, 2021
Maurice Bernard Hammons was born on May 31, 1926, to Charles Devin and Pearlee Ables Hammons in Dunnegan, Missouri. He joined an older sister, Margaret, and was later joined by three other siblings: MaryLou, Robert, and John. His family moved to Nebraska when he was a young child and lived in the Union/Nebraska City area moving almost every two years. He attended various schools in the communities where the family lived. He attended high school in Union and Nebraska City but didn’t go back his senior year (1944-45) because he was going to be drafted. Uncle Sam put him on the train for boot camp and he got as far as the Naval base in San Diego before his farm deferment papers came through, so he rode the train back to Nebraska.
Maurice farmed with his Dad and eventually began attending youth group at the Weeping Water Christian Church where he met Rose May Livingston. They were married on December 6, 1946, and began farming with her dad, Harrison Livingston where Maurice and Rose May farmed for over 40 years. Five children were born to this union: Larry, Marilyn, Roger, Keith, and Robert. His children’s spouses, nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren have been added to the family over the years. Rose May died in July 2000. Maurice later renewed his acquaintance with Mary Rogers and they were married in May of 2001, at which time Maurice moved to Plattsmouth where he resided until he entered Hillcrest Shadow Lake.
Maurice was a 75 year member of the First Christian Church serving as an elder emeritus, Sunday school teacher, church officer. As well as farming Maurice worked at various times at the following: Pankonin Implement, Steckley Seed, and Stock Seed Farm. For many years he was a 4-H Leader and Dairy superintendent at the Cass county fair, he also served on the 4-H council and the county extension board. After retirement Maurice indulged in his passion of restoring antique Farmall International tractors. Maurice could often be found attending school events of his grandchildren and even his great-grandchildren until his health began to limit his activities. He enjoyed annual Thanksgiving dinners in SD and the annual Christmas gathering of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved keeping track of how large the extended family became. Maurice enjoyed good health until the past couple of years and entered Hillcrest Shadow Lake Care Facility where he passed away on September 10, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose May, a son, Roger, and all of his siblings.
He leaves the following to cherish his memory: his wife, Mary; his children Larry (Norma), Marilyn (John) Penner,
Barb (daughter-in-law), Keith (Hylah), Robert (Glenda); step son Steve (Joni) Rogers step daughter Sherry Shimek; twelve grandchildren and their spouses Matthew, Rebecca, Michael, Jay, Marissa, Nickelle, Jessica, Erin, Susan, Shawn, Craig and Morgan and fourteen great-grandchildren. Sister-in-law Joyce Hammons and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Memorial are suggested to the First Christian Church or the Cass County 4-H Council or donor's choice.
Quack-Off is Back!!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2021 AT 9 AM CDT
2021 41st Annual QUACKOFF
The QUACKOFF is back and going to be better then ever! 2021 is going to have some exciting changes made! Starting this year we will be racing the ducks on the last Saturday in September, we've froze our butts off for the last 40 years let's warm it up for the next 40!! In addition to the usual duck races we will be starting off the day with a cornhole tournament to get you warmed up for racing and we will have a variety of food trucks lined up. Make sure to stay tuned to the official quackoff page for more exciting updates and news! We can't wait to see all of our favorite quackheads!
KCCB Annual Membership Drive
(Join, Donate, Volunteer)
Louisville Food Pantry
OPEN: every Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: 304 Main Street, Louisville
Please come and pick up what you need for your household or a friend’s.
We have canned goods, boxed meals, breakfast items, frozen meats, bread, eggs, baking ingredients, cleaning supplies, personal care items, diapers and wipes.
EAST CASS PIONEER CEMETERY DISTRICT (ECPCD) MEETINGS FOR 2021
All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Murray Town Hall at 7 p.m.
Monday, September 13
Monday, October 11
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