The Midwest

A Canyon Sanctuary

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on April 17, 2012

 
 

Branson may be known as the Music Show Capital of the World, but it also enjoys a wonderful natural setting in the Ozark Mountains. Visitors see two mountain lakes as they make their way around town; further away from the famous Highway 76, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a welcome respite for nature lovers. It…

 

Kauffman Center

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Midwest on December 27, 2011

 
 

September witnessed the opening of one of Missouri’s newest cultural and visitor attractions, the magnificent Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City. Many years in the planning, the Kauffman Center not only replaces antiquated and inadequate venues for the city’s three major performing arts organizations, but also does so in truly spectacular…

 

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Midwest on December 27, 2011

 
 

Looking for something different and well worth adding to your next tour to Branson and/or Eureka Springs? May I suggest one of two significant Civil War battlefields in the area that are administered by our National Park Service?  In fact, there are three fine, but lesser known NPS sites that are inexpensive to visit and…

 

Circus World Museum

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Midwest on December 27, 2011

 
 

On my recent trip to the Midwest, I focused on three diverse attractions. The first attraction often overlooked by groups headed towards the nearby Ho-Chunk Casino and Wisconsin Dells to the north, or to the House on the Rock to the southwest, is the site of the one-time winter quarters of the storied Ringling Brothers…

 

Electric trains and apple pies

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on October 19, 2011

 
 

In East Troy, a preserved electic railroad gives visitors a passage into some of the area’s hidden treasures. A short drive from Lake Geneva, East Troy is a small southeast Wisconsin town that has a 100-year railroad history. In 1907, the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company brought the first electric railway through town, connecting…

 

A day on Geneva Lake

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on October 19, 2011

 
 

After spending a day on Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake (in the town of Lake Genvea), it’s easy to understand what made this area such a popular getaway for wealthy Chicagoans of the 19th century. With crystal clear water and beautiful foliage on 20 miles of shoreline, this lake is one of the natural treasures of the…

 
 

Little Rock’s Big Dam Bridge is a huge draw for runners, walkers, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts   As delegates to our Small Market Meetings Conference enjoyed a fascinating tour of Little Rock’s sights that wrapped up with a reception at the historic Capital Hotel, I took a couple of hours off and went for a…

 

Face to face with Crazy Horse

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on September 21, 2011

 
 

Standing near the top of a 582-foot mountain carving, I enjoyed a view that few people ever get. Most travelers to the Black Hills of South Dakota make time to visit Mount Rushmore, the famous mountain carving depicting the faces of four American presidents. Not far away, though, another mountain carving project is underway —…

 

Trading at the Prairie’s Edge

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on September 19, 2011

 
 

I once heard someone describe Rapid City, SD as ‘the place where the mountains meet the prairie.’ There’s more to this place than the intersection of the Black Hills and the Great Plains, though — I’m finding that this region is also squarely in the middle of pioneer and Native American culture. One of the…

 
 
 

Recently a British music magazine to which I subscribe contained an “opinion” piece by an erstwhile “expert” that was not only just plain nasty, but also showed its author to be poorly informed about a great American city that, yes, has significant challenges, but is also striving tirelessly to reclaim its former glory. The occasion…