Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Blog closing Dec. 31, 2020

We have decided to stop posting to this blog as of Dec. 31, 2019.

The blog will be deleted after Dec. 31, 2020.

We have enjoyed sharing our activities online and hope you will take time this year to enjoy these posts.

with Billie and Evie
Co-founders of JCSHG

Friday, November 1, 2019

Fall Field Trips

Members at Peach Tree Farm.

JCSHG attended three fall field trips this year. The first field trip was to Peach Tree Farm in Boonville. Members got to pick a pie pumpkin, feed the farm animals, and play in a stagecoach set up on the property.

Less than two weeks later the group went to Fischer Farms in Jefferson City. We were so happy the farm was able to open after it flooded earlier this year. The group has had a Fischer Farms field trip every year since JCSHG was formed! Members picked out pumpkins, a gourd, played in the corn bins, and enjoyed the corn maze.

Finally, the last field trip of the season was our annual Binder Park hayride and bonfire event. Thirty-one members attended the four-hour event the last week of October. Members roasted various foods over the fire, made s’mores, and enjoyed the warmth of the fire while visiting. Thanks to the McMichael family for planning a Nerf gun war and providing the ammunition.

--text and photos by Billie S.

Hayride at Fischer Farms.

Ready for hayride and bonfire at Binder Park.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Eighth Annual Family Picnic

Getting ready for the potato sack race.
On Sunday, September 15, JCSHG held it's eighth annual Family Picnic. Members met at Niekamp Park in St. Martins. We had members of 10 families present, including our newest family; it was their first JCSHG activity. The 39 present ate a lovely potluck meal, chatted with old friends, and made new ones.

After the meal, activities for the children included a Nerf war, potato sack races, and water relay races. We've had the water relay race at all eight picnics. It was the first year for potato sack races and the second for the Nerf war. Thanks to all those who provided the materials and ran the games.

We look forward to picnic number nine next year!

--text and photos by Jeannette F.

Eating with friends.

Hanging out with old friends.


Preparing for the Nerf war.


Getting ready for the water relay race.



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Stonehenge Exhibit and Science City

Our group.
On August 23, 35 of our members (representing nine families) met at Kansas City's Union Station for JCSHG's fourth field trip there. Over the past few years, the group has visited three other traveling exhibits that have been displayed there: Leonardo da Vinci, King Tut, and Beyond the Brick. Each time the group has spent the last part of the day at Science City, also located in Union Station.
Running for the zip lines.

Hanging out with family.

After learning about Stonehenge, the families enjoyed lunch together in the cafeteria set aside for school groups. It was the only school group that day, so it run of the entire space. Then it was off to Science City to play and learn with water, animals, zip lines, slides, sand, and much more.

The group is looking forward to two more field trips this fall and some of its little ones are anxious to return to Science City, maybe next fall.

--pics by Billie S. and Jeannette F.
--text by Jeannette F.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Bake Sale 2019

Ready to rock!
Thank you, Jefferson City!

Once more, we are grateful for the generosity of the citizens of Jefferson City. We only had 300 bags of goodies to sell (at $1 per bag), but you all gave $389.47. That's almost $100 in donations. Thank you!

This year's Bake Sale saw a huge variety in goodies baked by our, also generous, members . There were:
  • sprinkle cookies
  • blueberry cookies with lemon glaze
  • strawberry supreme cookies
  • orange cookies
  • lemon supreme cookies
  • oatmeal-raisin cookies
  • fudge cookies
  • chocolate-chip cookies
  • no bake cookies
  • rice crispies
  • brookies (brownie-cookie combo)
  • and brownies!
Our members also manned the sales table for five hours to bring these cookies to the public.

Our group does not charge membership dues. The money we raise at our annual Bake Sale funds our activities for the entire year. This year's money will help pay for upcoming field trips, including a visit in August to the Stonehenge exhibit and Science City at Union Station in Kansas City.

Looking forward to next year's Bake Sale!

--Jeannette F.

Would you like to buy some cookies? $1 a bag.

We got our smiles on.

I want to be the cashier!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dungeons and Dragons!


JCSHG teens and tweens have been meeting regularly to play a Dungeons and Dragons inspired game led by Matthew M. Each game night is a solid two hours of fun, food, and fantasy. We are lucky to have members like Matthew to provide an opportunity for our teens to hang out together and enjoy the game!

--by Billie S.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Annual Family Picnic

The Warriors: Capture the Flag.

On Sept. 16 we held our Annual Family Picnic at Niekamp Park. With 10 families attending we had more than 40 people. A potluck meal with all kinds of tasty foods was shared. After the meal three organized games were played by the younger members of our group: water relay, Hoop Hop Showdown, and capture the flag. Meanwhile, the adults spent time catching up and getting to know each other better.

Thanks to the McMichael family for organizing this year's games!

--text by Jeannette F.
--photos by Jeannette F. and Evie M.


Enjoying good food and good company.

On your mark. Get set. Go!

Water relay game.

Rock, paper, scissors: Hoop Hop Showdown.