Seda’s Gift Shoppe- Two Doors North of Route 66

By Laura Huffman

Seda’s Gift Shoppe, an unique emporium offering fun and useful gifts for all occasions, is located on the historic and charming Square in downtown Waynesville, Missouri. The current location is housed in what was formerly the Rexall Drug Store. Pam Seda, owner of the gift shop, fondly recalls walking to the drug store after school to get a vanilla Coke and a grilled cheese sandwich. Little did she know back then that she would be the proud owner of the building that today houses her successful shop.

Seda's Gift Shoppe, Waynesville MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

The premise of Seda’s gift shop was formed over fifteen years ago. While working retail and at the local cable company she pondered the idea of owning a business. Perhaps inspired by her grandfather, Pam and her husband Steve, decided to re-open his former business, Hill’s Antiques and Swap Shop. The determined coupled rolled up their sleeves and set about bringing the dormant store back to life. After a thorough cleaning and re-roofing the building, they realized that the location wasn’t ideal. The Seda’s decided to wait.

Seda's Gift Shoppe, Waynesville MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

In September, 2002 the couple signed a lease on the building that had been the home of local landmark Parrish Floral for many years. This building was snuggled up to Route 66‘s curb and was just across the street from another local icon, Victory Pub. The Seda’s purchased $300 of inventory to sell at their new enterprise.

Eighteen months after opening their doors the Rexall Building (built in 1941 for Dr. C.A. Talbot) around the corner became available. Seda did not hesitate and purchased the building. The gift shop moved into the lower level and Seda’s Gift Shoppe has been a hit with browsers, shoppers, locals, and tourists ever since.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Seda’s strong roots to Pulaski County, five generations on both sides, makes community pride the cornerstone of her business. She also enthusiastically shares her love of Waynesville with Route 66 travelers from around the globe who stop in to find the perfect souvenir. Seda’s Gift Shoppe is just two doors north of the classic highway, directly next to Nona’s Kitchen in the famed Rigsby House.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

To learn more about Seda’s Gift Shoppe at 107 North Benton in Waynesville follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Sedas-Gift-Shoppe-137481656267844

Download a free Waynesville Walking Tour brochure here.

To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com!

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Old Settlers Day 2017: Schedule of Events

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Old Settlers Day
Presented by Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society
July 29 & 30, 2017
Waynesville City Park
Waynesville, Missouri

Schedule of Events:

ALL WEEKEND
Civil War Camps
Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Camps
Living History Demonstrations
Cavalry Drills
Horsemanship
Infantry Drills
Weapons Inspections
President Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss)
General U.S. Grant (portrayed by Wayne Issleb)
General P.H. Sheridan (portrayed by James Schilz)
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (Laughlin Park)

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Old Settlers Day 2016. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BY:
The Back Porch Players (at Pavilion 3)
Terry Tanner (at the stage)
Flower O’Scotland Dance Troupe (at Pavilion 2)
Pyro Pat Productions (at the stage)

SATURDAY, JULY 29th
7:00 a.m.- Army Engineer Association Sverdrup Chapter Annual 5K Run Registration
8:00 a.m.- Army Engineer Association Sverdrup Chapter Annual 5K Run
8:00 a.m. Camps open to the public
10:00 a.m.- Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.- ASYMCA Duck Race
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.- Tour the 1903 Courthouse Museum
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Visit the Old Stagecoach Stop (served as Civil War hospital)
10:30-11:30 a.m.- Presentations by General Grant and President Lincoln
2:00 p.m. Battle Reenactment
5:00-7:00 p.m.- Camps closed to the public
7:00 p.m.- Period Dance with music by Back Porch Players. Public is invited and encouraged to attend
8:30 p.m.- Night Fire & Artillery Show

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Old Settlers Day 2016. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

SUNDAY, JULY 30th
8:00 a.m.- Camps open to the public
9:30 a.m.: Period Church Service at the Stage. Public is invited and encouraged to attend.
10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Gospel Music by the Back Porch Players
1:00 p.m.- Battle Reenactment
3:30 p.m.- Closing

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Old Settlers Day 2016. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

SPONSORS:

BAYMONT INN & SUITES
KIWANIS CLUB OF PULASKI COUNTY
HOPPER’S PUB
EVENTFUL CATERING

Shuttle service to the Square provided by Bells Extended Stay and Suites

*Schedule subject to change

Ultimate “Halloween in September” Road Trip Guide

A guide to scariest attractions, what to see, what to do, places to stuff your face, and where to rest your head!

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Do you bleed orange and black? Have you ever wished that Halloween lasted more than one day? Have you ever wanted to start your All Hallows Eve celebration in September? If you answered yes to any of the three keep reading!

Plan now for your spooktacular Pulaski County, Missouri road trip in late September! This weekend adventure will put you in the Halloween spirit!

Friday September 22/September 29

Jump right into the thrills and chills by arriving early at Haunted Hill to beat the line! This freakishly frightening trail has been described as Mid-Missouri’s most haunted outdoor attraction.
*Buy the speed pass to skip the long line.

Continue the screamfest during the Haunted River Float at Ruby’s Landing on the Gasconade River near Waynesville. A raft is your sanctuary as you paddle through the inky darkness that envelops the river. Who knows what is in the water? This float trip isn’t for the faint of heart! Make it safely back to land and roast marshmallows and Jiffy Pop over the campfire. A free night of camping is included in float trip admission so don’t forget the tent!

Saturday September 23/September 30

Hungry? Hit a mom and pop cafe for a hearty breakfast before a full day of exploring, adventuring, and ghoulish fun! Route 66 Diner is a favorite for locals and travelers.
*An early start is recommended to squeeze in all the fun!

Explore Route 66 for a few hours. The Visitors Center in Saint Robert offers free turn by turn directions. Don’t miss the legendary Devils Elbow area bridges, the fudge factory near Saint Robert, and downtown Waynesville. While in Waynesville take a picture of W.H. Croaker, explore the Farmer’s Market, visit the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum and walk the Trail of Tears remembrance trail. *Don’t miss the boutiques, old fashioned candy shop, and eateries on the Square.

Hungry? Saint Robert is known for its delicious food! For an international twist try schnitzel at The Hub Restaurant, Mama Mia’s Greek gyros, or food truck pineapple fried rice at Mobile Thai Kitchen. Sweetwater Barbecue‘s pulled pork is so good that you will think someone’s Grandma is manning the kitchen.

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Image by Jackie

Slow the pace during a short leisurely float on the Big Piney or Gasconade River. Pick an outfitter and your vessel (inner tube, raft, kayak, or canoe) for a carefree afternoon with Mother Nature.
*Pack a camera in your dry bag to grab stunning snaps along the way!

Cap off an evening you won’t forget as a ghost hunter with Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (C.O.P.S) during a Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Talbot House on North Street in Waynesville, Missouri. Built in 1899, the Talbot House is one of Waynesville’s oldest and most interesting homes. Paid reservations are required and spots are very limited so book your group today!
*Investigators must be 18 or older.

Grab some shut eye at one of Saint Robert’s hotels. Saint Robert has hotel choices that will fit any budget. Many hotels have an indoor pool or offer a free hot breakfast.
*Book directly with the hotel for the cheapest rate.

Sunday September 24/October 1

For a special treat grab a baker’s dozen of fresh, handmade, premium gourmet donuts at Lamb’s Donuts near the front gate of Fort Leonard Wood. These sweet treats have been fueling locals, visitors, soldiers, and law enforcement for years!
*For a savory start order the chorizo breakfast burrito.

Before saying goodbye to Pulaski County head to Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch near Dixon to choose the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern.

