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Celebrating Small Town America

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce is busy making preparations for the 44th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival.  This festival, held the third weekend of April, is one of the premier springtime events in Southeast Missouri. An inferno of pinks, whites, and purples blaze throughout the springtime landscape of Charleston, reminding visitors to the small town located between the confluence of the Mississippi ... Read More »

Experience St. Pat’s Day in Rolla

Get your green on and join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.  St. Pat’s 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 »

The Shows Go On in Branson

Greetings from Branson! As many of you know, on February 29, an EF2 tornado hop-scotched along the famous “Branson 76 Strip.”  We will probably end up calling it the “Leap Year Tornado.” News crews from all over the country descended on our town of 10,000 to report the “devastation.” I was amazed at how Mother Nature hit hard some properties ... Read More »

Missouri’s Tallgrass Prairies: The Show-Me-State’s Big Sky Country

Carpets of scarlet Indian paintbrush, pink shooting stars, lavender wild hyacinth and other early spring wildflowers are the “first wave” of blooms to blanket Missouri’s original prairies. After fall and winter prairie burns, these beauties emerge from the charred earth, followed by a succession of taller wildflowers like late-spring and summer blooming coneflowers, milkweeds, blazing stars, and many native grasses. ... Read More »

Find Hidden Treasures in Jefferson City

Been to the State Capitol in Jefferson City lately? Here are a couple of reasons to go, especially if you can get there on the last Friday of the month this summer and fall. First of all, the building itself is beautiful, inside and out. Completed in 1917, the Capitol sits high on a bluff, looking down on the Missouri ... Read More »

Madison County, Missouri – Where Past and Present Meet

If you’re looking for things to do in Missouri, visit Madison County. Located in the Saint Francois Mountains, our area features a perfect blend of rolling farmland and heavily forested hills with many creeks, rivers and lakes. Nestled amongst this natural beauty are the historic towns of Fredericktown and Marquand, each offering a unique experience to adventurers in Madison County. ... Read More »

Why We Love Columbia

It’s no secret that those of us who promote Columbia for a living love the city. Like, really really love it.  A lot. There are, of course, many reasons we have a passion for Columbia, but here are a few of our biggest reasons why we heart Columbia. Outstanding Local Dining Columbia is a food-lover’s paradise!  Whether you fancy pizza ... Read More »

Collect a Piece of St. Joseph History

If you’re coming to the St. Joseph area and plan to explore one of our fun, interactive and educational museums, be sure you get your hands on a piece of history, as the Museum Association of St. Joseph continues to promote its limited-edition Trading Cards. With these cards, which are available at several museum locations, you can learn about real ... Read More »

Ozark Actors Theatre Celebrates 25 Years

Ozark Actors Theatre’s 25th Anniversary season will open with the family favorite The Wizard of Oz, a musical never before seen on the Ozark Actors Theatre main stage. The side-splitting farce Noises Off, also new to the Ozark Actors Theatre stage, will be the second show. The professional season will close with The Diviners, a deeply moving drama that Ozark ... Read More »

Interest in Missouri State Penitentiary Tours Heating Up

In 2011, visitors came in droves to get locked up inside the Missouri State Penitentiary. The 2011 season saw a 47 percent increase in tour attendance – more than 17,000 people stepped through the Missouri State Penitentiary gateway and heard the cool clang of the metal bars slam shut behind them. What happens once inside the walls of the Missouri ... Read More »