Family Fun

Branson’s Birthday Bash

Here are the notes from my speech at the opening of the Branson Centennial Museum: The novelist, poet and author of The Prophet, Khalil Gibran said, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your ... Read More »

Celebrating Small Town America

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce is busy making preparations for the 44th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival.  This festival, held the third weekend of April, is one of the premier springtime events in Southeast Missouri. An inferno of pinks, whites, and purples blaze throughout the springtime landscape of Charleston, reminding visitors to the small town located between the confluence of the Mississippi ... Read More »

Madison County, Missouri – Where Past and Present Meet

If you’re looking for things to do in Missouri, visit Madison County. Located in the Saint Francois Mountains, our area features a perfect blend of rolling farmland and heavily forested hills with many creeks, rivers and lakes. Nestled amongst this natural beauty are the historic towns of Fredericktown and Marquand, each offering a unique experience to adventurers in Madison County. ... Read More »

Five Secrets to Road Tripping with the Kids

One rainy Friday night, me, my 3-year old son Jack, my friend Sara and her 2-year old son Connor decided to test the fates and took to the road for a short vacation to Independence. It was a moms-and-boys weekend. Sara and I were high-fiving each other before we even made it to the highway. With self-satisfied grins, we shuttled ... Read More »

Saturday Morning Adventures

With two active little ones, it’s hard to get everything done. My husband and I work hard to make the regular tasks fun. Some examples are singing with the kids while we clean (complete with snowball fights with socks), saying yes to the grocery cart with the car in front (despite the poor turning radius) and talking up the dum-dums ... Read More »

What to do at The Lake This Winter … And Beyond

It’s easy to get to the centrally located Lake of the Ozarks.  It’s just 175 miles from St. Louis, 165 miles from Kansas City, 125 miles from Branson and less than a day’s drive from practically anywhere in the central United States.  Now that the Lake Area has the new expressway and 242 Highway, getting around the Lake is even ... Read More »

There’s sugar in them there trees . . .

The days are already shorter.  The air is acquiring a sharper bite.  It’s hard to imagine the grey, cold indifference of winter could offer up one of Mother Nature’s sweetest gifts.  But winter does have its treats.  Sometimes you just have to go prospecting a little harder to find them.  Maybe even deep inside a tree. It’s really all about ... Read More »

Enjoy Holiday Fun in the Springfield Area

The Springfield area likes the winter holidays! If you do, too, you’ll enjoy your visits to the city because winter brings with it all kinds of holiday events. From plays to displays, Springfield and the surrounding communities have it all. Below are just a few holiday events scheduled for this winter. Be sure to check out our online calendar. New events ... Read More »

Ride up to Pony Express PumpkinFest

I’ve always been a fan of fall.  My Irish skin doesn’t fare well in the hot summer months, so when the temperatures begin to dip around 70, my soul lets out a sigh of relief. I don’t know what I like more … the beautiful fall colors, the crisp morning air, the warm smells of comfort food, or just getting ... Read More »

Enjoying the Madison County Fair

Is there a place other than Missouri where you can find tractor shows, truck shows, cow-milking contests, greased-pig contests, turtle races, tug of war, pumpkin-seed spitting, goat milking, and carnival rides all in one place?  I doubt it, because Missouri has some of the best county fairs around, and, fortunately for Missourians, we have entered county-fair season. Madison County Fair ... Read More »