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For more things to see and do in Pulaski County visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com
For a complete listing of haunted attractions and events during October visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

Mid-America Freedom Rally’s Three Day Music Lineup Shines

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The 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally, held at Buckhorn May 26th through 29th is a celebration of motorcycles, music, and Freedom. The rally features three nights of live musical entertainment. Here’s the scoop on this year’s lineup:

FRIDAY

Hott Mess is a rock n roll party cover band. Mark Steiner handles the microphone duties as vocalist, Mike Kelly is featured on bass, Capt. Thomas wields the lead guitar and Rich Armstrong keeps time on the drums. The band’s set list of cover tunes spans fifty years of rock and roll and includes party favorites such as “Walk This Way”, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, “Flirting With Disaster”, and “Cat Scratch Fever.” When not playing gigs around Lake of the Ozarks you can catch the guys in Cuba, Lebanon, and Jefferson City. The band kicks off Mid-America Freedom Rally’s 2017 lineup Friday night.

Rock Road Rebels (Shane Newbrough/Vocals, Michael “Goz” Goslin/Bass, Ryan Conners/Lead Guitar, Brock Manly/Percussionist) have been described as “a compelling musical tsunami; an amalgamation of full throttle Southern Rock, gritty, earnest Blues and a down home swagger that’s immediate and appealing, all at once.” Favorites by this Southern Rock (with a little attitude) powerhouse include “Horsepower” and “Flirty Flirty”. We predict that the Mid-America Freedom Rally crowd will go wild Friday night when the guys crank out “Freedom In Our Eyes”- especially if word gets out that drummer Manly is an Army veteran. Manly enlisted after September 11, 2001 and served in Iraq.

Rock Road Rebels play the 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally Friday, May 26, 2017. Image courtesy of Rock Road Rebels.

Rock Road Rebels play the 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally Friday, May 26, 2017. Image courtesy of Rock Road Rebels.

SATURDAY

Phat Mike and the Bartenders kick off the 29th Annual MAFR’s Saturday night live music lineup. The band calls Lebanon, Missouri home and can usually be found gigging across mid Missouri- especially at Lake of the Ozarks. The band promises a “soulful helping of rock and blues with a few sides of r&b, funk, and some original music for dessert!”

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Gasoline Cult has been bringing their brand of Psychobilly to the Ozarks since 2010. The band is fronted by guitarists/vocalists Rev. Jimmy T. (James Clay) and Stonewall Jackson. The Reverend and Jackson also bring mandolin and banjo to the mix. Geoff Firebaugh plays electric bass and bull fiddle, Chad Graves plays dobro, and Jeremy Williams plays the drums. Gasoline Cult has “the soul bluegrass play with the high energy of a rock band.”

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Lit is Mid-America Freedom Rally 2017’s headliner. Chances are, you have turned up their popular “My Own Worst Enemy” at camp during past rallies. During this year’s rally you and 1,500+ of your closest friends can belt it out live with the band. Lit will have you on your feet for the duration of their almost two hour set.

Lit headlines the Mid-America Freedom Rally in Buckhorn, May 27th, 2017. Image courtesy of Lit.

Lit headlines the Mid-America Freedom Rally in Buckhorn, May 27th, 2017. Image courtesy of Lit.

SUNDAY

Cuz I Said So are regulars at Hardtails Campground and Go Fast Betty’s near the Lake of the Ozarks. The band says that they are “four guys that love to party and rock all night long.” Their three hour set stuffed with party song covers will turn Sunday into Funday during the rally. Expect to hear covers of Grand Funk Railroad, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, and Green Day. Do not expect to hear “Freebird” unless the crowd is willing to pass a $200 tip to the stage. 😉

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ChristiAna takes the stage at 10:00 p.m. to close out the 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally. MAFR celebrates motorcycles, music, and Freedom- and ChristiAna embodies all three of these elements. A motorcycle (2009 Harley Davidson Rocker) ridin’ combat veteran & patriot, she first sang in front of audience, outside of church, during a karaoke session at a forward operating base near Baghdad, Iraq. Since her impromptu debut she has won Operation Rising Star (2013), sang with Lee Brice during an ACM Salute to the Troops (2014), and performed at the White House (2014) singing to a crowd including the President of the United States- for which she received a standing ovation. ChristiAna is joined by Cody Wood (Bass), and Sam Norfleet (Keyboard).

