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.

15 in ’15: Springfield

This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! I spent high school and the early part of my adulthood in Springfield and thought it was a pretty nice town. Years ago, my career path …

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15 in ’15: Santa Cali Gon Days

This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. To find all “15 in ’15” posts simply go to the search bar on this page and type in “15 in ’15.” Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!  Only in the Show-Me State can you celebrate Independence on Labor …

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15 in ’15: Legends of Golf Tournament

This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!  I am a woman who loves a man who loves golf. So when I heard about the Legends of Golf Tournament coming to Branson in 2014, …

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Missouri Winter Events 2014-’15

I love the holiday season.  Seriously – I love everything about the it: the decorating, the baking, the wrapping, the giving.  I love the carolers – sacred and secular, the Santas, the light shows, the parades, the ballet and symphony performances, the nativities, the arts and crafts markets … well, you get the picture. Luckily, I live in Missouri so …

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Winter Birding: Missouri is for the Birds

I love birding. Or bird watching. Whatever you call it, Missouri is a hotbed of activity, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Smithsonian magazine just listed a spot in the northwest corner of the state as one of the seven best places in America to see fall bird migrations: “In the autumn months, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in …

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City Girl Meets Missouri Pumpkin Patch

Long, long ago in a county on the east side of the state, my future husband – a farm boy – took me home to meet his parents. It was November, and as we drove through the fertile Missouri River bottoms near his family’s farm, we passed a glorious sight: Rombach Farms’ pumpkin patch.  Their display was breathtaking: rich and …

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Missouri Fun Runs

Cupcakes…running…beer. “One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things just doesn’t belong.” If you think you know which one, you’re wrong.  All of these things are exactly the same. Confused?  So was I when I found out some friends were running in a 5K Cupcake Run in St. Louis. I get that some people love …

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Missouri-Made Gifts Make Christmas Awesome

From chocolate treats and the ever-popular holiday ham to personalized glass creations and woven clothing, you can customize your holiday shopping list in Missouri. In every corner of the Show-Me State, you find a great selection of gifts for every person on your shopping list. For Karen Hudson of Hermann, there’s no stress to holiday shopping because you can’t go …

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Fall Festivals of Missouri

Autumn: crisp weather, colorful leaves, fall festivals.  Lots of fall festivals.  If you were to throw a dart at the state of Missouri, just about wherever it landed, you’d likely find a celebration of some kind.  But don’t let yourself be misled by a picture in your head: Show-Me State fall festivals come in all shapes, sizes, themes and flavors. …

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A Perfect Day for Peaches

The alarm went off at 6 a.m. On a Saturday. In the summer. That is just wrong on so many levels. But I was going day tripping for the first time in months, and this particular treat was several weeks overdue. It was the first Saturday of peach season at Peters Orchards and Market in Waverly, Missouri. My husband, Dan, …

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