(Joplin, MO) – As part of the City of Joplin’s holiday appearance, Visit Joplin has installed a “stained glass” winter scene in the front windows of our office located in City Hall. The window looks out onto Main Street/Route 66.
The three-paned scene, painted on 5-foot-by-7-foot vinyl panels, was created by local artist Sandra Pemberton. Pemberton is known for her large-scale murals throughout the area.
Those who look closely into Santa’s bag may recognize an old friend – Boomer the Groundhog! Boomer served as Visit Joplin’s mascot for several years and makes a surprise appearance to wish everyone a happy holiday!
According to Patrick Tuttle, Visit Joplin Director, “The tradition of decorating the windows continues since the practice started by Newman’s Department Store, the building’s original inhabitant.” This is part of Visit Joplin’s participation in the Downtown Joplin Alliance’s effort of decorating downtown store fronts.
Tuttle concluded, “Thought the winter scene can be viewed by residence and guests alike at any time, the stained-glass effect is best observed at night. The holiday scene will be in place until January 3.”
Patrick Tuttle, Director
Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau