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Begin your Christmas season with an unforgettable new family tradition Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 4-6 at the Racine Christian Church. Travel back in time to first century Israel to experience the original Christmas story, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, at “Journey to Bethlehem.” Doors are open to the public from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with guests seated on a first-come, first-served basis. 'Journey' trail tours begin at 6 p.m., departing every few minutes throughout the evening and continuing until the last guest is served. Admission is Free.
The “'Journey” begins with a live stage production in the auditorium, featuring a dazzling ensemble of talent. For the second leg, join a small group of fellow travelers on the outdoor trail for an incredible, live, interactive theatre experience. Trek from the tiny Galilean hamlet of Nazareth to the distant town of Bethlehem in Southern Judea to enroll and be counted in the Roman census (the trek is about a half-mile or 45 minutes).
Along the way your family group will encounter fellow travelers, local residents, camels, Roman cavalry, shepherds, radical revolutionaries, and more. Guests are encouraged to participate by interacting with characters. Your “Journey” will conclude with a heart-warming scene in a stable with a newborn baby and a message of hope. Refreshments follow.
“Journey to Bethlehem” takes place on the campus of Racine Christian Church, located a half mile west of Racine in southwest Missouri, about 15 minutes south of I-44 on Route 86. Parking is limited so ride sharing is encouraged. Dress for the weather with comfortable walking shoes.
Oktoberfest is a street festival on Route 66, with six blocks of fun for kids, adults, families and couples:
Admission: free into the festival; some rides/attractions require a fee or cover charge.
“I Support the Festival” ribbon/wristband: $2 in advance, $4 at the gates. Enjoy complimentary access to some attractions and major discounts (such as half off) on certain attractions; plus receive a discount card good at 10 area businesses for the month of October.
2014 marks the fifth annual Route 66 Collectors Show at the Continental Banquet Center, just behind Granny Shaffer's Restaurant at 2802 North Range Line Road on the historic Route 66 cruise route in Joplin!
This free admission family friendly event is a one day hobby show for collectors and dealers of coins, currency, stamps, postcards and sports collectibles. The public is invited to buy, sell and trade.
Door prize! Free parking! Call Dave Sorrick at 620-423-6600 for information.
This website offers information about the history of the Civil War in Missouri as the state prepares to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the war, which was fought 1861-1865.
Throughout the site, you'll find details about Civil War battles that took places in Missouri, such as Wilson's Creek and Pilot Knob; the people who played a significant role in the war, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Sterling Price; and resources for educators, where links to lesson plans and teacher's guides are available. Information about upcoming Civil War events around Missouri can be found on the site, which also features videos about the war and its impact on the state.
You'll also find information about Civil War-related attractions in Missouri, such as the Old Courthouse, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and Calvary Cemetery, to name a few.
People interested in getting involved with Civil War Sesquicentennial events may use the website to submit their e-mail address if they'd like to receive more information about volunteer opportunities, as those opportunities become available.
Angler's Paradise is a private fishing camp providing bass, bluegill, and crappie fishing in private reservoirs. Bring your own boat, or rent one from us. We have three modern cabins on the six miles of private shoreline. Guide service is available. Our lake record largemouth bass is 13 pounds. Visit our Web site to see our facilities and some of the great memories from our many years of operation.
Shaded, pull-through sites; tent sites; restrooms and showers; propane. There is a catch-and-release pond and a gazebo. Rental unit available.
This is the location of the final confrontation of a 12-hour Civil War battle on July 5, 1861, where 6,000 Southern troops forced Union soldiers to retreat to Sarcoxie. An interpretive shelter explains the history of the battle. The site is unmanned and is managed by Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site in Lamar.
Located just off Interstate 44, Baymont Inn & Suites Joplin hotel is an ideal combination of location and amenities. If you are here on business, it is just a short stroll to the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. Our Joplin hotel, near historic Route 66, also features meeting facilities, a business center and free Wi-Fi. If you are visiting local schools, you will appreciate being just four miles from Missouri Southern State University and Ozark Christian College.
Take a dip in our pool, relax in the Jacuzzi or work out in the gym. Room comforts include refrigerators and microwaves as well as coffee and tea makers. We invite you to enjoy free continental breakfast daily in our Baymont Breakfast Corner.
At Best Western Oasis Inn, along with the standard rooms, you may also choose from our business king rooms, family rooms, and romantic rooms with a jetted tub. Free guest Internet computer in the lobby. Complimentary deluxe hot breakfast. Comfortable seating and a giant screen TV in the air-conditioned lobby.
This Best Western showcases one-of-a-kind Precious Moments artwork, created by Samuel J. Butcher, including paintings and silk screen artistry; also a Precious Moments gift shop.
We are located three miles from the Precious Moments complex.
One of the largest barbecue chains in Oklahoma has branched out into Missouri. A fun, family oriented, tailgate atmosphere and some of the tastiest and most tender brisket and ribs around. It’s truly a celebration of good food and good football – a place to kick back and enjoy yourself.
In 1980, Billy Sims was the number 1 pick in the NFL draft, playing for the Detroit Lions. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year. In 1984, a knee injury ended Billy’s football career.
This all-suites hotel is tailored for the extended stay traveler, but offers home away from home conveniences to all travelers. In addition to free Wi-Fi and you own personal telephone number, all suites come with fully equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher; executive work station; a leather recliner; flat screen TV. We have laundry facilities; a fitness center; a business center; and a meeting room. A FEMA and CCR registered hotel.
