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Publisher’s note School is out, and summer is in!


The smell of suntan oil, windows rolled down and hair blowing, picnics (minus the ants), blackberry picking and the sound of the icecream truck: It’s my favorite time of the year. My kids have become all too familiar with Mom’s summer checklist. This year, instead of starting out with pen and paper in hand, I wanted to gauge my past summer fun level, so I started by asking my kids about their favorite Angie and her three kids, Amanda, Luke and Alec, celebrating Mother’s summer memories. Day together this year. Alec, my 15-year-old son, was short and to the point. “Swimming at Grandpa’s lake,” he said. I automatically envisioned him jumping off the dock, dunking his cousins, catching snakes with his bare hands and having a mouthful of Grandpa’s barbecue ribs. Luke, my 11-year-old son, needed a little probing, but he eventually came up with something. “I always have fun in the summer, but going to see Aunt Geralyn in Ohio is the best.” Since he was a baby, our family has been road tripping to Aurora, Ohio, for a weeklong vacation on the lake where we tube; have water balloon fights; and ride the newest thrill-seeker, make-you-puke ride at Cedar Point, “the best amusement park in the world,” according to Luke. Amanda, my very decisive 18-year-old daughter, said, “Hands down, the float trip with all my friends.” I quickly remembered nine girls, trying to maneuver their raft, getting caught on a log and screaming so the entire river could hear. It’s not my favorite summer memory, but it will make the Huhman summer checklist! Whatever best summer memory you have or plan on making this summer, I hope you enjoy reading what our staff has put together for you. We guarantee it was tried and tested. From Susan Koplar Brown’s lemon ricotta pancakes at the Lodge of Four Seasons to my recent addiction, glamping (camping for the non-camper), we hope our summer checklist will make yours. We would love to see how your family is celebrating this season. Please post a pic on our Facebook or Twitter page (#summerchecklist), and let us know what’s making your list this summer. I’m sure you will be uncovering lots of fun things to do, and your fellow readers would love to hear about it. Looking forward to seeing what tops your summer checklist! Happy summer,

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What people are saying Ashley Brown Official Title: Public speaking adjunct at Columbia College/serial entrepreneur Family: My husband, Mark, and furry kid, Puddin Pie My style: Relaxed, Midwestern glamour One day I would love to: Know without doubt that no mid-Missouri child is going to bed hungry. Three words that best describe me: Anomalous, enlightened and lucky!

Tim Chancellor What an awesome day starting with a short work day. Thanks goes out to Angela Huhman and her Columbia Home team. Mitchell Drinkard, you were fabulous! I have a new stylist at Blanc Studio and met/worked with an incredible photographer, Tony Jinson, and his assistant, Smalls. I can't wait to see the finished work.

Johnny Andrew Eaker If you have a few minutes, check out this video I produced for Columbia Home and the Room of Hope. This family is so sweet. It was a pleasure to tell their story. Amy Schneider @CoMoAmy Apr 27 @ScottMRowson @TheDinnerTrain @ColumbiaHomeMag Excited to read this. Love having in Columbia!

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❖ publisher's note p. 15 ❖ On the Web p. 17 ❖ Features 52 Guide to Glamping: Camping Goes Glam 57 Summer Checklist Challenge: Mid-Missouri’s Must-do Activities 61 Savor the Season: What to Plant and How to Enjoy It

Entertainment 21 Agenda and Datebook 25 Day in the Life: Sara Linde Patel 27 Tech: Inspire a Hands-on Helper 28 Food: FamilyFriendly Feasts 35 The Dish: White Cake with Caramel Icing 36 Discovering Our Town: Lake of the Ozarks 40 Fashion: Once Upon a Time 49 Style Guide: Junk in Your Trunk

Home/Garden 67 Room of Hope: Aiden’s Avengers 72 Home Tour: Outdoor Entertaining 81 Meet Your Neighbors: John and Chantal Irish, Lindsey and Harley Naumann 85 Real Estate: New Construction



Health/Happiness 90 Love and Relationships: at•trac•tion 93 Life Coaching: From Couch to Confidence 94 Mommy Chronicles: Keep Calm, and Cheer On 96 Weddings 99 Welcome to the World 100 Happy Tails 102 About Town 104 Men We Love: Matthew Petersen and Pablo Araujo 106 Strong Woman: Ragan Webb

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June/July 2014 Columbia’s must-do events COLLECTOR’S SERIES WINE RELEASE PARTY AND ART SHOW What: Be among the first to sample and buy the latest release of Les Bourgeois Collector’s Series wines. Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and a music-filled afternoon. Artwork will also be available for purchase. WHEN: 2 to 7 p.m., July 12 WHERE: Blufftop Bistro at Les Bourgeois Winery INFO: Free

HELLO, BABY EXPO! What: A day filled with learning, networking and fun for new and expecting parents, babies and their families, presented by Boone Hospital Center and the Columbia Daily Tribune. Learn the keys to your baby’s success! WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 14 WHERE: Holiday Inn Expo Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive SW INFO: Entry fee is $5; for more information, visit columbiatribune. com/hellobaby.

ART IN THE PARK What: The Columbia Art League presents the 56th annual Art in the Park. Enjoy this two-day summer festival filled with fine arts and food. This event is appropriate for all ages and features shopping, entertainment and activities for kids. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8 WHERE: Stephens Lake Park INFO: Free; for more information, visit Visit Columbia Home online at | 21


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Sunday, June 1

Tuesday, June 10

Youth Basketball Camp, Armory Sports Center, 2:304 p.m., $5 for kids ages 8-12, call 874-6378 to register

Father’s Day Crafts, Waters-Moss Hillcrest Room D, 10-10:50 a.m., $6 for kids ages 2-5, pre-register at

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Movies in the Park: Frankenweenie, Flat Branch Park, 9 p.m., $2 per person, free for kids 8 and under




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Monday, June 2 Andy Frasco and the UN, Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders and Mouth, Mojo’s, doors at 8 p.m., $8-10

Tuesday, June 3 Kids’ Nature Club, Happy Hollow Shelter at Stephens Lake Park, 4-9 p.m., $5 for kids ages 6-7

Wednesday, June 4 9th Street Summerfest with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Blue Note, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., $25

Thursday, June 5 Missouri Symphony Society Hot Summer Nights Festival: Strike Up the Band, Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater, 7 p.m., call 882-3781 for ticket info

Friday, June 6 Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, The Blue Note, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show

Saturday, June 7-8 Art in the Park, Stephens Lake Park, Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, visit for details

Sunday, June 7 Shred Fest Skateboarding Event, Columbia Skate Park, 4-7 p.m.

Monday, June 9 Missouri Symphony Society Hot Summer Nights Festival: Chamber Recital, Broadway Christian Church, 7 p.m., call 882-3781 for ticket information

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Tuesday, June 17 Missouri Symphony Society Hot Summer Nights Festival: Community Concert, Columbia Senior Activity Center, 6:30 p.m., call 882-3781 for ticket information

Wednesday, June 18 Family Fun Fest: Explore Outdoors, Flat Branch Park, 6-8 p.m., free

Saturday, June 21 Juneteenth Celebration, Douglass Park, 3-7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 23 Fore the House Golf Tournament, Club at Old Hawthorne (6221 E. Broadway), 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., $800 per team, visit for more info

Tuesday, June 24 Johnny Winter, The Blue Note, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $25-30

Tuesday, June 24-July 26 3rd Annual Generation Next Exhibit, PS Gallery, visit for specific times

Wednesday, June 25 MKT Trail Secret Access Rides (12 miles), meet at the playground at Flat Branch Park, 6-7:45 p.m., free, for ages 18 and up

Friday, June 27 4th Friday Kids Night, Waters-Moss, 6-9:30 p.m., $15, for kids ages 4-12

Saturday, June 28 Kent Burnside and The Flood Brothers, Mojo’s, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m., $6

Sunday, June 29 Katy Trail Bike Ride to Cooper’s Landing (32 miles round trip), meet at MKT trail at the Stadium Boulevard access point, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free, for ages 18 and up

Monday, June 30 Missouri Symphony Society Hot Summer Nights Festival: Community Concert, Shelter Gardens, 7 p.m., call 882-3781 for ticket information


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Sho-Me Sho-Stoppers Hip-Hop Dance Squad, Conference Room at Armory Sports Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m., free, for kids ages 8-17, call 817-5077 for more information

SPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run, Gans Creek Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to noon, $20 required registration fee, for kids ages 4-15, register online at


Collector’s Series Wine Release Party and Art Show, Blufftop Bistro at Les Bourgeois Winery, 2-7 p.m., free


Sunday, July 13 Youth Basketball Camp, Armory Sports Center, 2:30-4 p.m., $5, for kids ages 8-12, call 874-6378 to sign up

Monday, July 14

Wednesday, July 2 Missouri Symphony Society Hot Summer Nights Festival: Patriotic Pops, Missouri Theatre, 7:30 p.m., call 882-3781 for ticket information

Thursday, July 3 America’s Birthday Party, Waters-Moss Hillcrest Room D, 10-10:50 a.m., $6 pre-registration for kids ages 2-5, pre-register at parksandrec

Friday, July 4 Fire in the Sky: The 62nd Annual Celebration of an American Tradition, Flat Branch Park and The District, entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m., fireworks begin after 9 p.m., free, call 874-7460 for details

Saturday, July 5 Independence Day Celebration, Blufftop Bistro at Les Bourgeois, music starts at 4 p.m., fireworks at sundown

Wednesday, July 9 Missouri Symphony Society Hot Summer Nights Festival: Family: The Color of Music, Missouri Theatre, 6:30 p.m., call 882-3781 for ticket information

Thursday, July 10 Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series presents the Community Band, Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater, 7-8 p.m., free. Say Anything, The Blue Note, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $17.50 in advance and $21 day of show

Family Night at L.A. Nickell Golf Course, 5:30 p.m., free, for all ages, call 814-1322 for more details

Tuesday, July 15 We All Scream for Ice Cream!, Waters-Moss Hillcrest Room D, 10-10:50 a.m., $6 per person, for kids ages 2-5, pre-registration required, visit

Wednesday, July 16 Family Fun Fest: Summer Fun, Flat Branch Park, 6-8 p.m., free

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Friday, July 25-27 Show-Me State Games, Cosmo Park, times vary, registration required, visit for more information

Saturday, July 26 Million Dollar Bike Show, Mid-America HarleyDavidson, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visit for more information

Tuesday, July 29

Show-Me State Games, Cosmo Park, times vary, registration required, visit for more information

Scramble Golf League, L.A. Nickell Golf Course and Lake of the Woods, 5:30 p.m., $10 registration fee, call 445-4213 for more information

Monday, July 21

Wednesday, July 30

Wye Oak and Pattern is Movement, Mojo’s, doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., $14

Thursday, July 24 Ladies Garage Party, Mid-America HarleyDavidson, 6-9 p.m., visit for more information

MKT Trail Secret Access Rides (12 mile round trip), meet at the playground in Flat Branch Park, 6-7:45 p.m., free, for ages 18 and up

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A Day in the Life: Hunter/ Jumper Instructor


By Kristi Luther photo s by whitney buc kner

Not long after Sara Linde Patel could talk, she was already begging for riding lessons. By the time she was 7 ½ years old, she finally got the chance. Sara, now a hunter/jumper instructor and interim program coordinator at Stephens College, wasted no time winning awards and loving horses. By age 12, she had her own horse in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. When the time came for college, her father reminded her, “You know you can major in horses, right?” After an extensive search, Stephens College became the obvious choice. In a turn of fate perhaps, she later returned to teach at the college she once attended. Sara, 35, is prepared to advance the equine program at her alma mater even further. But how does she do it? 5:30 to 6 a.m. Rise and shine: Her “children herd,” or her three dogs, need to be fed. Because the Stephens stables crew arrives at 5 a.m., Sara is always prepared for an early morning call. She always considers herself on call because she works with living, breathing animals. 7 a.m. Eventful mornings: Sara prepares to take her dog to the vet on the way to the stables. She suddenly gets a call from one of her crew: a horse, Teddy, is acting strangely. He keeps coughing and sneezing. Sara thinks he’s choking. “Sometimes you think the day should be over, but it’s only been an hour,” she says. “No one day is the same.”

7:15 a.m. Arrive at the stables: Sara checks the vitals of the horse. Then she gives the horse an IV sedative to calm him until the vet arrives. 7:45 a.m. Vet arrives: Sara uses this opportunity as a teaching moment for some of her students as the vet tubes the horse, locates and removes the lodged food and accesses Teddy. All is well again at the stables. 8 a.m. Professor Sara: She now has lectures with her students. In addition to being a riding instructor for students and the community, she teaches students valuable lessons about the horses and womanhood. 9 a.m. The revolving door: A student has a great ride, but Sara notices the student’s horse seems off. Moments later after having a “life chat” with the young woman, Sara learns the student recently failed a test in another class. “Sometimes the horse tells you more than people are willing to,” she says.

