The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 29, 2012

Jo Ellis: Busy days coming for Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Two not-to-be-missed Carthage events are slated for this Saturday.

The Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners organization is having its annual plant sale, and it also is the date for the citywide rummage sale.

The plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Powers Museum, 1617 W. Oak St. Fruit trees, ornamentals, vegetables, herbs “and lots and lots of flowers” will be featured, according to Bev Sturgis, president of the group.

Some really healthy herbs — sage, chives, mint and oregano — are going to be my contribution.

This annual sale has helped raise money for the master gardeners to create and maintain gardens that bring beauty and nutrition to many sites in the Jasper County area.

“The plants are reasonably priced and are all raised by master gardeners,” Sturgis said. “We will have plenty of volunteers on hand to help carry the plants to cars and answer questions. If one volunteer doesn’t know the answer, there’s sure to be someone who will.”

The sale will be held rain or shine.

Better get in gear if you want to be included in Saturday’s citywide garage sale. The deadline for inclusion in the official guide is Wednesday. You can contact the Carthage Press to get a description of your sale and your location put on a map for a charge of $25 for 25 words.

Those who are interested in buying should get there as early as possible. Who knows, you might find the perfect container for the beautiful plant you bought at the plant sale.

Another exciting event, especially for Carthage history buffs, is on tap in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13. Wendi Douglas, director of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that on Tuesday, May 8, the bureau is holding a Travel Rally, one of 75 similar rallies throughout the nation.

At 9 a.m., travel industry workers representing key businesses in Carthage’s hospitality community will join Douglas, Mayor Mike Harris, Chamber of Commerce President Mark Elliff, and Boots Motel owners Debyestet Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw to recognize the economic impact of business visitors and tourists.

The rally is being held at the historic Boots Motel on its first day of operation since undergoing renovation by the new owners.

Bob Boots, son of original owners Arthur and Ida Boots, and other special guests will be checking in at 2 p.m. that Tuesday to spend the first night in the renovated motel.

Eventually, 11 guest rooms will be available, Harvey said.

At its 1939 opening, the motel advertised “a radio in every room.”

Clark Gable and Gene Autry were two celebrity guests who reportedly stayed overnight at the motel, which stood at what then was known as the Crossroads of America — the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and historic Route 66.

Address correspondence to Jo Ellis, c/o The Joplin Globe, Box 7, Joplin, MO 64802 or email

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