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Mom Prom in Buffalo, Mo for School Supply Drive March 6th, 2021

This is gunna be dope

Oh my gosh, ladies! I have a super rad event that you are going to want to be part of!!

On March 6th, Timber Line Barn (in Buffalo, MO) is hosting their first annual Mom Prom.

That’s right. A MOM PROM!!!!

To add to the fantasticness of it all, it’s also 90’s themed!

What fun-loving woman out there wouldn’t want the excuse to dress up and dance the night away (to 90s hits no-less) surrounded by her homeslice and other super cool females?

Not a mom?  That’s ok!  According to their event page “You do not have to be a Mom to attend this life changing event. Just bring the fun.”  Sorry fellas and babes, you do need to be a lady and 21 or older. 

The scoop

This ladies only event will take place at the beautiful Timber Line Barn. The venue is usually used for wedding events, but will be transformed into the 90s prom of your dreams for just one magical night.

Classy dinner table

Your $25 ticket to the Mom Prom will include a catered dinner, of course dancing, a cash bar, a silent auction, a photo booth, and more.

I’m totally stoked!!!

Do it for the kids

Not only will this be an absolutely fantastic night out with the girls, but you’ll also be giving to a great cause.

The money raised will be going to the Beau Fournier Fund benefiting the Buffalo MO School Supply Drive.

Beau’s mother started the School Supply Drive last year as a way to honor the memory of her son and the generous spirit that always shined through him.

Sponsors have gathered together to make Mom Prom possible and create an outlet for you to join in on the generosity.

Let’s bust a move

Dancing at party

Grab that 90s prom dress (or any formal you’d like), go buy tickets here. And hurry up, because they only have a limited number of tickets!

I’ll see you there on March 6th for a night we won’t soon forget.

Be there or be square.

Sculpture Walk Springfield – Discover 30+ Unique Creations FREE

Do you like art?  Do you like art that’s also free to enjoy?  How about art that’s free to view and available all year round and can be seen from the comfort of your car or on a leisurely stroll?

Yep. We’ve got that. It’s called Sculpture Walk Springfield.

The What?


portal #5 wooden sculpture

portal #5 wooden sculpture

Borbor steel sculpture

Borbor steel sculpture

Sculpture Walk Springfield is a collection of sculptures placed throughout Springfield that you can visit for FREE. Their website touts it as “A museum without walls”.  Doesn’t that sound magical?

To add to the magic, you can download an app (here) that will play recordings from the artist, telling you all about their sculpture, the inspiration that led to the creation, and more!

Some absolutely fantastic people teamed up with beautifully generous people (which you could be one of by clicking here) with the mission “to enhance the quality of life and to promote economic vitality through the artistic transformation of Springfield with outdoor sculpture.”  How cool is that?!

This magnificent project was first graced our streets in 2016 and is still going strong.

The sculptures, of which there are currently over 30, are rotated out for new ones periodically so there’s almost always something new to see.

Some sculptures are permanent. Other sculptures take the way of the McDonald’s McRib and will only be around for a limited time.

The Where

You can find the sculptures all throughout Springfield.

You can find a map of the current sculptures here.

The Sun Worshiper

The Sun Worshiper

They currently have seemed to congirate mostly in the center of Springfield with a few deciding to be rebels and place themselves scattered throughout the town, further away from the crowds.

So if you actually want to walk to view the Sculpture Walk Springfield, I would suggest heading downtown.  However, if you’d rather just view them from the cushy, air conditioned, comfort of your vehicle, the world is your oyster. Well, at least Springfield is your oyster.

The When

Sculptures are on display all year round.  The current collection will be available to view from now until Spring 2021.  

So get out there, get some sunshine, and get your art peepin on!





valentines in 417

9 Things To Do for Valentine’s Day in 417 Land

Love is in the air.  Or hopefully, it will be for you, by the time Feb 14th rolls around.  It’s a great time to show a little extra love to that special someone in your life.  Or, if you are rocking life solo, go ahead and show a little extra love to yourself, you beautiful soul, you!

I’ve gathered up a few ideas to make that time of love unique. Whether you’re married, single, or somewhere in between, 417 land has all kindsa fun to be had in the month of L O V E.

