It’s not too late for a getaway with the girlfriends | Company


HANNIBAL – The sidewalks and shops of downtown Hannibal were filled with high-energy fun as women of all ages, from large groups to couples, enjoyed a Friday of events, promotions and giveaways at The Great Girlfriend’s Getaway.

It was the first day of the two-day event, which continues through Saturday, also featuring a new event in conjunction with the festivities, the Rotary Riverfest.

A group of friends from Quincy gathered at Hannibal, the crew was from Beta Zeta sorority, which is an international service and leadership organization focused on volunteerism and friendship.

It was their first time at The Great Girlfriend’s Getaway, and they were celebrating their work for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital through an annual live music event they hosted in Quincy last month.

“We do philanthropy, education and social – today it’s social,” said Gail Costigan.

After seeing an ad for the Hannibal event, they decided it was a great place to hold the group’s social day. They spent the day exploring downtown Hannibal and discovering shops they didn’t know existed.

“We walked down the street and visited all the stores as we went and had lunch at Finn’s which was really good,” Jean Norfolk said. The girls in the group had bought a bracelet at the Native Store, done some clothing shopping and bought a kitchen item at the Mississippi Marketplace.

A favorite part of their day was the kitchen gadget demonstration at the Mississippi Marketplace, which was hosted by owner Linda Studer.

Studer brought store shelf items to life by demonstrating how to use a herb chopper and noodle cutter, a pineapple corer and a gadget that removes corn from the cob.

The ladies also received training, as Studer shared tips for finding a ripe pineapple, which is to say smelling the bottom of it where it is picked. She also shared how to microwave corn on the cob in its husk, which causes the moisture inside to soften the corn, and more.

On Saturday at the Mississippi Marketplace, there will be a cooking lesson with essential oils at 11 a.m. hosted by Miranda Sims who will demonstrate with several dishes that adding essential oils will enhance flavor and add health benefits.

Tomorrow will also be the exhibition and demonstration of trunks of antique toy sewing machines organized by Bits & Pieces.

At least 50 vintage toy sewing machines from around the world of all sizes and brands are on display. Some of them are for sale in the store while others are from the personal collection of store owner Cindy Hannold.

Some of the small machines not only work but can be used to sew certain pieces, such as the small quilt also on display in the shop.

She demonstrated one of the machines that dates back to 1900 and works with a hook instead of a bobbin. Fixed to the table, the hook grabs and twists the sewing thread when the user turns it by hand.

“This would have been marketed to children but also to adults as a working sewing machine,” she said. “They wanted to encourage their daughters to sew, and maybe a few boys along the way. The men were tailors.

Hannold started collecting nine years ago when he opened his business, which later grew into a personal collection as well.

The exhibition and demonstrations will take place all day Saturday from 9:30 am at Bits & Pieces. She will also be demonstrating for an extended period after the weekend for those who were unable to attend The Great Girlfriend’s Getaway.

Hannold said she also planned to do make-and-take, but had to cancel it due to staffing issues.

The Rotary Riverfest also kicked off Friday night at Hannibal’s New Riverfront featuring live bands, Steppin’ Back and Trixie Delight with food, music, beer and a wine garden.

Saturday will continue with the doors opening at 11 a.m. with a karaoke contest and live bands throughout the day including Stone Hill Band, King Benny, American Standard and the

The entry fee for Rotary Riverfest is $5, but those who purchased a Great Girlfriend’s Getaway tote bag will have free entry to the event.

The tote bags, which are the ticket to Great Girlfriend’s Getaway, can be purchased all day Saturday at Java Jive. For the full schedule of downtown events, go to and select Great Girlfriend’s Getaway under the event tab.


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