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CONTENTS

October 2010

Features

38 ❖ Governor Visits Every State Park

Gov. Jay Nixon visits Montauk State Park near Salem for trout fishing, floating, and youth recognition.

42 ❖ Rolling Around Rolla

King of the Road John Robinson visits his hometown where he finds that his elementary school, Benton Square, has found new life.

54 ❖ Woodside Respite: Garth Mansion

A posh bed and breakfast today, this country mansion of John and Helen Garth, childhood friends of Mark Twain, still has the feel of the late-1800s.

58 ❖ What Would Twain Say?

Have you ever wondered what Mark Twain would think of the world today? We did, so we went to a man who has studied the literary great, and impersonated him, for more than thirty-five years. He answers our questions using Twain’s words.

68 ❖ Missouri Wine and Meat

How do you choose wine or beer to go with your meal? Chefs, wineries, and brew masters share their tips to match a great Missouri wine with a great meal.

72 ❖ The Art of the Mixologist

Purgatory and West Bottoms Social Club sound like places, but they’re drinks created by a couple of Missouri’s best bartenders. Check out the top fifteen bartenders in the state, and find out where to find Purgatory and the West Bottoms Social Club.

In Every Issue

67 ❖ Musings

Ron Marr has a revelation and a new pup.

84 ❖ Restaurant Recommendations

Get gourmet at Abby Rose in Hannibal, generous Mexican at El Puente in Springfield, and Austrian fare at Grunauer in Kansas City.

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Raisin bread from Abby Rose Restaurant, Purgatory from Best Bartender Ted Kilgore, and Grilled Smoked Pork Loin from Pfoodman.

87 ❖ All Around Missouri

Our complete listing of more than 90 events and festivals. Go to MissouriLife.com for even more great events and the most complete listing in the state.

98 ❖ Missouriana

Walter Cronkite, a pumpkin record, and a pie festival.

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CONTENTS In Every Issue

October 2010

16 ❖ Missouri Memo

The publisher warns about creepy creatures, and the editor floats with Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon.

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80 ❖ Missouri Wine

Winning seven awards including Governor’s Cup, one winery cleans up the Missouri State Fair Wine Competition. Cover photo: Mark Twain, 1907, courtesy of Mark Twain Museum, Hannibal, MO.

. This Issue on MissouriLife com What Would Twain Say? Find extended Q&A with MarkTwain, a.k.a. Richard Garey, (story on page 58) on special video broadcasts. New video will be posted weekly throughout the next two months.

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Invasion of the Creatures.

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novel. Missouri is being invaded by flying fish and hopping wasps— creatures with exotic sounding names like Asian carp, the Zebra mussel, emerald ash borer, gall wasps, gypsy moths, and the walnut twig beetle, which causes the horrible-sounding thousand cankers disease—not to mention the northern snakehead fish, which has been confirmed in Arkansas and could come here. One good new invader might be the elk. The Department of Conservation is about to reintroduce elk into the wilds of the Ozarks. Unfortunately, the list of bad invasive species outweighs the good. Add a nasty looking invasive alga—or algae in the plural—that goes by the fun-loving name “rock snot.” It looks like its namesake, and that’s enough said. Point is, if it slips, slides, hops, or flies, then take cover—it may be headed to a tree, pond, or river near you. I had a conversation with Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Assistant Chris Nichols, and he said they have never seen anything like the number of calls they’ve gotten this year. “Virtually all our major tree species are under attack,” he told me in exasperation. And in the case of the green ash, the prospects that anything can be done about that borer are dismal at best. In the animal world, flying Asian carp, now in the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and others that feed into them, are such a pervasive and insidious creature that the White House administration may appoint a “carp czar” to figure out how to keep them out of the Great

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Lakes, where they will reek untold billions of dollars in economic damage. There is no natural predator to speak of, and they are voracious feeders and prolific progenators. One female can lay one million eggs at a time. However, apparently our neighbors in Illinois have discovered a market for flying carp in Asia and have begun harvesting, processing, and exporting them. But that leads to another problem: How do you catch a flying fish? If you want to stay on top of these invaders, go to mdc.mo.gov and put “invasive species” in the search field. But a word of warning: Be prepared to crawl into your favorite hidey hole.

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I MET GARTH BROOKS while he could walk through Nashville unnoticed, visited Ricky Van Shelton on his farm, rode with Lee Greenwood on his tour bus, and chatted with Alan Jackson at a bar, while I was editor of another magazine. So why was I nervous to From left, First Lady Georganne Nixon, Gov. meet Gov. Jay and First Lady Jay Nixon, Danita Allen Wood, Rebecca Smith. Georganne Nixon? Maybe it had to do with the fact that I knew we would be canoeing on the Current River, and that it had been decades since I had floated that river. I knew we would be negotiating sharp curves, avoiding submerged rocks and trees, not to mention other canoeists, while steering on a fast current. And I knew we were floating with experienced people, including the Director of Natural Resources, Bill Bryan, and the Director of the Department of Conservation, Bob Ziehmer. My colleague, Rebeeca Smith, and I had purposely waited until most of our small party of about thirteen people and seven canoes had already left. We didn’t want to be in front if we swamped, flipped, or got hung up on a rock. But sure enough, about five minutes after launching, we approached our group. Governor Nixon had banked, hopped out of his canoe, and was fishing in the right of two channels. Not knowing whether we should stop or continue, at the last minute, we decided to keep floating. We aimed for the left channel. We aimed too late. After almost swamping, we were swept right but managed to avoid plowing down the Governor and entangling his line. The watch phrase for the day became, “Try not to hit the Governor!” Lots of people in front of us were flipping canoes, and in one case, a pair more or less ran over the First Lady in her kayak. We applaud the Governor and First Lady for visiting all the state parks and historic sites in an effort to encourage Missourians to spend their vacation dollars at home while exploring our own treasures. (See page 38.) Finally, I’d like to share just two thoughts about our first couple: It was a day many would have considered miserably hot. But Governor Nixon always had a smile on his face, always had friendly words for other floaters and fishers, and showed the eager curiosity of a kid about the old hospital at Welch Spring. And First Lady Georganne is gracious, fun-loving, and even tempered. She dealt with the kayak-getting-run-over-by-canoe incident with aplomb. I was watching closely (partly in an effort not to add to the pile up!). I admire and respect them both.

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MISSOURI DAY > ■ Missouri has one state symbol that is not an object. The idea for a special day originated with Anna Brosius Korn, a native of Caldwell County. ■ In 1913, she drafted a resolution, which won support of many statewide organizations. This book is used in ■ J. A. Waterman, a representative schools to focus on from Caldwell County, intro- Missouri history on Missouri Day. duced a bill in 1915 designating October 1 as Missouri Day. The date was changed to the first Monday in October before final passage. Gov. Elliott Major signed the bill March 22, 1915. ■ In 1969, the observance was moved from the first Monday to the third Wednesday in October— October 20 this year.

—John Fisher, author of Catfish, Fiddles Mules, and More: Missouri’s State Symbols

North America’s leading female author and Branson resident Janet Dailey is about to share in a part of Missouri history. The globally recognized romance novelist has purchased an old English-style inn O’Fallon

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built in 1910 in Hollister, a small culturally rich town just outside of Branson. Renaming the old building “Ye Olde

Romantic Retreat

English Inn,” Janet along with two Dailey Properties’ associates, Vice President Clint Smith and construction overseer Garland Dimetroff, created Turning Leaf Properties, LLC for the inn’s

FOUR MISSOURI CITIES made Money magazine’s Top 100 Best

renovation. The inn’s River Stone Restaurant and Black Horse

Places to Live list for 2010. The ranking takes into consideration factors such as housing, weather, education, and crime levels. O’Fallon was the 26th best place to live in America. The small town, which has been ranked on the list before, was picked for its exceptionally low crime rate and expansive parkland. Lee’s Summit ranked just behind as the 27th best place. The town, selected for its great school system and consistently high test scores, recently completed the redevelopment of its downtown area. Blue Springs, also selected for its exceptionally high test scores and school system, pulled in at 50 on the list. The city’s affordable housing and low property taxes make it an ideal place to live. Coming in at 60 on the list, St. Peters is a town full of character and old charm. The city’s Rec-Plex, a 236,000 square-foot activity center complete with Olympic-size pools, is an attractive feature for the active. Visit money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/top100/ for the complete list. —Lauren Hughes

Pub opened in May, and the developers plan to have rooms available this fall. Restoring and opening the building in segments, Janet plans to have twenty available guest rooms, a balcony, a parlor, and rooms for weddings

and

other

events when everything is complete. Call

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for more information. —Katie Davis

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ZEST OF LIFE > MISSOURI ARTISTS Marty Bachert

(Marty B) and his

band have been gracing the St. Louis area as well as many other towns and venues across Missouri and the Midwest for a few years. But, with a smooth rock sound, blues-influenced guitar hooks, and Marty’s slightly raspy but perfectly in tune voice, this band is beyond compelling—it is hard to turn off. The album Shades of Red was Melissa Whiteman uses oil on canvas to recreate the storms she sees.

released in June and, as Marty points out, depicts “failed and hurt love.” “With red being the crisp color of passion, I felt that, in my life, so far I have had many different shades of it,” Marty says. “It was simply inspired by my past and present at that time.” And, since the album’s release, Marty, Fe r n a n d o Padron (lead guitarist), Benjamin Rosemann

Shades of Red

(drummer), Robby Higgins (bassist), and Paul Johnson (saxophonist and percussionist) have been playing numerous

STORM CHASER

S T. C H A R L E S A R T I S T C A P T U R E S L I G H T N I N G |

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shows and booking some larger performances. In fact, the five are scheduled to play at Kansas City’s Uptown Theater on November 20, and they will be on an Ameristar Casino tour around the U.S. closing in St. Louis on February 19. The biggest negotiations are for time slots

it strikes fast and disappears. For St. Charles artist Melissa Whiteman, however, it stays close at mind until she recreates it on canvas. Melissa has been painting for thirteen years, and her work captures storms. “When people are running for cover from storms, I’m running to see them,” she says. It took a long time for Melissa to master her craft. As a self-taught artist, she worked her way through graphite pencil, pastels, and acrylic paint before discovering oil paint as her dream medium. As far as inspiration goes, Melissa began painting by imitating what she saw in photos taken during storms. Now, she is able to create scenes from visualizations of weather in her mind. “I get a lot of my inspiration to paint from

just watching the clouds,” she says. “I love to stand in the middle of a field when a storm is rolling in. I love the smells, the sounds.” Melissa’s paintings capture storms in a variety of settings. Because storms are a universal occurrence, her images range from lightning on the St. Louis riverfront to tornadoes striking in a small town to far away tropical storms where she depicts lightning reflecting in the ocean. Melissa’s goal is to recreate the storms as realistically as possible. “I like to try and make people wonder if they’re looking at a photo or not.” Melissa’s artwork is currently on display at The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles until October 8. Visit www.stormgallery.com for more information.

on the Ellen and Rachael Ray shows, but those dates have yet to be determined. But even though the band is starting to branch out to even more locations, Marty says he’ll always pay homage to his hometown in St. Louis. “I’m excited to venture out more, but I will always start and end my tour at home. We have a great following and fans there.” Visit www.marty-b.com for more information. —Katie Davis

Marty Bachert

COURTESY OF MELISSA WHITEMAN; COURTESY OF MARTY BACHERT

FOR MOST, lightning is a fleeting event;

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ZEST OF LIFE > MISSOURI BOOK S

Haunted Hannibal By Ken and Lisa Marks, The History Press, 128 pages, $19.99 softcover, nonfiction

Written by self-proclaimed “Hannibalians,” Ken and Lisa Marks, Haunted Hannibal explores the unknown and brings the mystery and history of Hannibal to life. The couple originally moved to Hannibal in 2009 to restore the infamous Rockcliffe mansion and now operate Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours to teach visitors not only about the parts of history that we can see, but also the parts we often simply need to sense. This book gives readers a glimpse of ghosts in the attic, crime in “Blood Alley,” the real “Injun Joe,” and other various hauntings, both friend and foe. Told by real people who have experienced unexplainable events, the stories provide entertainment and excitement, but also a sense of the way life in historic Hannibal used to be. About a town known mainly as being the childhood home of one of literature’s finest, Mark Twain, Haunted Hannibal reveals the secrets of a forgotten time and the forgotten people in “America’s Hometown.” —Melissa Williams

Fall Concer ts Firefall September 24-25 Poco October 1-2

Thirteen Years in the Middle East By Springfield author Katherine Chaudhri, Litho Printers, 302 pages,

Brewer and Shipley with Jesse Winchester October 8-9

$17.98 softcover, nonfiction

When she stepped off the plane and into the broiling Arabian sun, Katherine Chaudhri knew she would have to adjust to a lot more than the heat. In her book, Crowded with Voices: Thirteen Years in the Middle East, Katherine takes a contemplative look at her years teaching at an English-language school from 1976 to 1989 in Bahrain, an island country off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Her observations on the region are sometimes speculative, but her approach makes it more relatable. She’s not an expert or a Middle East historian; she’s a non-Muslim Westerner who had to adjust to finding Bahraini clothes that matched a sunburned, freckled skin tone. But she doesn’t rest with the obvious differences in secular versus religious culture. Crowded With Voices does not oversimplify life in Bahrain or draw too many parallels to American involvement in the Middle East. Rather, it highlights the tension and the clashes between Western and Middle Eastern thought that underlie our dealings with the region today. —Jennifer Gordon

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Zest of Life > Made in Missouri

Crying Fame

Jay Curry wanted his own smoker, and

from a combination of their last names:

he ended up with a barbecue business.

curry, a spice, and ham, a swine.

Columbia’s Spicewine Ironworks began

At first, Spicewine Ironworks only

six years ago when customers saw Jay

sold smokers. The company’s web site,

working on a personal barbecue smoker

however, looked skimpy, so the own-

at his Columbia Welding & Machine shop.

ers developed sauces, rubs, smoking

People started placing orders for smok-

woods, and merchandise to go along

ers before Jay could finish his own. Jay

with their smokers. “Things snow-

asked the other two owners of Columbia

balled from there,” Jay says. Spicewine

Welding & Machine, his brother Steve and

Ironworks now sells its products to

his friend Randy Ham, to help out, and

barbecue enthusiasts nationwide. It has

they created Spicewine Ironworks. They

major distributors in California, New

came up with the name for their business

York, Iowa, and Florida.

Thanks for Smoking

For more information, visit www.spice wineironworks.com. —Jennifer Gordon

A Perfect match > Determined to create options for vegetarians and meat-eaters cutting back on fats, Allison Burgess started experimenting in her St. Louis kitchen. She found a balance of soy and wheat proteins to make her faux meat—ground beef, ground chicken, crab, breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, and ground pork—and established MATCH meat alternatives in 2004, along with non-vegetarian Executive Chef Freddie Holland. Prices range from 6.99 to 7.99 per pound. Visit www.matchmeats. com for more information. —Katie Davis

courtesy of Sabre red; courtesy of MATCH MEATS; TINA WHEELER

Most companies wouldn’t want to brag that they make grown men cry, but that’s Security Equipment Corporation’s motto. They’ve been bringing out the waterworks since 1975. The family-owned and -operated company outside of Fenton produces the nation’s strongest brand of pepper spray, says Bob Nance, one of the current owners. Thirty-five years ago, Larry Nance, a former defense spray salesman, started the company to improve civilian defense spray products. He tested out different formulas for more than a year before he found one that worked. SABRE Red Pepper Spray is six times hotter than habanero chili pepper and has the maximum level of capsaicinoids, the chemical compounds that give peppers their sting, that the government allows. The company also produces a line of self-defense sprays, a combination of tear gas and pepper spray, stun guns and batons, and a bear spray called Frontiersman, a 33 percent stronger dose of the SABRE Red pepper spray. In the ’90s, Larry and the second generation of Nances expanded the Security Equipment Corporation’s product line to include aerosol projection canisters and a law enforcement-specific brand. Today, the New York Police Department, the U.S. Department of Defense, and other law enforcement agencies around the country carry SABRE products. Visit www.sabrered.com for more information. —Jennifer Gordon

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PROMOTION

Take your tastebuds on a tour through Columbia’s excellent eateries, specialty food shops, and other destinations that are perfect for the foodie in you. Meal by meal, plate by plate, eating your way through

food scrave

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one of the most satisfying ways to experience Columbia. For the foodie, it’s an

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ideal destination to try new things and savor old favorites. The chefs and the menus at Columbia restaurants exhibit big-city style and innovation, along with

down-home comfort-classics that can only be found in the kitchens of families who’ve passed their culinary secrets from one generation to the next. Here is our meal-by-meal guide for

epicurean exploration in Columbia.

