Tag Archives: Hannibal

A Mental Coffee Break in Hannibal


Mmmmm… the wonderful smell that wakes you up in the morning.  That pick-me up when the-mid afternoon slump hits.  What would we do without coffee? Hannibal is very lucky to have Java Jive – the First Coffee Shop West of the Mississippi. (No, really – it’s one block from the Mississippi.  They dare you to find a coffee shop closer.) …

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Missouri Artists Unleash the Power of Steampunk

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High adventure in imaginary worlds of gaslight and gears: welcome to steampunk! This Victorian-flavored blend of science fiction and history is inspiring visual and performing artists, filmmakers, and writers all around our state. Missouri even has a new all-steampunk festival on Labor Day Weeken, the Big River Steampunk Festival in the 19th-century streets of downtown Hannibal. We talk with artists …

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Hannibal: More Than Mark Twain

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If you have visited Hannibal, you have most likely done everything Mark Twain-related. You have jumped on the Riverboat ride, you’ve toured his boyhood home and visited the Mark Twain Museum. You may think you have hit all the major allures of Hannibal- so that’s it, right? Wrong! This town has a lot to offer, in addition to the great …

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Hannibal: For a Person Your Age

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My parents are infinitely annoyed by the phrase: For a person of your age. Whether it is scientifically stated, like a doctor telling my mom she is at a good weight ‘for a person of her age,’ or implied, such as a man complementing my father on an agile bleacher dismount at a little league game, it can be grating. …

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Book, Brews and Birds: Relax This Winter in Hannibal

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Winter is the time of year when divisions arise in many a household. Over what, you ask. Precious free time on cold indoor days, of course! Broadly speaking, there are two camps: The ‘curl up with a cup of hot tea and a good book’ camp, and the ‘grab a cold one and watch the game while yelling at the TV’ …

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10 Free Things to do in Hannibal


“You get what you pay for.”  “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  Sometimes, these words of wisdom are true.  Sometimes, you are pleasantly surprised. Behold – a list of 10 pretty darn cool things in Hannibal that are honest-to-goodness, worth-your-time, 100% free. 10. Mark Twain’s Recollections of the Civil War Civil War Missouri was a powder keg of …

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Show-Me Five: Things to See and Do in Hannibal


There’s a lot to do in Hannibal. I mean, just look at this list of events and this list of things to do and see over the next couple of months. But let’s step back for a bit. If there were only five things you could do – think a one-day trip – what would you do? Here’s a quick list …

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10 Ways to Train for the Kansas City Hospital Hill Half Marathon

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In December, my sister and I agreed to run a half-marathon this summer. Recently pregnant, it is a goal of recovery for her, and my first half marathon. After researching the numerous half marathons that will be held in Missouri this year, I suggested the Kansas City Hospital Hill half marathon. We both enjoy the shopping and restaurants in Kansas City …

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Fabulous Food Finds in Hannibal

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It’s a fact.  We eat more when it’s cold outside.  Even WebMD says we eat more during the winter.  Why spend time fighting that urge?  Why not EMBRACE it with some memorable meals and treats?  Make those few pounds you gain into a fantastic story of fabulous food finds from Hannibal, Mo.  We’ll help with some ideas below….and try not …

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Pedaling Down the Great River Road

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On Saturday, October 12, the Missouri Department of Transportation held the Highway 79 Color Ride and Bike Lane Dedication Ceremony in Hannibal. Highway 79 has long been known for its beautiful scenery, winding along the Mississippi river. Also called the “Great River Road,” MO 79 offers curves, hills, and all the features that those who do not get carsick easily …

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