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Something New & Community Minded In the heart of Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks has become home to so many vacationers, families, & long time supporters of our great community. When this idea of Experience LOZ was laid out on the table, there was a decision to be made on whether or not the content of our unique publication was to follow the footsteps of others. Our drive is to not compete with other publications in our area, but to capture our beautiful community with the drive to encourage year round events to still occur. We stand with you as community members, average people with an extraordinary eye for talent, events, businesses, & subject matter that isn’t necessarily on the forefront but is considered hidden gems of our great state. We of course encourage every member of our community to pick up an issue of our publication, with the knowledge that it is meant for everyone. We love our small businesses, major corporations, fall carnivals, winter ballroom dancers, & any other idea that any one person/group could have to keep the community moving forward. Our publication will always be a source of information completely free to the public. As we grow, we encourage members of our community to participate in our publication. If you have a passion to write, take extroardinary photos, or just want to share your insight into topics that you as a reader would want to have us report on. Have An Experience Today! Jason Followell






The Oak Ridge Boys

Community Events

Kammo Joe

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A Review of one of Shawnee Bluffs Most popular attractions.

Find out about what’s going on in your area.

Local musician opens up about his ambition to succeed and his future aspirations.






Winter Health


MOMS at the Lake


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Are you aware that there are health risks with the deer in our area? Find out “What’s gotten into our deer?”

Are you a mom needing some time to relax? Would you like to meet other moms with the same goals? Check out what MOMS at the Lake is all about.

Don’t let the chill of the seasons changing keep you from good health. Learn about a peaceful art form to keep your body up to shape.



The Oak Ridge Boys @Shawnee Bluff Written By - Crissy McCormack Photos By - Jason Followell


long time favorite of many, The Oak Ridge Boys, graced us with their presence at Shawnee Bluff. I had the honor of attending this exclusive event, at one of the lakes most exquisite vineyards. The venue could not have been better prepared; we were greeted with a superior selection of food vendors serving up some local delicacies. The Shawnee Bluff Wine selection was simply amazing, and proved to be the perfect choice of refreshment to compliment the show.

It was a splendid fall evening with an impeccable lineup. The lovely, Haley Kerns set the mood on the patio with her graceful performance as guests arrived. Singing a variety of original and cover songs, her voice carried through the vineyard with excitement. As the sun set, the show began! A near sold out, and eager crowd cheered as The Oak Ridge Boys entered the stage. Their energy was uplifting; their act was one of a kind, and the performance top-notch! It was marvelous to see people of all ages enjoying the show; song after song, the crowd sang along.




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Since the 1940’s The Oak Ridge Boys have hit the charts many times with their selection of feel good gospel, light rock, and country. If you have not had the privilege of seeing this one of a kind band, it should be added to your bucket list! The good news is, they love the Ozarks! Preforming at the Vinyard for several years now. I would highly recommend following Shawnee Bluff Winery on Facebook and visiting their web page so you can reserve your seat for their next performance. While you’re there be sure to check out their ongoing line up of live entertainment and community events. What a great Experience! Thank you, Shawnee Bluff for your contribution to the LOZ!



Suggested Businesses Bear Creek Valley Bear Creek Valley Golf Club is situated on 250 beautiful acres along the “Little Bear Creek�. This 18 hole, par 72 course is open to the public year round. Voted #1 by Lake Sun readers in 2012 and a top 15 course in Missouri as published in 2016 by Golf Advisor. Start your day right in their Club House and enjoy a delicious breakfast or finish your game with a satisfying lunch. An available Banquet Room is ideal for your next meeting. Bear Creek features Affordable Member-

ships. Your experience will have you coming back for more. With the friendly staff, astonishing scenery, and challenging course suitable for all skill sets; you will enjoy the majestic background of the Ozarks and all the uniqueness of this champion course! Located in Osage Beach visit their website, call or stop by to schedule your next tee time. Bear Creek Valley Golf Club 910 MO-42, Osage Beach, MO 65065 | 573-3021000

Skelton Tactical A Gun Store and More! Fall is the time for the great outdoors in the Ozarks, archers have begun their hunting season, and preparations for fire-arms hunt is well underway! At Skelton Tactical you will find a nice selection of pistols, rifles, knives, and hunting equipment. In addition, they carry ammunition, safety, and maintenance items. This unique gun shop features a wide selection of military tactical equipment, and a cultured collection of war artifacts. Owner Jim Skelton, a long-time collector, is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. He will greet you with a wealth of knowledge regarding modern and antique weaponry. Enjoy some history while you browse the museum like setup of war memorabilia; including a fully functional cannon. If you are looking for a new fire arm, visit Skelton Tactical. Located on Old 54 Across the street from Slumberland Furniture at 6196 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO. Visit them on Facebook, or call 573.216.2217.



