Wrapping up 2013…

Now that the Tigers have wrapped up their 2013 home football season, the time has come to bid our readers farewell until next summer. We’ve so enjoyed sharing what makes Columbia so fantastic during football season (and during the rest of the year) and hope that you’ve found new restaurants, traditions and more reasons to love Columbia.

During the off-season, we hope you’ll join us on our every day blog, Gotta Go CoMo. This blog keeps you updated on all things Columbia throughout the year. We’d love to see you there.

Until next season, there’s just one thing to say.

Go Tigers!

Countdown to Gameday: Texas A&M

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:45 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Texas A&M Aggies.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

This weekend’s game is the Blackout game so make sure to wear black! You can find the official blackout shirt at The Mizzou Store.

Also: After the game each senior football player will be taking their own white rock from the Big M in the North end zone, so stick around to support our Mizzou seniors!

OTHER GREAT ACTIVITIES: 

Advanced Radiology Turkey Trax 5K

November 28 at 8:30 AM

Snorty Horse Saloon presents Rosehill

November 29 at 7 PM

Talking Horse Productions presents Almost, Maine

November 29, 30 at 7:30 PM and December 1 at 6 PM

The Blue Note presents Funkyard Orchestra and Dusted Groove

November 29 at 9 PM

Deja Vu Comedy presents Dan O’Sullivan and Joe Lehnig

November 29 and 30 at 9 PM

Whiskey Wild Saloon presents Loaded Chamber

November 30 at 7 PM

The Blue Note presents Show Me Country Night featuring Str8 Arrow

November 30 at 9 PM

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

Tradition and Tailgate: The Final Game

Tradition

One of Mizzou’s Pride Points is to Wear Gold, but once a year it’s blackout time.

For November 30th game against the Texas A&M Aggies, fans will be decked out in all black to cheer on their Tigers on Senior Night. Kickoff will be at 6:45 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. After the game, keep your eyes open for another Mizzou tradition: each senior football player taking their own white rock from the Big M in the North Endzone.

Tailgating

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the final game of the season is just two short days after Thanksgiving. They may not be traditional tailgating food, but Thanksgiving leftovers seem just too delicious to leave at home. Here are a few recipes that will celebrate both the holiday and football.

Turkey Tamale Pie (SeriousEats.com)

Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Salad (Real Simple)

Pecan and Sweet Potato Bread (Chow)

Jerk Turkey Chili (Chow)

Countdown to Gameday: Tennessee

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Tennessee Volunteers.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

Stock up on game day apparel at The Mizzou Store!

OTHER GREAT ACTIVITIES: 

Columbia Entertainment Company presents “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure”

October 31, Nov. 1, 2 at 7:30 PM, Nov. 3 at 2:00 PM

The Blue Note presents A Very Decadent Halloween

October 31 at 9:00 PM

Deja Vu Comedy presents Greg Warren

October 31, Nov 1 and 2

SPOOKtacular! at the Central Missouri Events Center

October 31 6-8 PM

Stephens College presents “The How and the Why”

October 31, Nov 1-3

21st Annual Small Farm Trade Show and Conference at the Central Missouri Events Center

November 1 and 2

The Blue Note presents NEEDTOBREATHE

November 1 at 8:30 PM

Holiday Shop Hop in The District

November 2 from 5-8 PM

The Blue Note presents the Jolly Brother’s Band

November 2 at 8:30 PM

Mojo’s presents Backroad Anthem 

November 2 at 9:30 PM

The Blue Note presents Yo Gotti: IAM Tour

November 3 at 8:30 PM

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

Mizzou Homecoming: It’s the Little Things

Homecoming is a big deal in Columbia, MO. We were surprised and excited yesterday when Buzzfeed posted ‘39 Things That Make You Want To Come Home To Columbia, MO.‘ The list highlighted some of the great things that make a visit to our city during Homecoming extra special. In addition to the 39 from this list, here are a few more experiences sure to make your Homecoming weekend memorable.

-Walk through The District to see all the painted windows. During Homecoming, downtown turns black and gold when student organizations paint the front windows of businesses. Paintings go up Thursday and stay through Homecoming weekend.

-Get to the game on Saturday early enough to watch the teams warm up. Then get into the spirit when Marching Mizzou comes out on the field for the pre-game show.

-It will be a little chilly this weekend for Homecoming, but that won’t stop lines from being out the door at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream. Home to two dozen, small-batch flavors that can range from vanilla to wasabi, it’s a vital stop on every Columbia visit.

-Love high fives? Head over to the pedestrian bridge that goes over Providence Road for Tiger Walk. Two hours before kickoff, the team and coaches walk over the bridge from the training facility to the stadium and fans line their route to see their favorite player and show their support.

-Take a short stroll on one of Columbia’s trails. We have over 40 miles of trails and the fall colors are becoming more stunning every day. Plus it’s a great way to escape the bustle of Homecoming.

-Last, but certainly not least, be a proud Missouri fan: Arrive early, Wear Gold, Be Loud, Stay Late. See you at the game!

Mizzou Homecoming 2013: Schedule of Events

At Mizzou, Homecoming simply isn’t an event that can be captured in one short day. After months of preparation and planning, there’s an entire week to celebrate!

Last week, the 28th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive passed its 100,000th donation since its beginnings. This huge accomplishment was a great kick off for those of us who bleed black and gold. While you’re in Columbia for Homecoming, here are some events you won’t want to miss.

-Homecoming Headquarters Open House: Friday, October 25th from 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Head to the Reynolds Alumni Center to meet up with old friends and take a campus tour hosted by the MU Tour Team. Campus is always changing, so take advantage of getting a student’s perspective on Mizzou.

-Campus Decorations: Friday, October 25th from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Thousands of students, citizens and alumni will put on their black and gold and head to ‘House Decs’ in Greek Town. Elaborate sets and skits created after hours of work will delight the entire family. This year’s theme of America’s Greatest Cities promises some great performances. Check out the House Decs map to plan your evening. 

-The Homecoming Parade: Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 a.m.

One of the most popular Homecoming traditions, the parade showcases student organization floats, bands from across the state and much more! Winding around campus and through downtown Columbia, thousands of spectators will line the route in their black and gold. Pick your viewing spot on the map!

-Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate: Saturday, October 26th

Immediately after the parade, head to the Carnahan Quad and join thousands of students and alumni in this tradition that has been revived from the 1950s. Soak up the live entertainment, cheer along with the spirit rally and grab a bite to eat before heading to your own tailgate.

-The Missouri Tigers v. the South Carolina Gamecocks: Kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Saturday

Get your black and gold on and join over 60,000 of your closest new friends to watch the 5th ranked Tigers take on the 21st ranked Gamecocks at the 102nd Homecoming football game. M-I-Z…

Countdown to Gameday: South Carolina

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 PM at Memorial Stadium against the South Carolina Gamecocks for the University of Missouri’s 102nd Homecoming game.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

Stock up on game day apparel at The Mizzou Store!

HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES: 

October 25th 12-5 PM: Homecoming Headquarters at Reynolds Alumni Center

October 25th 6-9:30 PM: Campus Decorations in Greek Town

October 25th 9:30 – 11 PM: Spirit Rally & Campus-Wide Concert in front of the Student Center

October 26th 9:00 AM: Homecoming Parade downtown and on campus

October 26th 11 AM- 2 PM: Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate on Carnahan Quad

October 26th 6:00 PM: Football vs. South Carolina at Faurot Field

For more info on the Homecoming schedule, click here.

OTHER GREAT ACTIVITIES: 

Columbia Entertainment Company presents “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure”

October 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 PM, Oct. 27 at 2:00 PM

Deja Vu Comedy presents Cowboy Bill Martin 

October 24, 25, and 26

Jazz Combos at The Bridge

October 24 at 7:30 PM

University Concert Series presents Tedeschi Trucks Band at Jesse Auditorium

October 24 at 7:00 PM

“A Catered Affair” at Macklanburg Playhouse

October 25 and 26 at 7:30 PM

Halloweenie downtown in The District 

October 25 from 4-6 PM

The Blue Note presents Watsky & WAX

October 25 at 9:00 PM

The Haunted Tour at Maplewood in Nifong Park

October 25 and 26 at 7:00 PM

The Blue Note presents Interstellar Overdrive: A Pink Floyd Tribute

October 26 at 9:00 PM

Farmers and Artisans Market at the Wabash Station

October 27 from 9 AM – 1 PM

“We Always Swing” Jazz Series presents A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans in the University of Missouri’s Stotler Lounge

October 27 at 7 PM

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

Countdown to Gameday: Florida

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 11:21 AM at Memorial Stadium against the Florida Gators.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

Saturday is GOLD RUSH so be sure to break out your gold! Stock up on game day apparel at The Mizzou Store.

