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Bees, Sticky Trees, and Blowtorches: Encaustic Painting Enthralls Missouri Artists

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“There’s a translucency, a mysterious aspect to the final product I cannot achieve with any other medium.” “An unequaled sense of physical depth and distance in time.” “One of the most beautiful paints on the planet.” Julie Snidle, Laura Skroska, and Robin VanHoozer are in love with hot wax. These three Missourians—from St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Joseph respectively—are among a small but ... Read More »

Embrace Your Manhood this Summer in Springfield

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It’s 90 degrees and your weekends consist of sitting in the recliner watching sports on TV, cold drink in hand, for hours at a time. You’re stir-crazy and you’re pretty sure you’ve left a permanent indention in that recliner this summer. If you’re ready to leave the house and get some much-needed vitamin D this weekend, Springfield has a day ... Read More »

Top 5 Favorite Things about Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp in St. Joseph

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When asked recently to write about my favorite things at Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp, my first thought was meeting visitors who, in some cases, traveled hundreds of miles to St. Joseph just for this special three-week event. A recent Facebook poll showed lots of our attendees are coming from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Texas, and even Denver, Colorado. It’s ... Read More »

Marian Days in Carthage is a Sight to See

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Marian Days brings an opportunity to share culture, faith and prosperity with thousands who pilgrimage to Carthage. Each year the community expands from a population of 14,500 to an estimated crowd of 60-80,000 new residents in the first weeks of August. Hotels become hubs of activity, neighboring lawns fill with campers and residents enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival atmosphere. What ... Read More »

Get in on the Action this Summer in Columbia

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Summer has most definitely arrived here in Missouri. If the hot sun and beautiful weather have you restless to get outside, make your next trip to Columbia! With an array of fun activities for any outdoor lover, a summer getaway in CoMO will heat up your summer in the very best way. Hit the Trails (find some wine!) Columbia is ... Read More »

No Boat, No Problem: Fun on Missouri Lakes

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If you ask pretty much anyone in Missouri what they like to do for fun in the summer, I guarantee “going to the lake” will be top five on their lists. With popular vacation spots such as Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake and Table Rock Lake, a wet and wild summer getaway is practically in your ... Read More »

“One-Tank” Missouri Wine Road Trips

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Missouri’s diverse wine country is overflowing with excitement this summer. Every region of our state offers an enjoyable experience with Missouri’s award-winning wines and one-of-a-kind wineries. Ready for an adventure? Hit the road with these regional “one-tank” trip ideas: Central Missouri: Are you a fan of the Lake of the Ozarks? There are five wineries located in the lively communities ... Read More »

Sedalia has a Fair Share of Fun Year-Round

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Sedalia has been home to the Missouri State Fair since 1901, holding true to the state’s vast history and tradition. If you’ve visited Sedalia during the fair, but never explored the city, you’re missing a great opportunity. This year, plan to come a day early or stay late to experience all of the other fun things to do, whether it’s ... Read More »

Historic Clinton is Full of Small Town Charm

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Nestled in the heart of Henry County, Clinton’s small-town charm gives way to big history. Clinton’s historic downtown takes the shape of a large town square, centered around the Henry County Courthouse. Antique shops, restaurants and historic buildings line the streets with inviting vintage flare. Since 1836, Clinton has been preserving a little piece of history in its Victorian-inspired architecture. ... Read More »