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Adventure, sights, festivals, history and
Superman beckon travelers across the Missis-
sippi River into Illinois.
Metropolis, Ill., located at Exit 37 on I-24
at the southernmost tip of Illinois, is the off-
cial home of Superman and proudly honors
its favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue
at Superman Square. And now, a new stat-
ue of actress Noel Neil, posed as Lois Lane,
stands just two blocks down the street.
The annual Superman Celebration on
June 6-9 pays tribute to their favorite lead-
ing man with entertainment, an amusement
park, car show, celebrity appearances and
a $1,000 Superhero Costume Contest. Re-
turning this year will be fan-favorites Mar-
got Kidder and Michael Rosenbaum on
June 8. Fans of all things Man-of-Steel know
her best as “Lois Lane” from the Superman
flms. Rosenbaum is known for his role as
“Lex Luthor” on “Smallville.”
In addition, organizers are once again
encouraging Superman fans from all over to
meet at the Superman Statue to break the
record for the Largest Gathering of People
Dressed as Superman.
Metropolis is also home to the frst state
park in Illinois – Fort Massac State Park,
which overlooks the Ohio River. Experience
the scenic splendor of southern Illinois with
outdoor fun, such as hiking, camping, pic-
nicking or boating and fshing on the Ohio
At Fort Massac, take a historical journey
at the replica of the 1802 American fort that
was on site. The historic fort area contains two
barracks, three block houses, offcer quarters,
well, stockade and a fraise fence. The site also
has the archaeological outline of the 1757
For those who enjoy the excitement of
gaming, Metropolis is also home to Harrah’s
Metropolis Casino & Hotel.
For more information on Metropolis, visit
Experience the nostalgia of three miles of
original “Mother Road” highway while driv-
ing through Litchfeld, located along Inter-
state 55 about one hour from St. Louis.
Litchfeld boasts what is believed to be the
oldest restaurant on Route 66. The Ariston
Café was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek
immigrant, in Carlinville, Ill., in 1924. In
1929 the cafe was relocated to Litchfeld, and
moved to its present location on Route 66 in
Drive-in movie theaters are a thing of the
past in St. Louis, but one remains along His-
toric Rte. 66 in Litchfeld. Sky View Drive-In
began operating in the spring of 1950. It is
now open for the season on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday evenings.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Lake Lou
Yaeger has over 45 miles of beautiful shore-
line with 300 acres of parks. The lake draws
fshermen and boaters from both Illinois and
Missouri. Discover the lake on the Fourth of
July during Litchfeld’s huge freworks display
at the lake. From June to September, bass
tournaments are held each Thursday evening
at 5:15 p.m. and are open to the public.
It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Super In Illinois
Enjoy the great outdoors at Lake Shelbyville, located in Central Illinois, off I-57.
photo courtesy Lake Shelbyville Area CVB
Metropolis is the proud home of Superman.
cont. p. 13
Cross the river and see what awaits in
towns from Metropolis to Effngham
Replica of the 1802 fort at Fort Massac.
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JUNE 6 - 9, 2013
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For more information, call the
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at 800.949.5740 or at
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Man of Steel Competition
$1000 Superhero Costume Contest & MORE!
Children’s Activities Color-A-Cape
Amusement Park Road Race
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Located in Central Illinois where Inter-
state 57 meets Interstate 70, Effngham has a
little something for everyone. The city boasts
18 hotels and over 60 restaurants and many
attractions. The Effngham Performance
Center attracts such artists as Rock and Roll
hall of famer B.B. King who will perform on
May 29, and Bob Saget’s “R” rated stand-up
act on June 21.
Other Effngham attractions include
Cross at the Crossroads, Firefy Grill on the
shores of Kristie Lake, the intimate Tuscan
Hills Winery and Lake Sara.
The annual FunFest for Air-Cooled
VWs, will draw over 1,000 VWs and 8,000
enthusiasts to Mid America Motorworks on
May 31-June 2.
While in Effngham, stop by the Visitor
Center, pick up a “pig” and take pictures
of the pig on your travels. Post the picture
on Visit Effngham’s Facebook page for a
chance to win a gift basket featuring local
North of Effngham off I-57 is beautiful
Lake Shelbyville, an Army Corps of Illinois
lake with 11,000 acres of water featuring 200
miles of shoreline, camping, boating, hiking
Lake Shelbyville is renowned for great
fshing. It was selected by Bassmaster Maga-
zine as one of the best bass lakes in Illinois.
With swim season, don the bathing suits and
take a dip in the lake’s three public beaches
which open on May 25 for the season.
Put on the hiking shoes and hike some of
the over 50 miles of developed multi-pur-
pose trails on public lands, stopping to enjoy
the scenery and picturesque views.
The town of Monticello boasts the Mon-
ticello Railway Museum where visitors can
take a train ride and see a railway car display
that includes a Pullman and post offce car.
The museum is open Saturdays and Sun-
days, May through October.