OTHER GREAT ACTIVITIES: 

Deja Vu Comedy presents Josh Sneed

October 17, 18, 19 – 573-443-3216

Graduate Jazz Combos at The Bridge

October 17 at 7:30 PM

“A Catered Affair” at Macklanburg Playhouse

October 18, 19 at 7:30 PM, 20th at 2:00 PM

The Blue Note presents Bourbon Creek Band + Brush Creek Outlaws

October 18 at 9:00 PM

The Blue Note presents Shaman’s Harvest

October 19 at 9:00 PM

Farmers and Artisans Market at the Wabash Station Parking Lot

October 20 at 9:00 AM

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk at Stephens Lake Park

October 20 at 2:30 PM

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

Traveling Tigers: Athens, Life Unleashed

Top 5 To Do List in Athens, Ga on Football Weekends

This fall when you and thousands of others head to Athens, Georgia to cheer on the Dawgs in the Sanford Stadium, be sure to check out all that the Classic City has to offer beyond the hedges. With so many available activities, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau has decided to compile a “Top 5 Things To Do in Athens on Football Weekends” list!

1: Explore VIBRANT DOWNTOWN
Just a short walk from Sanford Stadium, downtown Athens is bursting at its seams with stylish and quirky shops, a variety of bars and music venues, unbeatable dining, and more. The Victoria-era architecture creates an inviting atmosphere for both visitors and locals to take a leisurely stroll and explore the local shops. Athens nightlife is one of a kind- especially on game days. You’ll have to experience it for yourself! While you’re checking out the town, keep a look out for the world’s only Double-Barreled Cannon on the corner of College Ave. and Hancock Ave and the Tree That Owns Itself, which is a few blocks away on the corner of Dearing St. and Finley St. Bordering downtown, the University of Georgia’s beautiful North Campus, which also makes for a beautiful walk, begins at The Arch on Broad Street.
2: Catch a LIVE MUSIC show

Named the “Number One College Music Scene in America” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Athens is gushing with awesome music!  The local venues attract rising stars, old favorites, and everything in between. Not only have world-renowned bands such as R.E.M., the B-52′s, and Widespread Panic originated from the Classic City, but hundreds of new and upcoming bands make their debut in Athens each year. Between famous Athens venues such as the Georgia TheatreThe Melting Point, and 40 Watt Club, and intimate venues such as Caledonia LoungeLittle Kings Shuffle Club, and the Green Room, there is always a great show to be seen. Check out the performance schedule here!

3: Indulge in LOCAL FOOD

No football fan will be underfed this season with dozens of delectable restaurants lining the streets of downtown Athens. The Classic City’s food scene is booming and has recently caught the attention of national media. Among the most recognized eateries are Five and TenTop Chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurant, and The Last Resort Grill on Clayton St., which is always a family favorite. Mama’s BoyHeirloom CafeThe GritPorterhouse Grill, and East-West Bistro are also popular choices for weekend brunch. There is no shortage of traditional “tailgating food” such as pizza, burgers, and wings, which can be found downtown at Amici Italian CafeThe Volstead, and Dirty Birds. A complete list of Athens restaurants can be found here.

4: Taste and tour TERRAPIN BREWERY
While in Athens, fans will want to try local Athens beer. Known for its unsurpassed flavor and character, Terrapin beer is quickly winning over the nation. Adding to their collection of awards, Terrapin Beer Co. recently claimed a spot on The Best 25 Craft Breweries in the U.S. list, and visitors will understand why. The whole family, including leashed four-legged friends, is invited to tour the brewery on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Live outdoor music, free tastings, lawn games, and brewery tours every half-hour make for a pleasant, relaxing environment for all. A $10 souvenir beer glass secures eight four-ounce tasting tickets for visitors ages 21+.
5: Enjoy ATHENS ATTRACTIONS & TOURS

Did you know? Athens is home to Georgia’s official state museum of art and the official state botanical garden. The Georgia Museum of Art, located on UGA’s East Campus, is home to a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art as well as a variety of traveling exhibitions and is open to the public every day except Mondays. The 313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia is open seven days a week and is the perfect place to have a picnic, take a walk on miles of nature trails, or participate in an interesting lecture, class, or hike. Neither of these attractions  have an admission fee but do accept donations.

