While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
Story: Nothing has changed for 16 years in the relationship between brothers Victor and Walter Franz. Since their father’s death in 1952, they’ve left the Manhattan brownstone apartment where he lived untouched, as they have their own estranged communications.
It’s a Shakespearean story of courage, faith and loyalty: A young man must leave his rebellious ways behind and learn how to be king. For the first time, two plays—Henry IV and Henry V—will be staged for the free annual Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park. “We wanted to do two plays that were so epic in scope and epic in storytelling that it would make this an event for St. Louis and our audience,” says Shakespeare Festival St. Louis executive director Rick Dildine.
It’s been a long time coming, and in a few days, Cardinal Nation will finally get to christen Ballpark Village, the 10-acre master-planned development designed around Busch Stadium.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
On April 12, Queeny Park will be transformed into a giant hunting ground when the LLS Bunny, along with his helpers, hides a grand total of 60,000 eggs for area kids to find.
Passion drives Tony Thompson. Whether he’s leading a board meeting, mentoring students or creating music, Thompson—the Kwame Building Group, Inc. board chairman—adds his intense enthusiasm to each undertaking.
Story: Life isn’t easy for Mark and his friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s the early 1990s, and the long, grim shadow of HIV and AIDS looms ominously over them, since most of Mark’s friends are afflicted with one or the other. Beyond that, this group of starving artists ekes out the most meager of existences, making do with dilapidated conditions in their apartment buildings while they struggle to hone their crafts.
LN’s own design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD and his business partner, MARIA CLIFFORD, were among a privileged few who recently attended the highly anticipated auction of socialite LILLY PULITZER’s estate in West Palm Beach. Brainerd and Clifford, co-owners of Great Estates, were able to secure seats in the second row of the packed auction house for the sale of items from the fashion icon’s Palm Beach compound. Among Brainerd’s acquisitions for the day: three LILIAN MACKENDRICK watercolors and a charming, lidded cabbage box to add to his majolica collection. For her part, Clifford secured Chinese Chippendale cocktail and side tables for her living room.
Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop crooner Harry Connick Jr. will headline Variety the Children’s Charity’s Dinner with the Stars on May 3 at Peabody Opera House.
Of all the people playing professional sports in our town, Trevor Rosenthal may be the most gifted. And by the end of this season, he may be the best closer in baseball. LN contributor Frank Cusumano caught up with him in Jupiter.
The weather has been teasing us lately; but at LN, we’re hoping a new spring look is just the thing to make the warm weather come a little more quickly. We asked tarte makeup artist Erin Griffin how to make the transition. Griffin is a 10-year industry veteran who has done makeup for Miami Swim Week and the Oscar de la Renta show. She also has worked behind the scenes for the likes of Lady Antebellum and The Voice winner Casadee Pope.
Local teens helped spread the love this Valentine’s Day by sending area seniors more than 1,000 Valentines as part of Love Letters, a program sponsored by Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA), DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals on Wheels Association of America. More than 68,000 teens across the country contributed cards for almost 100,000 seniors. The cards were included in meal deliveries from Meals on Wheels volunteers. Pictured: Katie Fenton
Description: Impresario Jim Dolan and his company, The Presenters Dolan, have delivered hundreds of cabaret shows since 2006 in venues around town. Dolan, Tim Schall and others have helped propel cabaret’s increasing popularity here in the last several years with both nationally renowned performers and home-grown talent.
There are two types of people: There are those who—when they receive a high-tech gadget gift—tear off the packaging, throw away the instructions, plug it in and then start playing with their new toy.
Like it or not, same-sex unions, marriages or commitment ceremonies are happening—and happening in a big way in this country. At Ken Miesner’s, we have been asked to provide floral services for several such occasions.
Show your love for St. Louis this Valentine’s weekend by attending the 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION festivities at Forest Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Burnin’ Love Festival on Art Hill kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with family-friendly activities, food trucks, fire-dancers, live performances by the likes of ERIN BODE and DENISE THIMES, and fireworks to cap off the night. On Sunday, Feb. 16, THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL at the Missouri History Museum promises to be one of the year’s most memorable affairs, featuring cocktails, a variety of food stations sampling local fare and live entertainment. Ladue News is a proud Silver Sponsor of the Ball. For tickets and more information about all other events, visit stl250.org.
Chocolate has been a favorite gift for lovers for a long time—all the way back to the days of the Aztec empire of Central America. I have a recipe for a chocolate caramel cake that truly represents the love that goes into its creation. Like water is to the body, chocolate is for the soul. It helps relieve the stress of life. Always remember: Turning ‘stressed’ around gives you ‘desserts.’
The sixth annual Festivale to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 8, at Neo on Locust, 2801 Locust St. VIP admission will be from 7 to 8 p.m. with general admission beginning at 8 p.m. The event concludes at 10:30 p.m. This year's event has a speakeasy theme and features beers from some of the area's best breweries, as well as apps, entertainment, raffles and a silent auction. For more info and to purchase tickets, head online to cff.org.
Loving the small-town feel in a bigger city, the Schulte family has called Glendale home for more than eight years. James and Ann Schulte tell us more about what they love to do in Glendale.
Story: The time is April 13, 1865, and Confederate soldier Caleb DeLeon has returned to his family’s home in Richmond just four days after the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy at Appomattox, Virginia. Caleb is the scion of a Southern Jewish family that has abandoned their home in the wake of the South’s surrender to the North.
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What if your family was faced with the sudden loss of a loved one, and you were responsible for gathering all the pertinent paperwork at a moment’s notice? That’s exactly what happened to Richard Fox when his father unexpectedly passed away.