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Story: In 19th century England, Lord Aster agrees to undergo a perilous journey in the service of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria: He will transport a cargo box filled with valuables to the exotic land of Rundoon aboard the Wasp, which is commanded by Aster’s boyhood chum, Robert Falcon Scott.
The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital has elected KENNETH SUELTHAUS as its new board chair. Suelthaus is vice chairman of Polsinelli.
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.’
Story: Boykin, Alabama, also known as Gee’s Bend, sits in a horseshoe-shaped turn of the Alabama River in western Alabama. It was founded in 1816 by Joseph Gee, a wealthy landowner from North Carolina who used slaves to work his cotton plantation. Eventually Gee’s descendants sold the property to a relative named Mark Pettway.
Welcome spring in this spacious yet inviting home. Situated on 3 acres in an exclusive Ladue neighborhood, the property features 16 rooms and more than 10,000 square feet of living space. Architectural details—like built-in bookcases, soaring coffered ceilings and skylights—add sophistication and class. Whip up a delicious meal in the kitchen, with top-of-the-line appliances, Italian tile, a walk-in pantry, center island and butler’s pantry. Soak in the sun during cooler months from the Florida room, or bundle up in front of one of the three fireplaces. Six bedrooms provide ample space for out-of-town guests, who also will love spending time on the expansive deck and in the pool. The octagonal great room has a fireplace and wet bar, each with Verdi marble. An attached, 3-car garage, circle drive, main-floor laundry and central vacuum offer convenience and easy living.
Story: Between 1945 and 1968, more than 3,000 British children, who were told that they were orphans, were transported to Australia under the guise of beginning a happy new life in a faraway land filled with opportunity. Unfortunately, in many cases those children were not orphans, but instead were taken from their homes by bureaucracies that perceived them to be problems for whatever reasons.
Vincent Longo was born in Australia to Italian parents and later moved to the Italian Riviera and finally, to New York City. The makeup artist has worked with legendary models, including the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum; and his work has graced the covers of both national and international beauty magazines. He has since launched his own eponymous makeup line. LN caught up with him recently when he visited St. Louis to debut the line at Soft Surroundings.
“Bass is a demanding mistress," says Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford. "You don’t just leave her alone and expect to come back and everything is fine.”
Well, all things considered, it’s been a relatively quiet year. This is what happened and how we spent our time in 2013:
Q: Chef, with playoff season almost here, I am looking for a great tailgate item that will top all the other tailgaters around me. Burger and brats, ribs and BBQ are fine, but I am looking for something a little uncommon. I heard about your Gator Ribs for the Florida and Mizzou game last year and just had to come up and try them. Touchdown! What’s in your bag for this season?
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
Longtime restaurateur Kim Tucci, founder of The Pasta House Co., is among those being honored by Paraquad at its upcoming AccessibleSTL Shine the Light Awards for his work to promote a fully accessible community for people with disabilities.
KRISTEN NORDSTROM has joined STAGES as a GM and will oversee day-to-day operations for administrative staff. Nordstrom is a graduate ofWebsterUniversity and has worked as a dancer, choreographer and educator. Former STAGES managing director RON GIBBS is now the director of human resources.
A reverence and respect for water is a universal theme, found in cultures from ancient Greece to the remote Pacific Island of Vanuatu. The ritual significance of water spans across the globe to include the Native American rain dance, Christian baptismal font, the gleeful splashing of the Songkran water festival of the Dai New Year and the solemn funeral pyre on the Ganges. Learning to manage water, whether it is a lot or a little, is an important part of our shared community. Well-handled water can be cleansing, refreshing, energizing. Out-of-control water has the power to drown and destroy, to wash away with time even the greatest of mountains.
Bruce Affleck first wore the Blue Note in 1974. Now, he’s the Blues’ chief operating officer, and he’s still chasing Lord Stanley’s elusive prize.
Ryan Robertson arguably posted the best career stats of any high school player in our town's history. Now that he's returned home, Robertson is coaching his children's basketball teams.
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A one-and-a-half story home in Ladue with 15 rooms, 4 bedrooms and 2 half- and 5 full baths is listed for $2.995 million.
One comic book character has big mechanical legs. Another carries a giant pencil. Embodying the ideas of walking, talking, reading and writing, the four superhero characters created for the St. Louis Arc represent the key services the organization provides children with developmental disabilities in the local community. “We wanted something that captures the spirit of what we do to help kids succeed,” explains John Taylor, the organization’s VP of advancement.
Congratulations to Villa Duchesne senior Sarah Sutherlin, who has been selected as one of Missouri’s top youth volunteers of 2013.
Janet Droege has come full-circle. She lives on the same property where she grew up—only in a new house built a year ago to replace her childhood home. Janet and her husband, Dr. Bill Droege, owner and president of Esquire Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, each grew up in Richmond Heights and believe it is a great place to raise their own family. Their daughters, Molly, 16, and Madeline, 14, attend Clayton H.S. and Immacolata Catholic School. Janet’s mother also lives in her own quarters on the property. And the Droeges’ two Shih Tzus, CiCi and Chloe, complete the family. Janet told us more about what she and her family love about life in Richmond Heights.