>> >

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WHAT BETTER WAY to start off a weekend of eating than at the Columbia Farmers Market Market? The market runs from eight to noon on Saturdays from March to midNovember, and it's best to get there early before vendors sell out. The market hosts about 90 vendors who sell everything from organic and heirloom produce to grass-fed meats, to cheese, bread, and honey. The Saturday market is located in the parking lot behind the Activity and Recreation Center at Ash and Clinkscales. You can pick up a cup of coffee, a batch of cinnamon rolls, or a breakfast burrito while you're at the market, or you can hop over to Café Berlin at 10th and Park, where they put the

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local bounty to good use in their hearty breakfasts. Try the pancake burrito, which consists of a huge flapjack stuffed with bacon and eggs. Or, order a pancake topped with apples and andouille sausage cooked in cinnamon and maple syrup. You can catch a late breakfast or brunch at Bleu, at 29 South 8th Street. Savor classic brunch items such as steak and eggs or brioche French toast. You can also build your own Bloody Mary, with your choices of vodka and garnishes. Saturdays are perfect for exploring the specialty food shops in Columbia, from gourmet groceries to ethnic markets. While grocery stores are catching on to the foodie trend, there are some ingredients you just can't get at the supermarket. So make a list of those hard-to-find items you need, or just browse and let inspiration take over at stores like World Harvest, located at 3700 Monterey Drive off West Nifong. Featuring an incredible

selection of thousands of products from around the globe, European chocolate, olive oils and vinegars from the Mediterranean, and imported cheeses are all standouts. Just down the road at 1010 Club Village Drive is Hoss's Market and Rotisserie. Here you can pick up literally everything you need to create a gourmet meal: Hoss's is a butcher shop, rotisserie, deli, caterer, wine and beer shop, and gourmet grocery all in one location. If you can't get enough Asian cuisine, local gourmands like Scott Rowson, who writes a food column in the local paper, recommend a trip to Hong Kong Market at 3510 I-70 Drive Southeast. The Asian grocery carries just about anything you'll need to create authentic Asian dishes in your kitchen, from the kitchen supplies themselves to the spices. Or if you prefer the milder flavors

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of Europe, Natasha's Euro Market located at 705 Vandiver Drive offers traditional favorites from countries like Germany, Russia, and Poland. Deli meats, sausages, cheeses, and beer are excellent choices. Once you've shopped your way through town, break for lunch at one of Columbia's popular casual yet craved-for restaurants such as Shakespeare's or Booches. They're both located on South Ninth Street, and both establishments have received national attention for their pizza and burgers, respectively. Shakespeare's offers a delicious array of toppings on hand-tossed pies, and its quirky and fun atmosphere add to the experience. Booches' burgers are small, so do as

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WORLD HARVEST " I P E R S O N A L LY R E C O M M E N D : S A I FA N OLIVE OIL, PICKLED PIQUANTE PEPPERS, AGED BALSAMIC VINEGAR, SPICES, PRIMA DONNA CHEESE, RUSTICHELLA D ' A B R U Z Z O PA S TA . ” SHOWMEEATS.WORDPRESS.COM

O PEST A N U T THE RY ' S T IS I – "MUR WICH cky S. e B SAND — !" BEST

“ O V E R T H E PA S T Y E A R SYCAMORE, WHICH A LW AY S T U R N E D O U T E X C E L L E N T, R E L I A B L E FOOD, HAS BECOME T H E B E S T R E S TA U R A N T I N T O W N . W H AT WA S O N C E A S AT I S F Y I N G B U T L A R G E LY S T A T I C MENU HAS MORPHED I N TO A K I N E T I C , E V E R E V O LV I N G E X P E R I M E N T A N D O N E S T I L L V E RY WELL-EXECUTED.” SHOWMEEATS.WORDPRESS.COM

the locals do and order two. They're served on waxed paper and are best paired with a pitcher of beer. Other noteworthy restaurants that are excellent lunch options nearby include Main Squeeze, where you can enjoy organic, vegan-friendly fare that won't hurt your waistline (be sure to try a smoothie from the juice bar). But if you're not concerned with calories at the moment, try the southern-style breaded catfish with traditional sides like hush puppies and fried okra at the Mississippi Fish Shack on Broadway. Take the afternoon to relax in one of the coffee shops downtown, such as Lakota on South Ninth, or Coffee Zone on North Ninth. Or perhaps you'd rather enjoy a refreshing craft beer. Flat Branch Pub and Brewing located on Fifth Street has a beautiful spot to sit outside on the patio and enjoy a beverage with friends. The brewpub always has a variety of beers on tap, with regular favorites like the Katy Trail Pale Ale, Green Chili Beer, Honey Wheat, or Ed's IPA, along with seasonal specialties such as the Vanilla Bean Lager, or Great Pumpkin Ale. If you prefer wine, Top Ten Wines on South Ninth Street actually features thousands of bottles of wine, with varieties from wine hot-spots from all over the world, including hard-to-find labels. And whether you want to sip a glass at the bar or take a bottle home for later, the expert staff can help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Dinner options in Columbia run the gamut from sophisticated to laid back, ethnic to traditional American, fast food to slow food ... you get the picture. You can have anything, depending on your mood and what you're craving. For an upscale atmosphere featuring classic gourmet dishes with a European twist prepared by an award-winning executive chef, check out the University Club, a private club located at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus. While a membership to the club is required, you'll enjoy some of the best food in Columbia, and have access to special events and brunches, plus access to the wine club, etiquette classes, and more. If you're looking for a local meal with class, Sycamore Restaurant is well known for using locally and regionallygrown ingredients in its inventive seasonal menu. Start with an heirloom tomato plate, and look for scrumptious

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GERS "I LOVE THE BUR N O S D R A I AT B I L L k B. B R O A D W A Y. " — Jac

"SPRING ROLLS FROM CHINESE WOK EXPRE SS."

— Emily K.

>>> appetizers like house-made potato gnocchi with string beans and sugarsnap peas. Follow it up with an entree such as a free-range chicken breast stuffed with blue cheese, accompanied by summer squash, sweet corn, rice, peaches, and blackberries. If you're looking for a more worldly dinner experience, try Jina Yoo's Asian Bistro, located at Forum Boulevard near the Chapel Hill intersection. Jina Yoo's is a Pan-Asian dining experience, with entrees such as tempura lobster tail with mushroom bisque, or grilled rib-eye steak in a Korean barbecue reduction. The menu also features signature sushi rolls, cooked rolls, and nigiri sushi and sashimi. Grand Cru, located at 2600 South Providence, is known for its steak and cigars. Try a sixteen-ounce bone-in rib eye, served with sherried Ozark Forest mushrooms and sweet white onions. Then have a cigar and after dinner drink in the attached Nostalgia Shop.

GREEN DRAGON AT JINA YOO'S

Sophia's, located at 3915 South Providence, is an excellent choice for cuisine with a southern European influence. The menu includes calamari, tapas, salads, pastas, pizzas, and entrees such as tomato-basil sea bass or the brandy cream filet. With such great dinner options at these Columbia restaurants, it might be hard to save room for dessert. But it's worth it. For something snazzy, go to Room 38 at 38 North 8th Street. The restaurant has a colorful drink menu with creative martinis and mojitos — chocolate espresso martini, anyone? But their gooey butter K FA S T cake dessert is also a major draw, . BREA , . . E V not to mention the fondue. You "I CRA AFE BERLIN LES AT C E APP get dark chocolate, caramel milk H T Y IALL D THE chocolate, and raspberry white ESPEC GE AN A S U A TO . " & S chocolate dipping sauces, with BURRI E K A C PA N . marshmallows, sponge cake, and — Pam O strawberries to feast on.

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E V E RY S A D "I WOULD B IN NEVER AGA IF I COULD S G WIN H AV E H O T H NOT S E R F (USING CJ'S." F R O Z E N ) AT

— Renee G.

>>> “I’VE SAID IT BEFORE, B U T T H E F O L K S AT B L E U G E T I T; I T ’ S W H Y THEY WERE AMONG C O L U M B I A’ S B E S T T H E D AY T H E Y O P E N E D . I’VE ALSO OFTEN SEEN S E R V E R S AT S Y C A M O R E STUDYING WINE AND BEER REFERENCES DURING DOWN TIME. T H E R E S U LT I N B O T H I N S TA N C E S I S A S TA F F T H AT D O E S N ’ T S H R U G WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT THE COTES DU RHONE.” SHOWMEEATS.WORDPRESS.COM

Or if you'd rather go for a casual dessert of the frozen variety, try the gourmet homemade ice cream at Sparky's at 21 South 9th Street. While they have the old standbys of chocolate and vanilla, they get creative with flavors like Les Bourgeois red wine with Ghirardelli chocolate chips, lemon bar, blackberry lavender, and even, on occasion, bacon maple (seriously). There's no way you can experience all the great food Columbia has to offer in a single day, so it's best to make a weekend of it. After dessert, settle into a comfy hotel room, get out your stretchy pants, and plan for tomorrow. Your tastebuds will thank you.

& Vi s i tors Bu reau enti on Conv

Contact the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information. www.visitcolumbiamo.com info@gocolumbiamo.com 800.652.0987

SPARKY'S ICE CREAM

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U T AT " O I L C H A N G E S TO WING E R F L AT B R A N C H B HT?)" G I R (BEER IS FOOD,

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REBECCA FRENCH SMITH

T H E F I S H E R M A N F L O AT S I N M O N TA U K S TAT E PA R K |

AT 6:59 AM, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon stands knee-deep in a pool just above a small fall in the Current River along with several other fishers, and like clockwork, a horn sounds to start the day’s fishing at 7 AM. By 10, Governor Nixon is headed downriver in a canoe, but floating for him is more like transportation from one promising fishing hole to the next. When he spies one, out of the canoe he hops, and onto the water his lure lands. The governor’s visit to Montauk State Park this day is part of a yearlong quest to visit each of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites, of which there are eighty-five. To date, he’s been to sixty-one. Winding, turning, butterflies-in-your-stomach, breathtaking, awe-inspiring. Those are good words, and they describe the journey to the state park that could also be dubbed the “quintessential Ozarks.” Comprising nearly 1,400 acres, Montauk is nestled in the Ozark hills of Shannon County just south of Rolla. Telltale curvy and hill-ridden roads lead to this park that hugs the Current River. Along with the Jacks Fork River, the Current is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverway. Many canoeists have launched a float trip from nearby outfitters, and the river is a trout fisher’s dream. The river’s cool waters are fed by seven springs that form the headwaters in the park and provide a comfortable temperature for the popular fish. Avid fishers descend upon the park March through October for Missouri’s trout season, and you never know who you might see trying to hook one. The Governor is also visiting with members of the State Parks Youth Corps, who were employed last summer across the state’s parks and historic sites system to perform trail maintenance, roofing, painting, interpretive programs, and more. The program was funded through federal money from the stimulus package. The twenty-nine SPYC members employed at Montauk put in 7,440 hours. Work on the gristmill was a special project of Zachary Fitzwater. The mill was once part of a thriving community in the 1800s, but today the park is a quieter place. That solitude is appreciated by the park’s visitors—more than half a million in 2009. “Fun sometimes is a place where there isn’t any noise,” according to Governor Nixon. Park visitors can also visit the on-site fish hatchery and stay in the park lodging, which might have better linens than you have at home. Perhaps the next time you visit Montauk State Park you’ll see Governor Nixon on the river; trout season doesn’t end until October 31. Visit mostateparks.com/montauk.htm for more information.

By Rebecca French Smith

From top: Children floating on the Current River stop to take a dip in Welch Spring, which feeds into the river. The cool waters are breath-taking, and the spring has an average flow of 120 million gallons per day. First Lady Georganne Nixon, Zachary Fitzwater, Whitney Nelson, and Governor Nixon meet at a dinner that recognized the State Parks Youth Corps. Zachary worked on restoring the 1896 on-site gristmill, while Whitney prepared interpretive programs on wildlife that can be seen along the river in Montauk State Park.

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AwAken to Fulton’s rich history with exciting sights and sounds all wrapped up in the warmth of small-town charm, with brick streets, elegant architecture, and 67 buildings on the historic register. Unwind at two of Missouri’s top 10 Inns, the historic Loganberry Inn where Margaret Thatcher stayed or Romancing the Past B&B in the historic Jameson home. ConneCt to our history at the newly renovated National Churchill Museum. This four-million-dollar museum inside a priceless piece of architecture will give you a look back at living history. immerse yourself in the arts and music at Kemper Center for the Arts or Westminster gallery. mArvel at the impressive collection of 84 historic automobiles displayed in Hollywood-style sets for their era at the new Backer Auto World Museum. sAmple some distinctive Missouri wines and a creative bistro menu at Summit Lake Winery. sAvor scrumptious dining at one of our great restaurants, like Beks, for a unique blend of old and new where Internet and espresso meet 1902 architecture. CAptUre a sense of local history at the Historical Society Museum, or pay your respects at the Missouri Firefighters Memorial. The National Churchill Museum features interactive displays that engage and educate visitors of all ages.

smile at the offbeat collection at Crane’s Museum in Williamsburg, and before you head out, stop by Marlene’s Restaurant. A pulled-pork sandwich and warm slice of pie will leave you grinning.

Tanglewood Golf Course features 6,883 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.

revisit the 1930s by sharing a shake made with locally made premium ice cream at Sault’s authentic soda fountain.

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Wonderful breakfasts and romantic accommodations await you at Loganberry Inn B&B.

Calendar of events 35th Annual Hatton Craft Festival October 2, 9 AM-4 PM Throughout Hatton 175+ exhibitors with handmade items for sale â&#x20AC;&#x201C; dolls, hand-painted china, paintings, pillows, wooden toys, florals, seasonal items, and much more. A country atmosphere with three buildings of crafts. Free wagon rides. Lunch served. 573-529-1541

Girlfriend Getaway spa packages and Chocolate for Chicks All November weekends Loganberry Inn Bed and Breakfast www.loganberryinn.com 573-642-9229

Annual victorian Christmas sale

Begins November 11 thru December National Churchill Museum 501 Westminster Ave. Nov. 11: Kettledrum Tea 10 AM-2 PM, Cocktails 5-8 PM, all-day shopping. 573-592-5234

Craneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4,000-square-foot museum is a one-of-akind viewing experience featuring rural Missouri history dating back to the 1800s.

Black dress wine tasting

November 18, 5:30 to 8:30 PM Beks Restaurant and Wine Bar www.beksshop.com 573-592-7117 Beks, in historic downtown, features local seasonal fare for lunch or dinner and an extensive beer selection and hand-selected wine list.

Holiday open House

November 19 and 20, 10 AM-5 PM Downtown Fulton Enjoy extended shopping hours at participating stores. Merchants will unveil their holiday windows. 573-642-3055

Christmas House tour

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For your next getaway or family vacation, visit Fulton and Callaway County. For more information and calendar of events, visit www.visitfulton.com or call 573-642-3055.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Emerson Electric Building was constructed in 1958 and houses electrical and computer engineering. Landmarks like the Millennium Arch give Rolla its distinct small-town, artsy vibe.

ROLLING AROUND ROLLA THE KING RETURNS TO HIS CORE OF DISCOVERY |

I HAD A BAD DAY. After my fifth grade teacher paddled me for the second time in four hours, I knew I’d face the music again at home. My teacher would tell the principal who would tell the superintendent, and that’s where my troubles would multiply. The superintendent was my dad.

