Until Next Season…

Now that the Tigers have wrapped up their 2012 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!

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The Columbia Experience – Amazing Art

Just because you love football doesn’t mean you can’t love art, right? Right. And when you visit Columbia, plenty of can’t miss art experiences await you! Whether you enjoy taking in the works of historical artists or discovering new talent, Columbia has plenty of options for the art lover in you. Here are some highlights:

Museums

Those who appreciate the past are sure to enjoy these two great sites on the University of Missouri campus. Each place showcases an array of both permanent and rotating exhibits to explore during your visit.

Museum of Art & Archaeology

A sketch by Picasso at the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

The collection at the Museum of Art and Archaeology is comprehensive, containing objects from a wide range of cultures. The collection of Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern art works and artifacts is especially strong, and there are significant holdings from ancient Egypt and Byzantium. The Museum also has important holdings in European and American art from the fifteenth century to the present, including a Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of European paintings.

State Historical Society

The Society holds one of the largest collections of paintings by George Caleb Bingham, including, Order No. 11. The Thomas Hart Benton Collection contains the Year of Peril series, lithographs, and other works. Many other Missouri artists, both past and present, are well represented in the Society’s holdings.

The Society’s extensive editorial cartoon collection includes original drawings by Daniel Fitzpatrick, S. J. Ray, Bill Mauldin, Don Hesse, Tom Engelhardt, and others.

The Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries feature rotating exhibits, with selected paintings by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton on permanent display.

Galleries

Columbia Art League Gallery

Sherrie Kueckelhan ‘Canyon Blaze’ from the current exhibition.

The Columbia Art League Gallery is located on 9th Street and is adjoined to the historic Missouri Theatre. The CAL Gallery shows rotating exhibits throughout the year featuring local, regional and national artists. The current exhibit, ‘Give the Gift of Art’ is an annual showcase of Columbia’s wonderful, local artistic talent. CAL also offers classes, workshops and organizes the Art in the Park festival every spring.

George Caleb Bingham Gallery

From the current “Works on Paper” exhibit by Ronaldo Estevez Jordan

The George Caleb Bingham gallery finds its home in the Fine Arts building on the University of Missouri campus. Rotating exhibits showcase the amazing work of MU students, faculty and other honored guest artists. Stop in to see emerging artistic talent and the artists who inspire them.

PS: Gallery

Rural Structure 1 by Joel Sager

PS:Gallery is in the North Village Arts District in downtown Columbia and features rotating exhibits of local, regional and nation artists in all mediums. Their philosophy is that art should be inclusive not exclusive. Art shouldn’t be intimidating, but enjoyed by everyone. Come explore the gallery and let them teach you about the artists we carry and what makes them special. Whether browsing, buying or being inspired, all are welcome.

Take Home Some Art

Of course, the galleries above are outstanding places to buy beautiful art, but here are a few more stops where you can pick up something uniquely Columbia on your visit.

Poppy

Bluestem Missouri Crafts

Artlandish Gallery

Bryan-College Station, Texas Welcomes Tiger Fans!

HOWDY!  The Texas A&M Aggies welcome you to Bryan-College Station. We hope you feel right at home as you make your way into Aggieland. The Bryan-College Station area has much to offer, so here are a few tips to make your experience one of a kind.

Kyle Field. Home of the Texas A&M Aggies.

Game days are always exciting here in Bryan-College Station. Eager fans from both teams begin tailgating early in the day and can be found all around Kyle Field. The roar of 87,000 screaming fans in Kyle Field is something you won’t want to miss.

Though many see the University as the hub of Bryan-College Station, there are many things to do to keep the fun going before and after the football festivities.

While you’re in town learn more about Texas A&M and its traditions and history by visiting some of the places on campus such as the Bonfire Memorial, a dedication to the 12 Aggies who lost their lives in the tragic collapse of the 1999 Bonfire, the Appelt Aggieland Visitor Center, the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center, and the Lettermen’s Association Athletic Sports Museum.

