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This month, the Weekender is focusing on outdoor theme parks, waterparks and zoos. Who doesn’t love a day spent exploring various thrill rides, walking for miles in an illogical crisscross pattern or standing in line for hours? Believe it or not, there are people who don’t enjoy such activities. To ease your reluctance in planning such an expedition, here are a few pointers which will help make your day safe and fun for everyone. For starters, wear clothing which is easily described and quickly recognizable. Pop quiz: without looking, do you know what your child is wearing right now? My husband just walked past my desk and I have no clue what color shirt he is wearing. To make things easier for everyone, wear matching clothes if possible. This helps with identification in the event of a lost person. Once you arrive, pay attention to where you park. Finding your car among a sea of vehicles is much harder at night after a full busy day. Use your smartphone to mark your location with the GPS feature. Before beginning your explorations, hold a group meeting and select a designated place which everyone can easily find in case you become separated. Most every park has a flagpole, fountain, statue or something unique near the entrance. This plan also works well when various interests cause your family members to purposely scatter in the pursuit of diverse entertainment. Experience has taught us what a valuable tool the provided maps are. Ask park employees for suggestions about what time is best to attend which attractions. For example, lines are shorter during mealtimes. If you have anyone in your party who tires easily, try this tip from an employee of Disney’s Epcot Center: once you arrive, go straight to the back of the park and visit the attractions as you work your way back toward the front. This has a twofold benefit. Most everyone else is going the opposite direction so the lines are longer for them and when ready to depart, you don’t have that long walk back to the parking lot. For small children, take a change of clothing in case of accidents caused by messy foods, restrooms too far away and rides that get everyone wet. Carry some snacks with you to avoid the cranky whining caused by hunger. Sometimes a few crackers can prevent a very bad mood resulting in a tantrum. This minor inconvenience will be greatly appreciated by other guests at the park. And lastly, plan a rest period. Just because you are having fun and don’t need a nap doesn’t mean your little ones enjoy your enthusiasm about some oversized cartoon character they may or may not recognize. If you are close enough, go back to your hotel, rest, sleep, refresh and then return to enjoy a fun evening. The activities which are only available at night, such as fireworks, will be enjoyed much more by everyone. Okay, now that all the logistics have been discussed, you’re ready to begin exploring your options. This issue contains lots of information to help you decide which park to visit first. Just turn the page. Ready? Set? Read! I used to work in a zoo. Sort of. Not exactly. My first zookeeper position was teaching sixth graders in a traditional classroom setting where I spent all day everyday with them covering all subjects without a break to enjoy some adult conversation, even at lunch. It was exhausting! (Continued P5 4 l June, 2014

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What’s Inside... Places to Go: Mark Twain Landing

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Our Town, Your Town

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St. Joseph

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River City Rumble

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Things to Do: Bowling Picnicking

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at Big Surf Park

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Pet the Animals

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Play the Washboard

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People to See: Makenna & Brock

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Joel Crouse

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From the Editor _ Continued... Holidays were always difficult discipline days, but none more so than the day the planets lined up such that they could be easily viewed in a row. That day convinced me that there really is something to the full moon effect. If you don’t think people are different during a full moon, just ask any paramedic, emergency worker or teacher. At school, I taught K-12 music and gave private lessons. I ended my teaching career working with high school students. This particular

experience made me wonder if animals are affected by the full moon like humans are. We never had pets so I had no point of reference there. I live in a town where there is no zoo. No help there. Ten years ago, while living in a very urban area, surrounded by people, traffic, business buildings, a shopping center and constant activity at a hospital, we had squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, birds, snakes, groundhogs, weasels, foxes and an occasional deer in our yard. I

enjoyed watching them through my kitchen window, but they spent most of their time hiding in the brush around the tree line at the edge of the property which was designed as a sound barrier between the businesses and our housing subdivision. Therefore, I was not able to observe any full moon animal activity. I guess I’ll never know the answer to my question. Unless I visit a zoo. Perhaps I should go check my calendar for the next moon phase.

