Shelby Chante Photography

“If I could sit at anyone’s Thanksgiving table this year, it would belong to my aunt Kristal,” says Kendra Hinkle, co-owner of Lavish Grazing. “I love talking pie, coffee, “Gilmore Girls” and life happenings with her. Maybe even discuss some Harry Potter theories. Or the latest quirks of our furbabies: Harry, Chloe and Luna. Also, how great her mashed potatoes turned out this year. Thanksgiving is truly the best.”

The Gillioz Theatre, which celebrated its 95th anniversary in October, is hosting National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Nov. 26. Visit the Gillioz website for more information and to purchase tickets. The Gillioz is located at 325 Park Central East in Springfield, Missouri. Please note: If Clark would have lived in A Christmas Story, his mouth would have been washed out with a bar of soap.

It seems as though I have way more storms than I do sunshine. I need this bracelet because I need to be reminded my God is the God of the storm, just as He is the God of sunshine and rainbows.

Grace Lee

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Cinderella will be on the Springfield Little Theatre’s mainstage, Nov. 19-Dec. 5. Tickets cost $26-34. Buy them online at SLT’s website.

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer will be performed at the Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts for Springfield Little Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, Dec. 3-5. Tickets are $6-8 and may be purchased on the SLT’s website.

Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Springfield Ballet will present The Nutcracker, Dec. 17-20. Buy tickets (including streaming) online on the SLT’s website.

words + photographs by Julie Johnson

At the end of October, before the rains came, I loaded up another bunch of ripe Big Rainbow tomatoes, as well as several green, ready-for-frying tomatoes. I walked up the street past the green-leaved redbud trees, marched through the still-green grass, climbed the back deck steps and met my neighbors at the door. I handed them the tomatoes and spent 30 minutes or so talking about whatever neighbors talk about.