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Uniquely Columbia – Laws Observatory

August 21, 2012

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Every Wednesday night, the skies above Columbia open up. No, we don’t promise rain every Wednesday, but from 8:00-10:00 p.m., the Central Missouri Astronomical Association is on hand at Laws Observatory at the University of Missouri campus to give you a look at the wonder of the night sky.

You’re just steps away from space!

The Observatory is home to a Celestron Scmidt Cassagrain telescope and experts are on hand to help you identify what you’re seeing.

Just what am I looking at?

In addition to their Wednesday night openings, Laws Observatory is also open during special celestial events including meteor showers, comets and appearances of planets. Don’t miss out on this Uniquely Columbia learning experience!

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Uniquely Columbia – The Missouri Theatre

August 7, 2012

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The Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia is truly a historical treasure. Sitting proudly on 9th Street, the theatre has been hosting world renowned talent for nearly 100 years. Originally a vaudeville theatre, the Missouri Theatre has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and is a must see on your next visit to Columbia.

The gorgeous interior pairs perfectly with the amazing talent that graces the stage throughout the year. In addition to performances by the Missouri Symphony Society, the University of Missouri Concert Series also holds performances there, with guests ranging from violinists to comedians.

Not only is the theatre stunning, but the lobby and upstairs reception area also feature beautiful art and lovingly restored features. You can also stop in to the adjoining Columbia Art League Gallery, which has rotating shows with local, regional and national artists displaying their work. Don’t miss out on this gem right in the middle of downtown Columbia on your next visit.

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Uniquely Columbia – Shelter Gardens

July 24, 2012

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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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Uniquely Columbia: The Columbia Star Dinner Train

June 26, 2012

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During your next trip to Columbia, plan for a ride on the rails. The Columbia Star Dinner Train is an uniquely Columbia attraction that’s getting rave reviews for both delicious food and a wonderfully scenic experience.

Begin by making your reservation with a Dinner Train representative. They’ll check availability during your visit and help you pick out your menu for your ride. The Dinner Train has Friday and Saturday night dinner runs, with brunch runs on Sunday mornings. Once your reservation is made, you’re ready to ride!

The Columbia Star Dinner Train

When you arrive, take in the beautifully restored 30s and 40s passenger cars headed up by 50s streamlined passenger locomotives. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure, so find your seat in the nicely appointed cars and prepare for your leisurely journey through a serene rural landscape. You’ll be treated to a delicious multi-course meal prepared on board the train and featuring choices ranging from trout cakes to prime rib. You can also enjoy drinks from their fully stocked bar or have roses on your table for an extra romantic touch on a birthday or anniversary.

Make your ride on the Dinner Train extra special.

The Dinner Train also hosts special events throughout the year. From ‘Polar Express’ themed runs for families during the holidays to murder mysteries that thrill and entertain, the Columbia Star Dinner Train adds a special element of fun. Whether you take advantage of one of these themed events or just a lovely Saturday evening ride on the tracks, the Columbia Star Dinner Train will be an experience you’ll remember for years to come.

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