My transgressions were not capital crimes. I don’t even remember what they were. Talking. Chewing gum. It didn’t matter; in the halls of honor, I was a goner. So I postponed the inevitable for as long as I could. I rode my bike around town, past the fresh ink smell of the newspaper

By John Robinson

office, where I imagined tomorrow’s headline rolling off the presses: “Truant Burned at Stake.” I whistled through the Rolla Cemetery, past a grave covered in flowers. That grave is always covered in flowers. Not likely for me. I rolled past the ball field where I got my

COURTESY OF MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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first base hit and the old Frisco steam locomotive I always wanted to ride. I said goodbye to the icons of my childhood and went home to plea for mercy. The events of that day led to a teachable moment. My parents, as teachers, branded the lesson into my memory. Fond memories, mostly, waft from my childhood home of Rolla. And even though we moved from town shortly after my whuppins, I returned after college to work at the Rolla Daily News, where my boss told me, “Journalism school taught you how to write, now I’ll teach you how to see.” Life’s lessons are hard. I saw a lot during that first job. I still see a lot in Rolla on frequent travels through this town, a principal conduit to Ozark treasures. I feel pride when Rolla scores on the tourism meter, like it did in a survey a few years ago. The Missouri Division of Tourism asked respondents what Missouri attraction they would most like to see. Among the myriad great attractions, Rolla’s replica of Stonehenge was at the top of the must-see list. Stonehenge, as you know, is the original farmer’s almanac, constructed five thousand years ago by hunter-gatherers who had evolved into planters and needed a calendar to herald the seasons. Scholars from the University of Missouri at Rolla—now Missouri University of Science & Technology—engineered the local sundial. Even though Rolla’s half-size replica dates back only to 1984, it performs the same service as the original, for those caught without a calendar. Looping around this university with the superlative acronym (MUST), I spied an artistic interpretation of the Stonehenge theme, called the Millennium Arch, by British sculptor Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. Immersed in Rolla’s artful British connections, I headed up the town’s main street, which takes on an emerald hue every spring when engineering students paint it and parade on it to celebrate their patron St. Patrick. That ritual dates back to the days when this street was the original Route 66. It’s called Pine Street nowadays, a one-way boulevard that offers the best-timed traffic lights in the Louisiana Territory. Hit the first green light, and it’s smooth sailing. I doubled back, passing the stately old

Route 66: Mother Ro ad, Childhood Icon Traveler’s H , aven

chancellor’s residence, where I used to play as a kid, to align with another old relic. I crossed the railroad tracks using an ancient wooden bridge, one of the few remaining examples of the style known as “arch made with railroad ties.” Until recently, cars and trucks traversed the rickety bridge. Now the span feels only cyclists and pedestrians on its back and empties at the doorstep of the old Phelps County Courthouse. The 150-year-old building, standing guard next to its replacement, has seen a lot of storms in this county that looks on the map like a cubist symbol for a hurricane. The old courthouse is the centerpiece to several preserved buildings that offer glimpses into Rolla’s past. Settlers founded Rolla seven score and twelve years ago along the Great Osage Indian Trail, which became the Wire Road when the communications industry strung a telegraph line between St. Louis and Springfield. Legend says that settlers from the Appalachians named the town after Raleigh, North Carolina. As a speaker of southern phonetics, I can hear that. In the years right before and after the Civil War, the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway Company built the Frisco Railroad paralleling the Wire Road. Eventually Route 66 laid down its legend along the same path. I motored toward the sunset and stopped into Maid Rite where Sonny Sherrill made me

Downtown Rolla served as the stomping grounds for writer John Robinson as a young boy.

a patented loose meat burger, and I watched out the same window that’s witnessed traffic coursing up and down Kingshighway ever since it, too, was part of the original Route 66. Continuing west along the old Mother Road, past the beckoning tinsel and trading posts along Martin Springs Drive, I reached another icon of my youth. With Rolla’s dual role as a college town sitting on the nation’s most storied road, the town always served up good food. From my early days in Rolla, some places are gone, like the legendary Chub & Jo’s, ascended to that blue plate diner in the sky. But several favorite food joints remain. Pryor’s Fresh Pizza. Sunday all-you-can-eat at La Posada. Oh, and Alex’s Pizza Palace downtown, which rivals Arris in Jefferson City as the best Greek-style pizza ever. Eateries come and go, but Zeno’s is an institution. Since 1959, Zeno’s Steak House has launched a billion prom dates, for better or for worse. Travelers along the Mother Road can still order a great steak from a menu shaped like an Angus steer. Before there was a Route 66, Benton Elementary School started cranking out knowledgeable products. Alas, the school shut down, the unfortunate victim of the progress that comes from successful school bond issues. The old structure stood mostly

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dormant for decades, an occasional tenant here and there. But mostly its brick skin awaited the fate of the wrecking ball—until a year ago. On its one hundredth birthday, the building morphed into Benton Square, the post-modern world’s most elegant amalgam of shops, spas, and dining. It’s the centerpiece to Rolla’s burgeoning arts and entertainment district. Seriously, artists have always flocked to this part of the Ozarks, like worldclass sculptor Louie Smart, songbird Luce Myers, songwriter Tom Shipley (of Brewer & Shipley fame), even a pair of Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The Benton Square developers are daredevils, too, rescuing the old building, Nobody knows Missouri like John Robinson.

King of the Road

John, a former Director of Tourism for Missouri, has driven every mile of statemaintained highways. This makes him King of the Road. He has covered 4,031 state roads and marked each off on his map, but he insists there’s one more road to travel: The next one.

combining their own artful vision of classic design with classy services, and betting on the draw. They drew from their obvious business sense—and deep pockets—to dress up the old school like Auntie Mame and treat Rolla like royalty. I have no more than a deep-seated sentimental investment. Yes, this is the same building where my fifth grade hide got blistered for not following the rules. So in a semi-triumphal return, I walked in a side entrance and marveled at an achievement of perfect balance of function, form, and fun. From nearly five decades ago, I remember the hiding places: The basement furnace room has become a spa. The old cloakroom opens into a dining room. The wellworn wooden stairs I trod as a kid still fit my feet, although they’ve been shined with shellac. The playground is an outdoor dining area, with a concert stage to boot. I could access the rooftop, legally this time around. From the rooftop, I could almost see that flower-bedecked grave. As long as I can remember, I’ve heard legends about its origin. Everybody around town knows the legend, but nobody can tell the story with any certainty. Local reporters and historians

have tried to dig into the facts, with little success. Still the legend persists: Decades ago, a Gypsy king died along Route 66, folks say, and they buried him here. I’m not sure what a Gypsy king might be, though likely a king of the road. Even among locals, the term Gypsy inspires a multitude of reactions. One thing is certain: Around Memorial Day each year since the passing of this mortal, somebody shows up to decorate the plot and the companion graves that have surrounded it over time. Like all legends, the mystery may eclipse the true story, as it does with Route 66, Stonehenge, St. Patrick, and Rolla’s unique name. And even though old Benton School has a new name and a new purpose, among the diners and revelers are folks who remember their own stories about time served in that building. Some stories are good, some painful. The school structured my knowledge, sometimes a bit too structured. Beyond its walls, this town, with its saints and sacred highways, mysterious stones, and vagabond spirits, fuels my quest for discovery. Visit www.rollachamber.org or www.benton square.com for more information.

COURTESY OF ROLLA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITOR CENTER; GREG WOOD

With its rustic vintage appeal and great steaks, Zeno’s Motel and Steak House has provided dinner for Route 66 wanderers since 1959.

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The Benton Room is a warm, elegant dining area in Benton Square, an old elementary school that was built in 1909, now home to retail shops, restaurants, spas, and more.

Other Points of Interest Blue Bonnet Special Steam Train

Edward L. Clark Museum

Orval Reeves Gallery

111 Fairgrounds Road

606 Cedar Street

16th and Walnut streets

573-368-2100

573-364-7446

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537-364-4278 Named after Edward L. Clark, state

Owned by Orval Reeves, an acrylic

On display is a 1500 series engine built

geologist from 1944-55, this Missouri

landscape painter, the gallery features the

in 1923 for Frisco Railroad, which was

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work of ten local artists, including jewelry

deeded to the city of Rolla in 1955, plus

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interesting facts about the train. It is

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open year-round, and admission is free.

historic items used by the division.

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designs, pottery, scarves, and glassware. For more information visit www. visitrolla.com.

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ocal vintner Kevin Shopher has put Mexico on the map for wine growing in Missouri. With more than 90 wineries in the state, Missouri is known for its rich wine culture, and Teal Lake Vineyards has been a part of it since 2004. Shopher has developed the Teal Lake Vineyards Vignoles, an AmericanFrench hybrid variety of white wine, known for its semi-sweet, yet not too sweet, fruity flavor. Shopher, who has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri, has studied how to raise his variety of grapes with a more natural approach, without nitrates. Since he started his vineyard in 2004, he has endured the challenging nuances that come with growing grapes, including losing one year’s crop to a fungus. But Shopher’s persistence has prevailed. His first harvest of the vignole last year has sold out, and Shopher is preparing for an even better harvest next season. Kevin planted another 600 plants on one acre. It is a new variety called Crimson Cabernet, which is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Norton. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular grape in the world, yet it

will not grow in Missouri. The Norton variety is Missouri’s state grape and with its genetics, this new variety should be able to handle the Missouri climate. Shopher’s wine is distributed through Coopers Oak Winery with locations in Higbee and Boonville. Wine on Washington,, located at 115 South Washington Street, offers more than 100 varieties of wine from around the world. You can take a bottle home with you or try a glass at the wine bar. Proprietor DeDe Hildebrand recommends the ChocoVine, a red wine from Holland combined with dark chocolate for a decadent dessert wine. Wine on Washington will be celebrating its one-year anniversary this October, and while details are still in the works, you can

plan to celebrate October 14-15. Wine on Washington also features wine tastings, wine classes and live music from time to time. Be sure to check its Facebook page, or call the store for details at 573-582-0969. Scrapbook Store and More located on the square at 103 N. Washington in downtown Mexico will help you with creative ways to preserve and share your memories with a variety of the newest paper crafting products and techniques. Scrapbook Store and More carries papers and embellishments and papers from Little Yellow Bicycle, My Mind’s Eye, Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny, American Crafts, Prima, 7 Gypsies, SEI, Karen Foster and We R Memory Keepers. Two new lines just introduced are Harmonie and Hambly. The store carries a full line of Tim Holtz products including Sizzix texture plates, Sizzix dies, rubber stamps, alcohol and distress

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Presser Performing Arts Center 900 S. Jefferson 573-581-5592 www.presserpac.com

PPAC: Photography Show October 30

Presser Performing Arts Center 900 S. Jefferson 573-581-5592 www.presserpac.com

Christmas Dinner, and Entertainment Audrain County Historical Society November 13-14 501 S. Muldrow 573-581-3910 www.audrain.org/index.htm

Village Square Association Holiday Parade Chili Cook-off November 20

On The Square Contact Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce 800-581-2765 www.mexico-chamber.org

“Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular” December 2-5

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Holiday Home Tour December 5

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Handel’s Messiah December 12

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inks and embellishments. The store stocks sports and special interest papers and embellishments including school mascot paper and die cuts. Rubber and acrylic stamps by Northwoods, Inkadinkado, Penny Black, Stampendous, Just Rite and Stampabilities are available to add flair to your paper crafting projects. A new feature in the store is the demo bar where a different product is demonstrated weekly. Experienced staff is always available to answer questions and explain any product you have questions about. An extensive lineup of classes is offered each month, including basic to advanced card making and scrapbooking, metal projects, papercrafting and jewelry making. Special classes for kids provide an opportunity for them to explore their creative side. Barbara and Allison Wilson, both Copic Certified Instructors, teach Copic marker classes each month. If you’re looking for more than a scrapbook, you can also find a full line of high quality, reasonably priced wooden Melissa and Doug toys, puzzles and art supplies, as well as gift items including jewelry, watches, scarves, wallets and MU logo gifts. Gift cards are available in any denomination. Whether you need a unique gift or want to express yourself in creative ways, there’s always more in store. Come visit Scrapbook Store and More or see the calendar of events, classes and gallery of scrapbooking and cardmaking inspirations at www.thesbstore.com. Phone us at 573.581.7400 or e-mail contact@thesbstore.com Coach’s Pizza World serves up wings, specialty pizzas, calzones, salads and more just off the square at 112 South Washington in Mexico. Listen to live jazz on the first Friday of every month and old-time bluegrass the first and third Thursday of the month. Check its Facebook page for information about special events and concerts.

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Angela Breedlove enjoys a trail ride through eastern Douglas County on a Missouri Fox Trotter.

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Picturesque views highlight the trails at Meramec Farm Cabins and Trail Rides.

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“The Outside of a Horse is Good for the Inside of a Man.” —Anonymous …or a Woman! The Ozarks and Missouri River wilderness regions are particularly captivating. One of the best ways to experience hidden bluffs, elusive creeks, and historic cabins is by horseback. Whether you’re an experienced equestrian or someone who’s never been around horses, there are plenty of outfitters to get you saddled up and plenty of trails all around the state through some of these pristine places. [49] October 2010

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Dale Lawson’s favorite time to ride is when “there are no leaves in the hardwood forests,” which opens his view to otherwise indistinguishable areas. You see bluffs and rock formations that would be hidden by foliage. Cool mornings break into warmer afternoons. Riders shed sweaters and make headway through pockets of fog in the spring, but later in the year, they pass through a kaleidoscope of colors. Dale, a member of the Douglas County Fox Trotting Horse Breeders’ Association in Ava, describes the Willy Lee trailhead in the Mark Twain National Forest like this: “The terrain is steep and rocky; many places are surfaced by broken limestone outcroppings. It’s like riding up and down courthouse steps, only it’s three hundred feet up, then three hundred feet down.” A ride on this trail brought Dale and his group of nine to an abandoned saw mill around noon. They dined while sitting on old walnut logs and discussed the waterfalls they’d passed during the morning. This experience can be had by anyone, beginner or experienced rider, and Missouri

Douglas County Fox Trotting Horse Breeders’ Association members enjoy a ride through Mark Twain National Forest.

outfitters can provide everything you need to enjoy fall color from horseback.

Big River, Big Fun Show-Me Trail Ride Outfitter, located on Big River Ranch at Lexington, supplies horses, tack, training, lodging, and food, depending on a customer’s vacation package. Some adventures include tracing the trail along the Mighty Missouri or meandering down old wagon trails where the scent of purple phlox perfumes the fields. Owner Jeff Strahle wants his guests to relax and enjoy their time. “I had a family visit, and the grandpa was dragging his feet as soon as he got out of the car,” Jeff says. “After the ride, he shook my hand. Told me he didn’t really want to come but was so glad he did. He said, ‘We knew you were good. You took the time to teach us about your horses before we even got on.’” And it’s true. Jeff educates riders with a thirty-minute demonstration before each ride. One of the most notable trails is a five-mile stretch along the Missouri River. A breeze

might spray mists of water off the river to cool you down, and the setting sun’s light steadily recedes from the surface of the water. The property holds trails for beginners, children, and those who want to take it easy. Some are so flat you could drive a car on them. Trail rides range from one to three hours to several days. Recent visitors, Cindy Matchell and her daughter, Heather, hailing from Franklin County near St. Louis, chose a weekend camp out. They drove more than three and a half hours for the trip. When they arrived, it rained. “Jeff was totally awesome,” Cindy says. “He rode with us for three hours in the rain. I’m sure he was miserable.” Jeff customizes rides and cooks pioneer-style food on camp outs. Big River Ranch also offers an extensive outlet for experienced riders. A rider can explore approximately 2,100 acres on the property. The acreage contains many natural obstacles: log crossings, steep descending slopes, and water features to wade through. Visit www.showmetrail.com for more information.

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Freedom to Roam Freshly made meals and secluded cabins await riders at Coldwater Ranch in Eminence. Riders can go on a scheduled ride through the wilderness on a ranch horse or bring their own and board it at the stables. Guided trail rides are popular for both experienced and inexperienced riders. On a Rough-Out Ride you can fulfill your inner cowboy, pitch your tent, and feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Owner Kathy Phillips also gives horse owners an opportunity to explore some of the 250 miles of trails on their own. She’ll give you a map and the freedom to roam the hills of southern Missouri. An occasional treat while exploring is catching a glimpse of the wild horses of Shannon County. This herd has been spotted grazing fields in several locations. Visit www.coldwaterranch.com for more information.

Teepee Camping Redbeard’s Ranch in Lebanon boasts riverfront recreation on the Niangua River. Guests are

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4-J Big Piney Horse Camp Arcadia Valley Stables Bass River Resort Bear Creek Trail Rides Bucks and Spurs Guest Ranch Coldwater Ranch Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resort 8. Huzzah Valley Resort 9. Mark Twain National Forest Brushy Creek Resort

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welcome to fish and float, in addition to guided trail rides. This ranch is focused on giving newcomers a great horseback experience. The horses provided are easy-going, and an introduction to your horse gets the ride started on the right foot. In addition, a child can ride a gentle horse or donkey led by hand. Step out of the box and camp in a teepee, designed in the styles of the Sioux Indians. For those who wish the outdoors included modern

comforts rather than limestone-pillows, try glamping. “Glamorous camping” is gaining popularity for outdoor experience in comfort. Wall-tents are constructed around cedar floors, with a bed and chairs. The tents even open to a front porch, where you can stargaze at night or relax in the early morning as dawn dries the dew from the grass. Visit www.redbeardsranch.com for more information.

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Guests can camp in a replica Sioux Indian teepee at Redbeard’s Ranch at Lebanon.

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Trail riders on Redbeard’s Ranch at Lebanon enjoy views of the Niangua River.

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Find a Missouri Trail Ride Throughout Missouri there are trail rides available that can provide horses for any level rider. Try one of these, or visit of trail ride opportunities in the state.

