Best of Missouri Life Market Fair

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Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28, 2019
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$12 Adults, $5 Youth (5-12), Children 4 & Under are Free | Members are FREE

Join the best craftsman, brewers, distillers, artistsans and winemakers Missouri has to offer at the second annual Best of Missouri Life Market Fair, planned in collaboration with Missouri Life Magazine. Peruse nearly 100 booths featuring clothing, decor, paintings, photography, sculpture and more. Enjoy live entertainment while marveling at the spring show of nearly 100,000 blooming daffodils and other early-bloomers in the Gardens. Food trucks and tastings available!

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A & M Accessories


Ace of Spades Garden Art

ASL Pewter

BBim Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri

Bella Alpacas, LLC

Bent Tree Gallery

Beyond Broken Mosaics

Brush Creek Valley Farms

Carol’s Corner Glass

Carole Behrer – Traditional Crafts

Cat’s Designs

Chrisman Arts

Circle B Ranch, LLC

Cooper Crafts

Day Dreamin’ Metal Art

DeForest Soap Company

Dzignz On You

Essential Bliss Products, LLC

Excelsior Springs Chamber Trolley

Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery

Fernweh Distilling Co.

Fetchen’ Honey Farm

From My Basket

Gypsy Gems

Harambee Institute

Irons in the Fire Artistic Blacksmithing

J & S Turnings

J. Rae Pottery

Jimmy Liu Studio

Joe Rittman Woodturning

Killion Pottery

Kim Carr Photography

Kimono Designs

Maggie B’s

Martha Moore Images

MEG Originals

Midwest Mermaid Muse

Midwest Tea Festival

Millinery by Rose

Missouri Wildflowers Nursery

Moon Struck Pottery

Never Bored Creations

Northern Prarie Alpacas, LLC

One of a Kind Designs

Otis P Candles

Ozarklake Copper Garden Art

Parsons’ Prairie Farm

Pat’s Weaving & Chair Caning

PRP Wine International

Rebekah of the Bluebells Photography

Red Roof Shop

Schneider Farms

SevenWinds Flutes

Snow Flake Glass

Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hollow Studio

T’s Redneck Steakhouse

Tales from Missouri

The Berry Nutty Farm

Thompson Farm Soups & More, LLC

Three Trees Workshop

Warren Soper Woodcarving

Webster Fiber Arts

Window to my World

Wire Diva

WKT Glass Art

Wood Hat Spirits

World of Whimsey – WOW

Young Living Essential Oils

Young Metal Designs





Mark Armato is a retired History teacher who taught eighth grade Social Studies for thirty two years at Maple Park Middle School. Now he occupies his time substituting and working as a tour guide for Kansas City Double Decker Bus Tours. When he isn’t doing that he dabbles in acting performing for Epitaph tours at Kansas City’s historic Union Cemetery and as Ebenezer Scrooge for Worlds of Fun Winter Fest. He is a published author as well. In 2014 he published “Grandpa’s War” recounting his grandfathers WW I experiences. He’s married with four children and two grandchildren.

Br. John

For over twenty years, Br. John has enriched and motivated audiences of all ages throughout the United States and the Carribean with his enthusiastic, interactive stage presence.

A former early childhood educator, Br. John infuses his passion for reading, biographical and cultural history with his theatrical background, bringing to life and portraying some of his favorite-and lessor known-African American heroes. Through his project, “Historical Showcase Theater” Br. John hopes to champion others in achieving their dreams and aspirations through the illustration of iconic, life stories and contributions of our pioneer greats.

Angela da Silva as “Lila”

Ms. Da Silva has been performing the story of Lila for the past eleven years.

“I recognized a need for African Americans to tell their story. The narrative was being controlled by others who might not have had all the facts or were given to editing out the cruelty of slavery. There are nuances to cultural stories that you have to be a part of that culture to understand.” At an early age, her grandmother told her stories about her grandmother who raised her that had been a slave.  “By the time I got to high school, I realized that I had access a last living direct link to over two hundred years of this countries dark past.”

Historically, the importance of the role Black women played in the development of this country is overlooked, and the monumental significance of the very personal sacrifices they made is absent from the narrative. Ms. Da Silva explains that Lila’s story is a composite of every enslaved woman to some plus or minus degree, and its elements are of a shared universal experience.

Lila’s story is tragic, but it is also a story of survival, strength and ultimately, success as she takes agency of her future at an advanced age, when the inner quest for freedom can no longer be ignored.

Ms. Da Silva has familial ties to the Montgomery County and St. Louis county areas. “My grandmother and mother were born and raised in Martinsburg, but going back further, the family were slaves on the Baker farm there in Danville. There was a branch of the family that didn’t leave until the last Baker descendent (Miss Olive) passed.”  Ms. Da Silva is a descendant of Missouri slaves on both sides of the family.

So, sharing Lila’s story is also, telling a part of family and local history. She can be seen every second Sunday at the Historical Daniel Boone home in St. Charles County.

Ms. Da Silva is currently an Adjunct Professor at Lindenwood University an owner of the National Black Tourism Network.

