Shelter Fountain Celebration
The centerpiece of Shelter's Home Office is our magnificent Fountain—a Columbia landmark for more than half a century. Each spring, hundreds gather to enjoy music, family fun and the activation of Shelter's Fountain for another season. The event features live music, clowns, and fun yard games for the kids. Bring your family and help Shelter celebrate the Fountain.
The 54th annual Fountain Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and the Fountain is switched on just after 6 p.m.
Concerts in the Gardens
The 43rd season of Shelter's annual Concerts in the Gardens series begins on Sunday, June 16, 2019, with a performance by Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
Upcoming performances of the Concerts in the Gardens series feature the following groups:
June 16 — Missouri Symphony Society
June 23 — Columbia Community Band
June 30 — C Rock City
Intermission: There will be no performance on Sunday, July 7
July 14 — Ironweed & Swampweed
July 21 — Banana Oil Pan Band
July 28 — Lisa Rose & Margaret Bianchetta
Each summer, the Sunday evening shows typically draw crowds of 1,000 or more music lovers to the Shelter Insurance Gardens, where well-groomed, colorful flora offset a cedar concert gazebo. The events evoke nostalgia for a time gone by, when traditional summer outside band concerts were a regular thing in smaller communities.
Each show is free and starts at 7 p.m., Sundays, in the Shelter Insurance Gardens. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Shelter Insurance Gardens are at the northwest corner of Shelter’s Home Office grounds at 1817 W. Broadway in Columbia, Missouri.
In the event of bad weather, please call our Weather Cancellation Hotline at 573-214-4990 to be sure the concert is not canceled.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Each November, the Shelter family celebrates the spirit of the holiday season with a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Shelter co-workers and members of the community gather to hear West Middle School's band and choir, visit with each other and with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and of course, to see the lighting of the tree on the lawn of our Columbia, Mo., office.
The 2019 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Thursday, December 5, 2019.