Eagle Lanes A Great Family Atmosphere

At Eagle Lanes you’re sure to have a striking time with family and friends. Our prices won’t have you splitting your bank. Accommodating all members of the family, your little ones are sure to love bumper bowling. Bumpers are a great way to keep the bowling balls out of the gutters and smiles on the faces of your children. We keep our 12 lanes well-maintained; smooth, straight, and polished to perfection. Also equipped with automatic scoring and bumpers, if needed! We’ll spare you the trouble of not having a bowling ball with our wide variety in house. While here enjoy our flat screen TV’s, fantastic lighting during Cosmic Bowl, and a full bar and grill for cocktails and food. Plenty of room to kick back and relax while your friends throw strikes.





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Community Events Skylar Coyler-Community Event Writer

1st Annual Fall Follies Wine Walk/Run Saturday, November 3rd at 846 Winery Hills Estate, Linn Creek, MO 7 Springs Winery is hosting their first annual fall 1K/5K Wine Walk/Run. Gates Open @11am-7pm. Must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Live Music & Awards. Includes 5 Tastings of Seven Springs Wine.

Dinner Theater

Eldon PTO Fall

November 2nd & 3rd


Dinner Theater @ The Camden County Museum- Showing “The Gin Game”. Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6pm, & Show starts @ 7pm. Tickets are $15/person. For Tickets or information call (573)346-7191

November 3rd


Eldon Upper Elementary School November 3rd from 10am-2pm. Games, Prizes, Food, & Silent Auction. For any additional information call (573)280-3641

Stonecrest Book & Toy Storewide Sale November 8th - 11th 20% OFF Everything in stock storewide excluding ornaments. For more information call (573)348-4788


2nd Annual Christmas Arts & Craft Show Extravaganza November 5th & 6th Located at the Red Carpet Trophy Shop in Camdenton from 9am-5pm each day. Featuring local artists’ arts and crafts, seasonal and personalized gifts will be featured. Call (573)4342147.

5th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Victoria Station Christmas Open

Enchanted Village of Lights

November 10th @ 1pm


November 16th - January 1st

Starts at the Osage Beach City Hall and the route ends at The Elks Lodge #2517. For entry info or additional questions, call (573)434-4368 or (573)3483798. After the event stick around the Elks Lodge #2517 for the After Vets Parade Dance From 7pm-10pm

November 16th-18th

At the Laurie Fairgrounds, November 16th - January 1st gates open @ 5pm-9pm During the Week & until 10pm on Weekends. Donations Welcome.

Experience the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes of Christmas! The store is decorated for the Holiday’s, featuring numerous Christmas trees, garlands, and this year’s exciting new Christmas merchandise and enjoy homemade goodies and punch. Call (573)348-2416 for more information



Events Cont... Wobbly Boots Annual Gala of the Trees November 14th-17th The Annual Gala of Trees is an event where local businesses and individuals volunteer to decorate a tree or wreath for the holidays to be entered into the silent auction. View gorgeously decorated wreaths and Christmas trees inside the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse between November 14th-17th, enjoy some fun events surrounding the gala, and possibly even take some lovely decorations home with you.

Gala Kick-off Party

Silent & Live Auction

November 14th

Novermber 17th

Starts at 5:30pm, Tickets are $20; includes buffet, one glass of Gala Punch and a chance to win the Gala Christmas wreath that will be given away.

Proceeds raised from the Gala of Trees are given to Candyland and The Idiot’s Club to purchase toys for local children that might not otherwise have a happy Christmas. Silent Auction closes at 8pm.


Stock the Food Pantry November 19th Wobbly Boots wants to stock the local food pantries. Bring 5 items and receive a half priced appetizer (one per person) all day on the 19th.


Thanksgiving Dinner in The Trophy Room @ Old Kinderhook November 22nd 11am-4pm Reservations Required. Adults-$36, Seniors-$27, Children 5-10 years of age-$12, Under 4 are Free. To make a Reservation Call (573)317-3560.

Thanksgiving Dinner @ Tan-Tar-A

Annual Lighted Christmas Parade

November 22nd 11am-4pm

November 24th

Reservations Required. To make reservations phone (573)3488619

In Laurie on State HWY 5 at 6pm, Star-Spangeled Christmas. For Information Call (573)374-5500

Steps Dance Studio presents...“The Nutcracker Ballet” November 25th Held at the School of the Osage Auditorium. For ticket information call (573)348-9175. Reserved Tickets $15, General Admission $12





Kammo A Mix of Music Wrapped in One Man Music is powerful. When words escape us, a melody can say it all. A memory can be reminisced, love expressed, inspiration sparked… Music helps us feel things we had no idea we felt, makes our bodies move in ways that we never knew we could. It is soul food for an aching heart or a disoriented mind. We can be found after being lost for what may seem like forever, our imagination is given wings to take us places we never would have dreamed to go. It is the glue that holds together the pieces of this world, through the good times and the bad. It’s transcending, it has the power to elevate artistry and gives you the strength to believe in yourself...if you let it. Joe Carnes, more commonly known as Kammo Joe, released an album called “I Believe”. He believes in music, he believes that music can reach out to anyone at anytime, music can set the tone for your life. Kammo has an aspiration and the drive to reach people through his music. The album was released August 2017, 17,000 units were sold within 20 days. This album can be found on Spotify, Deezer, Itunes, Amazon, Youtube Music, and cdbaby. com. Kammo doesn’t like to be boxed in by one genre in particular, his album accentuates his stylistic abilities in Rap, Rock, R&B, Hip Hop and even Christian.

When asked what first drew him to the music industry he answered, “Freedom. No Laws, No Rules, No Regulations. Nobody can tell you that your song is wrong. Music Builds Bridges and Breaks Barriers. You can go anywhere on the face of the earth and have been all over to different continents; it doesn’t matter how deep into the jungle you go, or how far into the hood you go, there’s a song. It might not even be a song that you can understand, but there is song. It destroys race, religion, creed, social status and economic importance. It is relatable.” 17


To persist a career in music, is no easy feat. It takes guts, talent, ambition, not to mention support. I was curious as to how one creates a dream so big that others will want to be apart of it. His response was, “Make it realistic” He embellished on his Versatile album, where he intends to release a multi-genre album, that reaches more and moves different kinds of people. No one in history has ever tried to be this diverse. He states that ,“If God gave me the talent and aspiration to do something no one has ever done, then I wouldn’t want to let him down by not going for it.” His plan is to drop six tracks on six different billboards, in one day. This all from one album, by one artist. Now that is something that no one has ever attempted before, and it very well could be the most significant move in the history of music. Kammo has passion, drive, ambition, supporting fans, and most importantly Faith. When all else fails he says, “All you gotta do is Pray!” Kammo moved to the lake back in 2016, from Savannah, Georgia after evacuating Hurricane Harvey. He had a rough childhood, in and out of juvenile detention starting at age 8. Struggling with drugs, addiction, gangs and conformity. He ended up serving a total of 9 years in the penitentiary. I asked him how that time affected his music, he replied, “ It gave me an aspect on life that I pray a whole lot of people don’t have to see, but seeing it gave me a window, where there was light. It gave me the ability to be completely transparent with somebody when I tell them where I’ve been.” Pursuing music was something he knew he wanted to reach for; he wasn’t sure how to chase the dream, but he knew if he did it loud enough or long enough someone would hear it. When he moved to the lake, the very first day he settled in his neighbor Woody Bettis, popularly known as Kid Fresh, came and introduced himself encouraged Kammo to go back to writing. After about 3 months, he picked up the pen again and his social media blew up. They collaborate and push one another to be the best they can be to this day. Other people who have encouraged Kammo to chase the dream of music are his three girls; Ambrea, Zayla and Nyana, they know all of his songs by heart. They have his back at all times, they drive his motivation. Everything he does, he does for them. 18

Follow this Fantastic Artist on his social media, by searching Kammo Joe on Facebook & Instagram for upcoming venues and tour dates.



