Archive | July, 2012

9th Street Summerfest…the fun continues!

July 31, 2012


So far this summer, The Blue Note 9th Street Summerfests have included artists ranging from Girl Talk to Ana Popovic. But just because the weather will turn cooler soon means the fun is over. This year, Summerfest will be extending through September, with some incredible acts filling downtown Columbia with music.


August 8th-Free!

Cracker, the group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, are back and in top form on their 429 Records debut, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey.

This rich new trove of sharp-witted songs showcases a bristling, late 70’s – early 80’s power pop punk aesthetic which hits as hard as it did at the band’s formation 17 years ago. Eight albums (one platinum and three gold) and a barrel full of anthemic hit songs later, Cracker endures, using their ability to weave decades of influences into an album that is seamlessly riveting.


September 16th-Tickets $35

Last time Wilco graced the stage on 9th Street, it was a memorable summer evening and the street was packed. The night was hot but breezy, Wilco was incredible and we almost smacked into Jeff Tweedy as he was running for his tour bus (really, we did!).

Hundreds fill the street during Wilco’s last 9th Street appearance.

Though not officially a ‘Summerfest’ show, this time around, Wilco is back after a long break to promote their  album ‘The Whole Love’ and Columbia will be ready to pack 9th Street again. Wilco truly loves Columbia and we’re so excited to welcome them back.

The Head and the Heart

September 29th-Tickets $22 in advance

Leaving a variety of day jobs and academic pursuits, The Head and the Heart came together in the summer of 2009, during frequent visits to the open mic night at Conor Byrne in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. California-transplant Josiah Johnson and Virginia-native Jonathan Russell formed the core songwriting partnership, quickly adding keyboardist Kenny Hensley to the mix. Kenny, then 21, had packed up his piano and moved up to Seattle from California to pursue musical score-writing. The luminous Charity Rose Thielen, violin and vocals, had just returned from a year of studying and playing music in Paris. Drummer Tyler Williams cold left a successful band in Virginia after Jon sent him the demo of “Down in the Valley,” relocating across states to be a part of this. Finally, Chris Zasche, was bartending at Conor Byrne and mentioned one day that he’d be happy to play bass for the nascent band. It all felt right: The Head and the Heart was born.

As with all Summerfest shows, the entrance gate is on the north end of 9th Street and 9th at Walnut and you can purchase beverages inside the gates. The events are rain or shine, and all standing room is first come first serve. No chairs, pets, bikes, or backpacks with the event area please. We’ll see you on 9th Street!

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Columbia Side Trip – Fulton, Missouri

July 26, 2012


Just 25 minutes away from Columbia, right off of Interstate 70 is a historical goldmine. Fulton, Missouri in Callaway County is a perfect day trip during your visit to Columbia. This is especially true for fans of history and small town charm.

Touch History

At the National Churchill Museum and Berlin Wall sculpture, experience significant pieces of world history.

To honor the British statesman, Winston Churchill, and in commemoration of his famous “Iron Curtain” speech given on the Westminster campus, President R.L.D. Davidson proposed the idea of transporting and rebuilding one of Sir Christopher Wren’s churches on the Fulton campus. The church had been partially destroyed during the Blitz of 1940-41. On May 7, 1969, after four years of labor, the memorial was dedicated in the presence of many British and American dignitaries.

Former President Ronald Reagan came to Westminster College on November 9, 1990 to help dedicate Edwina Sandys’ sculpture “Breakthrough.” Mrs. Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, created the sculpture from sections of the infamous Berlin Wall. It depicts a man and woman who have “broken through” the barrier to freedom. The sculpture stands to the west of the Churchill Memorial.

Enjoy Small Town Charm

After you’ve explored the historical side of Fulton, take in some small town charm. Grab a bite at Beks or Fulton Café or sip a soda at Sault’s Ice Cream and Soda Fountain. Once you’ve addressed your appetite, shop for a bit at Schaeffer’s Store, Smockingbirds or Sweet Temptations.

