Here and There

The City of Fountains

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Kansas City is known for many things – among them jazz, barbecue and fountains – all of which add to KC’s unique culture.  As a native, I’m proud to say I was exposed to all at an early age. But what seems to surprise most visitors are our beautiful and vast amount of fountains. When I was growing up, fountains ... Read More »

Quilting Retreat – Sew Much Fun

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If you’ve never been to a quilting retreat, you’re missing out. I recently attended one at Country Club Hotel and Spa at Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s how it works: you get to sew for an entire weekend; you don’t have to cook, clean-up, make beds or anything of the sort. Each year the Missouri River Quilt Guild (MRQG) arranges ... Read More »

Branson in Running to Host SoMeT

Branson is one of 13 cities in the running to host the Social Media Tourism Symposium (#SoMeT13US is the hashtag to follow on Twitter). The host city of this tourism-focused, social media conference will be chosen via tournament-style voting on Facebook. “Branson is ideally suited for this conference. With new flights on Southwest Airlines it is easy to get here. ... Read More »

Sikeston Readies for Battle of Sandy Ridge Reenactment

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Looking for adventure and fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston, where the Battle of Sandy Ridge Civil War reenactment is set for March 1-3 on the site of the original battle. I’ve attended the Battle of Sandy Ridge on several occasions and am astounded at the historical knowledge and authenticity the reenactors bring to the event. Soldiers attached to ... Read More »

Hermann Sites Embrace German Heritage

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In the spring of 1838, steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site, which eventually became the city of Hermann, as part of a massive migration that changed the face of Missouri forever. The immigrants were led by George Bayer, a schoolmaster and surveyor. Bayer laid out the town and assigned lots on 11,300 acres; the ... Read More »

Missouri State Penitentiary Posts Record-Breaking Season

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In 2009, when the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) began hosting tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, the vision was to cultivate the incredibly historic site into an attraction that could hold its own alongside the longtime favorite spots. Today that vision has become a reality. Read More »

Bicycle Along The Way of American Genius

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Mark Twain. Pony Express. Sliced Bread. Walt Disney. These innovators and innovations are some of the most famous in our nation’s history and have set the standard for genius. When cycling or biking along Highway 36, you enjoy natural, cultural and historic sites, scenic farms, charming small towns, and museums. Along the route, discover those individuals and ideas that have ... Read More »

Branson Offers Plenty of Winter Fun

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You want to take a trip to Branson, but it’s the middle of winter and most live performers are on their annual break. So, there’s nothing to do there, right? Wrong. Branson offers plenty of things to do year-round, even during the winter months when the majority of live shows are on hiatus. What can you do? Well, you could ... Read More »

Check Out What’s New in Branson in 2013

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Branson, located in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks, is one of America’s favorite vacation destinations. The family friendly shows and entertainment options, beautiful scenery and lakes, as well as the Missouri hospitality, draw nearly 8 million people each year to our little town. TripAdvisor, USA Today, the Associated Press and others have called Branson one of the best places in America ... Read More »

A Christmas Tradition in Kansas City

Recently, I made a trip to Kansas City to check out a long-standing Christmas tradition, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Most people equate the holidays in Kansas City with the famous Plaza Lights, but for 32 of the last 33 years, the Repertory Theatre – or just The Rep – has delighted audiences with ... Read More »