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Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th Year with ‘Biggest Birthday Bash’

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, 2011.

A 250th birthday doesn’t come around every day but when it does, you want it to be a humdinger! That’s why St. Louis is putting together its Biggest Birthday Bash, a year-long celebration in 2014, to commemorate its founding 250 years ago. Here are the key events planned thus far (be sure to check out St. Louis’ birthday website often ... Read More »

What’s New in Branson for 2014?

See Elvis at Legends in Concert.

Branson has lots of theaters offering live shows with entertainment choices from Broadway songs to Country music, Rock ‘n’ Roll, to magic and comedy! A trip to Branson is not complete without experiencing Silver Dollar City, an 1880-style award-winning theme park where you’ll find authentic Ozarks history along with crafts, eateries, six festivals and thrilling rides. Visitors can enjoy three ... Read More »

Missouri Predictions for 2014

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As the New Year begins, people generally plan to make major lifestyle changes, whether it’s a diet, getting “organized” (whatever that means), or making sure to call Mom every Sunday night. No one knows if we’ll actually lose those extra pounds (probably not), get our homes cleaned up (dust bunnies make wonderful pets) or call Mom (do I really have ... Read More »

Celebrate Art & Inspiration in Carthage

CarthageAtrium decorated for Christmas 2013

As the days begin to darken early and the nights begin to chill, retailers focus their attention on the holidays. It is a great time to see an upswing with extra sales and holiday bonuses but the holiday hustle and bustle can come with its own stresses. I find it is best to slow down and really enjoy time with ... Read More »

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Pulaski County

Newly dedicated Korean War Memorial Monument.

As Interstate 44 runs through the heart of Pulaski County in central Missouri, many motorists travel to our area. Pulaski County is I-44′s midway point between the Illinois State Line and the Oklahoma State Line. Many travelers look forward to seeing the Pulaski County signs on the roadway because they know when they need to top off their tank, grab ... 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 »

Real Haunted Houses of Kansas City

Play with orphaned ghosts at this old orphanage turned posh winery in Liberty.

Stumble through a foggy werewolf forest, come face to face with the world’s largest anaconda in captivity, feel what it’s like to be buried alive—it’s all possible this Halloween season in Kansas City. These eerie exploits and more have solidified KC  as the Haunted House Capital of the World. But Kansas City also holds other haunted secrets – a few ... Read More »

Show-Me Horror Flicks: Movies That Have Missouri Connections

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It’s movie night. You want to make a Missouri-based choice, but aren’t sure exactly where to start. In the mood for old-school comedy? How about 1987’s “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” which features scenes in St. Louis. Or you could be looking for drama. Well, there’s that total buzz kill Jennifer Lawrence movie “Winter’s Bone,” shot in the Missouri Ozarks near ... Read More »

Scare Up Halloween Fun in Missouri

Photo courtesy of St. Louis CVC.

October is the month for festivals, fall weather and frights. There is no shortage of Halloween fun in Missouri, including haunted houses, terrifying tours and spooky sites to visit and have a good scare with family and friends Northeast Missouri Scares Visitors to Lemp Mansion in St. Louis expect a great meal at the restaurant, a lively theatre performance, and ... Read More »

Jefferson City: “Most Beautiful” Small Town in America

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Looking for the most beautiful small town in America? Try Jefferson City. That’s right, Rand McNally has chosen Jefferson City as the 2013 “Most Beautiful” Small Town in America. In September, Jefferson City was selected as one of five “Most Beautiful” finalists in the “Best of the Road” contest based off of an all-digital online voting process. As a finalist, ... Read More »