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7/21/2014
The Ozarks make a stunning backdrop for biking, hiking, water sports and outdoor recreation during an active Midwest weekend getaway in Branson. 1) Table Rock Dam and Lake Anchored by a massive dam (see the ins and outs of the structure on a guided tour), this White River-fed reservoir serves as the centerpiece of Branson’s great outdoors. In the warm months, the lake is prime... More
7/18/2014
I had dreamed of going to Italy this summer to see historical mosaic art. Instead, that money went toward a bathroom remodel. So I took a basics workshop at the Chicago Mosaic School, the only classical and contemporary mosaic training school in the United States. In an afternoon, I got my Italian art fix and discovered a new way to be creative. These are the seven... More
7/16/2014
Bacon. Funnel cakes. Deep fried. On a stick. Those four elements are a fairgoer's dream, and you can find at least one each in our picks for top 15 new fair foods. Here's a sampling of the mouth-watering highlights from seven of the Midwest's beloved state fairs. Don't forget the Tums. Indiana State Fair August 1-17 Photos courtesy of the... More
7/14/2014
Because 5 million annual visitors flow into the Wisconsin Dells like a tidal wave, you'll find an overwhelming number of places clamoring for your vacation dollars. Go ahead and splurge on big resorts with on-site water parks if your kids are happy jumping, sliding and splashing the day away, but you can usually save money by traveling midweek and dining off-property. You can... More
7/9/2014
Fueled by a local craft brew and an overflowing gyro from a food stand, I wandered from tent to art-filled tent at the downtown 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival. Pastel paintings of gorgous florals, curvy glass-blown vases and, yes, even sculptures of copper wire rabbits on bikes caught my attention as I weaved through the laid-back crowd. (I could picture the painting and vase in my living room;... More
7/9/2014
At many museums, when you pay for admission, you receive headphones to hear a narrated tour. At the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis, the receptionist offers a pair of earplugs. On our recent visit, my parents and I chuckled and politely refused—after all, surely the point of a museum of percussion instruments is to hear the music, right? But a minute later, as my daughter gleefully... More
7/7/2014
I’m having a delightful Saturday night at Cleveland’s Palace Theatre, even though there’s nothing on stage but a single-bulb floor lamp, burning like a star front and center. I peek around the curtain from a front-row seat, studying the complex web of ropes and weights that operate the scenery. I stare up at rows of lights that help transform the place on any given night from... More
7/2/2014
Stormy skies and fog formed the backdrop for our most popular Instagram photos in June. Here are the five most-liked photos last month:  #1: Clouds building over Lawrence, Kansas, photographed by @joshuaholland (http://instagram.com/p/pZpbW8GzY8/). #2: Striking barn and silo in Stuart, Iowa, by @j_nutterbutter (http://instagram.com/p/pjAZvYGzXD/). #3: "Flying... More
6/30/2014
Every Midwestern city has its gems, but St. Louis takes the crown when it comes to free things to do. Here are some of the best deals (but do factor in parking fees) in St. Louis: 1) Saint Louis Zoo Go early to what’s considered one of the top zoos in the nation. Its has 19,000 animals living on its 90 acres. Though visitors have to pay for extras, such as... More
6/25/2014
Have a blast this Fourth of July decorating your table using either of these easy, patriotic tabletop ideas. If you’re like me and are a member of the ultimate procrastinators club, you will love how quickly either table can be pulled together.  Carnation flag centerpiece Delight your guests with this striking focal piece. You will need two dozen red, two dozen... More