The Town Hall Restaurant will be hosting a special Valentine’s dinner menu in honor of the romantic holiday!
- Friday, Feb. 12, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Neil Salsich and Gerard Erker of Acoustics Anonymous LIVE on the stage from 4:00 pm –8:00 pm
- Sunday, Feb 14, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Flea Bitten Dawg LIVE on the stage from 3:oo pm – 7:00 pm
Reservations are required to enjoy the special Valentine’s dinner menu. Call the Restaurant at (636) 432-8724 for more information.
Overnight Packages are also available on Valentine’s weekend! To book your stay call Guest Services at (855) 778-7222. Also, take advantage of our “Romance Package” add-on*. For an additional $25, the “Romance Package” add-on includes a choice of a bottle of wine or 2nd Shift Beer Growler at check-in, and reservations for two at our Town Hall Restaurant with complimentary dessert with your meal. *Limited availability.
Congratulations on your engagement! Being an engaged couple is so much fun because it is all about celebrating one another and your love. Since the average couple is engaged a year or less, maximizing the fun is a must! With this in mind, here are some fun ways to celebrate your engagement.
Telling friends and family.
First, you must prioritize who you tell to ensure that hurt feelings don’t put a damper on your celebration. The proper order is:
- Children, if you have them
- Parents and immediate family
- Best friends
- Extended family and friends
- Social media
Coming up with creative way to share the news.
Instead of just telling the news to loved ones, share the news in a fun and unique way that also entertains.
- Cedar Creek couple, Aaron and Mollie, announced their engagement by calling their friends via FaceTime and then taking a screen shot of the reactions to be used during their wedding reception.
- Host a party with the engagement being a surprise announcement. The announcement can be made during a toast, as part of a game, placed in fortune cookies, or written on cakes/cupcakes/cookies as a sweet treat. The possibilities are endless!
- If you were lucky enough to have your engagement photographed or videoed, share the news with cute announcements that can be uploaded to youtube, emailed, posted, or mailed. You can make collages, timelines, or use other artistic mediums to personalize it!
Celebrating the news.
There are many ways to celebrate your engagement. Some of our favorites include:
- Recreate your first date or other memorable moment from your relationship
- Schedule an engagement photo shoot
- Plan a romantic getaway
- Host an engagement party to help future wedding guests to get to know one another
- Update your social media status
- Ask friends and family to be a part of your wedding party (ideas to be highlighted in our upcoming blog titled “Wedding Party Fun”
Your “happily ever after” is right around the corner. When you are ready to begin planning your big day, we are ready to assist in creating a magical experience for you, your family and your guests. Our extensive wedding packages cover everything you need and more! It includes a 4 hour reception, event space, buffet dinner, unlimited cocktails, beer, wine & non-alcoholic beverages, linens, tables & chairs, basic table setting, parking & overnight stay for the bride and groom. Prices start at $93.00 per person.
For more information, please click here
The following safety tips and advice came directly from the American Red Cross.
How to Prepare for a Flood
- You will likely hear weather forecasters use these terms when floods are predicted in your community:
- Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.
- Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
- You’ll be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items available – packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home
- Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Flashlight [Available on the Red Cross Store]
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
- Extra batteries
- First Aid kit [Available on the Red Cross Store]
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage
Responding Appropriately During a Flood
- Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
- Because standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more flood safety tips and information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at FloodSmart.gov.
Flood Recovery Tips
- Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
- Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
- Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
- Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
- If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
- If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
- Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
- Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
- During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
- Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
- Contact your local or state public health department to see if your water supply might be contaminated. You may need to boil or treat it before use. Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula!
Adults and children alike have worked hard all year to be extra good and earn a spot of Santa’s Nice List in hopes of receiving wonderful surprises in their stockings and presents under the Christmas tree, and now Christmas Eve is less than 10 days away! With excitement and wonder filling the hearts and minds of friends and family this holiday season, make preparing for Santa’s visit a part of your Christmas tradition with a few tips:
Make sure there are no tripping hazards on the floor
Make sure that toys, shoes, and other small items are picked up off the floor so Santa won’t trip. We don’t want Santa to get hurt and he doesn’t want to wake us up!
