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Mike Watson writes history on CIC 2014

Sales were brisk. Historian filled his Christmas stocking, so to speak, with 27 notes for story and book ideas and had time to visit other shops, and see his high school U.S. History teacher. Very importantly: The Courthouse Chili was good great. (For historical accuracy, CM has this opinion for another highly qualified source, Mr. Matt Baker of Columbia Security Systems, the anchor store in the Historic Courthouse. Mr. Baker is a foremost food auhority.
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By Mike Watson
Adair County Historian

Good Sunny Sunday morning,

Christmas in Columbia, Saturday, December 6, 2014 will go down in Adair County History as the most successful of this annual event to date.

The town, and in particular Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, in the Historical Adair County Courthouse, as well as the auxiliary locations in the Masonic Hall and Mackie Jo's, were filled to the proverbial brim again and again with customers.

Sales were brisk at times and considerable merchandise seemed to be making its way out the doors, to be temporarily stored under Christmas trees in numerous counties and towns of central Kentucky.

Got to meet old friends, lot of fellow genealogists

On a more personal note, I always have the distinct pleasure of meeting old friends and making new ones at this event. Renea and I come out to set up books, local history items and her crafts. She draws her own folk, but I dearly love talking with my good history and genealogy people.

Every year Santa brings me these people to reenergize me in a way no one can realize. I gather snip-its of genealogy and tales of long-ago that make me want to rush home or to the library and courthouse to begin research anew. And Saturday was no different.

I tend to make lists of things; in years past the lists would run to a dozen or more items. Some of these then made it into columns in the new year. 2014 was very good to me as I have twenty-seven notes in my notepad and some of these have multiple angles to pursue. I suppose you could say my Christmas stocking is filled.

Important, historically: The chili was good!

So, in addition to jumping about (in my own way, of course) and talking away the day, meeting friends and eating great chili offered up by the Adair Heritage Association, I sold a few books and the like as well, and gathered much new fuel for my unending fire for the almost-lost history of our kinsmen and county. Next year will really be the biggest ever, Right?

Inspired again, by favorite artists, Jeff & Henrietta Scott

After slipping out of Ye Olde Shoppe, we made the short trip out Burkesville road to the environs of Antioch to visit a while with our favorite artists, Henrietta and Jeff Scott


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Annabelle Robertson gets in some early shopping



2014-12-06 - 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo (c) ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Annabelle Jane Robertson was early at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in the Historic Adair County Courthouse, getting a sneak preview last night of the merchandise to be offered at the at the Historic Adair County Courthouse. She's now almost eight years old. Her birthday is December 21, 2014. She was at the set up time with her mother, teacher Candice Compton Robertson, who has a studio in downtown, two doors off the Square on Campbellsville Street.

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