The Riverside Short Film and Video Festival (RSFVF) encourages local Missouri independent production companies, student groups & hobbyists to create & submit short films. Then to bring creators together to network and form new groups for more projects.
This year’s festival will be held in downtown New Haven at the Historic Walt Theater. The RSFVF’s film committee selected some of the best short films received from out of over 150 submissions. They include films in every genre and from around the globe. RSFVF even has an Oscar Nominee!
For more information, please visit http://www.rsfvfestival.com/
Welcome to the 36th annual Hermann Wurstfest sponsored by the Hermann Chamber of Commerce! Held each year the fourth weekend of March, Wurstfest has become one of Hermann’s best-loved festivals, as well as a prestigious showcase for sausage makers from around the state.
Saturday, March 19
Gourmet Sausage for Sampling & Purchase
9:00 to 5:00 • Stone Hill Winery Sherry House and Hermannhof Hofgarten
$8 admission fee (12 and older)
Wurst Competition & Display
10:00 to 5:00 • Hermann Mill
Noon to 4:00
Marilyn Loehnig at Stone Hill Winery
Ginny Hall & Glenda Townsend at the Hofgarten
1:00 • Stone Hill Winery
Stone Hill Winery and Hofgarten
Bratwurst Sandwiches mit Kraut & More
Stone Hill Winery & Hermann Mill
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.
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/
Cedar Creek is located in the rolling hills of Missouri’s wine country. There are no city lights, just endless sky, which means that guests have an unobstructed view to watch the earth awaken and change throughout the day. Some of our favorite moments are watching the morning fog lift and the dew dissolve over a cup of hot coffee, quietly observing as one of nature’s storms roll in, and even relaxing at the end of day as the sun sets on the horizon. However, the most beautiful time at Cedar Creek is the night. First you will see the planets appear (they shine), followed by the Western Star, then millions of tiny stars (they twinkle) consume the sky. The amount of stars you see in an open country setting is more than double what you would see in the city on a clear night, and we don’t have the words to describe the feelings and emotions you will experience in that moment- it truly is breathtaking, magical and inspiring, and we urge you to come out and experience at night at Cedar Creek for yourself. Having said that, as we near the end of 2014 and prepare for 2015, Mother Nature has some amazing plans for the night. The most recent will be the Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8, and the Draconid meteor shower on October 8
The Total Lunar Eclipse on Oct 8 is the second in a tetrad, a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 – 2015.
Eclipses of the Moon happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned to form an almost or exact straight line. The technical term for this is syzygy, which comes from the Greek word for being paired together.
During a total lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon form a straight line. The Earth blocks any direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The Sun is behind the Earth, so the Sun’s light casts the Earth’s shadow on the Moon. This shadow covers the entire Moon and causes a total lunar eclipse.
The Earth’s shadow can be divided into 3 parts:
- Penumbra – the outer part.
- Umbra – darker, central part.
- Antumbra – a partly shaded area beyond the umbra.
A series of 4 consecutive total lunar eclipses with no partial or penumbral lunar eclipses in between is called alunar tetrad.
The October 8, 2014 total lunar eclipse is the second total eclipse of the Moon in the 2014-2015 tetrad. The first one was on April 15, 2014. The last 2 total lunar eclipses in this tetrad will be on April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.
The 2014 Draconid meteor shower will also peak on October 8 and 9. The Draconid meteor shower, also sometimes known as the Giacobinids, is one of the two meteor showers to annually grace the skies in October. The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner. The comet takes about 6.6 years to make a single revolution around the Sun.
Although the Draconids have been responsible for some of the most spectacular meteor showers in recorded history, most recently in 2011, most astronomers and sky gazers consider these to be one of the least interesting meteor showers in during the year.
The Orionids are the second meteor shower in October. It usually peaks around October 21.
HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE MOON
Mobile Camera or DSLR?
The challenge is to capture the details of the Moon’s surface. With most mobile cameras, you can’t manually set the exposure, which controls the amount of light in the image. Most likely, you will only manage to capture the light from the Moon, and the Moon itself might come out looking like a blurry dot of light in the sky.
Zoom, Tripod and Timer
Most mobile cameras also don’t have a very powerful zoom. A zoom of 200mm and above is needed to make to Moon the focal point of the image and to capture the surface details.
A tripod or another stable surface where you can place your camera is useful to keep it still during slow shutter speeds.
A remote shutter or the timer on the camera prevents the camera from moving or shaking as you shoot the picture.
Shutter Speed & ISO
- The moon is bright, so use a low ISO-setting of 100 or 200.
- Underexpose rather that overexpose the moon. The moon is bright and an aperture of at least 11 is recommended, letting in less light.
- In low light situations the shutter speed may have to go down.
- Use the viewfinder. It makes it easier to see your composition and settings.
- A foreground subject, like for instance the moon over a city or landscape, might make the image more interesting.
- Allow yourself enough preparation time.
- Keep shooting! Play around with different exposures and apertures.
If you making a weekend getaway out of your visit to New Haven, Cedar Creek offers a variety of lodging options for groups large and small. Stay in our cozy rooms in Cedar Lodge, or rent a cottage house for the entire group. For more please contact us.