Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Total Solar Eclipse: An Unforgettable Experience

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Where: Peers Store
Date: August 21st
Time: 11am to 2pm

Bluegill Buddies
Bluegill Buddies

Join us for one of nature’s most incredible displays and plunge into twilight at midday.  The Bluegill Buddies will be playing old-time string band music live on the porch, leading us through the total solar eclipse that is set to occur in our area around 1:15pm.

The total solar eclipse will be visible only inside the “path of totality,” where the shadow of the moon will be about 70 miles wide, and will travel all the way across the US. Fortunately for us, the Peers Store falls right within that path! Totality (the period when the sun is completely obscured) will last for, at most, 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

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The “path of totality” for the state of Missouri

According to Space.com you can expect to witness the following during that time:

  • day will turn into night
  • the otherwise hidden solar corona (the sun’s outer atmosphere) will become visible / twisting streamers of light emanating from the edges of the obscured sun become visible
  • the loss of sunlight can cause the temperature to drop 10 or more degrees
  • shadows will look sharper on the ground, so it’s possible to see individual hairs on your head in your shadow
  • bright stars and planets will become visible, and you might catch a glimpse of the planet Mercury, which is difficult to see on a normal day because of how close it orbits to the sun.

REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Click here to see a variety of eclipse glasses you can purchase for the event.

First Lady Georganne Nixon on “Growing Up with the River”

First Lady Georganne Nixon comments on
“Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri”

The Burkhardts know that Jay and I love the Missouri River.  The Governor’s mansion overlooks the Big Muddy, we canoe and kayak on the river, and we explore all along the Katy Trail and the river valley.  We ride our bikes to visit the giant bur oak near the Katy Trail in McBaine, so Dan and Connie sent us a copy of Growing Up with the River.   It is a treasure!  The stories make the history so alive and accessible.  I know that the book will inspire the children of Missouri and their families to get outside and experience more of our beautiful state!

Georganne Nixon
First Lady, State of Missouri

Philip Slein Gallery

Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the Philip Slein Gallery 11/3/16

Philip Slein is an artist, a collector, and a gallery owner in the Central West End. He has been an admirer of the Missouri River, its valleys, and bluffs for decades and Dan asked him to contribute some comments for the cover of “Growing Up with the River”.

Philip Slein commented,

My introduction to the incredible beauty of the Missouri River valley was as a student at the university of Missouri where I met landscape painter Frank Stack. I bought one of his sun-fills soil paintings of the river and that began my years painting in this majestic valley. I credit this introduction with my life-long appreciation of our namesake river.

Just after the book was published, Phil hosted a reception and book signing at the Philip Slein Gallery which included all of Bryan Haynes’s original paintings as well as some sketches.

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Presentation and Book Signing at the St. Louis County Library

Presentation and Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the St. Louis County Library 10/19/16

On October 19, a stormy night didn’t deter 70+ friends of St. Louis County Library from participating in a presentation and book signing by Dan, Connie, and Bryan.

Bonus:  A raffle for a bur oak tree — one of the main characters in “Growing Up with the River” — made the winner very happy (thanks to a generous donation from Forest ReLeaf)!

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Highlights from Peers-to-Treloar!

Feedback on the Fun: Peers-to-Treloar Highlights

Here is a wonderful article written by Cindy Gladden for the Warren County Record containing some highlights of the Peers-to-Treloar party.

We hope you were able to enjoy this time with us, but, if not, we have plenty of fun in store for you in the future. We can’t wait to do this again! Now, sit back and enjoy some pictures from the Peers-to-Treloar party.

It was a gorgeous fall day.

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Amazing music filled the air, and many adventures were had!

 

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Article by Missourian Feature Writer Karen Cernich

“Stories That Will Connect Us To the Land”:
Another rave review for Growing Up with the River!

Growing Up with the River is a series of stories connecting your heart to the land on which so many have lived and loved. Now, another delightfully descriptive article written by Missourian Feature Writer Karen Cernich highlights the inner workings of this creative take on history. Please, enjoy this review here! 

If you have not gotten your copy of this wonderful compilation, you can order yours here, or visit these stores!

We cannot wait to hear what your thoughts are on this whimsical book. Be sure to connect with us on our Facebook page and join our email list!

 

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Book Review

A review that specifies just what
all the fuss is about!

If you have found yourself wondering about our book Growing up with the River, here is your chance to find out more!

Growing up with the River will enthrall the attention of audiences young and old! How? Well, the book is full of fictional tales that communicate real heart. While the book’s relatable content does not have a typical approach, however, it does the job right – as this particular review by Jody Mitori for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch touches upon:

“The Burkhardts’ book should encourage readers to explore the Missouri River valley and help usher in the next generation of conservationists.”

With its air of mystery, this book will carry you through time while hopping from one perspective to the next.

Click here to read more in this fantastic review of Growing Up with the River! And don’t forget to order your copy today or stop in at these locations to pick up a copy!

 

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