Author Archives: visitmospotlightguest

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 »

Missouri has Central Role in Wildlife Migration

North America’s greatest wildlife migration is underway – and Missouri is smack dab in the middle of it. Millions of ducks, geese, swans, pelicans and other waterfowl are on their annual trek to warmer climes for winter, generally along four major flyways (the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific) that go north to south across the continent. The Mississippi Flyway starts ... Read More »

Christmas Print Evokes Holiday Nostalgia

If you love nostalgic Christmas prints featuring our Missouri Route 66 heritage, the newest public art commission by Viva Cuba is one you can add to your gift list. The commission to Missouri artist Ray Harvey allows citizens to take public art into their homes. Harvey was commissioned to bring elements of Cuba’s past and present to life for a ... Read More »