Author Archives: VisitMO-Blog

Rhonda Vincent: A Life in the Spotlight, Part 2

rhonda vincent2

This is the second of a two-part interview with Rhonda Vincent, the Queen of Bluegrass, who hails from tiny Greentop, Mo., near Kirksville. Click here to read Part I. Known the world over as “The Queen of Bluegrass” – a nickname she’s carried for 14 years, following an article in the Wall Street Journal – Rhonda Vincent has become one ... Read More »

Rhonda Vincent: A Life in the Spotlight, Part 1

???????????????????????????????????????

This is the first of a two-part interview with Missouri native and musician Rhonda Vincent, a five-time Grammy nominee and one of the most well-known performers in the bluegrass genre. Rhonda Vincent wasn’t born with a mandolin in her hands, but she’s been a musician since childhood. Growing up in tiny Greentop, Mo., (a “suburb” of Kirksville, if you will), ... Read More »

Creative Minds Focus on Missouri Stories

MSlogo-9

Who knew Missouri is such a hotbed of imagination? Robert Heinlein … Langston Hughes … TS Eliot … Mark Twain … Maya Angelou … Jim Butcher … Gillian Flynn – to name just a few. Or a sought-after destination for Hollywood filmmakers? “Paper Moon” was shot in Missouri under the guidance of director Peter Bogdanovich and landed an Oscar for ... Read More »

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Missouri Storytellers?

        Missouri films, Missouri books, Missouri authors: the Show-Me State is a treasure trove of creativity. Now we’re on a quest to discover and mentor the next generation of great storytellers, with the Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship national competition. Just submit a script for a screenplay or television pilot with story lines set in Missouri. All you need is ... Read More »

Last Minute How To: Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival 2014

Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ comp

We’re only a few hours away from the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! This annual festival showcases over 30 artists in genres including blues, folk, gospel, and more. There will also be plenty of food vendors on hand including, of course, a lot of BBQ and the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. For the second year in a row, Roots N Blues ... Read More »

Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment and Renaming Ceremony

Civil War Reeactment, Fort Davidson SHS, Pilot Knob

The Battle of Pilot Knob was a major Civil War engagement. Reenactors gather Sep. 27-28, 2014, to reenact the 1864 running battle through the Arcadia Valley. In addition to commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle, a special ceremony, Sep. 27, 2014, highlights the recent name change of the historic site. Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., Missouri State ... Read More »

Missouri Fall Festivals of 2014

10422092736_708b0c6abb_z

If your preference is the traditional harvest festival showcasing fall crops and farm equipment… If you love blues or jazz or traditional music… If fine arts or homey hand-made crafts thrill you… If your taste runs to, well, taste: wine, mead, beer and lots of wonderful things to eat… Show-Me State fall festival season will satisfy you, body and soul. Read More »

Racers Can Hit the Trails with Missouri State Parks Racing Series

4461887185_f71b3f3e3e_z

Missouri State Parks is unveiling its inaugural season of the “Missouri State Parks Racing Series” this fall. Trail races of various types and distances of will take place at Finger Lakes, Johnson Shut-Ins, Stockton and Katy Trail state parks. The series begins with the Adventure Challenge at Finger Lakes State Park on Sept. 6. A combination race of paddling and ... Read More »

Enjoy the Best View at Baxter’s Lakeside Grille

???????????????????????????????

Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the Midwest’s most popular vacation destinations, Baxter’s Lakeside Grille announced today that it has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in America. The list of winners is derived from more than five million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than ... Read More »

10 Favorite Fair Foods Found at the Missouri State Fair

corndog

For me, the anticipation of the State Fair is right up there with Christmas. Every year as the week approaches, I practically lie in bed while visions of corndogs and snow cones dance in my head. And yes, I know there are so many more things to do at the fair besides eat…but I’ll stick to stuffing my face instead. ... Read More »