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On Location in Missouri

Crews work on a scene of the film Killshot in Cape Girardeau, near the Common Pleas Courthouse.

Did you know more than 100 feature films have been made in Missouri? It’s true, and you can see a timeline of the movies made in Missouri at http://www.missouribusiness.net/film/credits.asp. Additionally, hundreds of TV show segments have put the spotlight on cities and towns in Missouri. Those shows include TLC’s Trading Spaces , What Not to Wear and Toddlers and Tiaras; ... Read More »

Yaya scores with trip to Puppetry Arts Institute

Yaya's grandson, Tommy, watches as a volunteer attaches a cloth body to the puppet he made during a visit to Puppetry Arts Institute.

      Darned if I was going to be dragged down into senior citizenship without a fight by letting my grandchildren call me “grandma.” The very word conjures up images of little old ladies hunched over knitting needles, warmed by fuzzy cardigans and sporting chunky black lace up shoes – not an option for a boomer ex-soccer mom who ... Read More »

Pulaski County Welcomes 2011!

Take a relaxing float trip in Pulaski County.

Pulaski County is excited for the New Year to begin!  2011 brings fantastic things to do throughout the year. 2011 marks the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  Throughout the state, families and school groups will venture out to learn about this important time of our nation’s history. We, in Pulaski County, are proud of our own ... Read More »

Four Parks Light Up The Lake

Lake Holiday Lights Park in Osage Beach.

Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun on the water, but what many don’t realize is during the winter holidays, the Lake Area creates a completely new kind of family fun. With four drive-thru light parks spread throughout the Lake, it is no wonder people travel from all over to visit Lake of the Ozarks in November and ... Read More »

Christmas Past Comes to Life in Saint Charles

The Lewis & Clark Fife Drum Corps lead the Santa parade.

Imagine, for just a moment, you’re a kid again.  You wake up one morning and say to your parents, “Guess what guys?  Today I get to be in a parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Wow… that’s so awesome … I can’t wait to ride in the carriage.  Oh, geez, I hope they’ll let me pet the horse!  Do you ... Read More »

Lighten Up: Kansas City Illuminates for the Holidays

The Mayor's Christmas Tree is displayed Crown Center.

I may be biased, but few things are as magical as Kansas City during the holidays. Check out these six luminous Kansas City traditions — some new, some old — that are sure to brighten your holiday season. A tradition for more than eight decades, the Country Club Plaza’s Season of Lights is a Kansas City winter trademark. The 15-block ... Read More »

Touring Warm Springs Ranch

Meeting the Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville. The ranch is home to a state-of-the-art breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdales. This educational tour was part of a Missouri Travel Council Board meeting and included several tourism industry members, including MDT Director Katie Steele Danner,  from around the state. John Soto, facilities manager, was our ... Read More »

Expert Advice from a Youth Corps Member

Water flows through shut-ins at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

Last summer was a dream come true; I was part of the State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC), which used federal stimulus money to put about  1,000 youths to work in Missouri’s fantastic state parks. Instead of revitalizing the park system physically like most of SPYC, I was one of 11 journalism students who spent the summer producing photo and video ... Read More »

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

The Capital City Players host a variety of shows.

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 ... Read More »