10 a.m. The revolving door continues: A student walks into Sara’s office with one final question about horsemanship for an exam. After the question, Sara administers an exam to her group of students. She then continues looking through piles of possible interns for the summer. 11 a.m. One on one: For the next two hours, Sara teaches student after student during riding lessons. She calls her horses her “living, breathing classrooms” and teaches the young women to put the horses’ wellbeing first at all times. 1 p.m. Odds and ends: Sara’s day technically ends at 1 p.m., but in some ways it’s only beginning. As a program coordinator, she attends meetings to plan community events and the future of the equine program. “Community service is key in keeping this program alive,” she says. “We have to reach out and show people all the horses have to offer us.” 4 p.m. Catering to the masses: Large events, such as an FFA judging clinic, take up some of her evenings. She heads to the University of Missouri to give awards to FFA members after events such as this. 7 p.m. A student herself: Beyond leading the equine program, Sara is a student herself. She doesn’t take the term leader lightly. She is working on her master’s in strategic leadership from Stephens. At the end of the day: Sara says her success is completely intertwined with her horses. “I am only as good as my four-legged friends,” she says. “They really help heal your soul, and we have to give it right back.” | 25

Photographs that’ll give you warm, fuzzy feelings. Your pet is like a member of your family, so call Valérie today to set up a photo shoot! Valérie Berta (909) 229-8963 Read the blog, Of Pets and Pals /PetsAndPalsPhotography

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Inspire a Hands-on Helper


Get your kids gardening with these online resources worth a second look. My 3-year-old helped haul buckets of dirt and picked out her favorite color flowers to plant in our yard this spring. She’s on the plant surveillance crew at our house and lets me know the moment each flower blooms. We cut pretty stems for a jar in her room (I handle the scissors). She isn’t quite gentle enough for the handling and planting yet, though next year she’ll be ready to experience more than just the planning, observing and dirt hauling. These fun websites make gardening into an educational game for kids with all kinds of fun ideas to get the whole family involved beyond the obvious wheelbarrow rides.

By Monica Pitts

Advice from a Poison Ivy Survivor

Take a moment to visit this site for safety tips, printable puzzles and garden activities you can enjoy with your kids. It’s an easyto-navigate site with lots of ideas and photos, and I found myself clicking around and filing away all the goodness for next year’s gardening adventures and conversations.

This regularly updated site is certainly worth a second look. Perfect for the enthusiasts with elementary-age and older children, it offers directions on everything from how to create a pizza garden to cooking and eating dandelions. firstgarden

The University of Illinois Extension offers this great site for beginners that breaks down planning your garden step by step. The site pairs photos and fun illustrations with directions covering topics ranging from how to read a seed label to where to plant what types of plants.

As I’m out in the yard and garden, I’m always on the lookout for the dreaded poison ivy. This plant has been my arch nemesis each summer since childhood, so I’m an expert at identifying the nasty plant during all growth stages (yet somehow I still manage to contract it over and over again). On the off chance you’re not at war with the pesky weed, but your family is sensitive to its itchy qualities, these handy apps can guide you through identifying the plant at various seasons with descriptions and full-color photos of poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak. This will ensure you’re not going to eat it, swing from it, burn it, pick it or play in it.

Poisonous App for iOS iPhone Cost: Free Search for “poisonous plants free” in the app store. Poison Ivy Free App for Android Cost: Free The free version only provides data for poison ivy.

Monica Pitts

Monica is founder of MayeCreate Design. She and her husband, Mike, have one daughter, Ellis, and two dogs, Maybe and Roxie. Monica considers herself an artist, yogi and Web dork with the ability to speak geek and English. | 27

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Looking for a dining locale to suit your picky pint-sized eaters as well as Mom and Dad? We’ve got you covered.


Feasts By Scott Rows on Photos by An gelique Hunter

To be a truly kid- and family-friendly destination today, restaurants realize they have to step up their game on multiple levels. Frozen fish sticks and a goofy hat aren’t going to cut it. The little ones are expecting grub as good as Mom and Dad are getting, and a little flair or creativity helps even the picky eaters find something to order. Flat Branch Pub and Brewing, Shakespeare’s Pizza and 44 Stone Public House, among many others, know this and can satisfy parents and kids equally well. But you’re probably already going to those places (and if you aren’t, you should be). We decided to track down a few under-the-radar family-friendly destinations.

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Scott, blogger and food writer extraordinaire, shares his insights on dishes from Columbia hotspots. Whether it’s a hidden ingredient or special cooking technique, Scott will be able to detect it. You can often find him at Sycamore, his favorite hangout. Check out restaurant openings, food reviews and local eats on his blog, | 29

Lonnie Ray’s

Every child has been told not to play with his or her food. You were. I was. Mike Whiteley likely was, too. He just didn’t listen. Mike is the owner and head cook at Lonnie Ray’s Cafe and BBQ in Harrisburg. For 10 years he’s been turning out barbecue that wows purists and playful types in equal measure, all from a charmingly divey shack just 20 minutes north of Columbia.

Mike calls his barbecue style “MoTex,” an ode to the Texas-Kansas City hybrid he’s crafted. The purists (and Mom and Dad) should start with the brisket, which Mike smokes to a juicy, smoke-ringed interior and a perfect, peppery crust. I’d put it up against anything I’ve had in Kansas City or, for that matter, the Lone Star State itself. The pulled pork is no slouch either. It’s lightly smoky with bits of “bark,” the aim of every barbecue cook, amateur and professional alike. The Gee Wilikers sandwich, a monstrous creation of smoked bologna, onion rings, pickle slices, pepper jack cheese and coleslaw, could feed two easily. It looks like a giant barbecue sundae and is as tasty as it is daunting. Also for grownups: fiery charro beans and a Philly cheesesteak sandwich made with smoked brisket. If you’re detecting a creative streak in the Lonnie Ray’s approach, you’re on the right track. “I always think, ‘What’s out there that people like that we could maybe put a twist on and make it even better?’” Mike says. “A lot of people are just blown away; it’s just totally unexpected.” For kids, or the kid inside us all, there’s also much to get excited about, such as fried corn with Mike’s punchy rib rub seasoning. The smoked — yes, smoked — mac and cheese will banish any memory of the boxed variety. And all barbecue sandwiches at Lonnie Ray’s can be made smaller for the little ones for just $3.50. Mike’s barbecue empire wasn’t built alone. Business partner Brandon Millikane has been there since the restaurant opened in 2004. While Mike tends to the smokers, Brandon runs things out front, delivering the dishes, bussing tables and explaining what the “Brother Loves Brisket” is (that’s the brisket Philly cheese). 30 | JUNE/JULY 2014

Columbia Star Dinner Train

Food is fun. Trains are fun. It should come as no surprise that trains with food are great family fun. Still, as I board the Columbia Star Dinner Train with my wife and two kids, I can admit to a little trepidation. I don’t know what to expect. And how good will the food be? We’re welcomed outside the train by B. Allen Brown, the gregarious new owner of the Columbia Star’s parent company, for the new Sunday Family Dinner ride. “We are looking to recreate the classic Sunday afternoon dinner experience when all the family would get together for a hearty, home-cooked meal but also give them an experience they won’t forget,” he says. That experience consists of a two-hour ride in a restored 1930s passenger car pulled by a Pullman locomotive on the city-owned COLT Railroad track. The trip begins on Brown Station Road and winds leisurely through the Boone County countryside past homes and farms and unusual and interesting sights. Kids wave from back porches, Shetland ponies graze and a family searches for morel mushrooms in the woods alongside the tracks. There’s more than enough scenery to keep the kids interested and conversation lively. And the food itself? There’s no need to worry. Chef Scott Hampton has worked at the University Club and Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro, and he knows his way around a kitchen. This particular kitchen, however, is rocking back and forth as the train trundles down the track. “It definitely took some getting used to,” Scott says of his unusual cooking space. “We can’t run a deep fryer, obviously. But after a while, we developed a system, and I think it works pretty well.” I agree. A salad of spring greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and a light vinaigrette is topped with a crust of pan-fried Parmesan cheese. It’s a hit with everyone. Cocktails arrive. A “Derailer” for me and a Manhattan for my wife; the kids opt for colas. Some might gripe at the ride itself — traveling up the track to Centralia before reversing field and returning to Columbia — but you have to be pretty cynical not to enjoy the Missouri countryside from a train when you have an expertly crafted Manhattan in hand. A toast to family and interesting adventures is made, and a few minutes later, out come the main courses. I start with a meltingly tender prime rib, and it’s one of the better ones I’ve had. Soon the wife wants a bite, so we trade plates. Her chicken is excellent as well: herbaceous and cooked just right. Not to be outdone, the kids’ chicken tenders and mac ’n’ cheese draw oohs and ahs from their side of the table. “This can’t be easy to pull off on a moving train,” I say. But Scott and his staff turn out high-quality food all the way down to the homemade biscuit and fluffy raspberry dessert. The Columbia Star isn’t done evolving either. Since taking the train over in November, B. Allen has made changes to the train’s reservations policy, the schedule and has big ideas for special events and rides. And judging from the other riders on board — a family celebrating a young boy’s birthday, an attractive couple on a date and a group of older adults recalling a more elegant means of travel — the dinner train’s appeal is sure to grow. | 31

The 63 Diner

“The homemade meatloaf, cheesy potatoes and rolls on Thursday nights, the twice-cooked chicken with homemade mayo, the pasta primavera, chili cheddar burger, the personal touch and affordable prices. A little bit of everything.” I’d asked The 63 Diner manager Nikki Creason what makes the place so popular with regulars and families alike after 25 years in business. She has trouble narrowing it down. After my first meal there in many moons, I can see why.

For one thing, the place is just fun. Every wall is decorated with photos of movie and music stars from the 1950s and ’60s, every ceiling tile adorned with Snoopy in a pedal car or a giant hamburger and an Elvis in seemingly every corner. It’s over-the-top Americana for sure, but you’d have to be a pretty jaded soul not to get at least a little into the vibe when a Frankie Valli or Sam Cooke hit comes on over the speakers. Still, if “Heartbreak Hotel” won’t do it for you, the food at The 63 Diner will. Our 6-year-old is excited for her cheeseburger, which comes with a choice of fries or applesauce and a selfmade sundae at the end (a recipe for laughs and memories if not for post-lunch naps). I ask her if she prefers this or a certain similarly themed burger chain better. “This, totally,” she says. “Their applesauce is really good.” I steal a bite of the burger, and it’s better, too. The 10-year-old, forever in the throes of a growth spurt, nearly polishes off his sizable double cheeseburger (add bacon, add mayo) but needs a little help from Dad. It’s beefy, well-seasoned and perfectly cooked and beats your garden variety burger any day. I go with the aforementioned and semi-famous Chick’s Twice-Cooked Chicken Sandwich, a breaded chicken breast perfectly fried and topped sparingly with teriyaki sauce and a slice of cheese. It’s crunchy, soft and just a little sweet. Red onion, lettuce and tomato on a buttery, lightly toasted bun round out one of the diner’s top-selling dishes. What would a visit to a classic American diner be without a milkshake? Whether you’re interested in the timeless chocolate milkshake or something more creative, The 63 Diner can take care of you on that front as well as anybody. The servers for their part don’t seem the least bit tired of the oldies hits playing over the speakers; they laugh with one another and the kitchen staff and welcome regulars by name. Each one seems genuinely happy to be there. Although The 63 Diner has seen owners and customers come and go for a quarter century, it remains fun, friendly and a surefire hit with both young and old. 32 | JUNE/JULY 2014

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thedish White Cake • 3 cups sifted cake flour • 3 teaspoons baking powder • 2 cups sugar • ½ cup butter • ½ cup milk • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1 cup water • 3 egg whites, slightly beaten Directions: Combine cake flour and baking powder. (I haven’t sifted the flour since I was a kid following my mom’s directions!) Cream the sugar and butter. Add the milk and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and the water to the wet ingredients, alternating adding each. Add the egg whites. Bake in two 8-inch cake pans or one 9-by-13-inch pan at 350 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes, depending on the size of the pan. Remove from oven as soon as a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Be careful not to over bake as moistness is the key to this cake. Caramel Icing • ¾ cup butter • 1 ½ cups brown sugar • ½ teaspoon salt • 6 tablespoons milk • 1 pound powdered sugar Whitney Gibbens

Aunt Ola’s White Cake with Caramel Icing


Creativity and family history won Jane Hinds Le Dessert Préféré. I make this cake with one pink layer and one white layer with seven-minute frosting for my mother’s birthday every year, just like her mother used to make her and just like her Aunt Ola Sandknop O’Donnell used to make for her. Photographed above, this cake is made with the recipe doubled and baked in two 10-inch cake pans. I make it this way for a big crowd; plus, a gigantic cake looks impressive. This cake with a sour cream and almond topping instead of icing was always served at our family’s Christmas dinner in Edina, Missouri.

Directions: Melt the butter, brown sugar and salt over low heat, bringing to a boil for two minutes and stirring constantly. Add the milk, and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat, and allow it to cool slightly. Add this to one pound of powdered sugar. Beat until thick.

About the contest: Jane Hinds’ delectable white cake with caramel icing was chosen as the winner of Le Dessert Préféré at La Petite Ecole’s fifth annual Soirée Gourmande. The French Immersion School hosts the fundraiser each year to raise money for its scholarship fund and the school. This year’s soirée was sponsored by Les Bourgeois, and Mike Keene from Schnuck’s was the judge who awarded Jane her title. | 35

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Weekend Getaway at Lake of the Ozarks


By Kristi McCann | Photos by Rebecca Rademan It’s marked on your calendar months in advance, maybe with a few underlines and stars around it because the much-needed weekend with your best friends can’t come soon enough. We’ve all been there, especially during the summer months when a bit of vitamin D and water can work wonders on your spirit. What better place to spend a few days of R&R than at Lake of the Ozarks, where pampering and fun in the sun is just a short drive away? But of course, we would never put our Columbia Home stamp of approval without testing it out first, and we give this weekend getaway a standing ovation. Evident by the special details at each stop and the overwhelming hospitality, the lake knows how to cater to visitors. There is an undeniable sense of personalization and true passion behind the people who work in this community. 36 | JUNE/JULY 2014

The reservation If you’re looking for a great deal and an allinclusive setup, the Shop, Shop and Chill package at the Lodge of Four Seasons is the way to go. For $199 per person, you will receive: • two nights of accommodations in the main lodge for two people; • breakfast in Breezes each morning; • a cocktail in the Lobby Bar or THIRST nightclub; • a 25-percent-off discount in Resort Designs, including free gift wrap; • one 25-minute neck and shoulder massage at Spa Shiki; • one 45-minute basic pedicure at Spa Shiki; • a free round of golf each day (weather permitting); • complimentary shuttle service to Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall; • checkout at 2 p.m. on the day of departure. Not only is this package a steal, but also the staff at the Lodge of Four Seasons was welcoming and accommodating throughout our entire stay.