The Dixie Chicken

After the game, fans frequently move the excitement and party to the Northgate Entertainment district where you must stop by the Dixie Chicken. The Dixie Chicken sells more beer per square foot than any other place in the United States.

Downtown Bryan is also bursting with live entertainment, shopping, food and more! Plus, it is just minutes from the central College Station area. With almost everything within walking distance, you can stroll the streets while enjoying the art galleries, night life, and striking scenery.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is another popular stop. Here you can walk through exhibits that chronicle George Bush’s life and presidency. This historic spot continuously makes the list of Texas’s 30 most visited attractions and is certainly a must-see while in the area.

For a relaxing night visit Messina Hof Winery and Resort the fastest growing, most awarded premium winery in Texas. Wine tasting, vineyard tours, and fine cuisine make this an unforgettable experience.

If you’re looking for great food you happen to be in luck; Bryan-College Station offers some of the best local food in Texas! No matter what you’re craving (fine dining, the family-owned atmosphere, or something one of a kind) we have it all.

Whether staying an extra night or just passing through, we hope you take advantage of all Bryan-College Station has to offer. Enjoy your stay!

For more game day details on parking, tailgating, hotel rooms, restaurants, and more go to www.visitaggieland.com/gameday

Tailgating and Traditions – One Game Left

This weekend, Mizzou will celebrate Senior Day during a 6:00 p.m. game against the Syracuse Orangemen. 18 seniors will be recognized during their final home game in black and gold. Saturday’s game will also serve as the Salute to America game, with the Army’s Golden Knights parachuting into Memorial Stadium at halftime. It also means we’ve come to our last Tailgate and Traditions post for the season. Shall we?

Tailgating

A night game in November is the perfect time to break out your famous chili recipe. Don’t have a famous chili recipe? Here are a few showstoppers sure to wow the crowd.

Aaron McCargo, Jr.’s Steak Fajita Chili

30 Minute Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili – allow us to personally vouch for the deliciousness of this one!

The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

Now you’re ready to whip up a batch of your favorite and fill the bowls of everyone at your tailgate!

Tradition

Saturday may be the annual Blackout Game (wear black!) but one tiger super fan is always in his black and gold. Who? Truman the Tiger, of course!

Photo by the Columbia Missourian

Now how did a tiger become the mascot of a Midwestern school? Here’s a little history, courtesy of the University of Missouri:

Soon after Missouri’s first football team was formed in 1890, the athleticcommittee adopted the nickname “Tiger” in official recognition of a groupof local Civil War militia called “The Missouri Tigers.” Their fightingspirit is now embodied in MU’s official mascot, “Truman the Tiger.”
Originally, MU had two tiger mascots, a male and a female, but neither had a specific identity. A contest to name the mascot was held in 1984.The winner, a student, submitted the name Truman (after Missouri-born President Harry S Truman).

Truman makes over 35 appearances a month throughout Missouri and you can read a little more about his life here.

This year, Truman is also in the running to win the Capital One Mascot Challenge. Each week, Truman is pitted against another mascot in a match-up to determine who will advance to the playoffs at the end of the season. Truman is currently 5th in the standings and the top 8 advance, so keep those votes coming!

Countdown to Gameday: Syracuse

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Syracuse Orangemen.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

-Want to take the shuttle to Memorial Stadium? Here’s how to make it happen:

-Make a stop at the Tiger Landing Tailgate on the Carnahan Quad! Make Tiger Landing your first stop before the game. This new game day tradition is hosted by your Mizzou Alumni Association beginning 3 hours prior to each home football game. Stop by the Reynolds Alumni Center and Carnahan Quadrangle each home game and enjoy the following activities:
• FREE admission

• Taste of Mizzou food and beverage concessions including Tiger brats, pulled meat, Shack burgers and Buck’s ice cream

• Mizzou gear available for purchase from the University Bookstore

• Kids’ Zone with inflatable games on the Carnahan Quad

• Big screens with games in Reynolds

• Botanical garden tours departing 2.5 and 1.5 hours prior to kickoff

• Campus tours departing 3 hours and 2 hours prior to kickoff

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Don’t miss out on these other great events while you’re in Columbia. The game is just the beginning!

Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents Thirst
Friday November 16th at 7:30 pm

Asher Roth at Mojo’s
Friday, November 16th at 9 pm

Don’t Mind Dying/Money for Guns/ The Hot Knights at The Bridge
Friday, November 16th at 8 pm

The Hipnecks + Man in the Ring at The Blue Note
Friday, November 16th at 9 pm

The Stone Sugar Shakedown at Mojo’s
Saturday, November 17th at 9:30 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!

The Columbia Experience – Clever Cuisine

Columbia is home to over 200 restaurants, so it’s no surprise if you haven’t been able to hit them all if you’ve visited before. During your next trip, consider hitting up some of these local favorites you may have missed!

Cafe Berlin

Located in a completely remodeled gas station on the edge of The District, Cafe Berlin serves up local, delicious breakfast (all day!) and lunch items with unique twists.

The Starving Artist: Half biscuit topped with roasted potatoes, sauteed greens, two eggs your way, & our vegetarian chipotle gravy. Not a bad start to the day!

Nearly everything, from the mushrooms to the coffee to the breads, are sourced from local farmers and producers, so your food is incredibly fresh. Both the breakfast and lunch selections come with fantastic homemade sides and coffee is served up in mismatched mugs that add to the charm of the small hangout.

Our recommendation? The Apples & Sausage is a sweet and spicy start to your day. And if you add a pancake, it’s breakfast bliss.

Main Squeeze

The mission at Main Squeeze is simple: Eat good food. One of Columbia’s only vegetarian restaurants started as a juice bar and evolved into a bustling restaurant offering salads, wraps, soups, desserts, smoothies and daily specials.

Tofu tacos anyone?

Main Squeeze also is a great stop for meeting friends, enjoying the local art on the walls and seeing owner Leigh Lockhart’s smiling face. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike can always find something to satisfy on the menu.

A menu tip: Always always always get a smoothie (we like the Berry Berry Good). And if you walk in and the special is the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito, get it. You’ll thank us later.

Teller’s

Teller’s may look like a super fancy spot when you walk by on Broadway, but inside the atmosphere is casual and intimate, with a menu to match. Appetizers are simple and delicious, while entrees include an option to build your own salad or you can dive into a beef tenderloin filet or bowl of pasta.

Art on the walls rotates often, making Teller’s Gallery and Bar a most appropriate name. They also have occasional musical performances in the dining room and the center of the restaurant is occupied by a large bar area, always busy during happy hour and throughout the evening.

Ready to order? The Coconut -Curried Braised Pork Wrap features melt in your mouth pork dressed with a cilantro-cucumber sauce. For a sweet finish, the Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce is a winner.

Bangkok Gardens

Have a taste for Thai? Hit up Bangkok Gardens. Open for over 10 years, Bangkok Gardens prepares fresh, authentic Thai food in a welcoming and warm setting.

A Thai tradition: Phat Thai.

The large menu features an array of traditional and unique Thai food. Once you’ve made your choice, you also get to pick your level of heat from 1 (Mild) to 5 (Volcanic), making your dish a custom treat.

Mouth watering? To start, order up some samosas, fried dumplings stuff with potatoes, peas, onions and curry. We also love the Peanut Sauce Phat Thai and the Demon Chicken (with loads of veggies and cashews).

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Now that we’ve made you sufficiently hungry, what’s your favorite place to dine in Columbia?

Knoxville, Tennessee – A City Filled with College Football Pride and Tradition

Welcome to beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee Tiger Fans! We are thrilled to have you join us for the University of Tennessee vs. Missouri game and hope you enjoy your weekend in our city. Tennessee Volunteer fans take football seriously and a Game Day in Knoxville is the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall weekend.

From tailgating with family and friends to participating in all of the pre-game activities, Missouri fans are sure to have a memorable Game Day experience.

When you arrive in Knoxville, some great stops for Game Day weekend include activities along the Tennessee River and throughout downtown. From outdoor activities to arts, history, and entertainment there’s plenty to do and see in our city.

Kick-off your visit with a trip to the Knoxville Visitor Center, located in downtown Knoxville.
Find a unique gift to remember your trip at the Uniquely Knoxville Gift Shop or grab
information from the visitor’s desk to help you explore the city.

Head one block over to explore the Market Square District, a central hub in downtown Knoxville filled with shops, restaurants, and nightlife options. Pick up locally made arts and crafts at the Market Square Farmers Market on Saturdays or stop in to one of the locally-owned boutiques. Grab a bite to eat at some of Knoxville’s favorite restaurants including the Tomato Head, Café 4 or the newly opened Tupelo Honey. Walk over to Gay Street and stop in to one of the many art galleries to see some of East Tennessee’s best artwork by local artists.

Savor a delicious meal from Knoxville favorite, Calhoun’s on the River. Order delicious
barbecue and grab a cold micro-brewed beer while taking in the sights of the Vol Navy on the Tennessee River.

Take in the Knoxville scenery along the Tennessee River aboard the Star of Knoxville Riverboat and the Volunteer Princess Luxury Yacht. Head down the river and experience life on the water as you encounter beautiful landscapes and fall foliage on two of Knoxville’s favorite boats.

Want to experience all of Knoxville’s outdoor adventures? Make your way to the Outdoor
Knoxville Adventure Center. Located at Volunteer Landing, this newly opened outdoor location features all the information you need to explore Knoxville’s parks, greenways and wilderness options. Rent a bike from River Sports Outfitters, located on the first floor of the center, and explore more than 65 miles of greenway loops and trails in the city.

University of Tennessee Game Day Traditions

Once you arrive on campus you will find yourself surrounded in a sea of orange. Thousands upon thousands of Tennessee Fans come from across the Southeast to participate in game day activities, arriving by car, plane and even boat! The University of Tennessee combines football and boating unlike any other location in the SEC Conference, with access to boating docks across the road from Neyland Stadium along the Tennessee River. Enjoy a sneak peak of a Knoxville Game Day here!

One tradition not to miss is the arrival of the Vol Navy. Directly across from Neyland Stadium, the Tennessee River fills with approximately 200 boats and forms a floating tailgate party on the river. Take a stroll through Volunteer Landing to see this game day tradition.

Tailgating starts early in Knoxville, with University of Tennessee and visiting team fans
heading to campus to enjoy all the game day activities. Choose the perfect location to set
up your tailgate, with options on campus, around Volunteer Landing, or in the Fort Sanders
neighborhood. Make sure to grab a spot early!

Many University of Tennessee fans will make their way towards Volunteer Village to take
part in activities enjoyable for both adults and children. Activities include live entertainment,
inflatables, and appearances by UT’s mascot Smokey, UT’s Dance Team, Cheerleaders, and the Pride of the Southland Marching Band.

Vol Walk at the University of Tennessee

Two hours before the game, fans can cheer on the University of Tennessee football team as they make their way to the stadium during the Vol Walk. The walk starts at Circle Park on campus and continues down Peyton Manning Pass before reaching the stadium.

After the Vol Walk, the Pride of the Southland Marching Band marches towards the stadium while performing some of the University’s signature songs. Once the band has made its way into Neyland Stadium, fans can stay and listen to the Kick-off Call In Show hosted by Bob Kesling, Tim Priest, and Mike Stowell.

Running through the ‘T’

Once you arrive at your seat, be prepared for a stadium filled with more than 100,000 cheering fans in a sea of orange. Get settled in your seat and watch the football team charge the field by running through the “T” formed by the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, a tradition since 1965.

Once the game begins, sit back and get ready for one of the best experiences in college football because “It’s Football Time in Tennessee!”

As you can see, there is nothing like a Game Day in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information about Knoxville visit http://www.knoxville.org and http://www.knoxville.org/sec.

The Columbia Experience – Fantastic Festivals

We think Columbia is a pretty festive place to be every day of the year. However, some weekends find Columbia hosting an honest to goodness festival, and they’re fantastic. You can find our full list here, but here’s a few weekends you absolutely, positively must come back for once the football season has wrapped up.

