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Feb 2020 In every issue 13 14


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99 101 DASH A decadent drizzle tops this marvelous mousse.


SPOTLIGHT Class Act: Fitness For A Cure takes aim at cancer.

102 DINING OUT Frenchy Treats is très magnifique.




BOOKSHELF Gabriel Bump’s riveting debut places protagonist at Mizzou.

105 COOKING WITH BROOK Enjoy a hearty and flavorful Cajun fish dish.


HIGH NOTE The stories behind today’s top songs.

Life 33


5 THINGS Feel good fast: 5 things that could always be worse.


ROBINSON’S RAMBLINGS A rose by any other name


FASHION Bling it on: beautiful bracelets and rings


108 DINING GUIDE Nine featured favorites.

Views 115

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On the cover A freshly shucked Pacific Northwest Chelsea Gem oyster from Cherry Street Cellar. Photo by L.G. Patterson.


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from the editor


Cheap Chocolates, Matchless Memories



Olivia DeSmit

Editor | odesmit@insidecolumbia.net Inside Columbia magazine


hen I was younger, one of my favorite holidays was Valentine’s Day, but not for the reason that it is today. My brothers and I would save our money and wait until the day AFTER Valentine’s Day before heading out on a scouting mission. Our objective? Finding the most discounted chocolates in Columbia. It turns out usually Gerbes and Walgreens are the best places to check and if you can manage to wait for more than a day — and potentially miss out on the best chocolates — the discount gets even better. Now I still go to the store the day after to get some chocolates, but ultimately Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder of the value of relationships — and how important it is to maintain them. Whether keeping your relationships with your significant other, friends and family means gifting them chocolates, flowers or meeting for a nice meal (of chocolates?), ultimately February is a month for fellowship. For some ideas on how to celebrate love this month with friends, family and your significant other, check out the story on page 56. Where you choose to go for that fellowship is another matter. If you read over our story on 50 people, places & things that are SO Columbia and find you haven’t visited one of the essential Columbia locations, please schedule your next date or hangout there ASAP. There’s a reason everyone/thing on that list is considered must-know, must-see and must-have. Now, for those who love Valentine’s Day for the gifts, you’re not alone. For some perhaps not-so-subtle hints for the boyfriend/ fiancé/husband, be sure to look through our fashion article on page 38 with some exquisite rings and bracelets from four local jewelers. No matter how you choose to celebrate Cupid’s Day this year, take a moment to reflect and appreciate the people that make loving — and giving away chocolate — worthwhile.

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WHAT TYPE OF DIAMOND FITS YOU BEST? Beyond the 4Cs, find the diamond that’s perfect for you.

AT BUCHROEDERS, DIAMONDS ARE FOR EVERYONE AND EVERY BUDGET. After selling thousands of diamonds face-to-face with clients, we’ve seen that every diamond buyer fits into one of four types, regardless of budget. Understanding which diamond buyer you and your fiancé are will help make the buying process smoother. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS SOUNDS MOST LIKE YOU? “I want the biggest, most beautiful diamond I can afford.” If this is you, then you are definitely size driven. Some women want the largest diamond their fiancé can afford, without sacrificing brilliance. To obtain maximum size, a clarity grade of ‘I1’ is optimal. This clarity grade means that under close inspection with the naked eye, you will usually see minor inclusions. From a rarity standpoint, ‘I1’s are much more plentiful; therefore, they are much more cost-effective. This means that you can opt for a bigger diamond while still staying in budget. The color range you may want to consider would be ‘I – K’. Within this range, the color starts at white, above-average (‘I’) to average (‘K’) which can have a very faint yellow tint. If you’re especially size oriented, opting for a more average color will also help to lower your cost, thereby allowing you to spend more for a bigger diamond. 





“Size is important, but I also want a beautiful diamond that is flawless to the naked eye.” This is the category that most clients fit into. The color and clarity grades that bring beauty and value perfectly together is ‘I/SI2’. In most cases, a diamond of these grades is white and flawless to the naked eye. Providing the cut grade is similar, an I/SI2 diamond will look virtually the same as a higher quality diamond when set. And it will cost much less. O ther great value-adding grades to consider are: H/ S I2 , J/ S I2 , J/ S I1, K / S I1, I/ S I1, E-F / S I2 , K / S I2 . “I am quality-driven and want a diamond that’s beautiful, even under a microscope.” If this fits you, you’re the type of client who wants not only value but also a higher quality diamond. You’re looking for a diamond that is virtually flawless under magnification and has a nice color, or lack thereof.  For this discerning shopper, the following grades are recommended: G-I/VS1-SI1, D-F/SI1, J/VS+. These grades will ensure that your diamond is flawless, even under magnification. “I want a diamond as rare as my fiancé and am willing to sacrifice size to stay within my budget.” If this mindset fits you, you are a quality-driven person who appreciates the rarity of very fine diamonds. We would recommend a color range of D-G and a clarity range of IF (internally flawless) to VS2. If you are purchasing a diamond of this quality, a cut grade of Excellent to Very Good is preferred, as well as a fluorescence level of None to Medium. You can rest assured a diamond in this quality range will take your breath away.

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adly, most of us have been touched

thing and try to grow that. It was personal

by cancer. Catina Potash, group fit-

to me for the cancer side of it.” Wilson’s

the gym. There are eight, starting with

ness & wellness director for Wilson’s

The group fitness classes are held in

was squarely onboard. The event evolved

BodyStep, and ending with Fusion/Flow.

Fitness Centers, watched her mom battle

to include vendors and a silent auction, as

Each is 30 minutes, except for the last

pancreatic cancer for 15 years. Inspired by

well as speakers. For the first time, T-shirts

class, which is 50. No registration is re-

the American Cancer Society’s Relay for

and tank tops will be available. They’ll

quired; Wilson’s plans for 90-100 partici-

Life, which she and her mom took part in,

feature this year’s theme “Celebrate Life.”

pants per class and provides the equip-

Potash founded Fitness For A Cure (FFAC),

FFAC wasn’t always held at The Crossing.

ment. Multiple instructors lead each one,

an annual community fitness fundraiser

“We’ve been in some funny places,” Potash

demonstrating modifications that can be

hosted by Wilson’s. This year FFAC is

says. “We did it once at Whiskey Wild …

done to accommodate participants with

happening Saturday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 to

and once at The Broadway downtown.” She

all levels of fitness experience.

1 p.m. at The Crossing church. Although

was a member of The Crossing when the

“This is such a nice way to be intro-

entry is free, a $10 donation is suggested.

church announced it was building a huge

duced to these classes because they’re 30

For an additional donation, Wilson’s play

complex, and told the pastor, “When this

minutes, so you’re not stuck in a class if

center workers, who are background

happens, I want to use this space.”

you don’t like it or if you’re not feeling

checked, will supervise activities in a kids’

The church was enthusiastic, agreeing

area. One hundred percent of the proceeds

to become a sponsor and donating its fa-

benefit the Cancer Society.

cility, time, set up and take down for free.

“Prior to doing this event, I just tried

The church’s student center houses

comfortable, and you have a whole team of instructors,” Potash says. Free water will be provided, along with free donated food items. There will also

to find ways for us to do outreach,”

the reception desk and silent auction for

Potash says. “We’d done a couple of little

the event, with vendor booths around

danceathons or different kinds of fitness

the parameter. Vendors include health

many levels, but that what’s really special

activities where we were able to get dona-

and wellness-related businesses, fitness

is “that it allows you to be a part of

tions. There was a point about nine years

apparel and more. All pay a fee and are

something that gives you such a strong

ago where I figured we should do one big

required to donate a silent auction item.

sense of community.”

be food available for purchase. Potash says FFAC is gratifying on





Bring Your Own Big Wheel

ARC INDOOR TRACK | Feb. 1 Riders ages 2-6 can bring their best Big Wheel or tricycle for this fun ride! Prizes given to all riders, and mileage will be recorded. Equipment must be clean. No bicycles, please. 9 to 10:30 a.m.;$5; www.como.gov.parksandrec

Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Columbia Farmers Market


The market, open every Saturday, is filled with fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, bread, herbs and more. While you shop, enjoy live music, children’s activities, prepared food and more. 9 a.m. to noon; free; www.columbiafarmersmarket.org


Feb. 5



This week’s free film in the Columbia Park District’s African American Film Fest celebrating Black History Month tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s integration into professional baseball. 6:30 p.m.; www.como.gov.parksandrec



Feb. 6


The all-American Aeolus Quartet was formed in 2008 and was the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. The quartet is committed to presenting both time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge pieces to audiences with freshness, dedication and fervor. 7 p.m.; $35 adult, $28 child; www.concertseries.org Feb. 6-9

“Pride and Prejudice” PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

Stephens College brings a timeless love story to life. Based on Jane Austen’s classic English novel, we meet the five Bennet daughters. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth’s priority, but with four sisters, an overzealous matchmaking mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee; $16 adults, $10 student/senior; www.stephens.edu Feb. 9

Columbia’s Largest Indoor Garage Sale HOLIDAY INN EXPO CENTER

Don’t miss this giant sale, with more than 19,000 square feet of treasures. You’re sure to find something you can’t live without. 1 to 4 p.m.; $4/person, kids 12 and younger free Feb. 10

“An American in Paris” JESSE AUDITORIUM

Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film and featuring the iconic music of George and Ira Gershwin, “An American in Paris” combines classic music, a timeless story, breathtaking dance and state-of-the-art design into a spectacular musical that’ll sweep you off your feet. 7 p.m.; prices vary; www.concertseries.org

A Pour for a Paw

The State Historical Society of Missouri | Feb. 7 This fun evening of whiskey, wine and vodka tastings, paired with delectable hors d'oeuvres and a live auction benefits Armani’s Angels, non-profit dedicated to raising funds to assist pet owners in Missouri with the treatment of ill or injured pets. 6 p.m.; $125/couple, $75 individual; www.armanisangels.org Feb. 12

“The Help”


This week’s free film in the Columbia Park District’s film fest celebrating Black History Month tells the story of the struggles of an AfricanAmerican maid working for a white family during the 1960s. 6:30 p.m.; www.como.gov.parksandrec Feb. 13-15, 20-23, 27-29

“Legally Blonde, The Musical”


This fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie “Legally Blonde,” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee; $14 adults, $12 student/senior; www.cectheatre.org

This play focuses on five friends who board a train in Kansas City for a trip across Missouri, stopping at various wineries. When the imaginative librarian Marie steps off the train, she’s mysteriously transported to the 1940s segregated Boonville depot. To return home, she’ll need to uncover the truth about her own personal history. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee; $17 adults, $15 student/senior; www.talkinghorseproductions.org Feb. 15

Fitness For A Cure THE CROSSING

Benefiting the American Cancer Society, this annual event is hosted by Wilson’s Fitness. Everyone’s invited for world-class 30-minute group fitness classes, a silent auction, kids’ programs, inspirational local speakers, shopping, food and more. Read more on page 25. $15 suggested donation; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; www.wilsonsfitness.com Feb. 15

Feb. 14-16, 20-23

“The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip” TALKING HORSE PRODUCTIONS

Mizzou Men’s Basketball MIZZOU ARENA

It’ll be the battle of two Tiger teams when MU takes




take on Ole Miss in a Sunday early evening game. 5 p.m.; ticket prices vary; www.mutigers.com Feb. 24

Tanya Tucker THE BLUE NOTE

MFA Oil Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff

HOLIDAY INN EXPO CENTER | feb. 15 Enjoy all the chili you care to sample from local chefs, businesses and talented amateur cooks at this annual fundraiser benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia. It’s a rootin’ tootin’ good time! 2 to 6 p.m.; $15 in advance ages 11 and older, 10 and younger free; www.bgc-columbia. org/events/chili-cookoff/

Tucker had her first country hit, the classic “Delta Dawn,” at the age of 13 in 1972. Since then she’s become one of the most admired and influential country artists, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles. 7 p.m.; prices vary; www.thebluenote.com Feb. 25

Black History Month Presentation ARMORY SPORTS CENTER

on Auburn in this Saturday evening matchup. 7 p.m.; ticket prices vary; www.mutigers.com Feb. 17

Russian National Ballet: “Swan Lake” JESSE AUDITORIUM

The Russian National Ballet (RNB) has been bringing timeless ballet classics to the stages of North America for 20 years. “Swan Lake” is one of Tchaikovsky’s iconic works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breathtaking dance. 7 p.m.; prices vary; www.concertseries.org Feb. 19



This week’s free film in the Columbia Park District’s film fest celebrating Black History Month gives a glimpse at the younger life of President Barack Obama. 6:30 p.m.; www.como.gov.parksandrec

Feb. 20

Red Shoe Gala THE ATRIUM

This annual gala, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri, features a social cocktail hour, formal dinner, a robust silent and live auction and fabulous entertainment. 5:30 p.m.; www.rmhcmidmo.org Feb. 20


For this special annual CAL event, local chefs share dishes they created that were inspired by foodrelated artworks from CAL’s concurrently running “Taste” Gallery Show. 6 to 8 p.m.; $40; www.columbiaartleague.org Feb. 23

Mizzou Women’s Basketball MIZZOU ARENA

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Join us for a free oral presentation commemorating Black History Month about significant historical events in African-American life. 6 p.m.; www.como.gov.parksandrec Feb. 28

Chancellor’s Arts Showcase MISSOURI THEATRE

Don’t miss this annual celebration of the arts at Mizzou featuring outstanding student talent. 7 p.m.; $7; www.theatre.missouri.edu Feb. 29

Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run


“Leap” at the chance to enjoy the beauty and challenge of Grindstone Nature Area at this Leap Day 7K. All participants will receive a finisher item and post-race snack once they’ve completed the run. Maximum of 125 racers, and advance registration is required. 9 a.m.; $35; www.como.gov/parksandrec

Feb. 29

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine JESSE AUDITORIUM

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (NSOU) is one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Nominated for multiple Grammy awards, it has released more than 100 recordings. Classictoday.com raves the NSOU delivers “powerful, thrill-packed performances full of color and rhythmic excitement.” 7 p.m.; prices vary; www.concertseries.org

Save the date March 5-8

True/False Film Fest VARIOUS VENUES

Don’t miss Columbia’s annual cinematic celebration. The festival not only showcases documentaries by filmmakers from all over the world; it also showcases downtown Columbia with special T/F art installations, musical performances and events. Times and prices vary; www.truefalse.org March 11

“My Little Pony Live”

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laude McKay Love isn’t sure

Claude applies to MU without his fam-

back when everything goes wrong,”

what he’s doing in Columbia,

ily’s approval, to which Paul responds:

Grandma says — Claude needs to

Missouri. The protagonist of

“All they got in Missouri is barbecue

leave. He’s tired of being left. His

and guns and backward politics.”

parents both left him when he was

Gabriel Bump’s gut-punch of a debut novel, Everywhere You Don’t Belong,

That’s the kind of sting even the most

young. Most of his friends have faded

Claude knows nothing of Missouri. His

hard-hearted, homegrown Missourian

from his life or been sucked into the

world revolves around Chicago’s South

can’t help but chuckle to hear. Bump

violence of the South Side. In a basket-

Side — specifically Euclid Avenue,

employs this staccato, hyperbolic humor

ball cage, he’s beaten and hospitalized.

where Bump himself once spent his

with fine-tuned precision. It’s purpose-

At a friend’s party, he’s forced into a

mornings walking to the Jeffrey Local

fully eyebrow-raising; it’s so true it bites.

gladiator-like fighting match. These

bus stop, headphones in, mind miles

Despite Paul and Grandma’s insis-

episodes are somehow both upsetting

away. Raised by his grandmother and

tence that going to Columbia is the

and detached as Claude drifts from one

her beloved but troubled friend Paul,

wrong choice — “I’ll let you come right

year to the next.



Finally, as a young teenager, Claude


But Claude tries to escape, years

where his undergraduate thesis became

watches the South Side explode with

later, to Columbia. He arrives at MU

one of the early chapters of Everywhere.

riots, led by a local gang known as the

to study journalism and work at the

He later honed his witty, rhythmic voice

Redbelters. A black boy like Claude is

fictional student newspaper, The Prairie

for the jab-like sentences that make Ev-

shot and killed by police, and the

Executioner, where the eccentric faculty

erywhere so compact but overwhelming.

Redbelters respond with their own bul-

and staff want him to helm a “new

lets. Led by a towering figure named

diversity project.” Although the only

ography, but it is not divorced from

Big Columbus, the Redbelters and po-

other black student on staff points

reality. Bump wrote this story as an

lice clash in a scene all too reminiscent

out this is “messed up,” he begins to

amalgamation of his own observa-

of infamous real-life race riots.

work on the project and tries, slowly,

tions — the wake of President Obama’s

often unsuccessfully, to settle in at the

election, the aftermath of the Fergu-

school. But he craves Chicago, or rather

son protests — and sought his own

Claude, innocent and terrified and a stand-in for every kid in Chicago

The book is divorced from autobi-

“And there’s anger, yes, there’s anger,” Bump writes. “And that anger has to go away when you go to work or go to school or ride the bus or go to the grocery store or go to a movie downtown."

somehow caught in the middle,

the feeling of Chicago, the very place he

depiction of what his MU classmates

watches the streets turn apocalyptic.

swore “doesn’t want us.” When an old

called “Chiraq.” He wanted readers to

Fires roar, windows break and sirens

friend from childhood shows up at his

see the city as it really is: threatened by

drown out all sense.

dorm, he is swallowed back into love

violence but filled with everyday kids,

and heartbreak and danger.

riding the bus to school and trying to

“And there’s anger, yes, there’s anger,” Bump writes. “And that anger has

Bump’s poignant, practiced comedy

to go away when you go to work or go

serves as a foil, contrasting the pain of

Claude’s circumstances are extraor-

to school or ride the bus or go to the

Claude’s childhood with the everyday

dinary, but he is a heartbreakingly ordi-

grocery store or go to a movie down-

oddity of growing up. “I think drama

nary, average kid. He is lost and funny

town. And that anger has to go away

and humor work really well together,”

and floating, searching for home and

— if it doesn’t, how do you survive?

he explains. After spending two years

finding, maybe, unexpectedly, peace.

And there I was, that early afternoon,

at MU himself, Bump transferred to the

alone, feet stuck, unable to escape.”

School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

understand where they belong.







Justin Moore

weeks, making Zervas one of the first artists to ever do so before signing to a major label. The love song sounds like it could have been meant for pop-rapper Post Malone, although it’s almost

I’m sure a songwriter’s inspiration can come from anywhere.

too uptempo for Malone’s style. With such a quick rise, the next

For Justin Moore, it may just come from a random dinner at

step for the Maryland rapper is unknown at this point.

Applebee’s with your Mom. At least that’s the story behind this song. Evidently, Justin and his family were having dinner and Justin was “enjoying a few” drinks. After a couple (possibly, too many), his Mom turned to him and asked, “Why do you drink so


Kygo f. Whitney Houston

much?” Justin replied, “I didn’t know I shouldn’t.” A few years later that brief conversation turned into Justin’s

Remember that time Whitney Houston covered Steve Winwood’s

newest studio-to-radio release, which outlines all the reasons “Why

“Higher Love” in 1990? Probably not, as it was recorded for her

We Drink.” It’s doing pretty well on the charts so I guess he’s not the

third album, “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” but didn’t make the cut be-

only one who looks for any occasion to enjoy a few cocktails.

cause they didn’t want her to come across as a cover artist. However, she performed it during her Japan tour, and it was released


Arizona Zervas

as a bonus single in Japan only. Earlier this year, EDM (electronic dance music) DJ Kygo came across it, remixed it and debuted it live during New York’s Pride Week. Fans reacted, leading to the song’s rediscovery. It has now become Houston’s first posthu-

Is this internet age, artists are being discovered and soaring to

mous Top 10 hit, 30 years after it was originally recorded. In May,

the top of the charts before they ever get signed. Following in

her estate allowed access to Houston’s recordings, and an album

the footsteps of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” newcomer Arizona

of unreleased music is expected at some point in the future.

Zervas found quick success after self-releasing “ROXANNE” on Instagram. How quick? After its Oct. 9 release, it almost

Jamie Mac is the director of programming and new media for

instantly saw traction on popular video app TikTok, then Spo-

Zimmer Radio Group, which includes KCLR 99, Y107 FM and The

tify and soared to #1 on the streaming charts within just four

Wave. He has worked in radio for 12 years.


Inside Columbia


February 2020



Quick Cure: 5 Things That Could Always be Worse


How Local Music Venue Rose to Current Success


Beautiful Bracelets and Radiant Rings


If you have dry skin, try to include more avocados in your diet. They’re rich in vitamin E and monounsaturated fat, which both promote healthy skin. Avocados are great in salads and sandwiches, in guacamole and even in smoothies.



Envy Enders


IN TODAY’S AGE OF INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA, we’re constantly bombarded by images of airbrushed perfection and conspicuous consumption. Other people’s lives seem so ideal, it can sometimes make us feel less than happy with our own. That’s why it’s important to occasionally stop and take stock. Here’s a lighthearted look at five things that can help us remember it could always be worse:


Your name could be Alan Steven Smith or Sarah Lynn Ursula Trent, in which case your initials would spell out something pretty unfortunate. Just more proof that thoroughly thinking through monikers matters.


You could have invested everything you had in Google Glass, The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or Hoverboards. A good reminder that sometimes jumping on the “next hot thing” only gets you burned.


You could love the look of chic all-black outfits and all your pets could be long-haired white ones. Perhaps a sign to consider buying shares in a lint brush company?

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Your tattoo could be larger. Or in a more obvious place. Oh, those spontaneous “It seemed like a good idea at the time” decisions. You could have majored in Library Science or Metallurgical Engineering, which were both on last year’s list last of majors with the highest unemployment rates. Talk about getting schooled …







uilt on wooden pilings resembling an oceanfront fish shack, SOB — Shrimp, Oysters &

Beer — began in the 1970s as a restau-

playing to a succession of rave reviews. But the building had a flaw: only one tiny bathroom. Enter Blue Note impresario Richard

and his Texas Playboys. Blondie still shows up on old, grainy Bob Wills films. Forrest lent me the bass to play with the Mudbugs, a band he co-founded before

rant on the north edge of downtown

King and Glenn’s Café operator Steve

leaving to partner in a succession of

Columbia. The place quickly became a

Cupp, who gave the old roadhouse a

tasty musical projects.

magnet for college students in search

makeover, including modern bath-

of seafood.

rooms, and a new name: Mojo’s. That’s

rest’s favorite musical muse, a giant

when I first lugged a giant doghouse

fearsome doghouse bass that was his

perfect music roadhouse, the late Kenny

bass fiddle onto Mojo’s music stage, so

constant companion onstage. Fearsome?

Norman changed its name to Park Place

small it could fit on top of a backyard

Years ago, the bass fiddle needed a major

— named for its Park Avenue address

trampoline. The bass fiddle was named

repair, a neck straightening. Forrest

— and its mission morphed into an

Blondie, owned by Forrest Rose, who

instructed the luthier to crown the in-

intimate venue for touring musical acts,

inherited it somehow from Bob Wills

strument with the head of a cobra, fangs

But it didn’t last. Envisioning the


Blondie played second fiddle to For-


flared and eyes flashing, an appendage that was part icebreaker, part declaration of incandescence. That cobra-headed doghouse bass personified Forrest Rose in many ways. Both were towering figures that

took his last breath.


ancient Alexandria’s sunken library. Yet

A few years ago, friends of Forrest con-

all that knowledge would signify nothing

verted the small park next to Mojo’s into

if he didn’t share it in delicious slices of

Forrest Rose Park. They built a sturdy

humor and wit.

outdoor stage where the music flows. And Mojo’s, the old fish shack-turned-

In his own words and music, Forrest remains a virtuoso. Lucky for us, we

reverberated through any room with a

roadhouse? Now a new generation of

can consult his wit in one outstanding

steady beat, alternately subtle and stout,

college students call it The Rose. They

volume: Forrest Rose – A life in Words and

always sure. Forrest showed the sharpest

might not know the significance of the

Music. This collection of 73 columns and

insight this side of the Hubble telescope.

name. That’s okay. A rose is a rose.

73 minutes of music is compiled by the

Well-read. Well-spoken. A writer’s writer.

But if they want to dig a little deeper,

people who love him. And his observa-

He used that force to provoke thought.

Forrest left us volumes to ponder.

tions, like those of Twain or Mencken or

Even though he was younger than me,

His too-short lifespan of time-release

Woody Guthrie, are timeless.

I always strived to think as deeply and

capsules reveal a bit about himself, but

write as clearly as Forrest.

SOB. Park Place. Mojo’s. The Rose.

much more about life its ownself. His

The old shack on the fringe of down-

The early morning hours of March

appetite for life was superhuman. It’s

town serves up a soundtrack to the

20, 2005, began with a jolt. As the vernal

hard for a mortal to comprehend his

heartbeat of Columbia.

equinox kicked winter out the door, For-

breadth of knowledge. The only manu-

rest Rose plucked his last note from the

scripts he never read are entombed at

giant fearsome doghouse bass. Then he

the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, in

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Cardivascular Disease is the absolute, number one, leading cause of death in the United States. That statistic may scare you, but here's one that should put your mind at ease. The Missouri Heart Center is number one in central Missouri when it comes to the number of cardiovascular surgeries and TAVR procedures they have performed over the years.



Fr. Tolton Catholic High School 3351 E. Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201 573.445.7700 | www.toltoncatholic.org ABOUT ... Founded in 2011, Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia facilitates the growth of the whole student: spirit, heart, mind and body. Tolton Catholic serves 252 high school students of varying faith backgrounds from a 50-mile radius in mid-Missouri. The school is named for Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest in the United States, and currently a candidate for sainthood. Through smaller class sizes, a strong faith community and a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum, Tolton Catholic actively prepares students to serve others and become leaders for the 21st century. The school’s strong academic programs are supported by numerous Advanced Placement, dualcredit, and dual-enrollment offerings (87 percent of seniors are enrolled in at least one AP class). Students are also eligible to take electives at the Columbia Area Career Center. Founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, the

students are educated in Catholic theology and attend weekly Mass and annual faith retreats. Every student completes 80 hours of community service before graduation. Home of the Trailblazers, Tolton competes with 20 sanctioned sports teams and claims multiple state championships in both team and individual events. The school also offers numerous fine arts activities and clubs. Tolton's “house system” promotes involvement, leadership, service and school spirit (through several friendly competitions for “house points”) by blending students from all grades into smaller communities. As a relatively young school, students are actively involved in shaping the culture of the school for years to come and have many opportunities to blaze their own trail. Tolton Catholic offers tuition assistance based on financial need, merit-based named scholarships and multiple children discounts.

Bragging Rights


average ACT for Class of 2019


student to faculty ratio


Fun Fact 85 percent of students participate in at least one extracurricular activity. The Trailblazers have won team state championships in Boys Basketball, Girls Track and Field, Cheerleading and Dance and placed in numerous other sports.

students who apply to college are accepted



Heritage Academy

Missouri Military Academy

2900 Barberry Ave, Columbia, MO 65202 573.449.2252 | heritageacademyofcolumbia.com

204 N. Grand St. Mexico, Missouri 65265 573.581.1776 | missourimilitaryacademy.org

Heritage Academy exists to partner with Christian parents to prepare college worthy character witnesses for Jesus Christ. As a UniversityModel® School we offer unique opportunities to parents as they prepare their students for college and life. The Heritage Advantage combines the best of home with the best of school. Three distinctives set us apart from other K-12 options in the mid-Missouri area. Heritage Academy is Christian, College Preparatory, and Collaborative.

Since 1889, families from all over the world have looked to us to give their boys the structure, accountability and love they need to grow, compete and thrive — and ultimately become young men in full command of their lives. MMA’s small class sizes, individualized academic plans and block scheduling foster academic success. Qualifying cadets may earn an AA degree with high school diploma. Day and boarding school options available.

Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

5-7 pts

higher than national average ACT scores


student to teacher Ratio


college acceptance for class of 2019


athletic teams – all cadets participate

Christian Chapel Academy

Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School

3300 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203 573.874.2325 | cca-columbia.com

817 Bernadette Drive 573.445.6516 | www.ollisk8.org

We have been around since 1971 and offer a family environment where our principal knows every student’s name. We incorporate biblical teaching into every class and encourage students to be outspoken leaders who are grounded in their faith. Our preschool has art, music, library, PE and computer lab taught by specialist teachers. Our elementary/middle school offers volleyball, basketball, Lego robotics, orchestra, choir, praise and worship team, and Stem classes.

We offer a Catholic faith-based education that creates a loving community that forms the foundation for a strong academic program. Our students score above the national average on the ACRE test for Catholic education and consistently score above grade level expectations at the national and diocesan level. As MSHSAA members, we offer a variety of sports, and have an Academic Bowl team and Speech team, as well as numerous clubs including writing, chess and art.

Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights


growth for second year in a row



student to teacher ratio


student to faculty ratio


students actively involved in our sports program


Columbia Independent School 1801 N. Stadium Blvd. 573-777-9250 | wwwcislions.org ABOUT … Our current enrollment is 372, and we’ve been growing steadily each year for the past six years. This bucks a national trend — many independent schools are seeing stagnant growth or declining enrollment. Parents consistently tell us they choose our school for the individual attention our teachers provide. Overall, we have a 7:1 student to faculty ratio. We limit classes to 10 students per class in Junior Kindergarten, 16 in kindergarten, and 18 in most other grades. By keeping classes small, we can ensure students are known by their teachers and get the attention they deserve.

Bragging Rights


graduates accepted to four-year universities

Students are challenged every day, so they stay engaged in learning, and they are offered support where they need it. We offer a unique curriculum — modern language instruction, STEM education, character curriculum and music are offered to all students, JK through 12th grade. Starting in 7th grade, we offer soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, track, golf, tennis and cheerleading. Students also participate in Model UN, robotics club, geo bee, Science Olympiad, movie club and many others. We partner with parents to ensure students are kind, inquisitive learners who are prepared for college and life beyond.


average ACT score over past five years


class of 2020’s average ACT score

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The faces, spaces and objects that make us love our city. BY PEG GILL AND OLIVIA DESMIT • PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON


PEOPLE J’den Cox

Hometown hero J’den Cox easily captured Columbia’s heart with his winning moves on the wrestling mat, first for Hickman High School and then at the University of Missouri, where he was a three-time NCAA Division I national champion and four-time All-American. But he would go on to capture much more: a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and two consecutive World Champion titles. Cox is currently training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hank Waters

The Columbia Daily Tribune was the Waters’ family business, and Hank first worked as a paperboy before selling ads. He then served as the paper’s publisher for more than 44 years, before retiring from the position in 2010. Under his hand, the Tribune would win hundreds of state and national awards, and Waters himself would be inducted into the Missouri Press Association’s Hall of Fame. Perhaps even more impressive was his editorial output: He penned more than 18,000 daily editorials, fearlessly giving voice to countless important issues. Waters also made a name for himself as a civic leader and philanthropist.

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham might have moved from Columbia since her days playing basketball for the Tigers, but she is still considered a quintessential Columbian by everyone here. During her time at MU, the Columbia native became the school’s all-time leading scorer and was an AP All-American. She is currently a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Chris Gervino

Sportscaster Chris Gervino has been a fixture covering Columbia’s athletic action for more than 30 years. He graduated from Mizzou’s journalism school in 1988 and stuck around to cover the city’s sports scene. Gervino has served as sports director at KOMU 8 since January 2000; he anchors weeknight sportscasts and hosts “Sports Xtra with Chris Gervino” on Sunday nights. When it comes to sports of all sorts, he’s definitely got game.

Norm Stewart

During his 32-year tenure coaching Mizzou men’s basketball, Norm Stewart led the Tigers to eight Big 8 regular season championships and an impressive array of postseason performances. He earned coach of the year honors from both the UPI and AP and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. His passion on the sidelines earned him the nickname “Stormin’ Norman.” His passion and tenacity would serve him well later as he battled colon cancer. While his legacy on the court will never be forgotten, he and his wife, Virginia, will also be remembered for their tireless commitment and support in the fight against cancer — a fight evidenced by the Virginia and Norman Stewart Cancer Center at Boone Hospital. INSIDE COLUMBIA FEBRUARY 2020 49

PEOPLE Carl Edwards

A Columbia native, Carl Edwards graduated from Rock Bridge and briefly studied engineering at Mizzou before leaving to become a full-time stock car racing driver. He enjoyed a successful NASCAR career, retiring at the beginning of 2017 after more than 20 years. Edwards was known for his trademark move of celebrating victories with a backflip off his car. He lives in Columbia with his wife, a physician, and two children.

Gary Pinkel

The winningest head coach in the history of Missouri Tigers’ football, Gary Pinkel led the team from 2001 to 2015. He took the Tigers to 10 bowl games in 15 years, securing wins in six. Pinkel announced his retirement toward the end of 2015, as he prepared to tackle his toughest opponent ever: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He wanted to spend time with his family and focus on his fight. Treatment initially sent his cancer into remission, but Pinkel announced in mid-2019 that it had returned. That same year he founded the GP MADE Foundation to assist youths with physical, economic and social challenges.

Mary Anne McCollum

Mary Anne McCollum retains the distinction of having been Columbia’s only female mayor, serving from 1989 to 1995. Before becoming mayor, she served on a number of city boards and task forces and the city council. McCollum also served as the executive director of Associated Students of the University of Missouri, a student lobbying organization, and has volunteered with numerous nonprofits and community associations, including the Central Missouri Humane Society and Rainbow House. She’s currently secretary of the University of Missouri Flagship Council PAC.

Almeta Crayton

Darwin Hindman

Here at Inside Columbia, we covered Mayor Hindman and his vision for the community for decades. Our relationship with him stretches back to his initial election campaign in 1995. He even won Best Elected Official/Public Servant in our annual Best of Columbia contest in 2010. He was known for advocating changes that promoted healthier lifestyles such as opening new parks, preserving trails and making Columbia more bicycle-friendly. He was a driving force behind the development of the ARC, Flat Branch Park, Stephens Lake Park and the MKT Trail. Hindman passed away in 2019 at age 86.


When she was elected in 1999 to represent the First Ward, Almeta Crayton became Columbia’s first black city councilwoman. She would retain that position until her defeat in 2008. Crayton devoted much of her life to service in Columbia, working to make our community safer for youths and better for those who were less economically fortunate. In 1997 she started the community event “Everybody Eats!” to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Crayton passed away in 2013, and today her son, Tyrone, continues to hold the event in her honor.

Jim Riek

Jim Riek originally hit Missouri’s broadcast airwaves on the radio in Jefferson City as a high school senior. He would later switch to TV — and also switch from sports reporting to news. He’s been anchoring evening newscasts at KOMU 8 since 1997, and scores of viewers count on him to keep them in the know. Speaking of scores, Riek’s love of sports never really left him: He’s an avid golfer and married Jack Nicklaus’ first cousin, Linda.


The Burney Sisters

Indie/folk/pop sister duo the Burney Sisters first appeared on Columbia’s music scene a few years ago when they began busking downtown. Since then, Olivia Burney and younger sister Emma have gained a devoted fan following, released two EPs and twice taken the stage at Roots N Blues N BBQ. Last year’s show schedule took them throughout Missouri, including St. Louis, to Iowa and into Illinois, including Chicago.

PLACES Jesse Hall, The Columns & Francis Quadrangle

Constructed in 1895, Jesse Hall was originally the “New Academic Hall” after the original burned down in 1892, leaving only the columns behind. The hall was later renamed after MU President Richard Henry Jesse and now serves as an administrative building. After surviving the Academic Hall fire of 1892, the Columns were the last standing reminder. Today they serve as landmarks on MU’s campus, and the annual Tiger Walk through the Columns signals the beginning of students’ college experiences.

Faurot Field

Faurot Field and Memorial Stadium first opened in 1926 and since then have had multiple additions, including the South End Zone complex in 2019. Today, the seating capacity for the stadium is around 61,000, but on past occasions more than 75,000 people have attended games at Faurot Field.

Booches Billiard Hall

Don’t expect any frills — or even plates — at this Columbia staple. Their beloved burgers are served on squares of wax paper that need no embellishment. Sports Illustrated named Booches the best college town food in 2019, and locals completely agree; they even have their own language here — order chili by asking for a “bowl of red.”

Cooper’s Landing

A favorite relaxation spot for college students, professionals and hobbyists alike, Cooper’s Landing offers an oasis right in Columbia — you don’t have to go far to be in a whole new world. Camp, boat or just hang out at the marina and soak up the sunshine glinting off the Missouri River.


PLACES The Candy Factory

For more than 40 years, The Candy Factory has been providing Columbians with chocolate confections. It is perhaps most well-known for its chocolate-covered strawberries, which are most popular this month. But The Candy Factory exists outside of Valentine’s Day and has a wide variety of candies, chocolates and gifts for any occasion — or for no occasion at all.

Alley A

Nestled between Broadway and Cherry Street lies an alley — traditionally a place to store garbage — home to some of Columbia’s best coffee, beer and Asian cuisine (Shortwave, Günter Hans and Kampai). In 2019, two butterfly murals along with the words “kindness changes everything” were added to the alley.

Mugs Up

Somewhat of a hidden gem, this seasonal standout at 603 Orange St. typifies the best of an old-school drive-in, offering the ultimate in nostalgic noshing. The refreshing house-made root beer — a more mellow take on the almost jarring carbonation of many other versions of the standard soda — Zip burgers and other classic drive-in fare keep Columbians coming back for more.

Broadway Diner

Whether you’re looking for a late-night snack or an early morning treat, Broadway Diner offers it all in a classic location with retro décor. When it first opened in 1938, it was known as the Minute Inn and was located on Broadway. It was renamed and relocated to its Fourth Street location in 1989. Still kicking after more than 60 years, it’s a popular spot on weekend mornings, so be sure to get there early.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

The park originally began as a memorial for Lew Stoerker’s daughter, Carol, who died in a car accident in 1961. It only became a state park after more than 15 landowners agreed to sell their land and countless community members, organizations and businesses raised enough money buy the land. The two caves located along the Devil’s Icebox Trail, Devil’s Icebox and Connor’s Cave, offer something unique, including a habitat for organisms such as the pink planarian flatworm, which is found nowhere else on earth, and two federally endangered bat species. In order to protect the bats, Devil’s Icebox cave has been closed since 2010, but Connor’s Cave, which is located just downstream, is open and provides the same wild character, with the perk of being novice-friendly. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and pair of waterproof boots!


The Missouri Theatre As the only remaining pre-Depression era movie theater and vaude-

ville stage still standing in central Missouri, the Missouri Theatre draws locals and travelers alike. The theater’s design is modeled after the Paris Opera House and features ornate details such as stainedglass art panels and an Italian chandelier. Operas, plays and other performances are regularly held, including The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine this year.

Ernie’s Cafe & Steak House

Multiple generations have dined at Ernie’s since it opened in 1934. And although it’s changed hands several times, not much else has. You can still get the Chopped Cow, a favorite of “Dick Tracy” cartoonist Chester Gould. Gould’s daughter went to Stephens College in the 1940s, and Gould was such a fan that he gave the eatery an original drawing that still graces the wall there.

PLACES Chances are if you enjoy music, you’ve been to The Blue Note. Up-and-comers such as Dillon Scott and big stars such as Chance the Rapper have performed at this Ninth Street venue. The Summerfest series, an outdoor concert event that runs from April through October, regularly features artists such as Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne.


The Blue Note

Logboat Brewing Co.

Since opening its doors in 2014, Logboat has been a destination for anyone looking for a local brew, some fresh air and Columbia’s food truck scene. The perfect Logboat day involves a few of your favorite brews — try the Snapper, an American IPA; Bobber, an unfiltered pale German lager; or Shiphead, an American wheat with ginger and citrus flavors — and add in a sandwich from Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. and quality time with friends in the park.

Dryer’s Shoes

Still operating in its original location after 64 years, Dryer’s motto of “Your footwear fix since ’56” couldn’t ring more true. This legacy business has helped countless Columbians put their best foot forward for decades by offering high-quality footwear, current styles and unparalleled customer service you just won’t find at bigger stores or online.

Stephens Lake Park

With 116 acres, Stephens Lake Park is a treasured recreation destination in CoMo. When the weather cooperates, winter offers a chance to skate or sled. Plus, the walking trails are open all year long. In summer, enjoy the swimming beach or soak up some fun at the spraygrounds. And, of course, the park plays host to two of Columbia’s most anticipated annual outdoor festivals: Roots N Blues N BBQ and Art in the Park.

Columbia Art League

Founded in 1959, the Columbia Art League (CAL) has been supporting artists and showcasing their works for more than half a century. Exhibitions change several times a year, with most of the displayed works available for sale, including jewelry, ceramics, fiber art and more. CAL also offers art classes for children and adults and hosts the annual Art in the Park festival the first weekend in June.

Maplewood Barn Theatre

The original theater began in 1973 with the forming of the Maplewood Barn Theatre Committee. It operated out of a 96-yearold barn in what is Nifong Park, but on April 5, 2010, a fire consumed the barn, along with most of the theater’s costumes, props and set pieces. The barn was rebuilt, and in 2012 the new building opened. Upcoming productions include “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Buck’s Ice Cream

Buck’s Ice Cream, in Eckles Hall on MU’s campus, first opened in 1989 when MU graduates Wendell and Ruth Arbuckle returned to campus after successful careers in the ice cream industry eager to give back to their alma mater. Tiger Stripe, Buck’s most popular flavor, was created in 1992 by Robert Marshall and Professor Dean Shelley, who wanted to create an ice cream unique to MU. After some trial and error — licorice and orange sherbet do not taste good together — the Tiger Stripe known and loved today was created.

The Key

The distinctive and iconic keyhole-shaped sculpture that acts as a main portal to City Hall was installed in mid-2010. Designed by New Mexico artist Howard Meehan, it includes images of local landmarks, and significant citizens such as Mary Paxton Keeley and John William “Blind” Boone, against a backdrop of local historical maps. It is built of structural steel and glass and illuminated with LED lighting.

Katy Trail

Beloved by bikers, hikers, runners, dog walkers and nature lovers of all sorts, the Katy Trail is the old route of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas rail line (M-K-T, or “Katy” for short). The trail is the country’s longest recreational rail trail, spanning 237 miles (386 kilometers), and stretches across most of the state of Missouri. More than half its length follows Lewis and Clark’s path up the Missouri River.



Columbia Farmers Market

Since it was first organized in 1980, the Columbia Farmers Market has grown into one of the best places to get fresh produce, baked goods and more, with more than 80 vendors each week. In 2019, the market moved to the MU Healthcare Pavilion at the Columbia Agriculture Park, where vendors can now sell their products in the same marketplace year-round.

Flat Branch Brewery

Hall Theatre

to wait; but don’t worry, it’s worth it.

unanimously agree the historic Hall Theatre should remain standing.

Rose Music Hall


Serving Columbians since 1994, Flat Branch continues to be one of the most popular local spots for drinks, dinner and patio dining. But Flat Branch Brewery started much earlier: It was Columbia’s first brewery in 1841. The current-day restaurant/brewery is housed in what was a Hudson car dealership in the 1920s. The patio attracts locals and college students alike during nice weather, so be prepared

Shrimp, Oysters & Beer; Park Place; Mojo’s; Rose — it’s a music hall that has gone by many names, but what has persisted is its draw for both performers and listeners. Check out artists such as Randall King and Dylan LeBlanc this year.

Sharp End

The historic black business district in downtown Columbia might no longer physically exist, but thanks to its heritage committee, its roots still do. Sharp End was a community that drew people from outside of Columbia to its businesses, restaurants and spirit. In 1959, Columbia executed an urban renewal plan that replaced Sharp End with parking and public housing. A historical plaque on Walnut Street commemorates the memories many Columbians cherish from this district.


Located on Ninth Street is what some remember as a Panera Bread until it closed in 2013, but the history of the Hall Theatre goes back much further. It first opened its doors in 1916, and it had a successful 55-year run offering a variety of productions, from mystery war drama to vaudeville performances. Since the Panera Bread closed, the building has remained empty. Although its future is uncertain, Columbians

As one of the most established restaurants in Columbia, Murry’s continues to be one of the most popular spots for lunch, dinner and live jazz. Since its inception in 1985, Murry’s has stuck to its mission: Keep it simple, and keep it good. The eclectic menu features local favorites such as Brock’s Pepper Rings and the steak sandwich. Dessert offerings rotate, but the gooey butter cake alone makes it worth a visit.

Shakespeare’s Pizza

Serving Columbians hot slices of ’za since 1973, Shakespeare’s is one of the most Columbia things to exist; in December, Barstool Sports visited as part of its Pizza Review series. While its pizza is great, its eclectic décor — think “Liquor, Guns & Ammo” signs — and washcloth napkins set it apart. The Masterpiece pizza, won the “Good Morning America” Best Bites Challenge: College Edition in 2010.

THINGS THINGS Columbia Culinary Tours

After going on culinary tours while traveling with her husband, Columbia native Kerri Linder wanted to bring the concept to her hometown, founding Columbia Culinary Tours in 2014. Four years later, Jim and Tina McNeil took over the business. The tours combine local flavor with historical tidbits for a fun and memorable way to savor the best of our city. A variety of tour options are available, including private ones.


Columbia’s annual cinematic celebration of documentary films debuted in 2004 as the brainchild of co-founders David Wilson and Paul Sturtz. Held at various venues, including Ragtag Cinema and The Blue Note, the fest features films and filmmakers from around the world. With events and parties, art installations, panel discussions, music and more, it transforms downtown Columbia into a teeming movie mecca. This year, True/False will be March 5-8.

Roots N Blues N BBQ

Hard to imagine, but this music fest was first held downtown in 2007 as a free promotional event to celebrate what was then Boone County National Bank’s 150-year anniversary. The fest moved to its current location at Stephens Lake Park in 2013. Held in the early fall, it draws top-notch artists — including plenty of big names — from all genres of American roots music such as the blues. This year the fest will be Oct. 2-4.

MU Tigers

The Mizzou Tigers have been around since the Civil War era. The tiger symbol actually came from the Fightin’ Tigers, a group of militiamen who protected the Columbia area. Truman the Tiger got his name from former President Harry Truman in 1984, thanks to the suggestion of a student.

