One of the funner things my mother would take me to every spring was the Home Show held at the Arena in St. Louis. To give an idea of how big this show was, I am reasonably sure Hulman Center would fit inside the Arena. Every year the local Home Builders Association would construct a model house on the lawn just outside the Arena. It was never quite clear to me what they did with that house afterward. Mother, my sister Diane, and I would spend the day there. We'd agree to meet at some designated spot at noon for lunch, and I'd be on my own. Often I'd get enough free samples of good things to eat that I didn't need lunch. Mostly Diane would stay with mother; I was always curious and too much of a wanderer. We probably started going to these shows -- with me wandering off on my own -- when I was about ten, so you can see it was a different world.
Mother would go to about anything: Super Market openings, Sunday afternoon Open Houses, and just about every new subdivision that sprung up in the 1950s -- any event that might be giving out free samples. In retrospect I'm not sure which I liked the most: Going to these things, the free samples, or just being with my mother.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, there will be a Business Showcase sponsored by Crossroads Communications held at the Brazil Armory on State Road 59. This year it is a one-day event, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.. There will be about 40 exhibits of area businesses. It won't be near as big as the Home Shows I remember; but it's about as big as Brazil needs.
The Showcase includes, for purposes of full disclosure, our son Nathan's Computer Central; and I am mostly responsible for making sure everything we'll need is there for a display. Once the thing starts I'm done since "I don't know nothing about no computers."
This is the fifth year we've participated in the Showcase (previously called "Expo"), and it is always a fun, and tiring, event. I'll wander around to meet all the other exhibitors (they all have free samples). Unfortunately not very many exhibitors have free stuff to eat. One exhibitor a few years back, Brazil Garage Door Company, gave us a ruler, which we still have in Kay's desk. When we needed help with our garage they were the folks we called. That's what The Business Showcase is about, finding out more about local business so that you'll know who they are when a need arises.
As my reader will recall, I am a great believer in supporting local business; which is why we've participated in the Showcase every year. There are things to learn, door prizes to win, and free stuff that sometimes comes in handy years later. At some point in the afternoon I'll be there to meet with you, my one Blog fan. Mother would have been proud.
David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.