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Monroe City is the gateway to a wealth of boating, hunting, fishing, and historical sightseeing pleasures. Golfers are in for a real treat, as Monroe City boasts two of the finest 9-hole golf courses in the entire region. The facilities at Mark Twain Landing include everything to make your stay a relaxed and pleasant experience. Stay in one of their spacious full hook-up RV sites, tucked in the quiet wooded setting. If you don’t have an RV then check out one of the lodging units. Many options to choose from; small cottages, motel rooms, deluxe cabins, condos and others. Enjoy the numerous area attractions as well as fishing and a fun-packed calendar of activities. Monroe Turtle has been planning a great summer for 2014. How about Karaoke? Maybe you can be the next MTL star! Pick out your favorite song to sing or just sitand enjoy the music. We also have Movie Night each Friday and Saturday night. Stop by the Craft Center to make something special like ceramics, t-shirts, tie-dye shirts and many

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other crafts. Be sure and ask about our Trolley rides, Putt Putt, Paddle Boats and visits with Monroe Turtle! Or simply relax with a good book at your cool and shaded campsite. You must plan to spend at least one day at Splash Landing, their new large waterpark. Splash Landing has everything you need to keep you cool for long, hot summer days. From the kiddy splash pad to the large water slides, there is something for everyone. If you are staying at the RV Park, a current special gives you FOUR tickets for the Water Park valid for TWO Days of FUN. Your family can visit the Water Park as many times as you want for two full days while you stay in theRV Park for only $79. That is less than $10 each per day. The regular value of this special is $180. Please ask about this offer when you Check-In. Come see for yourself why others have chosen Mark Twain Landing as their vacation destination.

Places to Go: Our Town, Your Town Things to Do: Hit the Pits People to See: Joel Crouse & Ben Bradford

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Our Town, Your Town Celebration will return for its third year. The date of this year’s event will be Saturday, June 21, 2014 and it is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year! The Chamber has once again partnered with the Lebanon I-44 Speedway to hold this year’s event at the racetrack. General Manager Kevin Greven provides the perfect solution for a partner as the racetrack provides ample space for seating, parking, lighting and vendors along the midway. The Our Town, Your Town Celebration will provide attendees an action packed, fun filled evening with the Family Game Zone, a wide display of vendors, plenty of food and drinks for purchase, and the Nascar Whelen All American Series racing. Hit the Pit with driver/fan interaction at 1 pm. Watch the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racing at 6 pm. For the evenings grand finale at 9:30 p.m., the Lebanon I-44 Speedway will serve as an incredible setting for a live Country Music concert, as this year’s Our Town, Your Town Celebration features two of Country Music’s hottest up and coming stars – Joel Crouse and Ben Bradford with hits like “Don’t Tell Me”, “If You Want Some”, “Why God Made Love Songs” along with “Making Out in a Chevy”, “Tequila Makes the World Go Round” and “Million Miles of Free”. This live 8 l, June, 2014

concert performance and all of the days activities and entertainment is again this year only $10.00 per carload to enter. “You simply will not want to miss this year’s Our Town, Your Town Celebration!” says Chamber Director Darrell Pollock. On behalf of the committee, Chamber staff and Board of Directors, we would like to publicly thank the Lebanon I-44 Speedway and other area business sponsors, for the assistance in putting together a wonderful evening of entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. For more information concerning sponsorship or vendor participation at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Our Town, Your Town Celebration, contact the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce at 417-588-3256 or email

Ben Bradford

Joel Crouse

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Go on a picnic at Lohman’s Landing JEFFERSON CITY Lohman's Landing celebrates its 175th birthday on June 21st with an old-time picnic on the south lawn of the Lohman Building. Take a picnic lunch. Visit the 1850s general store and warehouse. Located at the north end of Jefferson Street, between the Governor's Mansion and the Capitol. Enjoy live music and dancing with the Loehnig German Band Dancers; blacksmithing; rope-making; and other demonstrations. Games for all ages, including potato sack races. You can even take a cake for the oldfashioned cake contest. Jefferson Landing State Historic Site is significant as a rare Missouri River landing. The Lohman Building depicts an 1850s general store and warehouse and features a film on the history of the site and of Jefferson City. It also serves as a support facility for the Missouri State Museum, located on the main floor of the Capitol. The Union Hotel houses the Elizabeth Rozier Gallery with rotating exhibits emphasizing Missouri's history, art and culture. The ground floor of the former hotel keeps up the tradition of providing transportation to the heartland of the state by serving as the city's Amtrak train station. For more information, visit online at 10 l, June, 2014