4-J Big Piney Horse Camp www.4-j.net/index.html 573-774-2986 bigpiney@4-j.net P.O. Box 308, Waynesville Arcadia Valley Stables www.plainfancybb.com/horsebackriding-trailrides-boarding.html 573-546-1182 11178 Highway 72, Ironton Bass’ River Resort www.basscanoeresort.com 800-392-3700 P.O. Box BB, Steelville Bear Creek Trail Rides 417-337-7708 3400 U.S. Highway 65, Walnut Shade Bucks and Spurs Guest Ranch www.bucksandspurs.com 417-683-2381 HC 71 Box 163, Ava

Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resort goldenhills.com 417-457-6222 (information) 800-874-1157 (reservations only) information@goldenhills.com 19546 Golden Drive, Raymondville Huzzah Valley Resort www.huzzahvalley.com/horseback.htm 800-367-4516 970 E Highway 8, Steelville

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Just off of a gravel road outside of Hannibal, Garth Woodside Mansion feels like Jane Austen, but is decidedly Mark Twain. The sweeping landscaping, the century-old oak trees, and the Victorian home invite guests to come in, relax. Perhaps this hominess is why Mark Twain himself stayed at Woodside during his visits back to Hannibal when the home belonged to his childhood friends.

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Built in 1871, Woodside was the country estate of John Garth and Helen Kercheval Garth, Twain’s schoolmates at Mrs. Elizabeth Horr’s school. John Garth came from a wealthy tobacco family and had business dealings in tobacco as well as banking, cement, lumber, and telecommunication, among others. Twain later described Helen as “one of the prettiest of the schoolgirls.” John, Helen, and their two children, John David and Annie, split their time between their town home in Hannibal and this country mansion with Carrera marble fireplaces, chandeliers, a three-floor floating staircase, and a wrap-around porch. The Garths employed twelve at their town home and thirteen at Woodside. One of the current owners, John Rolsen, jokes that the thirteenth person was perhaps employed to clean the soot off of the medallions on the ceiling above each of the light fixtures in the home. Today, the home sits on thirty-nine acres, much less than the original square mile that it once occupied, but the approximately eleventhousand-square-foot home isn’t any less grandiose. Much of its historical character is due to a prudent purchase by the second owner of the home, Oden Rodgers. Oden, newly married at the time, purchased the property in 1911 lock, stock, and barrel, from the rugs on the floor to the bedroom sets to the chair in which Mark Twain sat. This purchase and subsequent purchases of the entire home have provided a unique setting for the current bed and breakfast. Current owners John and Julie Rolsen bought the bed and breakfast after an extensive countrywide search and after John’s retirement from the Air Force. “We’ve always loved Missouri, so when this place came up it was perfect,” Julie says. It is in the middle of the country; the area experiences all seasons. And “what we didn’t like about the mansion was easy to change,” Julie says while making a batch of cookies for a guest to take to a friend. “We wanted more food; we wanted chocolate chip cookies.” With food in mind, an addition of an on-site restaurant for guests opened in January 2005. Woodside Restaurant serves in-house guests,

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From top: The John Garth Room jaccuzzi is one of two added to the home in the bed-and-breakfast renovation. The bed in the Rosewood room is perhaps the most expensive bed in Missouri; it is insured for sixty thousand dollars. A rare architectural feature, the floating, or flying, staircase, serves all three floors of the home.

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and private parties, including weddings, can reserve the space. The Rolsens also wanted to open it as a home where people could sit in a chair, as opposed to a museum where folks could observe the contents from behind a velvet rope. “Some threw a fit that we would let people sit in a chair that Twain sat in rather than rope it off,” Julie says. But there it is; have a seat. Visitors to Garth Mansion can sleep in the room Mr. Clemens slept in, too. By going to seminars, reading books, and interviewing owners of bed and breakfasts, the Rolsens felt they were prepared for a bed-andbreakfast business, but they have learned some things from Woodside. “Never buy a house in a dry year,” Julie says. When they bought the home in 1999, it was a dry year. The basement was dry, and the roof didn’t have any issues. But 2000 was a wet year. The Rolsens discovered that the foundation of the home was crumbling. The wood had rotted to four feet up from the base of the home. The Rolsens have since shored up the foundation by adding concrete footings. On the upside, one of the most pleasant surprises was the discovery of the Garths’ grandson’s growth chart. It sat hidden and undisturbed on the inside of Mrs. Garth’s closet doorjamb. Not easily discovered, it can only be seen by standing inside the closet and looking outward. Turning the mansion into an award-winning bed and breakfast (AAA Midwest Traveler named it the Best in the Midwest in 2010) was certainly a task, and Julie feared the community might not be too welcoming to out-of-towners; however, she was pleasantly surprised. “The people here in Hannibal welcomed us with open arms,” she says. So after stabilizing, renovating, adding a restaurant, and becoming part of the community, the bed and breakfast was ready to receive famous visitors again, and they stop by Garth Mansion when they’re in town. Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer; Joseph Mascolo, Days of Our Lives’ “Stefano DiMera;” and John Two-Hawks, a Grammy- and Emmy-nominated American Indian flutist, have stopped for a stay. So have the Oak Ridge Boys—a couple of times. And while Mark Twain hasn’t visited in a while, Julie says, guests say they can smell cigar smoke in the middle of the night … a habit Twain said he had quit a hundred times. Of all of the comings and goings at Garth, Julie says it’s the goings that she dreads the most—and Sundays are the worst. “That’s like everybody’s leaving,” she says. “It’s like Thanksgiving or Christmas when all of your family leaves at the same time.” But then, new guests arrive, and the inn is full once more. Visit www.garthmansion.com for more information.

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Opposite: The wrap-around porch is perfect for afternoon tea. The dining set in the formal dining room belonged to John and Helen Garth. Just behind the dining set, in the parlor, the red-velvet chair at the table is one in which Mark Twain sat. This page, from top: Rev. John Becker and his wife, Debbie, from La Plata enjoy a birthday dinner at Woodside Restaurant. You can watch Julie Rolsen in the kitchen on the web site as she creates dishes like beef medallions with garlic mashed potatoes, a Madeira sauce, and a fresh zucchini flower. The dining room was added five years ago to allow the guests to stay on-site longer and enjoy the wildlife during meals. Small items, like Mark Twain bourbon and pewter knife rests made by Hannibal artisans at ASL Pewter, give the bed and breakfast a Missouri touch. From left, John Rolsen, Julie Rolsen, their son Sean Rolsen, and his wife, Sheena, welcome guests to Garth Mansion.

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THIS IS A SPECIAL YEAR FOR MARK TWAIN. Samuel Clemens was born 175 years ago in Florida, Missouri, and died as Mark Twain 100 years ago, but he still influences the world today. His opinion and humor have, through the years, counseled peasants and presidents alike. For the last thirty-five years, Richard Garey has been portraying the “father of American literature.” Richard, a stage actor, performs at the Planters Barn Theater in Hannibal daily, as well as at the Mark Twain Museum on Main Street. Using words based on Twain’s writing, Richard shares with us what Twain might say about today’s culture and society.

ML

Is there an attitude nowadays that people have toward life and deadlines that they did not have in your time?

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Well, when I was a boy growin’ up here on the west bank of the Mississippi River, life was leisurely. A dog could go to sleep down there in the middle of Main Street sometimes and never be disturbed all mornin’. And folks would go to bed at sundown, or thereabouts. So, life was much more leisurely. Today, the pace has increased, but you know, I don’t think folks get more done, and I’m not sure they’re happier. But that’s just me.

ML

You’ve written about people educating themselves. What, then, in your opinion, is the role of the educational system in the United States?

Low on funds, Mark Twain committed to a ’round the world lecture tour in 1895-96 on ocean liners. The trip inspired the book Following the Equator.

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Oh, I love teachers. I wish that I could have continued my formal education more, but my mother took me out in the sixth grade—thought I needed more male supervision than she could supply, and so she took me out, apprenticed me to Mr. Ament. He ran one of the newspapers here in Hannibal. So that ended my formal education, but not my education, because you have to educate yourself. I’ve read voraciously, and in that newspaper office, I learned grammar, punctuation, spellin’. It was a wonderful education. So you have to educate yourself, even if you’re in the classroom. Never let school interfere with your education.

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From left: Mark Twain wrote during the summer on Quarry Farm in Elmira, New York, the hometown of his wife, Olivia. Richard Garey has been portraying Twain for some thirty-five years. Opposite: Twain stands in front of his boyhood home in 1902 on his last visit to Missouri.

What is your advice in dealing with other countries?

MT

Well, I think we need to treat other countries with respect and allow them to have the kind of government that they want. I think of old Tom Jefferson this time of the year, especially in the summer. Back in 1776, he was over in Philadelphia—hot. They say it was the hottest summer on record—in his little old hotel room on Water Street writin’ the Declaration of Independence. You know, he didn’t write that just for us, he wrote that for the whole world. “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.” God bless him; he was a writer. But then they edited it. Oh, that pains me to think about it. They edited his declaration. They took out more than three hundred words of his original. It must have been painful. He even had a provision to abolish slavery, and they took it out. What misery that would have saved. But they’re politicians editin’, so I guess you know what you get when you ask a politician to do somethin’.

ML

In regards to the oil spill on the Gulf Coast, what’s your opinion on how we should balance our use of natural resources and environmental concerns?

MT

Well it’s always an issue. On the river when I was a pilot, they cut down so many of the trees on the river that it started washin’ out, and then when floods would come along, it would wash the trees down. Then eventually they would break off. But then the roots would go down to the bottom, and the old snag would be stickin’ up like this. Steamboats would come upon it, and they’d be on the bottom in seconds. So we’ve never ever known exactly how to have progress and to have all the things we want at the same time. It’s a balancin’ act, and I certainly am not wise enough to know how to do that.

ML

What characteristic should a good president or government leader have?

MT

It’s nice if he’d keep his mouth shut. You know, I don’t think that politicians are the ones that should be runnin’ everythin’. I think it should be the people. You see, we established a republic. I hear folks say that we have a democracy. Oh lord, we don’t have a democracy. We never have. That’s a misnomer. I always said: The difference between a word and the right word is the difference between the lightnin’ bug and

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In His Words… MARK TWAIN—the man Samuel Clemens and the king of American literature—knew how to market a book. Probably his best publicity stunt was forbidding his complete autobiography from being published until one hundred years after his death. Twain died from a heart attack in April 1910, which makes 2010 the chosen year for the author-humorist to share his side of the story. Robert H. Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project and the curator of papers at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, is one of the few men and women who, for years, have been reading, editing, and putting together the lengthy autobiography just the way Twain ordered in his various directions. Robert is quick to remind people that numerous biographies of Twain, as well as different excerpts and interpretations of his original autobiography, have already

lightnin’. There’s a huge difference, and we are not a democracy. We are a republic. That means we choose people to represent us. So the president should represent the people, not himself. Course, Teddy Roosevelt’s turnin’ that all upside-down, but that’s a whole other question.

however, is the complete autobiography—edited and organized just as it was intended—and its release. “Albert Paine was the official biographer, and people have had access to the manuscript since 1989. Originally, Paine

ML

What would you tell us about the national deficit and how to get ourselves out of this incredible debt?

had taken all of the original manuscripts and arranged

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editors here knew from looking at other manuscripts that

Well, very simple, just don’t send any money to Washington. That’s my advice. I’m runnin’ for president by the way, and in that I have a provision to abolish the income tax. If we just keep money out of the hands of politicians, we’ll solve problems very quickly.

them chronologically,” Robert says. “But some very smart it was not finished; once they figured it all out, it became crystal clear that Twain knew exactly how his autobiography should be printed.” He also points out that the autobiography, largely dictated to a stenographer, is quite different from famous

ML

How do you see the U.S. government a hundred years from now?

fictional works like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. “It’s like having him in your

MT

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been published. The significance of this centennial year,

Oh, I’m saddened to say that after a little over a hundred years, the United States of America is for sale. So I can’t see that far into the future. After what we established in 1776—government of the people, by the people, for the people—it’s all goin’ to Hell, and I can’t see that far down. I do know that there are enough people of courage. It’s not public opinion that’s goin’ to save it. It’s people of courage. Did you know that Mr. Benjamin Franklin was good enough to point out that in the revolution only one-third of the colonists supported independence? One-third were dead set against it, and many of them fought with the British army to deprive us of our independence. And then, one-third didn’t give a damn. That’s about the way it is today. So, that one-third with courage may save it yet.

living room. If people give

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in three installments, and

While you were known as a sharp humorist at the end of your life, you were said to believe that all human motives were selfish. Given the generosity the U.S. has shown in the past year in helping the people in Haiti and the clean up of the oil spill, do you still agree with that statement?

themselves a chance, they can get a sense of him that’s not in his fiction,” Robert says. “This isn’t Huck, and it’s not Tom Sawyer. It’s Mark Twain. In a way, it’s pretty intimate.” Twain’s complete autobiography will be published through the University of Berkeley-California Press the first is expected to become available worldwide at the end of November. —Katie Davis

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From left: Richard Garey stands in front of the whitewashed fence of Tom Sawyer fame. The Heritage Press and Limited Editions Book Club commissioned Norman Rockwell to illustrate special editions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Tom Sawyer was published in 1936. This studio portrait of Twain was taken circa 1907.

Oh that’s a big question. There are honest people around, but they haven’t been tempted yet. So you can be honest as long as you’re not tempted. I did meet an honest man once; he was in a monastery. But when we get out into the world, we run smack into all the problems of the world. You know, I am pessimistic about the human race. In fact, I pray daily for the damnation of the human race. In spite of the good things we do, almost everything is selfish. Almost everything.

ML

Would you read your own stories or someone else’s stories on a Kindle, a Nook, or an iPad?

MT

I would read ’em on the side of a building. It doesn’t matter to me where they are. I’d read ’em anywhere. Sometimes I encourage people to go out and buy my books ’cause I really need the money, but just as long as they’re readin’, that’s all that counts.

ML

You were known for losing much of your fortune to failed inventions, like the page typesetting machine. These days many companies strive to make things bigger, better, and faster with an emphasis on faster. They try and get their upgraded products on the market as quickly as possible. What are your thoughts on the speed and delivery?

MT

Well, I’m the very person to give advice to companies, because I was never very good at investments. So I’m probably the one who should be called in to do that. There’s always goin’ to be strivin’ to be better and faster; I’ve seen that my whole life. But I certainly don’t have any advice for companies. I’ve turned down some good investments. I

made some bad ones. In fact, I’ll give you an example, too. I invented suspenders. Never made a dime off of it ’cause somebody stole it away from me. But then, I made a lot of money from the self-stickin’ scrapbook. That was mine. I made a lot of money on that. So you never know what exactly is goin’ to work.

ML

With access to news bursts and 140-character Twitter updates, what is one reason we should keep print and modern long-form writing around?

MT

Well, print will never go out. In fact, there is some connection between the printed word and thinkin’. I met a man once who told me that without words you could not think. And I’ve pondered that a bit. At least abstract, I don’t think you probably can. So I think it’s always goin’ to be around. There’s somethin’ very comfortin’ and wonderful about holdin’ a book in your hand. Holdin’ on to that. You know you have the entire story in your hand, and you carry it around with you. It’s wonderful. So, it’ll never go out of style. Why lord, we still have Guttenberg’s Bible, so I know we’ll have print for a long time.

ML

What is your advice to modern Missourians?

MT

My advice is not to behave. Break some of the rules, kick up your heels, and enjoy life. Live a little bit. Not be so serious about everything. Missouri has always been free and easy, and I’d like to see that continue. Visit MissouriLife.com for more of the interview with Mark Twain, a.k.a. Richard Garey, on special video broadcasts.

TINA WHEELER; COURTESY OF MARK TWAIN MUSEUM

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HUGO’S DOG PILLOW is three times bigger than he is, which makes it all the more amusing that he’s currently dragging it down the hallway toward my office. I suppose it’s destined to join the growing pile of items he’s deposited on the floor over the last thirty minutes. These include an old tennis shoe, a packaged set of curtain rods, two dog toys, and a long piece of rope. I’m not certain what Hugo’s plans might be, but his intensity suggests motive. I’d forgotten how funny a young dog could be, especially a young dog nobody else wanted. Hugo is a year-old sweetheart, half Australian shepherd and half basset hound. It’s an odd mix, which has resulted in an Aussie brain and coloring in the low-clearance body of a basset. Hugo thinks he is all Aussie, evidenced by the way he runs, pounces, and is curious about anything and everything. His short basset legs, however, never received the memo. He thinks he’s breaking the sound barrier when he runs, but in reality, he never gets past second gear. His front half goes one way, his rear half the other. This is a huge change of pace for me, as for the last three years I have overseen what could only be described as a dog hospice. During my Montana days, I acquired a number of dogs of roughly the same age. We roamed and made merry in that shining long ago, but age invariably demands that payment be rendered. Henry, my beloved red Aussie, died May 15, 2009, at age sixteen. He had been failing for six months, and even while dying he fought to stay at my side. Death might have won the battle—death always does—but Henry made certain it limped away with deep gashes and countless bites.

