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Jake Stanton Goes Home

Jake Stanton Goes Home by Dennis Gallemore (with art by Sophie McAdara) Writers Artists Night 2020 Home. That single word brought vivid images to his fevered mind, comforting scenes that had been with him since he was a child in the Missouri Ozarks. Rolling hills blanketed with an unending number of oak, hickory, and cedar…

I Walk These Hills and Wonder

I Walk These Hills and Wonder by Erin Fox (with art by Jenny Judlin) Writers Artists Night 2020 I walk these hills and wonder About the times that they have seen Times of sorrow Times of joy Times of life that once had been I walk these hills and wonder About those who walked them…

Springfield Bound

Springfield Bound by Edwin Woolsey (with art by Janelle Patterson) Writers Artists Night 2020 The train stopped at Mountain Grove and Seymour to exchange passengers before racing on to Springfield. Ivy was absolutely amazed. He had never dreamed of traveling this fast in his entire life. On some stretches, the cars were hurtling down the…

The Ozark Spooklights

The Ozark Spooklights by Margie Kay (with art by Curtis Copeland) StateoftheOzarks Writers Artists Night 2020 The state of Missouri has its share of anomalies – but the so-called Spooklights, which remain unexplained to this day, are perhaps the strangest phenomena of all. The Marley Woods is the name given to an undisclosed location in…

Revive Juice & Coffee Bar

Revive Juice & Coffee Bar We strive to provide Branson with a healthy eating place that provides smoothies and juices made with real ingredients with no added sugars or fillers. We also strive to educate the Branson area about what food can do for you and how it can heal your body. We want to…

Knife Making

Plate 1. Ozark knives against rabbit skins and oak leaves. State of the Ozarks Photo Archive. Knife Making by Joshua Heston Plate 2. Jehu Knife Detail, May 30, 2014. Like fire and ice, the beauty of a hand-crafted knife captivates the imagination. An age-old art, knife making hearkens of generations past. Knives are essential tools,…

The 37th Annual War Eagle Craft Fair

The 37th Annual War Eagle Craft Fair by Joshua Heston and Dale Grubaugh It all started with a heavy rain. The clouds rolled over the Ozark hills along with unseasonably cold temperatures. Plate 2. Downpours hit the high country of the Boston Mountains — the headwaters of the White River, the Kings River, and the…

Cushaw Pumpkins

Plate 1. Shmoo In The Cradle (Jonathan’s Pumpkin or White Cushaw), February 5, 2008. As a side note, this particular cushaw weighed in at 20.5 pounds. Now that’s prolific! — the editor Cushaw by Donny Heston Unsuspectingly, I took a packet of Jere Gettle’s white cushaw seeds and planted four hills, each a hoe-handle length…

Hillbilly Vegetable Fixin’s

Plate 1. Harvest cornucopia. October 11, 2008. Hillbilly Vegetable Fixin’s from How They Lived In The Ozarks by Chick Allen Chick Allen, fourth generation in the Ozarks — of Indian blood — was born in a log cabin on the James River. This is the story of the way the early Indians and white settlers…

Dried Fruit

Plate 1. Harvest-time maple leaves, Roark Mountain. October 5, 2008. Dried Fruit from How They Lived In The Ozarks by Chick Allen Chick Allen, fourth generation in the Ozarks — of Indian blood — was born in a log cabin on the James River. This is the story of the way the early Indians and…