Happy hour


Located inside the Lodge of Four Seasons, HK’s is the perfect happy hour location featuring festive summertime cocktails created by beverage manager Shaun McDonnell. We sipped on mojitos, margaritas, lemon drops and lake waters that were as eye catching as they were delicious. Complimentary pizza baked in a wood-burning stove is served during happy hour, and if you’re enjoying a later dinner, we also recommend the homemade guacamole. Executive Chef Jon Quint really outdoes himself with the classic summertime dip.


On the Rise

Baxter’s Baxter’s

The ride The best part about a girls’ weekend is the time spent together. The easiest way to spend a bunch of time together is to cruise around in the same vehicle. Jason Hulett of Hulett Chevrolet Buick GMC hooked us up with the perfect crossover that was comfy, spacious and offered tons of high-tech options. When the driver is busy gabbing with her gals in the backseat, she can easily answer her phone, send a text message or change the radio station, all hands free. And if everyone is wiped out from the day’s activities, the sleeping passengers won’t be bothered because the hum of the running vehicle is essentially silent.

Evening entertainment We didn’t have time to check out all of the nightlife at the lake, but we got some suggestions from locals who frequent these bars. If you’re looking for live music, Bootleggers is the place to be, especially on Saturday nights. Bathwater Jack’s is also a popular location to enjoy live music. Other bar suggestions with nightly specials include Casablanca, Shady Gators, Beavers at the Dam and the Blue Room.

Breezes: The lemon ricotta pancakes were a personal recommendation from Susan Koplar Brown, owner of the Lodge, and boy, was she right. The unique combination had our mouths watering from the second they were set on the table until the very last bite.

Good eats On the Rise: The decadent homemade pastries greeted us as we entered the adorable bistro. From start to finish, the experience was unforgettable, including prewarmed coffee mugs to fill with your choice of coffee and personal service from Jenny Donnelly, who has been proudly serving at On the Rise for 14 years. She served us all of On the Rise’s most popular dishes, which we recommend in total: strawberry and pineapple mimosas, pepper bloody Mary’s, French market beignets with raspberry melba sauce, bananas foster French toast, European eggs benedict, the southwestern omelet, fresh fruit and a cinnamon roll, which On the Rise also uses to make its bread pudding. Between courses, we were taught how the siphon coffee maker worked; it produces a bold brew that’s the perfect balance between espresso and coffee.

Baxter’s Lakeside Grille: Located up on a bluff overlooking the beautiful lake, Baxter’s is the ideal setting for a sunset meal. Featuring popular seafood favorites, the menu offers a variety of delicious steak, fish and entrée specials. Be aware of the nightly featured items. Baxter’s occasionally offers a Piedmontese strip, and it’s the only restaurant in mid-Missouri that serves it. After the main course, you absolutely cannot skip dessert when you’re there. The caramel gooey butter cake topped with cinnamon ice cream left us speechless. Completed with a complimentary take-home photo from our waitress, Ella Houston, the entire meal was an over-the-top experience. The Blue Heron: Wining and dining is the name of the game at The Blue Heron. The original restaurant, which opened on Independence Day in 1984, has undergone some renovations this year, with a new private dining room that seats up to 32 guests and the relocation of the cocktail lounge. The restaurant’s batter-fried lobster tail is a mustorder menu item that followed owner Joseph H. Boer from a previous restaurant, and the breaded onion rings are a recipe that he perfected with seasonings sure to give your taste buds a punch. | 37

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Spa Shiki

Daytime entertainment


Leisure Lake Charters LLC: Capt. Ben Beecher is sure to be your best friend after he charters you and your closest friends around the lake for the afternoon. It’s the perfect event for a group of friends looking for the best the lake has to offer. You can enjoy the sun and the drinks and visit all the popular coves and lake bars without having to worry about driving a boat. Weekends and holidays fill up fast, so Ben and his business partner (also brother), Mike Beecher, suggest booking early. Visit for pricing and guidelines.

With the weekend getaway package, the neck and shoulder massage and basic pedicure are included. Trust us, at Spa Shiki, you are in good hands. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by Kathy Murdock, reservations manager, who was polite and pleasant as she got us settled into the locker room and collected our lunch orders. Her five-star training was evident from the second we walked in the doors. As you maneuver throughout the serene environment of the spa, you’re engulfed in delicious smells of aroma therapy scents, including rosemary towels outside the steam room. Accompanied by lavish robes, hot tea and fresh fruit, we were in heaven — and this was before our spa services. It’s no wonder the spa has received recognition from Spa Magazine, SpaFinder, Midwest Living, SELF and the Today Show. The Spa Shiki staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the various salts, oils and lotions they were using, including in-house product creations. We received tip-top treatments from Hannah Isaacson, Emilie Perryman and Jane Rothstein.

On the Rise

Shawnee Bluff Winery and Vineyards: The Shawnee Bluff wine options are personalized with unique names and photos of the winery’s very own working women. And all throughout the summer, the vineyard will be hosting a concert series with performers such as 3 Dog Night and Grand Funk Railroad. Osage Premium Beach Outlets: No girls’ weekend is complete without a little shopping time. Before you dive into your shopping adventure, make sure to visit, and then stop by the outlet offices to redeem coupons for the VIP Shopper Club, 50 Plus Shopper Perks and more. With 119 stores on 62 acres of land, make sure to plan plenty of time here. The Landing on Main Street: A not-so-commercial spot to spend some cash are the shops on Main Street. It’s filled with eclectic antique, thrift and boutique shops, including Shabby Chic Boutique. The store, owned by Brenda Cribb, offers vintage fashion and home décor with its sister store, The Front Porch of Shabby Chic, just across the street. Chef Lynn Phelps’ treats sitting in the windows of Sugar & Spice lured us in and made for a great pit stop during our shopping adventure. 38 | JUNE/JULY 2014

A special thank you to: Susan, Mark and Ashley Brown, Lodge of Four Seasons; Mike and Ben Beecher, Leisure Lake Charters LLC; Kathy Murdock, Spa Shiki; Mike Castle, On the Rise Bakery & Bistro; Ted Geiger, Baxter’s Lakeside Grille.

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Summertime brings lots of social gatherings and fun But family is the most important thing when it’s all said and done Don’t waste away those precious little years Instead, create memories that will one day bring tears You’ll hear it from everyone that time truly does fly And before you know it, your little ones will be waving goodbye So take this season to slow things down a bit because the activities done with family are ones you’ll never forget Photos by AngelqUe Hunter Styled by Mitchell Drinkard with clothing from Dillard’s, Girl Boutique and Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers Hair and makeup by Victoria Araujo and Jennifer Hovis of Blanc Studio

LEFT: Autumn LEE: Carter’s Playwear two-piece set, $12.99. BELOW: Corbin NOVINGER: Class Club suit, Dillard’s, $33. BOTTOM: Brock Bieske: Ralph Lauren Childrenswear shirt, Dillard’s, $45; Ralph Lauren Childrenswear shorts, Dillard’s, $45; Marc Jacobs bowtie, Marc Jacobs, $43; Class Club belt, Dillard’s, $22; Sperry Top-Sider shoes, Dillard’s, $55. Haydn Skinvin: Ralph Lauren Childrenswear shirt, Dillard’s $27.99; Ralph Lauren Childrenswear shorts and belt, Dillard’s, $45; Class Club blazer, Dillard’s, $50; Polo Hanford casual sneakers, Dillard’s, $45; Class Club bowtie, Dillard’s, $12. RIGHT: Paige Bieske: Rare Editions dress, Dillard’s, $30; GB Girls sandals, Dillard’s, $39.99.

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RIGHT: Brett Bieske: Barrons Hunter belt, Woody’s, $35; Twill Woven Johnnie-O shirt, Woody’s, $95; Tailorbyrd Collection pants, Woody’s, $99.50; Johnston and Murphy Ellington cap-toe saddle shoe, Woody’s, $140; High Cotton bowtie, Woody’s, $55; American Intellect blazer, Mitchell’s personal collection. Lori Bieske: Vfish high-low dress, Girl Boutique, $158; Gianni Bini Good-Vibz shoes, Dillard’s, $47.99; Brighton bracelets, Girl Boutique, $58 and $88; Jeweled necklace, Girl Boutique, $36.

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All That Junk in Your Trunk

Fashion editor Mitchell Drinkard shares his packing must-haves for a sunny getaway.


Is it our imagination, or does the size of weekend bags keep getting smaller and smaller? That must be the case if you’re a serial over-packer. If you continually find yourself jamming clothing options into your suitcase and performing the sit-on-thesuitcase-in-order-to-zip-it act, Mitchell is here to help. Turn the page to learn about 10 vacation basics that will save you the hassle while packing — and potentially a few dollars — so you won’t have to check bags at the airport.

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to glamping Who says camping isn’t for everyone?

The word “glamping” might be received with some strange looks or sheer confusion from the adventurous and outdoorsy types, but yes, there can be glitz and glamour when it comes to camping. Not everyone wants to experience a one-with-nature kind of weekend. In fact, if it doesn’t include some girl time, romance or a good bottle of wine, some might not even consider it a weekend getaway. So if you’re not dusting off your Chaco sandals, and the thought of packing all your belongings into a bag that fits on your back sounds like the beginning of a nightmare, glamping might be right up your alley.

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The perfect location to enjoy a close-to-home, decked-out, over-the-top campsite is in your own backyard. Otherwise, a handful of parks have picked up on the glamping trend and now offer suitable camping amenities that pass our glamping requirements.

Yurts at Lake Of The Ozark State Park

This campsite prides itself on offering campers an outdoors experience that doesn’t require pitching a tent or a fit. A yurt is a circular structure with a fabric cover and a wooden frame that offers the feel of a tent but holds up to weather and climate challenges. Positioned nicely on a deck and complete with a locking door, it’s a nice step between a backyard campout and a traditional campsite. Drive time from Columbia: 1 hour, 15 minutes Activities offered: Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, cave tours, biking, picnic areas, rock climbing, rappelling and metal detecting Site amenities: Each unit sleeps five with occupancy of six and includes a log futon, log bunk bed, a mini refrigerator, coffee table, lamp, air conditioner and heater. Outside the yurts are a picnic table, fire pit and grill. Restrooms and a shower house are located within walking distance. Dogs are allowed in specific yurts. Pricing: $50 plus tax Sunday through Thursday and $55 plus tax Friday and Saturday. Note that single-night reservations are not accepted, and amenities change in the off season (November to March). Hours: Park grounds: Sunrise to a half hour after sunset; park office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Hoot Owl Hill

So, technically this site is out of Missouri. But trust us, it’s worth the drive! This adorable location defines glamping. Its motto even sounds inviting: Come, breathe and just be. Drive time from Columbia: 2 hours, 42 minutes Activities offered: Yoga classes and demos covering topics such as crafting, cooking and gardening and a tour of the Miami County Wine Trail. Note that all activities require extra fees. Site amenities: A bell tent set up with a comfy bed and complete with cozy quilts, chairs, soft lighting and your choice between a full country breakfast on the wraparound porch of the main house or a continental breakfast delivered to your tent. Guests can also enjoy a prelit fire or a garden-fresh meal upon arrival per your request. Pricing: $75 per person per night, plus additional activity and accommodation fees upon request Hours: Check-in starts at 3 p.m. Any parties arriving after 7 p.m. need to make arrangements. Checkout is at 11 the following morning.

If you’re looking for a location that holds tried and true to a more traditional camping atmosphere, there are some “safer” options when it comes to local campsites.

Finger Lakes State Park

Finger Lakes State Park is the place to go for an ideal summer getaway location and then some. Located right inside the Columbia city limits, it’s enough nature to enjoy while still being able to make a mad dash home during inclement weather. Drive time from Columbia: Roughly 18 minutes Activities offered: Swimming, fishing, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, biking, picnic areas, boating, a playground area, off-road vehicle tracks and metal detecting Site amenities: Showers, water, a dump station and electricity. Wi-fi connection is also available. Pricing: $23 per night for premium electric site, two-night minimum reservation required on weekends Hours: Park grounds: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round; park office: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March to October; motorcross area: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April to October *Visit for off-season hours.

Arrow Rock State Historic Site

Arrow Rock State Historic site might be an atypical location for camping, but it offers functional amenities as well as daytime entertainment. Plus, a trip to this site can serve as a nice history lesson. Drive time from Columbia: 43 minutes Activities offered: Camping, dining, fishing, hiking, picnic areas, interpretive programs and a playground area Site amenities: Parking pad, table, grill, lantern post, electric power supply, private water supply and sewer connection. On-season (April 15 through Oct. 31) services include dump station, shower facilities, woodlot and portable water spigots. Wi-fi connection is also available. Pricing: $28 per night for premium campsite Hours: Historic site grounds: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, year-round; visitor center: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, June 1 to Aug. 31 *Visit for off-season hours. 54 | JUNE/JULY 2014

Glamping Essentials As strange as glamping might seem, Columbia shops stock their inventory with products made for the high-tech, non-outdoorsy, somewhat high-maintenance camper.

FROM TOP, CLOCKWISE: Oggi Stainless Margarita Glasses, $13.97, Macadoodle’s; Globe Lantern Lights, $24.99, Camping World; Triumph Sports LED Lighted Ladder Toss, $49.99, Bass Pro Shops; Cypress Evergreen Acrylic Stem with Straw, $7.52, Macadoodle’s; Goal Zero Portable Speakers, $39.99, Bass Pro Shops; Margaritaville Battery Powered Frozen Concoction Maker, $398.67, Sears; Goal Zero: Nomad 7 Solar Panel, $79.95, The Alpine Shop; Nature Power Bank, $61.10, Camping World. | 55

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By Megan Thom as Davis With mid-Missouri summer scorchers in our midst, getting out and enjoying the sunshine can be daunting when you don’t know where to go. We’ve compiled a fun and easy guide to help you break down the hottest (not literally) things to do around town this summer. From family-friendly bike rides down the scenic Katy Trail to a romantic trip for two along the Missouri River, we have the information you need to plan a summer filled with unique activities in Columbia.