On your next visit to Columbia, take half a day and explore Fulton. This hidden treasure will provide a surprising and memorable experience.

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Uniquely Columbia – Shelter Gardens

July 24, 2012


A local favorite for decades, the Shelter Insurance Gardens are a must-see on your next visit to Columbia. A beautiful oasis in the bustle of Columbia, Shelter Gardens is an unexpected haven for locals and visitors.

Open year-round with the exception of Christmas day, Shelter Gardens is free and open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The three acre spot is home to over 300 varieties of trees and 15,000 annuals and perennials. Other unique features include a garden for the blind full of scented vegetation, a rock garden, a beautiful waterfall and a replica 19th century one room schoolhouse.

On select Sunday evenings in the Summer, guests can enjoy free concerts in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair and listen to local musical acts ranging from jazz to polka at the garden’s gazebo.

Shelter Gardens is a beautiful escape from the hustle of the everyday. So grab a book and a picnic and spend a tranquil afternoon in this Uniquely Columbia setting.

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It’s a Whole New Fair!

July 23, 2012


The Boone County Fair has been around for years and years, so it’s not news that it’s a great family event. There’s a huge schedule of events, queen competitions, livestock shows and of course a demolition derby. But it’s not just the traditional action that’s attracting attention, it’s what’s new this year!

Don’t miss these brand new Boone County Fair features:

-A brand new carnival featuring the Nemesis 360, one of the only two in the country!

-After a two-year absence, the BCF Talent Show is back!

-The first ever mule show on Saturday the 28th!

-This year, the fair will host a kickball tournament and a mud volleyball tournament. Get in on the action!

If you weren’t sure if the fair was your thing, there are plenty of activities to keep the fair expert and novice alike entertained all week. We’ll see you there (at the fair)!

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Welcome to Columbia! The Show-Me State Games

July 20, 2012


Columbia is excited to welcome athletes, friends and fans to the Show-Me State Games over the next two weekends! Athletes of all ages from all over Missouri will be participating in dozens of sports in venues across Columbia.

While you’re here, we hope you have time between games to check out all of the great things Columbia has to offer. Check out our SMSG Survival Guide for tips on places you can pick up all your travel essentials and grab a bite to eat too!

We hope you enjoy your time in Columbia and come back to visit us throughout the year. Start planning your next trip today!

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The Countdown is on to Mizzou Football

July 18, 2012


It’s hard to believe, but football season is just around the corner! Soon it will be time to pull out your black and gold and gear up for Mizzou’s first year in the Southeastern Conference. This season promises to be extra exciting with both Georgia and Alabama making their appearance in Columbia, with a full home slate of seven games.


Whether you’re a lifelong fan or this will be you’re first visit to The Zou, here are a few fun resources for Tiger and visiting fans alike…

-For logistical information such as parking, head over to, where game specific information is posted to help you navigate your game day experience in Columbia.

-Tiger Fans: Remember to Wear Gold every game except Blackout (November 17th vs. Syracuse).

-Need to pick up a new tshirt, license plate holder, or anything else Tiger related? Head to the Tiger Team Store, which is adjacent to Memorial Stadium or Tiger Spirit, located in The District.

-Visiting from out of town? Enjoying pregame festivities downtown? Check out the Spirit Bus! With routes running throughout Columbia, it’s easy to get right down to the stadium on game day.

-Join us on Pinterest for game day gear, tailgating recipes and more to get you in the spirit!

Still not quite ready for football season? Stay tuned for more updates about upcoming games, other fantastic Columbia fun to have while you’re in town and more.

Oh, and one last thing. M-I-Z!

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Columbia is about to get Artrageous!

July 16, 2012


If you’re going to be in Columbia this Friday, we have just one question for you…are you ready to get Artrageous?

