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August 2016

Columbia’s Fashionista

Monica McMurry is a fashionista! But not like the airbrushed divas you see preening on the red carpet on Oscar night. Not the ones who boast that they’re wearing Dior and Harry Winston. She’s more akin to those defined by Merriam-Webster:…

Patty Palooza

Did you know that we Americans eat as many as 50 billion burgers a year — an average of three a week for every man, woman and child — enough to circle the globe 32 times? From fast food to gourmet extravaganzas garnished with gold leaf,…

Win, Lose, Draw

We know you’ve got your beer tailgating choices covered when the Tigers are home at Faurot Field, but what about when they hit the road? Here are a few brews to watch for when you head south or east with Mizzou this football season…

Damsel In Distress

My neighbor Erin was concerned. The morning sun was barely peeking over the trees when she knocked on my sunroom door to enlist my help. I put down my book — the ancient tale of Don Quixote tilting at windmills and saving damsels in…

Learning From The Grandkids

Kids say and do the darndest things -- especially in the eyes of their grandparents. But seniors can learn a lot from today’s children. Whether your grandkids are 2 or 22, here are some suggestions for things you can talk about and bond…

Wine By Design

The Les Bourgeois Vineyards Collector’s Series celebrates the marriage of art and winemaking. The winery’s annual art competition showcases the work of three selected Missouri artists on the labels of special wines created by LBV…

A World Away

The swinging bridge and treehouse provide a breathtaking view of the Missouri River near Hartsburg, but the inspiration comes from rainforests and mountain stream crossings continents away. The two structures are Tim Travers’ retirement…

A NEW VIEW

Assignment: Cocktails The Location: Recess Inc. Studio On occasion, local restaurants ask me to photograph food or cocktails for use in publicity material. This type of work is fun, not because of the benefits of getting leftovers,…

Ashley Gross And Brandon Minor

"Surprise me.” Ashley Elizabeth Gross told her wedding planner. “ ‘You plan it all,’ I told him.” And she kept her word, entrusting details of the ceremony and reception to the planner, a longtime family friend who had handled her two…

First Day of School

The first day of school is right around the corner. Make sure to remember this special moment in your child's life by printing out one of these printables and taking their picture with it the morning of their first day. Be sure to post the…

Coloring Books for Adults

Some trace the recent adult coloring book craze to a 2015 National Public Radio feature about Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden coloring book. “We were just selling out of her books all the time,” says Lisa LoPorto, the community business…

Coloring Books For Adults

Try Your Hand At Coloring Have you wanted to join the coloring craze but didn’t know where to start? Download a copy of this FREE coloring page from Denise Shaw (Grindstone Digital Imaging), print it out and start coloring! Submit your…

Kevin’s World Wrestling

The year was 2006 — and one signature event stands out: the Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship and Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Kevin’s World patio. But first, let me roll back the tape a few years. I’d spent 25 years helping to build a…

Chuck Crews

In 1979, 68-year-old businessman-philanthropist Chuck Crews lived through “Terrible Tuesday,” which is one of the worst weather disasters in American history. Just three weeks after he had arrived to Wichita Falls, Texas, with his family,…

Arrowood

Arrowood Book Launch Join author Laura McHugh for a discussion and book signing of her second novel, Arrowood 7 p.m. • Tuesday, Aug. 9 Barnes & Noble, Columbia Mall 2208 Bernadette Drive After working in information technology…

Refined Tastes

Melodies plucked from his guitar inspire Jeff Guinn’s expressive tasting menus. For the executive chef of restaurant 11Eleven in The Broadway hotel, tasting menus — small portions of several dishes, often presented with complementary wine…

Quinoa Quiche

On Saturday mornings at the Columbia Farmers Market, Anna Meyer, owner and chef of range free, can frequently be seen stopping by the Oasis for tokens and buying fresh vegetables to use in her café. When we decided to do sampling events at…

Hickam Cabin Fundraiser

Hundreds of gentlemen met at Rock Bridge State Park for the 47th incarnation of the annual men's picnic. A breeze kept the beastly heat at bay as the restored Hickam cabin was in full display (thanks in part to the picnic's fundraising) and…