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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.
It’s not a birthday without cake, so to commemorate St. Louis’ 250th birthday, one cake just wouldn’t do. Public art exhibit Cakeway to the West invited local artists and organizations to design and decorate 250 4-foot tall fiberglass birthday cakes that will be displayed around the city throughout the year.
It had to be…Harry Connick Jr! The popular crooner has been announced as the headliner for this year’s Dinner with the Stars to benefit Variety the Children's Charity. The event takes place Saturday, May 3, at Peabody Opera House.
“Most radio stations just play music and sell advertising; we support the local community and the arts in all disciplines," says Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis GM Jim Connett.
Let the trumpets sound! This year's Women of Achievement recipients, who will be honored during a luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, May 15, have been announced. The recipients are...
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.
People usually fall into two categories when it comes to celebrating a birthday: Either they don’t like to be reminded that they’re another year older; or they embrace it, with some extending the celebration into a birthday week—even a birthday month.
I have a very clear picture in my head—I didn’t say it was accurate, just clear. It’s George Clooney and Matt Damon at a high-end steakhouse. They eat giant ribeyes and the maitre d' gives George two long puffs on a Cuban before he insists he put it out. Then George tells Matt that it’s been too long since they had a guys’ trip cleverly disguised as a movie, and—as fun as it may be—Ocean’s Fourteen seems out of the question. So, they round up a great group of actors and find themselves a suitably manly script and…show time!
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.
Arthur Middleton Family by Benjamin West, hangs in House Museum
Middleton Place House Museum - Main Room
Middleton Place View from Parterre looking towards the House Museum
Middleton Place House Museum View from Stableyards
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.”
Music icon Billy Joel is making his return to St. Louis to help ring in a milestone for Scottrade Center. He’ll perform in concert on April 11, marking 20 years since he headlined as the grand-opening performer for the area (then the Kiel Center) in 1994.
Revelers will 'feel their temperatures rising' at St. Louis’ 250th birthday party. And to sweeten the celebration, a region-wide scavenger hunt called Cakeway to the West will feature 250 four-foot-tall cakes throughout the city.
The Iburs moved to Richmond Heights in 2000, and say it’s the perfect place for artists, active individuals and families. Ted, a writer, musician and teacher at Steger Sixth Grade Center, and Anne, a painter, have two teenage girls: Bella and Lily, who are embarking on a creative endeavor of their own—the duo recently released an album and will perform at the South by Southwest music festival in March. The family told us more about what they love in Richmond Heights.
When St. Louis native Erica Willert and husband, Bryan, returned to the States after five years living in Shanghai, they chose University City for their new home because of its diversity and multicultural character. Bryan is executive VP of Willert Home Products and president of the company's Shanghai operations, while Erica is an agent with Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty. Sons Grant and Luke are members of the So iLL Rock Climbing team, avid snow-skiers and are keeping up on their Mandarin at St. Louis Modern Chinese School on the weekends. We asked Erica about what her family enjoys most in the neighborhood.
Gina Bernstein says she dreamt of Clayton life while living in the Washington University dorms. Now, her family is living the dream—Gina, an investment banker with Stern Brothers & Co., and husband Michael, a Saint Louis University Hospital plastic and reconstructive surgeon, live in Clayton with their three children: Ethan and Sam, who attend Wydown Middle School; and Sage, who currently is at Glenridge Elementary. We spoke with Gina to find out more about why her family loves Clayton.
Story: Seven women, identified only by the singular color of their clothing, appear on stage in a ‘choreopoem’ that combines dance with poetry in 20 vignettes describing various experiences of African-American women.
Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday in style with The Biggest Birthday Ball, sure to be one of the biggest social events of the year! The ball, to be held at the Missouri History Museum on Feb. 16, will treat guests with a feast for the senses.
Since moving to St. Louis, the Eberleins have equally divided their time when it comes to supporting their passions. From co-chairing events for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to Siteman Cancer Center, the couple stays busy giving back to the city.
Sunday, February 16: THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL at the Missouri History Museum to benefit stl250, stl250.org.