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream

Sparky’s might be better known by its quirky paintings than its ice cream — but some of their flavors come pretty close. One particularly cicada-prolific year, they had insect-flavored ice cream. Other interesting flavors in recent years include candied bacon, Boone Olive Oil Blueberry Balsamic and many more! Sparky’s also has some booze-filled options such as a Guinness Float.

Show-Me Sauce

Local legend has it that Columbia veterinarian Dr. Harry Berrier made his first batch of this sweet, smoky barbecue sauce in his bathtub. Created in the early 1960s, Show-Me amazingly doesn’t spoil or need to be refrigerated. Its brand of liquid smoke is distilled, with no carcinogens, and the sauce has no added fillers or preservatives.



Art in the Park

This two-day art festival founded in 1958 is the oldest and largest in mid-Missouri. Artists sell work ranging from ceramics to paintings, fiber and glass to wood and sculpture. Every year, 110 artists and 12,000 people attend the event, typically held during the first full weekend of June. The 2020 dates are June 2-4.

Tigers on the Prowl

This local 501(c)(3) charity was founded by Chuck Crews in an effort to fundraise while also producing unique Columbia art — think a tiger sculpture painted with elements of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” In the event’s first year in 2014, 10 local Columbia businesses and charities each teamed up with one of 10 local artists and created the first 10 tigers. In the years since, Tigers on the Prowl has raised more than $600,000 for local charities.

The Catacombs/ North Village Arts

Below Artlandish Gallery on Walnut Street lies what Columbians refer to as the Catacombs. A series of galleries, Fretboard Coffee, Shear Soul and more are all connected by colorful catacomb-like tunnels. Once a month, galleries in the North Village Arts District keep their doors open late for First Fridays.


Task Force 1

Missouri Task Force One is managed by the Boone County Fire Protection District under an agreement with the State Emergency Management Agency. It’s one of 28 Urban Search and Rescue teams in the United States. The task force is designed to assist local emergency agencies facing a disaster response, both in-state and out-of-state. Its most recent out-of-state deployment occurred this past September, when 52 task force members deployed to Florida and South Carolina for nine days in response to Hurricane Dorian.

Boone County Brown

One of Bur Oak Brewing Company’s original three offerings, this American brown ale has been around since 2013. Available on tap or in cans, it’s a rich brown ale, with a roasted malt character and notes of chocolate and coffee. No wonder so many of its devotees like to down a Brown.


The Candy Factory

s ’ e n i t n e l a V t s e ever B The scoop on gifts, dinner and date ideas.


don’t remember what year it began. I just know that the strawberries were big and juicy and covered in chocolate. They were perfect, thus contributing to my perfect Valentine’s Day. Over the years, my husband has continued to treat me to strawberries dipped in chocolate from The Candy Factory in downtown CoMo. He’s occasionally brought chocolate-covered

BY DIANA LAMBDIN MEYER | PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON goodies from elsewhere, but I guess the heavenly yum that appears on my face is not as strong as it is when the strawberries come from The Candy Factory. Whether going the traditional or nontraditional route, this is the time of year when the little guy in a diaper with a bow and arrow ramps up the pressure to get it right. Fortunately, mid-Missouri has many options, from deeply romantic to a little

silly and certainly a bit out-of-the-box. So, don’t succumb to the pressure of perfection. Don’t let the little diapered guy take the buzz out of your special day. It is special, after all, simply because we have friends and lovers to share it with. And we have several great places in midMissouri that will put glitter and icing on the memories of this special day.


Where to Eat

Cherry Street Cellar


New ownership at Cherry Street Cellar, 505 Cherry St., last summer makes dinner at this fine dining restaurant fresh and exciting. Owners are husband-and-wife team Daniel and Ali Bauer. She is the chef and has balanced out the menu with more land-based fare, without eliminating much of the seafood that the former Cherry Street Bistro was known for. Oysters continue to be one of the more popular menu items, highlighted by the addition of more French and Italian wines than was previously available. The Bauers are excited about the expansion of their craft cocktail menu and plan a few special drinks throughout Valentine’s week. From Feb. 1-13, the restaurant will ofer unique oyster flights. Guests can choose from raw or cooked fresh East and West coast oysteres. Chris McDonnell at Chris McD’s also comes up with a few fun cocktails that involve a chocolate and Bordeaux cherry martini, as well as champagne by the glass specials, for the Valentine’s menu. But this fresh-from-scratch kitchen at 1400 Forum Boulevard relies heavily on local suppliers so the Valentine’s menu will be set just a few days before you and your special date arrive. Open just four nights a week (Wed. – Sat.) Chris McD’s is always an intimate destination for a romantic dinner. Think of the Barred Owl Butcher & Table, 47 E. Broadway, as two options in one for Valentine’s Day. If you are comfortable in the kitchen and want to show your affection via your own culinary skills, the Barred Owl Butcher Shop can help you choose just the right cut of steak, artisan cheeses and sausages, some fresh baked bread and wine. But if that’s a little overwhelming, the Barred Owl Table is the ideal setting for a romantic lunch or dinner. If Valentine’s Day is a bit too busy for your taste, then CC’s City Broiler special is for you. From Feb. 2 to Feb. 16 (excluding Feb.14), get a four-course Valentine’s dinner for two with shrimp cocktail, salad, filet mignon and fried lobster, wine and dessert for only $100.

What to gift With Valentine’s Day on a Friday this year, spread out the love by sending flowers earlier in the week. If your Valentine works in a traditional office setting, everyone in the office will enjoy the blooms for days. But show some love to local florists by avoiding many of the online outlets unless you are certain you’re talking to a local florist. Take the time to visit a local florist, seeing the actual flowers that will make up your arrangement and picking out something special in a vase or a gift item to accompany the flowers. At Allen’s Flowers, 401 S. Providence, owner Sandra Ferguson has a gift line that complements a floral bouquet beautifully. Choose a gift basket of candles, soaps and lotions. Allen’s Flowers carries the Magnolia Home line made popular by Joanna and Chip Gaines on HGTV, so come in and peruse the variety. Manager Tina Bradley anticipates the “Be My Love” bouquet to be a top seller this year. With a warm red vase, white lilies and carnations snuggle up with red roses and red carnations to create a visually stunning vase and aromatic presence. White lilies and roses make up the “Dreams from the Heart” bouquet or brighten up the winter with a bit of evergreen tucked in with the flowers in the beautiful “Silver Snow” bouquet. Columbia is blessed to be home to nearly a dozen independent florists, as well as the efforts of students in Tiger Garden and area grocery stores. There’s much to choose from, and an independent florist will help you make the right choice.

Break the Mold! One of the sexiest scenes in the movie “Ghost,” with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze is when they work the pottery wheel, oozing their fingers in and out of each other’s grasp as they create a … well, they never did finish that pot, did they? Plan a visit to The Mud Room, 111 S. Ninth St., for a unique gift created from your heart and hands. Here you can make your own vessel, be it a coffee mug or flower vase or something in between,

or you can choose a pre-made object and simply paint it in whatever design you like. If you’re making something ahead of time to have wrapped for gift-giving, plan on about a week after you painted to pick it up. Or make the visit to The Mud Room a part of your Valentine’s activities. Manager Courtney Hawk says there’s plenty of room, so no need to make a reservation, even on Valentine’s Day. Work together with your valentine to create something beautiful. Isn’t that what love is all about?

One-of-a-kind Ideas The term “one-of-a-kind gift” is something thrown about way too often this time of year, but that’s what you’ll get at Poppy, 920 E. Broadway. Liz Tucker does not offer two of a kind of anything in the shop. Well, maybe duplicates in the lovely selection of soaps and candles, but the jewelry and clothing items are all unique and made by local Missouri artisans. But even better for the person who really struggles with the demands of shopping, Liz Tucker and her staff will take you by the hand, ask a few questions, show you a few options and voilà, it’s amazing how perfect your Valentine’s gift will be. Almost every weekend, Poppy has a fun workshop of some kind that’s also a great option to make something special or spend special time with your girlfriends. With more than 250 scents to choose from, Make Scents, 25 S. Ninth St., is an option for aromatic gift-giving. Among the more popular items that customers carry out the door are “White Tea,” “Himalaya” and “Chinese Rain,” but the combinations and options are as limitless and unique as your valentine. How about a champagne fragrance? Or any type of flower that you can think of? Make Scents carries a CBD line, but it doesn’t have a fragrance. More than just colognes and perfumes, Make Scents carries body washes, massage oils, room sprays and more. “We are a perfect destination for the last-minute gift giver because it literally takes us seconds to mix your product,” says owner Christina Kelley. “The timeconsuming part is for you to make the

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decision in what will be the perfect scent for your valentine.” The Tin Roof, 108 Corporate Lake Drive, is another place where lots of things smell good, but these also glitter and share cheerful messages perfect for girlfriends, co-workers and more. Nicole Morris hopes you’ve asked for anything monogrammed prior to Feb. 1, or it’s just not going to happen this year. But take a look at the selection of popcorn for guys and co-workers, the plant-based Mangiacotti Bath and Body line for women and the Happy Everything line for everybody who makes you happy throughout the year. You can never go wrong with a gift from Bluestem Missouri Crafts. They’ve perfected the art of gift-giving in 36 years in business at 13 S. Ninth St. Representing more than 400 Missouri artists and a few artists from the eight neighboring states, Bluestem is another destination with numerous one-of-a-kind offerings, including jewelry, some clothing, pottery and wood products. This Valentine’s Day, the partners at Bluestem are excited to offer carved wooden hearts by Columbia’s own Nick Spaeder. Shaping local woods, he uses the grain of the wood as a guide as he creates a perfect heart. Some include gemstones or turquoise, with a price range from $25 to $75. There are hundreds more artists as talented as Spaeder represented in the Bluestem collection. Browse until you find the right thing for your valentine or for yourself. Bluestem staff provides free gift wrapping.

Go Traditional with Chocolate


The Candy Factory, 701 Cherry St., has been making Valentine’s Day special for more than 45 years. In all of these years, they’ve perfected the art of hand-crafting chocolates fresh every day and getting people in and out of the door without a long wait. Mike Atkinson is the second generation of his family to make custom chocolate by hand since 1974, so he and his staff have Valentine’s Day down to an art form.

In addition, they have a wide selection of gift cards, scented candles and plenty of soaps and body care items. You might also find a special piece of jewelry or some other unique gift here. With Valentine’s Day on a Friday this year, it might be nice to get a head start by purchasing a few days early. However, the chocolate-dipped strawberries and other fruit will last just a day or two in the refrigerator. Talk to Mike and his staff. They’ll help you make the right choice. Make a CoMo tradition a part of your perfect Valentine’s Day.

For Galentine’s Day If you’re a girl of a certain age in midMissouri and you have girlfriends of a certain age, Plume has surely been on your radar since it opened more than six years ago. Located at 5751 S. Route K near Rock Bridge High School, Plume is all about girlfriends and the creative energy that comes from more than two dozen talented women. Spend your Valentine’s eve or evening surrounded by other women in one of the many workshops that fill Plume’s calendar throughout the year. Each evening of Feb. 13, 14 and 15, adult girlfriends can join others in a felt flower workshop that will create a menu board for home. It’s a 2½-hour workshop that fills early, so organize your girlfriends right away to reserve a seat. Most Valentine’s Days in recent years, Plume has promoted its lavishly decorated cupcakes as a sweet treat for anyone. Unfortunately, the kitchen is undergoing a major remodel, so cupcakes are out. But popcorn is still in, as well as chocolatecovered croissants and macarons from Frenchy Treats. (Read more on page 102.)

What to do A VALENTINE’S PICNIC Admittedly, this is not for everyone, but if your valentine is all about the outdoors, get away from the crowd and enjoy the romantic solitude of a picnic in the snow at Stephens Lake Park. With so much natural beauty at the park after a fresh dusting of snow covers the

trees, a picnic just might be the unexpected experience to make this Valentine’s Day a special memory. The Collins Shelter has a built-in firepit where you can toast marshmallows or make s’mores while enjoying some hot cider from Gerbes. Consider a small Sterno can and fondue pot for cheese or chocolate. The parks department provides the firewood if you reserve in advance, but you’ll need to bring a fire starter and matches. Seriously, make a list or you’ll forget matches. Bring a tarp and throw it on the ground before covering with your favorite blanket. Yes, this will be a memorable Valentine’s Day, as long as the weather cooperates. If the weather has been cold enough and the ice measures at least 4 inches thick, it’s possible to go skating, hand in hand, on Stephens Lake, too. HIT THE ROAD With Valentine’s Day on the eve of the weekend, it’s possible to take the romance on the road for a nice weekend getaway. How long has it been since you’ve been to Fulton? Just 20 minutes away, the history, the entertainment and the fabulous restaurants make this a low-key yet satisfyingly romantic destination. The Loganberry Inn is more than a fabulous bed-and-breakfast where the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Bernie Sanders have rested their heads. It’s one of the best places to have a romantic dinner anywhere in mid-Missouri. The Romance Package includes wine, cheese, chocolate-covered strawberries and red roses. Another package offers inroom massages. Another option is a foot massage. Oh, sign me up! Check out the choices at www.loganberryinn.com. Take a stroll through the Brick Street District, wandering in and out of the gift and coffee shops. If you choose to dine out, you’ll not find a better option than Beks on Court Street. With hand-crafted desserts and a bar for all delights, you’ll feel that you and your valentine have traveled to a city far from central Missouri. Chris McD’s INSIDE COLUMBIA FEBRUARY 2020 61


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Like most people, you probably want to leave something behind for your loved ones and possibly to some charitable organizations. In other words, you want to create a legacy. But how? To leave the legacy you want, you need to construct a comprehensive estate plan. There’s not a “onesize-fits-all” model for everyone, but these are the key elements of most estate plans:

name someone to manage your finances should you become incapacitated. This is an especially important document for any individual who doesn’t have a spouse to step in. Health care directive – If you become incapacitated, your health care directive can provide instructions for your health care (a living will) and name a person to make medical decisions on your behalf (a health care proxy). These documents can be valuable if your family disagrees about your care.

Beneficiary designations – Beneficiary designations

are typically found on retirement accounts (such as your 401(k) and IRA) and life insurance policies. In many states, beneficiary designations may also be added to banking and brokerage accounts, where they are referred to as Pay on Death or Transfer on Death designations. These designations can supersede the instructions on your will – yet nearly twothirds of Americans have not designated beneficiaries for any of their accounts, according to the recent Leaving a Legacy survey commissioned by Edward Jones. Even if you have designated beneficiaries for your 401(k) and other accounts, you may need to revise them periodically in response to changes in your life – marriage, divorce, new child, etc. Will – A will, sometimes referred to as a last will and testament, can help ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. And if you have young children, a will can name a guardian if something happens to you and your spouse. Trusts – A trust provides you with even greater control than a will. You can dictate exactly how and when your beneficiaries receive the trust’s assets, so, for example, if you’d prefer that your grown children not inherit a large sum at once, you can specify that they will get the money over a period of years. And a trust may help your estate avoid the time-consuming, expensive and public process of probate, reducing or eliminating the possibility of intrafamily fights over your assets. Power of attorney – A power of attorney lets you

Even after you’ve created your estate plan, you may need to adjust it to accommodate changes in your financial assets, your family relationships, your association with charitable groups, and so on. Plus, you’ll need to be aware of changes in tax laws that could affect your plans. In any case, it’s essential that you communicate your wishes to your family. Just 49% of beneficiaries are confident they know how to carry out the estate plan of a loved one, according to the Leaving a Legacy survey. Here’s one more suggestion: Get professional help. Your financial advisor can assist you with the investment-related aspects of your estate plan and work with your team of professionals, including an attorney, who can help you create the necessary documents – will, living trust, health care directive, etc. – and a tax advisor, who can provide information on tax aspects of estate assets, among other issues. An estate plan can be a big gift to your loved ones – so take action soon. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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publisher’s note W elcome to the first issue of B oom! that incorporates I n sid e C ol umb ia magazine with the best of B oom! We’re excited to unveil this new content to I n sid e C ol umb ia . It’s a win-win for both publications. Our flagship publication is now being distributed to four counties: Boone, Cole, Cooper and Callaway. And B oom! is reaching a brand-new audience as well. Combining these two publications will strengthen our editorial product while also providing advertisers with an expanded group of readers.

