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Back in Time: Everyday Life of Yesteryear in Cape Girardeau

Step back in time in Cape Girardeau and see what everyday life was like hundreds of years ago at these historic attractions. Through rebuilds and war, Bollinger Mill and covered bridge survive today to tell the story of smalltown industry in Southeast Missouri.  Construction began on the log mill in 1800, and it was rebuilt in stone in 1825.  Union forces burned the mill to ensure it didn’t fall into Confederate hands, though the limestone foundation dating from 1825 survived.  The current four-story mill was completed i... Read More

Even More Fun-in-the-Sun at Cape Splash

Last summer we talked about 7 Ways to Beat the Heat at Cape Splash, and this summer we can add 5 more to that list - 5 new slides are debuting during the 2015 season!   New slides include a 3 lane 319 foot long mat racer where you can race your friends to the bottom, a daring 265 foot free fall slide and a 259 foot long triple drop slide.   Parents:  Watch your little ones splish splash from a lounge chair under a shady Funbrella, or take a few relaxing turns around the 700 foot lazy river.   Little bitty ones will ... Read More

Back in Time: The Civil War in Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau was a divided community in the War Between the States; while many were sympathetic to the Confederacy, Cape Girardeau was held throughout the duration of the Civil War by Union forces.  Step back in time to a country divided, and experience the Civil War in our river city at the following sites. Fort D was one of four forts constructed by Union forces in the heat of the summer in 1861.  These forts protected Cape Girardeau from Confederate attack by land or by water.  Fort D is the only surviving fort of the fou... Read More

Gone Girl Touring in North Carthage - I Mean, Cape Girardeau!

Local guest blogger Kaleisha Walker is back to talk about Gone Girl touring in Cape Girardeau!  The Gone Girl tour is a popular topic when our Director of Sales, Alyssa Lage, travels to shows to sell folks on having their meeting, tour or sporting event in Cape Girardeau.  Kaleisha is our go-to Gone Girl tour guide, and for good reason - take it away, Kaleisha! How much fun was it to see the actual filming of Gone Girl right here in Cape Girardeau? And how cool was it seeing the movie and pointing out the familiar places here in Ca... Read More

A Look Ahead at Tunes at Twilights 2015 Season

Spring has arrived, and with it Tunes at Twilight's 2015 season!  Here's a look ahead at the musicians lined up for this free outdoor concert series on Friday evenings at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo lawn. May 15th:   Kraig Kenning is a bluesy roots rock American fingerstyling wonder often compared to Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. May 22nd:   Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin have a recipe described as country mixed with folk and a touch of bluegrass, Roberts soothing guitar matched with Wil's airy voice will send good... Read More

Celebrating Your Southeast Graduate in Cape Girardeau

Experience the town your graduate has called their home-away-from-home when you visit on May 16 for Spring Commencement at Southeast Missouri State University!   If you arrive in town early on Friday, put on your dancing boots and head to the 11th Annual Western Swing Music Showcase!  If you'd rather listen to music under the stars, Tunes at Twilight will certainly entertain you.   Saturday, graduation day, it is worth waking up early to check out the Cape Riverfront Market.  Once again, here you will have a chance to ... Read More

Be a Tourist in Your Hometown: Claire Bruce

Claire, the creative force behind Sloan+Themis, has put together a weekend full of food, entertainment and more - take it away Claire! Being a Cape Girardeau local is a fairly recent thing for me. I spent part of my childhood 90 miles south of here. We would often travel back and forth to Cape for dining and shopping. After college and living in big metropolitan areas like Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago, I had a job that offered me the opportunity to live anywhere. So I chose here. Most of my big city friends thought I was nuts. But... Read More

Be a Tourist in Your Hometown: Jeanne Muckerman

Jeanne Muckerman might be Cape Girardeau's biggest fan, and what better person to share her highlights of Cape Girardeau? "Cape Girardeau really has something for everyone," Muckerman says. "Whether you enjoy nature, history, the arts, dining out or shopping, this city has something to offer. We have beautiful parks and opportunities to take in the breathtaking Missouri landscape. You can spend some time in Capaha Park relaxing and watching the ducks or get physical and play a round of disc golf while you are there. If a little more quiet is... Read More

Be A Tourist in Your Hometown: August Birk

It's National Travel & Tourism Week, and a handful of locals who love Cape Girardeau were kind enough to tell us their favorite parts of our River City!  First up is Mr. August Birk; if you don't know him, you've probably seen one of his wood carvings around town (his carving of Louis Lorimier at Cape Rock Park is pictured above, it is currently undergoing repairs).  I sat down with Mr. Birk last week and we had a nice visit about how he is a tourist in his hometown.   "I’m older and retired, and a widower, so I have... Read More

The Month Ahead in Cape Girardeau: May 2015

Spring has sprung and May in Cape Girardeau is blooming with a colorful variety of events! First Friday Fun Galleries throughout downtown Cape Girardeau stay open late and offer artists receptions and snacks for First Friday with the Arts, Friday, May 1. Before you stroll through local galleries, join in the Historic Preservation Walking Tour also on Friday, May 1. This year's walk begins at Broadway and Frederick Streets and will wrap up at the Cape River Heritage Museum where you'll find refreshments and historic displays. &n... Read More
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