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Mystery Theater, Dinner Theatre, Little Theatre … Oh, My!

Jefferson City’s stages will be hopping with entertainment over the next few months.  Summit Lake Winery’s murder mystery shows, Capital City Players’ dinner theatre and The Little Theatre’s musicals have a full line up of shows. Summit Lake Winery started hosting murder mysteries in 2002.  John Ferrier, owner, said he realized right away that they were a big hit.  Guests can …

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‘What’s So Great About Giant Rocks?’

I’ve talked about it for years, suggesting it as a weekend destination to my kids … Elephant Rocks State Park, that is. I’ll admit it was a hard-sell to them; “What’s so great about a bunch of giant rocks?” they’d ask. “These are enormous, prehistoric giant rocks,” I explained to them on more than one occasion. Finally the decision was …

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Santa Claus, Veterans, and plenty of Thanksgiving

Here in Branson, we’re hearing Jingle Bells and enjoying the twinkling Christmas lights all over town.  Actually that’s been going on for a while now, as the Branson area officially launches the Ozark Mountain Christmas season on Nov. 1 each year. As our friend Andy Williams sings, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” In many ways I agree.  …

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like … Holiday Magic

As autumn fades to winter, Holiday Magic is heating up.  St. Louis’ newest holiday tradition returns to America’s Center from Dec. 3-5, and it will feature new attractions in addition to last year’s favorites.   Produced by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC), Holiday Magic is a unique shopping and entertainment destination for families seeking festive activities and …

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Mid-Missouri Quilt Shop Hop

When the alarm went off, I eagerly (for once) got out of bed.  I was still suffering from a horrible head cold, but that wasn’t gonna stop me.  I had to be in Jefferson City before 7 a.m. to board the bus for a trip to 11, yes count them, 11 quilt shops in one day. There were more than …

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Seven of Missouri Wine Country’s Best-Kept Secrets

1.       The Country’s First Wine Country! Yes, Augusta, Missouri, was named the first American Viticulture Area on June 20, 1980.  Napa was second.   The Ozark Mountain AVA, encompassing sections of southern Missouri extending into Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma, was established in Aug. 1, 1986.  The Hermann and Ozark Highlands AVA’s were designated later in 1987.  The AVA distinction is …

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Crossing Missouri on US 36

This summer, the effort to make US Highway 36 in Missouri into a four-lane highway was completed.  Initially called the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, US Highway 36 originally spanned from New York City to San Francisco, Calif. Today, Missouri’s Highway 36 is not only noted as the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Highway, we are also dubbing it …

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Warrensburg: What’s a Newbie To Do?

When I first knew I’d be moving from my turn-of-the-(last) century home that I loved, in a community that I loved (Midtown, Kansas City), leaving a job I loved (with an environmental education organization) and moving to Warrensburg, I must admit, I did wonder. I wondered: what is there, exactly, in Warrensburg?  Will I find anything to do for fun …

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Boudreaux Center Opening at Mark Twain Lake

The grand opening of the M. W. Boudreaux Visitor Center is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 2.  The visitor center for Mark Twain Lake is located 12 miles south of Monroe City off Route J. The new visitor center will feature a multi-purpose community room, a covered outdoor classroom and a drive around the center that gives visitors views of …

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Fall Floats in Missouri

This is the perfect time of year for taking in the beautiful outdoor scenery while on a float trip.  One way to enjoy a float is by using a single-person float tube which is powered by the use of your legs and feet (some people even use a small motor).  A float tube is a large u-shaped tube with a …

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