Thursday, August 27, 2009

Astral Glass Studio and Gallery, New Haven


An area attraction that I found very enjoyable was Astral Glass Studio in New Haven, MO. Just 15-20 minutes from Hermann, the glass studio is a unique artistry shop where you can watch glassblowers make a variety of glass objects, then take home your very own hand-blown souvenir. On Saturdays and Sundays, glass blowers Gary Rice, Nick Phillips and Lance Stroheker work in the glass-walled blowing room so that visitors can watch them make their glass art. Three rows of seating allows guests to sit and watch comfortably for as long as they wish. I stayed for over an hour, watching the artists at work and perusing the studio's shelves of glasswork for sale. Owners Gary and Judy Rice are very amicable people, and I shared an interesting conversation with them about the world of glassblowing. I asked a question about how they made a certain intricate-looking glass rose, and Gary responded by getting Nick to go in and make one especially for me. This was a really neat place to go, and a great place to pick up one of a kind gifts or souvenirs from your visit to Hermann and New Haven.


LOCATION:
133 Front St.
New Haven, MO

DIRECTIONS:
From Hermann, follow Hwy 100 East about 15 miles to New Haven. Stay on Hwy 100 through town until you get to Miller Street. Turn left onto Miller St. and follow until you cross the railroad tracks at Front Street. Since Front St. is one-way, go past it and take a left on Main Street, then a left on Olive Street, then a left onto Front St. Astral Glass is near the end of Front St.

PARKING:
Parking spaces along Front Street, Olive Street

HOURS OF OPERATION:



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Peggy and Terry Hammer
Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Winston Churchill Memorial & Library at Westminster College in Fulton

I thought it was well worth the hour drive to Fulton, MO to check out the Winston Churchill museum and memorial at Westminster College. Going through the entire thing took me a couple of hours; the museum is huge and full of interesting information about the life and leadership of Sir Winston Churchill. Here you can learn about English architecture, war, international relations, Churchill's political life and home life. I especially liked one of the last exhibits, "The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill," that let you read and hear some of Churchill's famous quotes and eloquent words of wisdom. There is also an exhibit about Churchill's Iron Curtain speech that he gave at Fulton with President Truman in 1969. Also on site are the reconstructed 12th century Church of St. Mary the Virgin that was relocated to Fulton, a length of the Berlin Wall, and a memorial statue of Churchill. This is, in my opinion, one of the best museums in Missouri and a must-see if you have the time to take it in.


WEBSITE:
http://www.churchillmemorial.org

LOCATION:
501 Westminster Ave
Fulton, MO

DIRECTIONS:
From Hermann, go north out of town on Hwy 19 about 16 miles and merge onto I-70 West. Continue west on I-70 about 26 miles then take Exit 148 US-54 toward Fulton. Turn left on US-54. Take a slight left at N Bluff St./US-54. Turn right at St. Louis Ave., then a slight left on Market Street. Turn right on E 4th St., then turn right on Westminster Ave.

PARKING:
Street parking on Westminster Avenue, Market Street

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Daily 10:00am-4:30pm


ADMISSION:
Adults: $6.00
Seniors AAA, AARP: $5.00
Youth (12-18): $4.00
College Students (ANY college): $4.00
Child (6-11): $3.00
Child (5 and under): free


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Peggy and Terry Hammer
Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Trailsides Bar & Grill

Across the Missouri River from Hermann is Trailsides Bar & Grill in the town of Rhineland. Trailsides sits in what used to be the center of town, but in the wake of the 1993 floods much of the town was moved to higher ground. Today, Trailsides is a typical small town hangout. I went there on a Friday night and had the all-you-can-eat catfish special, which was very good. I've heard the burgers are also good there. Arcade games and large beverage coolers line the walls. Since Rhineland is such a small town, Trailsides seemed like one of those places where you walk in and everyone knows your name. It was a good place to eat and at a reasonable price.


LOCATION:
Bluff St. (right alongside Hwy 94 in a strip of buildings)
Rhineland, MO

PARKING:
Large lot in front of building

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mon-Fri 6:30AM-?; Sat 8AM-?; Sun 8AM-2PM


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Peggy and Terry Hammer
Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts