West End Word
April 26 - May 9, 2013
Efngham to the communities of Arthur,Arcola, Tuscola and Sullivan, home to
about 4,500 conservative, rural Amish whostrive to “be not conformed to this world.”Their presence, combined with their moreprogressive “English” neighbors, creates anintriguing cultural blend of the old and thenew. The two factions are respectful of oneanother’s differences and together have cre-ated a haven for tourism.Arthur, whose motto is “you’re a stranger
only once,” is in the heart of Amish Country,
10 miles west of I-57. The vibrant centralshopping district in the downtown districtis chock-full of Amish-owned or operatedshops selling handcrafted clothes, custom
cabinetry, home furnishings and unique
gifts. Discover these items and take the timeto visit with shopkeepers to learn more abouttheir lifestyle. Most Amish-owned businesses
are closed on Sundays.
Arthur doesn’t have any chain restau-rants. Instead, locally-owned eateries servelovingly prepared comfort food. For a treat,stop by Dick’s Pharmacy for a “world fa-mous soda.”Arthur hosts several annual festivals and
ongoing events, such as the Downtown CraftMarket, held the third Saturday of everymonth with an array of crafts and antiques.On Saturday, June 1, come out for theannual Strawberry Jam Festival, which fea
-tures live music, strawberry treats of everykind, crafts, games and more.Arthur will play host to about 30,000 on
Saturday, June 29, for Arthur’s FreedomCelebration and Fireworks. The annualevent features reworks, craft shows, pa
-rades, food and more.Other events are scheduled throughoutthe summer, such as the Annual Moultrie-
Douglas County Fair, July 7 to 13. For a
complete schedule of activities, visit www.illinoisamishcountry.com.Discover Missouri’s German heritage
along Interstate 55 in Perry County.
One of the oldest communities in Mis-
souri, Perry County was settled by Lutheran
immigrants in the early 1800s. Located justwest of the Mississippi River about 80 miles
from St. Louis, the area includes Perryville,
Frohna, Altenburg, Brazeau and Farrar.
In Frohna, the Saxon Lutheran Memo
-rial, an outdoor history museum set in a log cabin village, highlights the pioneering spiritof the early immigrants from Germany who
settled Perry County.
The historic working farm and home was
the home of Wilhelm and Christian Bergt,
two brothers who participated in the 1839
immigration from Saxony Germany. Today
the site is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and consists of 15 buildings,seven of which are historic log cabins dating from 1820 to 1840.
On Saturday, June 29, the memorial will
come to life with a Bluegrass Music Festbeginning at 10 a.m. In addition to all-daymusic and jam session open to visiting “jam-mers,” visitors can enjoy fare from local eat-eries, fresh baked bread and coffee cake. The
day will close with a reworks nale.
Saxon Lutheran Memorial in Frohnais an outdoor historymuseum.
German History Brought To Life In Perry CountyHeart Of Amish Country
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About two hours from St. Louis north
on Highway 61, discover the scenic rivertown of Hannibal, the childhood home of
beloved author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark
Twain. The town was founded in 1819,along the banks of the Mississippi River. It
was there that Clemens found the inspira
-tion for his books, such as “The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer,” and “The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn.”The Mark Twain Boyhood Home andMuseum, which celebrated its 100th anni-
versary in 2012, offers a glimpse into Cle
-mens’ life with its eight historic buildings,including the Boyhood Home, a National
Historic Landmark. Stop in to see the mu
-seum’s updated exhibit of 15 original Nor-man Rockwell paintings.Hannibal plays hosts to numerous eventssuch as Twain on Main Festival on May25 and 26. The free arts and crafts festivalwith a Mark Twain twist with vendor, en-tertainment, food and fun. This year themeis Mark Twain’s book, “The Prince and thePauper.”A wide variety of wares by artists and ar-tisans will be on display at the Hannibal ArtFair on June 15 and 16 in downtown Han-nibal.
Music Under the Stars, a series of free
concerts, is held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in
front of Samuel Clemens’ Boyhood Home
beginning May 30 to July 25.
Celebrate Independence Day at the Han
-nibal Jaycee’s 38th Annual National Tom
Sawyer Days, July 3-7. This family-friendly
festival features fence-painting competitions,
a parade, craft fair, carnival, reworks over
the river and more.For more information on these and otherevents, visit www.visithannibal.com.
Author Samuel ClemensCalled Hannibal Home
Youngsters portray Becky Thatcher and Huckle-berry Finn in Hannibal.
photo by Diana Linsley
Enjoy the great outdoors without spend-ing hours on the road.
Steelville and Cuba, west of St. Louis
off Interstate 44, are situated in some of the most popular recreation areas in thestate.The Meramec River cuts a path be-
tween Cuba and neighboring Steelville
so canoeing and kayaking are a draw in
warm-weather months. Steelville is situated
on three rivers: the Meramec, the Huzzah
and the Courtois.
For canoeing to camping along the
Courtois, Huzzah and Meramec rivers,Bass River Resort, 10 miles east of Steel
- ville, has a variety of options available.
With the Meramec Music Theatre,Steelville is also the place for music lovers.
It features concerts from country to oldies,
patriotic to Christmas shows, plus profes
-sional gospel and bluegrass groups.For area information, visit www.cubamochamber.com and www.steelville.com.
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Starting at 10 a.m., music all day long! Food booths, local eateries, freshbaked bread and coffee cake. Jam sessions open to visiting “jammers.”Fireworks finale!
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