Winter is on its way and you’re probably aware that the cold times at the LOZ can very well bring “cold” habits such as laziness and overeating; but who wants to follow through with their hardcore, summertime gym habits when the temperature outside is below freezing and the Lakes thick, winter snow is keeping you from leaving your home? How could one keep good health habits while the weather gets colder and Christmas goodies begin flocking the shelves of our grocery stores? Yoga. Yoga is a wonderful and spiritual form of exercise to help keep you hot and burning calories during the winter cold. Yoga is for everybody; man or woman, big or small can benefit from this simple, yet complex form of art. Regardless of your age or skill, Yoga has proven to have multiple benefits including “stress reduction, muscle strengthening & toning, improved balance & flexibility and greater range of motion,”(reference lakeregional website) This form of exercise can be done anytime at practically any place individually or with a group, and with or without a yoga mat. Here are businesses in the Lake area that offer Yoga instruction and much more. (Continued Pg 20) 19


Yoga Continued.. •Anytime Fitness: Conveniently located on both

sides of the lake.

Osage Beach (573-693-9339)

Camdenton (573-346-9911)

•SqeZ Juice & Health: Not only do they offer yoga classes; they also offer a full service juice & coffee bar, principled chiropracting, acupuncture, and a wide range of massage therapy.

Osage Beach (573-552-8790)

•Lake Regional: FREE classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 P.M. To 2 P.M., with the exception of every third Tuesday of each month. These classes are designed to accommodate heart and cancer patients and others with limitations, but is open to everyone.

Osage Beach (573-302-2282)

•Integrity Dance & Yoga: You guessed it! They also offer a wide range of dance classes.

Osage Beach (573-348-2887)

•Soothing Strength Yoga: Emphasizes on correct alignment and injury prevention.

Camdenton (573-216-0346)

•Ship Shape Fitness: Open 24/7 with a break area and a children’s playroom!

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As deer season draws closer, hunters are anticipating the time when they can break out their various weapons to commence the hunt. Maybe it is their first time in the field and they can’t wait to get a taste, or they might just be seeking that one buck that got away. Amidst the thrill of this exciting time of year, hunters should be aware of the risks associated with the wildlife this season. A spread of the disease Bovine Tuberculosis, most commonly found in cattle, has been spreading its way to our antlered friends. Bovine Tuberculosis is caused by a specific type of bacteria called Mycobacterium bovis, it attacks the respiratory system of both animals and humans. M. bovis can lead to the same type of symptoms in humans, in fact, it just so happens to be the most common cause of human tuberculosis. TB in humans can be a very serious illness which targets infection in the lungs, but can also attack the liver, spine, heart and brain. When you have a deer that is infected with the disease you will find multiple wartlike bumps along the inner rib cage. It is highly recommended to steer clear of ingesting meat that

may be infected with this disease (Forbes). Another disease that threatens the game here in Missouri is a fatal killer of deer called Chronic Wasting Disease, also known as “Zombie Deer Disease”.In Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, western Kansas and southern Wisconsin, CWD has spread widely in wild deer and elk herds. News Team KSDK reports that in the past two years, an outbreak of CWD in northwest Arkansas has resulted in 370 positive tests, mostly in the region’s deer. So far this year it has been reported that Missouri’s region is relatively safe, only reporting a total of 75 cases since conservation started recording cases back in 2012 (KSDK). Being aware of the signs of infected deer is of dire importance, infected deer should not be ingested. Here is what to look for: •Malnourished and Thin •Staggered Gait •Increased Drinking and Urination •Excessive Salivation •Decreased Social Interaction •Lack of Fear Towards Humans •Loss of Awareness

Seeing how CWD is a growing problem in up to 23 states now, The Missouri Depatment of Conservation is requiring CWD testing in 31 counties here in Missouri. The 31 counties for mandatory CWD sampling are: Adair, Barry, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Cole, Crawford, Franklin, Grundy, Hickory, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Macon, Madison, McDonald, Mercer, Moniteau, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren and Washington (KSDK). Many young hunters are eager for their turn this year in the woods, being informed of the regulations as well as the risks is most essential. Missouri Conservation is incredibly efficient at keeping everyone informed. The youth time window for hunting this year is October 27th and 28th, and November 23rd through the 25th. One half hour before sunrise 21


and one half hour after sunset. If you applied to participate in the managed hunt for youth and for those who are disabled the results are posted at the Missouri Conservation website. Only one deer of either sex may be taken during the early youth portion. If you have more than one permit, it must be used in a different portion. Only one antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms season, that includes all portions (MDC). The most important thing is to be mindful of the risks this season and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Forbes, Warning for Hunters: What Bovine Tuberculosis is Doing in Deer. Bruce Y. Lee

October 11,

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KSDK, Chronic Wasting Disease Threatens Missouri’s 1 Billion Dollar Deer Hunting Culture.