Boris the malamute lost his sight in early 2006. He was afflicted with a rare syndrome, going from full vision to total blindness in a mere twelve hours. He adapted well, living to age fourteen, but passed away in mid-June this year. He succumbed to the same blood disorder that had taken another of my boys (an eighteen-year-old, wonder-Samoyed named “Wowie”) in 2002. Boris changed after his eyes were gone, losing the aloof nature common to malamutes and becoming my shadow. I hated that he could not see but was touched by how he came to trust me completely. On June 15, I realized it had been two decades since I’d not awoken to the sounds of a dog. I missed Boris terribly, which made me miss Henry and Wowie all over, and decided it would be a long time before I adopted again. It wouldn’t be fair to the dog, I thought, to have to compete against such memories. Plus, I was exhausted. Over the past three years, due to the various maladies and ravages of age suffered by Hen and Boris, I had never enjoyed more than four hours sleep a night. Life and fate had other plans. It has long been my habit to check on the residents of area animal shelters, as on occasion I’ve fostered pups rather than see them euthanized. As I scanned the pictures, two months after Boris’s passing, Hugo caught my eye and refused to let go. To many, I suppose, he’s a bit odd looking, what with his black and white face, Aussie-merle coloring, and long sausage of a body. It was the eyes that got me; they shone with happiness, intelligence, and maybe a bit of the devil. Two days later he became my latest family member. Having been surrounded by sickness and death for a few years, I didn’t realize how

dark I had become until little Hugo trotted into the house. I began to remember how sunlight felt. I began laughing for no reason, just as I did when my legendary pack was strong, healthy, and vital. I felt myself being pulled back into a life by a multi-colored bratwurst of a dog that, in his own mind, fancies himself an Olympic athlete. An odd thing happened during Hugo’s first night here on the Gasconade. On that evening, I stretched out on the floor and let him come to me in his own time. Tentatively, he plopped down beside me and eventually drifted into puppy sleep. I dozed as well and soon found myself in the midst of an unusual dream. Standing in a line and smiling was every dog I’ve ever owned. I saw every face, from the beagles of my childhood to Boris, Henry, and Wow. They grinned and barked, all young and healthy. Boris had his eyes back; Henry moved with the speed and grace that was his alone. My family of dogs turned and ran to a meadow, romping and playing. Only Wowie, who was a genius and a sage, both by dog and human standards, remained for a moment. He kept looking down at me, his mouth wide with a grin both crazy-happy and intense. In that moment, I felt something beyond definition, something akin to pure love, something close to eternity. Upon waking, that dream and those feelings were permanently etched in my mind. I realized, without any doubt, that the appearance of the sleeping puppy at my Ron Marr side was no accident.

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smoked pork loin prepared by Pfoodman president Kevin Miquelon and chef Gabe Meyer. you know without being told dinner is cooking. Charlie said he could as easily have chosen a There is something deeply satisfying about that, sweet white wine to contrast the spicy pork. and about heeding the call of the stock pot. Go The red did well, however. Holding up a ahead, walk over to the stove and give the simglass at the tasting table, Kevin swirled the mering concoction a slow, tempered stir. There wine, saying the pork rub’s saltiness was a good is usually nothing showy about a home-cooked compliment to the flavor. Plus, the allspice and meal—it simply cooks quietly. And when homehoney in the pork marinade made an intrigucooked meals are paired with wine, both can ing, lip-smacking balance to the sea salt in the taste better. It’s the combination of flavors that rub. The cracked pepper, cayenne, and perhaps makes you sit up, inhale, and be pleased. especially the fresh rosemary in the pork recipe The same can be said for beer. Heavy, dark were a good foil for the slight spiciness of the brews can bring down the flame in spicy foods Cooper’s Oak wine. or be a match for the rich sauces in stews. Light Another tasting featured Burl Lutz’s Kansas pilsners slide down easily on hot days and pair City Style barbecue with O’Fallon Brewery’s well with fried chicken or even with spicy Cajun Kevin Miquelon, president of Pfoodman, does a presentation about pork. Opposite: Kevin’s Smoked Porter. Burl, who opened his barbecue food like jambalaya. Grilled Smoked Pork Loin (recipe on page 82). restaurant in Jefferson City in 2000, slow roasts So, it’s worth a little interest in wine or beer his meats for twenty hours and incorporates brown and white sugars, and food pairings. When it comes to wine, sometimes it seems you tomato paste, and cayenne pepper to make a hot and sweet balance. have to know a lot to choose a good one, but it is really a matter of “Kansas City style sauces are a little sweeter than the vinegar-based taste. Your taste. When you are confronted with a row of bottles, sauces from places like North Carolina. But what makes good barbewhich do you choose? A list of names to remember might escape you cue is the passion for it,” Burl says. “It is an art form.” at the critical moment, but a good rule of thumb is to match strong In 2006, Burl’s vision helped him to win Best Sauce at the American food flavors to strong wines, and delicate to delicate. Royal competition with a special recipe. The dark, dry O’Fallon “It’s more about what the meat is cooked in and not which meat Smoked Porter settled the spicy sweetness of the barbecue, though you choose,” Charlie H. Argis, manager of Cooper’s Oak Winery in the brewery’s Unfiltered Wheat was easy to sip as well. Beer is often Boonville, says. “So many people think you have to pair white wine a drink of choice with spicy foods, though lightly sweet white wines with fish, and I don’t necessarily believe that is true.” can also balance the heat. Amid the juried art show, tours of historic Boonville, and live vioKey to both these tastings, and to what you put on the table at lin, guitar, and bluegrass music, there were wine, beer, and food pairhome, is that drink pairings with food can bring us to our senses. Taste ings by regional chefs and vintners at the Best of Missouri Life Festival seldom works alone, according to Kevin Zraly in Complete Wine Course. in May. Charlie paired his slightly spicy and light-bodied Cooper’s Oak When you take a sip, taste, smell, and texture all come into play. This, 2006 Red Wine, made with Missouri’s St. Vincent grape, with grilled,

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Show-Me Flavor > Meant for each Other of course, is something wine makers have known for centuries. Hence all the swirling and deep sniffs involved, not to mention terms like “mouthfeel” that get thrown into conversation. “Scientists and experts agree that smell accounts for up to 90 percent of what many perceive as taste and mouthfeel,” Kevin writes. Still, mouthfeel—the body, weight, and texture of how liquid feels in the mouth—plays an important role in your reaction to a beverage. Wine, or beer, can be thin, full, heavy, silky and more, which can cause salivation or drying sensations. Occasionally, we all have felt a tingle on the tongue. That sparkly feeling goes a long way in your reaction to the drink. There’s more to the process. Our sense of smell combined with our sense of taste, or olfaction, is directly linked to the emotion center of the brain, the limbic system. Just like emotion, Kevin writes, smell can trigger increased heart rate, sensitivity, and faster breathing. Makes you think opening a wine bottle is like dancing. Olfaction will funnel information directly into your limbic system and tango it into an emotional reaction almost before you know what hit you. Go with that reaction. Wipe the sweat off your brow and take another whiff. If you like a wine or beer and it sits well with your meal, it’s a good combination. In the same way that combining certain foods can improve their overall taste—grated Parmesan cheese on spaghetti, lemon on lobster—certain flavors in wine pair well with foods. Together, they’re meant for each other. And that simple home-cooked meal can shine.

Missouri Food and Wine or Beer Pairings n Grilled Smoked Pork Loin by Pfoodman at St. Louis paired with Cooper’s Oak 2006 Red Wine n Memphis-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Newman Farms at Myrtle and Chef Mike Odette from Sycamore in Columbia with Wenwood Farm Winery Century Farm Red n Duck Confit, Blueberries, Bleu Cheese, Candied Walnuts, and a House-made Blueberry Viniagrette by Chef Ryan Weekley from Ironhorse Restaurant in Blackwater with Cooper’s Oak 2006 SeyOak Sweet n Assorted Cheesecakes by Rolling Pin Bakery in Glasgow with Wenwood Farm Winery Faithful Vintage n Lamb Loin Chops and Rack of Lamb by Pfoodman with Adam Puchta Norton n Kansas City-Style Barbecue by Lutz’s BBQ in Jefferson City with O’Fallon Brewery Smoked Porter n Brisket Sandwiches and a Chopped Salad by East Fork Beef in Randolph County and Lettuce Lizzie’s Dressing and Dipping Sauce in Arrow Rock with Les Bourgeois 2008 Norton

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Mixologist SHAKEN, STIRRED, & BLENDED BY

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a few passionate bartenders,

from Kansas City to St. Louis and a few towns in between, are raising the craft cocktail bar to new heights. These enthusiastic men and women are bringing back longforgotten cocktails and creating tasty new ones. Their bars— some nearly forty feet of polished wood and others not much larger than a galley kitchen—are stocked with spirits from craft distilleries, house-made bitters and infusions, fresh produce, and herbs. But best of all, these folks have the skills to turn those products into liquid works of art.

Getting heading with mixology Mixology is the study or skill of preparing a mixed drink. We’re not talking about free-pouring a whiskey and Coke or a gin and tonic, but rather having the knowledge and skills that elevate beverage-making to an art form. The fifteen bartenders featured here have mastered the classics and strived to create new ones. Their education, experience, and award-winning drinks have earned them a spot on this list. Just as the majority of fine dining chefs receive formal training by attending culinary school, bartending programs provide bartenders with an understanding of spirits, a history of cocktails, and instruction on the techniques necessary to make an exceptional libation. Local bartending schools provide bar basics; however, the Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) and

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(BAR) and the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) offer programs for those in the industry who are serious about refining their skills. The BAR, established in 2005, is an instructive program with levels of learning for spirits and mixology that are comparable to the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine designations for the wine world. To date, 230 individuals have completed the BAR 5-Day Intermediate Certificate Program. Among them, two hail from Missouri: Ted Kilgore, bar manager at Taste by Niche in St. Louis, and Ryan Maybee of Kansas City. Both graduated as BAR Ready certified, which means they have demonstrated the highest professional-level speed and competence in the nuts and bolts of bartending. And Ryan, who opened the wildly popular craft cocktail bar Manifesto last year, is currently one of only fifteen candidates enrolled in the BAR Masters Program, an advanced study of the history and application of distilled spirits, advanced mixology, and bar management. Not all of the Missouri bartenders on our list received such esteemed training. Many came to the job with little or no formal training but have worked their way up the ranks by learning from other bartenders. “Ted taught me everything that I know,” says Heather Dodderer, who trained under Ted when he managed the bar at Monarch Restaurant and Wine Bar in St. Louis before opening Taste by Niche last year. Likewise, it was from working under Ryan at the now-defunct 1924 Main in Kansas City that prompted Arturo A. VeraFelicie to “rethink what cocktails are—using fresh juices and bringing back old standards and traditions.” In addition, reading is something that all of these bartenders do to stay ahead of the curve. They memorize vintage cocktail recipes, heed the words of contemporary cocktail experts like Gary Regan and Dale DeGroff and often find inspiration for their own creative concoctions by turning the pages of cookbooks.

Aaron Brown

Vault, Columbia

The place to go in mid-Missouri for a hand-crafted cocktail is the Vault, a speakeasy-style establishment located in downtown Columbia below the Tiger Hotel. Bar manager Aaron Brown cooked for six years in restaurant kitchens before deciding to “translate that skill into making drinks.” For a time, Aaron co-owned a bar in Ft. Leonard Wood called Jitters, but it wasn’t until he sipped a perfectly executed Manhattan while vacationing in San Jose, California, that he realized what a cocktail could be. Aaron makes his own ingredients—infusions, bitters, and unusual simple syrups—for use in more than twenty specialty cocktails on his menu, and he proudly notes that there is not a single martini on that list. Two of his oft-requested creations are Giggle Water, made from Effen raspberry and vanilla vodka with house-made ginger ale and freshly grated cinnamon, and the Stilt Shaker, a powerful punch of Jim Bean whiskey, mint, and specially made sour mix. Aaron’s inspiration usually begins with a catchy name. His Cat on a Hot Gin Roof, for example, features Hendrick’s gin, Herding Cats chardonnay, and house-made cilantro-jalapeño simple syrup. Because Aaron is atypical among most bartenders in Columbia, where inexperienced college students tend bar when they aren’t breaking open the books, he sees his role as leading the craft cocktail revival in his hometown.

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Christopher Conaster Justus Drugstore, Smithville Christopher Conaster is a botanist-turned-bartender who called it quits from his full-time gardening position at Kansas City’s Powell Gardens when his allergies spiraled out of control and the physical labor took a toll on his back. One might think that botany and booze don’t mix, but Christopher notes that his degree in biology is valuable to his work as a bartender. “I’ve always been the guy who has to touch and smell every single plant and get to know it intimately. On the more theoretical side—the organic chemistry background—I understand what different-flavored molecules are and how fermentation changes things.” During the first Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition in 2007, Christopher, then a barista at JP Wine Bar and Coffee House, made his first-ever cocktail. Christopher’s peers at JP Wine Bar helped

Joel Clark Pi, St. Louis

him broaden his knowledge of spirits and mixology, but the Grain Valley native is also a voracious reader. “I have copies of most of the old classics and all of the new ones. I tend to geek out on things, and I

Joel Clark graduated from a private college with a

have with bartending,” he says. What he’s learned

degree in marketing, but when he stepped into the

about liquor has been enough to earn him first

working world, he didn’t quite feel a calling toward

place in 2008 at the Greater Kansas City Bartending

that career. As Joel bluntly put it, “I felt like I was

Competition and third place in 2009.

losing my soul, selling people things they didn’t

Christopher currently works at Justus Drugstore,

need.” Thus he began moonlighting at Brennan’s,

a restaurant with a locavore bent some twenty miles

a cigar, spirits, and wine shop in St. Louis, and

north of downtown Kansas City. “We make our own

ultimately, he accepted a full-time position there.

bitters, vermouth—everything we are legally permit-

“That’s where I got a taste for the finer things,” says Joel, who grew up in a small town in Illinois. In Joel’s opinion, cigars and spirits are closely intertwined. “Cigar culture revolves around cognac, gin, and other spirits because nothing better comple-

courtesy of LG Patterson and John Meisler/Serralles USA

ments a stogie than a good drink.”

ted to make in-house, we make in-house.”

Heather Dodderer Herbie’s Vintage ’72, Monarch Restaurant and Wine Bar, St. Louis

Besides learning about spirits at Brennan’s,

If an injury hadn’t sidelined Heather Dodderer from the stage, the former ballerina for the St. Louis Ballet

Joel, who has been tending bar for six years, has

Company might still be doing pliés instead of pouring drinks. The Ohio native began tending bar five years

gleaned a great deal from seasoned bartenders

ago to supplement her dance income but has since put aside the ballet slippers and risen to become one

in town and is an enthusiastic member of the

of the top bartenders in St. Louis.

USBG-St. Louis chapter. He currently is the bar

Heather holds a certification from a mixology education program called BarSmarts and currently works as

manager for Pi, a trendy upscale pizzeria that

mixologist for Monarch Restaurant and Wine Bar as well as Herbie’s Vintage ’72, serving as bar manager for

has received national attention—including from

the latter. In 2009, Heather was a finalist in a local bartending competition and also participated in a USBG

President Barack Obama, who has eaten the pizza

competition in St. Louis this past spring.

on more than one occasion. Joel calls his own style

Despite her formal dance training and bachelor’s degree in communications, Heather plans to stay put

classic simplicity. “I don’t really like infusions,” says

behind the bar, especially because she enjoys the creative aspect of her job. “There’s a lot of art that is

the Scotch aficionado. “I like boozyness.”

involved in cocktail-making, which was part of the draw when I was dancing.”

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The pursuit of better drinks Ted and Ryan are deemed the “godfathers” of cocktail-making in their respective cities. Both have garnered national attention for their original drinks and, on a local level, have been influential in reviving a taste for vintage cocktails in their hometowns, even spurring tribes of sophisticated imbibers. But what may be their biggest accolade is that rather than striving to be one-man shows, they are helping to unite their peers in the push for excellence. In St. Louis, for example, Ted was partially responsible for helping St. Louis bartenders join a national network of professional bartenders by forming a local USBG chapter after fellow bartender Matt Seiter approached him with the idea. “My wanting to start it and his connections made it happen,” Matt says. “There’s an absolute sense of teamwork,” says Lucas Ramsey, a member of the St. Louis chapter. “We’re not protecting our recipes. We’re all sharing and helping each other out.” Ted, the chapter’s president, is excited that the group has grown to twenty-two members within such a short time. “That gives us the added advantage of getting products they get in New York and Chicago,” he says. Across Interstate 70, bartenders in Kansas City are working on a similarly united front. In September 2009, Ryan and fellow Manifesto bartender Beau Williams, along with help from Kansas City-based photographer and media producer Brandon Cummins, founded the Kansas City Bartenders Alliance, which currently boasts nearly thirty active members. “It’s a great way to form a community of bartenders that take their profession seriously and really push themselves to learn more about spirits, mixology, and hospitality,” Ryan says. Another of Ryan’s contributions was to create the Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition (GKCBC) in 2007 by partnering with spirits expert and Kansas Citian Doug Frost, Missouri Life’s wine columnist (see page 80). Now in its fourth year, the annual

Drex Holt Touch Restaurant, Springfield Drex Holt has always been attracted to the restaurant scene. The Texan native got his first job as a bus boy when he was sixteen. After an Air Force tour in Germany, Drex settled in Springfield, working at various downtown bars. “Creativity has always been a passion for me. I used to write and be in plays. Making drinks is just a form of creativity,” he says. Until last summer, Drex was the bar manager at the swanky fondue restaurant Fedora Social House, where he created a line of cocktails known as Candy Store Cocktails. Among the unconventional sweet rearrangements were stemware rimmed with crushed Nerds or crumbled Oreo cookies, Blow-Pop stir sticks, and chocolate donuts that replace lime wheel garnishes. Drex has since moved to Springfield’s Touch Restaurant, where guests can order his candy drinks but also get a taste of sophistication from cocktails that use fruit-based vodka, gin, rum, or tequila infusions. Drex has been on the winning team for the Bartenders Bash, an annual bartending competition in Springfield, since 2007. His White Russian was picked as the best drink at the 2010 competition.

Ted Kilgore Taste by Niche, St. Louis When Ted Kilgore’s career at an industrial perfumery in Springfield came to an end and he randomly opted for a profession in bartending, little did he know he’d become St. Louis’s godfather of cocktails and be recognized on the national cocktailmaking stage. Ted has studied under industry leaders and holds a BAR Ready certification. His original drinks have been featured in The Malt Advocate, Food &

Wine Cocktail Book, Mr. Boston: Official Bartender’s Guide, and The Bartender’s Gin Compendium, among others, and he is oft noted as the creator of the cocktail called Purgatory. This bartender developed a following among St. Louis’s old-school crowd at Monarch Restaurant and Wine Bar. They now pay him calls at Taste by Niche. Request the obscurest of drinks, and chances are Ted won’t break open a book. He’s memorized five hundred cocktail recipes.

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Ryan Maybee Traveling Cocktail Club, Kansas City Ryan Maybee might be as iconic in Kansas City as the restaurant where he first began tending bar in 1999— Pierpont’s at Union Station. Since then, Ryan has opened two of the hottest watering holes in town: JP Wine Bar and Coffee House and a small craft cocktail bar called Manifesto, now closed. A Certified Specialist of Wine and a first level sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Ryan holds a BAR Ready certification and is pursuing a BAR Master’s certification. He has steadily received honors and awards since 2002 at local and national competitions and has been recognized in publications like Wine

Enthusiast, Food and Wine, The New Yorker, Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Bartender magazines. Two of his original gin-based drinks—Girl from Cadiz and Crossroads Cooler—are published in Gary Regan’s The

Bartender’s Gin Compendium. Ryan has been a driving force behind craft bartending in Kansas City, playing a part in the creation of the Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition and the Kansas City Bartenders Alliance. When Manifesto closed in March, Ryan and fellow mixer, Beau Williams, took it to the road. Through the Traveling Cocktail Club (whose whereabouts are posted on Facebook), the duo continues to guest bartend at area bars and to highlight the best mixology practices.

Sunny McElwain Terrene, St. Louis Sunny McElwain didn’t have the easiest start. She was hired despite having no restaurant or bartending experience and her first day behind the bar was on a busy Saturday night. “A girl named Jen trained me. She was screaming out ingredients for me,” she recalls. “But I showed up the next day and the rest is history.” Sunny is now a decade into her career as a stirrer and shaker, but constantly works to improve her craft. Mark schiefelbein; courtesy of John Meisler/Serralles USA; greg rannells; Jonathan Pollack; courtesy of brandon cummins

“To be good at it, you need to do your homework, know what the trends are, what’s going on in the market. It requires just as much dedication and talent as any chef.” When it comes to preparing a creative cocktail, Sunny flips through pages of cookbooks, taking inspiration from flavors in foods or desserts. As the bar manager for Terrene, she makes sure that the drink menu fits with the restaurant’s “green” bent—fresh, seasonal, and local. “We try to be flexible with the seasons we have here in Missouri. And it’s important to use as much as we can from local farmers.”

Shawn Moriarty R Bar and Restaurant, Kansas City Shawn Moriarty unexpectedly got his first gig behind the bar at a Red Lobster in Des Moines while attending school for design and photography—unexpected because he was looking for a job waiting tables. “They didn’t have a need for servers, but they did need a bar back,” he says. After working at various nightclubs, the native Iowan moved to Kansas City in 1993 and has remained in the beverage industry ever since. Shawn collects antique cocktail tools—ice cube grabbers, cherry snuffers and plungers, silver cups, old tincture bottles, shot glasses, bar spoons, and more, on display behind the bar at R Bar and Restaurant in the West Bottoms neighborhood, where he’s made his The Elder Hombre (elder flower liqueur, reposado tequila, Fee Brothers bitters, lemon juice, and ginger beer) one of the best-selling cocktails. Shawn’s cocktail education comes through reading and sheer repetition. And while he has the knowledge to craft an outstanding cocktail, the finalist in the 2007 and 2009 Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition considers affability to be just as important an ingredient in the making of a good bartender.

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contest showcases the area’s most talented batch of bartenders. The healthy competition, camaraderie, and pride in the craft spurs the Kansas City contingency to continue making forward strides. “The creativity is blowing me away,” says Christopher Conaster, who placed third in the 2009 GKCBC with his own imaginative wild grape blossominfused cognac drink called Vintner’s Daydream. Beau is likewise positive about the future of craft bartending in Kansas City. “I see steps being taken in K.C. that are encouraging—freshsqueezed juices and more knowledge behind the bar of what it is you are selling,” he says. “St. Louis and Kansas City both contain lots of talented bartenders who are constantly reading, traveling, and testing their best ideas against their local compatriots and those in the world’s cocktail capitals,” says Doug, who is a founding partner of the BAR instructional program. “Sure, you can’t walk into an average bar and expect far-above-average cocktails in either K.C. or St. Louis, but you can’t expect that anywhere, including London and New York. I’m confident that you could drop our best people into the best bars of those and other cities, and their customers would be just as excited and delighted as we are when we have the good fortune to sit in front of these talented mixologists.” The reason the same level of craft bartending doesn’t exist in smaller towns compared to cities like St. Louis and Kansas City is really a matter of numbers, Doug says. “Most regions need a certain minimum population, a critical mass, in order to nurture the unusual, the risky, and the exciting movements in culture,” he says. “Until the demand is there or a bartender gets a spark of passion of his own, you’re not going to see it,” echoes Liz Edwards of the United States Bartenders’ Guild national office in Las Vegas. The mixologists on our list certainly do have the passion. And there’s no doubt that these cocktail makers deserve a toast for making hand-crafted, flavorful, well-balanced cocktails available to Missourians. The real question is: How far are you willing to drive for a really good drink?

Matt Seiter Sanctuaria, St. Louis Matt Seiter began his career in 2003 working for a catering company. The native St. Louisan worked at various bars in St. Louis and Chicago before land-

Lucas Ramsey Eclipse, St. Louis

ing a job as bar manager for Sanctuaria, a tapas restaurant that opened last fall. Matt holds an Academy of Spirits and Fine Service certification, is certified as a USBG Spirits Professional, and recently sat for the USBG

Lucas Ramsey is a native St. Louisan who began

Advanced Bartender test. He was one of six bar-

bartending while attending college in Oregon.

tenders nationwide selected to participate in the

Upon his return to the Gateway City, he worked

Santé Restaurant Symposium’s two-day Iron Bar

at a few bars before landing a position at Eclipse

Chef competition held in October 2009. In addition,

Restaurant in the Moonrise Hotel in 2009. Since

his drink, Puerto Rican Seduction, landed him third

then, Lucas has become bar manager at this

place at the USBG-St. Louis chapter’s first bartend-

busy venue located in The Loop.

ing competition last spring.

Like others in the industry, Lucas says that

To Matt, balance is a key aspect to a good cock-

much of his knowledge comes from reading and

tail: not overly strong, sweet, or tart. Aroma and

learning from experienced bartenders. “I look

appearance also rank high. He uses fresh juices and

at bartending as a craft. You apprentice under

herbs and creates his own tinctures and bitters.

other people and eventually learn certain things.” Lucas accedes that he still has a lot to learn, and to that end, he became a member of the St. Louis USBG chapter and plans to register for BarSmarts WIRED, an online mixology certification program instructed by the partners of BAR, and continue with advanced BAR programs. Pre-Prohibition cocktails dominate the cocktail menu at Eclipse, which fits Lucas’s preference for American classics—he’s a Bourbon guy, after all—and matches the style of the food served at Eclipse. Then Lucas stops to reconsider, perhaps thinking whether a Space-Age cocktail on his menu called Judy Jetson, which features Stoli Raz, framboise, lemon, and Aperol, would fall in the realm of American classic.

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Arturo A. Vera-Felicie Reiger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Kansas City

When Arturo A. Vera-Felicie took a job at a bar in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2004, it led to a career in bartending. He moved quickly from kitchen hand to

Nate Selsor Monarch Restaurant

and Wine Bar, St. Louis

bar back, and soon found himself filling drink orders. After a stint in the Marines, Arturo moved to Kansas City and worked at various bars before landing at the now-defunct 1924 Main, where he learned craft bartending from mixology expert Ryan Maybee. “That kind of bartender was lost over the last fifty

Bartending was a good way for Nate Selsor to

to sixty years,” says the Puerto Rican, who salivates

get through college, and after he graduated with

over the art of the cocktail when reading books by

a business degree, he realized that finance wasn’t

cocktail authorities Gary Regan and Dale DeGroff.

his vocation. He landed at Monarch Restaurant and

In 2009, Arturo took first in the Greater Kansas

Wine Bar, where mixologist Ted Kilgore was manag-

City Bartending Competition with his creation West

ing the bar and was willing to work with this relatively

Bottoms Social Club. At present, he is working on

inexperienced yet enthusiastic trainee.

his BAR Smart certification so he’ll impress patrons

The tutelage paid off for Nate, whose original drink, The Delta, was featured in an article by cock-

Van Zarr Bluestem, Kansas City

at The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, a new restau-

It sounds like a clip from a Hollywood movie to

rant slated to open in Kansas City late this fall.

hear Van Zarr explain that he switched from waiting

tail great Gary Regan. In addition, Nate took first

tables to tending bar because a guy named Vinnie

place in the St. Louis Chapter USBG competition

didn’t show up for work one night. What’s more, the

last spring, earning a trip to New York where he

twenty-one-year-old was initiated on a drink specials

competed at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic.

night when any cocktail could be had for five dollars.

Nate remains at Monarch, where cocktails, like

Van jumped at the opportunity and has remained in

the 23rd Century, are classic with a modern twist.

the industry for the last six years.

“It is based on the 20th Century, which is an older

Van presently works at Bluestem, a trendy lounge

cocktail, but different,” he says. “There are newer

that he considers to be “the coolest room in town.”

liqueurs that you couldn’t obtain back in the day.”

As bar manager, he’s responsible for creating the cocktail menu, which he tries to make “hip, accessible, and approachable.” On it, you’ll always find classic cocktails like the Sazerac, a beer cocktail,

Courtesy of John Meisler/Serralles USA; greg rannells

Beau Williams Manifesto, Traveling Cocktail Club, Kansas City

and a punch. For example, his summer beer cocktail featured Boulevard Wheat Beer, fresh lemon juice, a dash of lemoncello, and ginger beer served in a pint glass.

Beau Williams probably shouldn’t have tended bar at a country club in Kansas City, when the manager tapped

One of those punch recipes, The Punsch, land-

the then eighteen-year-old server to lend a hand pouring the heady stuff. But if it weren’t for that illegally gained

ed Van as a finalist in the Greater Kansas City

entry into the world of alcohol, Beau might not have caught the bar bug. Beau went on to work at 75th Street

Bartending Competition in 2009. This modern pirate

Brewery in K.C. and also spent time at JP Wine Bar and Coffee House, where he worked for the bar’s co-owner

drink included St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram Liqueur,

Ryan Maybee. When Ryan approached Beau to help open Manifesto, Beau jumped at the opportunity.

the Indonesian rum-like spirit Batavia Arrack, herbal

Beau holds seven years of bartending experience and has placed second and third in the Greater Kansas

tea, caramelized sugar, simple syrup, and the juice

City Bartending Competition in 2009 and 2006, respectively. He notes that working at the country club, brew

of freshly squeezed lemon and orange. Judges for

house, and with fellow bartenders all helped him hone his craft.

the GKCBC have considered his original drinks to

While Beau awaits Manifesto’s reopening (closed awaiting licensing), he and Ryan are guest bartending through the Traveling Cocktail Club to promote quality bar programs and emphasize best mixology practices.

be so good, in fact, that he’s appeared as a finalist every year since the event debuted in 2007.

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        Wine 

              

Missouriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful town is on the river just an hour west of St. Louis.

SHOW-ME FLAVOR > MISSOURI WINE

ONE WINERY G WINS BIG IT BEWILDERS MOST of my wine colleagues on the coasts, but I am always excited to launch into each yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Missouri State Wine Competition. Aside from tasting delicious wines, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to see what Missouriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winemakers are up to. Over the last several years, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to expect that Tony Kooyumjian of Montelle and Augusta wineries will leave with more awards than everyone else, perhaps even the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup. So this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of Best of Class Medal winners, and the identity of the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup winner, was a shocker. Not since the 1980s has a single winery gobbled up so many trophies, and just like back then, it is Stone Hill Winery. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look at the slaughter: twelve Double Gold winners and seven of them are Stone Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, including their 2008 Vignoles, the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup winner. It makes you wonder if the tasting was blind, but of course as one of the judges, I can assure you that it was indeed blind. And when you see an anomalous outcome like this, you wonder if it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that there was a new set of judges who fell for a certain style of wine. But again, I can assure you that the Missouri State Competition judging has been using the same, smart, experienced judges for a number of years now. I laud consistency in wine judging panels, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we got it wrong. I think Stone Hill got it right. In the tasting, I was glad to champion two of those Best of Class wines: the aforementioned Vignoles and the Cross J Vineyard Norton 2008. Each of these Stone Hill wines represented my own notion of what those grapes can and should aspire to be, and as a judge, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you choose what you champion; you summon up your experience and compare these wines to the best that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had. So, what can I say? It was a remarkable performance by one winery, and with nearly a hundred other wineries jostling for a spot in the top ranks, I doubt that we shall see its like anytime soon. But who knows? By Doug Frost Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to wait till next year to see, but Doug Frost is one of Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m betting that the other great wineries in three people in the Missouri are going to feel chastened and will world who is both a Master Sommelier and try to up their game for the 2011 Missouri a Master of Wine. He Wine Competition. lives in Kansas City.

SETH GARCIA; COURTESY OF STONE HILL WINERY

Getaway

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Experience the Difference FUN FALL EVENTS Oct. 2 - Some Assembly Required band, 2 - 5 p.m. Free live music

Oct. 16 - Tastefully Simple representative, 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 25 - Happy Thanksgiving! Winery closed for the day.

Nov. 26 - After Thanksgiving Day Sale 10% off individual bottles of wine, 15% off case purchases (12 bottles or more)

Dec. 4-5 - Holiday Open House & Barrel Tasting Open: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 1-6 Located at 27150 Hwy. 24, Waverly, Mo. Join our mailing list at www.baltimorebend.com or call (660) 493-0258.

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SHOW-ME FLAVOR > MISSOURI RECIPES

ead Abby Rose Raisin Br

– MissouriLife –

Grilled Smoked Pork Loin

Courtesy of Kevin Miquelon, Pfoodman Serve with Cooper’s Oak 2006 Red Wine See the story on page 68.

Ingredients: 8 ounces honey 1 tablespoon allspice 8 ounces extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sea salt 1 tablespoon black pepper, freshly cracked ½ tablespoon paprika (to taste) ½ tablespoon cayenne (to taste) 1 large bunch fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped 4 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each) Directions: Whisk the honey, allspice, and olive oil in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the sea salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne, and rosemary. Coat each tenderloin in the honey/allspice/ oil mixture, and then roll in the spice mixture. Wrap the marinated meat in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Grill the pork to medium rare over medium heat. Turn twice at 5 minutes per side, maximum. Serves 8 to 12

– MissouriLife –

Purgatory

Abby Rose Raisin Bread

Courtesy of Chef Pam Rivera See the review on page 84.

– MissouriLife –

Ingredients: 4 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups water 1 cup raisins 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons butter

Purgatory

Courtesy of Ted Kilgore Monarch Restaurant, Maplewood See the story on page 72.

Ingredients: 2 1/2 ounces Rittenhouse 100-proof straight rye whiskey 3/4 ounce Benedictine 3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse 1 lemon twist for garnish

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt, set aside.

Combine the flour mixture with the liquid mixture, and pour into a loaf pan or 4 to 6 mini pans. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Makes 1 loaf

Grilled Smoked Pork Loin

Note: Ted only uses a lemon twist. Never a wedge. Lemon oil is to him a required ingredient, so he makes sure that the twist is fat and expresses it over the drink. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Stir for 30 seconds. Triple fine strain into Nick and Nora glass and garnish with decorated lime wedge. Makes 1 drink

TINA WHEELER; ANDREW BARTON

Directions: Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full of ice and add the whiskey, Benedictine, and Chartreuse. Stir for approximately 30 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, add garnish.

Boil the water in a medium saucepan. Add raisins, nuts, vanilla, and butter to the water and let steep for 5 minutes.

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THE RAILYARD S T E A K H O U S E 606 E. BROADWAY, BRUNSWICK, MO PH 660-548-3300 OPEN: THUR - FRI - SAT 11 AM - 9 PM

8th Annual Missouri Chestnut Roast A festival of culture and agriculture

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center New Franklin, Mo.

roasted chestnut samples farm and 1819 Hickman House tours cooking demonstrations Missouri specialty product showcase kids’ activities

Please visit www.centerforagroforestry.org for directions and additional information

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Show-Me Flavor > Restaurant Recommendations

Kansas City From the moment

you enter Grunauer,

you’ll swear you’ve left Kansas City. Only a month after opening, the Austrian bistro in Kansas City’s historic Freight House already delights customers. Acrylic paintings advertise Meinl coffee. Espresso is served on a silver tray with an individual cream pitcher, a dipping biscuit, and sweeteners. Nurenberger sausages are almost fluffy; Viennese mushrooms arrive in a light, crispy breading; and house-made Marillen Palatschinken combine thin crepe wrapping with the perfect amount of warm apricot filling. You can start with

Abby Rose

a Salad Platter—a cucumber salad plus a lightly dressed mixed-greens salad with halved cherry tomatoes, braised red cab-

Hannibal

A Budding Success

bage, and tender potato topped with parsley and red onion. Massive slices of tender pork loin, coin-shaped potato dumplings, and braised cabbage comprise

the

Tucked into a historic 1880s building on Main Street in Hannibal, Abby Rose

Schweinebraten

Restaurant is an unexpected find for lunch. The white tablecloths let you know that you’re in for something sophisticated, but the food is as comfortable and exquisite as it gets. Try the Quiche Florentine, if it’s the quiche of the day; it will melt in your mouth, a result of the touch of chef and owner Pam Rivera. Pam’s touch also takes classic chicken salad to the next level in Cathy’s Favorite, with a perfect combination of cranberries, pecans, and fresh rosemary to update the recipe. Although we were there for lunch, dishes like Chicken Ballentine, a butterflied chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and freshly sautéed spinach in a cream sauce, then wrapped in bacon, and grilled rib-eye topped with brandy cream sauce beckoned us to see if they meet the same mark that the lunch items do. We’ll definitely make a return trip. Lunch will cost about $12 a person, while dinner for two might be around $50. Check out Pam’s family recipe for Raisin Bread on page 82. 573-221-1226 —Rebecca French Smith

plate. Combine the Nurenberger

Dinner in Austria

and Berliner (with spicy curry sauce) for the sausage duo, served with plenty of sides. Ending your meal with a Classic Sacher Torte will run about $50 per person. 816-283-3234 | www.grunauerkc.com —Lisa Waterman Gray

El Puente

Mucho Mexican > Located in a busy strip mall on East Republic Road, El Puente looks like a south-of-the-border restaurant: terra cotta floors, walls the colors of sunshine and clay, and carved wood tables that look like Mexican Talavera pottery. For groups who need to wind-down, the wait staff has sometimes stretched its two-dollar margarita happy-hour special. The food is simple, but generous. Meals—including taco, enchilada, and burrito combos—usually cost less than $10. Whether on Cinco de Mayo or year-round, Springfield’s El Puente restaurant satisfies Mexican-cuisine cravings. 417-883-4502 —Tanja Kern

Grunauer

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the many, tastetests the menus, and pays our own way to bring you restaurants worth the trip.

Tina Wheeler; Tanja Kern; Courtesy of Grunauer

Springfield

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Branson, MO

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University Concert Series

2010-11 Highlights Columbia, MO

NEBRASKA THEATRE CARAVAN

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

MO 12. 13. 2010 | 7 P.M. | JESSE AUDITORIUM

THE MUSIC MAN TU 2. 1. 2011 | 7 P.M. JESSE AUDITORIUM

TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE

TU 2. 1. 2011 | 7 P.M. | JESSE AUDITORIUM

Rain

A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

W 2. 2. 2011 | 7 P.M. | JESSE AUDITORIUM

MAMMA MIA

W 5. 4. 2011 | TH 5. 5. 2011 | 7 P.M. JESSE AUDITORIUM

www.concertseries.org 409 Jesse Hall University of Missouri-Columbia 573.882.3781 800.292.9136

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ALL AROUND

MISSOURI

October & November

Visit MissouriLife.com for more events!

COURTESY OF PAUL JACKSON

Featured Event WATERCOLORS BY PAUL JACKSON Oct. 1-24, Poplar Bluff. Paul Jackson is an international and national award-winning watercolorist. He has been featured as one of the Master Painters of the World in International Artists magazine. The exhibit is held at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum. Open noon-4 PM Tues.-Fri. and 1-4 PM Sat.Sun., the exhibit is free. Call 573-686-8002 or visit www.mham.org for more information. For more information on the artist, visit www.pauljacksonart.com.

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Look for our staff ’s picks.

These listings are chosen by our editors and are not paid for by sponsors.

Southeast Whisper in the Wind Oct. 1, Davisville. Storytelling presented by naturalist Janet Price. Dillard Mill State Historic Site. 6-7 PM. Free. 573-244-3120, www.mostateparks.com/dillardmill.htm Country Heart Walk Rebecca’s pick Oct. 2, Park Hills. One- to three-mile walk to raise money for the American Heart Association. St. Joe State Park. 7 AM. Donations accepted. 573-431-1069, www.mostateparks.com/stjoe.htm Home Grown Farm Tour Amy’s pick Oct. 2-3, Potosi. Self-guided tour featuring 18 stops highlighting the diversity of local farms and the history in Washington County. Tour maps available at the Courthouse Farmer’s Market. 9 AM-5 PM. Free. 573-4384449, www.homegrownfarmtour.com

Fete De L’Automme Oct. 3, Old Mines. Cajun music, apple butter making, pastries, and 1800s crafts. St. Michael’s House. 11 AM-4 PM. Free. 573-438-2368, www.rootsweb.com/~moomahs Promenade des Arts Oct. 8-10, Ste. Genevieve. Featuring Thomas Hart Benton's art with a reception, exhibits, and music. Historic District. 6-9 PM Fri.; 10 AM-4 PM Sat.-Sun. Free. 573-883-3686, www.stegenchamber.org Fall Fest Oct. 9, Dexter. Crafts, chili cook-off, children’s games, Dexter’s Got Talent, and pumpkin-carving and scarecrow-costume contests. Downtown. 9 AM-4 PM. Free. 800-332-8857, www.dexterchamber.com Fall Festival Oct. 9, Frohna. Apple butter cooking and art and craft demonstrations. Saxon Lutheran Memorial. 9 AM-4 PM. Free. 573-824-5404, www.saxonlutheranmemorial.com

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Arts and Crafts Show and Sale Oct. 9-10, Eminence. Exhibits feature all handcrafted items made in the Ozarks, plus bluegrass music. Circle B Campground. 9 am-5 pm Sat.; 10 am-4 pm Sun. Free. 573-226-3618, www.eminencemo.com Old Iron Works Days Oct. 9-10, St. James. More than 100 crafters demonstrating 1860s-era crafts, bluegrass bands, and Spirit Cloggers. Maramec Spring Park. Noon-5 pm. $15 per carload. 573-265-7124, www.maramecspringpark.com Ghost Tours Amy’s pick Oct. 15-16 and 22-23, New Madrid. Take a walking tour of the area’s most haunted locations, and participate in paranormal investigations with SEMO Spirit Seekers. Leave from the Chamber of Commerce office. 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Reservations. $10. 877-748-5300, www.wix.com/newmadrid/hauntedtour The Dorians Oct. 2, Joplin. Traditional Irish and Celtic music performance. Memorial Hall. 8:30 pm. $15-$20. 417-6233254, www.joplinmemorialhall.com

Halloween Happenings Oct. 30, Lesterville. Ghoulish and ghastly vaudeville comedy show. Plus, wear your costume on a night hike. Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park. 7-10 pm. Free. 573-5462450, www.mostateparks.com/jshutins.htm

Fall Festival Autumn Harvest Oct. 2, Neosho. Arts, crafts, 5K run, performance stage, wagon rides, and History Alley. Downtown Square. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 417-451-8090, www.neoshomo.org

Chili Cook-Off and Jam Session Oct. 30, Perryville. Chili, salsa, and hot wings competition. Downtown. 10:30 am-2:30 pm Sat.; Free. 573-5476062, www.perryvillemo.com Christmas Arts and Crafts Nov. 20-21, Cape Girardeau. More than 300 fine artisans and crafters with their handmade wares. Show-Me Center and Osage Centre. 10 am-5 pm Sat.; 10 am-4 pm Sun. $5 for both days. 573-335-1631, www.visitcape.com

Southwest Harvest Moon Fall Festival of Arts Oct. 2-3, Kimberling City. Artists display works in oils, watercolor, photography, woodcarving, and pottery. Kimberling Area Library. 9 am-5 pm Sat.; 10 am-4 pm Sun. 417-739-5829, www.tablerockartguild.com 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Show Oct. 1-3, Ozark. More than 300 handmade art and craft vendors. Finley River Park. 9 am-7 pm Fri.-Sat.; 9 am-5 pm Sun. Free. 417-581-4545, www.ozarkcraftfair.com Harvest Moon Festival Oct. 2, Forsyth. Car and truck show, chili cook-off, performance of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and all-you-can-eat chili. Shadow Rock Park. 8 am-4 pm. Free. 417-546-2741, www.forsythmissouri.net

Taste of Springfield Rebecca’s pick Oct. 2, Springfield. Food samples, cooking demonstrations, cake decorating, and a sandwich-building contest. Park Central Square. 11:30 am-4:30 pm. Free (sample tickets $10). 417-831-6200, www.itsalldowntown.com Maple Leaf Festival Oct. 6-16, Carthage. Crafts, antique car and tractor show, parade, quilt show, wine and beer tasting, Celtic Wine Festival, high heel race, and Maple Leaf pageants. Throughout town. Times vary. Free (except special events). 417-358-2373, www.carthagechamber.com

Paint Out and Oil Painting Workshop Oct. 18-23, Ridgedale. Workshops by award-winning artist Guido Frick and plein air art competition. Come watch the painters work, purchase artwork, and decorate a pumpkin. Big Cedar Lodge. Free to spectators (call for participation costs). 417-339-5029, www.bigcedar.com

Boone Homestead State Historic Site. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 417-751-3266, www.mostatepark/boonehome.htm Chili and Salsa Cook-Off Oct. 23, Cassville. Live music, crafts, chili and salsa competition, and pet parade. Historic Square. 8 am-3 pm. Free. 417-847-2814, www.cassville.com Winter Craft Festival Nov. 13, Rogersville. Arts, crafts, and holiday gift items. Upper Elementary School. 10 am-5 pm. Free. 417-7537538, www.rogersvillechamber.com

Woodcarvers Event Tina’s pick Oct. 8-10, Branson. Event honors the Titanic’s German passengers with chainsaw wood sculpting. Titanic Museum Attraction. 9 am-6 pm Fri.-Sat.; 9 am-4 pm Sun. Free. 417-334-9500, www.titanicbranson.com

Turkey Trot Nov. 25, Springfield. One of the largest 5K races in the state. Starts at Expo Center. 8 am. Free to spectators ($15-$25 to run). 417-837-5817, www.dcoonline.com

Apple Butter Makin’ Days Oct. 8-10, Mt. Vernon. Apple butter cooked in copper kettles over open fires, more than 350 booths with handcrafted items, demonstrations, and games. Town Square. 9 am-6 pm Fri.-Sat.; 10 am-4 pm Sun. Free. 417-466-7654, www.mtvernonchamber.com

Central

Fall Flaming Review Art Show Oct. 12-16, Ava. Exhibit of all types of art. Ava Art Guild. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 417-683-5296, www.avachamber.org

Necropolis Haunted House Josh’s pick Sept. 30-Oct. 31, Columbia (Thurs.-Sun.), Extreme haunted house that is not for the faint of heart. Rogers Street. 8-11 pm Thurs. and Sun.; 8 pm-1 am, Fri.-Sat. $15. 573-808-5305, www.enterthenecropolis.com

Homestead Days Festival Oct. 16-17, Ash Grove. Early 19th centrury craft and Ozark agriculture demonstrations, living history camps, and stories of Nathan Boone’s life in the Ozarks. Nathan

Craft Festival Oct. 2, Hatton. More than 175 exhibitors with handmade items, plus wagon rides. Throughout town. 9 am-4 pm. Free. 573-529-1541, www.callawaychamber.com

Courtesy oF Big Cedar Lodge

Rural Heritage Days Oct. 16, Ste. Genevieve. Relive rural life from 1860-1960 with quilts, wood carving, and plowing. Moses Austin Park. All day. Free. 573-883-7092, www.stegenevieve.org

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Phobia Farm will be open Saturdays in October: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

$15 per person • Open at dusk Last ticket sold at 10 pm

Located next to Beggs Family Farm near Sikeston. 573-471-3879 • www.phobiafarm.com

Off the highway is a road. Down the road, there are fields. Among the fields is a farm. ONLY FEAR GROWS HERE!

Beggs Family Farm SPECIAL GUEST APPEARING OPENING DAY, OCT. 2.

Sandra Diaztwine the two-time winner of CBS “Survivor”

Open all Saturdays & Sundays during October. Saturdays 10 am - 9 pm. Last ticket sold at 8 pm Sundays noon - 6 pm. Last ticket sold at 5 pm.

This year’s maze is cut in the shape of Sassy Sandra. Come out and meet Sandra on October 2, opening day. A portion of all proceeds from opening Saturday go to the Kenny Rogers CP Center.