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ChristiAna, a former drill sergeant, is a combat veteran and patriot. Courtesy of ChristiAna.

ChristiAna Performance

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Add the All-American Ride to your MAFR weekend!

For more things to see and do in Pulaski County during Mid-America Freedom Rally visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

Four Free Homeschool Field Trip Ideas in Waynesville, MO

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Compiled by Laura Huffman

Learning is a lifelong process. I recently had a 93 year old woman happily tell me “I learn something new every day!” Learning is also fluid and is not only confined to a classroom. As a child’s teacher you can provide depth to your lesson plan with hands-on interactive field trips. Fortunately, for the sake of the homeschool families bank account, these trips do not have to be pricey or even within an urban setting. Waynesville, located in the Ozark Mountains of Mid-Missouri, is a prime example of a small town field trip friendly destination. A field trip to Waynesville can cover Native American history, pioneer history, Civil War history, World War I and II history, geology, hydrology, architecture, geography, engineering, transportation, nature, and art, among other subjects.

1. Route 66 has been described as America’s largest open air museum. Waynesville lines both sides of the legendary highway that runs through it. A highlight is the downtown bridge that spans the Roubidoux River. The bridge was constructed in 1923 and is eligible to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. A sidewalk allows foot traffic to safely cross- and gives a bird’s eye view of the river below. (Tip- Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a free turn-by-turn guide of Route 66 through the area, including Waynesville’s segment.)

Draw or paint a picture of Roubidoux Bridge in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Draw or paint a picture of Roubidoux Bridge in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

2. Trail of Tears Memorial is a thought provoking, poignant testimonial to an ugly, horrific event in American history. The memorial includes seven story boards, installed by the National Park Service, City of Waynesville, & the Missouri Trail of Tears Association, beginning at the natural spring, and ending just north of the downtown bridge at the old river crossing. The trail is hard surfaced and wheelchair accessible. (Tip- The trail continues to Waynesville Park. Bring a picnic basket and discuss what you saw and learned over lunch.)

Story boards reveal the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Story boards reveal the tragic tale of the Trail of Tears at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

3. Pulaski County Museum is located in the 1903 courthouse building overlooking Route 66. This building housed Pulaski County’s government for over 85 years and was designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild. The upstairs courtroom is almost original to the day that it was built. Exhibits showcase items from the everyday life of Pulaski Countians. (Tip- The museum is open each Saturday April through September from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is free. Group tours by arrangement.)

History inside! Pulaski County Museum in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

History inside! Pulaski County Museum in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

4. Old Stagecoach Stop is located on the downtown square, just a short walk from the Pulaski County Museum. This building has been a Waynesville landmark since the 1850’s and was used by the Union Army as a hospital during the Civil War. Each room in the two story building represents a different use and era in the building’s history. (Tip- Admission is free and the museum keeps the same hours as Pulaski County Museum. Group tours can be arranged. A wealth of information is included on their website.)

Several eras of Waynesville's history are represented at the Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

Several eras of Waynesville’s history are represented at the Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Image by Laura Huffman.

Bonus- We all know that play plays an important role in children’s development. Waynesville will be opening their Little Heroes Playground, an all-accessible play area Spring 2017.

To plan your homeschool field trip to Waynesville, request your free Visitors Guide and Historic Walking Tour brochure from Pulaski County Tourism Bureau by calling 573-336-6355. The Bureau also offers an area geocaching brochure.

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum)

by Laura Huffman

Dudley’s Cabins & Service in Valley Park. Johnnie’s Bar & Indian Relic Museum in Saint James. Perry’s Crescent Service Station & Restaurant in Rolla. Bell Cafe & Garage in Waynesville.

