This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of March 13-March 19, 2017

March 18- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, 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:

March 24 & 25- PFAA Presents “Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend” & “Nobody Sleeps”, Waynesville
March 25- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction, Saint Robert
March 31- PFAA Presents “Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend” & “Nobody Sleeps”, Waynesville
April 1- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
April 1- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
April 1- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
April 1 & 2- PFAA Presents “Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend” & “Nobody Sleeps”, Waynesville
April 7 & 8- PFAA Presents “Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend” & “Nobody Sleeps”, Waynesville
April 14 & 15- Sportsman Gun Show, Dixon
April 29- Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Fun Day/Rendezvous & Trade Fair, Dixon

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

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of February 20-26, 2017

February 23- Welcome to National Tour Association pre FAM!

February 25- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, 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:

March 4- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
March 10 & 11Outdoor Sportsman Show & BBQ Cook-off, Saint Robert
March 11Ham & Bean Variety Dinner Show, Dixon
March 25Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Action, Saint Robert
April 11903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
April 1Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

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

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.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of January 30-February 6, 2017

February 4- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, 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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February 4- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $20 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations the first Saturday, monthly, at the Talbot House in Waynesville!

Paranormal Investigations the first Saturday, monthly, at the Talbot House in Waynesville!

Looking Ahead:

March 4- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
March 11- Outdoor Sportsman Show & BBQ Cook-off, Saint Robert
March 11- Ham & Bean Variety Dinner Show, Dixon
March 25- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Action, Saint Robert
April 1- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
April 1- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

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

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of November 7-November 13, 2016

November 11- Veterans’ Day Parade
What: Mid-Missouri’s most patriotic Veterans’ Day Parade!
Where: Waynesville Middle School to Waynesville City Park
When: Ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m., parade steps off at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce– 573.336.5121

November 12- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079

Looking Ahead:

November 19Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Saint Robert
November 19The Baker Band & Friends Variety Show, Dixon
November 26City of Lights Kick Off, Richland
November 26Laura Ashley LIVE In Concert, Richland
December 1Christmas On The Square, Waynesville
December 2 & 3PFAA Presents “A Seussified Christmas Carol”, Waynesville
December 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

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

7 Reasons Why You Should Add The Frog Hill Half To Your Half-Marathon Calendar

Whether you are a seasoned half-marathoner, or recently began training for your first event, the Frog Hill Half in Waynesville, Missouri is bucket list worthy. Missouri is home to over 50 annual half-marathons but the Frog Hill Half stands out in the crowd. In its third year this challenging race is picking up steam and drawing more runners and their families.

1. Centrally Located- Waynesville, the seat of Pulaski County, lies just north of Interstate 44 (Exit 156) and is approximately half way between Saint Louis and Springfield, Missouri. This makes travel to and from the Frog Hill Half a breeze.

2. Route 66- This storied pavement has been revered by “roadies” since the cross country highway was decommissioned in 1985. Runners can truly connect with America’s past during this portion of the course. A small portion of Frog Hill Half retraces part of the route ran during the Trans-American Footrace in 1928.

3. W.H. Croaker- Our list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the race’s namesake. W.H. Croaker is an internationally famous landmark. Carved from an extra large boulder, the brightly colored green and yellow frog rock will silently cheer you on as you pass beneath during your descent into charming downtown Waynesville.

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W.H. Croaker- the namesake of the Frog Hill Half Marathon

4. Superior Hill- One portion of the course follows an antebellum road that is gravel and crushed rock. Don’t be lulled by the Ozark scenery as you pass by Roubidoux Spring and follow the river towards the historic Poor Farm. Superior Hill awaits you. This formidable challenge peaks just shy of a half mile and features a 9% grade. You will never forget completing this section of the course.

5. Amenities- Area amenities make the Frog Hill Half a destination. Arrive early and explore Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66, shop the antique stores and gift boutiques, learn the tragic tale of the Cherokee, and feast at unique dining spots. Stay late and discover stunning scenery while kayaking the Big Piney or Gasconade River. Nearby Saint Robert has multiple lodging accommodations that will fit any budget. Race organizers have negotiated a race discount at Baymont Inn & Suites.

6. Family Friendly- The race is organized by Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries with a focus on the family. In addition to the half-marathon they offer a 10K the same day. The Leapfrog 5K takes place the evening before the featured race. The out-and-back course leads half-marathoners to Frogtoberfest at Waynesville City Park. This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates W.H. Croaker’s “birthday” and is jam packed with fun activities.

7. George Mallory- The famous mountaineer, after being asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, famously retorted “Because it’s there”. You are a half-marathoner and Frog Hill Half is waiting to be conquered.

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Photo courtesy of Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries

Check out our A to Z Guide of Fall Activities in Pulaski County, Missouri!

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of September 12-September 18, 2016

Welcome To The Following Groups-
1st Engineer Military Reunion (September 12-16)
547th ECB Military Reunion (September 15-19)
W.O.W. 3 Women’s Conference (September 16-18)

September 16 & 17- Gun Show Swap Meet
What: Buy, sell, & trade!
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: 8 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $3 admission
Contact: The Barn (Bill Johnson)- 573.433.9370

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Gun Show Swap Meet in Dixon this weekend!

September 16 & 17- Cow Days
What: Win a cow at this family-friendly street festival!
Where: Downtown Dixon
When: Friday- 5:30 p.m. until Midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. until Midnight
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Dixon Chamber of Commerce (Misty Russell)- 573.433.0678

September 16 & 17- 18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion
What: Inspirational Southern Gospel performances
Where: Parker Fine Arts Auditorium, 1001 Historic Route 66 West, Waynesville
When: Friday- 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

September 16 & 17- Haunted River Float
What: Nothing compares to the thrill of the Haunted River Float on the Big Piney River!
Where: 23455 Teak Lane, Saint Robert
When: 7:00 p.m until 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person
Contact: Lay Z Day Canoes & Camping– 573.336.8639

September 17- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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Visit the Museums on the Square in Waynesville this weekend!

September 17- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

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Visit the Museums on the Square in Waynesville this weekend!

September 17- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

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Paranormal Investigations every Saturday through October!

Pumpkin Patches:
Storie’s Pumpkin Patch

Looking Ahead:

September 23 & 24- Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 24- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 24 & 25- Storie’s Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
September 24 & 25- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon

Planning for Fall? Check out our A to Z Guide and our Annual Autumn roundup!

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