From St. Louis, head east on Interstate
64 about 40 miles to “enjoy the splendor
of a simpler time” in Okawville. The town
has long enjoyed its reputation as home to
the only remaining mineral springs resort
in Illinois. For many years excursion trains
brought guests to the baths for the therapeu-
tic effects of the mineral water. Originally
founded as Bridgeport in 1838, it wasn’t un-
til the mid 1870s that Germans immigrated,
renaming the community Okawville.
The Original Springs Hotel was estab-
lished in 1867 when the value of the mineral
water was discovered. The hotel consists of
a century-old hotel, restaurant, and mineral
spa. Its present building was opened May 1,
1893, after a fre completely destroyed the
previous structure in 1891. The hotel has a
heated pool and 36 guest rooms, a blend of
the past and present.
The hotel offers several packages for
sweethearts or friends who seek a relaxing
getaway centered around mineral baths.
Golfers can spend the day at the 18-hole
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course, then
head to the hotel for a spa treatment before
enjoying dinner in the restaurant.
Lots To Do In Illinois from page 12
The Original Springs Hotel in Okawville was
established in 1867.
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The Cross at the Crossroads
The Efngham Performance Center
Tuscan Hills Winery
Eat. Stay. Play.
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A Simpler Life Awaits In Illinois Amish Country
In Illinois Amish Country horse-drawn
buggies are nearly as common as automo-
biles. Since 1865, when three Pennsylvania
Mennonite families frst settled in the area, it
has become known simply as “Amish Coun-
To get there, take Interstate 57 north to the
communities of Arthur, Arcola, Tuscola and
Sullivan, home to about 4,500 conservative,
rural Amish who strive to “be not conformed
to this world.” Their presence, combined
with their more progressive “English” neigh-
bors, creates an intriguing cultural blend of
the old and the new. The two factions are
respectful of one another’s differences and
together have created 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 central
shopping district in the downtown district
is chock-full of Amish-owned or operated
shops selling handcrafted clothes, custom
cabinetry, home furnishings and unique
gifts. Discover these items and take the time
to visit with shopkeepers to learn more about
their lifestyle. Most Amish-owned businesses
are closed on Sundays.
Arthur doesn’t have any chain restau-
rants. Instead, locally-owned eateries serve
lovingly prepared comfort food. For a treat,
stop by Dick’s Pharmacy for a “world fa-
Arthur hosts several annual festivals and
ongoing events, such as the Downtown Craft
Market, held the third Saturday of every
month with an array of crafts and antiques.
On Saturday, June 1, come out for the
annual Strawberry Jam Festival, which fea-
tures live music, strawberry treats of every
kind, crafts, games and more.
Arthur will play host to about 30,000 on
Saturday, June 29, for Arthur’s Freedom
Celebration and Fireworks. The annual
event features freworks, craft shows, pa-
rades, food and more.
Other events are scheduled throughout
the summer, such as the Annual Moultrie-
Douglas County Fair, July 7-13. For a com-
plete schedule of activities, visit www.illinois-
While Arthur is considered the heart of
Amish Country, Arcola is home to the larg-
est Amish community in Illinois.
The Illinois Amish Museum at Rockome
Gardens in Arcola offers an in-depth
introduction to the Old Order lifestyle.
In addition to the museum, stroll through
Rockome’s extensive gardens, visit the shops,
or enjoy a family-style meal at the restaurant.
Tours of Amish homes and farms can also
For those in the market for Amish furni-
ture, Arcola has plenty of options at its vari-
ous furniture dealers.
The community also schedules numerous
events throughout the year. On June 7 and
8, Raggedy Ann and Andy enthusiasts will
visit the small town that was the boyhood
home of the creator of the Raggedy Ann
phenomenon, Johnny Gruelle.
On June 15, the Pop the Top Festival will
feature a car show in Downtown Arcola,
adjacent to “The One and Only Moomaw
America Hippie Memorial.” Plus, check out
the15 beautiful new murals painted by the
famous Walldogs, celebrating Arcola history.
Horse Progress Days will showcase new-
ly-manufactured and modifed horse-drawn
equipment July 5 and 6. Highlights include
feld demonstrations, educational seminars,
a parade of breeds, pony pulls, sheep herd-
ing demonstrations and more.
Arcola has the distinction as being
“Broom Corn Capital of the World.” The
Broom Corn Festival on Sept. 6-8 will cel-
ebrate that honor with broom activities, arts
and crafts, free entertainment, great food, a
parade, 5K or 10K races and more.
& cars share the road
in Arthur, Arcola,
Tuscola & Sullivan
A farm in Illinois Amish Country
photo by Diana Linsley
A horse-drawn carriage travels one of the country roads.
photo by Diana Linsley
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-6 • Sat 8-5:30
118 S. VINE ST. • ARTHUR IL
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Hand Made - Made from Scratch
Original - Old Fashioned - Artsan
Quality - Natural
One of A Kind Shopping
Words that describe Arthur!
