From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Friday Night in the Heartland

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



Isaac went to the Holiday Pops concert at the Alhambra tonight. It was a performance by the choral groups of the Pennyrile Academy of Fine Arts directed by Barbara Felts, Isaac's freshman choir teacher. She retired from public school teaching at the end of that year, and Isaac still misses her.

After Isaac got his ticket, I went Christmas shopping for a couple of hours. As I drove down Main Street, I decided to stop and get a photo of Ferrell's Hamburgers for the Hoptown expatriates who come to this blog from Google searches, looking for familiar hometown scenes.

Ferrell's Hamburgers in Hopkinsville, KY Ferrell's Hamburgers in Hopkinsville, KY


Ferrell's has been serving their famous hamburgers and other grilled specialties in this little building since 1929.

But what I really want to tell about is the Santa Claus at the mall. He 's enthroned at the center of the mall, and the little kids can come and tell him what they want for Christmas.

The first time I walked by, a little boy was sitting on Santa's lap talking in a very excited, very high-pitched voice. His young parents were standing by, glancing around in pleasant embarassment to see if anyone else had noticed how cute their son was.

When I passed by again, another little child had arrived at Santa's headquarters. He was dressed in a red Christmas sweatshirt and he was carrying a toy Rudolph (the red-nosed reindeer.) His grandparents had brought him to see Santa, but he had a death grip on his grandpa's leg and he had decided he wasn't going anywhere near the old guy in the red suit.

Seeing the difficulty, Santa Claus solved the problem. He got up from his chair and came outside his decorated area. Kneeling down on one knee, he asked the little boy, "Is that a reindeer you're holding?" The little boy loosened one arm from Grandpa's leg and flashed his toy reindeer's nose. "Oh, my goodness, how'd you do that!?" Santa exclaimed. The little boy didn't say a word, but he showed Santa the button to push.

I didn't want to stand and stare, so I walked on with a smile on my face, thinking about the kind heart of the man in the Santa suit.

It's a good time of the year.

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Note: You can see what's happening at Ferrell's anytime via the Hoptown Hall webcam, mounted across the street in the window of J. Schrecker Jewelry and permanently focused on Ferrell's.

Note 2: Isaac says I should also have mentioned that Ferrell's was the first air conditioned businessplace in Hopkinsville.

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4 comments:

the.chronicler said...

That's pretty cool.

Shabby in the City said...

Oh wow! The kids loved seeing Ferrell's (where my daddy worked when he was 17...he would be 80 this Feb. if he were living!)Just wish you could put some chili and burgers up for us to grab!

Genevieve said...

Somehow, Ferrell's creates incredible loyalty in its customers. :)

Shabby in the City said...

Still grieving over the loss of Mrs. Owen's Delicatessen. They have a lot of loyal customers too.

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