Barbara Brueggeman

Barbara Brueggeman
Barb Brueggeman is the Web Editor for the Missouri Division of Tourism. She loves birding, being outdoors, and can't resist a good a cappella singing group.

Show Me the Produce

Once upon a time, I had a garden. It was a spectacular garden filled with vegetables of all kinds, plus rhubarb and strawberries and complete with pleasant neighbors hanging over the fence each weekend to see what was ripe. In all fairness, it was mostly my husband’s garden (I have a black thumb), but I really enjoyed it. Then we …

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On Memorial Day, Missouri Remembers

Before Memorial Day was the “official start of summer” … before Memorial Day was a three-day weekend … even before Memorial Day was a federal holiday … Memorial Day was a time of honor, reflection and respect:  a day dedicated to remembering the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces. And it should be, still and …

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Spring Into Bloom in the Show-Me State

I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than Missouri in spring, as she shows off every color of the rainbow and every shade in between. There’s even a special day dedicated to such delight. National Public Gardens Day is May 12 and Missouri’s botanical gardens are bursting into bloom with special events for that day – and the glorious …

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Missouri Outdoor Adventures: Don’t Let Them Bug You

Some years ago, a friend of mine who enjoys the outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing – was asked if there was anything he DIDN’T like about being out in the wild. His response was classic: “If there’s anything I don’t like it would be what I call ‘Mother Nature’s revenge’: ticks, chiggers and poison ivy.” Personally, I would add …

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Roughing It: Missouri-Style

I used to do a fair amount of camping – particularly while trout-fishing at Bennett Spring or Montauk State Park with my husband. Half the fun was getting the gear together: tent; camp stove; gas lantern; sleeping bags; ice chest full of food selected for outdoor cooking convenience; marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Those were great times. Then one day …

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Eyes on the Skies: 2017 Missouri Airshows

As spring settles in, everyone heads outdoors for their favorite sports and hobbies. For some, they feel the call of the ballpark. For others, they need to get some dirt under their fingernails getting the garden growing. For me, I feel a need – a need for speed! And yes, that’s an homage to Top Gun, because it’s air show …

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Spring Into 2017 Festival Season In The Show-Me State

With gentle breezes, mild days and nature filled with a riot of blooming dogwoods and redbuds, Missouri in spring is a little slice of heaven. A heaven filled with fantastic things to eat and drink, every genre of music and entertainment imaginable, glorious art and creative crafts, and celebrations of a time of renewal. Get ready to travel: it’s the …

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Springtime in Missouri and Golf is in the Air

I have a confession to make. I’m married to a golf addict.  I learned to golf in the interest of matrimonial harmony (to call me a duffer is to insult duffers everywhere) and I watch a lot of golf. I’ve always liked watching the older golfers best (more finesse in their games), and I think a skins game is absolutely …

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Visit Missouri Caves All Year Long

There’s one sure-fire place to escape a cold day in Missouri … a cave. No, don’t go making yourself a snug little cave of your favorite blanket, a nice fire and your preferred snacks and binge-watching movie series. I mean actual in-the-ground, year-round, climate-controlled caves, which are abundant here in the Cave State: GO NOW – Caves open year-round Bonne …

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Spring is Near in Missouri

It’s already started. I recently got a text “Big V of waterfowl heading north. Sound like speckle bellies .” (That’s a nickname for White-Fronted Geese.) For my husband, it was the first sign of spring. It was January 31. Technically, the spring equinox falls at 5:28 a.m. on March 20. But people anticipate the season well in advance of its …

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