Summer is edging closer, so it's time to get out with family, friends and loved ones while enjoying the fresh air and indulging in arts, culture and what makes Mid-Missouri so special. The News Tribune staff will highlight some of unique and interesting finds in events, festivals, theatrical, fine arts or culture experiences happening in Mid-Missouri. To discover more events not listed, check out the "Go!" Events calendar at www.newstribune.com/go.
The Capital City offers a variety of ways to pamper moms on Mother's Day, and this weekend three different events allow children to find the right gift for mom or explore fun experiences with their mother.
MO Swag and JeffCityBlog.com will host a Mother's Day Vendor Showcase from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, at 619A E. Capitol Ave. About a dozen artists will be at the MO Swag local retail store to meet attendees, talk about their products and demonstrate their crafts. Confirmed vendors include alcohol ink painter Holly Grantham, furniture reclamation artist Shelly Hittner, Midwest Publisher of The New Territory Tina Casagrand, wood crafter Christy Dechant, cute clip maker Cassie Huckabay and author Stacey Cowan. Each attendee will receive a gift, including a flower and complimentary Mother's Day mimosa or juice.
For more information, contact JeffCityBlog.com co-founder Sarah Bohl at 573-291-4666.
More than 75 businesses showcasing products specializing in moms will gather for the Treat Your Mother Craft and Vendor Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. For more information, visit the Facebook events page titled "Treat Your Mother Craft and Vendor Fair."
Children can enjoy an activity with mom to celebrate her big day at Mom and Me at 11 a.m. Saturday at Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams St. Participants will build a LEGO town, craft a cool wire and bead photo holder, and finish it off with a personalized Mother's Day card design. Light snacks will be provided.
For more information, contact the library at 573-634-2464 or visit mrrl.org.
Missouri Children's Theatre tours the country presenting weeklong children's theatre camps. The children audition and learn about performance art from skilled young actors, take roles, learn lines, help backstage and much more to produce a production they perform twice to the community.
As part of the University Concert Series, Missoula Children's Theatre will present "The Frog Prince" at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Auditorium on the University of Missouri Campus in Columbia. "The Frog Prince" follows a lonely frog that retrieves a ball from Princess Prim in exchange for friendship. The spoiled princess doesn't want to live up to her part of the bargain and puts her knights on alert, but the Prince realizes friendship are made, not bought, according to the University Concert Series website.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For more information or to buy tickets, visit concertseries.missouri.edu.
If you are taking mom for a girls getaway to Hermann this weekend, the Showboat Community Theatre invites guests to a special production, "The Mother's Day Show," at 7 p.m. Saturday at its historic theater, 112 East 4th St. in Hermann.
Area talents will perform in this music-themed show directed by Patrick Dell and will help raise funds for Showboat Community Theatre, which is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of performance, cinematographic and visual arts.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors 65 and older.
For more information, visit showboattheatre.org.
Lake of the Ozarks
The Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark will be filled 6-11 p.m. Friday with a variety of classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles, lining the Strip and allowing guests to cruise by.
This is Hot Summer Nights, and it has become one of the most popular free summertime events for car enthusiasts and families. Admission is free and so is participation for those wanting to show off their ride.
Families can enjoy a variety of music, live entertainment, games and activities such as pirates, clowns, artists, a DJ and much more.
The event is typically held the second Friday, May through September, on the Bagnell Dam Strip, or Bagnell Dam Boulevard.