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It’s warming up. Yes, I’ve lived in this town long enough to know not to declare with any certainty the rough part is over, but still, it is March. Even if this little heatwave is just a temporary reprieve from what no one can argue has been a brutal winter, it gives a temperate moment of reflection to thoughtfully ponder what the hell went on for the last three months. I mean, if one more person posted a screen shot of a -18 degree day…We heard the explanation dozens of times: The polar vortex.
Just like blooms peeking through the soil and baby bunnies taking their first hops, parties and gatherings are a sure sign of spring. From simple baby and bridal showers to large weddings and bar mitzvahs, these tips and ideas from local party planners will make your spring soiree breezy and refreshing.
Even if your home is move-in ready, certain staging mistakes could turn off potential buyers. Next, we met three other real estate agents at a home in Frontenac to discuss what improvements could be made to increase its selling price, as well as and ease buyers’ minds.
No get-together is complete without a nice meal—or, at least, a few scrumptious bites. With spring on its way, asked local caterers for their favorite seasonal specialties to spice up your gathering.
I have coulrophobia—and I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one. Coulrophobia is the abnormal fear of clowns. When I think of clowns, I experience a feeling of dread and my heartbeat picks up. I liken it to the way some babies react when they first meet Santa or the Easter Bunny, pulling away in terror or screaming in rage. Only for me, I never seem to have outgrown this irrational fear.
Q: I love miso soup and can’t seem to get enough of that unique and slightly salty flavor. What is miso, anyway, and what else can it be used for?
Once Upon a Time…Rita Wells and her husband, David, were looking for a new kitten. They had always been ‘cat people,’ and had nurtured a pair of Tonkinese cats for almost 20 years. Rita, who retired as the Saint Louis Art Museum’s director of retail sales a few years ago, visited Animal House Fund several times, and in the process, got to know the rescue’s director, Brandyn Jones. “You’re not allowed to just walk in and adopt on the spur of the moment; it’s a process. She really wants to place them carefully,” she says. “And one day Brandyn called and said, I have your cat! She just came in.”
It’s official: I am completely submerged in the teenage years. Due to a family-planning strategy that revolved around white wine and Cardinal home games, Cranky, Whiny, and Punch are now 16, 15 and 13, respectively. And there's lots of fun stuff happening: We have a licensed driver, a permit driver and a 13-year-old who likes to back my car out of our driveway ‘for practice.’ I have to say it’s strange imagining the little girl who once dove—yes, dove—off the top of a slide ("because it was faster") behind the wheel of a car.
As one of St. Louis’ oldest restaurants, Kemoll’s is a tradition not only for the family that runs it, but for countless other local families, as well. “We have some families who have been celebrating Christmas Eve at Kemoll’s for 50 years,” says fourth-generation owner Mark Cusumano. “They first came in here when they were little babies, and now they’re adults in their 50s, and they still celebrate here.”
Like the foundation beams of a bridge, Ranken Jordan helps support kids and families with safe passage from the hospital to home. “The magnitude of the bridge is dependent on the needs of the family,” says president and CEO Lauri Tanner. “For some patients, it could be over a creek; and for others, it’s like the Golden Gate Bridge. But it is about moving, and it is about transition—with the end result being home for our children.”
Most women of childbearing age have heard the long-touted advice regarding the importance of folic acid (a B vitamin) to a healthy pregnancy and baby. For decades, prenatal vitamins have been standard care for women hoping to become pregnant and those who already are. Yet, this is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to preventing birth defects.
ANDREW ZIMMERMAN, executive chef at Sepia Restaurant in Chicago, will be the guest celebrity chef for St. Louis Community College Foundation’s black-tie gala on Saturday, Feb. 8. Falling in Love…in Five Courses will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Joining Zimmerman will be the Four Season's own executive chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI and the chefs and students from the college’s culinary arts program. Tickets are $295 each (patron tickets, $500). For more information, call Jo-Ann Digman at 539-5358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sher household is always buzzing with activity. And it’s not just because of the Shers’ own biological and adopted children (ranging in age from 4 to 32) and the two grandchildren for whom Linda Sher helps care. It’s also, in large part, due to the 59 children she has fostered in the past 18 years as a volunteer through Lutheran Family and Children’s Services.
Reese Helen Nelms
Once Upon a Time…Candice Coleman and her son, Logan, were looking for the perfect pet. And they found it—twice.
Alexander David DeLong--photo by Cassie Allen Photography
Alexis Larson--photo by Bella Baby Photography
Audrey Elise Wells
Well, all things considered, it’s been a relatively quiet year. This is what happened and how we spent our time in 2013:
Local companies joined forces with jewelry designer jenny present to host Shop For A Cause, to benefit Gateway to Hope. Guests enjoyed Champagne, music and sweets while shopping the jenny present collection. Simcha’s Events, Bittersweet Artisan Truffles, Festive Atmospheres, The Rosewood Ensemble and Rachel Closson Photography sponsored the event.
Story: The Black Rep looks at the holiday season from two different perspectives in this musical montage conceived and directed by producing director Ron Himes.