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Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:09 am

A visit to St. Louis’ Sappington House Museum

 My friend and I seized on a chance to go to the beautiful Thomas Sappington House in St. Louis for a meal and tour. The Barn restaurant outside of the house is a combination gift shop and tea ro...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:14 am

Tourism agency urges residents to explore their hometown

 May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week, and Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Gina Gemberling wants Springfield-area residents to join in the fun right here at h...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:11 am

Visit Mason City for a movie, comedy and a down-home meal

 When I was in seventh grade, my friends and I got our parents to drop us at the local small-town movie theater on Saturday nights. We would buy tickets at an enclosed booth, shell out a quarter...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:11 am

Festival provides fun over and over and over. . .

 “It’s always Feb. 2nd and there’s nothing I can do about it,” complains Phil Connors, the character Bill Murray plays in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Trapped in a time warp, Connors de...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:09 am
 When Swedish seekers of religious freedom spent their first winter huddled in shelters dug into a ravine in what is now Bishop Hill, few probably guessed that, 169 years later, their settlement...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:10 am
 Do you ever daydream of hiking or biking through Europe but have just a weekend to spare? Then plan a trip to New Glarus, Wisconsin, known as “America’s Little Switzerland,” where you can...
Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:06 am
 The bachelorette party was in full swing as the would-be bride and her attendants made the rounds of the wineries in Hermann, Missouri. Several groups of women poked their heads into antique sho...

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