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Downtown Sikeston holiday ornament depicts old Malone Theatre

Monday, November 28, 2011

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Kim Robinson, executive director of Sikeston's Historic Midtown Development Group, displays the 2011 holiday ornament depicting the old Malone Theatre, which is the fifth in the series. Ornaments are available at various downtown merchants or by contacting Robinson at 380-3801.
(Photo by Leonna Heuring, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The 2011 Historic Downtown Sikeston Christmas ornament -- the fifth in the series -- features a view of the old Malone Theatre.

Harry Sharp remembers growing up in Sikeston and spending many Saturdays at the old theater.

"Every Saturday, we went to see a western, a serial and cartoon," Sharp said, adding they would always end with a cliffhanger so spectators would have to come back the next week.

Now residents can have a mini view of the theater through this year's ornament.

"The Malone Theatre ornament has generated the most buzz of all the ornaments we've done," said Kim Robinson, executive director of Sikeston's Historic Midtown Development Group Inc. "It's been a good conversation piece."

Robinson noted the limited edition ornaments are handcrafted and painted and by Hestia Creations.

"They offer a little bit of the history of Sikeston," said Sue Tangeman of Sikeston. "And if you don't know the history behind the downtown, they're a great way to call people's attention to and get a lot of the know from those who were there."

Choosing the different themes for each ornament has been a challenge over the years because there are so many different landmarks in Sikeston to choose from, said Tangemen, who also serves on the HMDG Board of Directors.

"There's something about each one of them that I really like," Tangeman said.

The 2007 ornament features the old Methodist Church columns while the Malone Park Band Stand is replicated on the 2008 ornament. In 2009, the Depot Museum was depicted, and last year's ornament featured Historic Downtown Sikeston in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Sikeston.

The prior years ornaments are still available, in limited quantities, according to Robinson.

Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator for the city of Sikeston, said he, too, wanted to make the ornaments part of his collection.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have in my possession the recreation of some of Sikeston's history," Hardy said.

The limited edition ornaments, which are $20 and come gift boxed, are available at Sweet Gum Gallery, Depot Museum, Personal Expressions and Susie's Bake Shoppe in Downtown Sikeston.

For the entire story, see the Nov. 29 Standard Democrat or click here to log on to the electronic edition.