The Front Door
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Once again, a very cool, historic weekend. This aufblasbare spiele kaufen time, we had a chance to visit the Missouri Governor’s mansion for the annual Halloween open house held there. Every other year, for the last six years, we’ve had something else going on the same day. But this year, we had the day free.


Storyteller “Frank James”
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Once inside the historic mansion (built in 1871), you see the first floor restored to what it was 135 years ago. custodia cover iphone Beautiful hardwood floors, historic paintings on the wall, and a magnificent grand stairway. Makes you wonder how hard Reconstruction was on Missouri. It’s a pretty grand building for such a tough economic period for the South (although many make the correct argument that Missouri didn’t really join the Confederacy during the Civil War.. but I digress). At the base of the Grand Stairway, stood the storyteller, Terry Ehrsam. He portrayed Frank James, the legendary outlaw. custodia cover samsung I thought the way he made sure none of us were bankers, railroad owners, or Pinkerton men before he told us his “name” was a nice touch. Made the character really come to life. He had a not too spooky story (I’m sure toned down for the kids) about a girl who died in the mansion and how sometimes people see her ghost in a third floor bedroom window. I sure glanced up that way once we were outside.


Red-Tailed Hawk
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Once outside the mansion, we met some raptors from The Raptor Rehabilitation Project at the University of Missouri. This one-year-old red-tailed hawk, Emma, cannot be returned to the wild because of her injuries. So, the good folks at the project take her, and on this day, an Eastern Screech Owl, out to educate people. Good educator. Really drew in the folks out on the mansion’s front lawn.


The Clydesdales
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On the more domestic side, the magnificent Budweiser Clydesdales made an appearance on the street just in front of the mansion. They are really cool! The workers hauled one of the horses out of his trailer, pulled out all the harnesses and a quite impressive collar, and proceeded to hitch the horse up. You would think it would take forever to hitch up all this tack, but it seemed to go on quite quickly and easily for the people who probably do this hundreds of times each year. Plus, for being a REALLY big horse, this beast seemed to be quite gentle. custodia cover iphone A visit to Grant’s Farm, where the Clydesdales live, showed us earlier this year just how much the horses are worked to get to this point. What was really cool was the imprint their huge horseshoes made on the pavement where they walked. The distinctive clop of the metal shoes might make just a scratch on the surface of the road, but I’m sure it made a permanent mark on many of the minds of the people who turned out to take in their majesty. iphone hoesje By the way, who is that group next to the driver?


Governor Blunt and Family
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Yep, that’s our very own Governor Matt Blunt, First Lady Melanie, and their young son, Branch. It’s nice to know that despite being in charge of the entire state government, he can still dress up in a kind of goofy costume and join the folks who have come to his home to enjoy Halloween. All the governors we have known in this state have been very down-to-earth. Carnahan, Holden, Blunt… they’ve all opened up their home to the public. I think it’s part of what makes this town so darn unique. custodia cover samsung It’s not uncommon to see current and former governors out at the store, the attorney general at the gym, or lawmakers at the ball game. Makes you at least feel more like they are just common folk…