Virtual Holiday Ideas

This is the year to incorporate virtual options into the upcoming holidays. We are all disappointed that we cannot gather with our family and friends as we traditionally do. There comes a time that we just need to face the facts and do the right thing. That does not mean we cannot find a fun way to do it!

With a little bit of pre-planning and ingenuity you will be able to interact. Anyone with a computer, or phone can do these virtual activities to help connect with loved ones on Facetime, Skype, or Zoom. Here are just a few virtual ideas:

Dress it up: Hold a virtual ugly sweater, craziest hat, or fun PJ contest. 

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Schedule a cookie making session: Set up cameras in the kitchen as you bake and chat. Have each participant package up a goodie box for a cookie exchange. Or share your goodies by leaving a cookie care package with the neighbors down the street.

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Play a game: Virtually adjust games such as Bingo, Charades, Trivia, Card games, or Draw and Guess. The possibilities are endless. There are a ton of websites offering ideas, random game generators and hints on how to change things up for a virtual experience.

Movies: Some families have the tradition of watching a particular movie.  Set a time to sit down and watch it together virtually.  If you have Netflix, Teleparty is an app which allows you to schedule a time and invite others to join in.

Virtual crafting: Create your own craft class by finding a fun craft idea on Pinterest. Let everyone know what supplies are needed and set a date and time. Spice it up as a “paint and sip” where everyone enjoys hot apple cider with the kiddos, or for adult only crafting – mulled wine.

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Talent show: Everyone has a gift!  It can be serious, or funny.  Show off your personal talent whether it is singing, dancing or an unusual ability. Kids, adults and even the family pet can be involved! 

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Virtual meal sharing: Connect with family virtually and set them at the family table. If family is close by, make your favorite dishes, meet briefly for a “dish-swap”, then connect virtually to enjoy your traditional family dishes. Long-distance families can share your “secret family recipe.”

Virtual anything: The sky is really the limit on what you can do virtually.  Connect and sing Christmas carols, show off your decorated trees for a “best” and “worst” in show.  You can even still hold your gift exchange.

Set a goal to come together when the time is right. Start discussing the possibility of a future family reunion or Christmas in July. Taking precautions this holiday season lowers the risk of COVID-19 impacting your loved ones.  

There are a ton of ideas on the internet. Do some research and make the best of this holiday season.

Restaurants Open New Year’s Day (2021)

The following restaurants are open on New Year’s Day. Call ahead to reserve your table, or order ahead to carry out.

Cantina Bravo Mexican Grill
332 Marshall Drive
Suite J
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-3390

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
143 Replacement Avenue
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
207-874-7483

Hoppers Pub
318 Historic 66 East
Waynesville, MO 65583
573-774-0135

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse
240 Marshall Drive
Suite 8
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-5036

Lucky House Chinese Restaurant
119 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-2313

Ocean Buffet
225 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-451-2178

Panera Bread
138 Old Route 66
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-4488

Route 66 Diner
126 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-8989

Route 66 Taco Company
946 Missouri Avenue
Suite 1
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-232-1399

Ruby Tuesday
135 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-5140

Waffle House
321 Highway Z
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-4331

Wagon Wheel Restaurant (Crocker)
13165 Highway 17
Crocker, MO 65452
573-433-5755

Wagon Wheel Restaurant (Dixon)
303 West 2nd Street
Dixon, MO 65459
573-759-2192

Wagon Wheel Richland
103 North Pine Street
Richland, MO 65556
573-765-2760

Westwood Café
27050 South Highway 133
Richland, MO 65556
573-765-3831


Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day (2020)

The following restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day. Call ahead to reserve your table, or order ahead to carry out.

B & B Patriot Grill
1200 GW Lane Street
Waynesville, MO 65583
573-774-6533

Cancun Mexican Grill
690 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-8585

Cracker Barrel Restaurant
128 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-7273

Dr. Phil’s Catfish & Ribs
151 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65583
573-336-0184

The Hub Restaurant & Lounge
777 VFW Road
Saint Robert
573-336-9990

Ichiban Japanese Grill
240 Marshall Drive
Suite 8
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-5036

Route 66 Diner
126 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-8989

Ruby Tuesday
135 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-5140

Waffle House
321 Highway Z
Saint Robert, MO 65584
573-336-4331

Westwood Café
27050 South Highway 133
Richland, MO 65556
573-765-3831

28 Shots Bar & Grill
13850 Highway 28
Dixon, MO
573-917-4280

Price Cutter
220 Ichord Ave.
Waynesville, MO 65583
Will be open 10 AM-10 PM for your shopping needs.

Have a safe and joyous holiday!

Pulaski County Missouri Name-Drops Route 66 in #DoTheFive Video Campaign

Saint Robert, MO- November 11, 2020

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau released a #DoTheFive video campaign late last week. The humorous 1:51 video features cameos by well-known Pulaski County personalities.

Although the video will make you laugh, the message is serious. It briefly details five things that can be easily done to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Louie Keen, the larger-than-life “Mayor of Uranus” is the owner of Uranus Fudge Factory near Saint Robert. Along with his sidekick Tiffany Baker, the pair is seen with the world-famous Hooker Cut landmark as the backdrop. Pulaski County features 33 miles of Route 66 for travelers to explore.

Darrell Todd Maurina, the county’s most recognizable workaholic was a shoo-in for the fishing scene. Seeing the Pulaski County Daily News editor in a relaxing setting might be more shocking to some viewers than Keen’s over-the-top sense of humor.

This is the second video that Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has released featuring Springfield, Missouri comedian Jeff Houghton. Former Waynesville City Clerk Carol Welch, who appeared as rapper L.L. Cool Grey in the first video returned for a second cameo in this production.

Beth Wiles, Executive Director, said “We wanted to deliver a chuckle to the folks who gave two minutes of their time to watch our video. The message is serious though.” Wiles strongly encourages those who choose to travel during the pandemic to #DoTheFive so we can all #TravelConfidently. She added “when you are ready for a relaxing vacation in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains choose Pulaski County. There’s more than you thought!”