Wes Johnson October 12, 2018.

news/local/chronic-wasting-dise ase-threatens-missouris-1-billion-deer-huntingculture/63-603785709 Missouri Department of Conservation.



Fall Colors In the Ozarks Crissy McCormack-Writer Jason Followell-Photo ‘USA Today’s’ 10 best places to see the fall colors, voted Lake of the Ozarks as second-best Fall Foliage in the United States. LOZ is truly a beautiful place to be year-round, but in the fall, our colors shine! A day trip around the lake is the perfect way to spend a day in the great outdoors. Some of our favorite spots to catch an amazing view of the Ozark colors include Ha Ha Tonka State Park, The Look Out on Tunnel Dam Road, the Scenic Overlook & Park at Bagnell Dam, and the Toll Bride Drive. The beauty doesn’t stop there, for many boaters, fall is the ideal time to cruise the lake. Our main channel, the Osage Arm, winds 92 miles through the Ozark hillsides. Along the way you will enjoy a vast array of color on the hill sides reflecting from the waters surface. The lake is also a great place to catch breath taking sunrises, and picture-perfect sunsets. The Colors of the Ozarks in the fall is one of the many reasons we call this beautiful place home.







Local Charitable Organizations As the holiday’s approach some of our residents may need some assistance. Whether you are in need or you have someone you know that could use a hand up, here is a list of charities and contact info for them.

Hope House of Miller County - (573) 365-0099 The Lamb House of Camdenton - (573) 346-2168 Habitat for Humanity - (573) 317-0470 Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Charities - (573) 3652241 Share the Harvest Food Pantry - (573) 873-5855 Kid’s Harbor - (573) 348-6886 The Idiots Club - Helping Hands Homelss Shelter - (573) 346-4968 Citizens Agains Domestic Violence(CADV) - (573) 3469630



Mom’s at the Lake Misty Mcgregory-Blog Writer

When do us parents have time to ourselves? The 2 hours after we put the kids to bed? When they are at school or a friends house on the weekend? As a mom of 3, I often find myself exhausted, but still working hard to get the every-day tasks taken care of in my household. I think that it would be wonderful to actually take the time to relax and get away from the stress of everyday life. I get told often to take a break & to get out. This is hard to do when we parents have a hard time finding a babysitter, or do not want to be viewed as selfish. Let’s think of the last time you went out? Kid free? Many of you, like me, find our minds wandering back to what your children could be doing and if they are still safe. Did you actually get to enjoy yourself? It is hard to go out in our area without having to find & develop a relationship with a babysitter that you trust. During the school year there is a group in our area called MOM’s. They offer to be a support to area mothers with children who ages range birth through kindergarten. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month to talk about life challenges and the joys of being a parent. This is an amazing group of ladies who understand what struggles we mom’s can experience. Childcare is provided. They also offer playdates, mom’s night out, and even things to do in the summer month’s when school isn’t in session. If you want more information contact the MOMs Leader Terri Shown at (573)348-1030. So momma’s let’s take the time to take care of ourselves and meet new people. Take a break and let someone watch the kiddos for a few hours. It’s okay to do so!





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‘THE ALL-AROUND COWGIRL’ Hannah Kaufman began riding horses before she could walk­—first in the saddle with her mom and by 3 or 4-years-old on her own at her family’s large cattle ranch in Alberta Canada. When she was 14 she was training horses; by 16 she led her own clinics and already had a special way with the horses. “My dad would put me on the horse in our fields and say, ‘follow these cows and I’ll see you in a while,’ and I would go off for hours on my own,” said Kaufman, 34. “I’ve always known that horses would be in my life.” Horses are her life and her livelihood. She raises and trains her own horses and for her clients, and she competes in barrel races in competitions in Indiana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota. In just a year and a half, her track record is outstanding. Last year, she won the Amateur division of the Fizz Bomb Futurity and Dash-n-Dance Futurity in Spearfish, South Dakota. This year, she ranks in second place in some of the largest barrel racing events and has placed in the Roper Futurity in Gillete, Wyoming. “I try not to focus on my rankings but on taking care of my horses to ready them for competition,” she said. I think of my horses as equine partners and it’s all about building a relationship with them and developing trust.” While she’s on the road a lot, her home base is 10 acres of land that borders High Point Farm, off of Route C in Russellville. We caught up with her there one morning as she feeds her horses in the catch area, including Midway, 9, a sorrel as he’s reddish in color, and 6-year-old Gunner a quarter horse smaller in stature

who runs in Derby competitions. Kaufman brushes Midway’s tail, which she has let down to show him to his best advantage. Midway placed in the 2-D, the second fastest category in the Highway 38 Arena in Marshfield, near Springfield. Gunner won the top jackpot in the 1-D, the fastest category, at the same event. He also placed in the top 10 at the 2014 Dash-n-Dance futurity event in Spearfish, South Dakota. “I have big plans for Gunner but he’s still a work in progress and needs to be more seasoned, which requires being hauled and building confidence and trust. It’s all about calming them down enough to be solid in competition,” she said. Right now, both horses are in a resting pose that Kaufman describes as cocking a hind foot, which means, she said that they’re relaxed and happy. Not for long, though, as she is soon going to put Midway to work in the arena. “I prefer to properly break my horses so when I want them to do something it takes only the slightest urging,” she said. “I want them to do their jobs, I don’t want to manhandle a horse, to be really pulling on his rein.” Demonstrating, she places one of her fingers gently on Midway’s rein and he spins around the white plastic barrels 31


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in the ring. Kaufman makes a few smooching noises and then they’re off, her long dark hair flowing down her back mimicking Midway’s tail swishing back and forth. All purebred horses have a registration name and a barn name. Midway’s is J.A. Instant Playboy, and that’s fitting as he backs up and struts his stuff, as if he knows he’s being watched. “Midway’s a poser and he loves people and will let anyone ride him,” she said. “He does tricks, clinics and barrel races, he does everything. He’s laid back and kind of lazy but when it’s ‘go time,’ he’s on all the way.” Finding the horse is key as is training. Today, Kaufman works with Carly Lynch, 21, an apprentice from Idaho, riding her horse Happy Hour. “It’s important in barrel racing that the horse keeps moving forward,” Kaufman said. “It’s a two-way motion, you want the horse to be in and out and turn the barrel in two strides. They need to be smooth, quick and snappy.” Kaufman asks Carly to ride her lines and go to the barrel many times. Horses, she said, learn by repetition. As she walks and instructs Lynch, Midway follows her around the arena like an oversized dog. The work continues until both horses are sweating. The ladies lead them back to the catch area, or resting place, where they get a soapy bath and can relax for the rest of the day. She usually rides again in the evening after it cools off and on some nights Kaufman also holds a ride camp for adults and children. She owns seven horses total, including two brood mares who are turned out in the pasture at her mother’s place about eight miles down the road, along with 5-9, or J.P. Hickory Sans, 32

who she won with in races in 2014 but is now injured and recuperating. “I’m emotionally attached to 5-9 and it’s hard to see him out in the pasture right now,” she said. “Raising horses can be heartbreaking. You put so much of your hopes, dreams and energy into them and you hope that they don’t get hurt.” Last year, one of her brood mares lost a baby colt and she also experienced major blows, including a divorce and the death of her younger brother, Tye. “I was in a really bad place for a while but one day my friends forced me to get out and ride 5-9 and I realized I had to keep going,” she said. “He has a special place in my heart.” She has since regrouped, refocused and literally gotten back in the saddle, part of her routine for so long it helped her cope with her grief. Before the futurity days, she rodeoed and in 2008 won a saddle in the American Family Rodeo Association, AFRA, All Around Cowgirl Contest. Her most prized saddle, which sits on a stand in her bedroom, was made by her father, Bob, a renowned saddle maker, rancher and range management consultant back in Brooks Alberta. Originally from Montana, he moved to Canada where he managed 16,000 cows for the Eastern Irrigation District before taking over at Antelope Creek, where Kaufman grew up. After high school, she guided tourists on pack horses in the mountains of Banff, a beautiful area of Alberta. “I can tell you how to ride your horse in Japanese and other languages,” she said.


