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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Holiday open house slated at Jolly Mill

  • JOLLY MILL — The Christmas season will be in full swing this Friday and Saturday at the historic Jolly Mill, located in the eastern part of Newton County.
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  • JOLLY MILL — The Christmas season will be in full swing this Friday and Saturday at the historic Jolly Mill, located in the eastern part of Newton County.
    The annual Old-Fashioned Jolly Mill Christmas Open House will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on both nights, with Santa Claus available from 7-8:30 p.m. each night at the mill. The event is free and open to the public. The park is located west of Monett on Highway 60, south on County Road 1010, west on County Road 2025.
    “The Jolly Mill Park mission is to provide a historic venue to the community and so this (open house) is just part of that to have the community into the old renovated mill,” said Piper Price, with the Jolly Mill Park Foundation.
    Refreshments – which include cookies, hot chocolate, cider, coffee and tea — will be provided.
    Parents may bring a camera to capture memories of their child’s visit with Santa.
    Children are welcome to bring an ornament for Santa’s tree.
    “Mr. and Mrs. Claus love to keep the mill tree decorated with ornaments that are brought by the children, they don’t have to be handmade, we love handmade, but any ornament that the child wants to bring to add to the tree, it is the mill’s Santa Christmas tree,” she said.
    The Christmas open house at the mill has been held for about 30-35 years, Price noted.
    “There has been a Santa there for that long, this Mr. and Mrs. Claus rendition has (been there since) we moved here in 2000,” she added.
    This family event sees around 400-600 people and Price noted there are generations of families that come back year after year.
    For the last few years, the Pierce City High School’s National Honor Society has helped decorated the interior of the mill for this occasion.
    Even though the event is free, there will be a donation box if someone wants to donate money.
    The donations received goes back to a good cause.
    “They (Pierce City High School’s National Honor Society) also (has) that teacher go through the school and finds (someone in need),” Price said. “We have done a family in the past and we have been able to do multiple families with coats. We try to do whatever is needed most that year, whether it is one family in need or food for families or coats for multiple families. We talk to the administration at the school and find out what they see as the biggest need for that year and all of the money goes for that.”

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