Arts, Culture and History

Historic Homes Offer a Peek at Private Lives

Snooping around a grand old house can be a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, especially if the long-gone owners were interesting people, and all their stuff is still there. I recently had the opportunity to investigate two such residences: the castle-like home of John Homer Bothwell, just north of Sedalia; and artist Thomas Hart Benton’s home in ... Read More »

Victorian Santa Makes a Lasting Impression in Saint Charles

The 37th annual Christmas Traditions festival is in full swing, having kicked off in Saint Charles the day after Thanksgiving.  But fret not, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this year’s celebration, which continues until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. As in years past, we have more than 30 Christmas Legends characters roaming about the Main Street historic district, ... Read More »

History Nerd?

Go ahead, call me a history nerd. It’s okay, I often refer to myself that way. You see, I have a real love for history.  Yes, I do possess an ability to recall names and dates, but mostly I think about history in terms of stories; stories of love, passion, murder, intrigue, war and sabotage.  History is every movie you’ve ... Read More »

Tradition Continues in Arrow Rock

The J. Huston Tavern, Arrow Rock.

Last weekend, I had the chance to visit a special open house for the J. Huston Tavern in Historic Arrow Rock. Located in the heart of Arrow Rock — the town itself is designated as a National Historic Landmark — the tavern has been serving travelers since the days of the Santa Fe Trail in 1834. Now under the management ... Read More »

1836 Missouri State Penitentiary — Hard Hat Tours

Tourists wearing hard hats visit the Missouri State Penitentiary

  Early Inmate at MSP A visit to Jefferson City, Missouri, isn’t complete until you tour the original, 1836 Missouri State Penitentiary, located seven blocks east of the Capitol. In 1967, the “Missouri State Pen” was named the “bloodiest 47 acres in America” by Time magazine. The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was decommissioned in 2004. It is open to the ... 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 »

The Missouri Capitol . . . Where the Front Isn’t

Missouri Capitol--South Side

The Missouri Capitol is a marvelous place to visit. I stroll around the outside and/or through the hallways nearly every weekday (yes, even in winter). I often see something I hadn’t noticed before. Let me tell you about it. But wait!  (Now I sound like a TV infomercial: “but wait . . . call now and receive, as our special ... Read More »

4 Things to do to Avoid Being a Homebody When it’s Cold Out

It is late fall and the temperature has dropped significantly. Now, cold weather should not keep you trapped indoors all day; so below are four activities that are sure to warm up your day even if the weather isn’t. Spa day: Often times, cold weather makes your skin dry and itchy; what better time to rejuvenate your body with the ... 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 »

The Government is going to be mad at me for this blog …

Mark Twain in his quarry farm study

… but I promise, Twain made me do it! In light of sooooo many political ads we are all enduring – I mean seeing – this time of year, (especially those lucky enough to live next to Illinois and Iowa – a three for one deal!) I thought a blog showcasing some of Mark Twain’s thoughts on politics might give ... Read More »