Richard Garey as “Mark Twain”

Actor/Playwright/Poet featured on CBS Sunday Morning  and PBS All Things Considered

Performer Richard Garey is a veteran stage actor with acting credits in over 40 states, Canada, and Bermuda. Today Garey specializes in original theater productions exploring the American experience. He owns the historic Planters Barn Theater in Hannibal, Missouri, boyhood home of Mark Twain where he has successfully performed for 16 seasons. Garey’s one man shows include Mark Twain Himself, A Shepherd’s Tale, and Centurion.

Actor Richard Garey combines his love of the stage with his love of history and literature. He is an actor, writer, director, and historian. All the material in his shows come from original sources and are authentic in every detail.

Garey develops original theater productions exploring the American experience in arts and literature. He has performed his original, one-man shows in theaters and performing arts centers, on university campuses, in schools, and for conventions and churches. Other one-man shows include A Shepherd’s Tale, Centurion, and My Friend Will Shakespeare.

In a theater career that spans over three decades, Richard Garey has performed everything from Shakespeare to musicals, taught theater and literature, appeared in television commercials, and directed numerous plays and musicals.

Sixteen years ago the production of MARK TWAIN HIMSELF came home to Hannibal, Missouri, boyhood home of Mark Twain. In July 2003 Garey discovered the historic Planters Barn in the downtown Hannibal built during Twain’s boyhood years. He purchased the historic building as a permanent home for MARK TWAIN HIMSELF and a center for the arts. It also houses the Mississippi River Art Gallery. Garey’s acclaimed shows have received high praise from audiences and critics. Reviewers have written the following comments. “The most authentic Twain on stage.” “Not just a show, but great theater.” “Garey returns our national treasure Mark Twain in all his comic genius and power.” “Garey is Mark Twain on stage.” “I lost myself in the show and forgot he was acting.”

In November 2009 Mr. Garey performed Mark Twain in Bermuda in Bermuda’s City Hall Theatre to help the island Celebrate its 400th Anniversary. In 2010 “The Year of Mark Twain” he traveled widely performing the “100 Year Tour.” Garey has been interviewed on PBS “All Things Considered” and has appeared on the CBS “Sunday Morning” show. Over the last two years he appeared on television in Germany, China, and Japan. In 2017 Garey published a book of poetry based on his Hannibal research called Hannibal at the Door. In 2017 Mark Twain Himself won Best of the Midwest for Missouri Theaters by Midwest Travel Magazine.


For over 40 years Colonel Robert Pecoraro, CIG has been a tireless volunteer donating thousands of hours to serve as an advocate for historical and cultural preservation.  As a volunteer at the Historic Daniel Boone Home, Robert brings the legacy of Daniel Boone to life. Robert interprets this era through the portrayal of John Filson, a Revolutionary War veteran, surveyor, and the first official historian for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  John Filson was the first biographer of Daniel Boone, and the only biographer to have actually met Daniel Boone. As testament to his work, Robert has been recognized by four different Governors in two states. His work has been featured in multiple magazines and media outlets.  He was presented lifetime achievement awards from both Lindenwood University and St. Charles County Parks for exceptional methods of historical interpretation and many years of volunteer service. In 2017 Robert previously won a regional award within the NAI organization. He has since won the 2018 Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer Award representing all 7,200 NAI members in the United States, Canada, and over 30 countries worldwide.

Morgan Perry as “Molly Brown”

Morgan Perry is new to the world of Historical Interpretation and she appreciates Missouri

Life’s invitation to share her love for famous Missourian Margaret Tobin Brown, better known as Molly Brown. Working as a public librarian, Morgan spends her days supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in Kansas City.

Barney K Combs as “Daniel Boone”

Barney has had a lifelong interest in the study of history. His real interest in historical interpretation began in 1985 when he attended and observed a small Civil War living history encampment at Jefferson Barracks Park in St. louis, MO. He found the historic interpreters interesting and saw historical interpretation as a way to share and create a better understanding of history to others.

He spent several years participating in Civil War living history events all across the State of Missouri and the United States. In 1990, he helped organize the Battle of Belmont, at Freedom Farm in Illinois.  Attendance at that Civil War living history event was 43,000 visitors.

While participating in living history, he also joined a historical group and would latter serve as it’s president for three years. During 1987/1988, he became involved in the dismantling and preservation of two historic homes from St. Louis County, MO, the Sappington/Dressel Home and the Benedict Warmbrodt Home. These two historic homes are now located at The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park in St. Charles County, MO.  

Also during that time, he was responsible for the erection of a monument to the Civil War dead interred in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Beginning in 1987, he also became involved with The Historic Daniel Boone Home, which continues to this day. This year, 2019, marks thirty-two years as a volunteer there. Three owners have been in charge there during his thirty-two years, a private owner, Lindenwood University and now St. Charles County Parks and Recreation.

He has spent the last 15 years portraying Daniel Boone along with his good friend Robert Pecoraro, who portrays John Filson, the first biographer of Daniel Boone.

They have both served as historical interpreters at the Daniel Boone Home for 32 years this year and collaborated on the Sappington/Dressel Home, the Benedict Warmbrodt Home and numerous others projects that have helped preserve the history of our great state and nation.