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Places to visit ❒ Finger Lakes State Park

Bike the 2.75-mile loop on the Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail within the rugged portion of the park that’s closed to off-road vehicles. Take in the sights, such as a small waterfall, old mining bridge and the occasional deer or beaver spotted along the wooded landscape. Directions: Take U.S. Highway 63 North to Peabody Road, and take a right. The Finger Lakes State Park is located at 1599 E. Peabody Haul Road in Hallsville.

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❒ Serenity Valley Winery

Take a friend or group to enjoy the calm atmosphere of the newest spot along the Missouri River Wine Trail. Soak in a relaxing evening by watching the sunset over the peaceful Serene Lake, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting or host a wine-making party to create your own delicious variety. To schedule a visit, call 573-642-6958. Directions: The winery is located east of Columbia in Millersburg, Missouri, south of Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area and near the intersection of state highways MO-J, MO-F and MO-WW.

❒ Cooper’s Landing

Take an afternoon to enjoy the views of the historic Missouri River at Cooper’s Landing. Well known among locals, Cooper’s is a full-service river port and boat marina that offers camping, hiking, fishing, boating and live entertainment during the spring and summer months. Directions: From downtown Columbia, take Providence Road south until it turns into Route K, continue on and turn left on Old Plank Road. Then follow signs to Cooper’s Landing. Check out for upcoming events and live performances.

❒ Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area

Cooper’s Landing

Serenity Valley Winery

Things to see ❒ Shelter Insurance Gardens

Take an after-dinner stroll through the award-winning five-acre garden. On Sunday evenings in June and July, the garden hosts Concerts in the Gardens, where local bands provide live music for music-lovers and horticulture enthusiasts alike. Details: Conveniently located next to Shelter Insurance’s corporate offices at 1817 W. Broadway, the garden is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to dusk and has a free parking lot for easy access to the family-friendly grounds.

Don’t feel like driving all the way to the Lake of the Ozarks for an on-water experience? Rent a rowboat at Little Dixie Lake, and explore the 205-acre lake (there is a $5 honor system charge for the first-come, first-served rentals). Bring your own safety equipment, as only boats and oars are provided. Directions: Located just west of Kingdom City, Little Dixie Lake is 10 miles from Columbia. Take Interstate 70 West to Route J, and exit south to Route RA. The main Little Dixie Lake parking area is off Route RA at the junction with Route J in Millersburg.

Get the family together, or schedule an entertaining date for a train ride that reminds its passengers of a bygone era. The Columbia Star Dinner Train operates on weekends only for trips along the scenic mid-Missouri countryside that include a candlelit, four-course, gourmet meal. Details: Located in outer Columbia at 6501 N. Brown Station Road. Call 573-474-2223 for more information on pricing and to book an old-fashioned ride.

❒ Pinnacles Youth Park

❒ Missouri State Penitentiary

Hike the Pinnacles Trail, a roundtrip distance of two miles, through craggy rocky bluffs and scenic streams to the top of the highest ridge, which tops out at 75 feet high. The estimated hiking time is around one and a half hours, so be sure to bring a water bottle and wear appropriate footwear when taking on this rugged fortress. Details: From the intersection of U.S. 63 and I-70 in Columbia, go 13.9 miles north on U.S. 63. Turn right on Pinnacles Road, and keep right at the T. Go straight for 0.6 miles into the parking lot for the area. 58 | JUNE/JULY 2014

❒ Columbia Star Dinner Train

Take a tour of the once-largest prison in the United States, and learn the building’s haunting 168-year-old history. The history tour includes a guided lesson on the site’s history, famous inmates, escape attempts and much more. For the brave, there are also ghost and paranormal tours available starting July 1. Details: The original history tour is two hours long and costs $12 per person. Those interested in attending must be at least 10 years old. The penitentiary is located at 115 Lafayette St. in Jefferson City.

Outdoor adventure ❒ Katy Trail, Rocheport

Bike the famous Katy Trail, starting from Rocheport, located just 13 miles northwest of Columbia. If you’re not the proud owner of a bike, you can rent one at the Trailside Café and Bike Shop, open April through October, for $7.50 per hour or $30 per day. For double the fun, bring a buddy, and rent a tandem bike. Details: From Columbia, drive west on I-70. Take Rocheport exit 115 north approximately two miles, and turn left onto Pike Street. The Trailside Café and Bike Shop is located on the left at the end of the street with a free parking lot located directly next to the trail entrance.

❒ The Bouldering Garden

Pinnacles Park

Columbia staples ❒ Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Devil’s Icebox Cave

Weather permitting, hike the half-mile Devil’s Icebox Trail to explore the Devil’s Icebox Cave, and view the immense cave system, rock bridge and other scenic spots along the more than 20 miles of trail that span the 2,272-acre park. Details: A mere 10-minute drive from downtown Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park provides ample free parking next to the trailhead of the Devil’s Icebox Trail, located off South Providence Road/MO-163 S.

❒ Ragtag Cinema

See an independent film at Columbia’s renowned art house theater where every film shown in the intimate two-screen theater is sure to evoke conversation and filmguru debate. This indie retreat also houses Uprise Bakery and Ninth Street Video. Details: Ragtag Cinema and its sister businesses are located downtown, just south of Broadway at 10 Hitt St., with metered parking nearby as well as ample spots in the adjacent Cherry Street Parking Garage.

❒ Déjà Vu Comedy Club

Get a group together at The Vu for a night filled with standup comedy, party fowls and great entertainment. This adult-only venue has been a principal player in Columbia’s nightlife and has been bringing in nationally acclaimed, live standup comedy to town since it was established in 1975. Details: The Vu is open Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are required, so check for upcoming show information.

❒ Booches Billiard Hall

Booches, it seems, is as iconic to Columbia as Truman the Tiger. Grab a brew, a round of pool or lively sports conversation at the local favorite, which opened in 1884 as a restaurant and pool hall. For good eats, order a no-frills burger served on wax paper straight from the grill. Details: Booches is located at 110 S. Ninth St. in Columbia and is open every day of the week except Sunday.

❒ MKT Trail Secret Access Rides

For those unfamiliar with the famous MKT Trail, go on a guided 12-mile bike trip that will educate participants on details of this local treasure. Details: The monthly roundtrip rides are from 6 to 7:45 p.m. with upcoming rides scheduled on Wednesday, June 25 and Wednesday, July 30. Cyclists meet at the Flat Branch Park playground and must be at least 18 years old and wearing a helmet.

Climb the 45-degree wall, and explore numerous caves at the family-friendly indoor rock-climbing oasis. Both experienced and beginning climbers are welcome. Details: The gym offers a first-day, introductory $15 fun pass to explore the facilities and a “Kids that Rock” one-night pass for young adventurers ages 11 and under. Take I-70 East to the St. Charles Road at Lake of the Woods exit. Turn right on St. Charles Road, and the Bouldering Garden is located on the left.

❒ Missouri Boat Works, Drew’s Guide Service

Take a guided river cruise of the Missouri River’s scenic byways and mid-Missouri landscapes. Experienced fisherman and boat builder Drew Lemberger will be your personal guide on a romantic sunset trip or interactive fishing cruise. Prices vary depending on type of cruise and can include a stop at Les Bourgeois Winery. Details: Based in Rocheport and close to I-70, the tour overlooks Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards. Call Drew at 573-881-6160, or email him at drew@ for more information on scheduling a personalized river cruise.

New in town ❒ Paint the Town

Let your creative side merge with cocktail hour at Paint the Town, a hands-on painting studio with a full bar and scheduled group parties or open paint sessions for walk-in guests. The business provides the canvas and apron and encourages you to uncork your artistic side. Details: Paint the Town is situated in the Broadway Shops strip mall between Tan Co. and Massage Envy Spa at 2703 E. Broadway, just west of the Old Highway 63 and Broadway intersection. The interactive paint studio has been open for business for less than a year.

❒ Glenn’s Café

Welcome back to Columbia, Glenn’s Café! The New Orleans cuisine-inspired restaurant originated in Columbia but relocated to Boonville until the summer of 2013, when owner Stephen Cupp brought Glenn’s back home. The rich and spicy seafood gumbo is a favorite among many. Details: Now residing a few blocks from its original location, Glenn’s Café is situated within the Tiger Hotel building at 29 S. Eighth St. in downtown Columbia.

❒ Eleven/Eleven

For an ultra-hip fine-dining experience, look no further than The Broadway Hotel’s restaurant, Eleven/Eleven, which opened in April. Named after its street address, the modern spot’s menu features American cuisine available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Details: Like its name, Eleven/Eleven is located at 1111 E. Broadway, next to The FieldHouse in The District.

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Summer is so much more than a season; it’s a mindset, a mood, a way of life. Not only can you feel it arrive, but you can also taste it. With so many foods at the peak of freshness, every bite seems a little lighter and alerts your taste buds that the best time of the year has arrived. And with minimal effort, the ingredients that brighten your palate can be found in your own backyard. Columbia is blossoming with resources to help new and established gardeners take advantage of all that the season has to offer. | 61


The super food that’s perfect for smoothies or stir-fries As one of the lesser-known but more versatile vegetables, kale deserves a spot in your garden this season. The leafy green is gaining considerable popularity for its distinct taste and unmatched nutritional value. “It has a really great vitamin content and is chockfull of health benefits,” says Adam Saunders, public outreach coordinator at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. “It’s a very dynamic plant.”

Grow it:

Adam suggests planting kale from early spring to early summer, though it’s adaptable enough to be started virtually any time. The earlier you plant, however, the sooner you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Kale is ready to harvest when the leaves reach approximately the size of your hand. “The key is to harvest the bigger outer leaves and always leave at least three in the center to spur new growth,” Adam says. “It loves to grow, so the more you harvest, the more it will produce.”

Cook it:

The options for eating kale are virtually limitless. You can bake individual leaves to make kale chips, add it to a smoothie for a vitamin boost or throw it in a stir-fry, which is Adam’s method of choice. He typically harvests whatever is available from his garden to get started. Some of his favorites include potatoes, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, radishes, asparagus and peas. After washing, he simply chops each ingredient into bite-size pieces, adds them to a skillet with a generous amount of olive oil or butter and lets them cook. He recommends adding kale and any other leafy greens in the last two minutes, along with your favorite seasonings such as salt, pepper, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary or dried red pepper flakes. You can also add ground or cased meat after cooking it in a separate skillet for an easy variation.

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Strawberries A sweet treat for early summer nights

From a quick snack to a decadent dessert, strawberries are a summer kitchen staple. You don’t have to fight the masses at the market or store to get them either. “They’re an ideal option for the garden,” says Maggie Hopper, manager of the farmers market and commercial kitchen at Lincoln University. “Unlike other fruits, they don’t take a whole lot of effort to produce.”

Grow it:

Perfect for ground cover, strawberries are sprawling plants and should be planted at least 20 inches apart. “They help choke out weeds and are a great way to keep raised beds weed free,” Maggie says. Strawberries don’t get along with vegetables in the cabbage or broccoli families, so it’s important to keep them spaced apart. The biggest issue you’ll face with strawberries, however, is keeping wildlife away. “Squirrels are typically the culprit at my house. You have to cover your plants with bird netting to protect your fruits or be the first one up in the morning to claim them early.”

Cook it:

Maggie’s favorite summer dish is a warm berry cobbler. After preheating the oven to 375 degrees F, she whisks together ¾ cup of flour, ¾ cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Then add ¾ cup of milk, and continue to whisk until the batter is smooth. Next, pour the batter into an 8-by-8-inch pan along with 2 tablespoons of butter. “The trick is to not stir,” Maggie says. “The butter will pool around the sides and top, and that’s totally OK.” Lastly, she places an assortment of mixed berries evenly over the batter and tops it with nuts and brown sugar. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Learn all about it:

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A classic option with countless uses Nothing says summer like a fresh sliced tomato with a sprinkle of salt, at least to Steven Sapp, owner of local greenhouse Strawberry Hill Farms. According to Steven, adding tomatoes to your garden is an easy choice because of their high productivity and ease of care. “Compared to other vegetables, they have a high yield per square foot, so you can get a lot of tomatoes without taking up a lot of real estate,” he says.

Grow it:

Tomatoes love light, so Steven recommends planting them in direct sunlight. “The more, the better,” he says. “You just have to be diligent and keep them well watered.” He also emphasizes the importance of maintenance. By removing the offshoots, or “suckers,” that develop on the joint of two branches, you can stimulate further growth. “Caging or tying up your tomato plants as they grow will also ensure better production. Be sure to keep weeds pulled and lay straw around the base of the plant to hold in moisture, too. That way you will have a healthier plant that will be less prone to disease.”

Cook it:

“My family loves tomatoes because they’re a very multipurpose crop,” Steven says. In fact, they often cook their tomatoes into sauces during the summer months and freeze them to enjoy throughout the year. To recreate their favorite recipe, simply combine crushed tomatoes, grated onion and other veggies of your choice in a skillet, and cook them until brown. Then add crushed garlic, basil, oregano, a pinch of sugar and any other seasonings you prefer to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes before adding a swirl of olive oil and salt and pepper to complete your sauce.

