Tag Archives: St. Charles

History Comes Alive at Missouri’s First State Capitol

First MO State Capitol -- St. Charles, MO

Saint Charles has the distinction of being one of the oldest cities on the Missouri River. Yep, and we’re the third oldest city in the state! But did you know the City of Saint Charles served as Missouri’s first state capitol from 1821 to 1826? If you’ve ever been to Jefferson City to see the state legislature in action, then ... Read More »

The Donut Stop Takes High Honors

cinnamon globes award

Described as a “giant, bumpy ball of fried dough, crispy on the outside and dense, buttery, and cinnamon-y on the inside,” the Cinnamon Glob, from The Donut Stop in St. Louis, doesn’t resemble the typical donut. And why should it? If you’re trying to crack a list of top donuts, you need to stand out from the crowd. The honoree ... Read More »

Enjoy the Christmas Traditions in St. Charles

Photo courtesy of the St. Charles CVB.

Santa, and Mrs. Claus of course, rule in St. Charles for the Christmas Traditions festival.  It just so happens there are ten Santa characters as a part of this annual event celebrating its 39th anniversary this year. In the event you’re keeping score…here’s the Santa line-up for 2013: Victorian Santa Frontier Santa Civil War Santa Father Christmas World War II ... Read More »

Join the Fun at Festival of the Little Hills

Festival of the Little Hills

The Fete des Petite Cotes, or Festival of the Little Hills, was founded in 1969 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the City of St. Charles.  The original festival featured summer picnics and community-wide, family friendly contests, covering a mere four-block area of South Main Street in the St. Charles historic district. Today, Festival of the Little Hills encompasses Main ... Read More »

Five Fun 5Ks in North Missouri

2009 Hannibal Cannibal 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Hannibal

Hundreds and thousands of people running 3.1 miles may not sound like a fun activity to you. Yet, many people enjoy the activity and pay to be in organized races, relays or fun runs. I am one of them. The purpose of the fun run is to raise money for a worthy cause, the free T-shirt is a just a ... Read More »

We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration. Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about ... Read More »

Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna

Harry and Edna atop a glacier in Alaska; 1958, which was the year before Alaska became the 49th state.

Admittedly, until recently, I didn’t know much about a collectors genre known as Lost Photos or Other People’s Photos. Sure, I’ve visited my fair share of antique malls, and often wondered how old photos — framed or otherwise — came to lose their way and get beyond the grasp of familiar family circles. How does that happen, right? But the ... Read More »

Momo Heads South, Finds Nachos

If you visit this blog frequently (thank you for that, by the way) you probably know we’ve been trying to track Momo, the Missouri monster, for several days. Andrew Stephens, a northeast Missouri resident who has had several run-ins with the beast over the years, including two encounters in the past three months, has been helping with that effort. When ... Read More »

Step Back, Step Out with Holiday Events at State Parks, Historic Sites

Here is a recipe for a delicious Christmas celebration – a French feast with 13 different desserts. That’s the menu at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The free event, called Le Reveillon, re-creates the customs of a French Christmas from the 1830s, when Felix Valle and his wife, ... Read More »