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Scenes of the Season

On Dec. 12, the city of Wildwood held a Holiday Pop Up event that gave residents the opportunity to decorate cookies, share hot chocolate, enjoy musical entertainment and “Strike A Pose!” in a photo booth of the same name. 

[Photos by Jessica Meszaros]

In honor of the holiday season, Dance Incorporated/M.P.A. students donated toys and everything needed to make 100 birthday cakes to the Circle Of Concern Birthday Club and blankets to Project Linus for seriously ill or otherwise in need children. This is the school’s 10th year of donating to the local charities. 

[Photo above submitted by Dance Inc.]

The Mary Hempstead Lisa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, based in Chesterfield, particpated in the National Wreaths Across America Day, on Dec. 14. The purpose of the annual event is to “Remember, Honor and Teach” and is carried out by coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

The members of the Chesterfield DAR placed wreaths on veterans’ graves in the historic Cold Water Creek Cemetery in Florissant. The cemetery is considered by historians to be the oldest Protestant cemetery west of the Mississippi River still in use. Twenty-nine veterans from nine wars are interred at the cemetery, including John Clark, Eusebius Hubbard and John Patterson Sr., all of whom served in the Revolutionary War. 

[Photo below submitted by the Mary Hempstead Lisa DAR Chapter]

Twin Oaks Presbyterian was among the many local churches, schools and businesses that were decorated for the holiday season. 

Photographer Ryan Moore captured this dramatic sunset shot of the church located at the intersection of Route 141 and Big Bend Boulevard. 

[Photo by Ryan Moore]

On the day before winter break, Barretts Elementary students were welcomed by an Elf on the Roof. Not only did the families and students enjoy seeing Glen the Elf, people driving by snapped photos and shared in the joy of the season. When not dressed in an elf costume, Grant Steward is the school counselor at Barretts. The Elf on the Roof tradition started in 2018. 

[Photo submitted by the Parkway School District]

On Sunday Dec. 8, The Kaufman Fund, supported by the generosity of West County residents and businesses, donated 325 fresh cut Christmas trees to deserving Veterans and their families. The event took place at M1 Bank, 11697 Manchester Road. 

Organizers described the annual event as “tremendous and heartwarming.” 

Since December 2014, The Kaufman Fund has given Christmas trees and stands to deserving veterans and their families to help them enjoy the traditions of the holiday season and to thank them for their service. Since the program’s inception, it has donated over 1600 trees and stands to military families. 

The Kaufman Fund works with St. Patrick’s Center, UMSL, the USO, Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service and other local charities to identify deserving families.

The Kaufman Fund was founded in 1990 and has raised over $1.5 million and has provided support for local veterans, spouses, and children who have been deprived of life’s basic necessities. The Kaufman Fund’s mission is to reach out and render support to every veteran, spouse, and child in need. 

For more information on The Kaufman Fund, visit

[Photo submitted by The Kaufman Fund]

West Newsmagazine was honored to be asked to select the Most Creative Snowman winner of the annual Wildwood Snowman Search event, which took place Nov. 30-Dec. 31. And the winner is Seabaugh Furniture, whose snowman is pictured at right. We loved that they incorporated so many details in creating not just a snowman but a complete winter scene.

Honorable Mentions went to El Maguey and Puppington Palace for capturing the spirit of their individual businesses with the snowmen creations; Hope Montessori for creating an interactive scene and school Patterson Family Farm for creating an engaging scene. 

The People’s Choice award resulted in a tied decision with The Porch by Nettie White Interiors and Zick’s Great Outdoors each receiving 162 votes. 

Residents and visitors can search out the snowmen, take selfies with them and upload their photos for a chance to win a cash prize. Taking home the $1,000 first place award was  Brittany Werntz, who also claimed the third place prize, thanks to bonus entries received by visiting and photographing every one of the 68 participating businesses. Katherine Palmquist claimed the $500 second place prize and Cheryl Isaac received a $250 fourth place award. 

This was the second year for the Wildwood Snowman Search, sponsored by the  city of Wildwood, the Wildwood Business Association [WBA] and West Newsmagazine.

[Photo by Jessica Meszaros]
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