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The almost full moon rises this evening at 10:07 p.m. on the eastern horizon. Find out why astronomers have a love-hate relationship with our nearest neighbor. Saturn's rings (and more sky sights) should be impressive before that "bad moon rises." This free program is part of a series of programs led by Grant Miller and his friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers, known as “the Local Group.” The programs are designed to help beginners learn about and appreciate the night sky.
Each program begins with a brief introduction, short astronomy/space lesson, and a question and answer session as the sky darkens. Quality amateur telescopes will be set up to guide visitors through the night sky; a naked-eye laser sky tour will also be presented (dim red light flashlights preferred). Bring something to sit on. Insect repellant is recommended. The events will be cancelled if skies are overcast or it's raining. To find out if an event is cancelled, please go to the Knob Noster State Park Facebook page.
"Get Out and Play!" Bring the whole family camping the weekend of May 23-25 at Knob Noster State Park and join with others in a photo scavenger hunt game. Pick up a list of things to photograph at the visitor center starting on Friday morning then go out and explore the park, learning some new things about the park, and take home some great photo memories.
Due to time constraints, digital photos are recommended. Photos do not have to be printed out; they just have to be verified from the display on the camera by a naturalist or other park official.
On Sunday, gather for a drawing for prizes. The time and location of the drawing will be posted at the visitor center. Some photos may even be featured on the park's Facebook page.
If you are fairly new to camping or just want to learn some new ideas and share your experience, we want to help make your campout an event to remember. At this program at Knob Noster State Park, you'll learn how to set up a tent, properly use a tent and properly care for a tent when not being used; how to cook in the outdoors; how to leave no trace while camping; and other outdoor skills and games. A fee for camping will be collected.
Interested families should call 660-563-2436 for more information and to register. All participants must pre-register by May 14.
If you don't have a tent, don't worry! You can borrow one from the park. You may also camp in your camper trailer and still attend programs offered this weekend as long as you pre-register.
Local amateur astronomers will have their telescopes set up at Knob Noster State Park on May 24 so you can learn about the night sky. Five solar system planets will be visible this weekend, including elusive Mercury. View all five and pick your favorite.
Stars, constellations and plenty more things will be visible to choose from under the moonless sky. Bring something to sit on. Insect repellant is recommended. This event will be cancelled if the sky is overcast or it is raining. The back-up date will be May 25.
To find out if event is cancelled or rescheduled, please go to the Knob Noster State Park Facebook page.
Find out what it is and then see it with your own eyes at Knob Noster State Park. Also learn why Earth is farthest, Pluto is closest and Saturn is awesomest. Yes, awesomest (most awesome)! Bonus – there will be a Moon/Mars/Spica conjunction.
This free program is part of a series of programs led by Grant Miller and his friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers, known as “the Local Group.” The programs are designed to help beginners learn about and appreciate the night sky. Each program begins with a brief introduction, short astronomy/space lesson, and a question and answer session as the sky darkens. Quality amateur telescopes will be set up to guide visitors through the night sky; a naked-eye laser sky tour will also be presented (dim red light flashlights preferred). Bring something to sit on. Insect repellant is recommended.
The events will be cancelled if skies are overcast or it's raining. To find out if an event is cancelled, please go to the Knob Noster State Park Facebook page.
The night sky shows it all on this night: crescents, craters, mountains and rings. Plus, you will see all the treasures of the Summer Triangle, including sapphire and gold Albireo and the Ring Nebula. Don't miss this one, which is the Knob Noster State Park’s last astronomy program of the summer.
This free program is part of a series of programs led by Grant Miller and his friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers, known as “the Local Group.” The programs are designed to help beginners learn about and appreciate the night sky.
Each program begins with a brief introduction, short astronomy/space lesson, and a question and answer session as the sky darkens. Quality amateur telescopes will be set up to guide visitors through the night sky; a naked-eye laser sky tour will also be presented (dim red light flashlights preferred). Bring something to sit on. Insect repellant is recommended.
Instead of hunting Easter eggs, join a naturalist to explore the beauty of Clearfork Woodland Trail at Knob Noster State Park while hunting for wildflowers.
Wear sturdy walking shoes. Insect repellant is recommended. Bring your cameras and wildflower ID books if you like.
This program will cover approximately a mile of trail that is a dirt surface with some hills. Meet at the Clearfork Woodland Trail trailhead.
The Best Western State Fair Inn is conveniently located with easy access to key area attractions and business locations including the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Katy Trail State Park, the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival and Pittsburgh Corning.
Hotel guests will appreciate the variety of dining and shopping options in downtown Sedalia. Each well-appointed room or suite features free high-speed Internet access, cable satellite television with HBO, free long distance access, toiletries, iron/ironing board, coffee/tea maker and hairdryer.
King-size beds and other upgraded amenities are available in select rooms. Other hotel amenities include a Jacuzzi, sauna, indoor swimming pool, and the Carousel Dining Room family restaurant located on the premises.
A statue of John William "Blind" Boone sits in the park named in his honor. Blind Boone was a brilliant musician who grew up in Warrensburg. This restored park features a scent garden, wind harp, gazebo and reflexology path. Ideal for family outings or quiet contemplation.
Burg Dog Antiques is a quaint little antique shop located along Route 13 South in Missouri. We have a little bit of everything and love to look for that something unique that you are wanting. Stop in and check us out. We love to visit and hear where you are from.
Offering guestrooms with two queen beds or one king bed; Serta mattresses.
