Tour of Missouri — Columbia stage

Click here for a slideshow of Stage 4 of the Tour of Missouri, which started in Lebanon, Mo., and ended in Columbia on Friday.

Colorful Skies

The loud sounds from the burners did not keep spectators away from the weekend’s Columbia Balloon Invitational.

The Comforts of Home

Many members of Columbia’s Korean community find comfort at the community of Korean Baptist Church. Deacon H.T. Lee explains the church’s family atmosphere.

Mitra's new home

Watch and listen to a slideshow of Ranadhir Mitra, who left India and moved to Columbia to pursue his graduate studies in extension education and environmental physiology at MU. He has lived here ever since.

Watch Ironweed perform

Jane Accurso talks about the latest members of Ironweed, and their travel plans for China as they play music in the background.

The beauty of the Missouri River

Brett Dufur talks about the beauty of the Missouri River. A full-time book publisher and part-time river guide, Dufur is about to take 26 high school students from the St. Louis area on a canoe trip. For most of these students, this is their first time paddling a canoe.

Drum Corps Interational

Watch a slideshow of the Drum Corps International competition at Faurot Field on Sunday.

Hallsville square dance

The sights and sounds of traditional music and square dancing from the Hallsville Square Dances.

Kim Falter talks about Hooligans bar

View a slideshow of patrons at the Ashland bar Hooligans. Though it is 6 months old, Hooligans bar has a loyal fan base. Voice of Kim Falter

Two parties in one

Watch the scenes and sounds from David and Suzanne Van Sickles' neighborhood birthday party.

Fireworks with the pyro crew

Watch and listen as the fireworks masters set up the Fourth of July show, photographed from behind Hearnes Center.

Celtic Class

In a fluorescent-lit, poorly air-conditioned room inside the Unity Center in Columbia, 12 brown folding chairs are arranged in a circle. Capturing the sounds, audio recorders, ranging from Sony digitals to old-fashioned tape players, are placed randomly on the blue and gray carpeted floor. Four students, each double the instructor, Brian Hart’s, age, take their seats and play their tin-whistles. After a few minutes the music stops and Hart takes a deep breath. He then looks at his eager students.

Growing with music

Brenda Haynes began offering Kindermusik classes several years ago when she learned none existed in Columbia. Kindermusik began in West Germany in the 1980s and is based on the theory that children gain more self-control when exposed to music at early ages.

Shire of Amlesmore

Shire of Amlesmore, a part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, has meetings every Sunday. Missourian photojournalist Aaron Rosenblatt visited one of their May meetings, in Hallsville, Mo.

Honoring our veterans

Hundreds lined Broadway on Monday to honor veterans and those serving in the military at the Memorial Day parade. The event capped off the Salute to Veterans weekend.

Heart of Missouri Chorus

The Heart of Missouri Chorus is more like a sisterhood than an ensemble. The group's devotion to each other and to the music has been rewarded with strong bonds and top regional honors.

Bad Bridges of Boone County

Across the county, 71 bridges are considered “functionally obsolete” by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Click to see an interactive map of the bridges.

Heart of Missouri Chorus

The Heart of Missouri Chorus is a 28- member a capella swing chorus that performs at competitions, local festivals, and annual shows.

The chorus falls under the umbrella organization of Sweet Adeline International. Watch and listen to members sing and move to a variety of music.

Spring shear

Michael Banks, of New Zealand, talks about his job as a traveling alpaca shearer. Catherine Stickann, owner of the Sycamore Creek Farm in Rocheport, explains what happens on shearing day, which occurs only once a year in the spring.

Caring for Maria

Mary Newby, of Hallsville, is one of about 20 million Americans who take care of an elderly parent at home. Her mother, Maria Yaninas, has been living with her and her husband for the past ten years.
During the day, 84 year-old Yaninas reminisces about her youth in Poland, cleans the house and wanders all over Hallsville.