Plan a visit Today.
Visit the Arthur Amish Country Shops.
Country grocery stores, quilt and fabric shops, bakeries, orchards and fruitstands,
greenhouses, lawn furniture, butchers, woodworking shops, stoves and more.
Our “Country Shops” are unique opportunites to interact directly with Amish shopkeepers,
learn more about their “simple” lifestyle and fnd special treasures to take home.
Plus, You can spend a day or more in the unique shops in Downtown Arthur alone!
Antques, gifs, Amish quilts, fresh fudge, cheese and baked goods, local crafs, sewing notons
and fabric, Martn guitars, an old fashioned soda fountain with hand made drum stcks, hand
dipped sodas and more! You’ll fnd a couple of custom Amish made furniture shops downtown
plus one of the fnest menswear stores in Downstate Illinois!
IllInoIs AmIsh Country
Arthur & IllInoIs AmIsh Country mAke An eAsy & Fun dAy trIp
just A Couple oF hours AwAy!
for shopping informaton, event dates and additonal up to the minute details.
Arthur-Amish Country Welcome Center
106 E. Progress, Arthur, IL 61911
Take I-70 East to Efngham, then take I-57 North to Exit 203
Arcola, and then lef (West) on State Route 133 nine miles to Arthur
...the Heart of Illinois Amish Country
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Take a leisurely spring or summer drive
down Interstate 55 to not only discover the
area’s rich German and French heritage, but
also Missouri’s newest wine trail.
Before embarking on a history tour,
check out Crystal City Underground Sports
Complex (CCU), a former sand mine locat-
ed off I-55 in Crystal City. CCU contains
six-million-square feet of enclosed under-
ground climate-controlled space. It now of-
fers disc golf, volleyball, big screen TVs on
Thursdays 7 to 11 p.m., Fridays 7 p.m. to
midnight, Saturdays 1 p.m. to midnight, and
Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. In addition, barge rides
are available on CCU’s underground lake.
Just 25 miles south of St. Louis down
I-55 is the historic village of Kimmswick,
founded in 1850 along the mighty Missis-
sippi River. The small town features quaint
craft and specialty stores such as Mississip-
pi Mud Gallery & Gifts; restaurants, such
as the popular Blue Owl Restaurant; and a
variety of family-friendly events.
An annual favorite is the Strawberry Fes-
tival with activities for children and adults
alike. This year it will be held on Saturday
and Sunday, June 1 and 2 with, of course,
strawberries everywhere, plus music, arts
& crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, pony
rides, petting zoo and more.
Kimmswick will go pink June 13-16 at
Shop for the Cure. A portion of all pur-
chases from participating shops and res-
taurants will be donated to Breast Cancer
On June 16, the town will host its annual
Father’s Day Car Show, which is open to all
makes and models of cars, trucks and mo-
Visitors to Ste. Genevieve can step back
into the world of an authentic 18th Century
French colony while enjoying the friendly at-
mosphere and charm of small-town Ameri-
ca. Tour internationally-recognized historic
homes, shop unique specialty stores and
browse art galleries, taste wines and savor
the local cuisine
Much of the town’s charm and ambiance
is due to the remarkable preservation of
the original Colonial settlement. Its narrow
streets and fenced gardens surround some of
the most signifcant 18th-century architec-
ture in the nation.
Established on the west bank of the Mis-
sissippi River, the village of Ste. Genevieve
was settled in the late 1740s about two miles
south of its present location.
To celebrate its history, the small town
hosts numerous events throughout the year.
During the second weekend in June,
French Fest will feature living history, live
traditional music, folk dancing, French cui-
sine, wine tasting, re-enactors in period dress,
gumbo cook-off with French delights, street
dance, parades, open houses, walking tours,
tea with ‘Marie Antoinette’ at the Guibourd
House and more.
On July 4, come for Freedom Celebration
with music, dancing, food and freworks.
The annual Jour de Fête is southeast Mis-
souri’s largest crafts fair. Held in the heart
of Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District on the
second full weekend in August, visitors can
Venture Down I-55 For Taste Of History & Wine
Streets of Ste. Genevieve are lined with its many historic buildings.
photo by Diana Linsley
History lessons abound down I-55 in
Kimmswick, Ste. Genevieve & Perry County
cont. p. 17
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About two hours from St. Louis north
on Highway 61, discover the scenic river
town 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
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and
Museum, 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 events,
such as Twain on Main Festival on May 25
and 26. The free arts and crafts festival with
a Mark Twain twist with vendors, entertain-
ment, food and fun. This year’s theme is
Mark Twain’s book, “The Prince and the
A wide variety of wares by artists and ar-
tisans will be on display at the Hannibal Art
Fair on June 15 and 16 in downtown Han-
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, freworks over
the river and more.
For more information on these and other
events, visit www.visithannibal.com.
browse arts and crafts booths, enjoy music,
foods and other activities.