B oom! readers will continue to have access to a variety of rich content such as Pet Portrait, Grandkids, Travel and features focusing on the interests of active adults over 55 years old. This month’s feature highlights eight spectacular museums right here in our backyard. Did you know Sedalia hosts an impressive museum of modern art called the The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art? Works by such well-known artists as Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams are in the collection. If you’re interested in antique motorcars and motorbikes, you’ll love the Mitchell Antique Motorcar Museum in Boonville. And, if you haven’t seen the new The State Historical Society of Missouri, Center for Missouri Studies, you’ll relish the architecture and an inspiring first-floor art gallery. As Valentine’s Day approaches, and love is in the air, it inspired us to round up a travel destination that is perfect for a romantic getaway. While it may be too late to arrange for this Feb. 14, use this romantic idea anytime for honeymoons, vow renewals and anniversaries. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we loved creating it.

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good 73 Pet Portrait

Diego shares bond with William Woods’ president.

good life 74 Grandkids

Trips to treasure with your family.

87 Money

Tips for saving for your grandkids’ education.

91 Travel

Rediscovering Big Cedar: the perfect Valentine getaway.

feature 78 Extraordinary Finds

8 museums you won’t want to miss.

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r. Jahnae H. Barnett has been president of William Woods University since 1990. “My entire career has been dedicated to higher education, beginning when I started teaching at Northwest Mississippi Junior College at the ripe old age of 20!” she says. Four years later she and her husband Eddie moved to Missouri where he was working for the governor and she joined the Missouri Department of Planning (now DESE). Two years later, in 1973, she joined the faculty at William Woods and has been there ever since — 47 years and counting! Although Barnett may be a big dog at her university, it’s a small dog who has her heart at home: Diego, a 5-year-old Morkie. “The Morkie is a mixed breed dog,” she says. “A cross between the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier breeds. Small, energetic and super silly, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both their parents.” She acquired Diego from Mike Wills, director of residential life and campus safety at William Woods. He had sent her a photo of the little pup when he first got him for his children. When she saw the picture Barnett said, “If for any reason this does not work out, I want that little dog! Cutest thing ever!” As her luck would have it, Mike’s children needed a much larger dog for playing tag, ball and general roughhousing so he called her. “I said YES, and the rest is history,” she laughs. The match almost seemed preordained — she and Diego share the same birthday. Barnett says Diego is the perfect companion and has more American Airline miles than most people. In describing him she says he’s fiercely protective, always one step behind me, loves all people, and has a special bond with my 19-year-old Ragdoll cat, Sake.” BOOM MAGAZINE 73



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Fun, Educational Trips Kids and Grandparents Will Love


etting away for a winter vacation is an excellent way for families to bond and rejuvenate. But working in a vacation over a school break can sometimes pose a challenge. So, know the factors to consider before taking your grandkids out of school. Then, if you do decide to go, find an educational destination to make the most of your kids’ time away from class. Winter is the only time of year some families can travel because of work vacation policies. Travel during peak season is also unaffordable for many families. So, going during the school year is



sometimes the only option. But parents often feel torn over the decision to take their kids out of school for a few days. There’s much debate among parents and educators over the practice. The best approach is to weigh out the pros and cons as they relate to your family. First, find out if your grandchild’s school permits it. Some schools do have policies against parents taking kids out of school for vacations or trips. More often, though, teachers and administrators may frown on it, but not have a policy against it. Usually, school administration and teachers are willing to work with students

and their families. Teachers may provide homework in advance of the trip or arrange a makeup schedule for missed work. Talk to your grandchild’s school and teachers well in advance so a workable plan is in place. Another factor to consider is how your grandchild is doing in school. If he or she is maintaining As and Bs without too much effort, a few days off school probably won’t hurt. But if your grandchild struggles in one or more subjects, it may be di cult for him or her to catch up. Also, contemplate the type of trip you want to take. If your travels will include educational oppor-

tunities, it’s much easier to justify. Historical sites, science and art museums and experiencing other cultures are great learning opportunities. These can offer kids deeper understanding and appreciation than reading from textbooks, listening to classroom lectures and doing rote work. On the other hand, a vacation that lacks any educational opportunity may weigh more heavily on your conscience. Finally, find out how your grandchild feels about missing school for a trip. Are there any school events your kids will miss that are important to them? If so, try to plan around the events.




Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long trip, consider the following fun, educational destinations. NEW YORK CITY The Big Apple is loaded with family-friendly activities year-round. At Discovery Times uare you’ll find displays of large interactive traveling exhibits the whole family will enjoy. The theater and performancebased Toy Museum of New York is also sure to enthrall. NYC is home to other museums, as well, including the New York Hall of Science and Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Also, don’t forget to check event listings for a family Broadway show. WASHINGTON D.C. Visit the Supreme Court of the United States and listen to oral arguments open to the public. You’ll also want to get a close-up view of the White House and other federal buildings. The enormous Smithsonian has many art, science and history museums. You can also tour President Lincoln’s cottage where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. Then visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate along the Potomac River. SAVANNAH, GEORGIA Old Fort Jackson is a fun, family adventure where you can watch live cannon firings and weapons demonstrations. You’ll also want to check out the Savannah Children’s Museum. Downtown Savannah, the largest urban historic district in America, offers trolley and horsedrawn carriage tours of this fascinating town. You can

also visit Tybee Island, just 18 miles away, and explore its art, history and culture. NEW ORLEANS If your kids like winged creatures and creepy crawly things, they’ll be in heaven at the udubon Butter y Garden and Insectarium. A bayou kayak tour is another fun way to expend some energy if you have older kids. New Orleans also has a family-friendly jazz venue, Preservation Hall. At the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, kids can get creative with hands-on art projects designed for families. There’s also the National World War II Museum, Louisiana Children’s Museum, historic Jackson Square and more. THE FOUR CORNERS This favorite western travel destination is loaded with history, culture and nature exploration. The adjoining four corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah is often cold in the winter months because of high elevations. But you won’t want to miss the Hopi villages. In Walpi, on the First Mesa, Hopis live much the same way as they did a hundred years ago. There are also many awe-inspiring sites to visit. Arches National Park, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly National Monument are but a few. SOUTHERN ARIZONA If you prefer warmth, the Sonoran Desert of Southern BOOM MAGAZINE 75



Arizona is a great family destination. The region offers numerous fascinating historical and nature sites. You can check out petroglyphs in Phoenix. While you’re there, visit the Heard Museum and discover the history, arts and culture of the many Native American tribes of the Southwest. You can take a detour a couple of hours north for a scenic drive through Sedona’s beautiful red rock. Then head south to Tucson for a stroll, hike or tram ride through Sabino Canyon National Park. Just outside of town, you can drive up to Mount Lemmon for breathtaking views. Tucson’s fascinating Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a small live zoo of unusual mammals and reptiles that reside in the Sonoran Desert, is a must-see. SAN DIEGO This beautiful coastal city has museums of all kinds. There’s the Museum of Man, San Diego Air and Space Museum and San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, among others. You also won’t want to miss gray whale watching and go on a seal tour. The massive San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which boasts more than


, different animals, is another favorite. SAN FRANCISCO There’s so much to do and see in the city for the famed Golden Gate Bridge. First, there’s the fascinating Alcatraz prison tour. The xploratorium, which offers hands-on exhibits, will also keep kids engrossed for hours. San Francisco has an array of other kids’ museums too. The California Academy of Sciences, one of the largest natural history museums in the world, has something for everyone. Your family will also be in awe checking out the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument. Then you can visit Yosemite National Park just a few hours away to see the giant sequoias. CINCINNATI, OHIO This mid-western city is home to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. There your family will learn about the history of slavery, African Americans’ journey to freedom, and much more. You’ll also want to visit the interactive Newport Aquarium where your kids will thrill at touching a shark and meeting a penguin. Then, just a couple

hours’ drive away, spend a day at the COSI science center, which boasts more than 300 interactive exhibits. CHICAGO If your family likes art, you’ll want to visit the enthralling Art Institute of Chicago. It houses 300,000 works in its permanent collection, as well as numerous special exhibitions each year. Other museums in the windy city include the National Museum of Mexican Art, The Field Museum of Science, Museum of Science and Industry and the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank. Your kids will also love the Shedd Aquarium, which is home to 32,000 aquatic creatures.

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hether you are looking for diversion on a rainy afternoon or a deeper appreciation of local culture and history, you won’t need to hop on a plane to Chicago or New York for a first-rate museum experience. The best thing about midMissouri’s many museums isn’t that it takes only a quick drive to find one. You can leave the everyday world of the mundane behind and slip away into the past or immerse yourself in the most recent work of artists — some who may be accomplished neighbors; others 78 BOOM MAGAZINE

BY JACK WAX who have already achieved national and international fame. Great works of art and artifacts from the distant past are only a few miles from where you live.

Boonville Visitors Center and River, Rails & Trails Museum 100 E. Spring Street, Monday – Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, April through October. No charge.

Before travelers could cruise Highway 70 to Boonville, the only way to get to this river city was by boat, train or a horse-pulled buggy over rutted trails. Although

those days are over, they are brought back to life at Boonville’s new museum. The city’s Visitors Center and the River, Rails & Trails Museum is the starting place for exploring Boonville and its past. Located just across from the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in the historic depot district, the center and museum are housed in a restored building that was home to the Hirsch Wholesale Grocer Co. in 1902. Look for the wholesale grocer’s painted black and white sign on the building, next to the old-fashioned advertisement for Newton’s Fidelity Flour, a popular flour in the early 1900s.

In addition to brochures, maps of the area and snack foods, the Visitors Center is the only place tourists can arrange tours of the Mitchell Antique Motorcar Museum. It’s also a convenient resting spot for bicyclists needing a break from their trek along the Katy Trail. The museum displays models, photographs and artifacts that bring an entertaining focus to Boonville’s past. It’s a kid-friendly place, where children can press buttons that turn a model steamboat’s paddlewheel. Children can also try on pioneer clothing and play in a small stockade. For 25

and Clark on their 1804 journey along the Missouri River. Other artifacts include a Mitchell farm wagon, which was in wide use before cars and trucks drove horse-pulled wagons off the road and into museums. The museum also displays the history of the Kemper Military Academy, founded in 1844. Among its famous graduates are American humorist Will Rogers and George Linsey, who played the role of Gomer Pyle on the “A n d y G rif f ith S h ow .”

Mitchell Antique Motorcar Museum, 210 E. Spring St. Boonville, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. $5 ticket for a tour or $10 to tour with the owner of the collection up to three hours. Purchase tickets at the Boonville Visitor’s Center, a half-block away.

cents, children (and adults) can start a model train on its five-minute journey through its tabletop setting, a model of Boonville in the 1950s. Parts of The Missouri Packet, a steamship that sank in 1820 not far from Boonville, are displayed along with newspaper accounts of its sinking. According to rumor, the 60-ton steamboat carried $250,000 worth of cargo at the time it went under. Before the age of the steamboat, travelers explored the territory in keelboats. One of the museum’s main features is a halfscale wooden replica of the keelboat that carried Lewis

Who ever heard of a Mitchell Motorcar? And why is there a museum dedicated to the cars in Boonville? Spend an hour or so at this museum and you’ll leave with an appreciation of the car and the efforts of the company’s great-great grandson to preserve a major piece of American automotive history. As the tour guide explains, the Mitchell company started out as a wagon manufacturer in 1834 in Fort Dearborn, an outpost that would eventually become Chicago, Illinois. From wagons, the company expanded into bicycles before introducing its first singlecylinder car in 1903. After moving to Racine, Wisconsin, the company kept expanding production, building more sophisticated cars, and a

variety of models. At its peak in 1915, Mitchell Motorcars was a colossal in the car industry, employing 10,000 workers at its 75-acre plant. Photos and illustrations of the enormous Mitchell factory hang on the walls of the museum, adding an early 1900s’ ambience to the 13 refurbished Mitchell Motors on display. Shiny and spotless, most of the cars look new, as if they just rolled out of a dealer’s turn-of-the-century showroom. All but two of the cars, whose restoration aren’t complete, are roadworthy, and several have been in rallies. The collection is the largest in the world. The cars at the museum have been collected and restored by Lewis Miller, a Boonville native. A graduate of MU, he owned a garage before learning from a relative that his great-great grandfather was Henry Mitchell, founder of Mitchell Motorcars. Since then, Lewis

has spent years searching for and restoring the cars that he displays in his museum. Unlike the lower-priced Ford Model A, Mitchells were more of a luxury car and came in a variety of colors and styles. Its 1904 Roundabout model featured kerosene headlamps that had to be hand lit. As technology progressed, the kerosene was replaced by carbide gas, and eventually by bulbs. Several of the cars bear a strong resemblance to the Ford that was featured in “C h itty C h itty B a n g B a n g” — minus the wings. The 1910 limousine-style model on display has a glass divider between the driver and the passenger coach. If passengers wanted to address the driver, they used a brass speaking tube embedded in the divider. In addition to the cars, Lewis displays one of Mitchell’s motorbikes and the only known Mitchell

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Mitchell Antique Motorcar Museum

bicycle. There may be more bicycles out there in trash piles or bargain barns, says tour guide Cheryl Gates. “Mike and Frank from ‘A me ric a n P ic k e rs’ are looking for any others,” she says. Before leaving the museum, it’s worth asking your guide to play the tape of a song that was popular early in the 1900s. The sheet music is just above the museum’s tape player, and you can follow along as the tinny voice sings, “Give Me a Spin in Your Mitchell, Bill.”

The Missouri State Museum Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except holidays. No charge.

The building itself is enough reason to stop at the state Capitol. Built more than 100 years ago, its dome tow80 BOOM MAGAZINE

ers 262 feet above ground level. Columns, statues, neatly manicured landscaping —this massive limestone structure is symbolic of the power of state government. Once inside, follow the marble hallways to find your way to the museum on the first floor, in the center of the building. The Missouri State Museum extends along the halls radiating from the rotunda. Anyone interested in just about any aspect of Missouri’s history will find something to appreciate in this museum. Covering culture, as well as natural resources and industry, it’s a fun way to introduce children to the state’s history. One of the wings is devoted to a display on World War I, with special emphasis on Missouri’s role supporting

the war effort with recruits, both human and equine. A poster explains that 156,000 Missourians served in the military during the war, resulting in 11,000 Missouri casualties. But who knew that Missouri mules were an important part of the war effort? About 130,000 mules were shipped overseas from Missouri to pull loads for U.S. and allied forces. And it was a Missourian, General John J. Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front. Plenty of posters from the war years and captured German military artifacts help make the war into more than just a dry history lesson. Sections of the museum focus on pre-settlement years, frontier years and the expansion of settlement

and the development of industry in the state. One section looks at slavery and the contribution of African Americans to the arts and commerce of Missouri. The time span covered by the various displays extends from 10,000 BC, when the first hunter-gatherers found their way into the area, up to the present. Children, who may have little interest in the explanations posted by exhibits, will enjoy the many displays that contain artifacts, such as pioneer rifles, fossils, military uniforms from the past, arrowheads and even a stage coach that used to carry mail and passengers from Palmyra to Iowa. Among the famous Missourians highlighted are Carry Nation, Dred Scott and Josephine Baker. A mural illustrating some of the paintings of Thomas Hart Benton is displayed in the center of the museum, and paintings of governors are along the walls. The portion of the museum about Missouri’s industries features a large model of a lead mining operation that fascinates adults as well as children. Other parts of the state Capitol building are museum-like though not officially part of the museum. Historic paintings can be found on every floor of the Capitol. The third-floor rotunda features the hall of famous Missourians and the work of Thomas Hart Benton and other Missouri artists. Plan on spending a few hours exploring the museum, the building and the grounds.