$10 per person www.beggsfamilyfarm.com • 573-471-3879 2319 St. Hwy U, Sikeston, MO 63801

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Harvest Celebration Oct. 2-3, Kingsville. Antique tractors, engines, and farm equipment, hayrides, kettle corn, straw bale maze, and horseshoes. Powell Gardens. 9 am-5 pm. $5-$10. 816-697-2600, www.powellgardens.org Tour de Graves Oct. 3, Boonville. Historic tours of cemeteries with volunteers portraying Civil War persons who are buried there. Walnut Grove and Sunset Hills cemeteries. 1-4 pm. Free. 660-882-7850, www.goboonville.com

Piano and Organ Concert Oct. 3, Osage Beach. Harper Chapel UMC. 3 573-964-6366, www.artsatthelake.com

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Crappie Masters National Tournament Oct. 6-9, Clinton. 250 boats fish for crappie in this national tournament. Truman Lake. 9 am-noon registration, 1:30 pm parade Thurs.; 7 am-3 pm, Fri.-Sat. Free to spectators. 800-222-5251, www.clintonmo.com

Haunted Hayride Oct. 22-23, Laurie. Ride through the park and see ghosts and goblins. Laurie Fairgrounds. 7 pm. $3-$5. 573-3745500, www.lakewestchamber.com

Apple Butter Days Sarah’s pick Oct. 8-9, Linn Creek. Crafts, demonstrations, quilt raffle, apple butter, apple pies, and chili supper. Camden County Museum. 9 am-5 pm. Free (donations for chili). 573-346-7191, www.camdencountymuseum.com Citizen Jane Film Festival Amy’s pick Oct. 15-17, Columbia. Celebrates and spotlights films made by women. Stephens College campus and downtown. Times vary. $60-$100. 573-489-6147 Dave Brubeck Quartet Oct. 16, Columbia. Awarding-winning jazz performance. Missouri Theatre for the Arts. 7 pm. $27-$42. 573-4493001, www.wealwaysswing.org Heritage Days Oct. 16-17, Warsaw. Contemporary crafters display and sell their wares and old-time demonstrations from the 1800s. Drake Harbor, Community Building, and Harry S. Truman Visitors Center. 9 am-dark. Free. ($4 shuttle bus). 800-927-7294, www.warsawmochamber.com Martin Family Bluegrass Concert Nov. 5-6, Versailles. Family group with many original songs and spine-tingling harmony. Royal Theatre. 7 pm. $5-$10. 573-378-6226, www.theroyaltheatre.com Vienna Boys Choir Rebecca’s pick Nov. 6, Camdenton. World-class concert. St. Anthony Catholic Church. 7 pm. $10-$35. 573-964-6366, www.artsatthelake.com Holiday Shopping Expo Nov. 6, Jefferson City. Vendors with a variety of holiday items and door prizes. Donita’s Banquet Hall. 9 am-3 pm. Free. 573-659-7888, www.jcholidayexpo.webs.com Fall Festival Nov. 6, St. Robert. Arts, crafts, quilt raffle, and antiques. Community Center. 9 am-4 pm. Free. 573-451-2000, www.saintrobert.com Harvest Fest Nov. 7, Stover. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. St. Paul Lutheran Church. 11 am-1 pm. Donations accepted. 573-286-7773, www.stovermissouri.org

Festival of Champions Oct. 30, Warrensburg. Competitions between the Midwest’s best marching bands, color guards, and drum lines. University of Central Missouri campus. 8 am-10 pm. $5-$12. 660-543-4681, www.sekelsky.com/FOC/

Jigu Thunder Drums of China Nov. 11, Columbia. Performance highlighting Chinese culture featuring extraordinary visual effects with lighting and costumes, and powerful percussion. Jesse Auditorium at University of Missouri. 7 pm. $14-$32. 573-882-3781, www.concertseries.org Kettle Drum Tea Nov. 11, Fulton. Victorian gifts, silent auction, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and appetizers. National Churchill Museum. 10 am-2 pm and 5-8 pm. Free. 573-592-5234, www.callawaychamber.com Christmas Market Place Nov. 12-13, Linn Creek. Vendors feature holiday gifts and crafts. Camden County Museum. 9 am-4 pm. Free. 573-346-7191, www.camdencountymuseum.com Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 12-14, Warrensburg. Unique venue out in the country features local and handmade pottery, jewelry, hedgestick furniture, paintings, natural soaps, and fiber items. Hazel Hill Mercantile. 5-9 pm Fri.; 9 am-6 pm Sat.Sun. Free. 660-909-4397, www.hazelhillmercantile.com Fall Craft Fair and Bazaar Nov. 13, Knob Noster. Arts and crafts. High School. 8 am-4 pm. Free. 877-653-3786, www.visitwarrensburg.org Crafts and Collectibles Show Nov. 13, Warsaw. Community Building. 8:30 am-4:30 pm. 800-927-7294, www.warsawmochamber.com Christmas Arts and Crafts Show Nov. 26-27. Lebanon. More than 90 booths with handcrafted holiday gift items, arts, and crafts. Cowan Civic Center. 11 am-6 pm Fri.; 9 am-2 pm Sat. Free. 417-5324642, www.lebanonmo.org

Courtesy of James Rubin; Courtesy of the Lake West Chamber

175th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 3, Cole Camp. American Revolution patriot Benjamin Proctor memorial with Color Guard, musicians, speakers, refreshments, and cemetery walk. Union Church and Union/Williams Cemetery. 2-5:30 pm. Free (cemetery walk $5-$10). 660-438-0100, www.colecamp.com

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Northwest Kansas City Area Pecan Festival Rebecca’s pick Oct. 1-2, Brunswick. Dance featuring Krazy Kats, pet contest, pecan pie auction, parade, and flea market. Downtown. 9 pm-midnight Fri.; 8 am-6 pm Sat. Free ($3-$5 for dance). 660-548-3340, www.brunswickmo.com Haunting Hayride Oct. 1-2 and 8-9, Blackwater. Wagon ride to Wildcliff with many surprises. Leaves from Depot. 8 pm. $10. Reservation. 660-846-4411, www.blackwater-mo.com Gladfest Oct. 1-3, Gladstone. Classic car show, dog show, carnival, parade, Civil War encampment, music, model train exhibit, and apple pie contest. NE. 70th Street and N. Holmes. 5-10 pm Fri.; 10 am-10 pm Sat.; 9 am-5 pm Sun. Free. 816-436-4523, www.gladstonechamber.com Applefest Oct. 1-3, Weston. Demonstrations of quilting, basket weaving, and apple butter making, artisans, crafters, live music, and Garden Harvest Market. City Park and Downtown District. 10 am-6 pm Sat.; 11 am-5 pm Sun. Free. 816-640-2909, www.westonmo.com Bewitching Gourds Oct. 1-31, Independence. Collection of unique gourd artwork. Bingham-Waggoner Estate. 10 am-4 pm Mon.-Sat.; 1-4 pm Sun. $2-$5. 816-461-3491, www.bwestate.org

Some Assembly Required Band Oct. 2, Waverly. Variety of music from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Baltimore Bend Vineyard wine deck and lawn. Free. 2-5 pm. 660-493-0258, www.baltimorebend.com Paranormal 101 Investigation Oct. 2, Nov. 13, Dec. 18, Liberty. Paranormal investigators teach you tools of the trade then spend six hours investigating one of the most haunted locations in Missouri. Belvoir Winery and Event Center. 8 pm-2 am. $50. 816-304-8641, www.belvoirwinery.com Living History Festival Oct. 8-10, Lathrop. Demonstrations, cattle dogs, crafts, and steam engines. Antique Showgrounds. 9 am-6 pm Fri.; 10:30 am-6 pm Sat.; 10 am-3:30 pm Sun. $3 weekend pass. 816-528-3511, www.lathropantique.com Pony Express Pumpkinfest Oct. 8-10, St. Joseph. Family arts festival features children’s costume parade, reenactments, games, crafts, and the lighting of the Great Pumpkin Mountain. 5-9 pm Fri.; 10 am-9 pm Sat.; noon-5 pm Sun. Free. 816-279-5059, www.ponyexpress.org

Great Pumpkin Smash Amy’s pick Nov. 6, Kansas City. Watch animals roll, toss, tromp, and eat pumpkins thrown to them by zoo keepers. Kansas City Zoo. 10 am-3 pm. $8.50-$11.50. 816-513-5714, www.kansascityzoo.org

World War II Hangar Dance Oct. 9, Kansas City. Big band music and tours of the museum and vintage aircraft. Airline History Museum. 6-10 pm. $20-$25. 816-421-3401, www.ahmhangar.com Fall on the Farm Oct. 9, Lawson. Costumed interpreters demonstrate rural life in the 1870s, featuring sheep shearing and blacksmithing. Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historical Site. 11 am-5 pm. Free (except tour). 816-5803387, www.mostateparks.com/wwmill/index.html Heritage Craft Festival Danita’s pick Oct. 9-10, Arrow Rock. 19th-century arts and crafts and Missouri’s finest modern crafts. Throughout town. 10 am-5 pm. $1. 660-837-3231, www.arrowrockarts.org

Antique Show Oct. 16-17, Platte City. Antiques and collectibles. Platte County High School. 9 am-4 pm Sat.; 11 am-3 pm Sun. $5 for both days. 816-858-2822, www.plattecitymo.com Missouri Day Festival Oct. 16-18, Trenton. Crafts, parade, marching band competitions, and scarecrow contests. Throughout town. 10 am-11 pm Fri.; 7 am-6 pm Sat.; 10 am-2:30 pm Sun. Free. 660-359-4324, www.trentonmochamber.com Militia Muster Oct. 23-24, Sibley. Watch 1812 reenactors create a muster. Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. 9 am-4:30 pm. $3-$7. 816-503-4860, www.jacksongov.org Lighting Ceremony Nov. 19, Cameron. Santa arrives, plus Christmas music and a parade. Downtown and McCorkle Park. 2-6:30 pm. Free. 816-632-2005, www.cameronchamber.com Best Little Arts and Crafts Show Nov. 19-20, Independence. Arts and crafts. Sermon Center. 10 am-7 pm Fri.; 10 am-6 pm Sat. Free. 816-3257370, www.ci.independence.mo.us

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Ghost and Gangster Tour Josh’s pick Oct. 1-Dec. 18 (Fri.-Sat.), Kansas City. Historical and scary tour by coach takes you to landmarks with paranormal activity and organized crime mayhem. The Edge of Hell. Reservation only. Fri.; 6 and 9 pm Sat. $25. 816-842-4280, www.fullmoonprod.com

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Northeast St. Louis Area Scottish Games and Cultural Festival Oct. 1-2, St. Louis. Bagpipe band competition, calling of the clans, celebration of Scottish singing and dancing, sheepdog herding demonstrations, heavy athletics, children’s activities, parade of tartans, and traditional crafts. Forest Park. 5-10 pm Fri.; 8:30 am-6 pm Sat. $10$50. 314-821-1286, www.stlouis-scottishgames.com Strassenfest Rebecca’s pick Oct. 1-3, Chesterfield. Celebrate the tradition of German Gemutlichkeit with traditional music, authentic food, arts, crafts, and a children’s village. Central Park. 4-11 pm Fri.; 10 am-10 pm Sat.; 10 am-6 pm Sun. Free. 636-2251730, www.strassenfest.org

Horse, Mule, and Ox Farming Days Oct. 2-3, Gerald. Heritage crafts and old-time farming skills, antique equipment, demonstrations by draft animal teams, bluegrass and mountain music, and exhibits of rare livestock breeds. Witness Tree Farm. 10 am-5 pm Sat.; 10 am-3 pm Sun. $6. 573-764-2629, www.witnesstreefarm.org Arts and Crafts Festival Oct. 2, Kirksville. Artists display paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, jewelry, and stained glass. Courthouse Square. 9 am-4 pm Free. 660-665-0500, www.kirksvillearts.com Kids ArtStart Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, Webster Groves. Crafts, art projects, and treats introduce children to the art experience. Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. Free. 10 am. 314-968-7340, www.repstl.org Fall Festival and Craft Bazaar Oct. 8-9, O’Fallon. Dance, handmade gifts, and home and yard décor, circus with clowns, performing dogs, and Petunia Pig. Live original acoustic music, “Pumpkins You Can Gobble” cooking contest, and Kid’s Area with “green” nature crafts. Civic Park. 5-10 pm Fri.; 9 am-4 pm Sat. Free. 636-379-5614, www.ofallonmo.us/FallFest Soulard Oktoberfest Amy’s pick Oct. 8-10, St. Louis. German folk dancers, food, and beer, arts show, sausage-eating contests, beauty pageant, and Volkswagon and BMW car shows. Lyon Park. 11 am-12:30 am Fri.-Sat.; 11 am-6 pm Sun. $5-$100. 314-368-3419, www.soulardoktoberfest.com Craft Fair Oct. 16, Washington. Halloween and Christmas handmade items. SFB Grade School Gymnasium. 9 am-4 pm. Free. 636-239-6701, www.washmo.org

Audrain Liberty Jazz Concert Oct. 16, Mexico. Presser Performing Arts Center. 7-9 pm. Free. 573-581-5592, www.presserpac.com Deutsch Country Days Oct. 16-17, Marthasville. Early German immigrant lifestyles are portrayed through demonstrations by artisans in period attire. Luxenhaus Farm. 9 am-5 pm. $6-$16. 636-433-5669, www.deutschcounrydays.org Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 23, De Soto. Craft fair features local Missouri artisans and crafters, folk music, Irish bands, and Halloween program. Washington State Park. 10 am-10 pm. Free. 636-586-5768, www.mostateparks.com/washington.htm Apple Butter Festival Oct. 30-31, Kimmswick. Homemade apple butter simmering in copper pots, hundreds of vendors, pumpkin carving, and live entertainment. Throughout town. 10 am5 pm. Free. 636-464-6464, www.visitkimmswick.com Gateway to the Wind Festival Nov. 5-7, St. Louis. Celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Missouri premiere of Gone With the Wind with tours, stage productions, market bazaar, charity ball, and speakers. St. Louis University Museum of Art, Cook Hall, Drury Inn, and other venues. 2:30 pm Fri.; 11 am4 pm (ball at 6:30 pm) Sat.; 11 am-3 pm. $60-$90 (ball $100) 314-842-9724, www.gwtwbook.com Hayride and Chili Nov. 6, Berger. Adults only hayride and chili supper. Bias Vineyards and Winery. 3-7 pm. $15. 573-834-5475, www.biaswinery.com The Great Pumpkin Launch Sarah’s pick Nov. 6, Moberly. Launch a pumpkin with a big slingshot at a target, and win a prize. Howard Hils Athletic Complex. 2 pm. $1. 660-263-3345, www.moberlychamber.com Fall Craft Show Nov. 13-14, Union. More than 270 booths featuring handcrafted items. Middle School. 8 am-4 pm Sat.; 10 am-

Historic Folklife Festival Oct. 16-17, Hannibal. More than 80 artists, artisans, and craftsmen demonstrate and sell handmade traditional arts and fine crafts, strolling musicians, children’s art, fresh apple cider, wine tasting, and Farmer’s Market. Historic District. 10 am-5 pm Sat.; 10 am-4 pm Sun. Free. 573-221-6545, www.hannibalarts.com

3 pm Sun. Free. 636-583-5855, union.k12.mo.us/ums/ umshome/craftfairinfo.htm Wands and Wine Nov. 18, St. Charles. Benefit event features wine, beer, appetizers, and private shopping at several boutiques. Proceeds are for the Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project, which provides prom dresses for young women unable to acquire them on their own. Little Hills Winery. 5-9 pm. $25. 636-978-2277, cinderellastlouis.homestead.com Peanut Night Nov. 27, Marceline. A 50-year tradition continues with prizes in every peanut bag; Santa arrives; and Christmas lights turned on. 5 pm. Free ($1 for bag of peanuts). 660-376-3528, www.marceline.com

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Living History Museum Tours Greg’s pick Oct 1-30 (Fri.-Sat.), Hermann. Actors dressed in period attire portray everyday life in 1886. White House Hotel. 6:30 and 8:30 pm Fri.; 1:30, 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30 pm Sat. $5-$10. 573-486-3200, www.whitehousehotel1868.com

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A Tradition at the lake since 1964

AAA Midwest Travelers Choose The Lodge of Four Seasons for Best Resort and Golf Readers of AAA Midwest Traveler magazine have chosen The Lodge of Four Seasons as the “Best Large Resort” in the Midwest.

Readers of AAA Midwest Traveler named The Cove as best golf course, with The Club at Porto Cima coming in a respectable second.

Built in 1964 by the late Harold Koplar, The Lodge of Four Seasons remains one of today’s few fourth-generation, familyowned resorts in the United States. Koplar’s daughter, Susan Koplar-Brown, and her son Mark preside over daily operations of The Lodge, ensuring the Brown family’s tradition of Midwestern warmth and hospitality.

After nearly a year of extensive renovations, Witch’s Cove golf course reopened at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks last spring as simply The Cove.

Part of that hospitality includes on-site restaurants with delicious food to fit any taste and any budget. In fact, readers of AAA Midwest Traveler chose Executive Chef Michael Hollingsworth one of their top two best chefs. Not only does The Lodge offer a serene setting and great food, but the property includes three championship golf courses, The Cove, The Ridge and the Jack Nicklaus designed Porto Cima.

Located directly across from the Lodge of Four Seasons and part of the resort, the 18hole course originally was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1971.

With its rolling greens and 65 bunkers, the par-71 championship course challenges guests, but panoramic views of the surrounding scenic hills make this a great experience no matter what your score.

During the renovation, a brand new clubhouse was built complete with proshop, bar and grill, and spacious patio. In addition, extensive work was performed on the greens, tee boxes and fairways, and some holes were rerouted. It’s no wonder that in 2008, “Golf Magazine” named this course one of Missouri’s top five courses. Mark Brown, president of The Lodge of Four Seasons acknowledged the importance of receiving these accolades. “On behalf of my family and the entire Lodge of Four Seasons staff, we are grateful to the readers of AAA Midwest Traveler magazine for this prestigious honor and we will continue to strive to meet the expectations of our very important guests.”

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