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Breaking News! Expedia’s Viewfinder names Fulton, Missouri in its travel feature 29 Epic Places to Witness the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Fulton and Callaway County are planning a series of Light and Shadow events leading up to the first total eclipse to sweep across the entire nation since 1918. Fulton gets approximately 2m34s totality at 1:13pm. Rural areas of the county will see the daytime turn to deep twilight for nearly 2m40s. 

KOMU TV’s eclipse website takes a comprehensive look at the art, science and activities behind this amazing spectacle and how it will affect Central Missouri and beyond.  Additional information is available at Great American Eclipse.

Note: Eclipse viewing glasses have been distributed to our Light and Shadow Eclipse Event partners. You can obtain them (while supplies last) for $1 donations to the following organizations: Kingdom of Callaway Historical SocietyNational Churchill Museum, Foundation at Auto World Museum, and Williamsburg community care of Crane’s Country Store in Williamsburg, MO. The Village of Kingdom City is distributing at City Hall on behalf of the Missouri Fire Fighters Memorial. They will also soon be available through the New Bloomfield Historical Society. Serenity Valley Winery will have them available at their “Sip with the Eclipse” events. The Callaway Senior Center is also selling glasses. Callaway County Public Library will have them available at upcoming programs. Please see NASA’s viewing safety tips


Thursday, August 17

LuLu’s Block Party at LuLu’s Frozen Yogurt, 18 W 5th St, Fulton, MO. 573-826-3135 *Enjoy music and family activities, 6-9 pm, in the Brick District, on 5th Street, between Court and Nichols Streets. 

Friday, August 18

Light and Shadow Gallery Hop: Two galleries will host exhibits and opening receptions. 

*The Art House reception will run 5 – 7 pm, in the Brick District at 531 Court Street, Fulton, MO 65251. 573-592-7733. The Art House encourages the general public, as well as juried artists to submit works that express the Light and Shadow theme.

Mildred M. Cox Gallery, Gladys W. Kemper Center for the Arts, William Woods University will hold its reception from 6 – 8 pm at One University Avenue, Fulton, MO. 800-995-3159. The Cox gallery expects 50 – 100 art pieces created in a variety of media that explore the interdependence of light and shadow, black and white, day and night through traditional and conceptual visual interpretations. 

Saturday, August 19

Fulton Farmers Market in the Brick District, 9 am – noon. 5th Street, between Court and Nichols Streets, Fulton, MO. 573-642-7692
*Visit the Light and Shadow booth featuring a “plein air” art demonstration by artist Jane Mudd. Enjoy kids activity station by Callaway County Public Library. Eclipse viewing glasses will be available for purchase for $2. Farmers Market offers fresh produce, crafts and live music. Be sure to check out the great shops and restaurants nearby in the Brick District.

Light and Shadow Fun Art Saturday at the Art House, 1 – 4 pm, 531 Court Street, Fulton, MO. 573-592-7733
*Grab a friend, bring snacks and beverage of choice and come create your own 12” x 16” acrylic on canvas painting to commemorate the 2017 Total Eclipse over America. Participants will receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. Class is $35 in advance. Walk-in participants may be allowed as space allows.

Auto World Museum special exhibit. 9am – 5pm. 200 Peacock Drive, Fulton, MO. 573-544-4500
*Check out one of the largest private collections of rare and vintage cars in the midwest. Interesting finds include a solar car, a rare “Moon” car built in St. Louis, a Stanley Steamer and more.

Sip With The Eclipse at Serenity Valley Winery. 1888 County Road 342, Fulton, MO. 573-642-6958
*Enjoy a BBQ competition to benefit Central Missouri Honor Flight. Judging begins at 12:30. Limit of 30 teams, so enter soon! $25 competitors fee, call for details. Guests are invited to observe, sample and vote for their favorite. $10 for adults, $6 for children 7-12 and under 7 free. BBQ will be available for purchase.  All funds, after expenses for meat, benefit Central Missouri Honor Flight. Camping is available please call for details

Sunday, August 20

Afternoon program/concert 2 pm at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. National Churchill Museum. 501 Westminster Avenue, Fulton, MO 65251. 573-592-5369
*Celebrate the sights and sounds of this historic church. Learn about the designer, Sir Christopher Wren, who was an astronomer before he was an architect. Destroyed during World War II, the 17th-century church was moved from London and rebuilt in Fulton to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s 1946 Iron Curtain Speech. The program will also explore the rediscovered Churchill essay Are We Alone in the Universe and include a extraordinary concert “Music of Spheres” on the church’s beautiful Mander organ. The event is free with museum admission $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $6.50 for ages 12-17,  $5.50 ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under.

Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless Annual BBQ at Memorial Park, Business 54 and 2nd Street, Fulton, MO 65251 573-642-6065 *Enjoy good food for a good cause at the annual BBQ fundraiser, 4 – 7 p.m. All proceeds support services for the homeless. 

Sip With The Eclipse at Serenity Valley Winery 1888 County Road 342, Fulton, MO. 573-642-6958
*The winery’s signature event includes live music by Open Road and food vendors from 7 pm – 10 pm. Hot air balloon glow, 8:30 – 9:15 pm. $5 per person, kids under 12 – free. Camping is available, please call for details.

Auto World Museum special exhibit. 9am – 5pm. 200 Peacock Dr, Fulton, MO. 573-544-4500
*Check out one of the largest private collections of rare and vintage cars in the Midwest. Interesting finds include a solar car, a rare “Moon” car built in St. Louis, a Stanley Steamer and more.

Monday, August 21 – Eclipse Day!
A variety of locations are available to watch the eclipse (2 minutes, 37 seconds, 1:12 – 1:15 pm)

Sip With The Eclipse Viewing Party at Serenity Valley Winery. 1888 County Road 342, Fulton, MO. 10am – 3pm. 573-642-6958
*Enjoy music, food truck, games and wide open view of the eclipse with friends and family. Limited supply of viewing glasses will be available for purchase. If you already have them, bring them with you. Plenty of seating available. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and picnic baskets. PLEASE, NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES.

Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant viewing party, 11am – 2pm, 1707 S Summit Dr, Holts Summit. 573-896-9966
*View from the bluff tops over looking the Missouri River.

Total Eclipse of the Park hosted by city of Holts Summit at Greenway Park, 282 South Greenway, Drive, Holts Summit, MO 65043. 573-896-5600  

Tanglewood Golf Course, Eclipse on the Greens with half price off golf, drinks and merchandise.818 Golf Drive, Fulton, MO. 573-642-7277

Westminster College hosts “Moon Shadow”                                                         

*Champ Auditorium will hold a mini-lecture and educational discussion at 11:00 am regarding the eclipse, its significance, and the science behind it. Learn how solar eclipses differ from lunar eclipses, why they are rare and important, what to look for during the eclipse, viewing safety, and a question and answer segment.        

*Following the lecture there will be a picnic lunch at Backer Dining Hall at 11:30 am and an eclipse watch party at Priest Football Field until 1:30 pm. The cost for lunch is $10, to be paid at the door. Viewing glasses will be available on a limited basis.

Other “satellite” viewing stations open to the public.
Crane’s Country Store, 10665 Old Hwy 40, Williamsburg, MO 63388. 573-254-3311
*Fire Fighter Memorial next to City Hall at Kingdom City, 5585 Dunn Drive, Kingdom City, MO 65262. 573-592-0588
*Mark Twain National Forest, State Rd Y, New Bloomfield, MO 65063. 417-967-4194
*Morgan Soccer Complex, County Road 304, near Fulton Airport.
*Auto World Museum, 200 Peacock Dr, Fulton, MO. 573-544-4500

*The Philatelic Association will have special envelopes and stamps for sale at the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society at 513 Court Street in Fulton’s Brick District. The group is working with the local postmaster on special postage cancellation as a unique eclipse souvenir.

NOTE: Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society invites you to submit photos of your eclipse activities. They don’t need eclipse photos. They seek to document what people were doing that weekend and during the actual eclipse. Send 4 – 5 photos, note who is in them and what was going on. They will use the images to create a book that commemorates this historic event.

For more information, contact Callaway County Tourism Office, 510 Market Street, Fulton, MO 65251. 573-642-7692.