Lauren Hope Marglous and H. Peter Rawson Steffen
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
In many ways, the kitchen is the center of the home—it’s where families come together to spend quality time during meals, where guests mingle and nosh on snacks during a party—and often, it’s even the work space where kids do their homework, while Mom or Dad prepares dinner.
Dance patrons recently enjoyed a kickoff party at the home of Susan and David Sherman to learn more about this month's St. Louis Ballet Love is in the Air gala. Funds raised from the dinner and performance will support the Ballet and its educational programs. Pictured: Miran Halen, Susan Sherman, Shane Petyko, Paula Reed, Anjali Kamra and Tania Beasley-Jolly
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Everybody has a cell phone, and almost everybody texts. Texting is easy, cheap, fun, mildly illicit, and it makes you feel cool—it’s kind of like the 21st-century’s version of smoking. And not unlike smoking, it can be offensive at certain times. The good news is, after a solid decade of text capability, certain rules of order have been established; an E-tiquette, if you will. Now before you decide to forward this to the closest teenager you can find, know that I have seen as many—if not more—offenses committed by an older demographic. Texting, like chewing gum, done anywhere but in the privacy of your own room, runs the risk of offense, so here are some basic parameters.
Magaret Elaine Daniels and Steven Julius Kofkoff
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.
In 2014, Epworth Children and Family Services celebrates 150 years of helping kids find their strengths and of serving the community with its lineup of programs to help children build a brighter future. To commemorate the milestone and honor longtime supporters Noemi and Michael Neidorff, Epworth will host its Pillar of Strength Award event Feb. 15. “Considering we’re celebrating 250 years since St. Louis’ founding, 150 years as a nonprofit is pretty extraordinary,” notes Donna Wilkinson, the event’s honorary chair. “Epworth certainly has stood the test of time and has been really great for the community.”
Seniors looking for a new home in the new year are invited to discover it at Mari de Villa. Two villas recently have become available at the 27-acre senior living campus, which offers all levels of care, from independent to assisted living, 24-hour skilled nursing and memory care.
With an open floor plan and ample room for privacy, the 20-year-old manse has more than 5,000-square-feet of living space. The 2-story entry hall looks through the great room, with a wood-burning fireplace, huge windows and built-in bookcases.
Luxurious new guest cottages, a lavish outdoor pavilion and sweeping vineyard are coming to The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn. The $1.35-million expansion is set to be completed by next summer on the adjacent event venues in the serene setting of St. Albans. “We are eager to see this dream come to fruition and look forward to welcoming guests next year,” notes owner Datra Herzog, who says the upscale project has been years in the making.
The joy of the season cannot be contained into one holiday event at The Gatesworth, where residents and guests celebrate throughout a variety of festive dinners and gatherings.
In the spirit of the season, Piccione Pastry is giving back: the late-night Italian bakery in the Delmar Loop is continuing its Pastries With a Purpose program to benefit six more local charities this December.
Happy Birthday, Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Four Seasons Winery, located within the Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, will be celebrating FRANK SINATRA’s birthday with a special five-course dinner on Thursday, Dec. 12. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite TONY VIVIANO and his band. Admission to dinner, dancing and the tribute show is $35 person (includes tax and gratuity), and a cash bar will be available. The evening will also give diners an opportunity to preview the planned full-scale launch of Four Seasons as a wine and fine-dining venue. Proprietor Mehdi Rouhani, of the popular Candicci’s and Talayna’s restaurants, says he plans an official launch of the expanded facility early next year. For reservations, call 956-6266.
The diversity found in St. Louis neighborhoods brings a variety of holiday traditions to the table. Here, area families share recipes, music and festivities that have been preserved through the generations.
This just in…USA Today has declared the Four Seasons St. Louis as one of the top hotel breakfasts in America. In its latest Daily Meal ranking, the newspaper lists the Four Seasons’ Cielo restaurant at No. 6, citing its Belgian waffle with cappuccino mascarpone cream and pralines and the crème brûlée French toast with blueberry compote, as well as the egg-white frittata and the chocolate bomboloni (Italian filled donut). Congratulations to hotel general manager Alper Oztok and his team!
For the Dinner Party
Mark & James dress, $450, Vie
Black & white diamond fancy earrings, $10,930, Lordo’s Diamonds
Pave diamond ring, $20,250, Albarre Jewelry
Jimmy Choo heels, $995, Neiman Marcus
Gigi Lombrano / Steve Toedebusch
Deanie Reis and Tom Spannring weren’t distracted by superfluous details when planning their wedding. They knew what mattered most: celebrating their holy matrimony with family and friends.
Since its founding 21 years ago, Friends of Kids with Cancer has evolved in many ways. But one thing stays the same: its dedication to making kids smile.