Rural Missouri - March 2014 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 10 Departments 4 5 Thee Abbey Kitchen 10 Where food, faith and family combine 17 Columns Hart to heart Van Gogh of guns Renowned gun engraver Jim Downing etches beauty into metal 14 Comments National and statewide news 14 Out of the Way Eats Thee Abbey Kitchen 26 Hearth and Home The versatile chicken Got to garden Gardens can be quite contrary. So we asked Mary how her garden grows 22 32 Outdoors Majestic Mill Creek Second chance singers 34 Around Missouri Missouri happenings Inmates give testimony, sing in community 30 22 36 Marketplace Classified ads 40 Neighbors Praying twice The White Rose Unique bed-and-breakfast, restaurant and winery brings a bit of Ireland to Carthage 40 42 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy Praying twice For 65 years, Arline Mueller rarely missed a service as the organist at St. John's Church 40 About our cover R oute 66 takes travelers past many roadside attractions as it winds its way through Missouri. But one of the most unique has to be the World's Largest Rocking Chair shown on our cover, which towers over the Fanning Route 66 Outpost near Cuba. Since it was designed in 2008 by John Bland and Joe Medwick, the colossal chair has become one of the Mother Road's most unusual curiosities. It stands 42 feet, 1 inch tall and is 20 feet, 3 inches wide. On Sept. 4, 2008, it was certified as a Guinness World Record holder. The record rocker is the finish line for a 4-mile "Race to the Rocker" run hosted by Joggers of God, In Cuba. Proceeds from the race benefit local charities. In 2013, the race raised more than $20,000. This year's race is set for March 22. Besides the giant rocking chair, Fanning Route 66 Outpost sells archery equipment, Route 66 souvenirs and snacks. Cover and photo at left by Jim McCarty On Aug. 7, guests can pose for a picture while sitting on the rocker. The rest of the year, the seat is off limits. No visit to the World's Largest Rocking Chair would be complete without visiting Cuba, nicknamed the Route 66 Mural City. Cuba's 12 murals, such as the one shown at left, feature Civil War history, visits from aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and movie star Bette Davis, to name just a few. The town of 3,400 is home to the Crawford County Historical Society Museum, fine dining and interesting places to stay, such as the landmark Wagon Wheel Motel. It also has one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters, the 19 Drive-In, which first opened in 1954. You can find more information about Cuba - including links to the murals, the World's Largest Rocking chair and the Race to the Rocker - at To schedule a tour of the murals, call 573-885-2627. To order prints of the cover, see page 35. MARCH 2014 3

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