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Ma and Pa Kettle revived in Alton

Friday, September 16, 2011

About 40 people packed into Juggbutt's coffee house in Alton on Sept. 10 to watch "Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair" hosted by the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Coop. The free event included ice cream from Spring Dipper of Mammoth Spring. Organizer Rachel Luster said more than 60 people attended the three-hour social.
At least 60 people showed up for free ice cream at Juggbutt's coffee house on Sept. 10 in Alton and a public showing of a black-and-white movie from the 1952.

Organizer Rachel Luster of Couch, founder of the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-op, said she was pleased with the turnout on a rainy night.

She said she knew the film, "Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair," would be a hit, however, as many people are searching for ways to reconnect with a simpler time.

"The ice cream didn't hurt, either," Luster said.

Spring Dipper of Mammoth Spring brought unlimited scoops of vanilla, chocolate and blue moon ice cream for the three-hour event.

The film originally was set to be shown on an outside wall of Juggbutt's, but rain moved the showing inside. Guests filled the side room, where musicians gather every weekend.

The Co-op hosted the event to introduce residents to other food producers and craftsmen, who may be interested in joining the Co-op.

The Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-op met for the first time in April and is now seeking a building to buy or rent to give cooperative members a venue for trading their wares.

The Co-op's mission is to sustain the local communities and economies of Oregon County through the local sale and trade of the products, skills, and knowledge of area residents.

Luster said she has looked at a few buildings that may work as a trading post, although a contract hasn't been signed. Meanwhile, the cooperative likely will start in a retail spot in Juggbutt's building.

The group also plans to have a booth at the upcoming Walnut Festival in Alton.

Luster said about 30 people are now members of the Co-op.

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