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Storytelling in Cape Girardeau Generates a Legacy of Stories Among Fans

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The most renowned storytellers in the business have passed through Southeast Missouri while performing at storytelling events in Cape Girardeau during the last five years. Their stories are famous among devoted fans of the art form, but it’s the tales that center around the storytelling events here in Cape Girardeau that resonate with me. Here’s a quick story about the ... Read More »

Holiday Scenes from Historic Sites

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Missouri Division of Tourism writer Tom Uhlenbrock put together this photo essay during his holiday-season travels to Missouri State Historic Sites, and nearby attractions, in Hermann, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Charles. We hope you enjoy them. Happy Holidays from the VisitMO staff! Read More »

The Gift of Storytelling

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If you want to hear someone define the art of storytelling, asking a storyteller is a great place to start. “I’m an oral filmmaker. In telling stories, I’m taking the pictures that I see in my mind and moving them to your mind. I’ll use anything I have to move those pictures … my body, my voice, my attitude, my emotion, ... Read More »

Christmas Spirit on Display in Hermann

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If there was an award for Christmas decorations inside a home, Father Bill’s residence in Hermann, Mo., would win hands-down. The Rev. William Debo lives in the rectory adjoining St. George Catholic Church, whose bell tower stands high above this quaint river town in the hills of the Missouri River Valley. Every Christmas, the 21 rooms inside the three-story red ... Read More »

An Ideal Pairing: Missouri Wineries and Winter

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Sipping a delicious glass of Norton, Chambourcin or perhaps Missouri Port is a wonderful way to enjoy winter. With 118 wineries scattered across the state, a wine-centered getaway is closer than you might think. You can learn more at the Missouri Wine and Grape Board’s website. During the winter months, the grape vines are resting, wines are aging and there’s ... Read More »

A Christmas Tradition in Kansas City

Recently, I made a trip to Kansas City to check out a long-standing Christmas tradition, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Most people equate the holidays in Kansas City with the famous Plaza Lights, but for 32 of the last 33 years, the Repertory Theatre – or just The Rep – has delighted audiences with ... Read More »

Making Holiday Memories in St. Joseph

Many communities across Missouri offer excellent ways to usher in the holiday season, and St. Joseph is no exception. Events and activities in Northwest Missouri are guaranteed to cheer up even the stingiest Grinch! For instance, did you know one of the major outdoor holiday lights displays in Northwest Missouri is found in St. Joseph’s largest park, Krug Park? Beginning ... Read More »

Holiday Time at Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun on the water, but many people don’t realize the Lake Area creates a completely new atmosphere during the winter holidays. With three drive-thru light parks spread throughout the Lake Area, it’s no wonder people travel from all over to visit Lake of the Ozarks during the holidays. There are lots of ... Read More »

Step Back, Step Out with Holiday Events at State Parks, Historic Sites

Here is a recipe for a delicious Christmas celebration – a French feast with 13 different desserts. That’s the menu at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The free event, called Le Reveillon, re-creates the customs of a French Christmas from the 1830s, when Felix Valle and his wife, ... Read More »

Las Posadas Procession Reenacts the Story of Mary and Joseph

Among the dozens of activities and performances filling the 30-day Christmas Traditions festival in St. Charles is the Spanish heritage jewel entitled “Las Posadas.” The traditional story of the journey of Mary and Joseph, and their search for lodging, is reenacted in a 10-block procession of carolers, historic characters, the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and hundreds of ... Read More »