Spring is Coming, You Must Believe

On the radio this morning, the weather report indicated we might get more snow accumulation. I’ve also heard that we will have another big snow storm at the end of March. I’m not really worried. It will melt and spring is around the corner.

In Missouri, I look forward to the redbuds, dogwoods and the bright green of new leaves.  One of my favorite festivals is the Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival. This year’s festival, April 14-17, will be its 43rd year. Around the town, you can follow the 6-mile Dogwood-Azalea Trail. There are many other events besides the spring blooms like: home tours, an evening candlelight tour, plant sales, crafts, ice cream social, piano concerts and a large parade.

Nearby is Sikeston, where Lambert’s Café is the home of the “Throwed Rolls.” Make sure to come hungry and be ready to catch the freshly baked, baseball-sized rolls. Also in Sikeston is an unusually large museum of farm history. The Southeast Missouri Agricultural Museum & Granny’s Antiques has antique farm equipment, vintage advertising, and hundreds of antique farm-related toys.

To the south of Sikeston is New Madrid. New Madrid has a beautiful overlook of the Mississippi River. Of historical significance are the New Madrid Historical Museum, Higgerson School Historic Site and the Hunter-Dawson Home State Historic Site, all of which let you step back in time to view what is was like to live along the Mississippi.

The Mississippi has moved many times over the years. In this area of the state, the big river has left some very fertile soil. A trip to Big Oak Tree State Park will reveal four of the state’s champion species. The park is in a swampland, so the boardwalks are elevated above the lush vegetation. This allows you to see the many knees of the bald cypress trees.

I encourage you to shake off your cabin fever and for go your spring cleaning and get out and enjoy the beautiful color of spring in Missouri.