I’m Dreaming of a NEON Christmas!

By Laura Huffman

I’m a traditionalist at heart when it comes to Christmas. However, it is hard not to get hopped up on neon when you work with Beth Wiles. Wiles, in addition to serving as the Executive Director of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, also volunteers as the President of Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation.

Why does Wiles dream of neon year-round? Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation’s signature project is the installation of a Neon Park at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, Missouri. The Neon Park will feature neon signs rescued from Route 66’s roadside and professionally restored to their colorful glory.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation, a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit, has already acquired five noteworthy signs for the completed project: Modern Cabins (Oaks Court, Saint Robert), St. Louis Motel, Stanley Cour-Tel Motel, and LinAir Motel. The group is in discussions concerning acquisition of several more neon beauties.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

The completed Neon Park will be a brilliant, iconic beacon for Route 66 travelers, neon sign enthusiasts, photographers, and folks from all walks of life. After dark the Neon Park will be magical!

How can you play a part in making Saint Robert’s Neon Park a reality? One way to help is by purchasing neon items from the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center gift shop. A variety of fun and splashy novelty items, from fedoras to sunglasses, will make for unique stocking stuffers and are New Year’s Eve essentials! To plan your purchase visit the online store at: https://squareup.com/market/pulaski-county-tourism-bureau-and-visitors-center. ALL proceeds from these items will go towards the completion of the Neon Park project.

For other ways to make your tax-deductible donation or contribution please visit https://www.visitpulaskicounty.org/rt66preservation/contact.html. For corporate sponsorship considerations contact Beth Wiles at 573-336-6355 or via email at bethw@pulaskicountyusa.com

In the meantime, have a very Merry Neon Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (December 11-December 17, 2017)

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (December 11-December 17, 2017)

December 11 thru December 17- Richland’s City of Lights
What: A downtown holiday light experience. Friday & Saturday night also include Village Market.
Where: Richland’s downtown, Frisco Park, & Shady Dell Park
When: Nightly, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 573-765-3028

November 25-December 31 City of Lights

December 11 thru December 17- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge
What: A must see for Route 66 roadies, photographers, and kids of all ages!
Where: Downtown Devils Elbow on Route 66
When: 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission. Donations for lights accepted at Pulaski County Tourism Bureau in Saint Robert.
Contact: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- 573-336-6355
*NOTE: Bridge traffic is limited to passenger vehicles that weigh less than 3,000 pounds.

December 15, 16, & 17- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
What: Live theater
Where: Theatre on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee curtain at 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $8, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573-774-3050

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 PFAA

December 16- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079

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Looking Ahead:

December 18 through December 31- City of Lights, Richland
December 18 through January 5- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge, Devils Elbow
December 23 & 30- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
January 6, 13, 20 & 27- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
January 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
January 13- Bluegrass at The Barn with Jimmie Allison & the Ozark Rounders, Dixon
January 20- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off, Saint Robert
February 3, 10, 17, & 24- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
February 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
February 17- Bluegrass at The Barn with The Hunt Family Band, Dixon

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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Pulaski County, MO set to host the 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

Presented by Jackson Kayak
$75,000 in cash/prizes at stake

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Dec 6, 2017 – Kayak fishing in wild waters continues to grow in popularity, thanks to the abundance of eager bass, awe inspiring scenery, solitude, and the childlike anticipation anglers feel while exploring these waters. The River Bassin’ Tournament Trail not only allows fisherman of all skill levels a chance to fish these wild places, but do so competitively. The 2018 grand finale will be held in the beautiful Ozarks, at Ruby’s Landing in Waynesville, MO, on September 22nd, 2018, and is an open tournament for all to enter.

Despite nearly $75,000 in cash/prizes on the line, the tournament has a laid back festival feel to it. Spectators and anglers attending the event will experience great food, music, have a chance to demo kayaks, play yard games and win numerous random prizes; some may get the chance to spin the River Bassin’ Prize Wheel, where participants can win big or even lose a fishing lure of their own! There will be two Jackson Kayak door prize giveaways, with proceeds benefiting local non-profits. Anglers can choose to enter several divisions besides the mandatory Individual Division ($50) – Team (2 anglers) + $30 per person, a new Super Team division (5 anglers) + $20 per person, Youth $30, Top Lady Angler $50, College Kayak Anglers $30, and a new Fly Fishing division + $20.

Aside from the championship, anglers can get involved during the entire 2018 season by fishing in three tournament categories: 1) River Bassin’ Club Series tournaments (approx 30 events) that are held throughout the country by various kayak fishing clubs, 2) River Bassin’ Online Regionals (5), which are season-long events (Feb 1 – Sep 16) where anglers compete against those in their own regions, and 3) The final National Championship tournament in the Ozarks. Anglers vying for the coveted River Basser of the Year (RBOY) or River Bassin’ Team of the Year (RBTOY) titles, and prizes, will be earning points as they fish these tournaments throughout the year. Club Series events are worth 100 points to the winning angler/team, while the Online Regionals carry a 200 point total for a victory. An angler’s top Club Series score will be combined with their top Online Regional score heading into the championship, which is worth 300 points for the win. The angler and team with the highest combined point total after the championship will be the 2018 RBOY & RBTOY Champions, and will take home over $15,000 and $8,000 in cash/prizes, respectively.

“I got into kayak fishing to be able to catch fish in less pressured wild places, such as rivers or creeks, that my boat couldn’t get to. Large reservoirs and lakes already have plenty of competitive series, so I wanted to
give kayak anglers a chance to have fun competing in the locations where the kayak really excels!”

– Drew Gregory, River Bassin’ Founder & President

The Friday before tournament day, there will be a non-mandatory “meet n greet” and rules Q&A, lead by tournament founder and host of the Hooked on Wild Waters TV show, Drew Gregory. This is the perfect chance for anglers to socialize, ask questions, get some last minute advice or just hang out and talk kayak fishing with Gregory and other pros in attendance.

Pulaski County was chosen due to its river-rich resources, the abundance of healthy bass populations living in these scenic waters, and being geographically centralized with easy interstate access. For these reasons, anglers will flock from all regions of the country to attend.

River Bassin’ is an eco-friendly catch, measure, photo, release tournament, in which anglers kayak in rivers within a specified radius targeting black bass; they then measure and photograph their fish via smart phone, release them, and upload the photo to the live leaderboard, where fans can follow along with their favorite anglers in real time. The top three bass (inches) will be the winner.

For more information or to register, visit riverbassintrail.com or call 706-540-4280.

Top sponsors include Under Armour, GoPro, Jackson Kayak, Orion Coolers, Z-MAN Lures, Bending Branches Paddles Smith Optics, 13 Fishing, YakAttack, Thule, Power-Pole, Kokatat, Raymarine, Tennessee Trailers, Boonedox, Plano, Buck Knives, Anchor Wizard, Lucid Fishing, Tackle Warehouse, Suspenz, Mountain Khakis, Ice Mule, Nocqua, Seal Line, Goal Zero, YakLights, Kanu-Lock, Line Cutterz, Hi-Seas, The Rod Glove, Cablz, Gamakatsu hooks, RAM Mounts, SPRO Lures, Gator Guards, official media sponsor Kayak Angler Magazine, local non-profit Ozarks Smallmouth Alliance, & retail sponsors Ozark Mountain Trading Company, the Alpine Shop & many more.

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Pulaski County, MO set to host 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (December 4-December 10, 2017)

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (December 4-December 10, 2017)

December 4 thru December 10- Richland’s City of Lights
What: A downtown holiday light experience. Friday & Saturday night also include Village Market.
Where: Richland’s downtown, Frisco Park, & Shady Dell Park
When: Nightly, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 573-765-3028

November 25-December 31 City of Lights

December 4 thru December 10- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge
What: A must see for Route 66 roadies, photographers, and kids of all ages!
Where: Downtown Devils Elbow on Route 66
When: 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission. Donations for lights accepted at Pulaski County Tourism Bureau in Saint Robert.
Contact: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau– 573-336-6355
*NOTE: Bridge traffic is limited to passenger vehicles that weigh less than 3,000 pounds.

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December 7- Christmas on the Square
What: Christmas street festival
Where: on the Square, Waynesville
When: 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association (Pam Seda)- 573-774-6910

December 7 Christmas on the Square 2017

December 8 & 9- Journey to Bethlehem
What: Old Bethlehem comes to life with over 100 different characters and animals during this live nativity.
Where: Crocker Christian Church, 16200 Missouri 17, Crocker
When: 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker Christian Church– 573-736-5121
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December 8, 9, & 10- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
What: Live theater
Where: Theatre on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee curtain at 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $8, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573-774-3050

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 PFAA

December 9- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079

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December 9- Richland Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade
Where: Richland
When: Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 573-765-3028

December 9 Richland Christmas Parade

Looking Ahead:

Through December 31- City of Lights, Richland
Through January 5- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge, Devils Elbow
December 15, 16, & 17- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Waynesville
December 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
January 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
January 6, 13, 20, & 27- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
January 13- Bluegrass at the Barn presents Jimmy Allison & The Ozark Rounders, Dixon
January 20- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off, Saint Robert

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (November 27-December 3, 2017)

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (November 27-December 3, 2017)

November 27 thru December 3- Richland’s City of Lights
What: A downtown holiday light experience. Friday & Saturday night also include Village Market.
Where: Richland’s downtown, Frisco Park, & Shady Dell Park
When: Nightly, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 573-765-3028

November 25-December 31 City of Lights

November 27 thru December 3- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge
What: A must see for Route 66 roadies, photographers, and kids of all ages!
Where: Downtown Devils Elbow on Route 66
When: 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission. Donations for lights accepted at Pulaski County Tourism Bureau in Saint Robert.
Contact: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau– 573-336-6355

A taillight flare adds an extra zip to the festive lights on the Devils Elbow Bridge. Photo by Shawn Helgerson.

