You never know what you’ll discover or who you’ll bump into at a local event.
Over the weekend, Falls City held a plant sale event to help raise money for Falls City’s new skatepark and Christmas tree lighting.
James Metzler was selling miniature Christmas trees on a donation basis that will fund the lighting of Falls City’s 40-foot Christmas tree, but Metzler has something else up his sleeve for the Falls City community.
Reluctantly, he shared information on another event he has planned. Community members will find ornaments throughout Falls City, made from last year’s Christmas tree, to be placed on the new tree. These ornaments are still in the beginning stages.
“After the Christmas tree gets taken down, we will be slicing the tree and creating medallion ornaments which will be wood burned with a Christmas feature and hidden throughout the community, for the community members,” Metzler said without giving too many details on his plan. “It’s kind of a hidden secret of what we are doing.”
In another booth set up in front of Boondocks, Georgie Griffith Dayton and Laura Britton displayed their flowers and small cactus-like plants called “Chick and Hens.”
“All of these marigolds will fund next year’s Falls City beautification, and Dani is selling little fig tree starts which came from the doctor’s office. That money will go to the Falls City Thrive Skatepark.” Britton said. “And other people are just selling their plants because it’s fun.”
Down the road next to Dani Haviland’s booth, who was selling fig tree starts, swas Jackey Neyman-Jones, a 27-year resident of Falls City, who introduced herself as a pop-culture icon for “Have you heard of Mystery Theater 3000? I was in what is known as the worst movie ever made, and Mystery Theater brought it back into the world 27 years after it was created. It disappeared for 27 years because it was so bad,” Neyman-Jones said.
Then she explained what the movie was and her role.
“My dad starred in it, and I was the child. My dog was in it and my mother made the costumes. Even though it was one of the five worst movies ever made, it was taught in film school on everything not to do. For such a bad movie, it has inspired a lot of talented projects,” Neyman-Jones said.
Neyman-Jones was also selling a book she wrote about being in the worst movie ever made, titled Growing Up with Manos: The Hand of Fate.
“This is my book, it’s four and a half stars on Amazon. It’s a really good book about a really bad movie,” Neyman-Jones said.
Britton was pleasantly surprised about the success of the event as a whole. She said Dayton sold out all her inventory and while bringing in more than $125 herself.
“We did great, it was a way more people came out than I thought. Georgie sold out, and I made over $125,” Britton said.
Although she had the numbers of the funds that she and Dayton raised, she was unsure how much fund the event brought in as a total, but she was very excited about all of the support from the community.