Aug 312016
 

Tomato Festival - MU Bradford CenterYou can taste, and rate, tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and salsa, and more at the 12th Tomato Festival tomorrow: Thursday, September 1, 2016, 4-7 pm, at the University of Missouri (MU) Bradford Research Center. Allow up to 30 minutes for driving—it is a bit out of town (directions and links below) and it is worth it!

Note: The previous superintendent of Bradford Center retired, so this year the festival is under “new management”. Overall, we expect the festival to remain the same, with a few changes. For instance, there has been no mention of a maze this year. Fewer details are available, and we are looking forward to checking it out!

Tip: Get there as early as you can; there will be lots of people. There is a parking lot by the building, some additional parking areas are arranged in the grass around the building, and cars will also end up parking all along the long driveway. If you go after work, say about 5:30 pm, it is worth driving all the way up to look for open spots closer to the building.

What you can enjoy:

  • Tastings: There will be 250 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos to sample—all grown at Bradford Research Center Farm. Rate them if you like, and if you are curious, see the results from last years’ tastings.
  • More Tasting: In the main building: local chefs and restaurants will bring their salsas and related dishes for everyone to try. In the past, this was also a cook-off contest where visitors voted for their favorites.
  • Kids Corner with games and activities for children, including a big tire full of soybeans and corn to play in and different flavors of Shatto Milk to try. Note: We checked the Shatto milk last year, and some of the milks have artificial ingredients and/or corn syrup. If this matters to you, you may wish to check the ingredients.
  • Presentations on the hour. Talks on growing better tomatoes—titles have not been provided this year.
  • New! Tomato sales
  • Features from previous years (which may, or may not, be available this year):
    • Wine tasting, courtesy of the Missouri Wine Board (age 21+).
    • Tomato and pepper plots open for viewing.

The event is held at the MU Bradford Research Center, 4968 Rangeline Rd, Columbia MO  65201-8973 (573-884-7945) [http://bradford.cafnr.org/].

For most people, the simplest way to get there is to

  • take the AC exit from Highway 63
  • go east on E New Haven Road
  • follow E New Haven Road about 5 miles, until it ends at S Rangeline Road
  • turn right on S Rangeline Rd and go about 1.3 miles to the farm entrance on the right
  • Parking: It is free, but gets crowded. There is a parking lot around the main building; if that is full, people find parking nearby on the grass or along the long driveway to the building.

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Happy Arbor Day!

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Apr 012016
 

http://i1.wp.com/www.arborday.org/media/graphics/highres_new/familyPlantDeciduous.jpg?resize=251%2C200Arbor Day in Missouri is today—the first Friday in April. Our state tree is the Flowering Dogwood, and if you would like to know more about Arbor Day or Arbor Day in Missouri, click on the image or above link.

Check out the following related events: If you know of more, please share in the comments below!

Tomorrow, Sat Apr 2, starting at 8 am, the City of Columbia will host its annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway in the parking lot of the ARC (Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W Ash St). Nearly 1,000 bare-root seedlings will be given away until all the trees are gone. Tip: Get there early if you want a tree!

On Sat Apr 23, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, the Columbia Public Library will host Plant a Tree for Arbor Day. In the Friends Room, pick up a free seedling from the Missouri Department of Conservation, then get tips on planting it from horticulturalist Alan Helland.

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Tue Mar 15: Election and Tornado Drill

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Mar 142016
 

First of all, remember to vote on Tuesday! This election includes the Presidential Primary and Columbia rollcart issue. If you need to check the issues and/or where to vote, check the Boone County Clerk site: https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/. Note: There is also a Municipal Election scheduled for April 5, 2016.

Also on Tuesday, the State of Missouri will be conducting a Statewide Tornado Drill at 1:30 pm, which means the outdoor warning sirens will sound at that time. While schools are likely to participate, polling places will not—just continue with voting if you are at the polls.

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Happy New Year! Start Things Right With First Friday! Art, Music, and More!

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Jan 012016
 

First FridayJanuary is happening tonight from 6-9 pm in the North Village Arts District (downtown—Walnut street from College to 9th and north to Rogers). Check out all the art and other fun!

