Seventeenth Annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive Slated for April 21-22

Photo of riverboat on the Mississippi

The rural communities of Southeast Missouri invite you to join them as they celebrate spring with good food, festivals, folk music, dancing, crafts, living history events, camping, scenic vistas and lots more during the 17th annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 29, 2007 – The rural communities of Southeast Missouri invite you to join them as they celebrate spring with good food, festivals, folk music, dancing, crafts, living history events, camping, scenic vistas and lots more during the 17th annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive.

The main events for the spring drive, which is coordinated by the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University, will be held April 21-22. However, many of the attractions are open year-round.

Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History, said the scenic drive is an opportunity to get out into the rural countryside of southeast Missouri.

“This region is both a combination of history, beauty, good food, friendly people and a pleasant, reassuring countryside,” said Nickell. “Springtime is when southeast Missouri is at its very best.”

Throughout the two days, participants may take part in the Altenburg Historic Town tours including the recently-opened Saxon Heritage Museum, visit the Hemman Winery in the village of Brazeau, the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Trail of Tears State Park, the Pinecrest Azalea Garden in Oak Ridge and the Commerce Museum. The River Ridge Winery near Commerce will be open, featuring live music from 2-6 p.m. The Cat Ranch Art Guild in Marble Hill, Mo., will hold an arts and crafts show, featuring bluegrass music on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other stops on the drive include the St. Joseph Church and Shrine in Old Appleton, the Massey Log House in Marble Hill which was built in 1869 and the Landgraf Red Barn in Pocahontas, which will hold a bake sale along with crafts.

For more information on the 2007 Spring Drive and Calendar of events, contact the Center for Regional History at (573) 651-2555 or the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 777-0068.