A taillight flare adds an extra zip to the festive lights on the Devils Elbow Bridge. Photo by Shawn Helgerson.

December 1 & 2- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
What: Live theater
Where: Theatre on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $8, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573-774-3050

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 PFAA

December 2- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079

Pulaski County Farmers' Market is held year round in Waynesville, Missouri.

Pulaski County Farmers’ Market is held year round in Waynesville, Missouri.

December 2- Laquey Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade along Route 66
Where: Laquey
When: Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Buckhorn-Laquey Lions Club (David Hokanson)- 573-528-8840

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December 2- Ole’ Time Christmas at Shady Dell Park
What: Christmas festival
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: City of Richland Parks Department– 573-765-5187

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December 2- Lighted Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade of lights
Where: Dixon
When: Parade steps off at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce (Ann Major)- 573-759-2121

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December 3- Waynesville Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade along Route 66
Where: Waynesville
When: Parade steps off at 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County (Tim Berrier)- 573-774-3001

December 3 Waynesville Parade

December 3- Holiday in the Park
What: Holiday festival
Where: Saint Robert Community Center, 115 JH Williamson JR Drive, St. Robert
When: 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: City of Saint Robert Parks & Recreation– 573-451-2625

December 3 Holiday in the Park

December 3- Christmas on Main Street
What: Christmas festival
Where: Downtown Crocker
When: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall– 573-736-5327

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Guide your sleigh to Pulaski County USA!

Guide your sleigh to Pulaski County USA!

Looking Ahead:

December 4-December 31- City of Lights, Richland
December 4-January 5- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge, Devils Elbow
December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Waynesville
December 9, 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
December 7- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville
December 8 & 9- Journey to Bethlehem, Crocker
December 9- Richland Christmas Parade, Richland
January 13- Bluegrass at The Barn with Jimmie Allison & the Ozark Rounders, Dixon
January 20- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off, Saint Robert

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day in Pulaski County USA (2017)


Thanksgiving Day

Compiled by Mitzi Sparks, Pulaski County Visitors Center Representative

Aussie Jacks
141 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573)336-2447
Hours: 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
*Thanksgiving menu

B&B Patriot Grill
1200 G.W. Lane
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573)774-6943
Hours:

Buffalo Wild Wings
136 Old Route 66
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573) 451-3030
Hours: 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Cafe 56
320 Ichord Avenue
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573)774-8489
Hours: 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
*Thanksgiving buffet 11-3

Cantina Bravo Mexican Grille
332 Marshall Drive
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573)336-3390
Hours: 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Cracker Barrel
128 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-7273
Hours: 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
*Thanksgiving menu 11-Close

Denny’s
231 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-4441
Hours: 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar
240 Marshall Drive #8
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-5036
Hours: 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Lunch
4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Dinner

Route 66 Diner
126 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-8989
Hours: 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Ruby Tuesday
135 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-5140
Hours: 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Waffle House
321 State Highway Z
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573)336-4331
Open 24 hours

Westwood Cafe
27050 South Highway 133
Richland, MO 65556
(573)765-3831
Hours: 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (November 20-November 26, 2017)

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (November 20-November 26, 2017)

November 25- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079

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November 25- City of Lights Kick Off
What: Opening events & kick off activities for Richland’s month-long City of Lights celebration
Where: Downtown Richland
When: Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 417-693-5601

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Looking Ahead:

November 25-December 31- City of Lights, Richland
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Waynesville
December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
December 2- Laquey Christmas Parade, Laquey
December 2- Ole Time Christmas at Shady Dell Park, Richland
December 2- Lighted Christmas Parade, Dixon
December 2- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
December 3- Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Waynesville
December 3- Holiday in the Park, Saint Robert
December 3- Christmas on Main Street, Crocker
December 7- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville
December 8 & 9- Journey to Bethlehem, Crocker
December 9- Richland Christmas Parade, Richland
January 13- Bluegrass at The Barn with Jimmie Allison & the Ozark Rounders, Dixon
January 20- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off, Saint Robert

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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