Cowgirl cont... She also met one of the other guides who was a photographer and she began learning photography. “I started messing around and taking my own pictures,” she said. As a dual citizen, she moved to Billings, Montana and worked on a cutting ranch for a while and then later lived with family and waited tables at a restaurant. She attended Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, just outside of Cody, earning her associates degree in Applied Science in Photographic Communication. During college, one of her friends, Erin King, introduced her to rodeo and taught her how to tie goats and and then she started training barrel horses, teaching them spins and shoulder control. She also met some people who brought gaited horses

Totes for Ta-ta’s Crissy McCormack The 9th annual Totes for Ta-ta’s event was held on October 21st at the Inn at Grand Glaize. The organizations mission statement is “raise funds to provide support to local breast cancer patients at Lake Regional Cancer Center, including wigs, counseling, transportation, child care, and other specific patient needs.” The Totes for Ta-ta’s event is a fun and unique shopping experience with purses galore. New and gently used purses filled the room for purchase, along with a classy selection of high end purses available to bid on during the silent auction. Raffle tickets were sold for your chance at one of many donations, including a gift bag from Squez Juice + health. Mitch Shields preformed live during the event. Everyone had a wonderful time shopping for purses, socializing, and enjoying a light lunch. We were blessed to meet a local survivor and hear her story. Be sure to keep an eye out for next years event, ladies you don’t want to miss this!





A November Recipe Pecan Pumpkin Chia Pudding by Misty Cole

It is that time of the year; everything PUMPKIN is here! Instead of sticking to the same old Pumpkin snacks and treats lets try something new. Perfect for a quick breakfast or late night snack, with its rich, creamy, tapioca like consistency you’re sure to love it!



1 1/2 C. Coconut Milk 4 Tbsp. Chia Seeds 3 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree 1 Tbsp. 100% Maple Syrup 1/8th Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice 1/8 C. Chopped Pecans

Set Time 2-4 Hours Prep Time 10 Minutes


In a 16oz mason jar mix thoroughly the coconut milk and chia seeds


Mix in remaining ingredients; pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and chopped pecans.


After everything is mixed put lid on jar and refrigerate. Allow pudding to set for at least 2 hours but for a thicker consistency allow set time to reach 4 hours.

Yields 16oz Mason Jar





Shootout Golf Tournament at Old Kinderhook

of the largest and longest running events is the 30th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. On August 15th, at Stables Cannon Smoked Saloon, we partied with the individuals that help make this event such a success. The Volunteers!. Without their support, the local charities and fire departments could not receive the extra funding needed to help their dedicated causes. With over $1 million dollars raised for the local community, these volunteers continue to make each shootout an opportunity to help a cause. So thank one of the over 700 volunteers when you see them for their dedication and hard work.

The Annual Shootout Benefit Golf Tournament happened Sunday, August 12th. This event was held at the Beautiful Tom Weiskopf designed Old Kinderhook Golf Course. Teams from all over the Lake Area and Mid-Missouri battled for that top position on this magnificent course, stretching over 700 acres. (Ultimately the team from Rough Water Dock’s found victory.) This technically designed course grasps the beautiful and rich landscape of one of Mid-Missouri’s finest courses. Proceeds from this tournament benefit local area charities and fire departments. Mini-Shootout Sponsored by Wib’s Cleaning Service. Family owned and operated, Wib’s The 2018 Shootout is full of top speeds prides themselves as the Lake’s Premier and action-packed racers seeking that Commercial and Residential Cleaning Top Gun record. Racers young and old Service. participated August 18th and 19th in a two-day event located in the Springs of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, in Camdenton MO, that marveled the action of the top speedboats of the world, just 1/72th the scale. Racers and their crafts were classed according to which design to show the skill and velocity of each RC boat. Gas and electric powered RC’s may not have the size of their counterparts, but they do have the speed. The Mini-shootout featured RC boats ranging from 27 inches to 5 feet in length, reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour. Splash Runs, Bracket Volunteer Dinner At The Racing, Powder Puff Racing and of course the Bounty Race. With the this being the Stables 9th consecutive year of the Mini-Shootout, The Lake of the Ozarks takes pride in Fans shuffled in to catch a glimpse at the the events hosted in our local area. One wonder of these machines. 36

Shootout Treasure Hunt Cannonball Beach was raided by over 600 pirates Monday, August 20th. Captain Ron’s hosted a fun-filled event for children of all ages. Benefitting Kid’s Harbor and The Idiot’s Club, organizations designed to help kids in need, the 2018 Shootout Treasure Hunt found it’s way into everyone’s heart. Sponsored by Lake Expo and Surdyke Yamaha, these charitable companies donated around $10,000 in prizes. This ensured that not one person left empty-handed. The Grand Prize being a brand new Hammerhead Mudhead OffRoad in which one lucky pirate would unbury the chest revealing the key that starts it.