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By N an c y Yan g P h o t o s b y A n g el i que Hun t e r When the Taylor family walked into their house after the Room of Hope team worked its magic, they said it looked like it belonged to someone else. And in some ways it did. As they say, the best gifts we give are a portion of ourselves. Last January, Josh and Lisa Taylor learned that their 8-year-old son, Aiden, had a rare and aggressive brain tumor. The diagnosis, medulloblastoma, has been a stark reminder that serious illness doesn’t discriminate. But neither does hope, and an outpouring of support from friends, the community and beyond has gone a long way to show the Taylors that they aren’t alone in their fight. Back in October, Aiden had been complaining of headaches but was otherwise himself, a typical second-grader who loves baseball, his family, the color blue and his pet hamster, Aiden Jr. Lisa took Aiden to the pediatrician, but when the headaches persisted, they went to Columbia Eye Consultants, where Christopher DeRose, O.D., discovered a swollen optic nerve. “A specialist did a CAT scan,” Lisa says. “Afterward we went home, and about the time we got in the door, the phone rang.” The scan showed a brain tumor, and doctors needed to admit Aiden to the hospital that night. Lisa describes feeling numb from that moment on. | 67

“It was a shock,” says her friend Lyndsy Richardson. “My son, my fiancé and I were sitting down to dinner, so when she called, I didn’t answer. She called me right back — back to back — so that I’d answer. For Lisa to do that, there had to be something wrong. I answered the phone, and she was crying on the other end.” The next morning an MRI revealed that Aiden had two tumors on the back of his brain, another forming in his temporal lobe and three tumors on his spinal cord. Dr. Tomoko Tanaka, a pediatric neurosurgeon at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital, removed the larger brain tumor. Five days later, Aiden underwent another operation to remove the tumors from his spine, but doctors discontinued the procedure after discovering that they were intertwined with his nerves. Instead, Aiden continues radiation and chemotherapy treatments to help diminish the tumors. 68 | JUNE/JULY 2014

Among the doctor’s appointments and bad news, there were many blessings. Shortly after hearing the news, Lyndsy and her fiancé joined forces with a core group of friends — Jackie Gatz, Monica Korba, Danielle Wiedmier and Tania Johnson — and set up a meeting where they formed Aiden’s Avengers. The group helps the Taylor family in any way it can and as of late May had raised $12,879 toward its goal of $15,000. “We’ve all known Lisa for a long time,” says Lyndsy, whose 12-year-old son, Tanner, is friends with the Taylors’ older son, Braxten. “I take Braxten to school every day. I love doing it so that the boys don’t have to get up any earlier to ride the bus.” The group sells T-shirts and hoodies and sold Dri-fit shirts for a fun run on May 4. They’ve also helped organize fundraisers at Culver’s, the Elks Lodge, Shakespeare’s and Stoney Creek Inn. Other events include bake sales, a Disney resort raffle and “Shave for Aiden,” where Victoria King, Monica Korba, Tania Johnson and Meghan McCullah shaved their heads in front of a packed audience at Mojo’s. The solidarity didn’t stop there. Some of Aiden’s classmates at Shepherd Elementary shaved their heads, too. Others collaborated on a book, which they presented to Aiden after he returned to school, and his entire class greeted him wearing Aiden’s Avengers shirts. “The kids in my room are so amazing,” says Karen Krueger, Aiden’s teacher. “The ones who shaved their heads knew what they were doing. They catch the spirit of giving from the actions of the adults around them.” An example is Lyndsy, whose empathy runs deep. “I’m living it with Lisa,” she says. “I’m not in Lisa’s position, but Lisa’s one of my closest friends. To see them going through it is really hard.” She adds that she’s overwhelmed with the show of support for the Taylor family. “I get teary eyed. It just goes to show you that there are still people who care about others.” Sherry Hockman, project manager, has witnessed these sentiments with the Room of Hope. Some of the volunteers who worked on the last project in Pilot Grove offered to continue their service by helping with the Taylor home. Having set out to help others, the volunteers reap the rewards of giving, she says. “God gives us gifts to help others,” she says. “A few years ago, I had a client who was diagnosed with an illness and couldn’t afford to go on with the project. At the time, I was so upset with her diagnosis.” | 69

Sherry’s husband suggested she complete the project anyway as a gift. As the new surroundings took shape, the client told Sherry that the project gave her the very thing she had lost during her illness: something to look forward to. Soon afterward, Room of Hope was born. Recently, a Columbia Home reader surprised Sherry with a monetary donation. “I thought maybe this was a way I could help out a little bit,” says Verlin Beam, whose American Family Insurance agency contributed $500 to Room of Hope. “I was just very impressed with what she was doing and am happy to be a part of it.” Verlin says she knew Sherry was an interior designer but had no idea she was using her talents to help people and families struggling with illness. She was also impressed by how the rooms seemed realistic and livable rather than simply for show. “Interior design can be very materialistic,” Sherry says. “When there’s chaos going on around us, material stuff in our homes does not matter. But fresh, clean surroundings can take a burden off. It’s so nice for the people we work with to have a moment, a joy.” Josh might consider that an understatement. “Words cannot describe our gratitude,” he says. On the morning of the reveal, the Taylors were greeted by family, friends and a bedroom for Aiden that had been transformed into a baseball-lover’s dream. The evening before, MU Athletics treated the family to an MU baseball game, where Aiden threw out the first pitch, and Hampton Inn donated a night at the hotel, complete with an indoor swimming pool. “You’ve already done so much,” says Lisa, who discovered that Room of Hope volunteers also repaired and redesigned the basement, which had flooded a few weeks before. “We have some of the best friends and family.” Contributors: Bed, Bath and Beyond; Hampton Inn; Johnston Paint and Decorating; Lacrosse Lumber; Little Caesars Pizza; Majestic Home and Remodeling; University of Missouri Baseball; Oak Express; Pier One Imports; Play It Again Sports; Sherwin-Williams; Zimmer Radio Group; and iRepair.

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Father’s Day, birthday parties, summer cookouts and everything in between: Entertaining is a highlight of the summer. Whether you’re a party planner extraordinaire like Kari Laudano, who helped us conceptualize this beautiful evening, or an amateur, the success of an event lies in the details. Turn the page to see how a little attention to detail makes all the difference at the home of Jocelyn Tipton and Bob Kilgore. | 73


Who doesn’t love getting real mail, especially when it’s in a properly addressed, clearly not-abill envelope? The era of official invites has gone by the wayside, taken over by online invitations and word of mouth. If you want your party to stand out, you have to start from the beginning. Paper products and graphic design are not everyone’s strong suit, but luckily Hoot Design Co. can create beautiful, fun invitations packaged in a convenient pocket-fold. Plus, Hoot’s calligraphy services add a unique touch sure to make your guests feel honorary. Call Kristen Brown at 573-268-8478, or visit hootdesignco. com to start your creative journey.

Roasted Bailey’s marshmallows:

Yes, we said Bailey’s. When you have a great outdoor fire pit, use it to amp up the ambience by lighting a fire when the sun starts to set, and utilize it as added entertainment for your guests. Ingredients: • Jumbo campfire marshmallows • Chocolate bars • Graham crackers • Bailey’s Directions: Dip a campfire marshmallow in Bailey’s. Let the excess liquor drip off. Hold it over the fire, and roast it to perfection (either golden brown or burnt to a crisp, whichever you prefer). Sandwich the marshmallow between two graham crackers and a bar of chocolate. For a swanky upgrade, use regular large marshmallows, serve it in chocolate cups and sprinkle on graham cracker crumbs. 74 | JUNE/JULY 2014

Adult treats

Put a fun spin on a childhood favorite. Popsicles are the perfect summertime treat, and when paired with champagne, they add a pop of color and fun to your drink menu. Plus, who doesn’t love a little bubbly? Just ask Mommy Chronicles author Jill Orr; it’s her specialty.

Take-home gift

No get-together is complete without a party favor, and the easiest way to anyone’s heart is through his or her stomach. Because s’mores were an entertainment element at this outdoor event, they served as the perfect takehome gift. Put on a stick and wrapped in a bag with a bow, they were a cheap and easy way to “take home s’more fun.”

Food and drink

Depending on the size of your party, food can be easy or a hassle. If you’re not a gourmet chef, or you would rather not have a charcoal grill burning in the middle of an evening party, we suggest catering. It’s one less thing to worry about, and restaurants often have fun and creative catering options. Make sure to request a catering menu because many include guidelines or options that would not be on their regular menus. Remember to include both substantial options and snacks. Easy finger foods

can also serve as decoration, such as this delicious bacon-flavored popcorn from Room 38. Disperse it throughout your party in serving bowls for easy accessibility. If you’re hosting an outdoor party, it’s most convenient to have an outdoor bar. And if you don’t want to get stuck pouring drinks all night, look into hiring a bartender for the evening. Michelle Peth from Room 38 added a personal touch and even brought a summer sangria as a featured summer cocktail. | 75


Just because you have some Beyoncé party tunes on your iPod doesn’t mean you’re a qualified DJ. Keep your options open when seeking entertainment for your party. Music is a popular option, but keep in mind the tone and feel of the party. Do you want your musical act to be front and center, or do you want it to serve as background music? These party guests were serenaded by the easygoing sounds of Columbia native Jase Ryan, who plays a plethora of music options. “Everything from scripture to drinking beer,” he says jokingly. To book him for an event, call 573-823-5913.

Tips and tricks

Setting your drink down or losing it altogether is inevitably going to happen at a party. Wine charms are overdone, so take a creative spin on labeling guests’ glasses. Paint the bottom of cheap wine glasses with chalkboard paint, and then create a space for wine drinkers to decorate their glasses using chalkboard markers. There’s no need to spend tons of money on new outdoor seating. A beautiful, affordable and comfortable outdoor space can be created using an area rug and outdoor pillows. It creates the perfect environment for enjoying some live entertainment. If your party is predominantly outdoors, don’t be afraid to drag indoor furniture outside, as long as the weather is cooperating with you. Coffee tables, end tables and drink carts all help decorate while creating functional spaces for your guests to utilize during the party. 76 | JUNE/JULY 2014




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Meet Your Neighbors: John and Chantal Irish


What brought you to Columbia? John: Work. I graduated from medical school and got my residency here. It happened pretty quickly, too. We found out in March, and then we moved in June. Where did you relocate from? Chantal: Downtown Chicago.

What of those things were true? John: I will say that it is more cosmopolitan than you’d expect. Chantal: When you hear Missouri, you kind of think hillbilly, but it’s actually pretty hip here. There are a lot of young professionals and educated people. What is your favorite thing about Columbia so far? Chantal: I’ve been able to pick up my hobbies again. I like the feeling that we’re close enough to everything but also close to nothing, too. I always joke that another thing I like is the fact that I can park next to my house and that I have a driveway and a garage attached because that’s something you don’t get in Chicago. Are there any “Columbianisms” you’ve noticed? John: I’m not sure if I can pin down any one behavior. Chantal: John and I have definitely both noticed that people really like their bumper stickers here. We notice that all the time. There are also so many pickup trucks. People are also genuinely nice and helpful, too.

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What did you hear or know about Columbia before moving here? John: We really didn’t know much. When you get your residency, you don’t have a lot of time to learn more. We knew it was a college town, but that’s pretty much it. Chantal: I did learn that there was a lot of outdoorsy stuff like hiking, hunting and biking, which are things we missed living in Chicago. Also, we knew that it was affordable; we pay half as much for three times the space!

What do you like most about where you live? John: I like that it’s close to work and that we have a garage. The change in traffic is great, too. It takes me about 15 minutes tops to get to work door to door, whereas in Chicago I lived only two miles from work, but it would take me twice as long to get there.

I’m looking for a buddy to ______________ with me. John: I want someone to dirt bike with me if there was some kind of motorcycle club or anything like that. I also like to rebuild old three-wheelers from the ’80s and make them functional again. Chantal: I need someone to antique and thrift shop with me!

Are there any activities you would like to get involved with or have already done so? Chantal: Well, I play the French horn in the Columbia Community Band, and that’s a really great ensemble of talented musicians and music educators. I also roller skate with Empire Roller Rink, and I describe that as artistic skating. I’ve also had the chance to do some freelance work with interior and graphic design, so I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get into all of that.

What does the word “CoMo” mean to you? John: Honestly, I just think of it as home. It’s been a wonderful place, and moving here was really pleasant. We’ve enjoyed living here so far. It’s a lot of fun, and we’re lucky how well it all worked. It’s been nice to get back to things we like doing, and less commuting is nice. Chantal: I just really like it here. There are a lot of things to do. It’s big enough that you don’t always have to run into the same people but small enough that you can if you want to.

What’s something you miss from your old home that Columbia is lacking? Chantal: I do miss living in a highrise. I liked the view from the 24th floor. Also, there’s not a lot of public transit here like in Chicago. Oh, and all-youcan-eat sushi. I miss that, too. John: The Mexican grocery stores. It was awesome because there was a huge Hispanic population there, so it was all authentic stuff.

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Meet Your Neighbors: Lindsey and Harley Naumann


Relocated from: San Antonio How long have you been in Columbia? Lindsey: We have been here since October.

Lindsey and Harley Naumann with their 2-year-old daughter, Olive.

What did you hear or know about Columbia before moving here? Lindsey: We had heard that it was kind of like Austin, Texas: more laidback, liberal. But it’s bigger than I thought it would be. There’s more here than I thought. Harley: It’s a miniature version of Austin. The few times so far when we have had really nice weather on a weekend, it was just Olive and me, and when we went downtown, it was just really buzzing and vibrant with musicians on the street playing live music, just kind of random. Everyone was down there walking their dogs, and there were bikers. There was a woman walking around with a petition with some sort of rodent hanging out on her shoulder, and I had no idea what it was. There was a guy carrying around a big sign giving out free hugs and compliments. It was all very much like what you would see in Austin. What do you like most about living in Columbia? Lindsey: It’s almost like a fresh start. I left my corporate job, so I have started a freelance company, and that has been a whole new beginning for me and getting to stay home with Olive full time. It’s been a good growth opportunity for me. Harley: One of the things I really like about Columbia is that there are natural areas all over the place with easy access. When you turn a corner, there is something to do outdoors and a lot of family-friendly outdoor activities. I left an 11-year career through a private corporation in San Antonio, and I left that to become part of the academia world here in Columbia, so it’s a new start for me as well. I really enjoy working at MU. The people I have met are really good people. 82 | JUNE/JULY 2014

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What brought you to Columbia? Harley: My job. I had just finished my Ph.D. and was doing a postdoc in Texas. I got an associate professor position here at the University of Missouri in the Division of Plant Sciences.