If you were a mom & pop business on Route 66 in its’ heyday you had to have a hook- and sometimes a sideline to stand above the crowd. The route was riddled with entrepreneurs who hung their shingles and the competition for the motorists’ attention, and dollars, was particularly fierce.

Enter Ken York in Saint Robert, Missouri. York has his eye on unofficially labeling his business as Majestic Auto Body & Museum. He isn’t gunning to separate your cash from your wallet- but he will bend your ear. York, a 1959 graduate of Waynesville High School, has collected memories & memorabilia of Route 66 for a lifetime.

Ken York and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air. York purchased it in 1958 for less than $500. Image by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Ken York and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air. York purchased it in 1958 for less than $500. Image by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

York often occupies a comfortable chair in the middle of the shop, with his pipe at his side, and reminders of his youth on full display on the walls around him. His classic 1955 Chevy Bel Air, purchased when he was in high school and when the machine only had 900 miles on it, is parked slightly behind him and to his right. He is happy to show pictures of his ride that were taken shortly after he purchased it. He is even happier to pull back her covering to let you admire her yourself. She’s a beauty. Two door, hardtop. Jet black and pinstriped by York himself in 1960. A Cave State Cruisers decal clings to the passenger side window. York allowed me to open the driver’s side door and when I admired the embroidered roses on the door panels he explained that when he was in school all the kids decorated the interior of their cars. He chose roses.

York is quick to reminisce about the Saint Robert/Waynesville of his youth. He speaks of the coney dogs and milkshakes at Park N Eat. He recalled that Dairy Queen “has always been there” and remarked that in the early 1950’s it was the only place around to get a fountain Dr. Pepper. His mention of the soda spurred a memory of purchasing a gallon of root beer from A&W for 20¢ before hanging out at the drive-in. He fondly recalls that Top of the Town (later known as Top Hat Lounge) had the best steak in town and that Mr. Quick had an “absolutely delicious” char-coaled hamburger for 20¢.

York will tell you tales of his time running a feed store in Waynesville for his Uncle Fred and of working at his dad’s Sovereign Service Station (later an Apco Station). He has a story or three about his time working at Fort Wood Theater on the banks of the Roubidoux. A musician at heart, he shows off pictures of his ’64 Fender Stratocaster and bemoans the loss of some his gear during a long ago fire that leveled the Pine Room. He asked if I knew of his bandmate, Narvel Felts. I was able to answer that I did and that Felts, who is from Missouri’s bootheel had made some the Zalma High School girl’s hearts swoon, including my own mother’s. York also talked about playing with Delbert McKinnon and jamming with Bobby Preston at Ike Martin’s Music Store when it was still open for business.

The lobby of Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) on Route 66 in Saint Robert, Missouri. The two gasoline pumps on the far right were originally located at Ken York's father's service station on Route 66 in Waynesville. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

The lobby of Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) on Route 66 in Saint Robert, Missouri. The two gasoline pumps on the far right were originally located at Ken York’s father’s service station on Route 66 in Waynesville. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

York also has stories about his time as Deputy Sheriff and proudly displays his badge. He has stories from his father’s time as Pulaski County Sheriff- one of the area’s grittiest eras.

He and Saint Robert, one might say, grew up together. York seems proud of both Saint Robert & Waynesville’s growth into Fort Leonard Wood’s gateway cities. He also looks forward to the day that the Neon Park at George M. Reed Roadside Park is a reality. You can easily picture him gazing at the neon with a grin on his face and a memory running through his mind.

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) in Saint Robert, MO. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) in Saint Robert, MO. Photo by Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

In the meantime, pop into Majestic Auto Body (and Museum) and spend some time with a man who lived through Route 66’s heyday. The magic of that road, that time, & that place spring back to life when York starts speaking.

Majestic Auto Body (and Museum)
1140 Old Route 66
Saint Robert, MO. 65584
(573)336.0044

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To learn more about the planned Neon Park visit www.visitpulaskicounty.org/rt66preservation/neonpark.htm

For more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, including lodging and dining options, please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.