Cleon Forces Rescheduling of Local Events

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Winter storm Cleon coated Clay County in a fairly thin layer of ice, sleet and snow late last week and gave the region a bit of sparkle for the holiday season.

Winter storm Cleon forced the cancellation or postponement of a number of events and activities, but two popular offerings will be held this coming weekend. Saturday night the Clay County Arts Council Night of Chocolate is set at Rector, and Sunday afternoon the annual Piggott Christmas Fest and Parade will be held.

The weather has also resulted in the postponement of the Kennett Christmas Parade, originally set for Friday, Dec. 13. The parade will now be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.

The winter blast couldn't stop an evening of delicious desserts and fun, mysterious theatrical performance. Due to last week's storm, the annual Night of Chocolate and Dinner Theatre by the Clay County Arts Council, Inc. is now scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Rector Community Center.

This year marks the return of the popular dinner theatre, with the organization hosting the murder mystery, "Café Murder." The play, written by Nathan Hartswick, is produced with special arrangement through the Pioneer Drama service and is sure to be a hit with the crowd.

The audience will once again help Detective Flash, played by the always hilarious Ronda Haney. Flash will attempt to solve the crime; however this year Flash is also a suspect, thus the audience has a complete task to unscramble the puzzle. Other members of the cast are as follows: Buddy Bradberry as the Ma"tre d; Glenna Sigsby Bookout as Rosemary the birthday guest; Charlie Grimes as Mark the banker; Jane Gatewood as Melanie the hippie; Christa Hedrick as Valerie the valley girl; Cathy Jane Norred as Volleny the truck driver cowgirl; Joseph Hargrave as Franc the charming chef and Kailyn Conley Fender as the waitress. Gail Burns is stage director for the production.

Before the case begins, the audience will enjoy a delicious meal catered by The Traveling Whisk of Kennett. The meals are a crowd favorite, and the chocolate fountain and desserts are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

While enjoying the meal, those in attendance will be entertained with Christmas music provided by Laura French of Piggott.

The evening will also include a silent auction for a beautiful Luna acoustic guitar donated by Jeff Parks of FreshTech in Piggott. Luna guitars are popular with many performers because of the artistry in each design.

Meanwhile, the annual Piggott Christmas Fest has been rescheduled, and will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 on the square in downtown Piggott. The event, sponsored by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce, was postponed from Saturday, Dec. 7 due to winter storm Cleon.

The holiday celebration will feature a number of vendors set-up around the court square throughout the afternoon, with the annual Christmas Parade set for 4 p.m. The items offered by the vendors will include a variety of craft and gift items, holiday treats and more. Prior to the earlier postponement, over 30 vendors were scheduled to be on hand and many have indicated they'll attend.

Organizers note the Chamber of Commerce will be selling chili throughout the event, and other vendors will also offer a variety of food items as well. And, in keeping with tradition this year's Christmas Fest will also include free toy drawings and free hot dogs for those 16 and younger. Many of the downtown businesses will also be open during the afternoon, with some offering special sales and promotions.

There will also be a drawing for two bicycles, a girl's and a boy's, and kids 14 and under are encouraged to sign-up. Chamber officials indicated the drawing will likely be held immediately following the parade.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are also scheduled to make an appearance. They will be in their house on the square beginning at 1 p.m. and will remain until just prior to the parade for those who wish to take photographs.

Just a few of the downtown merchants planning to be open include--Feather Your Nest, The Treasure Chest, FreshTech and Vintage Palooza.

The Piggott Christmas Fest is sponsored each year by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce. Those wanting more information may call their office at 870 598-3167 or contact them by email at

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