All aboard! Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: ST. LOUIS UNION STATION. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration, model train exhibits and historical theatrical performances, as well as children’s activities, live entertainment and 1904 World’s Fair-inspired food offerings. National Train Day commemorates the day in 1869 when the last spike was driven, joining two tracks to create the first transcontinental railroad. In addition, Union Station also will officially unveil its recently restored Grand Hall, which has been reinvented as a one-of-a-kind dining and event venue. A special premiere of a 3-D show on the ceiling of the Grand Hall also is planned as part of the festivities.
Also at Union Station: your big chance to defy gravity with CIRCUS HARMONY’s Flying Trapeze Center. You’ll find St. Louis’ only flying trapeze school under the Union Station’s historic train shed (next to Hard Rock Café). Soar atop the trapeze rig 25 feet in the air, supported by brand-new, state-of-the-art safety equipment and by experienced instructors. Students of all ages and all skill levels are welcome. The Center is open for two sessions each night, Monday through Friday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and again from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Center has several 90-minute sessions available. Proceeds benefit Circus Harmony in its efforts to help under-served youths attend circus classes. For more information, call 436-7676.
Spring in the Garden: Make plans to join Missouri Botanical Garden president PETER WYSE JACKSON for a discussion and book-signing this weekend. His new book, Ireland’s Generous Nature: The Past and Present Uses of Wild Plants in Ireland, is the first-ever comprehensive account of the historical and present-day uses of wild plant species in the country. In the 700-page book, Ireland native Wyse Jackson details how plants have been used in almost every aspect of human life, including food, clothing, medicine, construction, and health and beauty products. A listing of more than 1,500 wild plants with both Irish and English names is featured. His Saturday, May 10, appearance at the Garden begins at 10 a.m.
Here’s to LN contributor ALICE HANDELMAN, who recently was honored by the Missouri Professional Communicators (MPC) with two first-place 2014 Communications Contest awards at its recent Spring Connection Luncheon in St. Louis. Handelman won first place for her features, Susie Knopf: Advocate for the Cure and Women in Action: Vida Prince. She also received second-place honors for Dick Manlin: Always A Story to Tell. All articles were published in Ladue News in 2013. Congratulations, Alice!
Something old, something new…Congratulations to LN design editor, ALAN E. BRAINERD, on the grand opening of his new Great Estates location! The estate sale business, antique and consignment shop is now open at 2214 S. Big Bend Blvd.