With 3 rivers, local shops, performing arts theater, art gallery, historic murals & more, communities boast lots to see & do
April 21, 2017
This summer, area towns and cities in the Show-Me-State are planning festivities and viewing parties on Aug. 21, the date of the total eclipse of the sun. Being dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” Missouri is said to be one of the best places in the country to see the total eclipse when the moon gets between Earth and the sun.
Among those small towns are Cuba and Steelville, nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Along with other communities in Crawford County, they are planning a three-day celebration beginning Aug. 18 surrounding the eclipse with live music and special events.
In addition to the eclipse festivities, come down Interstate 44 to Cuba and Steelville for some of the best floating in the state and take advantage of each communities’ unique attractions.
Situated along the Meramec River, art meets history in Cuba, 80 miles southwest of St. Louis. The town, dubbed “the Route 66 Mural City,” boasts 12 colorful, outdoor murals. Each mural tells a story and depicts scenes from local and national history, including visits from Harry S. Truman, Amelia Earhart and Bette Davis.
The area also touts a history museum, a veterans memorial and the huge Route 66 Red Rocker. Shoppers can find unique items at resale, art and gift shops and antique malls plus dining at area restaurants.
Cuba will continue the century-old tradition when it hosts the annual Crawford County Fair July 11-15. One of the county’s largest events, it features big name entertainment, carnival rides and truck and tractor pulls. The fair continues traditions such as the parade down Route 66, the queen pageant and the famous fish sandwiches.
Steelville is known as the “Floating Capital of Missouri.” Three spring-fed-rivers, the Meramec, Huzzah and Courtois, provide floating, rafting and camping and fishing recreation for thousands of tourists each year.
Stop by Steelville for a step back in time, discover its quaint shopping treasures and relax at a bed and breakfast, a modern hotel or outdoor lodging.
Thanks to the Steelville Arts Council, the town is looking to become an arts destination for central Missouri.
In 2013, the arts council purchased the Meramec Music Theatre, which features the best in country music and golden oldies, as well as many special performances throughout the year. Performances are held in a 600-seat theater. This year’s lineup includes the Oak Ridge Boys, Butch Wax and the Hollywoods, the Bellamy Brothers and many others. For a schedule or to purchase tickets, visit www.meramecmusictheatre.com.
On Main Street, regional and national artists showcase and sell their works at Gallery Zeke, an upscale art gallery and meeting space. Events include exhibits, music, woodcarvers, potters and quilters.
On June 5-10, the Steelville Plein Air Festival will offer…