For visitors interested in learning about the historical components of Athens, guided tours are available. The Classic City Tour of Athens is offered daily through the Athens Welcome Center, along with free self-guided brochures/maps, audio tours, and pod tours. Details can be found at here.
Athens Food Tours are a delicious and exciting option for those wanting to learn about and taste local and regional cuisine. Lastly, the self-guided Athens Music History Walking Tour focuses on the history of Athens music and the locations that made the music scene into such a success. The tour brochure is available at the Athens Welcome Center or online.

This fall, visitors should expect much more from Athens, Georgia than just a good football game. With the beautiful downtown, award-winning food, beer, and music, and interesting cultural elements, the Top Five Things To Do in Athens on a football weekend may require a second trip! For information on last-minute hotel availability, parking, tailgating, plus an event calendar and special deals, click here or call the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706-357-4430.

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Thanks to Hannah Smith with the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau for providing us with this guest post.

Traveling Tigers: There’s Only One Music City

Nashville Skyline

The Nashville Skyline

There is only one Music City, and Nashville is ready for the Missouri Tigers to come experience it! Vanderbilt’s stadium, also known as Dudley Field, is located in the heart of Nashville only minutes from downtown’s honky tonks, art galleries, unique neighborhoods, botanical gardens and greenways, historic homes, more than 120 live music venues, and culinary delights.

While game day and tailgating is the reason you are here, a popular spot to set-up tent is at Centennial Park. Nashville’s 132-acre premier park features the iconic Parthenon (a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon), a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center and a beautiful sunken garden. Thousands of people visit the park each year to visit the museum, see exhibits, attend festivals (such as Musicians Corner taking place from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 5), and to enjoy the beauty of the park.

There are other events and great sights to see while in Nashville. Music remains Nashville’s calling card to the world and is the very heart of the city. You can hear great music 24/7, 365 days a year. Long recognized as the world’s capital of country music, Music City also boasts sounds of pop, rock, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues and soul. You’ll catch pickers and songwriters all over town, in places like bluegrass venue Station Inn, the rock venue Exit/In, the honky tonks on Broadway, the song-centered Bluebird Cafe or the legendary Ryman Auditorium.

The Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum

There are hosts of attractions that have made Music City famous; from the ultimate country music venue the Grand Ole Opry, to the world renowned Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. New to Nashville this year, two attractions opened in summer 2013; the Johnny Cash Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Nashville now houses the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts in the world at the Johnny Cash Museum downtown. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music and features the very instruments used to record some of music’s greatest hits.

The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Southern Steak & Oyster

While Nashville has long been known for its expansive music scene, the talent and creativity of its culinary scene has recently put Nashville on the map. Dubbed “The Coolest, Tastiest City in the South” by Bon Appetit, Nashville’s creative spirit has infiltrated into its kitchens, turning them into the chef’s studio. From southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between, Nashville’s palate offers it all. Visit Nashville’s food page for more information on fabulous restaurants around town.

The Cheekwood Lights

The Cheekwood Lights

Nashville’s visual and fine arts scene is also making waves. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is housed in an exquisitely converted Art Deco post office which hosts roving exhibitions changing every couple of months. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art houses an extensive art gallery, while the city offers art crawls, studios and art galleries all around town. Be sure to check out Cheekwood’s Light exhibit, a stunning outdoor art installation using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber that have transformed the garden into an enchanting, dream-like landscape. The exhibit will run until November 10, 2013 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings until 11 p.m.

Fido, in Hillsboro Village

Fido, in Hillsboro Village

One of Nashville’s gems are its neighborhoods, so be sure to make time to get out and discover some great local restaurants, shops, music venues and more. Neighborhoods like Hillsboro Village, 12South, East Nashville and The Gulch each have their own personality, projecting the nature of the people who frequent them.

With its charming mix of musical, historical and cultural flavors, Nashville is truly a city for all seasons and styles. For more information on fall events in Nashville, visit: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/fallfun

Other Events include:

Nashville Beer Festival: Oct 5, 2013 from 1-6 p.m. at Public Square Park

First Saturday Art Crawl: Oct 5, 2013 from 5:30-8 p.m. downtown Nashville

Visit www.nowplayingnashville.com for a full list of events

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Thanks to Katherine Roberts with Visit Music City for guest blogging!