Date Night Pottery Wheel Mug Throwing

If you’re a product of the 80’s then I’m sure you too picture that famous scene from Ghost when you think of romantic pottery throwing.  I can currently hear Unchained Melody in my brain as I type about this pottery date night.

Anyway, if getting your hands dirty with your date sounds like a fun time, this one’s for you.

Art Zone in Nixa will be hosting this event. You and your boo will each get to create and glaze a piece of pottery on the wheel (and maybe even recreate that Ghost scene).

Feb 12th and 13th. Check out all the deets here.

Chocolate Walk

All my single ladies, all my single ladies. And men too. You can get in on this one and treat yo self! 

The adorable little town of Fair Grove is having a Chocolate Walk on Feb 13th.

Take a stroll down their historic Main St and sample your way through chocolate goodness that the shops and merchants will be spoiling you with.

All the info is here.

Couples Line Dancing – Learn to Two Step!

For those of you looking to work off all that chocolate you’ve consumed in the spirit of the holiday, get your boots on and get ready to show off your moves on the dance floor!

Western line dancers

True North Movement will be teaching you and your partner the two-step on VDay weekend.

The dancing won’t be starting until 8:15, so you’ll have plenty of time to wine and dine before heading over to the Marshfield Community Center to bust a move.

Mosey on over here for more info.

Heart of Ozark Gala 2021

If you’d like to spread the love even further, take your beloved out on a fabulous date that also benefits the Heart of the Ozarks.

On Feb 13th in Ozark, you’ll get the all star treatment with valet parking, red carpet photo entry, dining, dancing, and more.  And you’ll leave with a heart full of all the warm fuzzies from contributing to a great cause.

Historic River District has thought of every detail to make this Gala a night you won’t forget.

Read more about it here.

Valentine’s Dinner at Finley Farms

For the ultimate intimate dinner, make sure to reserve your ticket for Finley Farms Valentine Dinner.

Finley Farms is setting up just 11 tables per night (Feb 13th and 14th) to create a romantic setting in their restored 1930’s picturesque brick building.

You and yours will be treated to a four course dinner, live music, cocktails, and more.  You can also impress your date even more by adding on a bottle of wine or a floral bouquet.

Get more info and grab your tickets here.

Trivia Night: ValenSteins Day Edition

If the laid back scene is more your style, check out the trivia night at Frank ‘n’ Steins in Nixa.

Couples only for this event.  Make sure to bring your competitive spirit and maybe the nerdiest date you can find so you have a chance of winning that trivia.

In addition to the trivia, couples can shoot some pool (perfect opportunity to snuggle up to your date to teach them how to handle that pool stick), grab a few beers, eat some Valentines Day dinner specials, and much more.

Click here for their info.

Masquerade Valentine Party

Put a little mystery in your romance by going out to a masquerade!

The Venue at Stockton Lake will be hosting this event on their 25,000 acre oasis. Tickets include dinner, a character in the mystery (or help solve), a red rose, and chocolates.

There is limited seating, so go here now to book and get more details here.

Soulfire Marriage Conference

Even the most perfect marriage has room for improvement.  What’s more romantic than taking your betrothed on a weekend filled with ways to bring you closer?

This conference not only has all the tools to strengthen your marriage, it’s also finishes off the weekend with a retro prom!!!

The conference is two incredible days of speakers, worship, workshops, and finishes up on Saturday night with dinner and dancing.

Talk it over with your bride (or groom) and then get all the info/tickets here.

The Marriage of Your Dreams Conference

Another great event for the married peeps out there is happening over in Nixa.

Learn from marriage counselor, and best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp during Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Then, on Sunday night, put those newly learned skills into practice by taking your spouse on a date while the conference provides free childcare.

Secure your spot here.

And Much, Much, More

I’ve covered just a few of the Valentines happenings in 417 land.  Pick your fave, or find something else that suits you.  Most importantly, make sure to take advantage of the time and celebrate some love.

Wingapalooza 2020 is – Wingapalooza Crawl – Here’s the Details

Another one bites the dust.