What is your favorite restaurant so far? Lindsey: Shakespeare’s, hands down. Harley: I like Flat Branch, but for lunch I really like Uprise Bakery inside Ragtag. What’s something you miss from your old home that Columbia is lacking? Lindsey: Heat and our good friends we have grown up with. Harley: Authentic Mexican food. What does the word “CoMo” mean to you? Lindsey: I like "CoMo." It sounds hip and homey.

Are there any activities you would like to get involved with or have already done so? Lindsey: Definitely to get outdoors more. We weren’t doing a whole lot in San Antonio, mostly gyms and indoor things because it is so hot there. Here, I feel like I am so ready to get outside and do things. One thing we wanted to get into in San Antonio was kayaking, but we never could because of the drought, so we are really looking forward to finding the best rivers because we brought our kayaks with us. We also go to the Little Gym and Alley Cat Yoga, which has a Mommy and Me yoga class.

What is your favorite thing about Columbia so far? Lindsey: I love the MKT, the trails, and it’s like there’s a park around every corner. It’s a real outdoorsy community. I also like that buzz downtown because there is always something going on. Are there any “Columbianisms” you’ve noticed? Lindsey: Everybody drives pretty slowly around here compared to San Antonio, but maybe that just means we haven't completely adjusted to smalltown living!

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Building from the Ground Up

Our real estate power team gives you the inside scoop on new construction development. Photos by A nthony Jins on

“I’m a Boone County native and have made Columbia my home since 1988. I’m a dad to a twin boy and girl, husband to my RN wife, Leslie, and a Realtor since 2001 who thoroughly enjoys working in the industry.” – Jason Thornhill

“I was looking to find a job through the winter to make some extra money, so I answered a part-time ad with a local lumberyard. That was over 20 years ago, and I have now been with Mid-City for 14 years.” – Mike Dodson

“I understand the home loan process. Not only have I originated over 800 home loans, but I have also purchased three homes myself.” – Leighanne Lamb

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New Construction Fever


Does the urge to purge your old home have you yearning for a fresh start?

Walking into a just-completed new-construction home, it’s like that new car smell on steroids. Fresh paint, crisp woodwork and shiny wood flooring all combine to overwhelm your senses with newness. New homes have an allure to some buyers that can’t be matched by even the best remodel. From a maintenance and cleanliness aspect, these homes are clean slates, which some buyers love. If you find yourself in this category, as I have found myself three times now (occupational job hazard I suppose), Columbia has some fine choices for you to consider. For our purposes I’ll focus on only a few of them, but rest assured, your Realtor can help you find something to fit almost any need and want.

Wyndham Ridge Located near Scott Boulevard and Route KK, this neighborhood offers smaller ranch homes starting in the low $200,000s up to the mid-$300,000s for a finished walkout home. Featuring a community pool and clubhouse, Wyndham has no less than half a dozen area homebuilders supplying homes for sale.

Magnolia Falls Just to the northeast off Old Mill Creek Road, you’ll find this emerging neighborhood. Developed by Beacon Street Properties, the rolling hills feature lots with varying views and properties priced in the $230,000 to $350,000 range. There is a soon-tobe-built swimming pool and a neighborhood trail on land recently donated to the City of Columbia.

Old Hawthorne On the eastern skirts of the city, you’ll find the quickly filling Old Hawthorne subdivision. Centered on a private golf course that is home to the Missouri Tigers golf teams, this is a large development that features condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes. Although prices range from the $200,000s to more than $1 million, the bulk of the new construction available right now is in the $270,000 to mid$400,000 range.

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By Jason Thornhill

New Housing Market Reminders Builder profit: A common misconception among today’s buyers is about the profit margin on a newconstruction home. New-construction homes are subject to a litany of ever-changing municipal regulations concerning everything from cost of permitting to materials used to incorporation of energy-efficiency construction methods. Each cost adds to the house at virtually every stage of construction, but those costs often don’t result in a justifiable increase in the asking price of the home. Add to that the extremely competitive market in which they operate, and you’ll find that most builders price their homes to include very reasonable margins that dance the delicate line between attractive price points and profitability. Nobody’s perfect: Even a new house! Humans build houses, and they aren’t perfect either. Most builders make a genuine attempt to present the house in the best possible condition. Before you buy, perform a walk-through to identify those areas that could use a bit of attention, such as paint, cleanliness and functionality. Just remember a healthy relationship with your builder is better than nitpicking the house and the contractors to death before moving in. You will want them in your corner should the day come when a larger warranty-related item pops up. What to expect: If you’ve found a home that is totally finished, fits your needs and is awaiting your movein, congratulations! If not, you’ll have a couple options. First, you might see one that is in the early stages of construction. This level of completion will allow for several cosmetic selections (flooring, paint, light fixtures, etc.), but you’ll be limited as to physical changes (enlarging rooms, reconfiguring the kitchen cabinets, etc.). Or you might just start from scratch and have a builder complete the home you have envisioned living in. This is a more involved process, as you can imagine, but one that several buyers undertake each year in Columbia. That’s a process better discussed at length, but just know that it is certainly an option as you consider your purchase of a newconstruction home.

Jason Thornhill

Jason is a broker-owner at Weichert, Realtors – First Tier. Since 2001, he has closed nearly $100 million in transactions, and he prides himself on sharing honest advice with his homebuyers and sellers. Jason’s positive reputation was built with hands-on representation and excelling in communication and teamwork with his clients.

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Deals Behind Home Construction


By Leighanne Lamb

No matter what your situation is, real estate loans are available. Make sure to talk to a qualified lender to see what fit is best for you.

Starting from the ground up

Construction loans: If you’re interested in building a new home, you need to talk to your lender about obtaining a construction loan. What this means is that you will personally carry the construction loan in your name and pay the builder and subcontractors directly. In addition to all of the typical loan documentation required for real estate financing, be prepared for your lender to request the following information: • cost estimates from the builder • complete plans and specifications of the project Your lender will want to see an overview of the entire project to have an idea of what the final home will look like. The lender will require an appraisal completed on the specs and plans to attain a “subject to completion” value of the home. Construction loans vary from loan product to product; however, as the borrower, you will more than likely be required to put money into the transaction. Sometimes this is achieved through already owning the lot; other times, it is your own cash that you will put into the project throughout construction. It’s very important to meet with your lender and builder to have a solid understanding of what your and everyone else’s role is during the construction process.

the appraiser. Once all the work is finalized, the appraiser will go back out to ensure everything was completed to the anticipated standards, and he or she will issue a completion certificate providing the final values. This is typically at a small fee to the buyer. Your lender should be able to give you an accurate estimate of this cost at the time of application. Timing of closing: When you sign the purchase contract with the builder, you will set a closing date. That being said, this date might be a moving target. If the home you are buying is still under construction, a date is set based on when the builder anticipates the construction will be complete, but depending on orders and unpredictable weather, you might have to push the closing to ensure all the work is done prior to closing. For financing, the entire project has to be complete prior to closing. The only exception in most cases is landscaping. There are ways to close on your new home if landscaping is not complete due to weather. Make sure you keep your lender in the loop of any timing issues or questions during the process.

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Home equity line of credit: Don’t forget about the equity in your current home. Most lending institutions will lend you up to 80 or 90 percent of your home’s value on a revolving line of credit. The rates are much more favorable than using a credit card, and many times the interest is a tax deduction. Make sure to confirm that with your tax adviser as cases may vary. There are also other construction loan options that you can take out on your existing home.

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Timing of appraisal: There is a high likelihood that you will need an appraisal and a final completion certificate. How this affects you as the buyer is the appraisal cost. Your lender will send the appraiser out within the timeframe written in your purchase contract. If the home is not completed, the appraiser will value the home “subject to completion.” This means that the value is based on all work being completed to the specs and plans the builder gives

Leighanne Lamb

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It’s a Material World

As custom details become more popular in home building, the product options are endless.


New construction can be overwhelming, especially in an everchanging market. “We see many trends persist today that were not so plentiful before even five years ago,” says Will Clark of Mid-City Lumber. From increased open living spaces to master closets with more built-ins, home builders are continually finding ways to customize no matter what price range they fall into, according to Mike Dodson, also of Mid-City Lumber. Whether you’re building a starter home or investing more money into a dream home, Will and Mike share ways to incorporate small details that make a home truly your own. Starter homes ($180,000 to $260,000) According to Will, the starter home market is the hottest market in Columbia. It offers tons of housing options and neighborhoods to find the perfect spot for your new-construction home. Interior doors (pictured) : The common hollow-core primed interior door companies offer more than 10 different styles and textures. Hinge color is another thing to take into consideration; many local builders offer brushed nickel, oilrubbed bronze, pewter and classic antique brass, a finish that is making a comeback. Mid-City suggests looking to Masonite doors for interior door options in a starter home. Interior trim: Where builders used to install 3 ¼-inch-tall baseboard and 2 ¼-inch-wide door casing, an upgrade has been made. To add an extra architectural touch, builders have moved toward 4 ¼- to 5 ¼-inch-tall baseboards and 2 ¾- to 3 ½-inch-wide door casing. The increased size makes a huge difference on a homebuyer’s first impression. Outdoor elements: Homeowners can choose from vinyl siding, fiber cement, brick and stone decorating as options for the outside of their homes. Will suggests vinyl siding because of its maintenance-free guarantee. “With new technology, we can now get close to the fiber cement colors, and the fiber cement sidings look great, but they will need to be painted eventually.”

Mike Dodson

By Kri sti McCann Upgrader homes ($225,000 to $350,000) A lot of individuals interested in moving into an upgrader home are primarily looking at increasing square footage; however, there is some opportunity to increase the exterior value of your home as well. Curb appeal (pictured) : According to Will, development restrictions in local subdivisions allow for homebuilders to have a fullspectrum of options for fiber cement sidings. You will notice a more craftsman look in upgrader homes through the use of batten-board strips with panel sidings. James Hardie siding is a company where Mid-City often finds a variety of options. Exterior doors: Most homes in this category have a nice staingrade front door that will most likely be a fiberglass door unit. The advantage of a fiberglass door is that you’re going to get the look of real wood without the wear and tear of real wood. You’ll avoid warping, rotting and cracking; plus a fiberglass door is less of an investment. Decking: With a beautiful brown look and stain-absorbing capabilities, a cedar deck is far superior to the green treated wood that used to be used on decks, Will says. He suggests Western Red Cedar, which he says is king in this class. Custom-built homes ($350,000+) Higher-end decking: Although it can sometimes cost up to triple the price of CCA and cedar decks, synthetic decking and aluminum railings are gaining popularity because of their maintenancefree guarantee. Mid-City suggests Westbury Railing for aluminum railings and Duralife Decking as a synthetic decking option Elements of design: “If the homeowner or interior designer can imagine it, it can be done,” Will says. He’s referring to all the extra design elements that make a home unique. Anything from wrought-iron spindles with custom patterns from Crown Heritage stair parts to installing real Doug Fir wood posts and beams in a living space can give a home the wow factor. Exterior enhancements (pictured) : Custom-made shutters and higher-end windows, such as Andersen Windows, can do the trick on the exterior of a home in this price range.

Mike is a professional contractor salesman for Mid-City Lumber in Columbia. He happened into the lumber business by working part time for a lumber yard 20 years ago. He has now been with Mid-City for almost 14 years and has witnessed the continual change of the housing market.

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Will Clark

Will is a professional contractor salesman for Mid-City Lumber in Columbia and has been in the lumber business since 1994. He has the privilege of working with great people, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge with his builder base to keep ahead of the trends.


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By Nellie Symm G ruen de r Attraction. When it comes to humans, it’s physiology, psychology and even our intuition. The truth is, attraction is primal, and we all want to feel it. Twenty-one years ago, I was a divorced professional woman with a 5-year-old son named Zach. This was before Christian Mingle, or any of the now often-used tools that open the door to attraction. I had only been in Austin, Texas, for about six months and didn’t have a large circle of friends. No one at church or work seemed to hold that special attraction. What was a busy woman to do? I finally began scanning the personal ads in the Austin newspaper. Some were “I like walks in moonlight” ads, and others were just scary. Then I came across an ad that caught my eye. It was simple: 47 YO WM seeking a special relationship with someone to share my Goldwing and Sailboat. Not interested in a white picket fence. I took a deep breath, called the code number and listened. The ad was placed by a man named Gene: engineer, outdoorsy, three grown sons and ended with “not interested in a white picket fence.” Suddenly I was attracted, not only by the words but also by the sound of his voice. It was deep and soothing. I left a short message (not using my real name) and explained how he could reach me. I went to sleep that night desperately wanting to meet this outdoorsy engineer who didn’t want a white picket fence. I couldn’t stop thinking about that voice, and maybe it was the intrigue of “no white picket fence.”

So what attracts us? Science says that it’s symmetry. After measuring countless faces, we find beauty and attraction in the faces with symmetry. There’s also the science of smell or olfactory. A person’s pheromones hit our subconscious olfactory senses and cause intense feelings of attraction. Beyond pheromones, we all have those 90 | JUNE/JULY 2014

not-so-subliminal reactions to the smell of a perfume or my mother’s meatballs that take us to a place of rich memory, desire and sometimes attraction. I didn’t have to wait long to hear that voice, even though I had to strain to hear it. “Outdoorsy Gene” was in Sturgis, South Dakota, with about 100,000 other people on motorcycles, all who gave no consideration to a guy on a pay phone trying to connect with a woman. We chatted for 20 minutes, and his voice was just as warm and enticing as I remembered. He was an engineer who worked at Motorola for about 15 years, enjoyed riding his Goldwing and lived on his sailboat with his 18-year-old son. So no, he had “no white picket fence.” The fact that I had a 5-year-old son didn’t seem to faze him, and he promised he’d call later. Studies show that people who have long-lasting relationships tend to have similar personalities. Personalities, sharing values and common goals are the threads all woven in this complex mix of attraction. Over the next week, Gene and I talked frequently on the phone. There was no texting or Facebook back then. We had no idea what the other looked like, but the attraction was undeniable. Finally, our first date was set. Zach and I were invited to dinner with him and his son on his sailboat. I gave every bit of information I knew about him to my best friend for safety, and I could not wait to meet the man with the voice. Studies show that when going on a first date, women look for the three Rs: respect, readiness for a relationship and realistic expectations. It’s putting the first bricks in the foundation of “what might be.”

