Summer Showcase Puts Ste. Genevieve’s Variety In Spotlight

A number of programs will be taking place in Ste. Genevieve the weekend of August 14 to August 16 as part of the first Summer Showcase. Local residents and visitors both are encouraged to enjoy what the region has to offer … and to practice social-distancing and take safeguards to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The showcase is an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy activities at the historic downtown attractions and the community center campus. Shops and restaurants also may have special events and sales taking place this weekend. Many of the events are outside, allowing for social distancing practices. For instance, the downtown walking tour series that began in early June will continue this weekend and include two evening tours.

A National Park Service ranger led a recent walking tour in Ste. Genevieve’s downtown historic district this summer. The National Park Service has worked in cooperation with Missouri State Parks, the Foundation for Restoration and French Colonial America to offer a variety of free, themed walking tours on weekends this summer. The tours will be part of the Summer Showcase schedule.

Walking tours are set for 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The tours are offered by the National Park Service, Missouri State Parks, the Foundation for Restoration, and French Colonial America. The tours cover about one-half mile in the downtown and take 30 to 45 minutes.

Among the highlights of the tours this weekend: the evening tour on Friday features Ste. Genevieve’s historically documented scandals, while the Saturday evening tour talks about life in Ste. Genevieve from cradle to grave and focuses on the Church of Ste. Genevieve and Missouri’s oldest organized cemetery. Saturday morning is the debut of a tour focusing on natural disasters.

The tours offer an alternative for those who want to experience Ste. Genevieve’s history without going into the buildings, though those are open as well.

The Guibourd-Valle House (1 N. Fourth St.) will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Ste. Genevieve’s German Band, a division of the Municipal Band, will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the corner of Main and Merchant streets as part of the Saturdays in Ste. Genevieve series.

French Colonial America will have a tomahawk-throwing competition on Saturday. Entry is included with $2 admission to the Linden Hands-On History House (125 S. Main St.). Prizes will be awarded in various divisions. Activities on the French Colonial America campus also will include outdoor games from the colonial period in the yards of the Bolduc and LeMeilleur houses.

French Colonial America also will have a free croquet course and yard games at the Bolduc House and a free exhibit and bread-making demonstration at the Centre for French Colonial Life.

The Ste. Genevieve Milice will be stationed in downtown for a living history exhibit.

The Guibourd-Valle House will be serving tea and lemonade in its garden on Saturday.

Saturday also will see food trucks in downtown, with Kenny’s Flipping Burgers from 2 to 6 p.m., and Luna’s Shaved Ice from 4 to 6 p.m. along Market Street near the intersection of Second Street.

River Rapids Waterpark at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center will be open until 9 p.m. on Saturday (August 15) and offering discounted rates as part of the Ste. Genevieve Summer Showcase.

The state-of-the-art River Rapids Waterpark on Progress Parkway will help cap the day with a rare night-time swimming event. The waterpark, which opened in July of 2019, will stay open until 9 p.m. and will offer twilight rates after 4 p.m.

Among the businesses that have announced plans for the weekend:

— Lewsi Winery (57 N. Main St.) will feature artists on Friday and Saturday during its regular hours from 2 to 6 p.m. Suzanne Thompson will demonstrate “enhanced pointillism” on Friday and answer questions while social distancing. Brenda Thompson will paint on Saturday and field questions from visitors.

— Sassafras Creek Originals (311 St. Mary’s Road) will be offer make-and-take Moravian Stars every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

— Sweet Things Sweet Shop (242 Market St.) will host the Ste, Genevieve Stompers dance group for 15-minute performances at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

— Music Art Love (199 N. Main St.) will host an acoustic night with Brianna Moore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. The cover charge is $5.

— ASL Pewter Foundry (183 S. Third St.) will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson on Saturday and Sunday.

— Harold’s Famous Bee Co. (234 Market St.) will be celebrating its 1-year anniversary with various promotions from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

— The artists of Silver Sycamore Gallery of Fine Art (302 Market St.) will be in the gallery during business hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concert Series will conclude on Friday with Chattahoochee, a tribute to country music star Alan Jackson. The performance at the Orris Theatre begins at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the chamber’s website (stegenchamber.org).

For car enthusiasts, there are two events on Saturday night.

The Gear HeadZ car club of Ste. Genevieve will host their monthly car cruise event on Third Street between Market and Merchant, The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. All cars, trucks and bikes are welcome.

The Ste. Genevieve Racing Series will have its bi-weekly racing event on Saturday at the Ste. Genevieve County Fairgrounds. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for the grandstand.

Businesses and organizations in Ste. Genevieve have adopted precautions with regard to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, and the county has maintained a low level of active cases since the pandemic began. Masks are encouraged, as is social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Some businesses do require masks and/or limit the number of visitors.

For more updated information on the activities or businesses, contact the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 800-373-7007 or visit the VisitSteGen Facebook page.

(*Updated — The Luau on Main and the Movie Under the Stars have been canceled.)

STE. GENEVIEVE SUMMER SHOWCASE

LIST OF EVENTS

Friday, August 14

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Creating a Creole Way of Life, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Silver Sycamore artists will be on site at their gallery, 302 Market St.

2 to 6 p.m. — Artist Suzanne Thompson at Lewsi Winery, 57 N. Main St.

4 to 6 p.m. — Open house at Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

6 p.m. — Walking Tour: Ste. Genevieve’s Historically Documented Scandals, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

8 p.m. — Concert: Chattahoochee, a tribute to Alan Jackson, part of the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce Summer Music Series, at the Orris Theatre, 265 Merchant Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $20 per person.

Saturday, August 15

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Make and Take Moravian Star, every hour at Sassafras Creek, 311 St. Mary’s Road.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Yard games (croquet, petanque, and more) in the yards of the Bolduc House/Bolduc-LeMeilleur House.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ASL Pewter Foundry, 183 S. Third St., will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson.

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Natural Disasters, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — German Band performance at the pergola, Main and Merchant streets.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Tomahawk-throwing contest at Hands-On House, 125 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Silver Sycamore artists will be on site at their gallery, 302 Market St.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Tea and lemonade in the garden of the Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

1:30 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Stompers clogging dancers, at Sweet Things Sweet Shop, 242 Market St.

2 to 6 p.m. — Food truck: Kenny’s Flipping Burgers on Market Street, between Main and Second streets.

2 to 6 p.m. — Artist Brenda Thompson at Lewsi Winery, 57 N. Main St.

3 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Stompers clogging dancers, at Sweet Things Sweet Shop, 242 Market St.

4 to 6 p.m. — Food truck: Luna’s Shaved Ice, on Market Street, between Main and Second streets.

4 to 9 p.m. — Twilight Swim at River Rapids Waterpark. (Twilight rates are $2 off daily rates: $5 for 62 and over, $6 for ages 13 to 61; $5 for ages 3 to 12; and free for under 2.)

5 to 9 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Gear HeadZ car cruise, on Third Street between Market and Merchant streets.

6 p.m. — Walking Tour: Cradle to Grave, departing from the Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

6:30 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve County Racing Series, at Ste. Genevieve County Fairgrounds, Grandstand opens at 5 p.m.; hot laps at 5:30 p.m., $3 admission to grandstand.

7 p.m. — Concert: Brianna Moore, at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main St., $5 admission.

Sunday, August 16

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ASL Pewter Foundry, 183 S. Third St., will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson.

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Enlightened Women of Ste. Genevieve, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: The Story of Pelagie Amoureaux, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

1 to 3 p.m. — Live music at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main St.