ECLIPSE 2017: Total eclipse wows winery

Clear skies at the Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant made a lasting impression on eclipse watchers. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Clear skies at the Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant made a lasting impression on eclipse watchers.

Nearly 700 people were happy they chose the Canterbury Hill Winery as their total eclipse viewing spot. Eclipse watchers said a gorgeous afternoon plus a tasty lunch and a glass of wine equaled the perfect total eclipse experience.

While most people used eclipse glasses, Charles and Catherine Schafer of Martinsburg preferred welding helmets.

“You get a wider view," Charles Schafer said. "It has a clearer view than the glasses and they look sharp.”

People from all across the country enjoyed the clear and bright skies on the winery patio.

“We have people from everywhere," Canterbury Winery Event Coordinator Layne Wallace said. "We have a tour group coming down from Chicago. We have people from St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City, all over the mid-Missouri area as well as the Midwest.”

The crowd buzzed with excitement during the partial eclipse on the winery’s patio. The moment of totality though was met with a hush from the crowd. Some eclipse watchers could not believe their eyes as darkness covered the winery in the middle of the day.

“It was just awesome," Sunrise Beach resident Don Huschle said. "That’s one of the things that everybody should be able to see at one time or another. I think it was just great.”

Sunrise Beach resident Pam Huschle was just as amazed.

“I can’t describe it," she said. "It was just likethe 360 sunseteverybody got quiet and the air got cool. It was amazing. I wouldn’t miss it again for the world. I loved it.”

And for some in the nearby city of Fulton, the total eclipse was a life-long memory.

“It was really cool," Fulton resident Haley McGrath said. "I’m from here; It was interesting to see it here in my hometown.”

“It was really cute because we were right by the elementary school," Fulton resident Isabella Long said. "The kids were freaking out at recess. It was pretty exciting.”

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