The only thing Zach knew about the evening was that we were having supper with a new friend. As we walked down the dock, the man with the voice greeted us. He was tall with white hair, and his kind demeanor was the prefect complement to the voice. His son James joined us for supper: a first date of four. The evening flew by with comfortable conversation, Zach running around the top of the boat examining every rope and fixture and Gene

“When I got off the phone with Kay, who I now learned was really Nellie, I knew that we were going to have a long relationship. Sight unseen it was her personality that attracted me.” — Gene Gruender

Above: Gene and Nellie Symm Gruender. Photo by Anthony Jinson. Opposite page: Gene and Nellie in 1993.

passing the three Rs test with flying colors. At the end of the evening, Gene walked Zach and I to our car with the promise of a call the next day. According to a study by J. Philippe Rushton, a psychologist at the University of Western Ontario, based on a set of heritable personality traits, having similar genetics plays 34 percent of the role in friendship and mate selection.

After that first date came a second. There was the first kiss and that learning curve of sharing. Neither of us ever dated another person, and about a year later, Gene and I were married on the bow of the boat at the dock where we first met. When Zach got to the age when he was formulating ideas about his own relationships, he asked me why Gene and I talked so much. I admit that no matter where we were or what we were doing,

there were usually three or four phone calls a day. It was never an “I’m checking up on you” call; it was always to share an experience or a moment. After thinking about it a while, I summed it up for Zach. “I just have to hear his voice and share my day with him,” I said. Even after 21 years, there is so much more than that voice that holds my attraction. *Sources: “The Rules of Attraction in the Game of Love” by Bjorn Carey and “The 3 R’s-What Women Look for on the First Date” by It’s Just Lunch | 91

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From Couch to Confidence


A personal challenge becomes the key to positivity.


Confront your fear. Ask yourself: What am I really afraid of? What would happen if my greatest fear came true? What would be the worst possible outcome? Answering questions such as these helps to put your fear into perspective by seeing where it isn’t supported by facts.

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Get off the fence. If you’re ambivalent about change, evaluate the pros and cons of waiting. As you do, refrain from any shame about the past, and love yourself into a decision that’s best for you and your future.

Focus on the positive. Research shows we see more possibilities in our life when we’re experiencing more positive emotions. So refrain from focusing on the fact that your workout clothes are outdated (mine were circa 1990s) and all the other reasons now isn’t the right time. Focus instead on the amazing opportunity you have to change your view of yourself and the world around you.


Reward yourself. Whatever journey you embark on, it’s important to recognize and reward your progress. Bought new sneakers? Hurray! Walked the dog? Woo hoo! You deserve a treat for large and small successes alike.

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As a coach, clients come to me to realize their potential. I have an arsenal of strategies to help them. But a few months ago, I started on a journey of my own — one that’s changing my life and work. In the process, I’ve discovered there’s a strategy for unleashing our personal power that’s as effective as anything I’ve ever recommended. And it’s been at our fingertips the whole time: exercise. In the fall of 2013, I set out to shrink my saddlebags and found a reward far greater than any number on the scale. I had heard about Project LOLA, A Health and Fitness Project for 40-plusyear-old lesbians interested in getting healthier. To be eligible, I couldn’t be at my peak health (check!) and had to commit to a 16-week program: a program for out-of-shape, middle-aged women like me. The truth is I hadn’t worked out in 12 years and was afraid to get moving. But last year, as the discomfort from the rising number on my scale matched the increasing discomfort from the tightness of my pants, my inactivity became too physically painful to ignore. Although I lay awake at night hoping my fitness fairy would swoop down and magically transform me to my youthful figure, it wasn’t going to happen. After months of emotional work, I joined Project LOLA. Supported by a small group of inspiring Columbia women and a personal trainer I see once a week, I’m slowly but surely improving. And as I’ve gotten moving again, miraculous things have started to happen. My mood has improved, my energy has increased, and my stress level has dropped. I’m having fun, and I’ve become noticeably happier. I feel better about myself and, in turn, am taking better care of myself. This queen of the frozen dinner has made more meals for herself in the past 12 weeks than in the past 12 years. Most surprising for me, though, has been the journey of my self-esteem. Each time I lift a heavier weight or run more minutes, I set a new bar for what I can accomplish. As the bar moves higher, I realize the depth of my untapped potential for anything I set my mind to. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body, which improves your self-esteem. Exercise also gives you regular opportunities to set and achieve goals. This process builds awareness of your personal capacity, personal pride and a sense of accomplishment, all of which increase your self-esteem. Don’t get me wrong, the progress hasn’t been easy or linear, but if this 54-year-old couch potato could get started, I know you can. So this month, step into the gym for a workout, out onto the street for a walk or onto the trails for a hike. Each step is a step into the power of increased self-esteem and a more positive view of yourself. I promise you won’t regret the journey and won’t believe the results.

By Carolyn Sullivan

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At the height of the recession, Carolyn took her dreams off the back burner and started her own business, New Chapter Coaching. Crazy or confident, she’s never looked back. She’s dedicated to helping nonprofits get results that improve people’s lives and helping others make a difference along the way. Carolyn’s hit what she calls the career trifecta: She gets to do what she loves with clients she respects and earns a living doing it. She wishes the same for everyone.

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Keep Calm, and Cheer On

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Let’s face it: Most of us are not raising professional athletes. Most of us are probably not even raising college athletes. Competition being what it is these days, I think most of us are going to be lucky to raise an intramural athlete. So the sports-induced craziness seen at the courts, fields and tracks on any given weekend in this town, and all over the country for that matter, seems a bit excessive to me. I was recently at my son’s basketball game, and a woman whose child was on the other team kept yelling: “C’mon guys. You’re bigger than them! You’re stronger than them! You’re better than them! Win the ball! Win the ball! Win it!” I should mention that at the time they were crushing us by something like 50 points. Everyone in the whole gym could hear her, but I had to wonder, could she hear herself ? Was she just so caught up in the Sunday morning drama of a mid-sized, regional, U12 basketball tournament that she lost sight of the fact that she was yelling insults at children? And that isn’t the worst thing that has happened by a long shot. Everyone I know has a story about adults throwing punches, cussing at coaches or making kids cry during games. This kind of child sports-induced mania is, sadly, becoming a cultural norm. To combat this, I’ve made a list of some things you might want to keep in mind as you watch your child in his or her sport of choice. If you already know these things, then you might want to cut this out and slip it to that red-faced parent sitting next to you on the bleachers. You know, in the spirit of goodwill.

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I have titled this list: It’s Just a Game: Calm the @%&* Down. 1. There is a 99.993 percent chance that your kid is not going pro. Calm the @%&* down. 2. Unless your shirt says “Coach” on it, you are not the coach. If you aren’t clear on what this means, it means that during a game you should not be yelling instructions to the players, no matter how vital you believe your advice to be. 3. The only words you should ever say to a referee are, “Thank you.” They are doing their best. Even when they may make a mistake, it is almost never on purpose. Making calls isn’t a science; sometimes a bad call works in your favor, and other times it doesn’t. File this under the category: Life ain’t fair. 4. Your children should address their concerns with the coaches themselves. You should not get in your kid’s coach’s face with complaints about playing time, position assignments or coaching decisions. If children have questions, they should address it themselves. If they can’t, then either a.) they aren’t old enough or mature enough to be in competitive sports; b.) it isn’t that important to them; or c.) they’ll learn the very important lesson that they don’t get answers to questions they don’t ask. Either way, you asking for them isn’t helping anyone. 5. Your kid is watching you as much as you are watching them. You know those turdlets who make nasty comments to other players on the field during a game? This is a learned behavior. I’ll bet you a year’s supply of Reduced-fat Pringles that their parents are doing the same thing on the sidelines.

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6. You should never say anything to anyone else’s kid other than a compliment. I’ve heard parents yell things at kids on the other team that I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy. This is never, ever OK, even if the little bugger raked his cleat against your son’s Achilles. You are the adult, and as such you must refrain from name-calling (an unfortunate but undeniable fact of adulthood). 7. You are not on ESPN. If you find yourself reporting your child’s stats to anyone who didn’t specifically ask, you should stop. Immediately. At best, this is totally uninteresting; at worst, it is supreme douchebaggery. 8. Your child is not as good — or bad — as you think they are. You tuck them into bed at night. You take care of them when they’re sick. When you look at them, you can still see the sweet little 3-year-old they used to be. You cannot possibly form an objective assessment of their abilities at sports or anything else. It is a good thing this is not your job. 9. Win or lose, the lessons are the same. The 25-year-old version of your child will probably not need the technical skills they are learning in their sport of choice. But they will need to know how to be a team player, how to lose gracefully, how to win gracefully, how to show up when they don’t want to, how to stand in someone else’s shadow, how to work with difficult people and how to know when it’s time to lead and when it’s time to follow. They might not become professional athletes, but they will become citizens of this world. And they will use the lessons they learned playing sports during this magnificent ballgame we call life.

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“Mom, how old were you when you were a baby?” — Theo, 3

While reading about microbes that are 5 billion years old, 5-year-old Jake asked his mom, “Is that as old as Poppu?”

Small Talk

Kids say the darnedest things

“Mom, you have Mizzou hair!” Emily, 7, to her mom, who had let a little too much time lapse between hair-coloring appointments

“You’re the best mommy I’ve ever had!” — Bianca, 3

“Mommy, I love your belly!” “You do? Why?” “Because it’s so squishy!” — Piper, 4 Does your child have hilarious one-liners? Write them down, and send them to to have your witty child featured in our next issue!

Jill Orr Kalencom Daddy Diaper Bag, $85 Go Baby Go This is a great gift for the new dad in your life. It’s completely wipeable and has lots of rooms for binkies, blankies and bottles (also very manly).

Jill is a stay-at-home mom of two (an odd title because she is rarely ever at home). In her pre-Mommy days, she graduated from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's in social work, with an emphasis on children and family studies. But she wishes she would have gotten a Ph.D. in What's For Dinner and How to Get Bubblegum Out of the Carpet. That would have served her better. Read her blog at Follow Jill on @jillsorr | 95



‘Mint’ to Be

Kristi McCann | Photo s by Moons hadow Studio

The doors of the church opened in dramatic fashion as the beautiful bride entered. The guests peered around other heads in the crowd, and their faces lit up as they watched Sarah Hoffman, soonto-be Asche, start her walk down the aisle. Among all the faces of anticipation and joy was one face that couldn’t go unnoticed. Tyler Asche cracked a half smile as he got a glimpse of his bride. His face expressed emotion only someone who had spent the past seven years of his life getting to know Sarah could portray. “That’s my girl,” his smile seemed to say. It was the beginning of the most picturesque afternoon in Columbia. The feel of summer had officially arrived, and the 75-degree sunny weather was the perfect backdrop to this love story. May 3 was a long-awaited day for both Sarah and Tyler. The couple had spent the past 14 months planning the opening to their fairy tale life together. Their courtship had spanned their college years, even though both had attended Hickman High School. “Tyler doesn’t remember me in high school, though he won’t admit it,” Sarah says. “We even had a class together.” But there was no lack of attention toward Sarah after the two connected at a party through mutual friends after their freshman year of college. From that day on, they talked every day and often enjoyed making trips to visit Tyler’s family in Nebraska to watch Cornhusker games. They valued how they were each raised with similar morals. On March 18, 2013, the ring Tyler purchased for Sarah to ask for her hand in marriage was burning a hole in his pocket. “He had randomly asked me earlier in the night if any of my friends had over-the-top proposal stories,” Sarah says. “I wanted to make sure she would be OK with something low-key,” Tyler says. The couple spent the evening at Taste of MidMissouri and stopped by the grocery store on their way home to purchase one of the beers they tested at the festival. Little did Sarah know, they soon would be cracking open the beer in celebration of their forever. The ease and excitement of their proposal night flowed effortlessly into their wedding

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day. Sarah and Tyler were as composed as anyone could be on their special day, and each time they glimpsed each other, it was obvious they had found true happiness. Mint, gray and navy decorations added a touch of class to the Columbia Country Club ballroom. The couple had thought of absolutely everything to make their guests feel welcomed and part of their story. The bathrooms were stocked with emergency necessities, the bathroom doors were adorned with kid photos of Tyler and Sarah, and the take-home gifts on the tables were rolls of mints with crafted labels that said, “Mint to be.” Everything was in place — except one important thing was missing. From an outside perspective, it would seem that all the important people were in attendance. Even the deceased members of Tyler and Sarah’s families were represented through photographs on the gift table. But as successful as Keenan Simon was at performing all the best man duties of the day, Tyler’s younger brother, Cody, was absent. The original best man had another obligation that day: performing as starting third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. Prior to dinner even being served, DJ Alex from Complete made an announcement that excited the crowd. Cody had hit a home run for Tyler, as promised. “You know his brother was the first thing that was going through his mind when he hit that,” Kayla Hagedorn, matron of honor, says. Although Tyler did his best to hide his emotions, the act overwhelmed him a bit. It was evident that there was an empty spot in the day that nobody but Cody could fill. And his presence was felt through his game-time homer and the touching toast video that he had prerecorded for the couple. There was an excitement that stayed present throughout the rest of the evening as guests dined and drank, and Sarah and Tyler soaked up each moment surrounded by friends and family. The dance floor was full the second the first dances were complete. It was clear the guests were there to celebrate the couple in true party fashion.