One of the oldest communities in Mis-
souri, Perry County was settled by Lutheran
immigrants in the early 1800s. Located just
west 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 spirit
of 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 Fest
beginning at 10 a.m. In addition to all-day
music 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 freworks fnale.
Perryville, the “Heartland’s best-kept
secret,” has a small-town feel while offer-
ing amenities of larger communities. Shop
specialty stores, visit wineries, then head
to Willow House Bed and Breakfast, Per-
ryville’s frst bed and breakfast. Built in1901,
the Victorian home has been historically re-
stored and provides many of today’s accom-
Ellen and Steve Frye of Webster Groves
host guests at the Eggers & Company Gen-
eral Store-Bed and Breakfast in Farrar. The
The general store with house attached is
listed on the National Register of Historic
Places and has been lovingly restored by the
Fryes. Ellen’s grandfather, Martin ”Tom”
Eggers and his brother Walt were the store
owners from 1920 through 1966.
Missouri’s eighth and newest wine trail
can be found among the rolling hills of
Southeast Missouri. The Mississippi River
Hills Wine Trail, established in 2012, con-
sists of six wineries. They are alike in that
the wineries are all family-owned and oper-
ated, but each has its unique appeal and of-
fers a diversity of wines from dry and semi-
dry to sweet and fruity. The wineries are:
The Barrens Winery in Perryville, Apple
Creek Vineyard & Winery in Friedheim,
Hemman Winery in Brazeau, Tower Rock
Vineyard and Winery in Altenburg, Roth-
brick Winery in Jackson and Hunter Valley
Winery in Cape Girardeau.
Youngsters portray Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry
Finn in Hannibal.
photo by Diana Linsley
Missouri’s Heritage from page 16
Memorial in Frohna
is an outdoor history
Home Of Author
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Savor the favors of
Southeast Missouri as
you wind through the
swelling river hills.
The Barrens Winery
2815 N. Hwy 51
Perryville, MO 63775
Great wine, great food, great times. Just
5 minutes from Perryville. Enjoy live music
every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Apple Creek Vineyard
1930 County Rd. 401
Friedheim, MO 63747
Named one of the 13 New and Exciting
Things to Do in 2013 by the Missouri Division
of Tourism. Enjoy great wine, delicious food,
and live music while relaxing on our decks
overlooking beautiful Apple Creek!
13022 Hwy. C
Brazeau, MO 63737
Located in an 1800’s country setting. Take a
step back in time by sitting on the front porch
or wine garden and relax. Celebrating 10
years in business.
Tower Rock Vineyard
10769 Hwy. A
Altenburg, MO 63732
Relax in the winery or by the pond with its
fun fountain. Fine wines, live music, country-
quiet atmosphere in East Perry County.
420 Peckew Trail
Jackson, MO 63755
For an afternoon or a getaway, enjoy our fne
wines, vineyards, horseback riding, cabin
rentals and fshing ponds. Located on 100
acres of rolling hills.
Hunter Valley Winery
762 Hwy. V
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
At our small winery, named after our son
Hunter, you can enjoy award winning wines
and gourmet foods. Visit the oldest winery in
Cape County and sit by our 3 acre lake.
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Spring / Summer
❤ Mother-Daughter – Girlfriend’s
Day – may 4th
❤ Girlfriend’s Day – may 18th
❤ Strawberry Festival
– June 1st & 2nd
❤ Girlfriend’s Day – June 8th
❤ Dine Out for the Cure
– June 12th
❤ Shop For the Cure
– June 12th-16th
❤ Father’s Day Car Show
– June 16th
❤ Annual Daylily Sale – June 22nd
❤ ALS 5k Run/Walk – August 17th
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Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of op-
tions when it comes to experiencing the
state’s woodlands, rivers and streams.
Ellington, a small community nestled in
the rolling green hills of Reynolds County
in the southern Missouri Ozarks, has just
over 1,000 residents, yet the region abounds
with natural attractions. Designated Mis-
souri Scenic Highway 21 connects the com-
munity to new four-lane U.S. 60 about 19
miles to the south. St. Louis is 130 miles to
the northeast and Poplar Bluff is 55 miles to
The area boasts thousands of acres of
state and federal forests and parks to rivers
and large lakes. Included are the Current
and Black rivers, Clearwater Lake, Rocky
Falls and Blue Spring. Fort Barnesville, a
Civil War encampment, is in the process of
partial restoration. Ellington is also home to
the Reynolds County Museum, which high-
lights the rich history of the Ozarks.
Three miles west of Ellington on High-
way 106 is the Missouri Department of
Conservation’s Current River Conservation
Area, which encompasses approximately
28,000 acres. The area offers nature lovers
a variety of activities from hiking, birding,
hunting, camping and fshing.
The Blue Springs Natural Area is part
of the conservation area. Blue Spring is the
sixth largest, and the deepest, spring in Mis-
souri with an average daily fow of 90 mil-
lion gallons of water.