January Participating Businesses and Activities include:

  • Dogmaster Distillery
  • Artlandish Gallery – Over 50 Artists works and live music inside Christar, Bluesman Johnny Fox, Anna Soulstice Duff and singer songwriter David Dearnley.
  • Sager Braudis Gallery – Reception for the 2016 Winter Exhibit, including Bowring, Mark Grundy, Joe Marshall, Oscar Mejia, Metra Mitchell, and Joel Sager. Sponsored by True Media. The gallery will be serving wine from Les Bourgeois Vineyards, beer from N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company, and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Happy Food Cookbook, Happy Food Catering, Happie Yoga.
  • Orr Street Studios – Opening reception of David Spear’s exhibit “Temporal Auxilaries”. They will be serving mimosas and featuring live music from BitterRoot.

As part of the national trend, First Friday (FF) is a free art crawl in the North Village Arts District (NVAD) on the first Friday of each month, usually occurring from 6 pm to 9 pm. Galleries, shops, and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more. The North Village Arts District has loose borders from north to south, are Rogers Street to the alley south of Walnut Street and east to west, College Avenue to 9th Street. Each First Friday will be different, depending on time of year, and other activities happening in the downtown area. A map/guide postcard will be available at the venues. First Fridays are free and open to the public. First Friday in Columbia, an offshoot of Artlandish Gallery’s First Friday event, began in December 2014.

Parking: Check out our new downtown parking guide for the scoop on parking options downtown. As a quick reference, parking garages are free after 6 pm and street parking is free after 7 pm. There is also a permit parking spaces area bordering the Wabash bus station area that is free after 6 pm.

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Tonight 6-8pm: First Friday and Living Windows in The District! Art, Music and More!

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Dec 042015
 

Tonight in downtown Columbia, both First Friday and Living Windows will be happening from 6-8 pm!

Parking: Check out our downtown parking guide for the scoop on parking options downtown. As a quick reference, parking garages are free after 6 pm and street parking is free after 7 pm. There is also a permit parking spaces area bordering the Wabash bus station area that is free after 6 pm.

The Living Windows event will be happening throughout the downtown area, from 6-8 pm. Check out living mannequins and performances in store windows. Some venues will have musical performances, and even hot beverages!

As part of the national trend, First Friday (FF) is a free art crawl in the North Village Arts District (NVAD) on the first Friday of each month, usually occurring from 6 pm to 9 pm (and until 8 pm this month). Galleries, shops, and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more. The North Village Arts District has loose borders from north to south, are Rogers Street to the alley south of Walnut Street and east to west, College Avenue to 9th Street. Each First Friday will be different, depending on time of year, and other activities happening in the downtown area. A map/guide postcard will be available at the venues. First Fridays are free and open to the public. First Friday in Columbia, an offshoot of Artlandish Gallery’s First Friday event, started one year ago, in December 2014—Happy one-year anniversary!

December  Participating Businesses and Activities:
[Note: Bar and restaurant venues may not be free.]

  • Talking Horse Productions- featuring the art of John Northrup in our gallery and celebrating with a reception at 6:00pm. At 7:30, we will be featuring a performance of our fall children’s touring show, “Going Poe Style: The Adventure Stories of Edgar Allan Poe” in the theater. It will be a “pay-what-you-can” event!
  • Rose Music Hall – HAPPY HOUR 5-7pm
    live music Dave & Dyno with The Roadkill Orchestra
    AFTERPARTY!- 9pm Split Lip Rayfield with The Kay Brothers
  • Artlandish Gallery – Over 50 Artists works. Plus The Holiday Get Down! A Living Windows Display. Live Music by: Anna Duff, David Dearnley & Johnny Fox.
  • Missouri Contemporary Ballet
  • Sager Braudis Gallery
  • Orr Street Studios – Opening Reception for the Orr Street Artists Guild Exhibit. Music by Paul Frotsch, Beer by Bur Oak Brewing Company, Wine by Arcadian Moon and Miami Bites Food truck out front!
  • Resident Arts Orr Street Studios
  • Yoga Sol- Kirtan, Sing, Chant, move. Kirtan Chanting starts at 7:00 p.m. Relaxing, soulful way to start out the night.- 7-8 pm
  • North Village Recording: For December’s First Friday, we will be hosting a listening party for STEDDY P.’s new album Picture Perfect Broken Home! Steddy will actually be in town on tour at The Social Room that night, so it’s a perfect occasion! We recorded, mixed, mastered and played a role in the executive production of the album as well. Come by from 6-9 and enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments and listen to the new album front-to-back, straight from the digital master!
  • DogMaster Distillery
  • Dogwood Studio workspace exhibits art work by Nancy Declue
  • Fretboard Coffee live music
  • The Center Project
  • Root Cellar
  • Lo & Behold
  • The Bridge – Afterparty! 9:30
  • Café Berlin

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