Artrageous Fridays are a quarterly event that celebrate the vibrant and ever-growing art scene in Columbia. From 6:00-9:00 in the evening, The District and the North Village Arts District as well as Columbia’s college campuses highlight all of the artistic opportunities that Columbia has to offer. Businesses from galleries to shops to banks all open their doors to art enthusiasts to expose them to music, dance, theater, pottery, painting and more!

Participating venues will have artists on hand, activities you can enjoy and, of course, plenty of art for sale. You can also enjoy art while you eat at some of The District’s most fantastic local restaurants. Each stop will offer a unique, inspiring experience all centered around the arts. So come on down and get Artrageous!

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Uniquely Columbia: Make Your Own Art!

July 13, 2012


Everyone loves to bring home a little piece of the places they’ve visited. A key chain, a shirt, a tiny jar of sand. But what if you could bring home something handmade…and we’ll even take it one step further, handmade by you! Columbia has a variety of options to make your very own art to remember your visit. So get ready to get your hands dirty and plan to check out one of these uniquely Columbia spots.

The Canvas on Broadway

Open since April, The Canvas on Broadway is ‘your artistic outlet even if you don’t think you can draw a straight line.’ Owners Stephanie and Angie will walk you through the steps of a great painting that you can take home with you. They’re also focused on an artistic and social experience, so bring everyone on your trip to create this special memory. In addition to their regular sessions, they have special events, so check the calendar before you come!

Hands on Ceramics and The Mud Room

Both of these fun spots are great if you’re going to be in Columbia for awhile. Both Hands on Ceramics and The Mud Room offer a great arts experience customized just for you. Stop in, pick out your piece and paint away! They’ll glaze and fire the piece for you in just a few days and just like that you’re heading home with your very own Columbia memory.

Bonus: Inside Columbia Culinary Adventures

Ok, so you’ll mostly be eating what you’re making, but we had to include Inside Columbia’s Culinary Adventure classes! Check out their class schedule to find out what’s going on while you’re in town. You’ll get hands on instruction from some of Columbia’s amazing local chefs and each two and a half hour class offers a different topic from appetizers to desserts. The classes are fun, social, detailed and delicious!

So go ahead and and grab your trinkets, but for a truly memorable Columbia experience take a piece of the town home with you!

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Columbia Side Trip: Rocheport

July 11, 2012


We know there’s enough to do in Columbia to last you for your entire trip, but mid-Missouri has lots to offer when you head outside the city limits. Today we’ll explore Rocheport, a beautiful town just 15 minutes west of Columbia set on the Missouri River.

Start your day with a walk, run or ride on the statewide Katy Trail. The area around Rocheport is home to one of the most picturesque spans of the trail as it winds its way along the Missouri River under giant bluffs. If biking is your thing, stop by the Trailside Café and Bike Shop at the Rocheport trailhead. Open April through October, the Trailside can outfit you with a full range of bikes and get you on your way fast!

One of these bikes is waiting for you!

Once you’ve taken a spin on the trail, you’ll have worked up your appetite. Head into Rocheport and check out Abigail’s. Opened in 1996, Abigail’s is housed in a historic building and the menu rotates every single day. Take your seat and your server will present you with a board featuring that day’s options. You’ll never go wrong with their variety of delicious dishes made with fresh ingredients.

After lunch, take time to explore the rest of downtown Rocheport. Filled with historic buildings, delightful bed and breakfasts and unique shops. Check out the Rocheport General Store, small antique shops, art galleries and enjoy all the charm Rocheport has to offer.

Explore the Rocheport General Store!

Next, head back up the road to Les Bourgeois Winery and Bistro. Take part in a wine tasting to take in all the flavors of this award winning Missouri wine. Take in the sunset over the Missouri River with a glass of wine at their outdoor A-Frame and then devour an incredible dinner at their blufftop bistro, where the chefs create spectacular seasonal menus for every taste.

So while you’re in Columbia, make the short drive to check out Rocheport. It’s combination of old-fashioned charm, beautiful scenery and delicious dining make it a worthy stop on any trip.

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