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Traveling Gladys: Kansas City

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Meet Gladys. She’s an East Coast girl with Midwestern sensibilities. And she likes to travel. She’s a multi-day, multi-city vacationer with no “off” switch. Recently, Gladys returned from an 11-day trip in the Show-Me State! She was so enthralled with Missouri, she contacted the VisitMO team to tell us about it. “I think we did a lot in our limited ... Read More »

Traveling Gladys: Branson

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Eleven days. Three cities. One epic vacation. That’s the best way to describe the travels of newly minted VisitMO Superfan Gladys S., who lives in New Jersey and recently traveled across Missouri on an 11-day adventure. If you read the post about Gladys’ visit to Kansas City, you already know she’s an energetic traveler who enjoys a variety of activities. ... Read More »

Traveling Gladys: St. Louis

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Well, all good things must come to an end. We’re on the last leg of VisitMO Superfan Gladys S.’s journey across the Show-Me State. So far, you’ve followed Gladys around The City of Fountains and The Live Music Show Capital of the World. Now it’s time for Gladys to explore the Gateway City, St. Louis. Here’s a look at the ... Read More »

7 Ways to Wow Your Valentine in Missouri

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Want to impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Here are seven romantic Missouri experiences that could help ensure maximum snuggle time when Cupid’s big day rolls around. Ask a Big Question The Riverfront Trail along the Mississippi River in downtown Cape Girardeau has been the scene of countless marriage proposals. Strategically placed benches along the way offer assistance in ... Read More »

Rhonda Vincent: A Life in the Spotlight, Part 2

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »