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A Memorable Missouri Float Trip

Current River Near Akers Ferry

Summer is without doubt, my favorite time of year in Missouri.  There is always something to do outside and for me, it usually involves water. I’m working on summer plans now and look forward to several float trips with friends and family this year. I recall the first time I ever went floating and laugh at the memory.  As a ... Read More »

Gone Girl Trailer

On the Gone Girl set: gazebo in front of the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

Before he’s ready to fight crime as the caped crusader, Ben Affleck stars as a loving husband in the upcoming thriller, Gone Girl, based on the eponymous novel by Gillian Flynn. Filmed here in Missouri and directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network), the film revolves around Nick Dunne (Affleck) and the mystery of the disappearance of his ... Read More »

Unexpected Finds in Clinton

Henry County Courthouse

On a recent business trip regarding some economic development in Missouri communities, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Clinton. I knew the day would be interesting, but did not fully realize the number of activities Clinton offered for a getaway. Whether for a couple’s weekend, family trip or catching up with friends, Clinton is a gem you ... Read More »

Top Attractions in Missouri Golf this Summer

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Much of the golf world will be focused on two nationally prominent events taking place at opposite ends of the state this June 6-8. The Champions Tour will host the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops June 6-8 at the renamed Buffalo Ridge course and at the iconic Top of the Rock par three venue. ... Read More »

Eat, Engage, Center in Springfield

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If you are like the rest of us, a journey of self discovery like Eat, Pray, Love may be too high of a goal for us real life people. How about trying out Eat, Engage, Center with Springfield? Not exactly India, but there is a triumphant journey to be had at the center of it all. First We Eat. Any foodie can ... Read More »

Big Birthday or Not, Shakespeare Thrives in Missouri

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On Wednesday, April 26, 1564, in a market town 100 miles west of London, Mary Arden and her husband John took their newborn baby boy to their church to be baptized. The parish clerk entered the child’s name in the registry in the customary Latin: Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere. Since English children in the 16th century were usually baptized about ... Read More »

Savor Spring in Columbia

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Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to end your hibernation and check out Columbia! One of the best ways to celebrate is by enjoying the flavors our destination has to offer. Spend a couple days exploring Columbia’s clever cuisine…we’ll help with a few can’t-miss spots. To really soak up the season and the sun, head over to the ... Read More »

Discover Nature Through Flowering Spring Trees in Missouri

Eastern Redbud

According to Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry experts, if we start getting more normal weather, dogwoods and redbuds could bloom early this year. So plan an early spring outdoor adventure to see flowering trees. But all bets are off if the thermometer continues the yo-yo behavior we’ve had over the past month. Extremely cold weather can actually cause flowering trees ... Read More »

Enjoy the Warmer Weather in Jefferson City

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Warmer weather is upon us and as temperatures continue to climb, so does the excitement in Jefferson City!  Here are a few highlights to add to your “outdoor adventures in Jefferson City” itinerary. Have a “Colorful” Easter Weekend The Color Vibe fun run series is hosting the Central Missouri Color Vibe 5k for people of all ages, April 19, in ... Read More »

The Untamed World of Indie Art and Craft in Missouri

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“So we’re making an apron,” said Jessi Cerutti, “which is a traditional idea, a woman’s garment to wear while doing things in the house. But we’re going to use funky fabric with skulls on it.” The skull apron, Jessi told us, has become an emblem of a movement that is rippling through the nation. This movement plays with irony, cares ... Read More »