Revamping a Venue By Leanne Naeger-Geiss

The current trend with weddings is all about repurposing. By taking those old Mason jars and wrapping them with a little twine and lace, you have the latest rustic style. People forget that repurposing doesn’t have to stop with the tiny details of your wedding. Let’s think bigger with other aspects, such as your reception venue. Layout: If you live in a small town, or even a large town for that matter, chances are you know someone who has used the same reception venue as you are considering for your big day. Now, I know that we all want our weddings to be different. You just can’t have your wedding where your second cousin did because then your weddings will look the same, right? Challenge yourself to see past the standard banquet chairs and tables. Trust me, no one will recognize the room once you put your personal touches on the space using creativity and imagination. If HGTV shows have taught us anything, it’s that the layout of a room will make or break a space. It’s similar with a wedding. The design of your reception space sets the tone for the evening. Comfy couches or a nontraditional seating arrangement can make a square room look like a beautiful one-of-a-kind event space. I bet your cousin didn’t think of that one. Lighting and linens: I like to take a look at these elements together, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Lighting has come such a long way over the past few years. Not only can you get twinkle lights and traditional colored upright lights, but you can also get trees or snowflakes illuminating the walls of your event space. If you don’t have enough money for specialty linens, use all white linens and chair covers. Couple that with specialty lighting, and your room will be completely transformed. Overall, you can never go wrong with linens, but with so many options, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed. First things first: Set your linen budget. Otherwise, you might find yourself falling in love with handmade sequin linens that you’ll have to take out a second mortgage to afford. Once you have that established, mix and match different colors, patterns and textures, but don’t forget a few statement linens for your cake or sweetheart table.

Leanne Naeger-Geiss is the sales director at Columbia Country Club. Although she is in charge Wedding section of allsponsored things sales, her trueby: love is wedding planning. She has 12 Columbia Country Club years of event-planning experience, and she is your go-to girl when he puts a ring on it. From Pinterest to wedding trends and classic bridal do’s and don’ts, Leanne has a wealth of knowledge to share.

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N e W A r r i v als

Photos by Rhiannon Trask of Lollipop Photography

Welcome to the World

Connor McAllister

Chloe Rodewald

Connor McAllister

Chloe Rodewald

Parents: Ryan and Erica McAllister

Parents: Brandon and Jennifer Rodewald

Birthday: Jan. 17, 2014

Perrin Ball

Birthday: Jan. 13, 2014

Birth weight: 7 pounds, 9 ounces

Birth weight: 7 pounds, 14.5 ounces

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you since becoming a mother? The day we got home from the hospital, I was changing the first diaper since being home, and it happened — I got peed on! I got good at blocking it from that moment on.

What has surprised you most about being a mother? I was surprised at how quickly Chloe has changed and grown. I know that a week in baby time is a long period of time, but it really did surprise me when Chloe became aware of her surroundings and started interacting with people and things intentionally.

What things have surprised you most about being a mother? How I can love someone so much that I just met. Connor definitely stole my heart. What things do you love most about being a mother? Seeing him smile and laugh just melts my heart. No matter how bad of a day I’ve had, he can always brighten it. What unique things does your baby do? He crosses his legs and has crossed them since the day he was born. It’s so cute!

Perrin Ball Parents: Austin and Elizabeth Ball Birthday: Feb. 16, 2014 Birth weight: 7 pounds, 2 ounces What things do you love most about being a mother? I love cuddling with my girls. I loved seeing their first smiles and hearing them laugh. Every milestone is so rewarding, knowing that you helped mold them into the people they are becoming. What did you not expect to happen? I’ve learned not to have expectations of how things should be as a parent. I think children are surprising, and we take everything one day at a time.

What did you not expect to happen? I didn’t expect to become a morning person. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a night owl. Chloe tends to be the most awake and alert early in the morning, and I don’t want to miss a single smile or cooing session, so I’ve given up my sleeping-in tendencies in favor of spending more time with her. Before Chloe, you couldn’t get me out of bed before 11 a.m. on the weekends. Now I’m up with Chloe by 7 a.m., and I love it.

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CMHS Staff Spotlight Certified Veterinary Technician Missy Lamme For decades, the Central Missouri Humane Society has been the goto low-cost spay/ neuter clinic in mid-Missouri. In 2013 alone, the organization spayed and neutered more than 3,000 cats, dogs and small animals. Aside from working hard to control pet overpopulation, CMHS also provides medical care to the thousands of adoptable pets that come into the shelter on a yearly basis. One of the most essential staff members in this area is Missy Lamme, certified veterinary technician. We sat down with her to ask a few questions about her lifesaving work. Where did you go to school? Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver How long have you been a certified vet tech? I have officially been certified or registered as a tech since 2011, but I have worked in the veterinary clinic since 2009. What made you want to get into veterinary services? I have been an animal-lover since I was a small child and learned about actually becoming a vet tech/attending school prior to moving to Colorado. What is the most rewarding part about caring for shelter animals? Many of these pets are unwanted, so giving them some kindness can do a great deal with their behavior. I really like helping the injured animals that would otherwise not receive proper medical attention. If you had one tip to share with the public about their pets’ health, what would it be? Heartworm disease can be deadly and costly to treat, but is easily prevented with a oncea-month tablet, which also prevents common intestinal parasites. This tablet is easily obtained during your yearly checkups with your veterinarian and aids in the health and longevity of your pet.

This Happy Tail is sponsored by

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Standing row, from left: Laura Tuchschmidt, Steve Tuchschmidt, Jake Tillitt and Amy Tuchschmidt holding Piper Tuchschmidt. Sitting row, from left: Katie Tuchschmidt, Zoey, Marley, Pokey , Steven Tuchschmidt Jr. and Cloey.

The Original Marley


By Kaylie Denenberg | Photo by Casey Buckm an

If there’s one thing that can be said about the Tuchschmidt family, it’s that they love animals. Cats and dogs coexist, chaotically at times, with the family. Marley, an 11-year-old black lab mix (wearing the yellow bandana in the photograph above), is one of several adopted animals in their clan. Marley wasn’t a planned adoption. “My dad was actually out of town, and I convinced my mom to go to the Humane Society,” Katie Tuchschmidt says. But when they saw him, Katie and her mom, Laura, were attracted to his sweet, shy personality. “He was one of two left in his litter, and since we already had a female dog, we knew we wanted a male dog,” Laura says. That day, they took him home, and according to Katie, he proceed-

ed to poop in her bed. They had been fooled by his sweet demeanor. The shy puppy they thought they adopted turned out to be quite a rascal and developed a personality similar to the one of the yellow lab in the 2008 film Marley and Me. “He almost chewed off our deck of our house,” Laura says. “He was Marley before that movie even came out.” Katie describes Marley as a jumper and a runner with a particular interest in stealing the other animals’ toys and claiming them as his own. Luckily, Marley’s hyper personality blended with the rest of the family and animals. Laura says she doesn’t have a home big enough for all the animals she wishes they could adopt and that their house will always be full of pets.

CMHS Calendar of Events Saturday, June 7 Clip and Trim Nail Trim Event, Treats Unleashed, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday June 21 Clip and Trim Nail Trim Event, Lizzi & Rocco’s, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 22 Famous Fosters Cat Adoption, The Blue Note, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 28 Clip and Trim Nail Trim Event, Award Pet Supply, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 5 Clip and Trim Nail Trim Event , Treats Unleashed, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 19 From left: Eric Blumberg with Truman, Brynn Bryan with Oliver, Brad Atkins with Oscar, Terry Roberts with Rigby and Sarah Hill with Bella.

A Love for All Breeds


By Madison Alce do | Photo by Casey Buckman

Cats are known for their lazy habits, but what if your cat was Garfield reincarnated? Eric Blumberg says his cat, Truman, is like Garfield — great to lie on the couch and hang out with. “He’s big, but I swear he eats diet food," he says. "Imagine what he would look like if he wasn’t eating diet food.” It was two-for-one month at the Central Missouri Humane Society when Eric got Truman and his twin brother, Harper, who died a few years ago. “I love that they have two-for-one month because I was probably only going to get one,” he says. “I thought: ‘They’re both brothers, so it’s perfect.’” Other employees at Veterans United Home Loans are the owners of rescued pets as well. Like Eric, Sarah Hill also rescued animal siblings, two

Weinheimers. A previous owner kept one of Sarah’s dogs, 4-year-old Bella, in a small cage, prohibiting her from running. Brad Atkins found his 9-year-old dachshund, Oscar, through a woman who was going to take him to the Humane Society. “I rescued him from having to go to the shelter. I don’t know what type of dachshund Oscar is, but I do know he’s just weird and scruffy looking like I am.” Brynn Bryan, whose husband works for the Humane Society, rescued her dog Oliver from the Callaway County Humane Society through their foster care program. And although Terry Roberts’ loveable pup was not adopted, Rigby is in full support of spaying and neutering pets.

Clip and Trim Nail Trim Event, Lizzi & Rocco’s, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 Famous Fosters Cat Adoption, The Blue Note, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 Clip and Trim Nail Trim Event, Award Pet Supply, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Red Shoe Gala Joy Drass, Sam States and Suzanne Howser

Carol Moseley, Lynn and Mark McIntosh

Megan and Keith Schawo, Sally Silvers

Jess Berkey, Brooke Berkey, Ashley Reynolds and Heath Reynolds

Tori and Drew Smith, Ryan Luvill

Ed Orr, Mark Mehle, Patt Stansberry, Kate Mehle, Lori Pewitt

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 • Photos by Creative Photo

Donning everything from red patent pumps to red Converses, Columbia came out in true Red Shoe Gala style to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri. The evening was filled with heartwarming stories of survival, a silent auction and riveting entertainment.

Lindsay Lopez, Terri Gray and Linda Sowers

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Mary and Dustin Carr

Marcia and Dave Machens

John Musco, Katherine Welch, Mary Kroening

Jeff Hilbrenner, Joe Moseley, Mary Ebert and Terri Gray

Columbia Wine Tasting

Chelsie and Craig Riordan, Jess and Brooke Berkey

Leslie and Larry Handlin, Joe and Donna Corrado

Brooke Berkey and Ashley Reynolds

Jay and Michelle Lindner and Amy Davis

Bill Fay, Renee Sullivan and Jason Koreckij

Sunday, April 10, 2014 • Photos by Whitney Buckner

In support of the American Heart Association and the Dr. Hugh E. Stephenson Jr. Heart Ball, the Club at Old Hawthorne hosted an elegant wine tasting, complete with appetizers and mingling. The intimate event has become a successful tradition in Columbia, and this year’s event was no different.

Donna Pond, Andrea Primus and Fay Putnam

Karla Johansen and Lili Vianello

Naomi Cupp and Jill Heisler

Sue Gamble and Emily Henderson

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P e t e r sen




A r auj o



Nickname: Matt

Hobbies: Tennis

Hobbies: Golfing, four wheeling, fishing and hunting

Profession: Graphic design and nonprofit management

Profession: Superintendent for a foundation repair company

If I weren’t at my job now, I would be: Spending time with my kids.

If I weren’t at my job now, I would be: Test driver for Motor Trend Magazine.

Life motto: I try to live my life with the idea that one day I will look back and ask myself how successful I was. If I can say confidently I helped people and made their lives better in any way, I will consider my life a huge success.

Life motto: If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all. My favorite activity to do to relax: Golfing in Michigan while on vacation and hanging out with my younger brother. Movie quote I most often incorporate into conversation: “You’re killing me, Smalls,” from the movie The Sandlot. The next item on my bucket list to check off: Take my wife on a vacation to the Virgin Islands when I can afford it. The best thing about my life is: My faith in God, plus the love and support of my wife, Paula, and family.

My favorite activity to do to relax: Jogging at the MKT Trail or watching a movie with my wife. Movie quote I most often incorporate into conversation: I never quote anything or anyone. The next item on my bucket list to check off: Design and build a custom-made home. The best thing about my life is: My family is the most important thing to me, but I have to say my wife is the best. That’s one person I will spend the rest of my life with, and I couldn’t be happier and more excited about that.

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Ragan Webb Fourth-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School Years lived in Columbia: 19 Original hometown: Des Moines, Iowa, but I moved to Jefferson City when I was 11. Community involvement: My school is currently my main community project. I walk in willing to give all I have, and I usually walk out and do a little bit more. I am also a member of The Crossing Church and volunteer as “The Story Lady” for the walkers and 2-year-olds. Family: Andrew, my husband, and Daniel, my 9-year-old son What I do for fun: I like to read, spend time with family, travel and camp when I can. Most people don’t know that I: Was on my high school’s first girls soccer team. On a typical weekday night, I am: Grading papers or driving my son around to all of his events. In a single word, I am: Dedicated

A favorite recent project: Completing the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (PAEMST) process. I was selected as the science winner for Missouri and was able to meet President Barack Obama at the White House. I also got to meet some of the best science and math educators in our country. It was an amazing experience. They’re making a movie about my life. The film’s biggest climactic moment would be: I don’t think it’s happened yet. Ask me when I am much older. If I were a crayon in a box of Crayolas, I would be: Green because it reminds me of nature and spring. It is also my favorite color. The song that absolutely must be included on the soundtrack of my life: “Amazing Grace,” one of my favorite songs that brings tears to my eyes almost every time I hear it.

The businessperson I admire and why: Bill and Melinda Gates because they have used their success to help education.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me? My husband signed me up to karaoke at a holiday staff party. I sang Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made For Walkin’.”

The three questions I hate getting: What is it like to get the entire summer off? That is really the only one. I am a teacher, so I love questions! If kids are asking questions, it means they are thinking.

My all-time biggest regret: I had a chance to possibly play soccer in college, but I didn’t even consider it because I thought that the college was too small. I passed on the opportunity without even visiting.

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