Hang your Christmas stockings
Santa loves stockings and fills them with lots of treats and small gifts. To ensure that your stocking doesn’t fall, please hang your stocking using command hooks or strings such as twine, thread, ribbon or clear fishing line. We don’t encourage nails as that leaves holes. Stockings also do not need to be hung from fireplaces. They can be hung anyplace sturdy enough to hold a couple of pounds- deck railings, bed posts, the back of kitchen chairs, etc. As a side note, don’t forget to hang a stocking for your pet! Santa loves your whole family!!!
Leave a snack for Santa
Cookies_and_milkSanta has a very busy night and needs to keep his energy up! Sort of the same reason moms tells us to eat our dinner. Anyways, Santa loves cookies and milk, but also eats a variety of other tasty treats depending on what part of the world he is visiting. For example, Denmark families leave a sweet rice pudding called Risengrod. Swedish families leave coffee. In Chile, families leave a ginger sponge cake sweetened with honey called pan de Pascua. An in England and Australia, families leave sherry wine and mince pie to keep him feeling warm.
Don’t be surprised if Santa only takes a bite of the goodies you left for him. He cannot possibly finish all the food and drinks left by each family across the world!
Leave a snack for Santa’s nine reindeer
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph love apples, carrots, celery, hay, and cookies (sugar, oatmeal or peanut butter cookies are preferred as chocolate gives reindeer terrible gas!)
Other Santa Questions
How does Santa fit in the chimney?
Simply put, Christmas magic. Christmas magic builds throughout the year from three The most magic comes from acts of kindness. The second is being selfless and grateful, and the third comes from the joy of giving.
What if you don’t have a chimney?
It has been estimated that 60% of homes in the US do NOT have a chimney so Santa uses the magical Christmas key to unlock any door. Rumor has it that Mrs. Claus and the elves prefer it when he uses the Christmas key because chimneys are rather dirty and Santa is rather portly.
How will Santa find us if we aren’t at our home?
Santa keeps track of each child year-round to determine whether he or she has been naughty or nice so it comes as no surprise that he knows where each child will be for Christmas.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, and we look forward to spending time with our family. Having said that, we would like to let our friends and supporters know that we will be CLOSED December 25- December 27.
FireFest 2015 will be held November 7th! This free, family-friendly event in Downtown New Haven has captivated crowds for more than five years with performances by fire dancers and technicians; the lighting of the House of Fire & Ice; and the releasing of flaming arrows across the Missouri River into the Burning Man.
FireFest 2015 will also feature a tribute to veterans (cannon firing hourly and re-enactors from the Civil War, World War I, and World War II), artists demonstrations (blacksmiths, glass blowers, Raku firing, candle making, wood carving, and more), children’s activities (storytelling, petting zoo, and more), live music, food, and a spirit garden. Pumpkins are also chunked with a trebuchet-pretty cool.
- Noon– Cannon Firing, Food and Beverage Vendors and Arts and Crafts Demonstrations Open
- 12:30 – Parade
- 1:00 Veterans Ceremony
- 1:30 – Babaloo Concert
- 2:00 – Firemen Demo
- 2:30 – Story Teller’s War Stories
- 3:00 – Trebuchet Pumpkin Chunking
- 3:30 – Babaloo Concert
- 5:00 – Trebuchet Pumpkin Chunking
- 6:00 – Fire Dancers Performance
- 6:30 – House of Fire and Ice
- 7:30 – Trebuchet Pumpkin Chunking
- 8:00 – Burning Man (if river levels allow)
- Vendors – Noon to Close
- Cannon firing hourly
- Artist Demos – Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, Pottery, Candle Making and Wood Carving
- Music – Thom Palazolla, Greg Krone & the Blue Gill Buddies, and Betty Crawford & Friends
- Children’s Activities – Face Painting and More – Babaloo Concerts
- Petting Zoo
For more information, please visit http://www.newhavenfirefest.com/
The 2015 New Haven Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held September 25th and 26th!
