Yuletide tour at Java.net update–chocolate fountain

Java.net's chocolate fountain will tempt tourers on Dec. 6

Java.net's chocolate fountain will tempt tourers on Dec. 6

Viva Cuba’s Yuletide Tour on December 6 has both homes and tours. Since the original info came out, some organizations and businesses have updated their offerings, such as the earlier blog entry on the Crawford County History Museum’s Presidential Ornament display.

Java. net Books & Gifts is adding a chocolate fountain to its lunch special. The special is a pic 2 with chicken salad sandwich and a cup of loaded baked potato or tomato basil soup, tea, or soda for $6.50, including the chocolate fountain.  Or  you can have just the chocolate fountain with pineapple, marshmallows, rice krispie treats, and  other temptations for dipping for $2.99.

And Miller has the family “snowing” Christmas tree in place. I have seen it, and it does snow. I have never seen a tree like it.

Miller’s parents bought the tree in the 60s and then it was sold in an auction. When her sister Jerri realized what they had sold, she tracked the buyer down and bought the tree back. She has loaned the vintage tree to Miller for the tour.

Java.net's snowing tree is ready.

Java.net's snowing tree is ready.

There will be a drawing for a Christmas basket with Christmas books, a scented candle, Rt. 66 Fudge, and Christmas scrap booking paper from Scrapbook Addictions.  You can only include your name in the drawing on Dec. 6.

A drawing for a  basket of goodies takes place Dec. 6 at Java.net.

A drawing for a basket of goodies takes place Dec. 6 at Java.net.

Java.net. located at 418 North Franklin, will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Drop by, it will be raining chocolate and snow.

For full details of the tour see  “Viva Cuba’s Yuletide Tour Sunday, December 6.”

NY Times Bestselling author visits Java.net in Cuba, Missouri

The Gunfighter, one of Bobbi Smith's more popular titles, has been re-released.

The Gunfighter, one of Bobbi Smith's more popular titles, has been re-released.

Ok. you might wonder why a photo of a hunky Western guy is on Viva Cuba’s blog. No, it’s not a design for a new mural. Beautification is where you find it, and this cover art is another form of  beautification and art that is coming to Cuba’s Java.net at 418 North Franklin/Hwy. 19 on December 12 from 11:00 am to 2 pm.

New York Times best selling author Bobbi Smith, a resident of St. Charles, MO, will visit Java.net to sign copies of her new book Runaway, about a Texas Ranger who comes to town to get rid of the bad guys and ends up finding a new love interest as well.

Smith published her first book in 1982 and has written over 40 novels since then.  Although historical romances are her speciality, she wrote two Christian novels under the name Julie Marshall.

Historical research and traveling to locations of her books, give Smith’s historical romances an authenticity that helped her win The Romantic Times Storyteller of the Year award.

Smith also talks to writer’s groups and travels for autographing parties for her books.  I met Smith a number of years ago when she spoke to my creative writing class about publishing and writing.

In addition to signed copies of Smith’s novels, there will be free gift wrap available to make finding a special Christmas gift at Java.net an easy task.

Drop by Java.net on December 12 to talk to Bobbi Smith, linger over some great Kaldi’s coffee drinks, and try out a Viva Cuba “Mural City” candy bar while you are there.

Best selling author Bobbi Smith is known as the Queen of the Western Romance.

Best selling author Bobbi Smith is known as the Queen of the Western Romance.

Signed copies of Bobbi Smith's latest novel The Runaway will be available at Java.net.

Signed copies of Bobbi Smith's latest novel The Runaway will be available at Java.net.

Yuletide Tour update…White House Christmas ornaments at Crawford County History Museum

The museum and war memorial are part of the historic Recklein Commons area.

The museum and war memorial are part of the historic Recklein Commons area.

The December 6 Viva Cuba Yuletide Tour features homes and businesses on this year’s tour, and the Crawford County History Museum at 308 N. Smith, (open from 1-5pm) plans a special exhibit of Christmas ornaments.

According to a Cuba Free Press ad, in addition to serving Cuban coffee and pound cake from its historical cook book, the Crawford County History Museum has a special exhibit of  10 White House Christmas ornaments planned for the tour.

The ad listed ornaments for Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

The ad also mentions two Christmas ornaments from President George Washington‘s home at Mount Vernon in Virginia.

If you would like a little history with your holidays, check out the History Museum on the afternoon of Dec. 6.

For details of the tour and how to get tickets, read here.

If any other businesses or organizations would like to update their Yuletide Tour information, use the comment section below.

Viva Cuba gives thanks to our veterans…

The community came together on Veterans Day to remember our soldiers.

The community came together on Veterans Day to remember our soldiers.

The members of Viva Cuba and the town of Cuba have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We have a caring community and an abundance that we can share with others who are having a rough time of it. Many organizations are  planning and implementing food and toy drives for  the holidays. For this we give thanks.

It is our soldiers, who are often away from home during the holidays, that make it possible to have strong, secure towns and cities. Because you go to war, we live in peace. We remember and appreciate your efforts, not just on Veterans Day and special holidays, but throughout the the year. For you, we give thanks.

If you cannot be with your family today, we hope you and your family of soldiers are getting a good meal and are able to talk to your family members. We are thinking of you in your home town.

Share this site with soldiers from Cuba and let them know the images of Cuba are here for them and that our thoughts are with them as well.  We would like to hear from them in our comment section on our website.

Our Veterans Monument commemorates the names of those who have fought in our country's wars.

Our Veterans Monument commemorates the names of those who have fought in our country's wars.

Hotel Cuba on Route 66 in Cuba, Missouri condemned for safety reasons…

The former Hotel Cuba building has been condemned.

The former Hotel Cuba building has been condemned.

At this time the former Hotel Cuba building at 509 East Main has been condemned after a Saturday night fire left it unsafe. Extensive damage to the electrical system caused Public Works Director Bob Baldwin to order the apartments unfit for habitation. It will require extensive repairs to be habitable again.

For an account of the fire and subsequent actions, read “Mattress fire burns East Main apartment house” in the Cuba Free Press.

UPDATE 1/11/11  Owner Gary Killeen is rehabbing the Hotel Cuba building. We will try to bring an update to readers.

Latest UPDATE as of November 28, 2011: Contractor Terry West of Bourbon purchased the Hotel Cuba property and remodeled it using green practices and solar panels on the roof. He is aware of the building’s history and plans to maintain the historic footprint. The modern apartments are now available for renting.

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