You’ll go away with a greater appreciation of Missouri’s resources and its people.

Missouri State Penitentiary Museum 700 E. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, Monday – Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $2.

This museum is for people who have a taste for the sensational with a dash of the macabre. Anyone who watches “O ra n ge is th e N e w B l a c k ” might enjoy spending 30 to 45 minutes in the dank, narrow passageways of the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum. It’s an alternative to a walk-thru tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary. The museum is located in the basement of the Col. Darwin W. Marmaduke House, just across from the penitentiary’s foreboding guard tower that sits atop limestone walls. Although the penitentiary started housing prisoners in 1836, the colonel was the first warden to live in the building, moving in with his family in 1888. It wasn’t until 2004 that the prison closed down and prisoners were relocated to more modern facilities. Visitors entering the basement doors on the building’s west side find themselves directly across from the steel bars of a reconstructed prison cell. A mannequin, wearing a black and white striped prison uniform, stands next to a bed. The only other furniture in the cramped cell is a primitive toilet and a couple tables, one with a checkboard on it, the other supporting an ancient TV. The mannequin has a

bleak look to him, matching the sadness of his environment. A poster on the cell explains some prison jargon, while another one explains that in 1841, three men typically shared a 12-foot by 8-foot cell. They don’t sugarcoat the prison experience in this museum. Old photos illustrate the hardship of prison life during the century and a half that the prison housed men and women who had been convicted of serious crimes. Throughout the museum, examples of prisoners’ arts and craftwork are displayed. These works include leather wallets, purses, carved leather scenes, the occasional painting and even a house built of popsicle sticks. One room is dedicated to high-profile prisoners who had served their time in the penitentiary. Among these infamous and sometimes famous convicts were Pretty Boy Floyd, famed boxer Sonny Liston and Lee Shelton, a pimp and thief who gained fame in the song that recalled his crime of stabbing Billy Lyon. That song, “S ta gge r L e e ,” still gets airtime on oldies radio stations. Contraband knives, axes and other homemade shivs are also displayed, as are billy clubs and menacing looking leather-covered line sticks, used — as the name implies — to keep prisoners in line. For those who are curious about how death sentences were carried out, the museum displays a gray metallic box with several switches and

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lights imbedded in its top. The box looks harmless but was used to administer lethal injections. This museum is definitely not for the squeamish or young children, but it is for those who want an honest, hard look at what prison life was like for those unfortunate enough to serve time in the penitentiary.

Boone County History and Culture Center 3801 Ponderosa St., Columbia, Wednesday – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No charge.

There’s a lot to see and a lot going on at the Boone County History and Culture Center. And it’s in the lot that the displays begin. Visitors entering the parking lot that faces Highway 63 have to drive by the wooden and glass pavilion that serves as the final resting place of the River Horse. This is the 18-foot dory that carried Boone County author William Least Heat-Moon, along a 5,000-mile journey he documents in his book named after the boat. BOOM MAGAZINE 81

Blind Boone Piano at Boone County Historical Center

It’s just a few steps from the pavilion to the main building, where the museum store prominently displays history books and art work, with a special emphasis on Boone County. But even before reaching the store’s book racks and shelves, visitors are invited to begin their exploration of Boone County history. Within steps of the doors, photographs and bios of prominent Boone Countians who have been selected for the Boone County Hall of Fame are on display. Currently, there are 64 members of the Hall of Fame, whose most recent inductees include Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Ann Covington and MU athletic director Don Faurot. Unlike some museums that restrict their displays 82 BOOM MAGAZINE

only to their prominent citizens, the Boone County History and Culture Center also reflects the images of ordinary citizens who have lived in the area. Its “The Faces Found: Boone County Portraits 1886-1940” exhibit, which recently closed, was a moving tribute to everyday Columbians. The display told the story of how several stashes of glass photographic plates were discovered, then developed and digitized. Against all odds, the plates yielded clear images from the files of professional photographers. That display is being replaced by the “Boone County Bicentennial Exhibit - 1820-2020,” which opens on Feb. 19. In one of the other galleries, the Center and the League of Women Voters have created “She Got

the Vote,” a display about the suffrage movement in Boone County and Missouri. Visitors can view photos and bios of Boone County suffragettes Jane Addams, Rosa Russell Ingles and Helen Guthrie Miller. Included in the display are minutes from a local meeting of the Columbia Equal Suffrage League, clothing from the era and the pen used by Missouri Gov. Frederick D. Gardner to sign the Presidential Suffrage bill in 1919. Moving from the past to the present, the center features the work of local artists in the Montminy Art Gallery. Not only can outstanding works be viewed, but they can be purchased. The gallery is also the home of John William (Blind) Boone’s restored piano. Blind Boone was a musical genius who

created a distinct version of Ragtime. Although he and his wife lived in Columbia, he toured North America, playing Ragtime and classical piano masterpieces. Outside the Boone County History and Culture Center, there’s a collection of buildings that look like a small village, and they are. From April 1 through Oct. 31, the Village at Boone Junction can be toured for $5 per adult and $3 per child ages 5-14. Each of the buildings in the village represents an architectural style from the area’s past. The oldest is the Gordon-Collins log cabin, which was built in 1818. A replica of the Easley Country Store stands across from it. And nearby is the McQuitty House, built in 1910 by Luther McQuitty, an African-American contractor

and realtor. Adjacent to that is the Ryland Farm House, a late-Victorian-era home that is an example of a style popular in the late 1800s. Throughout the year, the center hosts musical concerts and a popular Meet the Author Series. As a vital part of the area’s heritage and culture, the center brings the past into the present in an entertaining and educational manner.

The State Historical Society of Missouri

library and a museum. For patrons interested in learning about various aspects of Missouri’s past, professional staff help find the documents they need in the center’s immense collection of historic documents. Its archives include more than 8,000 maps, almost 5,000 oral history interviews, 100,000 photographs and 9,000 manuscript collections. Much of this can be accessed on the web. But the best reason to plan a visit to the center is

Benton, editorial cartoonist Daniel Fitzpatrick and landscape photographer Oliver Schuhard. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to relish the gallery’s art. These works deserve more than a casual glance. The Thomas Hart Benton paintings on display are depictions of World War II that force us to confront the ugliness of war. George Caleb Bingham’s “General Order No. 11” painting transports us out of our safe present into the midst

inspires us. Don’t miss experiencing this wonderful resource in downtown Columbia.

of Missouri’s Civil War chaos. Fitzpatrick’s cartoons remind us of the political forces that let loose horrible destruction during WWII. And Oliver Schuhard’s landscapes bring us back to the beauty of nature. The Center for Missouri Studies is a portal to the past, one that moves and

ing what one human being can do for the rest of humanity. Winston Churchill was an average-sized Englishman who left the imprint of a giant on history. Leader of a nation under attack by the Nazis, Nobel-Prize winning author, one of history’s alltime greatest orators and a

National Churchill Museum at Westminster College

501 Westminster Ave., Fulton. Open daily 10: a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $10, adults, seniors $9. Go to the National Churchill Museum to learn about the connection between Fulton and Winston Churchill: Leave there inspired, know-

Center for Missouri Studies, 1020 Lowry St. Columbia. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. No charge.

Open since August, the Center for Missouri Studies is an architectural masterpiece. Its design is an interpretation of Missouri’s landscape, featuring curved limestone walls, suggestive of cliffs above our state’s streams and rivers. Its gray floors resemble creek beds, and its swooping wooden stairwell shares the curves of a meandering Missouri river. Even its windows are designed to be constantly changing, reflecting the surrounding area like water. But this impressive building is more than a collection of features. It is a public space, a place of calm white light and cathedral-high ceilings — a setting for contemplating art and studying archival texts available for the public. As practical as it is appealing, it includes a parking lot on its north side. Stopping by for a visit is easy, relaxed and meter-free. The center functions as a

Center for Missouri Studies

to wander into its first-floor art gallery. Like any other first-rate art museum, it provides an inspiring space to appreciate the work of great artists. And Missouri has more than its fair share of those. Currently, the gallery features a selection of works of George Caleb Bingham, Thomas Hart



Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury

lifelong painter — he rallied a nation, providing courage to millions when the odds for survival seemed impossible. Scores of books have been written about him, yet the National Churchill Museum adds another way of understanding and appreciating his contribution to the world. It immerses visitors in his life and times. The museum commemorates not just Churchill’s life, but also the March day in 1846, when the British prime minister came to mid-Missouri and delivered one of his most important speeches. A crowd of 25,000 lined the streets of Fulton to greet him, while a crowd of 2,500 people gathered at the 84 BOOM MAGAZINE

school’s gymnasium to see and listen to this great statesman. Among the dignitaries who accompanied him that day was President Harry S. Truman, who had traveled by train with Churchill to Fulton. The speech, entitled, “Sinews of Peace,” made famous Churchill’s phrase, “An iron curtain has settled across the continent.” The typed notes for that speech, complete with handwritten edits, are among the many items displayed in the museum. A black and white video of Churchill giving the speech plays in one room, while in another part of the museum video monitors show clips from wartime speeches. The lectern he

spoke from and the leather chair he sat in are also on display. But there is much, much more than memorabilia from that one day when Churchill came to Fulton. There are so many displays, winding hallways and rooms comprising the museum, that it’s easy to miss a room or exhibit. Chronicling Churchill’s life, the museum includes more than 10,000 artifacts, many from his war years. They are arranged in themed display rooms. In one, a BBC broadcast plays from a period loudspeaker. The broadcast is interrupted by the sound of air raid sirens as bombs rain down on London. At the end of a long hall-

way leading through the museum is a stone set of winding stairs. These lead into the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, directly above the museum. The church, designed by Christopher Wren, famous 17th century architect, was moved to Fulton from London, stone by stone, and reassembled in 1967 at its present location to commemorate Churchill’s speech. It is the only Christopher Wren building in the United States. Even if there were no museum beneath it, the church would be reason enough to stop for a while in Fulton. Its interior was recreated and includes a pulpit, a baptismal font and a balcony crafted by English woodcarvers. From the church, it’s just a few steps to the plaza, where a significant sculpture tops off the museum experience. Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, created the sculpture using eight sections of the Berlin Wall. Entitled “Breakthrough,” it is a dramatic reminder of the cold war and its effects on Berliners. Plan on spending at least two hours when visiting the National Churchill Museum. Even after a whole afternoon’s tour you’ll leave wanting to come back again.

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art Campus of State Fair Community College, 3201 W. 16th St., Sedalia, open Tuesday – Fridays, 11a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday. No Charge. The best thing about the Daum is that it can serve as

a gateway to enjoying contemporary art for those who haven’t explored this form. For others who are familiar with the art or who might have some hanging on their walls, it can serve as a way to deepen their appreciation of well-known artists. The Daum is a quiet, peaceful space, enclosing three levels of galleries. Sedalia may not be known as the center of the contemporary art world, but the Daum puts it on par with galleries in other major cities. Having opened in 2002 with 300 pieces donated by Dr. Harold F. Daum, a retired radiologist, the museum now includes 1,500 pieces by some of the coun-

try’s most respected artists. Included in its collection are works by well-known artists such as Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams. A visit to the museum starts outside on the front lawn. Several striking sculptures and large ceramic pieces draw the visitor’s attention to the building. One of the pieces evokes a group of dancers, swirling in a circle. On either side of the front door, two ceramic pieces set expectations for what’s inside. Both pieces are interesting to look at; they have shape and design, but it’s unclear what they represent, if anything. The important thing is that they catch your attention and begin shifting

your focus, away from the buildings, cars and objects that make up our constructed reality and toward the strange and enticing world of contemporary art. Don’t expect to see pastoral scenes or painted portraits that could be photographs. The walls of the Daum and its display areas are filled with more challenging images and shapes. You know it’s modern, but it feels familiar. Even the stair rails leading to the different floors are stylish, composed of a series of narrowly spaced horizontal rails. At the top of the stairwell hangs a sculpted glass piece by Chihuly, possibly the best-known glass artist in the nation.

Sculpture pieces range from torsos to ornamental plates and from abstract human shapes to bowls. In one painting, the main focus is on an anteater. Mixedmedia pieces on the wall seem like studies in texture and color. Although the art in this museum is different than more realistic paintings and sculptures, it has the same power to instill awe and a sense of beauty. Do you have to understand what the artist is trying to say if you are to appreciate this art? Not at all. All you need is an open mind and enough curiosity to experience the magic of contemporary art.

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lthough it isn’t their responsibility, more and more grandparents are helping pay for part of their grandchildren’s college. The reason is simple, but deciding on the best way to help with this major expense is a bit more complicated. “A lot of people graduate today with $50,000 or more in student loan debt,” says Travis Cook, president of Convergence Financial, a Columbia financial planning company. They are trying to make ends meet, and then this repayment starts. t’s a difficult way to get started. Grandparents don’t want their grandchildren to walk into their college years with this possibility. BOOM MAGAZINE 87




START SAVING EARLY, EVEN IF IT’S ONLY $25 A MONTH. Some grandparents may plan on paying off student loans after their grandchild has

burden of college costs for their grandchildren is to start putting money away early even if it’s ust a month. But not in a piggy bank. There are a variety

Financial planners, such as Cook with Convergence Financial and iranda Harper with Commerce Trust Bank, recommend that grandparents carefully

“Communication is key. Grown children may feel uneasy asking the grandparents how much money they are going to give to support their grandchildren. We may bring them into the office and have an open dialog here.” — TRAVIS COOK

graduated. ost people don’t have that kind of wealth, and there are smarter, more tax-e cient ways to help out. The best way for grandparents to lessen the potential 88 BOOM MAGAZINE

of savings and investment options that get the most out of each dollar put away for the future, and some of them have issouri tax advantages for grandparents.

consider all of the options and include college savings as part of their overall financial goals if helping pay for college is important. t’s not a priority for

all grandparents. The advantage of paying for it on the front end is that several types of investment accounts result in tax-free money when the child withdraws it, says arper. She emphasizes that no one method is best for everyone: ne si e doesn’t fit all. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE DIFFERENT INVESTMENT OPTIONS. Both of these financial planners note that the three most popular options for grandparents are ducational avings ccounts s, accounts such as issouri’s T plan and niform Transfer to inors CT accounts T along with the related niform Gifts to inors ct accounts G s.