For more than 20 years the New Haven Hot Air Balloon Festival has been entertaining locals and out-of-towners alike! Featuring a variety of events, including a balloon glow, “hare and hound” balloon race, and parade, the New Haven Hot Air Balloon Festival has been named one of the top ten hot air balloon events in the country.
Balloon Glow Information
The Balloon Glow will begin Friday, Sept. 25, 6:30PM, at the New Haven City Park. It offers a breathtaking view of inflated balloons lighted by their burners so that they glow like huge light bulbs or Chinese lanterns. It is a spectacular display , and spectators are encouraged to get up close and walk around the balloons.
The Balloon Glow is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by RE/MAX Today.
The New Haven Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a parade will be held in conjunction with the Balloon Race on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1:00PM. The theme is “Hands Across the Sea” in recognition of our Sister-City partnership with Borgholzhausen, Germany. Entries are now being accepted!
Little Mr. and Miss New Haven Contest
Following the parade, there will be a Little Mr. and Miss New Haven contest for children ages 4-6. Entries are now being accepted!
“Hare and Hound” Balloon Race
The balloons begin inflating for launch between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting. The race begins when the lead “hare” balloon takes off ahead of the pack. Over 20 “hound” balloons then launch in pursuit. The “hound” balloon that drops its bean bag closest to the hare balloon’s landing site will be declared the winner.
The Balloon Race is free and open to the public. The Balloon Race is co-sponsored by Backes & Toelke Agri Products, Bank of Franklin County, Citizens Bank, Edward Jones of New Haven – Jim Stiles, Hair, Peoples Savings Bank, Quick’s Save-A-Lot, Robller Vineyard Winery, Larry Hanks Painting, Shear Connection Salon & Spa.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do the glow and race cost to watch?
Nothing! The New Haven Balloon Race and Glow are free and open to the public.
Am I allowed to bring pets?
Where will the balloons land?
Hot-air balloons follow the wind. We have no way of knowing which direction the balloons will travel until race day. Look at the forecast the day of the race to see which direction the winds are supposed to come from (and head towards).
Can I bring a cooler to the balloon glow and race?
Can I bring chairs to the balloon glow and race?
Are food and drink available?
Yes, limited food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Where should I park?
The Balloon Glow is held at the New Haven City Park and is a walk through event only — not a drive through event. Park Drive will be closed for both events and spectators are encouraged to park on Lion’s Drive or in the New Haven High School and Municipal Swimming Pool parking lots.
Information for this post provided by the New Haven Balloon Race Facebook page and http://www.newhavenballoonrace.com/
At the beginning of the summer, the Missouri Trucking Association came to Cedar Creek in an effort to build connections between the association’s different trucking companies.
“No one really knew one another, and we wanted the group to spend time getting to know one another both personally and professionally,” said Judy Stockton, Director of Business Operations & Meetings for the Missouri Trucking Association.
Since the primary goal of the retreat was building relationships and strengthening communication, Stockton contacted Jeni Grunzinger, Sales and Marketing Manager for Cedar Creek, to create an individualized retreat package that would help the group get to know one another in a fun and relaxing environment.
“Helping plan MTA’s retreat was a lot of fun,” said Grunzinger. “They took full advantage of the on-site activities, and scheduled a bonfire, 2nd Shift Brewing beer tasting, and a two-hour team building exercise led by one of our program coordinators on the low-ropes confidence course.”
Early afternoon the group gathered for the low-ropes confidence course. About an hour into the exercise, the group was talking and laughing, but more importantly they were working together to overcome obstacles and challenges.
“The Wall was one of their favorite parts because we told them ‘no’ and it motivated them,” said Stockton, who, when planning, took great care to ensure that the course was not too physically challenging for the group.
Originally designed as a resting point with waters and snacks, the group saw the Wall and asked if they could do it.
“We hesitated at first because the group had been on the course for a while already and it was quite hot,” said Grunzinger.
