I had the opportunity to visit New York City for the first time with my daughter and granddaughter and the Joplin Area Catholic Schools Explore America Tours. NYC is fast and furious with everyone in a hurry and the streets filled with busses, taxis, bikes and horse-drawn carriages. People line the sidewalks and crowds find you everywhere. It is one of the world’s most-visited cities with Times Square, Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Broadway Shows, Metropolitan Museum of Art, China Town, Central Park, Strawberry Fields, The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, September 11 Memorial and more. It was a great trip, and I shared memories with my daughter and granddaughter that will last a lifetime, but “there’s no place like home.”
Our region offers so many attractions and unique adventures. We have a thriving Downtown Joplin, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, tours of the Candy House Gourmet Chocolate Factory, Grand Falls, the Joplin Museum Complex, Joplin Little Theater, Stones Throw Theater, Pittsburg Community Theatre, Carl Junction Community Center, George Washington Carver, professional sports teams, our local wineries, bed and breakfasts, local farmers markets, town squares and historic courthouses. You can always find something trendy and one-of-a-kind or the best cuisine at our many locally owned shops and restaurants. Good-bye, New York City and hello home! I heart you!
We have featured Oklahoma this month. On pages 42-63, you will find numerous attractions, entertainment, museums, water activities and inspiring people! Mark your calendars and fill your weekends with the Zena Alpaca Tours, Har-Ber Village, Lendonwood Gardens, rodeos and more. You do not have to travel to NYC to take in live theatre. The Bartlesville Civic Ballet presents Cinderella and the Coleman Theatre presents Charlie Chaplin. Broadway has nothing on either theatrical event!
On pages 32-33, you will find an event that also exemplifies the reason I will always visit, but never will call another town home again. The true measure of the heart of our town is how we come together in times of challenge and how we continue to honor those we lost along the way. Look inside to find information on how to participate in the Joplin Memorial Run on May 15 and 16 to honor those we lost in the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck our city.
Our “Meet the Doctors” section highlights our region’s most devoted medical experts. These professionals have dedicated their lives to the life of medicine and the latest innovative treatments and procedures to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Flip through the pages to learn about the services and specialties of physicians in our area who might be of service to you or a loved one.
April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Check out the smiling champions in the 3rd grade class at Diamond Elementary School on page 100. In addition to how these young minds are doing their part, you can find ways to make an impact including five ways going green improves your health, green recipes, organic gardening and more!
Joplin might not be one of the most-visited cities in the world, but to those of us who see its true beauty, we know it should be! I wish you all a very happy Easter Sunday filled with bright colors and love. Happy spring!