Arts, Culture and History

‘Tis the Season for a Weston Candlelight Home Tour

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For those who love history, creativity and the joy of Christmas, there is a quaint 175 year-old town set amongst the beautiful countryside north of Kansas City, where the Holiday Season is brought to life! For 32 years, the small town of Weston, Missouri, with its historical preservation and distinction, has offered up five of its unique homes for the ... Read More »

Visit Independence – Where Holiday Traditions Begin

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Eggnog and freshly baked gingerbread, caroling in your neighborhood on a chilly evening, opening a present on Christmas Eve and finding a new set of pajamas (again!) or decorating your tree with paper ornaments  made by your children. Everyone has a favorite holiday memory. I’d like to share one of mine, which started many years ago after my first Christmas ... Read More »

Cape Girardeau is North Carthage in ‘Gone Girl’

Sets are being created and cities are being renamed for the David Finch film, "Gone Girl."

Gone Girl filming in Cape Girardeau is the talk of the town, and then some!  It’s so exciting to see locals buzzing about sightings of Ben Affleck, David Fincher, Tyler Perry and Rosamund Pike around Cape Girardeau.  Businesses are already seeing positive effects thanks to the filming.  Cast and crew have relied on local businesses for specific services, such as ... Read More »

Missouri Shows, Stories, and Sounds That’ll Give You the Shivers

This October, Missouri show, stories and sounds will get you into the Halloween mood.

Vampires, ghosts, zombies, and ghouls are prowling Missouri shows this month. They’re slinking across stages and screens—infesting festivals—invading concert halls, museums, galleries, and parks. Forewarned is forearmed! Here’s your guide to the artful scares lurking around our state. Fanciful Festivals Fall foliage at the peak of its glory is the brilliant backdrop for Missouri’s harvest and Halloween festivals. These three ... Read More »

PictureMO Winners ‘Catch Fire’

Fireball by Brian Devero of Grandview.

Another three months has flown by, which means it is time to announce another round of winners in the Missouri Division of Tourism’s (MDT) PictureMO photo contest. Through PictureMO, MDT asks talented photographers to step behind the lens and showcase Missouri. Each quarter, contestants submit photos that fit a different theme and MDT honors the top three from each quarter. ... Read More »

Touring the Missouri River Valley

Missouri River Country book cover

Those of us who have the luxury of living in Missouri know how beautiful and picturesque the state is. When it comes to rivers, lakes and streams, Lake of the Ozarks, the Jacks Fork and the Mississippi River often come to mind. In fact, the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River, was recently nominated one of the most ... Read More »

Art Directors Give Personal Picks

Even before there’s a nip in the air, Labor Day heralds a fresh time for the performing arts. As the harvest moon waxes and wanes, companies kick off new seasons that will run through next spring. We’ve asked theater, dance, and music directors from across the state to name an event in their own season that especially tickles their fancy—plus ... Read More »

History Lessons at Lincoln University

Lincoln University in Jefferson City holds  American History unknown by many.

On a few previous occasions, I’ve written about my love and fascination with history. Well, here’s another story. Recently, I got the chance to visit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Va. This museum examines the war from the multiple perspectives of the Union, Confederate and African-Americans who lived through it. You may be wondering why ... Read More »

Tiny Arrow Rock is Big on Charm

Chez Trappeur restaurant

Great theatre productions and fabulous food are hallmarks of a trip to historic Arrow Rock, a small town in northwest Missouri. I recently was part of a group outing to Arrow Rock; our focus was catching a production at Lyceum Theatre, but I was blown away by the town and its charm. The first item on our agenda was a ... Read More »

PictureMO Winners Focus on Water

Morning Fog

The votes are in and yet again we have found many talented camera-savvy Missourians who have submitted their masterpieces to PictureMO. This time around Missouri resident shutterbugs were inspired by scenes featuring bodies of water. What is PictureMO, you ask? The PictureMO Flickr photo group began in early 2013 as a way to show off the photography geniuses of Missouri ... Read More »