However, the group could not be deterred, and began to strategize how to get their entire team from one side of the 15 foot wall to the other.
“They did it!” exclaimed Stockton. “Overcoming an obstacle they thought was originally impossible was a great moment for the group.”
After the course, the group headed to the Western Town for their 2nd Shift Brewing tasting, which included five large samples and a pint before heading off to dinner and then the bonfire.
“We would definitely do it again! The group had a great time, and even expressed interest in getting their management teams out on the course,” said Stockton.
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Wedding favors are one of the dozens of things engaged couples should consider for their upcoming outdoor wedding. Although a relatively minor detail, an out-of-the-box wedding favor can set the tone for a fabulous weekend. Of course, some couples are more creative in this department than others.
Ideal wedding favors match the personality of the couple and can be enjoyed by guests. The best wedding favors also consider the location of the wedding and even the season. You wouldn’t want to give wedding guests hot chocolate mix in the middle of July. Instead, take a look at some of these creative favors for the summer nuptials. They’re inexpensive, fit the tone of the season and are sure to please guests.
Guests might lose interest in your wedding if it’s 100 degrees outside with 90 percent humidity. Consider having them cool off with a portable fan. They’re inexpensive and will come in handy during that five-minute break away from the dance floor. Or you can get creative and personalize some old-fashioned hand fans for your guests.
Many of your wedding guests have probably made an entire trip for your occasion, which means that during the summer, you can expect them to spend a lot of time outside. Provide them with a personalized bottle of sunscreen — you don’t want your guests grumbling about their sunburns on your special day.
The glare of the sun can be a distraction from all of those wedding toasts and other special moments. By providing sunglasses as a wedding favor, you can be certain that guests won’t have to miss a minute of any festivities.
Reusable Water Bottles
If you host your wedding at a resort such as Cedar Creek, there’s a good chance that some of your guests might want to explore the trails and other outdoor amenities. A reusable water bottle is a good way to encourage your partygoers to toast to your wedding while also ensuring they stay adequately hydrated.
Customized Playing Cards
“I already have too many playing cards at my house,” said no one ever. Anyone can use an extra set of playing cards, especially as they go on their summer vacations. Since you won’t have wedding photos yet, you could use different photos of you and your soon-to-be spouse on each of the cards. Of course, this wedding favor is perfect for any time of year.
Golf Balls and Tees
Before or after the wedding, your guests might want to enjoy a nice round of golf. Treat them with a set of complementary balls and tees. Although they’re available at the golf course, the gesture is what’s important here.
For the outdoorsy bunch, summertime often means camping and campfires. Provide your adventurous friends with a tasty treat as they embark on their summer journeys. Just make sure it’s something that won’t melt too quickly.
On a hot day, people often enjoy sitting outside with a refreshing beverage right at their side. Providing your guests with personalized coasters is a perfect way to have the memory of your big day live on long after the wedding itself.
It’s kind of like giving out hats, but it puts a summer spin on things. Plus, these gifts might come in handy at the wedding if your guests need to get rid of sun glare without messing up their hair.
Food & Drink Basket
Many people use some sort of food item for their wedding favors. But to get creative, make a summer-themed basket. Pina colada mix, lemonade mix and summer fruits such as mangoes, melons and peaches are all good things to include in your wedding favors.
Have any other good ideas for summer-themed wedding favors? Feel free to add them in the comments below.
It is not uncommon to find our property packed during the week with companies, not-for-profits, governmental agencies, and religious organizations all trying to strengthen office morale, empower employees, and streamline operations through Team Building activities.
Team Building comes in a variety of forms. From brainstorming sessions, roundtable discussions, and professional development seminars in our meeting and conference rooms, to “get-to-know-you” games and hands-on activities held both inside and outside, we welcome and support your plans and ideas to make your retreat a success.
Moreover, because we have become a popular venue for retreats, we now offer a variety of Team Building Activities led by one of our program coordinators, who will work with you in advance to discuss your group’s goals and objectives, and your current group dynamic to tailor a plan specifically for your team. Each experience is unique, but all are designed to encourage teamwork, taking overall performance to a new level.
