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Soft sounds of tinkling cow bells on placid brown cows; billowing sailboats dotting Lake Lucerne; cobblestone streets along fairytale architecture; and winsome chalets tucked into lush green mountainsides. This—and so much more—is Lucerne in the summer.
They say you can only make a good first impression once, and the same is true for houses. A study by BMO Financial Group found that “80 percent of perspective buyers know if a home is right for them as soon as they step inside.” A home’s entryway plays a huge role in this decision, and can be the deciding factor in how the property performs on the market. Three local real estate agents offer a glimpse inside the eye-catching entryways of current listings, as well as tips on how to make your foyer more appealing to guests and perspective homebuyers alike.
Story: Two one-act plays bridged by a common theme and title, Lovers takes place in small-town Ireland in the mid-1960s. The first vignette, Winners, pertains to a pair of 17-year-olds, Joseph Michael Brennan and Margaret Mary Enright. Joe has gotten Maggie into the family way, which necessitates a hasty marriage at the end of the school year three weeks hence.
The first glimpse of the Tunnel View—one of the most photographed vistas in the world—renders one speechless. Famed naturalist John Muir once exclaimed, “…by far, the grandest special temple of nature I was ever permitted to enter.”
Story: An ornate chair at stage left and a stately desk at stage right rather starkly adorn the stage for an appearance by one William-Henry Ireland in London in 1826. He’s there to publicly explain how, some 30 year earlier, he fooled the experts and conned the public into believing that he had unearthed a treasure trove of original letters, poems and even a hitherto unknown full-length play by none other than The Bard himself, William Shakespeare.
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.
Grace Your Table with South African Splendor
If you need a break from your Oscar checklist, or simply prefer to watch some of the early contenders from the comfort of your couch, here are the latest releases on DVD (and most popular downloads). It’s a good week for action fans. For your convenience, I’ve divided them into two categories: Worth a Watch and Must Miss.
C.J. Knapp / Kimberly Kowalski
Kim Taylor / Leah Jarrell
Tamsin Mascetti / Jacquelyn Morrison
Mike Wyrock / Andrew Maloney / Susan Nack / Paul Alan / Leslie Gentry
Nancy Bischoff / Julie Bruns
Our gardening romance with the most exotic and tropical-looking South African plants has very deep roots. Some 250 years ago, Scottish botanist Francis Masson was the first of the global plant explorers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to study these plants. Masson brought to horticulture more than 400 species of South African plants such as the king protea, geranium, cineraria, calla lily, bird of paradise, red-hot-poker, Agapanthus and Amaryllis belladonna. He deserves many thanks for his contributions to our garden world!
Daring color is in the air this fall. F. Schumacher is calling fuchsia this season’s ‘it’ color and the perfect upbeat alternative or complement to neutrals.
Sedans offer a practical way to transport your family economically with the availability of several attractive attributes, including luxury, performance and all-weather mobility. Several sedans offer all-wheel-drive, which means that power is distributed to all four wheels to improve handling, as well as traction in wet conditions.
Bob Uecker, the man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala.
Story: The stage manager welcomes the audience to the fictional village of Grover’s Corners, New Hamsphire, and introduces us to various residents who make up the community. The play he presents is divided into three acts, titled Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity.
Story: New York City is stunned when a slave ship suddenly appears in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, centuries after it initially sailed. Its presence elicits a strong reaction from people on shore, including a reporter at the scene, a “slave-ologist” professor, a Republican business executive, a homeless man, a street vendor, a young boy and girl from the projects and others.
Living in St. Louis, it is easy to become blasé about many of the significant historical events that are part of our extremely rich heritage. While the world today has been made smaller—and in many ways, less remarkable—due to technology, hearken back to a time when citizens had to really earn and work to be considered remarkable or big.
From the team behind the uber-successful Pi Pizzeria chain comes Gringo, entering the increasingly crowded arena of Mexican eateries in St. Louis with what it describes as "modern Mexican food with a twist."
Stored away in bins, at the back of racks or deep inside display cabinets are those hidden gems the most stylish of people always seem the find—that scarf no one else could pull off, those distinctive earrings, that lust-worthy bag. If it’s uniqueness you’re after, shopping at vintage, resale or consignment stores may be the missing piece of your shopping routine.
Inspired by tropical resort wear and using 70-year-old bark cloth, the Scarlett Collection is the newest project by a duo of local designers under the guidance of Mary Strauss.