Specialize in fancy chocolates, chocolate truffles, fudge, caramels, creams and jellies. We carry a large selection of gummies, sours, and Jelly Bellies. Call to schedule a tour.
We can imprint your company's logo of our chocolate. See website for details.
Our Stratford house architecture is unique. We are three miles from Precious Moments Park and Chapel; one mile from Industrial Park; two miles from Jasper County Courthouse, Powers Museum, Battle of Carthage Park, and the downtown.
Totally renovated Dec.2011 at Exit 8B I44.
This museum features a private collection of railroad memorabilia, mostly of the Santa Fe line, on display inside Santa Fe Caboose #999456 and Jersey Central Passenger Car #1053. Visit our website and click on "My Railroad Collection" for a peek at some of the items on display.
Self-catered style allows you to be at the cottage with no other guests. Breakfast fixings are in the fridge ready for you to get up when you want and prepare as you like. Rustic and comfortable cottage beside Shoal Creek, three miles from Joplin. Holds six adults and three children.
Ten acres of solitude are yours. Fish right outside the front door. Watch wildlife from two full-length decks. Birdwatchers: your life-list may lengthen greatly. Common area in the woods for bonfires and picnics. A great place for a girls get-away, romantic retreat, women's retreat or family gathering. Extended stay rates available; reduced rates Tuesday-Thursday. Air-conditioned.
The extras aren't extra at Drury Hotels. Your rate includes free hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 kickback, free hot breakfast, free wireless Internet access and free long distance.
Our 5:30 kickback includes a rotating menu of chicken strips, chili, pasta, soup, macaroni and cheese, baked potatoes, salad, beer, wine, soda, mixed drinks and more (subject to state and local laws).
Don't miss our Free Hot Breakfast Buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, bagels, and pastries.
Take advantage of free popcorn and soda every evening from 3-10 p.m. as well as our complimentary exercise room and 24-hour business center.
Fans of the famed comic strip "Beetle Bailey" should include this 2,212-acre Missouri Department of Conservation area on their travel schedule.
This site was the location of Camp Crowder Army Base during World War II and it was this site that gave cartoonist Mort Walker the inspiration for "Camp Swampy," the mythical military base that figures prominently in the cartoon strip.
This link to the comic strip is honored in the Crowder Area's "Mort Walker Trail," an 11-mile hiking/bicycling/horse trail. Hunting for all major game species is permitted in season. Primitive camping (no amenities provided) is permitted on the area, except for seasonal closures for some hunting activities (call 417-451-4158 for details).
Dogs must be leashed or confined when not being used for training or hunting purposes. There are no fishable streams or ponds on the area. There is an unmanned shooting range and an archery range on the area.
The Miners Museum building was originally a mercantile store; it is the oldest standing building on Main Street.
The museum documents and preserves the history of one of the oldest mining towns in southwest Missouri.
This wonderful museum full of old pictures, mining tools and helmets, rocks, minerals, clothing, old newspapers, military items, and tons of other stuff.
Two large murals on the outside wall depict mining activities in the Granby area– painted by Dan McWilliams.
Circa 1893 Queen Anne Victorian with original stained glass windows. Four guestrooms with antique furnishings.
Business rates available. Home tours and special Murder Mystery Weekends by appointment.
Grand Falls, on Shoal Creek, is one of Missouri’s most scenic destinations. The largest, continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri, Grand Falls plunges 25 feet to a solid ledge before flowing southward.
Off I-44, exit 6; south on Route 86 two blocks; west on Glendale Road 1.5 miles; south on Jackson across the low-water bridge; immediately west on Riverside Drive two miles; Grand Falls is on the right.
Featuring 13 signature flavors of chicken wings; also catfish, pork-chop sandwiches, hushpuppies, fried okra, corn nuggets, salads, and house-made desserts.
The decor is strictly Memphis, with piped-in Memphis blues.
We sell our dry rubs and wet sauces.
Meeting space available for private events. Call for carry-out and catering.
Rooms have one king bed or two double beds. We have two suites. All rooms have a microwave and refrigerator. Rates include a free hot breakfast. We are a completely smoke free facility.
Surrounded by restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, the Holiday Inn is a contemporary, full-service hotel. We are located off I-44 and Route 71; approximately 15 minutes from Joplin Regional Airport (JLN);20 minutes from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU).
The hotel's facilities and services include flexible meeting space, with 50,000 square feet of available space for groups up to 3,000.
Guests can unwind in the Crystal Waters Day Spa while their kids play in the game room. An indoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool and a sundeck are all waiting to help you relax after a long day.
Join us at the Stone Creek Grille for dining on-site.
Enjoy a small-town atmosphere with bigger -ity services. Our 97 suites have fully equipped kitchens, one king- or two queen-sized beds, MP3-capable clock radios, and 42-inch remote control TVs. Work easily in your suite using the desk-level power, Internet and phone connections.
Located off I-44 at exit 8B, Rangeline Road: three miles to Freeman Hospital, St. John’s/Mercy Hospital, the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center and downtown; five miles to Missouri Southern State University; 10 miles to the Joplin Regional Airport.
Facilities include: a putting green; heated saltwater pool; meeting space. Complimentary beverages and a full dinner during our evening dinner and drinks reception, Monday through Thursday.
Jeannie, a 105mm howitzer, played a lead role in the 79th Division's liberation of France in World War II. A commemorative plaque illustrates crew and the gun's operation.
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