What: Ozark Actors Theatre
Where: Rolla, central Phelps County
Ozark Actors Theatre, commonly referred to as OAT, is a live theater in Rolla where patrons can take in professional theater for a fraction of the cost of touring shows.
Each year the theater plans a summer line-up with at least one full-scale musical, and professional actors, members of the national union of professional actors and stage manager to play lead roles.
This year's season features productions of The Wizard of OZ, Noises Off , The Diviners.
Location 701 E. Cedar, Rolla, Mo. 65401
Cost Individual tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Family packs are $50 and include two adult and two children's tickets.
What: Rolla’s trains
Where: Schuman Park, Rolla, central Phelps County
Are you a train enthusiast?
Rolla has rail cars set up at two locations for people to take in some of the area’s rich rail history.
Rolla’s Schuman Park is home to one of only 30 1500-series engines built in 1923 for the Frisco Railroad. The train has a 4,500-gallon oil burning boiler and weighs 350,000 pounds. It was deeded to the city of Rolla on June 13, 1955.
A passenger car is also on display at the site.
A Frisco caboose is right down the road in the city parking lot between Eighth and Ninth streets.
Location: Schuman Park at 16th and Walnut streets, Rolla
Hours: Open 24/7
Information: 573-364-4278 or http://www.visitrolla.com/listing/1256690302
What: The wineries of St. James
Where: St. James, northeastern Phelps County
If you stay in the city of St. James long enough, you may just turn purple. This is the case because of the large amount of grapes products that tourists and locals alike can taste and purchase.
St. James is home to St. James Winery, a nationally renowned and award-winning operation. Last year, the winery harvested and processed 1,800 tons of 10 different kinds of grapes. These grapes will be used for 41 different kinds if wines.
Andrew Meggitt is the head winemaker of St. James Winery. Originally from New Zealand, he made wine in France and New Zealand before coming to Missouri in 2002. Other wineries in the area include Meramec Vineyards, Heinrichshaus Vineyard/Winery and Three Squirrels Winery.
St. James Winery is located at 540 Sidney Street in St. James, and the other three wineries are at 600 State Route B, 10500 State Route U and 10500 State Route U, respectively. For wine enthusiasts interested in learning more about past winemaking techniques, Rosati Winery Museum, located just outside of St. James, may also be worth a trip. The museum shares information about the rich history of winemakers in the St. James/Rosati area. This facility is located at 22050 State Route KK outside of St. James.
To learn more about any of the winery offerings in the St. James area, call the STJ Chamber of Commerce at 573-265-6649.
What: Newburg Children’s Museum
Where: Newburg, Mo., west-central Phelps County
Consisting of eight different rooms, the Newburg Children’s Museum is the only natural history museum between Springfield and St. Louis. The museum officially opened in May 2008, and its primary goal is to expand the horizons of the young people in the area.
The museum focuses on four subjects: earth, water, sky and man.
Earth: The history of the earth is represented by exhibits of rocks and fossils, information on the movements of tectonic plates, and the impact of earthquakes and volcanoes. Plants, birds, and animals are represented on the walls and in the conservation room.
Water: The sea room, where dolphins and Manta ray swim on the walls, is full of specimens of seaweed, sponges, corals and shells from the Caribbean, South Africa and the shores of America. A sand table containing starfish and shells gives pleasure to the little ones.
Sky: The sky room contains models of the planets built to scale in relation to a meter size sun on the wall. The phases of the moon are represented as are pictures of outer space taken by the Hubble telescope, the workings o which are also described.
Man: The ethnic room shows diversity of cultures from early beginnings to the present. The adjustment to the environment is evident in photographs, beadwork, masks, tools and weapons.
Location: 120-B Water Street, Newburg (located In the Annex of the Historic Houston House)
Hours: Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (and by appointment), after school program: Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the museum is also available for field trips with advanced notice.
Information: 573-762-3077 or http://newburgchildrensmuseum.org.
Where: Rolla, central Phelps County
The SplashZone in Rolla is the perfect place to bring children who are not quite old enough to enjoy larger water parks.
Located in Ber Juan Park at 14th and Holloway streets, this fun-filled water park includes a leisure pool with beach-like entrance, interactive play structure, lazy river, the “world’s largest” vortex, and two giant water slides.
Location: 1200 N. Holloway,
Hours: Monday-Friday Noon-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: $4.50 for ages four+