Experience the beauty of this area by car
along Scenic Highway 106, a 26-mile stretch
from Ellington to Eminence.
Over Labor Day bring the family to the
Reynolds County Fair for a three full days
of carnival rides, a bull-riding rodeo, four-
wheeler event, mule jumping, games, food,
beauty pageants, crafts, entertainment, horse
shows, and more.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
West of Ellington can be found the mag-
nifcent Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the frst
national park area to protect a river system
– the Current and Jacks Fork rivers. Spring-
fed, cold and clear, the rivers are a delight to
canoe, swim, boat or fsh. Besides these two
famous rivers, the park is home to hundreds
of freshwater springs, caves, trails and his-
toric sites such as Alley Mill.
For more information on the Ozark Na-
tional Scenic Riverways, visit www.nps.gov/
Steelville and Cuba, west of St. Louis
off Interstate 44, are also popular outdoor
recreation areas. The Meramec River cuts a
path between Cuba and neighboring Steel-
ville. Steelville is situated on three rivers: the
Meramec, the Huzzah and the Courtois.
Canoeing and kayaking are big draws in
With the Meramec Music Theatre, Steel-
ville is also the place for music lovers. It fea-
tures concerts from country to oldies, patri-
otic to Christmas shows, plus professional
gospel and bluegrass groups.
For family reunions, Kick’n K Farmhouse
& Arena in Steelville provides a private coun-
try experience in its 1899 farmhouse which
sleeps up to 10. Along with water fun on the
Meramec River, the farmhouse offers a vari-
ety of recreational activities.
For canoeing to camping along the Cour-
tois, Huzzah and Meramec rivers, Bass Riv-
er Resort, 10 miles east of Steelville offers
In Cuba, groups large and small are wel-
come at the Country Kitchen, which features
a buffet on weekends.
Visit YMCA Trout Lodge and discover
why it has been a favorite destination for
families for over 50 years. Trout Lodge, lo-
cated in the heart of Mark Twain National
Forest, is situated on a 360-acre lake sur-
rounded by 5,000 acres of forest-covered
hills. From archery to ziplines, arts and crafts
to horseback rides, there’s something for
everyone. This year-round, not-for-proft,
family getaway and conference center is 75
minutes south of St. Louis between Steelville
and Potosi. Day passes are also available.
With great family themes and lots of ac-
tivities from which to choose, Trout Lodge
offers affordable family fun. Check out what
the lodge has to offer by visiting www.trout-
Two rivers, where the Current meets the Jacks Fork.
photo courtesy of the National Park Service
Explore Missouri’s Natural Wonders
Lush forests, clear
rivers & streams
invite outdoor lovers
to jump in & indulge
Purina Farms is situated on over 300
acres of rolling hills near Interstate 44 at
Gray Summit. Youngsters can play in the
hayloft, milk a cow, take a wagon ride, plus
see everyday pets such as dogs and cats.
A variety of events are sponsored
throughout the year, including Moms
Market on Thursday, June 27, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Moms can browse and sample a
variety of local woman-owned businesses,
while kids play in a bounce house, create
crafts, play games and more. On June 15-
17, a Country Time Bluegrass Festival will
fll the farm with music.
The Purina Event Center holds a vari-
ety of canine and feline events from con-
formation shows to performance events
like obedience, agility, rally and fyball.
Visitors can see some of the most pres-
tigious dog and cat shows in the country
year-round, such as the Mississippi Val-
ley Kennel Club and Missouri Rhineland
Kennel Club All Breed Dog Shows on
May 31-June 3.
Except where noted, all dog shows and
events are free and open to the public.
Spectators can sit ring-side or watch all
the action from bleachers and grassy hill-
sides for outdoor events. For more details,
On the way to Purina Farms along I-44
among the rolling hills of Southwest St.
Louis County is Eureka. This small town
is home to the unique Winding Brook
Estate, a 17-acre lavender farm. Visit the
Lavender Shoppe for everything lavender,
all occasion gifts, gourmet foods and more.
Welcome spring with a Lavender Spring
Tea Lunch. The farm is open May through
December, Wednesday through Saturday,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Family Fun At
Country, Oldies, Patriotic and Christmas Shows
plus Professional Gospel & Bluegrass Groups
Located in Steelville, Missouri
For Tickets, call (573) 775-5999
May 18 Gospel: Mark Trammell Quartet 7PM
June 1 Gospel: Jeff & Sheri Easter 7PM
June 2 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver 3PM
June 22 Restless Heart 8PM
July 20 Gospel: The Talleys 7PM
July 28 Ray Price 2PM
Aug. 3 Firefall 8PM
Aug. 10 Gospel: The Hoppers 7PM
Sep. 29 Ricky Skaggs 3PM
Oct. 13 Oak Ridge Boys 2PM
Oct. 26 Gospel: The Isaacs 7PM
Oct. 27 Dailey & Vincent 3PM
Nov. 9 Clint Black 8PM
2013 Freedom Fest July 4
7:30 am 5K Run/Walk at City Park
2 pm Vendor Booths open • 3 pm Car Show
4 pm Entertainment begins • 9:30 am Fireworks
$5 PeR CaR at gate
Welcome to Steelville!
steelville Chamber oF CommerCe
90 minutes from St. Louis–Cuba exit #208
on 1-44, 10 mi. south on Hwy 19
Antique & Specialty Shops • Restaurants
Historic Resorts • Motels • Museum • Music Shows
Winery • Refreshments • Canoeing • Rafting • Camping
3 Winding Brook Estate Drive, Eureka Missouri
636-575-5572 • www.WindingBrookEstate.com
Join us at the Lavender Farm
to celebrate Spring with
a Lavender Spring Tea Lunch.
Visit www.WindingBrookEstate.com for details,
menu and to make reservations (required).
Visit our Lavender Shop for Everything
Lavender, All Occasion Gifts, Florals,
Gourmet Foods, Home Décor & More.
Open May thru December
at the Kick’n K Farmhouse
This is truly a private
House sleeps up to
10 people, great for
reunions and private
parties of all types
• Private 8-person Hot Tub
• Canoe / Raft / Kayak
• Horseback Riding
• Pavilion at the River
• Horseshoe Pits
• Private Massages
• Winery Tours
(Day Trips &
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Clearwater Lake and Webb
Creek Recreation Area –
Hwy H – Bring the family to
boat, ski, fish, and unwind
on crystal clear Clearwater
Lake. This area of the lake is
formed where Webb Creek
and Logan Creek empty into
Clearwater Lake. It is known
for its crappie, bass and
catfish fishing in the spring and fun for the
entire family all summer long. Camping is available; plus
a full service marina with boat/wave runner rentals on
site. Webb Creek Park features over 40 electric campsites,
swim beach, playground, showers, picnic pavilions, boat
launch, and more. Call Webb
Creek Marina at 573-461-
2344 for marina, boat rental
and campsite information. If
you are interested in all the
conveniences of home call
Webb Creek Cabins for cabin
Black River and K Bridge
Recreation Area – K Hwy –
Float, canoe, fish and explore the beautiful Black River.
Enjoy swimming, camping and picnicking right on the
banks of the Black River. K Bridge Recreation Area and
Campground offers playground, showers, electric and
comfort station. Floats (raft or canoe) can be arranged on
site by calling Jeff’s Canoe Rental at 573-598-4555.
Current River – Hwy 106 –
Fish, swim, camp and relax
on majestic Current River.
Rough camping is available
at Powder Mill (formerly
Owl’s Bend) and features
8 family sites. These are
on a first come basis. Most
campsites at Powder Mill
are located on the water
so bring your tubes and
rafts. This campground is
conveniently located near the Ozark Trail which passes
by on the far side of the river. A marked hiking trail leads
to the beautiful Blue Spring. Family sites are $10.00 per
night; electric not available.
Blue Spring – Hwy 106 – This spring is the 6th largest
spring in Missouri and known for its deep blue color. It
has been said that this spring is so deep, if submerged
the Statue of Liberty’s torch would not be seen above the
water. Blue Spring can be accessed by boat or a short hike
from Powder Mill Recreation Area. Located on Current
River, near Powder Mill.
Rocky Falls – NN Hwy – A
cascading crystal Rocky
Creek drops from the Ozark
Mountains into a lazy pool
which eventually winds
through the Ozarks to
Current River. A must see if
you are in the area and fun
for all ages. Wear non-slip
shoes and use caution when
climbing on the falls. Picnic
Current River Conservation Area – Consists of 28,000
acres of state land. Deer, turkey, eagles, elk and a
multitude of wildlife can be seen. UTV’s, ATV’s and vehicle
traffic are welcomed on miles of gravel roads that wind
through some 60+ food plots. Buford pond, Missouri’s
first fire tower, a 1926 log
cabin and an earthen Fort
Barnesville can all be found
here. Buford Pond provides
fishing and picnicking and
is a favorite location of all.
For hunting enthusiasts an
unstaffed rifle and archery
range are provided.
Current River Conservation
Area is home to the Missouri
Ozark Ecosystem Project, the
world’s most comprehensive forest management study.
This 100 year project spans over 9,000 acres.
Main park entrance located on South Road in Ellington.
Maps are available at the main park entrance.
Local Flavor – You won’t want to miss the Reynolds
County Museum while visiting Ellington. This museum
is filled with relicts from days gone by and the rich
history of the Ozarks. Open Mar-Nov, T-F 10-4 and 2nd
Saturday of the month 10-4. Call 573-663-3233 for more
If you’re looking for an original local spot to eat, Saso’s
Pizza & Arcade serves up “one of a kind” pizza with
fresh ingredients, stop by their location on Main Street
or give them a call at 573-663-2585. For other tastes,
hand patted burgers, daily specials, deli sandwiches,
made-from-scratch desserts, milk shakes, soft serve ice
cream and more can be found at several small restaurants
located in town, all served up by friendly folks!
