A once-in-a-lifetime event is coming ashore in St. Louis: A TITANIC CENTENNIAL WEEKEND takes place April 13, 14 and 15 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. The weekend will center around three noteworthy events, including a Missouri History Museum reception, exhibit and screening of the 1958 film, A Night of Remember; a Titanic Champagne brunch at Piper Palm House; and the pièce de résistance: ‘The Last Dinner on the Titanic’ at the Fox Theatre—a meticulously researched recreation of the ship’s first-class, 11-course menu that was served on that fateful night. Pro - ceeds from the April 14 Fox dinner will benefit the Fox Performing Arts Foundation. The foundation’s MARY STRAUSS, who has been planning the event along with JOAN QUICKSILVER and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, tells us that she has become quite the Titanic expert over the past few months. For more information on the Centennial, call 657-5033 or visit titanic2012stl.com.
Soprano CORINNE WINTERS has been announced as the firstever recipient of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ (OTSL) Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize. Winters, who starred in Pelléas and Mélisande in 2011 and will be Micaëla in next season’s Carmen, will make her English National Opera debut in 2013. She will receive $10,000 from the foundation, which was established to help nurture the careers of young theater professionals.
Hot off the press...the OLD NEWSBOYS DAY organization and the CITY OF CLAYTON have a new plan in place to commemorate this year’s event on Thursday, Nov. 17. Because of an existing ordinance that prohibits street corner sales, volunteers (in those signature aprons) now will be working up and down some of Clayton’s busiest sidewalks. Old Newsboys Day, held every year on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, has raised more than $11 million for local children’s charities.
After weeks of public voting that netted more than 7 million votes, MONSANTO’s Grow St. Louis contest has announced its first set of grant winners. They include STRAY RESCUE OF ST. LOUIS, the recipient of $15,000, which the organization says it will use to cover medical expenses and supplies for its rescued animals. Second-place winner Act II Community Theater will use its $10,000 award to offer a wider array of performances and upgrade costumes and equipment. A third-place grant of $5,000 was awarded to the Mascoutah Little Indians football program. The next round of the Grow St. Louis program begins in December.
WILLIAM ‘BILLY’ BUSCH, son of the late AUGUST ‘GUSSIE’ BUSCH JR. and great-grandson of beer baron ADOLPHUS BUSCH, has launched a new brew. Last week, his William K. Busch Brewing Company introduced all-malt Kräftig lager and Kräftig light, which are now available at retailers, restaurants and taverns throughout the St. Louis area. Busch says the idea of adding a new chapter to his family’s beermaking history came to him two years ago when he realized that for the first time in a century and a half, no member of the Busch family was involved in the business of brewing beer in St. Louis. ‘Kräftig’ in German means ‘powerful,’ and Busch says he chose it to reflect his family’s German brewing heritage.
A sure sign of the holidays around here is the LADUE HOLIDAY WALK, which takes place on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Special discounts and refreshments will be offered at participating shops, including Vie, MACS Designs, Cha, Giddyup Jane, Alixandra Collections, Provence Boutique, Jule, Joy Tribout, Mr. Guy, Pink Magnolia, Chill, Special Occasions and Kim Kuehner.