Here and There

Happy Birthday, Harry!

Forget that bunch of politicians wrangling about who will be our nation’s next president. If many folks had their druthers, we’d magically bring back our nation’s 33rd president. This man left office with dismal approval ratings in the low 30s and yet now polls among the top five presidents who ever served. Of course we are talking about Harry S. ... Read More »

Remembering the Titanic

This is an excerpt from the a story told by Jaynee, Titanic’s First Class Maid and one of the faces of Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. This post commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, which hit an iceberg in the late-night hours of April 14, 1912, then sunk in the early morning hours of April 15, 2012. ... Read More »

Marceline, “Where Walt found the Magic”

I’ve lived in Missouri my whole life and had no idea exactly how magical Marceline would be or what fascinating things were in store for us (KatiesTrail and me) when we started our journey to Marceline. Our mission was to welcome the official Disney Fan Club, D23, to the boyhood home of Walt Disney. Even before we arrived, I was ... Read More »

Unicorns, Minotaurs, and the Real World: The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City

In case you’re wondering, this post is not about a children’s theater. It does, however, describe a theater in Kansas City that is capable of having the same effect on adults as a fantasy-themed theater for children. The Unicorn, located right on Main Street in Kansas City, offers a unique, refreshing and wholly original attraction for theater experts and novices ... Read More »

Celebrate Spring in Sikeston

Ready to celebrate spring? Sikeston is the place to do it! Our spring event season in Historic Downtown Sikeston kicks off with Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Bootheel’s Best BBQ Cook-off on April 28. Both Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Cook-off will be held in Downtown Sikeston.  Sikeston-in-Bloom will be located in American Legion Square (corner of West Malone at North New Madrid Street) ... Read More »

Experience St. Pat’s Day in Rolla

Get your green on and join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.  St. Pat’s in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities!  The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs. It’s a celebration ... Read More »

The Shows Go On in Branson

Greetings from Branson! As many of you know, on February 29, an EF2 tornado hop-scotched along the famous “Branson 76 Strip.”  We will probably end up calling it the “Leap Year Tornado.” News crews from all over the country descended on our town of 10,000 to report the “devastation.” I was amazed at how Mother Nature hit hard some properties ... Read More »

Find Hidden Treasures in Jefferson City

Been to the State Capitol in Jefferson City lately? Here are a couple of reasons to go, especially if you can get there on the last Friday of the month this summer and fall. First of all, the building itself is beautiful, inside and out. Completed in 1917, the Capitol sits high on a bluff, looking down on the Missouri ... 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 »