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February 22, 2004

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St. Louis museum to feature Osage art

St. Louis -- An exhibit called "The Art of the Osage" will open March 13 at the St. Louis Art Museum. The show is billed as the first major exhibition of the art and culture of the Osage tribe, which at one time flourished throughout the Midwest around the Missouri, Mississippi, Osage and Red rivers.

"Art of the Osage" features more than 100 objects from 1750 to the present day. The exhibit includes utilitarian objects like cradleboards, hunting implements, toys and clothing, as well as decorative objects such as wedding costumes, beaded bags, dancer's batons, feathered headdresses and hair ornaments. The museum describes the aesthetic of the Osage as "purposeful beauty."

The show will be on view through Aug. 8. The museum is at 1 Fine Arts Drive. For details, call (314) 721-0072 or see www.slam.org.

Tunnel repairs will reroute Zephyr

Denver -- Amtrak's California Zephyr will be detoured away from one of the most scenic passenger rail routes in the country for about a month this summer while repairs are made on the historic Moffat Tunnel.

The 6.2-mile-long tunnel, which opened in 1928, punches through the Continental Divide in the mountains 50 miles west of Denver. Amtrak will detour north from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyo., and then west across Wyoming to Salt Lake City.

Trail offers overview of Kentucky bourbon

Louisville, Ky. -- If you're a bourbon connoisseur, you'll want to visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

The amber liquor has been made in Kentucky for more than two centuries, dating back to Scotch-Irish settlers who homesteaded the area. Bourbon was first produced here sometime around 1775 as a corn-based moonshine aged in barrels charred on the inside. A half-dozen distilleries continue the tradition and offer complimentary tours as well.

For help in planning a trip

to Kentucky, visit www.kybourbon.com or call (800) 225-8747.

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