Art in the Park: First Full Weekend in June

If you love art and the outdoors, then do we have a festival for you! Art in the Park is mid-Missouri’s oldest and largest fine arts festival. In 2013, the festival will be June 1st and 2nd, so mark your calendars now.

With a setting at beautiful Stephens Lake Park and the early summer weather, Art in Park brings together artists across the country to display and sell their wares to casual and serious art fans alike. And it’s not just painting (though of course there are paintings), it’s coffee mugs, scarves, sculptures, woodworking and all sorts of other amazing products!

You can also take the little ones to enjoy the hands on activity area, where kids can create a masterpiece of their own. You can also explore Stephen’s Lake Park, which is set on a gorgeous lake with walking trails and playgrounds, and enjoy an array of local food vendors. It’s the perfect way to spend a day!

Inside Columbia’s Wine and Food Festival: Every May

Indulge in a week of extraordinary cuisine and wine throughout Columbia! The Inside Columbia Wine and Food Festival celebrates the burgeoning food and wine scene here in Columbia and throws a week of events for attendees to enjoy.

Attendees can choose from a variety of events throughout the week. Special wine dinners let you choose your favorite Columbia chef, who will prepare a multi-course meal paired with wines from around the world. Also be sure to get your tickets for the Sip and Stroll, which will get you great discounts at local boutiques and shops with snacks and wine as you go! The most popular event is the Grand Tasting, with over 400 wines available to taste. Your passport for the event gets you many wine samples and delicious bites from festival chefs. It’s a week of special events that will truly give you a taste of Columbia.

Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Celebration: Memorial Day Weekend

The 2013 Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Celebration will mark the 25th anniversary of this exciting and moving event. An airshow at the Columbia Regional Airport and parade in The District mark the highlights of the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, head down to the Columbia Regional Airport (taking the shuttle from the Hearnes Center is recommended) to take in an entire day of demo teams, flyovers and special events on the ground. Explore aircraft of all sizes and show your thanks to our active and retired troops.

On Monday morning, head down to Broadway and get your spot for the Memorial Day Parade. If you can, get near a corner so you can watch the parachute teams jump down on the parade route. After the parade, attend the Memorial Day ceremony at the Boone County Courthouse. This weekend is one to learn history, pay respects and spend time with family.

The True/False Film Festival: Last weekend in February/first weekend in March

When it comes to the True/False Film Festival, what we have to say could fill pages and pages. But we’ll spare you that and say: True/False is the essence of Columbia and it’s absolutely a must-attend for anyone who enjoys film and music. A must. 2013 will be the 10th anniversary of the festival, so organizers will be pulling out all the stops.

True/False has become world-renowned as one of best documentary film festivals in existence. Filmmakers, musicians and visitors come from around the globe to enjoy four days in The District and on the Mizzou campus celebrating films that sometimes blur the line between reality and fiction. If you’re still not convinced, here are just a few things that make this festival so unique…

-In order to have their film shown at True/False, a filmmaker (director, producer, etc.) and/or the subject of the film must attend with it. This means incredible Q&A sessions after every showing.

-Not only are all the filmmakers in attendance, there are absolutely no distribution deals done at True/False. That means the filmmakers get to relax and truly enjoy the festival-going experience. Maybe you can buy your favorite one a beer when you see them at a bar?

-This film festival is completely walkable. No really, the farthest venues are only six blocks apart! This convenience and small space makes the True/False footprint its own mini-city during the festival.

-You get a show with every film! As you enter the venues to find your seats, enjoy the sounds of a busking musician or band. Acts have ranged from a brass band from New Orleans to a street group from France, so you’re always sure to enjoy an amazing show before the lights go down.

There’s truly no end in describing what a True/False weekend is like in Columbia, so you should probably check it out for yourself. 2013 passes are already on sale!

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If this hasn’t put you in a festive mood, we don’t know what else will! Once the football jerseys have been hung up and the tailgating trailer gets put away, make sure you come back to Columbia for one of our fantastic festivals!