Need a spot for the kids to play, then visit Brawley Park
located on South Road. This park features a playground,
basketball courts, picnic pavilions and short hiking trail.
Want some nostalgia from a couple decades back; how
about a Drive In movie. One of only a few drive-ins left in the
Midwest is located just south of Ellington on Highway 21.
Ozark Trail – Hwy 106 – Blair Creek & Current River
section; Hwy 106 – Whether you are looking for a one
day hike or want to make a few days of it; hiking these
sections of the Ozark Trail is rewarding and adventurous.
Such splendid locations as Rocky Falls, Klepzig Mill and
Buzzard Mountain Shut-Ins are located right on the trail.
For the adventurous visitor this is a must!
Blair Creek – Hwy 106 – This
area is a favorite of the locals
spring, summer and fall. For
the person who is looking
for the unknown, adventure
into the wild Ozark hills
for beautiful views, caves,
swimming, picnicking. Here
riding the back roads in
ATV’s, UTV’s and 4-wheel
drives is exciting and fun.
Entrance located North of Hwy 106 across from Blue
Scenic Highway 106 – This 26 mile drive between
Ellington and Eminence is known statewide for its scenic
views and beauty, and is especially a favorite in the fall. This
section of highway is also home to the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle
Trail and sees many bicycle travelers from April-October.
Bicycle enthusiasts say it’s one of the “toughest sections on
the trail” and known for the steep hills & hollers.
Peck Ranch – H Highway,
Shannon County – Listen for
the bugle this fall! Elk are
now roaming the hills of the
Ozarks and can be seen in
Peck Ranch, Current River
Conservation Area and the
surrounding region. Thanks
to the Missouri Department
of Conservation’s recent Elk
Restoration Program elk were
released into the elk zone beginning in the summer of
2011. With the third release the summer of 2013 the elk
herd is nearing 100 bulls, cows and calves. Peck Ranch is
open from sunrise/sunset daily and offers a driving tour.
Bugling occurs in the fall, Sept-Nov. Check the Missouri
Dept of Conservation website for park closing details.
Maps are available at park entrance.
Full service marina with gas, beer, ice and more. Located at Webb
Creek Park on beautiful Clearwater Lake, camping available on site.
Call for more information or to make your reservations.
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~ Only 2 Hours South of St. Louis ~
2013 EVENTS: Spring Fever Days: May 10 & 11 • Spring Smokin’ BBQ Competition: May 10 & 11 • 4th of July Celebration: July 4
Reynolds County Fair: August 29, 30 & 31 • Halloween Parade: October 26
Visit the Ellington Chamber of Commerce at www.ellingtonmo.com or find us on Facebook • Ellington, Missouri
20 South County Times April 26 - May 2, 2013
Savor Missouri’s wine country with its
rolling hills, beautiful countryside, quaint
German towns, plus award-winning wines.
In fact, Missouri has long been noted for its
wines – as far back as the Civil War.
Wineries along the picturesque Missouri
Weinstrasse (scenic Highway 94 wine road)
remain top producers, garnering critical ac-
claim. But they also attract tourists, who en-
joy sampling locally-manufactured vintages,
touring wineries, strolling through historic
districts and browsing at boutiques, antique
shops and craft fairs.
The small town of Augusta boasts the frst
recognized wine district in the United States.
Augusta, just 30 minutes west of St. Louis,
joins Defance, Dutzow, Washington and
Hermann as the small-town gems of Missouri
Wine Country, a scenic 50-mile swath strad-
dling the Missouri River.
Augusta’s newest winery is family-owned
Noboleis Vineyards. Enjoy lunch, wine and
rolling vineyards, while listening to live music
every Saturday and Sunday through August
Defance is home to Chandler Hill
Vineyards, which features live music on
weekends through August. For more
details, call 636-798-2675 or visit www.
Defance was once home to Daniel
Boone, who spent his fnal years in a
stately, four-story limestone house over-
looking Femme Osage Creek. That
house and over a dozen relocated and
restored 19th-century buildings called
Boonesfeld Village are open to the pub-
lic, bringing to life the days when Mis-
souri was America’s frontier. For details,
call 636-798-2005 or visit www.linden-
Music will fll the air at Blumenhof Win-
ery on South Highway 94 on Saturdays and
Sundays. With its architecture and ambience,
the winery’s German heritage is evident. It is
located in the historic village of Dutzow, Mis-
souri’s oldest German settlement, which was
founded in 1832. For more details, visit www.
Washington, billed as “Heart of Wine
Country,” is less than an hour’s drive from
St. Louis on Highway 100 from I-44. Visit
the historic river town for shopping, dining
The German populace began with the
arrival of 12 Catholic families in the fall of
1833. Many of the town’s historic structures
remain today. Henry Ribbe and his son An-
ton helped put Washington on the map as
the “Corncob Pipe Capital of the World”
when they began making corncob pipes in
Washington Town & Country Fair will be
a highlight of the summer on Aug. 7-11. with
a variety of activities and entertainment for
the whole family. This year’s entertainment
lineup includes Parmalee, Lynyrd Skynyrd,
REO Speedwagon and Justin Moore. The
annual fair is just one of events throughout
the year. For more information, visit www.
