(By Kellie Trudeau/Kellie is the Head Copy Editor of the Chewelah Independent and is a graduate of Washington State University. She is also the mother of three kids five and under. If you’d like to send Kellie a Letter, shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Going out on the town isn’t always easy with three kids…
Taking three young kids “out on the town” is always, at the least, unpredictable — you just never know how it’s going to go, whether it’s hoping that no one needs to use the bathroom, decides they are starving, or just needs a nap because they woke up a little too early. Deciding to take them to a theatre production where they are supposed to be quiet for an hour? That’s a little stressful for mom but at least fun for the kids. But then taking them right after that to go to the Chamber’s Home and Garden Show? I was really pushing my luck on Saturday.
But we had a great time, as usual, in Chewelah and it reminded me why I love this small town and our community so much. And of course my kids made it extra memorable.
StageTime’s Beauty and the Beast was a wonderful production for our whole family to enjoy. The morning show is a great time to take the family, thank you to StageTime for being so welcoming and allowing us to experience a lovely show. The junior version is only an hour, features all the most recognizable songs, lots of kids that are entertaining to watch, and the beautiful costumes stayed true to the Disney animated classic. The story moves fast enough to keep the youngest ones enthralled. If only a three year-old Monica could stop asking for snacks for a whole hour…
And then, another fun thing about a small town show is that I was able to introduce Monica to Belle and she was pretty excited to tell her she loved her pretty dress and shoes.
After the show we were able to take our time chatting with cast and crew as they got a break before their next show.
Then it was off to the Chamber of Commerce Home & Garden show at Gess which I’ve always wanted to check out. This time the timing was good for lunch time and it was only a block away. So off we went…
It was wonderful to see how the businesses in Chewelah pull together to promote Chewelah as a whole in a very professional showing. I got to catch up with so many people in one place, learn a lot of what’s happening this spring, and get energized for our awesome town coming together to promote itself in a fun way. And it was all free and very family friendly! From the goody bags at the door and the kids coloring contest, to the free hamburgers and chips so generously provided by the Lions and Kiwanis clubs. They really do help feed this community.
The kids enjoyed it too. They quickly figured out that the candy at each booth was free and learned how politeness can come in handy. It was fun to see them interact with the vendors themselves and even convinced Katie from the Chewelah library to read them a story at the library’s booth. They felt pretty special to be able to check out the book right there at the booth.
And thanks to Jessica at the Ace Hardware booth for allowing Monica to rearrange her purple chairs. And thanks to Reynetta for providing a balloon to entertain a one year-old while the others got their hands painted at the Chewelah Arts Guild booth.