Where Is Missouri Life?

We travel all over the state, all the time. We thought you might enjoy seeing where we’re going and what we’re doing.

August 16, 2021

Missouri Life’s publisher and editorial director Greg Wood and Danita Allen Wood visited Branson this past weekend. They spent a delightful day Friday walking around Silver Dollar City, listening to the music shows, and enjoying the food. 

Greg Wood and Danita Allen Wood

They caught Sadie’s Wild West Traveling Revue at the Boatswork Theatre, and Down by the Riverside at The Dockside Theatre before lunch, as well as visited every craft shop they could in between. “We spent the most time at the blacksmith shop, the pottery shop, and the glass-blowers,” Danita says.

Greg wanted lunch at the Rivertown Smokehouse, and the smoked pork, the smoked turkey, with special sides of sweet potato tots, baked beans, Brussels sprouts, and slaw filled them up so much they only wanted ice cream for supper that day.

Greg Wood

The humongous and long lunch right beside the Mystic River Falls ride was followed by a leisurely walk through the rest of the theme park, more shops, and the delightful Homestead Pickers. Just listen to the Camouflage Bible and the circumstances that inspired that song. What a relaxing and fun show in the shade, all the better to relax after that big lunch.

Be sure and say hello to Grandma Bea’s if you go. Danita was happy to rediscover her great products. We’d featured them here and loved them, but ran out of the “remedy.” Try it!

August 5, 2021

Missouri Life‘s Deborah Marshall, director of sales and marketing, attended the monthly meeting of the Boonslick Area Tourism Council at the Rolling Pin Bakery in Glasgow. “Best pies ever,” she says.

Deborah was joined by Sue Thompson, Vicki McCarell, Diana Clarke, Ina Linville, Nichole Cornine and Dr. Maryellen McVicker. The Boonslick Area Tourism Council is a grassroots group of ladies that love to promote the agricultural beauty of the counties we represent: Cooper, Howard, and Saline through our barn quilt project and magazine.

The organization was formed in 2001 and today they have more than sixty barns with barn quilt blocks in the Boonslick region. To learn more about the Boonslick Area Tourism Council or to take a trip to see the wonderful quilts on barns, visit BoonslickTourism.org.

July 30, 2021, Fulton

Missouri Life‘s Deborah Marshall, director of sales and marketing, and editorial director Danita Allen Wood attended the grand reopening of America’s National Churchhill Museum, where Danita met Governor Mike Parson and Deborah met Winston Churchill himself. 

The museum has been closed since March 15, 2020, due to the pandemic. Today the museum reopened and unveiled a new contribution to the collection. Guests are invited to tour free of charge today through August 1, courtesy of visit Fulton and the Callaway County tourism board. 

The 900-year-old church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, is a wonderful reminder of resilience in the face of adversity. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, then rebuilt by famous English architect Sir Christopher Wren. It was damaged again in 1940 during World War II by the Blitz. It was slated for demolition, but Westminster College administrators had another vision. They asked if the church could be shipped to Missouri in pieces to be reconstructed on the college campus, where it would serve as both a chapel and a memorial to Winston Churchill. President Harry S. Truman had invited Churchill here to make a speech in 1946, The “Sinews of Peace” speech is more commonly known as the “Iron Curtain” speech, and was delivered in March, 1946, 75 years ago this year. 

Read about the fascinating politics of the time, and why Churchill could say what Truman couldn’t, in the March/April 2021 issue of Missouri Life, or here.

The museum covers events from beyond Churchill’s life, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, sections of which are displayed outside the museum in an art installation that Churchill’s granddaughter created. 

Deborah Marshall
Editorial director Danita Allen Wood and Missouri Governor Mike Parson