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You’ve heard stories of Jesse James and know the Pony Express began in St. Joseph, but did you know the city is bustling with activities and special events year-round? The summer months in St. Joseph are no exception, with a great lineup of festivals taking place June through August, 2014. The annual Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival is a great way to start your summer festival-hopping in St. Joseph. This event features jazz ensembles from across the Midwest and includes great food and drink options, art displays and activities for all ages. The festival runs June 13-14, 2014, in Coleman Hawkins Park: Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival coincides with St. Joseph’s Juneteenth celebration (a commemoration of Emancipation Day and the end of slavery in the U.S.). Juneteenth, celebrated June 13-15, 2014, includes a parade, vendors, pony rides, live music and a talent show. Activities take place in John Lucas Park, Friday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. The following weekend (June 21, 2014) an iconic piece of St. Joseph’s past is celebrated with the annual Pony Express Re-Ride, concluding at the Patee House Museum with an arrival ceremony set for about 2 p.m. This event, which is conducted by the National Pony Express Association, includes stops in several cities over the course of 10 days. In case you’re wondering, the Pony Express mail service 12 l , June. 2014

delivered parcels from St. Joseph to Sacramento, Calif., in 10 days time. (This national event begins June 11 in Sacramento). In July, several St. Joseph area events appeal to visitors of all ages. First is the Dawg Daze of Summer Festival, July 1012, 2014, at Ol’ MacDonalds Farm in nearby Savannah (about 15 minutes north of downtown St. Joseph). This bluegrass concert event features 20 bands, including Missouri’s own Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, plus Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and The Grascals. Tickets are available on the festival website. Make sure you drink your coffee, because shows run well past midnight and into the early morning hours all three days. From July 25 thru 27, 2014, enjoy the Old Fashioned Picnic in the community of Agency. The fun features a tractor pull (on Friday), musical performances, carnival rides, a quilt show, a Saturday dance, and an antique tractor and classic car show on Sunday. The annual picnic in Agency is a long-standing tradition, one that dates to 1867. The picnic site is on Route FF in Agency; more details are available by calling 816-

By Rebecca Embry Things to Do Editor LINN CREEK - The park is primed, the slides are shined, and the water is tropical island blue. Located at 954 Route Y, Big Surf offers a variety of fun activities. Experience a three-story drop, down a massive half-pipe full of rushing water. Race side-by-side on 300-foot-long waterslides; relax on the 600-foot-long lazy river. Spend time in the wave pool, but be prepared for three-foot-high waves every 10 minutes. This is the lake’s “other giant body of water! Relax in the shallow area or grab a tube and hit the deeper end to ride the tides. Enjoy special areas just for the youngest members of the family as well. Another favorite is the Challenger Flumes where you race and rush down dueling 300 feet water slides into a waiting 3-foot-deep catchpool. The yellow flume’s open above, and the blue flume twists and turns in covered darkness. Built before our opening in 1988, the ride lasts about 30 seconds… maybe 25 if you’re reeeeeally fast!

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Things to Do: At the St. Louis Zoo Pictorial Review Submitted by Katie Breyman

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People to See: Friday June 20 Doors open 8 p.m Show 9 p.m.

Makenna & Brock

Tickets: $5

COLUMBIA - Celebrating their 30th year in business, The Blue Note Presents Show-Me Country Night Feat with Makenna & Brock and Orchard Fire on June 20 at 9 p.m. Makenna & Brock Makenna and Brock first met when they were cast as Laurey and Curly in the 2007 musical theater performance of Oklahoma. Makenna and Brock instantly connected on and off stage and ended up becoming a permanent duo and great friends. In 2009 they began touring throughout the United States, sharing the bill with many great acts such as James Otto, LoCash Cowboys, Uncle Kraker, Maggie Rose and Sheryl Crow. They recorded and produced three CD’s and they’re single titled

Calamity Jane was played on country radio stations throughout the United States. However, they’re big break came in the summer of 2011, when Makenna and Brock captured the hearts of tens of millions viewers and when they were selected as top 12 group finalists on the American version of Simon Cowell’s hit television show The X-Factor. Makenna and Brock were one of the last remaining country artists in the show and were critically acclaimed by some of the most renowned figures in the music industry. Those of which included Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, and Chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group L.A. Reid. The judge L.A. Reid, a legend in the music industry, swayed along during Makenna and Brock’s performance and later told the duo, “You just made my day. I really enjoyed it.” British singer and fellow judge Cheryl Cole said their

“vocals were so controlled” and their “harmonies were spot on.” Simon Cowell admitted that he’s “not normally a fan of this kind of stuff,” but followed this comment by saying, “I have to say your voice is sensational.” Makenna & Brock were not only broadcast throughout the world, but they were also featured in magazines such as People Magazin, Washington Post, Country Dailey and Rolling Stones. They were also featured on many eminent websites including,, and Orchard Fire A new breed of country music, soon to be burning its way into the heart of America. This group was one of the Top 12 finalists on the X-Factor TV show.

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Places to go, things to do and people to see on a weekend in Missouri. June issue featuring outdoor waterparks and zoos.