Columbia's downtown lively during weekend sunshine

Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 7:06 p.m. CST; updated 8:22 a.m. CST, Monday, January 13, 2014
Drivers line up in their vehicles to wash away the grime left behind from days of snow and rain at the Tiger Car Wash North on Sunday on North Rangeline Street. The temperature in Columbia reached 65 degrees Sunday bringing along with it gusts of wind as high as 32 mph.

COLUMBIA — Hannah Bush's pink hair shined in the Sunday afternoon sunlight as she picked up her guitar and started to sing.

"Oh, I will be there waiting for you; all the angels and their halos, all they do is keeping me waiting and waiting..." Bush sang.


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After a freezing start to the week, the sun warmed up Columbia over the weekend, drawing people outside to enjoy a bright Sunday afternoon. Temperatures reached a high of 65 degrees around 3 p.m., just one degree shy of the record set in 1960.

Bush and her boyfriend, Vicente Soto, were playing music together in front of Lakota Coffee on Ninth Street. They had been playing for hours with a busker they met earlier that day and caught the eyes of lots of pedestrians walking down the street.

"We are enjoying life and playing music," Bush said.

They played a song called "Candy," with Bush playing guitar and singing and Soto beatboxing. At the end of the romantic tune listeners applauded.

Customers lined up in Sparky's ice cream shop across the street.

This is the first year that Sparky's has been open in winter, employee Aaron Persky said while preparing the ice cream. 

Sparky's is open on Fridays and Saturdays and any day with good weather, Persky said.

"There have been around 15 customers so far since 11:30," he said around 12:30.

In winter, he said, people like to buy pints of ice creams, bringing them home and storing them in freezers.

One Sparky's customer, Nick Zappa, works at Save-a-Lot and said he enjoys having ice cream once in a while at Sparky's.

"There is not a bad time for ice cream," Zappa said.

Nearby in Peace Park, Mollie Caffey was enjoying her day in the beautiful weather. She is a senior art student at MU and got off work from her job as a florist at Hyvee at 1 p.m.

Sunday was the last day Caffey had to work before school starts, and she said it was great that it was such a beautiful, warm day.

She was making a snake-skin leather crown for her friend's punk band, Cuddles. She was sewing pink yarn onto the crown to make a triangle-shape decoration.

"It was the best day ever of the winter break (and) maybe the best day in my life," she said.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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