The beloved Wingapalooza is yet another victim in the long line of canceled events this year.  But fear not my wing-loving friend.

The powers behind Wingapalooza have made a way for you to still enjoy cheap wings from all over the Springfield area in the form of Wingapalooza Crawl 2020!

Wingapalooza has been around for twenty glorious meat filled years.

So it’s a golden birthday? 20-years old in 2020?!?!?

Here’s everything you need to know about Wingapalooza and the 2020 Wingapalooza Crawl.

Let’s dive in.

What is Wingapalooza?

Just in case you’ve been living under a chickenless rock the past few decades, let me catch you up to speed.

The Wingapalooza event is held every year by Springfield Sertoma as a way to raise money for the youngins in this area.

One magical moment each year, Sertoma gathers together numerous wing servin restaurants to dole out said wings together in a single arena.

Here in this Eden, you can spend hours stuffing your face with poultry goodness all for just one ticket admission fee.

Every year, bone-in and boneless enthusiasts alike flock to this blessed event and stand shoulder to shoulder in sauced up bliss while raising money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield and other local youth organizations.

Unfortunately, the whole “shoulder to shoulder” thing is kinda frowned upon in our current environment….

That’s where Winga Crawl 2020 comes in to save the day!

WingaPalooza Crawl 2020

In the WingaPalooza Crawl 2020 you can still raise money for local kids, enjoy a taste of the wingness Springfield area has to offer, AND do so while avoiding touching other people!

The first thing you must do is:

  1. Obtain the Golden Ticket

Which in this case is just a cool Wingapalooza booklet.

Either get yourself to Hy-Vee or a participating Rapid Robert’s to buy the book.

Ooooor, if you really want to win the gold star of social distancing, you can buy the booklet, golden ticket here and they will mail your booklet to you!

What do you do next?

Once you have the booklet in hand you are free to roam the streets in search of your mouth’s next wing adventure.

Here’s how:

The Crawl

The participating restaurants will be doling out wings for this event from now until December 31st, 2020.

The booklet will contain a voucher that you give to a designated restaurant and in return they hand over delicious wings.

There’s a voucher for each of the EIGHTEEN participating restaurants and word on the street (or on Wingapalooza’s Facebook page) is that you’ll get four wings at each restaurant.

If I’m doing my math correctly, that means you get SEVENTY-TWO wings for the price of the Winga booklet!!!

Just Enough?

I know it’s not quite the same as being amongst fellow wing lovers, prancing from booth to booth, with piles of drums and flats to devour in one glorious day.

But hey, at least it’s something.

And I think it’s just enough to get us by until we all joyously reunite in the same room for Wingapalooza 2021.

turkey trot in springfield mo

Turkey Trot in Springfield is Still On! Here’s How…

Does running entice you?  Do you get a thrill from pounding pavement in the painfully cold mornings of late fall? Does the thought of helping a good cause while getting a free t-shirt bring a smile to your face?  Then the 26th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k might be for you!!!

Lace Up For The 26th Turkey Trot! 

Running Together- Virtually

Springfield is rockin out the Trot virtually this year.

After you’re all registered up, you can register by clicking here, then choose from one of the five routes listed on the official site and run (or if you don’t enjoy torture, walk) all of that 5K sometime during Thanksgiving weekend.

Next, just upload your run times and photos to by midnight on Sunday, November 29th to prove how amazing you are and maybe even win some prizes!

What to do Next

turkey trot participants

Even though there will not be a mass gathering for the actual run this year, there will be a chance to see other weirdos… ehem, I mean running enthusiast, at the packet pickup event on Wednesday, November 25th.

If you haven’t already registered online (here) you will have a chance to register on site at this event.

Part of your Trot registration fee will go towards Springfield-Greene County Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks.

While you’re picking up your packet, you can also help our world a little more by bringing along some food to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest who will be collecting donations there in one of their largest food drives of the year.

Run, 417, Run

Whether you’re running with a big group, joining a few family members on a route, or hitting the pavement alone, you are part of a great event benefiting 417 land!

So lace up, go run off those Thanksgiving feast calories, and then give yourself a well deserved pat on the back.