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Take a Drive!

I’m a summer person … summer clothes, summer shoes, summer fun … so I’m usually less than thrilled with the approach of fall. It gets dark earlier, the weather turns cooler, and it means winter is not far behind. But it’s all in the attitude.  I can whine about it (which I will), or I can take a moment to look around. ... Read More »

Coffee Ethic a Great Blend of Taste, Practices and Decor

The Coffee Ethic is somehow industrial and welcoming at once, a coffee shop in the heart of Springfield that combines delicious coffee, outstanding ethical business practices, and killer décor. Enter from the side and find yourself in a long, open space full of light and coffee-scented air. The bar is a complex, multi-level structure covered in curving walnut slats salvaged ... Read More »

Cuddle Up to Columbia this Winter

With temperatures falling, visitors to Columbia may need a little help keeping warm during the fall and winter…that’s where we come in!  Here are just a few ideas on how to heat up your time in Columbia over the colder months…you’ll thank us when you can feel your feet! Take a Sip: One of the best ways to warm up ... Read More »

Site Commemorates African-American Soldiers’ Civil War Service

A plot of rolling prairie near Butler on the Kansas border is Missouri’s newest state-park facility, serving as a monument to the bravery of the African-American Union soldiers who fought a small but important Civil War battle there. The 240 soldiers, many of them escaped slaves, were members of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and took part in what ... Read More »

Discover the Mississippi River Hills of Southeast Missouri

Having lived most of my life in Missouri, I still find it amazing how much there is to experience here. I grew up south of Rolla, raised my family in Springfield, visited my cousin and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, stood in the halls of our state Capitol in Jefferson City, and enjoyed the bar-b-que of Kansas City.  But ... Read More »

Enjoy Ghostly Tales in Cape Girardeau

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in Cape Girardeau! Savor everything this lovely season has to offer with An Afternoon and Evening of Ghost Storytelling on Saturday, Oct. 13. This unique event showcases the oldest art form around – storytelling – in a fun, eerie setting at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s ... Read More »

Not Quite Yet!

My calendar declares the season changed from summer to fall. While my thoughts begin to turn to warm soups, Halloween costumes and trying to remember a jacket, I’m not ready to give up on fresh tomatoes and homegrown zucchini – not just yet. Farmers across the state are still reaping vine-ripened treasures in their fields and gardens, and there is ... Read More »

Prairie State Park Celebrates 30 Years

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its dedication this year with a Prairie Jubilee on Sept. 29. The daylong event will include bison tours, a living-history loop, live music, bison-chip throwing, native plant sales and an 1800s medicine show. All is free except for a lunch of smoked bison. Missouri once was covered by some 13 ... Read More »

Falling in Love with the Missouri State Capitol

For those of us that grew up in Jefferson City, the Missouri State Capitol is a familiar sight, a place that you toured with your classmates in elementary school, or one where you had your senior pictures taken. I, for one, remember sitting on the lawn of the Capitol to watch the fireworks on 4th of July with family and ... Read More »

Fall Concert Series Returns to Wildwood Springs Lodge

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While the folks come to hear the music at the fall concert series at Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steelville, the star of the show is the rambling lodge itself. The lodge sits in a grove of tall oaks on a bluff overlooking the lovely Meramec River Valley. It was built during the Roarin’ 20s as a playground for rich St. ... Read More »