“There are pros and cons to each option,” says Cook. “It all comes down to what the grandparent is hoping to accomplish.” Cook points out that accounts offer the greatest tax benefits. Contributions to the 529 account are tax deductible for the grandparent — or parent, if that’s who is setting this account up and contributing to it. The money in 529s and Educational Savings Accounts grows tax deferred (like money in an IRA), and when the money is withdrawn for ualified education expenses, it is completely tax-free. These accounts help a little money go a long way. Grandparents who are comfortable investing in individual stocks may prefer Educational Savings ccounts, which can offer this option along with mutual funds. Although individual stocks can’t be selected in accounts, they do offer a variety of mutual funds to choose from. The UTMA and the G accounts differ considerably from these. “The UTMA is a custodial account in the name of minor, and it offers no tax deferral or tax deduction,” says Cook. On the plus side, he says grandparents who want to put money aside for grandkids without restricting its use to college expenses may choose this option. The G offers grandparents a broader range of assets for investment than the UTMA. “In the UGMA, grandparents can have money invested as cash, securities, CDs, life insurance,

annuities and real estate investments,” says Harper. “It’s more self-directed.” Some grandparents may be uneasy with the UTMA or UGMA accounts because when their grandchild reaches age 18, he or she gains control of the money. Depending on the maturity level of the grandchild and

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR FAMILY. Because family relationships can be more complicated than finances, saving for a grandchild’s college may not always turn out exactly as anticipated. For instance, grandparents’ children may want to be the ones who pay for their kids’ college. “You


money they are going to give to support their grandchildren. We may bring them into the o ce and have an open dialog here.” TEACH CHILDREN AND GRANDKIDS ABOUT MONEY MANAGEMENT ll of the different investment options can provide


the amount of money in the account, that may present problems. The 529 and Educational Savings Accounts remain under the control of the grandparent, who can direct how it is used for educational expenses.

don’t want to take away from something your children are wanting to do for their children,” says Harper. “Money is a sensitive issue,” Cook says. “Communication is key. Grown children may feel uneasy asking the grandparents how much

another benefit for the grandchildren. If their parents or grandparents talk with them about the investments, they will grow up seeing that money management is just another aspect of life. “My mom set up an account where my child is the recipiBOOM MAGAZINE 89



ent,” says Cook. “Even though he’s only six years old, I talk with him about it.” DON’T WORRY IF YOR GRANDCHILDREN’S PLANS FOR COLLEGE CHANGE. What happens if, after years of saving, the grandchild decides not to go to school? The 529 and the Educational Savings Account are owned by the grandparent. “The grandparent maintains control of the asset,” says Cook. When that happens, there’s a 10 percent penalty on the value of the account, and any gains are taxed as capital gains. ou can also change beneficiaries on the Educational Savings Accounts and 529s,” according to Harper. But if a child decides on a trade school, that’s another matter. “Those accounts can be used for any qualified institution, she says. Tuition and certain other expenses can be covered should the grandchild choose a two-year college, trade school or other ualified training program. Grandparents don’t have to wait until the grandkids begin college to see their investment in their education pay off. The T can be set up and used for school-age kids. “They can be utilized for up to $10,000 each year to pay for those K-12 tuition expenses at private elementary and high schools,” says Harper. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP

The issouri tate Treasurer has a website (missourimost.org) dedicated to explaining T accounts. Grandparents who are certain that this is their best option can fill out web forms for creating a T account. thers prefer using the services of a financial planner. Both Cook and Harper stress that a visit to a financial planner can ensure that grandparents are educated about their range of options and able to choose the option that is best suited to their goals and resources. 90 BOOM MAGAZINE


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hink outside that box of chocolates! There are other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A romantic getaway for two is ideal, not just for young lovers but for any age. Like the idea but don’t know where to start? Here’s a little help. Pick up the phone or go online and book a cabin for two at Big Cedar Lodge


in Ridgedale, just south of Branson. Then start planning all the extras that will customize your adventure. Make it sexy and sensual or outdoorsy and active — whatever fits your personalities. If you’ve ever been to Big Cedar, you know that the entire place oozes romance. While the lodge rooms are lovely, the private cabins are the most fun. So, splurge for a cabin; you’ll be glad you

did. You might be tempted to just hole up in your cozy cabin for the weekend, but there is a lot to see and do that will lure you out to explore your surroundings. SOOTHING SPA Need to unwind, relax and detox? Head for the Cedar Creek Spa and Salon at Big Cedar. Just entering the soothing atmosphere of the spa helps you decompress. The hand-

hewn timber ceilings, natural stone oors, hand-crafted stained glass and other design details set the scene for a day of pampering. The indoor grotto pool is softly lit by candles perched in nooks on the stone walls. Going from the warm pool water to the invigorating cold therapy of the ice room and back will rejuvenate your system. There are saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs, BOOM MAGAZINE 91



as well as private open-air showers. A complete menu of massages, facials and other treatments is available. OUTDOOR OPTIONS Maybe you’re more of an outdoorsy couple. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding — it’s all there waiting for you. If golf is your game, you’re in luck. Five different pro courses make up Big Cedar Lodge Nature Links. Be sure to check the weather forecast before planning any outdoor fun. You’ll want to reserve one day to explore Top of the Rock, the sister property next door to Big Cedar. Hop in an electric cart and explore Lost Canyon Cave and nature trail, pausing to admire the views of Table Rock Lake. Don’t miss the outstanding Native American art and artifact collections in the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum. For convenience, take the loop shuttle to and from Big Cedar and Top of the Rock. Another option is a day trip to nearby Dogwood Canyon nature park, where the wildlife tram tour loops into Arkansas and goes past herds of bison, elk and Texas longhorns. Or you could hop on a Segway for a guided tour or rent a bicycle and explore on your own. FINE FARE Chances are you’ll find yourself planning your activities around the dining options so you can sample as many of the eateries at Big Cedar and Top of the 92 BOOM MAGAZINE

Rock as possible. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Devil’s Pool restaurant, featuring Southern home-style cooking. The rustic log interior with hand-wrought chandeliers and antique furnishings is casual by day and elegant by night. For an extra-special, fine-dining experience, consider Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock. The dining room of-

sembled by local Amish craftsmen. Be sure to time your Top of the Rock visit to be at the Buffalo Bar at sunset, for a bagpipe performance and the firing of a Civil War cannon. VALENTINE SPECIALS Guests arriving on Valentine’s Day will be greeted with complimentary roses. Both Osage Restaurant and Buffalo Bar at Top of

On both Feb. 14 and 15, the Not-So-Newlywed Game Night will be offered in the Table Rock Event Room at Big Cedar Fun Mountain, at 6 p.m. Couples will test their knowledge of their partners in a series of question rounds to determine how well they know — or don’t know — each other. The cost, which includes refreshments, is $20 per couple; participants must

Osage restaurant at Top of the Rock fers a stunning view of the surrounding Ozarks, while the decor features Native American artwork. For contemporary Mexican cuisine in a casual setting, visit Arnie’s Barn, which is literally a barn from Arnold Palmer’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which was dismantled and transported to the Ozarks, then reas-

the Rock will offer a special 4-course Romance Dinner Package on Feb. 14 for $85 per person. The regular menu will not be available that night. At Big Cedar, Devil’s Pool will offer a 3-course Romance Dinner Package on Feb. 14 for $69 per person. The regular menu also will be available that night. Reservations are required for either package.

be 21 or older. To commemorate this Valentine getaway, select a memento in the shops at either property. And it couldn’t hurt to top it all off with the aforementioned box of chocolates. Big Cedar Lodge, 190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, Mo. 65739; 800-2256343; BigCedar.com.

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If you’re craving something sweet, (Cue the Valentine’s Day chocolate!) take a page from Chinese medicine and eat something bitter, such as endive, radicchio, cooked greens or olives. It can help curb that sweet tooth.



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L’amour to Adore: Local Baker Makes French Treats


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f you’re looking for a perfect, easy dessert to spice up your Valentine’s Day, this is a lovely, light confection, full of complex notes of chili, vanilla and coconut. If you’ve been dying to try whipped coconut milk, this would be a perfect opportunity to give it a whirl. A pro tip is to chill the cream in the refrigerator overnight, which adds ease to creating a beautiful whip and lightens the whole mousse.





In a double boiler, melt chocolate, sugar

½ cup sugar


and butter and stir until smooth. Cool to

1 teaspoon lemon juice

room temperature. Whisk room-temper-

3 tablespoons heavy cream

aure egg yolks until slightly thick, temper

1 teaspoon chili flakes

8 ounces dark chocolate, 70 percent

into the melted chocolate and cool. In a

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

¼ cup superfine sugar

separate bowl, whip the chilled coconut

flaky sea salt, to taste

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

cream with the insides of the vanilla bean

¾ stick unsalted butter cut into pieces

until you have a thick cream. Finally, in a

In a small saucepan over medium heat,

4 eggs, separated

third bowl with a clean whisk, whip egg

heat sugar and lemon juice. As the sugar

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

whites and cream of tartar until you have

dissolves, let it continue to cook for 5-6

1 can coconut milk, chilled overnight

soft to medium peaks. Fold the coconut

minutes until it is a deep amber color.

whipped cream and egg whites into the

Remove from heat and whisk in the but-

pinch of salt

chocolate mixture and divide among six

ter, chili flakes and cream. Be careful as

chili caramel sauce (recipe follows)

glasses. Drizzle with caramel sauce and

it will bubble. Season with a pinch of salt

chocolate wafers (optional)

serve with chocolate wafers (optional).

and set aside to cool slightly.


and coconut cream separated from water






hen you think of baked goods in Columbia, Uprise Bakery and bleu probably come to mind. But there is a much smaller — okay, a one-person — bakery you should be considering. Julie Hutton, owner of Frenchy Treats, bridges



the 4,000-mile gap between Columbia

classes to help perfect the techniques for

is simple recipes, simple ingredients but

and France with authentic French pas-

trickier French treats, such as macarons.

really high quality,” she shares. “If you

tries. Specializing in macarons and crois-

Once the plan was hatched, it took

can add less and buy better products, it’s

sants, Hutton shares her delicacies at the

a village to help make Frenchy Treats a

going to be a great improvement of the

Columbia Farmers Market and pop-ups

reality. Hutton worked closely with those

taste of your food.” Access to a convec-

at Plume, as well as through personalized

in the business licensing office in City

tion oven also plays a large role in the

orders. Baking practically runs in Hutton’s

Hall, as well as with the Missouri tax of-

quality of Hutton’s baking.

blood, but her professional career in the

fice, as she navigated the legal and fiscal

craft was born recently, here in Columbia.

Looking back on how far she has come

issues of starting a business. “Everyone

with Frenchy Treats, Hutton believes

Originally from Bordeaux, France,

in this town is so patient and very help-

the most rewarding experience so far

Hutton started to develop a love and

ful,” Hutton says. “I called the Missouri

appreciation for baking at a young age.

tax office maybe three times, and every

“I grew up baking with my family,” she

time they made the whole experience a

recalls. “Any occasion, we’d be baking.”

little bit less difficult. It’s such a maze.”

Family favorites included Black Forests

On top of learning the ins and outs of a

(la forêt noire), a chocolate cake tradition-

start-up company, Hutton was doing so in

ally composed of many layers divided

English as her second language. However,

by whipped cream and cherries, and

her degree in international business and

meringues, which are sweet, crispy swirls

law proved useful. “Not being intimidated

with peaked centers, made of blended

by all the red tape, I felt confident with

egg whites and sugar. “My favorite was

enough research that I would do the right

meringue, and then as I grew older we

thing without tripping too much,” Hutton

started making macarons,” Hutton says.

explains. Finally, her website was launched

Baking remained a hobby for Hutton

and Frenchy Treats was underway.

but did not immediately become her

Behind the scenes, Frenchy Treats is a

career. Instead, she pursued political

one-woman show, and the magic happens

science, international business and law,

in her rented kitchen space at B&B Bagel

later finding herself in the travel industry

Company. Hutton starts her day as early

and hospitality. After traveling over

as 2 a.m. to create her treats, which in-

the course of many years, Hutton lived

clude plain and chocolate croissants (pain

in San Diego, Saint Martin and Miami

au chocolat), and six flavors of macarons:

before finally settling in Columbia in

dark chocolate, hazelnut chocolate, rasp-

August of 2017. “[My husband and I] had

berry, coconut, coffee and vanilla.

never been to Missouri, so it was a leap of faith,” she explains. At first, Hutton worked remotely for a

For Hutton, the learning process didn’t stop after the establishment of Frenchy Treats. Even though she grew

travel agency, but she felt disconnected

up making what she sells today, she

from the community of her new home.

often re-evaluates and adjusts her recipes

“I wanted to have something more local

to bring them closer to perfection. “What

has been the social aspect of it. “Work-

and meaningful, where I would get to

I’m learning most is about the consis-

ing from home remotely, I didn’t know

know people,” she says. After a year and

tency in the production of baked goods,”

anyone, and it was the most frustrating

a half, she decided to quit and pursued

Hutton explains. “High-quality, visually

thing,” Hutton recalls. “The most re-

baking instead. Thus, Frenchy Treats was

pleasing products are what I’m still work-

warding parts are the Columbia Farmers

born. “This is my first company,” Hutton

ing at and learning every day to make.”

Market and delivering to people’s homes

says. “It’s a passion that I’m trying to turn

Throughout her experience in the

and getting to know people. I love to

into a business.” Without school-based

culinary world, Hutton racked up a few

meet people and talk, and I’m talking

training as a baker, Hutton attended

tips on tackling French recipes. “The key

about my favorite subject — food!”


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flavor COOKING WITH BROOK Brook Harlan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is a culinary arts instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center.



BY FOOD EDITOR BROOK HARLAN • PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON o my knowledge, there are three types of court bouillon (French translation of short broth). The first type is the very simple quick broth for poaching fish with a small amount of onion, carrot and celery with aromatics and white wine. Then there are two types of Cajun court bouillon (in Cajun country pronounced koo bee-yahn). The first type is a thick sauce that whole fillets are slowly cooked in. The other Cajun type is similar but more of a fish stew. This recipe is a combination. It allows



you a little more freedom with when to make the sauce, how much seafood goes into each portion and when the dish is finished. It can be made a few days before and kept in the fridge or made months in advance and kept in smaller portions in the freezer to thaw and reheat later.

FISH Redfish and catfish are the most common finfish used in a Cajun court bouillon. Tilapia can be used but would be frowned upon in the south. Shrimp, scallops, crab, oysters, clams and sometimes other types of non-seafood could be used. This dish is very popular on Fridays during Lent. It can easily be made without any meat and

color of the tomato paste starts to deepen,

made at an earlier date or the extra could

then if you want for a special occasion, add

you are ready to add the flour. This step

be saved and frozen for a later date.

bacon, tasso ham or andouille sausage.

is optional and is the only gluten in the


recipe. It helps thicken the sauce slightly.


The flour could be left out or substituted

If cooking in the sauce, the seafood/fish

In keeping with most Cajun dishes, you

with some gluten-free flour or half the

can be heavily seasoned with salt and

start with butter and the trinity (onions,

amount of cornstarch. The diced toma-

pepper about 30 minutes before cooking.

bell pepper and celery). A heavy dose

toes can then be added, simmer for 20 to

Once the sauce is finished, turn the heat

of garlic, jalapeno, herbs, spice and toma-

25 minutes and you are ready to go.

down to very low (just a few bubbles).

toes rounds out the dish. There are many

Add in the larger fish and carefully push

variations, some missing celery and pep-


pers, but always using tomatoes.