Shootout Dinner




Cannon Smoked Saloon hosted an incredible dinner on August 21st. Guests and current members bore witness to the 6th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Hall of Fame Dinner. Memories and stories were shared from the origin days of Shooters 21 to recent speed records being broken. 5 additional inductees were presented with a bronze plaque, that will


SHOOUTOUT CONT... be installed on the Hall of Fame Wall for all to view for years to come. Volunteers and onlookers witnessed Rob Lauer, Michael “Doc Janssen, Jason Johnson, Dennis Parvey, and Performance Boat Centers(the first ever business to be honored) be inducted into this select group. The Hall of Fame honors those whom have made an impact to the Shootout organization and the community it involves itself in.

involved with each boat. From sound systems to props...Everything was on display. Entertaining the eyes and the imagination of the speed and complexity of each performance machine, gearing up for the lakes premier event. The Lake of the Ozarks 30th Annual Shootout.

Thanks to these drivers, their families, and some of the members of the Missouri State Water Patrol, these ‘Wish Riders’ had a few minutes to soak in what many

Make A Wish Powerboat Rides Shootout Meet and Greet On The Strip

Hundreds, if not thousands of shootout enthusiasts toured the streets of the strip on August 22nd to take a look at the high power performance boats and equipment that tours the lake over Shootout weekend. Dozens of boats lined each side of the long road of the street, awaiting the crowds for the opportunity to meet, greet, and explain their high octane craft. For the public, this was a chance for everyone to meet the drivers, throttle men, crews, volunteers, and businesses

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout represents many things; speed, adrenaline, and giving back to the community seem to be the logical choices to describe the events. On August 23rd, another form of true passion happened at the docks of Captain Ron’s. Local and Midwest families of those with disabilities and members of the make a wish program, toured the facilities to catch a ride. The Wish Upon a Ride Powerboat Rides featured some of the fastest performance, cruiser, and pontoon boats apart of the Lake’s Grand event, only to slow down and focus on those who needed time away from what happens when they aren’t smiling.



CADV 17th Annual Brunch Crissy McCormack The CADV 17th Annual Brunch was hosted at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Campana Hall, on October 10th this year; with a fun theme of “Favorite Pastime” and it was a sold out event!

bowl of Shrimp & Grits, Coral Reef Seafood delighted us with Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad Stuffed Roma Tomatoes, and High Noon served an amazing Jalepeno Popper. For desert, Lick the Spoon Cookie Dough Co. served some yummy cookie dough and The CADV, or Citizens Against Domes- Grandmas Candy Kitchen brought tic Violence has a simple, yet powerful the fudge! In addition to all of the mission statement, “CASV/VOC strives amazing food selection, Great Stone to cultivate a culture of resiliency in Coffee offered a nice warm cup of which individuals experiencing abuse coffee and the bar was stocked. are empowered to thrive. Through advocacy services and community engagement we will pursue an end to Everyone enjoyed socializing before violence in the lake area.” the meal was served, and sat quietly while the program began. After a brief introduction of CADV, and a cliIt was incredible to see our commuent documentary showcasing a sucnity come together to support this cess story of one of our locals, a live cause. Over 75 Sponsors and 30 local auction and 50/50 raffle proceeded. restaurants contributed to make this Several packages were put together fun filled afternoon possible. Sponfrom contributions around the lake sors decorated the tables with their area, and a great time was had batpersonal favorite pastimes, the room tling for the highest bid! was filled with creativity. Some of our favorites include; State Farm Insurance, Sherry Biron, business sponsor rocked The CADV 17th Annual Brunch was a football night cheering for the Vikings success! Thank you to the sponsors, and dressed in jerseys. Osage Eye board of directors, brunch planning Clinic, silver sponsor, displayed a beau- committee, and all other contributiful camp fire, and Team Jane Kelly RE/ tors. If you wish to get involved and MAX Lake of the Ozarks, gold sponsor, make a difference, contact CADV at set up a favorite pastime game night! 573-346-9630 or email for more information on how A variety of local restaurants lined up you can make our community a betwith a selection of some of their favorter place, one person at a time. ite appetizers and light lunch items. There was such a variety, the Rusty Rooster Cafe served up a delishous 38


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November Issue of Experience LOZ  

Lake of the Ozarks Newest Community Minded Publication. Featuring Articles and Resources that dive into the experiences of the community tha...

November Issue of Experience LOZ  

Lake of the Ozarks Newest Community Minded Publication. Featuring Articles and Resources that dive into the experiences of the community tha...