We visited Missouri about this time last year for the McComb Class of 1957's 50th class reunion. We had class members and community members from several area communities, inlcuding Findlay, McComb, Defiance, Bowling Green, Fostoria, Bloomdale and others.
A step-on guide led the bus tour of the city. A major stop was the beautiful Cathedral Basilica St. Louis. The interior depicted Bible stories and people in cut glass mosaic. Seven hundred colors were used to create the interior and 76 years were needed to complete it. Much of the glass mosaic was done as Michael Angelo worked -- on his back on scaffolding!
On our final night in St. Louis, we enjoyed a river boat dinner cruise on the Tom Sawyer, relaxing and taking in the lights along the Mississippi River.
In Branson, SIX was the first and probably favorite show for all. They were the six oldest of 10 brothers who sang and were accompanied by all the instruments, except there were no instruments -- all sounds came from them! With eyes shut you would think there was a full band accompanying them.
Other shows we saw included Andy Williams with Charo, The Presleys, a family group of vocal, comedy and instrumental, and Shoji Tabuchi, the violinist extraordinaire known for his famous theater bathrooms! some of the group also saw Yakov Smirnoff and the 12 Irish Tenors.
On to Carthage, Mo., where we went to the Precious Moments Inspirational Park. In the cathedral, Bible stories are depicted with Precious Moments figurines. The very interesting museum showed the history of Precious Moments, and both buildings were located on beautiful grounds with gardens and statuary.
A dinner stop on the return trip home was Union Station in Indianapolis. Hundreds of shops and restaurants were available for perusing. Great weather and great people made for a great trip!
Submitted by Barb Deerwester of Fostoria.