Author Archives: Stephen Foutes

Missouri’s Mount Rushmore: Pop Culture Edition

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“Who’s on your Mount Rushmore of presidents?” a co-worker recently asked, in jest, while traveling back from a long day of business meetings. After the laughter subsided, our group debated the merits of presidents, but soon segued into sports and pop culture. The “Mount Rushmore” question really is a fun one. You can apply it to so many subjects, from ... Read More »

Ten Songs for Your Missouri Vacation Playlist

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You’re ready for an epic road trip to Missouri. You’ve prepared for every eventuality by packing your camera, swimsuit, snow boots (yes, we know in Missouri you can sunbathe and shovel snow on the same day), travel snacks and the other essentials to make your getaway complete. You may be overlooking one minor detail. It’s time to load your favorite ... Read More »

Missouri Predictions for 2014

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As the New Year begins, people generally plan to make major lifestyle changes, whether it’s a diet, getting “organized” (whatever that means), or making sure to call Mom every Sunday night. No one knows if we’ll actually lose those extra pounds (probably not), get our homes cleaned up (dust bunnies make wonderful pets) or call Mom (do I really have ... Read More »

Show-Me Five: Missouri Travel Snacks

Hoeckele's Bakery in Perryville.

Whether you’re heading to across town to see friends, out-of-town to grandma’s house or across the state to visit loved ones, there’s one thing you’ve got to remember when traveling: snacks for the road. In Missouri, we’re fortunate to have so many great places from which awesome treats are created. Here’s a look at four foods, and one drink, to ... Read More »

Disney: From Missouri to Movies

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The film “Saving Mr. Banks” chronicles Walt Disney’s work – and struggles – to adapt the “Mary Poppins” books for the big screen. Disney is an important figure in Missouri’s landscape of famous faces. He spent a formative part of his childhood in Marceline and later lived and worked in Kansas City. Disney’s time in Missouri merits a quick shout-out ... Read More »

Show-Me Horror Flicks: Movies That Have Missouri Connections

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It’s movie night. You want to make a Missouri-based choice, but aren’t sure exactly where to start. In the mood for old-school comedy? How about 1987’s “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” which features scenes in St. Louis. Or you could be looking for drama. Well, there’s that total buzz kill Jennifer Lawrence movie “Winter’s Bone,” shot in the Missouri Ozarks near ... Read More »

Tunes and Tales in Cape Girardeau

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Mark your calendars for Tunes and Tales on Friday, Sept. 6, at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus in Cape Girardeau. Michael Reno Harrell and the Reverend Robert Jones will present good ‘ol “Appalachian grit and wit” meets gutsy Detroit folk and blues for an evening of spirited storytelling paired with American roots music. Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning ... Read More »

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. ... Read More »

Boomerang Brings More Coaster Fun to Six Flags

Enjoy the twists, turns and upside down fun on Boomerang.

Missouri Division of Tourism staffers Ben and Elise recently had the opportunity to ride the new Boomerang roller coaster at Six Flags St. Louis. The ride, which is Six Flags’ ninth coaster, opened just in time for the start of the summer travel season. Here’s a video showcasing their inaugural adventure on Boomerang (note, the sound doesn’t start until the ... Read More »

Pauley Takes Second on Pro Am Circuit

Scott Pauley fishing Table Rock Lake in the fall of 2012.

Consistency is the key. That’s the message professional angler Scott Pauley drives home after finishing second in the Central Pro Am’s Angler of the Year tournament circuit. Two top five finishes and one top 10 finish propelled Pauley toward the top of the leader board, and the second-place finish marks his best year on this bass-focused circuit’s pro division. Pauley, ... Read More »