1. WinterHere are four more cities in the U.S. that have interesting things to do this winter weekend and they are sure to please the whole family. So if you are nearby in Missouri, Kansas, Arizona or Virginia, take a look and see if these winter jaunts might help perk you up this winter.


Columbia, MO
Russian String Orchestra at the Missouri Theater – Columbia, MO

2. Russian String OrchestraFounded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is their highly acclaimed CDs or mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

About half of nearly 2,000 concerts the orchestra has performed to date have taken place in Moscow, the rest were played on tours in 24 countries in Europe, North and South America and the Far East. The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics’ Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics’ Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong. Over 20 of the compositions in the Orchestra’s repertoire were written especially for the orchestra by composers from Russia, Europe and the USA.

3. Russian String OrchestraThe signature quality of the orchestra is the depth and variety of its repertoire, from early baroque to compositions written on commission from Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. The orchestra prides itself on offering interesting and often unique programs not only for its home audience, but on tour as well.

4. Missouri TheatreDate: February 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Missouri Theatre
Address: 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65211
Tickets: $30 – $40, Ticketmaster
Website: University Concert Series
Phone: 573.882.3781

5. City Arts - WichitaWichita, KS
“The Last Generation” Art Exhibit – Wichita, KS

“All my art explores the simple notion that we are just here and now on a planet that is in trouble,” artist Richard Davies said. He explains that his art will not fix any problem on our planet, but hopes the viewer will learn how to be here and now instead of tied up in a flurry of theory wars. Richard attended Wichita State University and has had subsequent gallery exhibitions at Wichita Art Museum, Diver Studio, The Jones Gallery and Autumn and Art.

6. Tools-Oil-on-Board-richard daviesCityArts houses an exhibition gallery, as well as a gift boutique featuring works by local and regional artists. Youth and adult art classes are also available, including the new digital arts studio.

Dates: January 27 – February 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday
Location: CityArts, Wichita
Address: 334 N. Mead Street, Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316.350.3245
Website: CityArts

7. Scottsdale Arabian Horse ShowScottsdale, AZ
62nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show – Scottsdale, AZ

Since 1955, the Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. The first show was held at the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, which was a beautiful setting for a horse show. After the show’s beginning at the Arizona Biltmore, Ann McCormick bought 150 acres in Scottsdale and made it into the horse facility known as Paradise Park.

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has been a first-class show from the very beginning. Taking place at WestWorld in Scottsdale, the show has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400, bringing in some of the top owners, trainers, and breeders from all around the world competing for a chance at winning. A win at Scottsdale can mean big money in the breeding barns.

8. SAHS winnerThe 2017 event marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and you don’t want to miss out on the quality competitors, high energy and excitement at this event.

Dates: February 16 – 26, 2017
Location: WestWorld of Scottsdale
Address: 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Admission: $10/day
Website and Tickets: Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Phone: 480.515.1500

9. Wolf-to-Woof-logoNewport News, VA
“Wolf To Woof: The Story of Dogs” – Newport News, VA

“Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs” is the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on the history, biology and evolution of dogs. It uses the familiarity and love of these four-legged friends to explore science and biological concepts. Through multimedia displays, dioramas and interactive stations visitors can learn about the different types of dogs, how they are related to wolves, how they have helped humans and what we can do to help them.

Recent fossil and genetic evidence has confirmed that all modern day dogs are the descendants of wolves. Ancient clues from cave paintings and burial sites reveal that dogs and people have lived together for thousands of years. Over this time humans have transformed, through selective breeding, the wild canids into the first domesticated animal: the tamable, the trainable, the incredibly diverse dog. No other single species in the animal kingdom has their variety of shapes and sizes and their abilities as hunters, herders, guards, and companions have made them truly our “best friends.”

10. Story of DogsThe exhibit has four themed sections including multi-media displays, artifacts, photomurals, and dioramas of taxidermied wild canines and sculpted modern dog breeds. Additionally, interactive, hands-on components demonstrate key exhibit concepts. Enter a “howling area” and guess what dogs are saying, test your nose against a dog’s great sense of smell, and climb into an avalanche scene to see what it’s like to be saved by a search-and-rescue dog.

11. Virginia Living MuseumDates: January 14 – May 14, 2017
Location: Virginia Living Museum
Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
Hours: Open Daily 9AM until 5 PM
Tickets: $15 – $20 daily tickets
Website: The Virginia Living Museum
Phone: 757.595.1900

To find more information about our featured cities and what else is going on in the next few weeks, click on the city listed below and start making some plans for a wonderful winter jaunt of your own!

Columbia, MO
Wichita, KS
Scottsdale AZ
Newport News, VA


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