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Cooper's Landing is a perfect spot to enjoy the Missouri River scenery.

Respites Along the River

Photos by L.G. Patterson Who doesn’t love a good day spent by the river? Whether you’re planning to swim, kayak, fish or just enjoy the scenery, one of the joys of living in central Missouri is the easy access to the Missouri River. And when you’re out and about on a river adventure, it’s always fun to […]

Bees in Boone County

A New View: Bees

Assignment: Fiddle & Stone Bakery The Location: Rural Boone County I had a nice surprise while photographing Chris Foley making bread in his wood-fired oven near a garden in rural Boone County. There was an active hive of bees nearby. When I was growing up, my dad raised a few hives of honeybees in the woods behind […]

Hannah Hawkins shows a vanilla chai old fashioned

A Cozy Sip Perfect for Fall

Photos by L.G. Patterson When the temperature begins to drop and a cozy sweater won’t do the trick, Park’s signature vanilla chai old fashioned is bound to warm you up. This variation on a traditional old fashioned elevates the classic with notes of cinnamon and cardamom, as well as a hint of sweetness from the vanilla. […]

Hartsburg Hitching Post

Post Up: Fun Times at the Hartsburg Hitching Post

She was voted least likely to ever tend bar, according to her obituary. Not so fast. If you live to be 102, you can pack in a lot of living. Margaret Moyer left this world a year ago. She was a mother, nurse, U.S. Navy veteran and, yes, a bartender. When Margaret and Richard Moyer […]

Fall fun with grandkids

Plan for Fall Fun with One of These Activities

Summer may be seen as the outdoor season, but autumn also offers lots of opportunities for outdoor bonding fun. Try some of these activities, and fill yours and your grandkids’ senses with delight. ENJOY A COLOR TOUR. Embrace all of fall’s colors by surrounding yourself with them in an area park. In Columbia, some of […]

Darkow Draws: Tailgating

Walking with a stroller

Songs for Your Next Stroll Around the Neighborhood

WELCOME TO OUR ULTIMATE LISTS! In each issue, you will find a curated selection of things to listen to or watch, put together by either an on-air talent from Zimmer Communications or a member of the Inside Columbia staff. For this issue, Liz from Clear99 shared her ultimate playlist for pushing a stroller around the […]

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Backstage Pass

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre hosted the Backstage Pass event April 31. The Lyceum Theatre’s Producers Society members were made honorary actors for the day, entering through the stage door and signing in on the actors’ callboard. Members enjoyed a cocktail reception, toured dressing rooms and the orchestra pit, as well as scene and costume shops, […]

The Big Derby Party

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri hosted the eighth annual Derby Day Party, sponsored by EquipmentShare, May 6 at the Country Club of Missouri. The event, which allows patrons to experience the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby with signature food and drinks, as well as a live auction, raised $50,000 to support mentoring […]

Chip in Fore the Kids Golf Tournament

The eighth annual First State Community Bank Chip in Fore the Kids Golf Tournament was held May 8 at the Columbia Country Club. The event, presented by Manor Roofing & Restoration Services, raised more than $43,000 to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia. Date: May 8 Location: Columbia Country Club Photos by: Nancy Toalson and Wally […]

18th annual Boone County Spring Fling

The Mizzou Alumni Association held the 18th annual Boone County Spring Fling on May 17 at Shiloh Bar & Grill. The event included live music from C. Rock City, an opportunity to meet Boone County scholarship recipients for the upcoming year and a silent auction that raised funds for future scholarships. Date: May 17 Location: Shiloh Bar & Grill […]

Melody Parry

Faith, Family, Friends

On May 23, 2023, I lost my best friend and co-conspirator with the passing of Inside Columbia magazine’s publisher Melody Garnett Parry. We had been married for 30 years and her absence is deeply felt. Beyond the loss felt by myself and our two sons, our community has lost a great leader and an exuberant […]


A New View: Roaming

Assignment: Roaming The Location: Shelbyville, Missouri My family owns some farmland just outside of Shelbyville. We use the land for hunting and fishing, and usually harvest hay on a big chunk of the property. This year, we decided not to harvest hay and instead let nature do what she wants with the land. So when I stopped […]

Carole King

New Musical Celebrates Carole King

The latest show at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre celebrates the journey of American singer-songwriter Carole King. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” opens tomorrow at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and runs through July 9. The musical tells the story of Carole King, born Carole Klein in Brooklyn, and her journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock […]


Missouri Symphony Continues Firefly Music Festival

The Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s Firefly Music Festival continues this weekend, with two planned concerts at the Missouri Theatre. The Firefly Music Festival is a reimagined summer experience led by the symphony’s music director, Wilbur Lin. At 7 p.m. Friday, the symphony will perform Clara: Inspiration & Legacy, featuring recently commissioned work by composer Gabriela Ortiz. […]

Cooper's Landing

Cooper’s Landing Hosts Final Friday

Cooper’s Landing is hosting another of its Final Fridays, celebrating the last Friday of the month. This month’s event is set for 1-10 p.m. Friday and will include tasting tents from Logboat Brewery and Waves Cider, as well as live painting by local artist Adrienne Luther. Live music will be provided by Sycamore Ray from […]

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Mid-Missouri Fourth of July Celebrations Planned

Fourth of July means plenty of opportunities to celebrate with everything from fireworks to live music. Kick off the weekend with Rose Park’s Red, White & Bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring Arkansauce and Mercer & Johnson. Continue the musical fun with Red, White & Blues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Rose Park, featuring The […]

Food truck

New Food Truck Plans Weekend Stops

A new addition to Columbia’s food truck fleet has a couple of planned stops this weekend. Dada Döner, a food truck specializing in Turkish street food, will be at Clovers Natural Market, 2100 Chapel Plaza Court, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The truck also will be at Cooper’s Landing from 2-8 p.m. Sunday. The event […]

Twain: Missouri BBQ and Taproom at coco The Tiger Hotel

Taproom Rebrands to Include New Menu

What once was known as Twain: Missouri Taproom is reopening as Twain: Missouri BBQ and Taproom inside voco The Tiger Hotel. Laurie Williams, regional director of sales, says the soft launch of the newly rebranded restaurant has been going on this week, with the grand reopening scheduled for July 4. The focus of the new […]


Bobaholic Opens in South Columbia

A new restaurant has opened its doors in south Columbia. Bobaholic officially opened its doors on Green Meadows Road, next to Flyover, in late June. The new spot offers boba tea, fresh fruit smoothies, banh mi sandwiches, Hong Kong waffles and more. According to the business’ social media, Bobaholic is open 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday […]