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The Untamed World of Indie Art and Craft in Missouri

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“So we’re making an apron,” said Jessi Cerutti, “which is a traditional idea, a woman’s garment to wear while doing things in the house. But we’re going to use funky fabric with skulls on it.” The skull apron, Jessi told us, has become an emblem of a movement that is rippling through the nation. This movement plays with irony, cares ... Read More »

Dogwood-Azalea Festival Shows Southern Charm

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One could debate whether Charleston (located on Interstate 57 about two and half hours south of St. Louis), Missouri, is part of the South, but there’s no dispute that each spring it embodies a distinctly Southern charm, appearance, and hospitality during the annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival. In its 46th year, the festival will be held April 10–13, 2014, in Charleston, which ... Read More »

Northern Missouri Offers a New Twist on March Madness Match Ups

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College basketball fans wait all season for March.  The invitations.  The brackets.  The games.  So many games.  And while Missouri teams are always #1 in our hearts, great shopping and dining can be just as exciting. An hour outside of the Kansas City’s Metro area, in Northern Missouri, a delightful collection of charming communities invites visitors to experience the greatest ... Read More »

Tips for Spring Fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

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After being stuck inside from a long winter, spring fishing at Lake of the Ozarks is one of the best times to come down to the Lake and get on the water, especially after the never-ending winter we have experienced.  Spring time is the little glimmer of hope that warm weather is coming soon.  At the Lake of the Ozarks ... Read More »

St. Pat’s Day Celebrations in Rolla

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Get your green on! Join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers. St. Pat’s celebrations in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities. The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs; it’s a celebration ... Read More »

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Missouri Wines

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1.  Missouri has an official state grape (and it’s a pretty awesome). The Norton grape was named the official state grape of Missouri in 2003. Norton is a Native American grape, and believed to be one of the oldest varieties still commercially grown. Norton is known for making big, bold, dry red wine and is completely unlike any other varietal. ... Read More »

Snapshots of the Missouri Arts Blogosphere

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1998: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone hits U.S. bookstores. Saving Private Ryan wows audiences at the movies. Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google, Inc. And no one has ever heard the word “blog.” How things have changed! As of February 1 in this year of 2014, the number of blogs worldwide on just the popular hosting site Tumblr.com was ... Read More »

Opening Morning Trout Fishing Tips

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For some, the annual trek to Missouri’s trout parks for the opening day of trout season signals a tradition passed down from generation to generation. But what about those new to fishing or participating for the first time? What are some tips and techniques to help you catch more trout? Read on; below are some recommendations that might help you ... Read More »

10 Ways to Train for the Kansas City Hospital Hill Half Marathon

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In December, my sister and I agreed to run a half-marathon this summer. Recently pregnant, it is a goal of recovery for her, and my first half marathon. After researching the numerous half marathons that will be held in Missouri this year, I suggested the Kansas City Hospital Hill half marathon. We both enjoy the shopping and restaurants in Kansas City ... Read More »

Girlfriend Getaway in Springfield

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When it’s time to rejuvenate and get out with your besties, Springfield really knows what a girl wants. From spas to delectable dining, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect girlfriend getaway. Setting the tone for the weekend – or even a longer stay – is all about accommodations, and Springfield’s cozy inns are a great choice when you ... Read More »