Several of our most popular Team Building Activities include:
- Our Low Ropes Confidence Course – Designed to challenge team members in a series of planned exercises that encourage valuable skills like Leadership, Teamwork, Trust, Cooperation, Communication, Problem Solving, Overcoming Obstacles, and Supporting Others.
- Beer Tasting – Your group will experience the fine art of beer making and learn more about the raw ingredients used in the brewing process. Generous samples of at least 5 different beers will be tasted during this lively presentation. At the end participants will receive a pint of the beer they like the best! Snacks may be arranged per the Specialty Break and Hors D’oeuvres Menu.
- Western Town BBQ – Enjoy a chuck wagon style barbeque dinner in a unique vintage western setting. Complimentary cowboy hat and bandana for each guest.
- Wine Tasting Party – Guests will enjoy generous samples of fine wines. All are described by a wine expert as they are poured. Tasting sheets describing each wine will be provided to the guests for future reference. This is a great event for wine enthusiasts as well as beginners. Snacks may be arranged per the Specialty Break and Hors D’oeuvres Menu.
- Mystery Dinner – This comical and entertaining show has many themes available. Guests are encouraged to dress in theme attire and interact with the show.
- Campfire – Star filled skies, clean country air, and the warmth of a campfire is an excellent way to unwind after your meetings. Included in the set-up is building and lighting the fire, and all the makings for S’mores for your entire group.
- Historic Hermann, Missouri Day Excursion – Take a winery tour and visit historic Hermann Missouri. Transportation provided by coach bus or limousine to and from Cedar Creek.
- Golf – Our 9-Hole Par-3 Executive Course can be reserved for a friendly tournament or hole-sponsored contest.
Need help in the planning process? Download our Corporate Retreat Checklist, or contact Jennifer Buwalda, Manager of Meetings & Events, by calling 573.237.3672 ext. 510 or emailing email@example.com.
Cedar Creek’s Town Hall is a great venue for wedding parties looking for a small space filled with unique character and history. Located in the heart of the Western Town, the Town hall offers a beautiful countryside property to our ample amenities.
What’s more, the Town Hall offers unlimited opportunities for wedding parties, and has been used for cocktail hours, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. The Town Hall accommodates up to 80 guests.
Brides who have chosen the Town Hall have added their unique, personal touch to the beautiful countryside setting with stunning floral arrangements, fragrant candles, softly-lit lanterns, beautiful centerpieces, and more, so it came as no surprise when one of our recent weddings was featured as the COVER of the Weddings & Celebrations special section for Town & Style Magazine. Click here to view!
For wedding parties and their guests, Cedar Creek also offers several overnight accommodations, including the hotel-style Cedar Lodge and several private homes. For more information on our lodging, please click here.
Next, our talented team of chefs will create a delicious, high-quality, made-from-scratch menu that will leave your guests raving. Our exceptional catering team can also create an entire dessert buffet tailored to your specifications. To view sample menus, please click here.
In addition to our catering services you may choose from a couple of outside caterers we’ve partnered with that we feel have the same standards of quality & service that we do. We also welcome any licensed vendors that you choose to work for the other details of your wedding however we have a list of a few that we highly recommend. Click here for the list.
Guests who attend weddings and receptions at Cedar Creek also enjoy the welcoming environment and local diversions, including:
- Fishing – the lake is stocked with bass, catfish, crappie, and perch
- Golfing – Cedar Creek is home to a nine-hole, par-three, executive golf course
- Hiking – Cedar Creek’s Bluebird and Deer Run Trails encircle the property and offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
- Wine Tours – Located in the heart of Missouri’s robust wine country, the area offers ample vineyard and wineries for tastings and tours. A distillery, Pinckney Bend, also offers tastings and tours of local, handcraft spirits.
- Beer Tastings – We carry a wide selection of craft beers made by the finest brew masters in the region!
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For more information, please contact a wedding coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!