Hermann, nestled along the banks of
the Missouri River, is in the center of wine
country and is known for its prize-winning
wineries. The town, established in 1837 as a
German Society settlement, is also a magnet
for history lovers. Over 150 buildings in and
around downtown are on the National Reg-
ister of Historic Places.
Down Interstate 55, 25 minutes from
downtown St. Louis, enjoy wine in the out-
door setting of Persimmon Ridge Vineyards
in Barnhart. The winery features live music
on Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. and is
open year round.
Sample Local Vintages In Missouri Wine Country
German towns from Augusta to Dutzow are
known for vineyards with award-winning wines
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Music, Mothers and Memorial Day!
Welcome to the most delightful and memorable month of the year at Chandler Hill!
In addition to fabulous wines, food, music and weather, don’t miss our annual Mother’s
Day Brunch (May 12th), our 2013 Memorial Day Celebration with Jamie Allman
and Steve “Elvis” Davis (May 27th) and Sunday Farmer’s Markets starting May 12th.
It’s just a few of the reasons Chandler Hill has been voted “Best Winery” in Sauce Magazine,
Ladue News and St. Louis Magazine.
Magnifcent Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12th - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Treat Mom and the family to our sumptuous
Mother’s Day Brunch!
Reservations required! Call 636-798-2675
97.1 KFTK Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 27th - 11:00AM to 6:00PM $5.00 Cover
Music all day including Steve “Elvis” Davis with his entire
band. Join Jamie Allman and the 97.1 morning team at the
premier Memorial Day event
benefting our veterans!
Sat, May 4 - Encore 1-4 p.m.
Sun, May 5 - Falling Martins 1-4 p.m.
Sat, May 11 - Danny Black 1-4 p.m.
Sun, May 12 - MOTHER’S DAY - Fanfare 1-4 p.m.
OPENING DAY - Chandler Hill Farmer’s Market!
Sat, May 18 - Acoustics Anonymous 1-4 p.m.
Sun, May 19 - Adonis Blue 1-4 p.m.
Sat, May 25 - Pat Liston Band 1-4 p.m.
Sun, May 26 - Scandaleros 1-4 p.m.
Mon, May 27 - MEMORIAL DAY
Kevin Bilchik Band 11:30-2:30 p.m.
Steve Davis 3:30-6 p.m.
Fri, May 31 - Joe Mancuso Jazz Quartet 7-10 p.m.
Visit Us Online for Early Closings & More Special Events!
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636-482-4500 • www.noboleisvineyards.com
• Wine Tasting for Estate Grown
& Produced Wines
• Open Year Round
Mon-Sat 11a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Delicious Pizzas and Salads for
every weekend through October!
See our website for bands and dates.
Vineyard Weddings Available
for more information
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May 17–19 • Fine Art Fair & Winefest
Sample wines at the only “All
Missouri Wineries” tasting as you
view works of art!
Fourth Thursday: May–October
Sunset on the Riverfront
Rennick Riverfront Park
Live music on the beautiful Missouri
River. Great food and drink.
Second Thursday: May-July/Sept-Oct
Music at the Market
Farmers’ Market Main Street
Enjoy music, great food, drink and
friends. Free admission.
August 7–11 • Town & Country Fair
The third largest fair in
Missouri featuring big name
entertainers, motor sport
events, home economics,
fine arts, midway rides, and
livestock exhibits. Fun for all ages.
One price for all entertainment.
September 27 • Chili Cook-off
Main Street. This popular event kicks
off the Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts
Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts
Main Street. Arts and crafts booths,
enjoy a bite to eat, live entertainment.
Special area just for kids.
Kirkwood to Washington... Twice Daily!
Tasting Room & Gift Shop Open Daily
at Highway 94 in Dutzow, Missouri
free admission • no cover
SAT 5/4 Dick & JAne BAnD
SUn 5/5 GARY SLUHAn
SAT 5/11 BAGLUncH BLUeS BAnD
SUn 5/12 BUTcH wAx QUARTeT
Mother’s Day (R&B/soul) 2-5
SAT 5/18 STeve LeSLie BAnD
SUn 5/19 JAvieR MenDOZA
(pop/rock/spanish pop) 2-5
FRi 5/24 GReG SiLSBY
SAT 5/25 kennY ScHMiTT
(classic rock/country) 1-4
SAT 5/25 BUTcH wAx AnD THe HOLLYwOODS
(soul/R&B band) 6-9
SUn 5/26 DAwn weBeR AnD nAkeD ROck FiGHT
(funk jazz) 2-5
• EvEry Friday Happy Hour 4-6 pm •
grill open during music
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