The hotel was designed to resemble a train station of yesteryear, offering all the amenities of today. Rooms have 32-inch flatscreen TV, fridge/microwaves, and CD/MP3 players. Free hot breakfast; free USA Today or local paper; free local calls; Free HSIA; free business center; free pass to full workout facility. The lobby is filled with keepsakes and antiques from days long gone. The hotel's library has a fireplace.
Standard Country Kitchen. Senior and children’s menus available. Tour groups welcome. Breakfast served all day; soup and salad bar every day.
Standard Econo Lodge motel with 84 guestrooms. Pets allowed for a fee, with prior approval. Nine miles east of Warrensburg on Route 50. Two wineries are within five miles. Group rates available.
Exhibitions of art and design, learning experiences and outreach emphasizing curated exhibitions from students and invited artists. The gallery supports a space in which experimental, innovative and multi-dimensional artworks are exhibited. The mission is to engage audiences visually, intellectually and emotionally, while working to provide new ways of looking at our thinking about human experience and the interaction between artist and viewer.
Hidden Pines is an 18-hole championship golf course that will appeal to all levels of play. The long and narrow Bermuda fairways require precision, and the undulating greens will have you second-guessing yourself. All skill levels will be challenged.
Each of the 82 guestrooms has a hair dryer; iron/board; HBO; free local phone calls; and pay-per-view movies. The hotel has meeting rooms. There is a game room.
The circa 1838 courthouse was the site of the 1870 Old Drum trial, famous for George Graham Vest's closing argument, known as Tribute to a Dog. The oratory is said to be the origin of the phrase "a dog is a man's best friend." Tours offered. A one-room school and the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library and Johnson County Museum are adjacent. Admission: $3.
The library exhibits county artifacts. There is a research facility for local history, genealogy, and local records archives. The grounds include: a restored one-room school; the original 1838 Johnson County courthouse; and a collection of agricultural implements and locally manufactured lawn mowers. One of the few historical societies in Missouri to have pre-Civil War records; be sure to ask about how the records were stolen to keep them safe.
Every Sunday (except holidays) there is an open acoustic jam session in the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library, 302 North Main from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The music is mostly traditional, but each week features an eclectic mix depending on players present. All are welcome to participate or just listen.
This 18-hole course, owned and operated by the University of Central Missouri. Located in Pertle Springs, an expansive park area with trails, lakes and ponds.
Visiting family at Whiteman Air Force Base? Headed to the Missouri State Fair or Knob Noster State Park? Enjoy the conveniences of home with a full kitchen, a fenced yard and off street parking in our quiet, established neighborhood.
The house has three bedrooms, two of which have queen beds and one with a full bed. All mattresses are new in summer of 2013. The floors are beautifully finished hardwood. The full kitchen offers refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, pots, pans, plates, bowls, glasses and several utensils.
Guests have access to a screened in back porch with patio furniture and BBQ grill. The back yard is fenced and is suitable for well-behaved small to medium-sized dogs.
The ranch style house doubles as a pottery studio. There may be times when the retail part of the studio is open to the public. You'll be provided a room key so you can feel safe that no one can access your room. Retail operations will be open no earlier than noon and no later than 5 p.m. when guests have rooms booked.
Knob Noster State Park, off Route 50 on Route 23, is a 3,934-acre area with thick forests, clear lakes and grasslands. Camping, equestrian camping, hiking, fishing, group camps, nature study areas, and an equestrian trail are available.
This park offers basic and electric campsites and equestrian, group camps and special-use camping areas. Services available include reservable campsites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry. The park features a nature center, small lakes, a small stream, hiking trails and an equestrian trail. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online. Campground gate closes at 10 p.m.
On the highest point in Johnson County, giving the location a panoramic view. So vast is the view, it was commonly used as a lookout point during the Civil War.
Sample our wines and tour the winery and vineyards. Witness a spectacular sunset from the deck. Picnic baskets and snacks available.
Space for special occasions and meetings is available.
Located in Montserrat, midway between Knob Noster and Warrensburg: from Knob Noster, go west on Route 50 to Route P south.
This monument was erected in tribute to Old Drum, the beloved hunting dog who was shot by his owner's neighbor in 1869. George Graham Vest, who later became a U.S. Senator, won world fame for his closing argument, from which the phrase "a dog is a man's best friend" is said to have come. Visit the monument to read the speech.
Standard Perkins restaurant. Fresh pies, muffins, and a full line of salads are featured. Breakfast is served all day.
Located in the Katy Depot building, which serves as a Trailhead for the Katy Trail. We provide maps, brochures, and directions, for people who are traveling through the area. The Depot is home to a museum and gift shop.
View Eric James Bransby's 1976 murals depicting Sedalia, a community drawing from the wisdom of the past, but looking to the future. Located inside the Sedalia Municipal Building.
Stroll the historic business district and enjoy the stories the buildings have to tell. Pick up your free Heritage Trail brochure and map at the Katy Depot Welcome Center.
Rooms with king, queen or full beds; kitchenette rooms available. Located 1.6 miles from the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
Standard Super 8 motel.
Golf course is on 300 acres of rolling hills and wooded areas. It is not unusual to see wildlife in and around the course. Located in the Knob Noster State Park, a half-mile west of Whiteman AFB.
Duffers Grill (April thru fall) offers lunch Monday-Friday; breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Grab and Go items available during club house hours. Banquet facilities and catering available.
Spend a week enjoying Missouri's agritourism resources.
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