Traditionally this would be where the

minutes. Add in the smaller portions of

whole fillets of redfish, chunks of fish,

seafood, then cook another 10 minutes.

shrimp, scallops or other seafood would

Remove seafood from the sauce, serve

Like most southern Louisiana dishes, the

be added and cooked in the sauce. This

over rice, top with more sauce as needed.

initial vegetables are cooked well past the

is where the name court bouillon comes

point of al dente (firm to the tooth, slight

in, which is a traditional French method


bite, but no crunch). They start to develop

for slowing poaching fish. In the tradi-

Season the seafood heavily with salt and

their flavor when they start to develop

tional method, the fish is poached in a

pepper. Melt butter over medium-high

color. The edges of the onions should

quickly made, clear flavorful liquid. In the

heat in a sauté pan. Add in the larg-

start to take on color before adding the

Cajun version, the fish or seafood is also

est pieces of seafood, cook for 1 to 2

garlic and jalapeno. Make sure to cook

poached, just in a thick, vegetable and

minutes per side. Add in the rest of the

garlic only until it becomes fragrant, any

tomato-rich sauce. As you can imagine,

seafood, stir until slightly brown. Add in

color will come across as bitter, as op-

this makes it hard to create small servings

just enough sauce to cover the seafood

posed to the onion where color develops

or put together in a restaurant. In many

slightly and bring to a simmer. Taste

as a sweet taste and aroma. The addi-

restaurants, they will make the sauce and

the seafood and sauce to make sure it

tion of tomato paste is not present in all

then brown the seafood in a sauté pan

is done, seafood should be white all the

recipes, but I think it helps raise the bar. It

and finish with the sauce. I find that this

way through and, fish should be start-

is important to add a few tablespoons of

helps to portion out the seafood, adding

ing to flake apart. Season the sauce as

tomato paste before any liquid caramel-

some flavor, and helping to serve only a

needed with salt, pepper, more Worces-

izes the sugar in the tomato. Once the

few portions at a time. The sauce can be

tershire and lemon juice as desired.



below the surface, cover and cook for 10




Can be placed in as whole fillets, slices or pieces

1 bell pepper, diced 2 stalks celery, diced

In a saucepan, small stockpot or Dutch oven,

1 large onion, diced

sauté onions, celery and bell peppers in but-

½ stick unsalted butter (4 tablespoons) –

ter and oil with a heavy pinch of salt until

for the sauce 4 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil – for the sauce

edges start to brown. Add in minced garlic and jalapenos and sauté until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add in tomato paste and cook

4 to 5 cloves of garlic, minced

until color deepens and starts to stick to the

1 jalapeno minced, keep seeds in to

bottom. Add flour and stir until incorporated.

make the dish spicier

Add tomatoes, another pinch of salt, herbs,

3 tablespoons tomato paste

spice, Worcestershire, lemon juice, sugar and

2 tablespoons flour

whites of green onions. Bring to simmer, cover

3 to 4 cups peeled and diced tomatoes

and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every

or 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

5 to 6 minutes to prevent the sauce sticking

½ teaspoon dry thyme (1 teaspoon fresh)

to the bottom. If you are serving over rice,

½ teaspoon dry oregano (1 teaspoon fresh)

start to cook it separately at this point. On a

1 teaspoon Spanish paprika

tray or plate, season the seafood heavily with

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper. In a separate pan with short

1 lemon, juiced

sides turn on to high heat, add a half stick of

2 tablespoons sugar

butter and olive oil. Let fat melt and almost

1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced (sepa-

start to smoke. Add the largest set of seafood

rate greens and whites)

or one that needs to cook the longest. Once

½ bunch flat parsley, minced

the heat in the pan starts to recover and sea-

salt and pepper to taste

food starts to get some color, add the next type of seafood and cook the same. Once


all of the seafood is in the pan and partially

2 pounds of lean fish (redfish, catfish,

cooked, add enough sauce to cover all the

Tilapia or a mixture of seafood)

seafood. Bring to a simmer and season to

½ stick unsalted butter (4 tablespoons) – for the seafood 4 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil – for the seafood

taste. Serve over rice and enjoy.



This section offers a monthly rotating selection of restaurants in Columbia drawn from our extensive online dining guide. The restaurants featured in this section are picked by our magazine editors and are not chosen with any consideration to advertising. To include your restaurant in our extensive online dining guide, email peg@insidecolumbia.net KAMPAI SUSHI BAR ASIAN Alley A kampaialley.com

kani, cream cheese and avocado, and

110 S. Ninth St.

topped with salmon, tuna, crispy sweet

Perhaps one of the last places in Columbia

potato and smelt roe. The crispy Brussels

that only takes cash: Booches is well

sprouts are a tasty standout and may

worth any sacrifices in convenience. Since

Open for almost 10 years, this Alley A

even win over those who don’t usually

opening in 1884, the billiard hall has won

sushi restaurant is considered among

like Brussels sprouts. Don’t overlook

the hearts of many Columbians as the

Columbia’s best. You can always count

Kampai for lunch, either. The chicken

best place to get burgers — yes, multiple!

on fresh, expertly prepared sushi staples,

teriyaki bento box doesn’t disappoint.

— and a beer. The slider-size burgers are

such as tuna, eel and octopus, but also enjoy more adventurous special rolls, such as the Coo Coo Nest, featuring


topped with pickles, onion, mustard and


ketchup and served on a square of waxed paper. Looking for chili? Order a bowl of

flavor DINING GUIDE red. Wanting some fries? You can’t have

in our annual Best of Columbia contest

them here — Booches only serves chips,

several times. But Sophia’s offers a much

but don’t worry, you won’t miss them.

broader menu than that. Not to discount its delicious dishes with a decidedly Ital-

LUTZ’S BBQ BARBECUE 200 E. Nifong Blvd. lutzbbq.com

ian accent — including the savory smoked

Lutz’s is mostly famous for one thing:

slaw and cilantro aioli, along with creative

their homemade chips. A perfect com-

salads and excellent entrees such as the

bination of crunch and chew, they are

Horseradish Encrusted Salmon. The wine

absolutely addicting. Flavors include par-

list is extensive and the atmosphere is

mesan, salt & vinegar, barbecue, Cajun

elegant yet approachable. The patio’s a

and nine more! As a side to your chips,

nice plus in warm weather.

Chicken Carbonara — but you can also enjoy tasty tapas, such as the crab cakes, served with a honey wasabi vegetable

try a pulled pork sandwich, slab of ribs or brisket sandwich. The atmosphere is similar to most barbecue joints: down home and friendly. Enjoy your meal served in a basket with checkered paper and be sure to grab plenty of napkins!

SAGUA LA GRANDE CUBAN CAFÉ INTERNATIONAL 114 S. Ninth St. Suite 101 sagualagrandecomo.com Sagua La Grande opened in fall of 2019,

THE GRIND COFFEE HOUSE COFFEE 2601 Rangeline St., Ste 1; 4603 John Garry Dr. Ste. 1; 2902 Forum Blvd. thecolumbiagrind.com

the dream restaurant of husband-and-

While downtown Columbia is home to

beer, peppers, onions and peas and

many coffee shops, the rest of Columbia

served over yellow rice or the Carne con

was lacking a good shot of joe before The

Papas, beef with potatoes in a tomato

Grind opened its now three locations.

sauce. And if you’ve never had fried plan-

Since the coffee shops are out of the

tains, they are an absolute must-try.

wife duo Katy Ugalda and Greg Butler. Katy’s Cuban roots serve as inspiration for the authentic menu. Try the Arroz de Pollo, chicken slow-roasted with spices,

breadth of MU’s campus, they are typi-

a friend. Try the Adult Chocolate Milk


with cold brew, mocha, white mocha

While its original location in Loop Liquor

and milk. Their coffee beans are roasted

closed at the end of May 2019, the au-

specifically for the coffee house, so be

thentic Mexican restaurant reopened on

sure to try their signature roasts, such as

Peachtree Drive in August. Father and son

Black & Gold house blend.

duo, Pancho and Francisco Rutiaga, set

cally less busy and offer the perfect place to get work done or just grab a latte with

themselves apart from similar restaurants

SOPHIA’S FINE DINING 3915 S. Providence Road sophiascomo.com

by marinating all the meat on their menu

Many think of Sophia’s as an upscale

nachos and quesadillas with a range of

Italian restaurant, and indeed, it has been

meat options: al pastor, asada, barbacoa,

voted best Italian Restaurant by readers

carnitas, chorizo, pollo and discada.

for 24 hours and not cooking until an order is placed. The menu features traditional Mexican items such as tacos, burritos,




G&D PIZZARIA PIZZA 2101 W. Broadway gdpizzasteak.com

FLAT BRANCH PUB & BREWING AMERICAN 115 S. Fifth St. flatbranch.com

While technically called a pizzaria, G&D is

Home to 12 home brewed beers, brick

well known for three things: pizza, steaks

oven pizzas and the famous Chokes

and gyros. Alex and Pano Terzopoulos,

‘n Cheese, Flat Branch is a must-visit.

who both immigrated from Greece,

Try the Green Chile Ale, which is more

opened G&D in 1977. The restaurant uses

warming than spicy and perfect for sip-

only imported raw extra virgin olive oil for

ping on while it’s chilly outside. Their

their salads and cooking — and sells im-

soup and ice cream offerings rotate

ported olive oil, feta and Greek Kalamata

daily so be sure to check their web-

olives in-store. Their pizzas range from the

site. Their entrees are reminiscent of a

traditional toppings to broccoli or feta. If

home-cooked meal, with Mac & Cheese,

you’re a meat lover, try the Country Music

Smoked Ribs and English Country

with sausage, pepperoni, ham, ground

Bangers and Mash.

beef, bacon and Canadian bacon. Their gyros are made with beef and lamb, onion


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On the Town

119 A New View


Darkow Draws

122 Final Word




2020 Columbia Chamber of Commerce Legislative Agenda The Chamber revealed their 2020 agenda at the annual reception and discussed the upcoming legislative session. Karen Taylor, D.j. Daller

Date Jan. 2 Location The Blue Note Photos by Wally Pfeffer mizzouwally@compuserve.com

Jennifer Barth, Laura Gerding

Matt Pritchard, Chuck Basye

John Fabsits, Mike Seda, David Clithero

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Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Breakfast Keynote speaker Gov. Mike Parson led the beginning of the Chamber’s Quarterly Membership Breakfast. A representative from the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, the gold sponsor presenter, also spoke.v

Bill Hervey, Penny Kuhns-Knarr

Date Jan. 8 Location The Crossing Photos by Wally Pfeffer mizzouwally@compuserve.com Nick Allen, Heather Brown

Stacye Smith, Valorie Livingston

Matt Williams, John Fabsits

Teresa Maledy, Peter Stiepelman

Alexander Cartwright, Kim Humphrey, Marty Oetting

Randy Minchew and Mary Jo Henry




Boys and Girls Club Board Holiday Party The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia held their annual holiday party, kindly hosted by Mary Jo Henry and Gary Drewing at their home on Jan. 8. Reflections on the accomplishments of the past year and gratitude for the committment and passion of retiring board members filled the air. Kirsten Simms, Jewell Simms

Date Jan. 8 Location

Mary Jo Henry and Gary Drewing's Home

Photos by Wally Pfeffer mizzouwally@compuserve.com


Jay MacLellan, Beth MacLellan

Jeremy Fangmann, Ashley Fangmann

Tim Jackman, Valarie Jackman

Rebecca Knipp, Jason Knipp



A New View


Assignment Oysters The Location Cherry Street Cellar


uring my junior year of high school, I was part of the planning committee for prom. Our team wanted our prom to be talked about for years. We wanted a unique venue, a live band and a meal that was amazing. We settled on the Crown Club at Kauffman Stadium for our location. We auditioned several bands throughout the Kansas City area and settled on a cover band. Deciding on the food was the

hardest part of planning the event. We were given a list of foods that were available. Most of it was pretty standard stuff, prime rib, bacon wrapped asparagus, chocolate covered strawberries. I noticed caviar was part of that menu. We wanted the prom experience to be first class — we even paid a little extra to have the fountains in right field light up and flow for a few hours during the event. I insisted on serving caviar. I had never tasted the stuff, but I thought it was a little something that would bring our dance to the next level. My fellow classmates balked at the idea of eating fish eggs, so I lost that argument.

It turns out it was a pretty good decision. Several years later, I tried those little round black beauties and came to the conclusion that my fellow students’ palates weren’t ready for such a culinary adventure. Just a few things stick out about prom that year. The band was terrible but watching the fountains dance under the light of the Royals’ scoreboard was pretty cool. Oddly enough, I don’t remember eating anything.

L.G. Patterson





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he year 2019 turned out to be one

than window dressing. The new task

fear of retribution. If the police and pros-

of the deadliest years on record

force is equipped and empowered to

ecutors can’t get evidence from victims

for gun violence in Columbia. Lo-

make a real difference.

and witnesses, their efforts are essentially

cal newscasts, headlines and social media

While there has always been a reason-

useless. As a result, criminals are released

posts seemed dominated by news of shots

able collaboration between local law

and set free to commit more crimes. You

fired, shooting deaths and gang-related

enforcement agencies, it has been many

can imagine how frustrating it is for law

activity. Unfortunately, this news is not

years since the Columbia Police Chief

enforcement to come in contact with the

the kind that the Chamber of Commerce

and the Boone County Sheriff had the

same perpetrators over and over again.

or Convention and Visitors Bureau likes

caliber of working relationship that exists

to use to promote our city, however, there

between Geoff Jones and Dwayne Carey.

city and county’s shrinking revenue

is finally some good news coming out that

The unique bond between these two law

bases. The significant reduction in sales

might reverse this disturbing trend.

enforcement veterans is one that is based

tax revenues in recent years has further

In a radio interview last month,

Complicating things further is the

on trust, mutual respect and frequent

hampered efforts to get ahead of our

Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones used

communication. The citizens of Columbia

local crime problem. Because revenues

a powerful metaphor to put frequent

and Boone County will soon be the benefi-

have not kept pace with growth, it has

offenders and would-be criminals on no-

ciaries of this new alliance and the energy

become more and more difficult for law

tice, telling them, “The train is coming.”

that is behind the expanded task force.

enforcement agencies to attract and

The train Jones was referring to is the

I believe it would be foolish to expect

retain qualified officers and deputies.

newly expanded Boone County Violent

instant results from this new collabora-

Sooner or later, we’ll have to face this

Crimes Task Force that is already taking

tion. There are still many unique chal-

new reality and reconsider our civic

a much more aggressive and direct ap-

lenges that stand in the way of getting

priorities. Thankfully, city and county of-

proach to deter gun violence and drug

and keeping offenders off the street. Our

ficials are now working together in a way

activity in our community.

local court system is overburdened. Our

that is unprecedented.

The expanded task force is now made

county prosecutor is currently working 30

Expanding the task force is a major

up of four Columbia Police officers, four

active murder cases. The Boone County

step in the right direction. As a commu-

Boone County Sheriff ’s deputies, one

jail is currently housing more than 100

nity that prides itself on an exceptional

University of Missouri police officer and

prisoners in other counties. Building a

quality of life, we must become vigilant

two agents from the federal Bureau of

bigger jail is not the solution. Sending a

in our efforts to support law enforce-

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

resounding message that crime is no lon-

ment in their efforts to get Columbia’s

When this task force was first formed

ger going to be tolerated in Boone County

crime problem under control and then

back in 2012, it only had two police of-

is a step in the right direction. The goal is

keep it that way. It won’t be easy.

ficers and one ATF agent. Now, with the

not to lock up these offenders, but rather

combined power of the Boone County

to run these guys out of town.

Sheriff ’s Department, MU Police and

We also need a better system for pro-

deeper benches from the federal govern-

tecting victims and witnesses of violent

Fred Parry

ment and Columbia Police Department,

crimes. Too many eyewitnesses are

Founder & Publisher Emeritus

this task force is suddenly much more

reluctant to testify or offer evidence for




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