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Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th Year with ‘Biggest Birthday Bash’

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, 2011.

A 250th birthday doesn’t come around every day but when it does, you want it to be a humdinger! That’s why St. Louis is putting together its Biggest Birthday Bash, a year-long celebration in 2014, to commemorate its founding 250 years ago. Here are the key events planned thus far (be sure to check out St. Louis’ birthday website often ... Read More »

Enjoy Missouri’s History on an Interstate 70 Road Trip

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A magical history tour of the Interstate 70 corridor across Missouri’s mid-section found a mother lode of state parks and historic sites to explore. We discovered musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitants of the state. The two-day road trip – a perfect remedy for cabin fever as cooler temperatures set in – began in St. ... Read More »

What’s New in Branson for 2014?

See Elvis at Legends in Concert.

Branson has lots of theaters offering live shows with entertainment choices from Broadway songs to Country music, Rock ‘n’ Roll, to magic and comedy! A trip to Branson is not complete without experiencing Silver Dollar City, an 1880-style award-winning theme park where you’ll find authentic Ozarks history along with crafts, eateries, six festivals and thrilling rides. Visitors can enjoy three ... Read More »

History Heats Up Winter in St. Joseph

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While the weather in January and February in St. Joseph might keep many at home on a cold winter’s night, The Pony Express National Museum is preparing its 16th year of sponsoring Tuesday Night Talks. The program has become an incredibly popular and educational. Last year the museum had record-breaking numbers in attendance, and one Tuesday Talk drew 255 people. ... Read More »

Fabulous Food Finds in Hannibal

Homemade cinnamon rolls from Java Jive.

It’s a fact.  We eat more when it’s cold outside.  Even WebMD says we eat more during the winter.  Why spend time fighting that urge?  Why not EMBRACE it with some memorable meals and treats?  Make those few pounds you gain into a fantastic story of fabulous food finds from Hannibal, Mo.  We’ll help with some ideas below….and try not ... Read More »

The Donut Stop Takes High Honors

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Described as a “giant, bumpy ball of fried dough, crispy on the outside and dense, buttery, and cinnamon-y on the inside,” the Cinnamon Glob, from The Donut Stop in St. Louis, doesn’t resemble the typical donut. And why should it? If you’re trying to crack a list of top donuts, you need to stand out from the crowd. The honoree ... Read More »

Shop Simple, Shop Small

Somewhere in Time Gift Registry

Sometimes this season’s cool gifts are like ghosts of Christmas past. They are rarely seen, and yet they linger: a faux fur hat, orange size-12 knitted booties, a portable DVD player, and many other items cluttering the back of the hall closet. Giving great gifts means going beyond just what is “hot” this holiday season, which is both tricky and ... Read More »

Celebrate Art & Inspiration in Carthage

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As the days begin to darken early and the nights begin to chill, retailers focus their attention on the holidays. It is a great time to see an upswing with extra sales and holiday bonuses but the holiday hustle and bustle can come with its own stresses. I find it is best to slow down and really enjoy time with ... Read More »

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Pulaski County

Newly dedicated Korean War Memorial Monument.

As Interstate 44 runs through the heart of Pulaski County in central Missouri, many motorists travel to our area. Pulaski County is I-44′s midway point between the Illinois State Line and the Oklahoma State Line. Many travelers look forward to seeing the Pulaski County signs on the roadway because they know when they need to top off their tank, grab ... Read More »

Nutcrackers Spin Holiday Fantasies Into Dance

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At a family Christmas party, a young girl is given a toy nutcracker by her godfather, an eccentric toy maker and magician. Late that night, the nutcracker magically comes to life. Wicked mice attack and the girl bravely rescues the nutcracker. He transforms into a prince who takes her on an enchanted voyage to a snowy forest and the candy-sweet ... Read More »