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.”
As the busiest holidays of the year approach, designing your décor to fit every seasonal event can be daunting. Here, local designers share some essential pieces to effortlessly take your home’s style through fall’s foliage into a winter wonderland.
Fifty-five years after The Four Preps introduced the surfer hit, 26 Miles, Santa Catalina still is an island of romance, unspoiled beauty and endless fun, as well as a perfect place for family vacations with something for every age.
If you recall last weekend was delightful, weather-wise. Saturday was a crisp fall day—well technically it’s still summer, but you get my meaning—a sweatshirt and shorts kind of day. So it was in an almost spontaneous, certainly unpremeditated, moment that I said it. I’m not sure I had ever actually uttered the words before. I mean, I’m sure I had, but I may have blocked it out. I don’t know why but the weather must have caused a sudden surge of sentimentality. So I said it: we should go to the pumpkin patch.
St. Louis has a multitude of signature dishes associated with it. Alumni St. Louis, which opened earlier this year on the ground floor of the Park Pacific Building downtown, is putting its own unique spin on many of these favorites and elevating them--and the local dining scene--in the process.
There is a song by one of my favorite voices, Ella Fitzgerald, called Yesterdays, which perfectly captures how many of us feel about nostalgia.
Story: Jeffrey is 10 years old and a bit too headstrong for his parents’ liking. So, they enroll him in Mrs. Helen Kirk’s manners class at their local YMCA in Steubenville, Ohio. It’s 1967, so Jeffrey and the other students in “Mrs. Mannerly’s” class dress in spiffy fashion which, after all, is part of being properly groomed and presented.
After 18 years as the news director at KMOX Radio, you could understand if John Butler has spent part of his days reflecting on the past. But Butler doesn’t spend a lot of time looking back.
Story: Ken Haller, a pediatrician by day and versatile performer at night, has packaged an abundance of nostalgia with a bit of American history and even sociology into 90 minutes of entertainment titled The TV Show! In addition to themes from various TV series, Haller dips as well into original musicals made for TV in the medium’s ‘golden age,’ and even offers up an amusing medley of melodies for TV commercials written by one Barry Manilow “before he was Barry Manilow.”
So the popular band Maroon 5 has a new hit song out called Payphone. In it, the band’s lead singer, The Voice judge Adam Levine, mourns a lost love and sings that he can’t make a call from a payphone because he spent all of his change on her. I was in the car last week and the song came on. Cranky immediately began singing along and Punch suddenly got a very puzzled look on his face. Mom, what’s a payphone? I looked at Whiny to share a laugh and got the same befuddled expression as if to say, Don’t look at me. I don’t know what a payphone is. He ventured a guess, Is it like a pre-paid cell phone? I finally got the look of informed amusement from Cranky, who rolled her eyes. No, it’s the red thing Lindsay Lohan uses to call home in The Parent Trap. Everyone seemed satisfied with that explanation.
The fall television season has arrived and, after a dearth of interesting or entertaining summer programs I, for one, couldn’t be happier. As you may or may not recall, last spring was a bloodbath for new television with a record number of shows getting the axe in their first season—a number of network executives met with the same fate, I imagine. Whoever gave the green light to Perfect Couples must certainly be planning a career change. That being said, there are obviously a few holes in the schedule and networks have filled them with more than 20 new shows premiering in the next two weeks.
Like me, there are quite a few St. Louisans who believe that the names of Chuck Berry and Joe Edwards have become indelibly linked in our city’s lore. As we sit at a table inside Blueberry Hill, Edwards and I can look outside and see the newly unveiled statue of the ‘Father of Rock and Roll.’ The figure of a young Berry in a tuxedo looks as though it is just about to swoop down into the famous ‘duck walk.’ Just like most of the other things he has brought to life on The Loop, the statue is much the way Edwards envisioned it.
Dr. Douglas Watanabe admits he doesn’t act his age. From running a successful Town & Country dental practice to flying World War II biplanes, the almost septuagenarian leads a busy life with no plans to slow down any time soon.
Surrounded by the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico, and battered by Katrina, oil spills and floods, New Orleans has been brought down about as low as a city can get. But it is by no means down and out.
Musical: “Beehive, the 60’s Musical”
Snack Central: Everybody loves snacks, and what’s better than freshly made popcorn from locally owned Poptions? Two and 3.5 gallon tins available, customized with three flavors, including chocolate varieties made exclusively using Bissinger’s chocolate! $30 to $70
Tucked into a quiet city neighborhood just east of Maplewood, The Picadilly started as the corner watering hole. That was in the ‘20s. The family-owned spot underwent a facelift a couple of years ago and expanded its food menu, which it calls ‘American classic.’ There is a nice selection of comfort food-type entrees, most under $11, and hearty sandwiches, most under $9.
Play: A Christmas Story
There’s more than one way to teach academic and social skills. Many local schools offer unique programs and learning opportunities to excite young minds. Teachers at Westchester Elementary School and Rohan Woods School told us how they’ve made learning fun and memorable.
Opened several months ago in downtown Webster Groves, Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain & Grill is just that: an ice-cream parlor that serves up a few grill items burgers, fries, brats as well as sandwiches and a dazzling array of ice cream creations. Proprietors Merrille MacLellan and George Hessler brought their little bit of nostalgia to Webster after the success of its first location in Lebanon, Ill.
The curtain of leaves showering down in autumn can be magically beautiful. I remember with glee running through great heaps and piles of leaves with my brothers. My dad would haul out a big canvas and we would fill it with leaves and drag it to the compost pile.
• Nostalgia for the olde tyme shop her family owned led Maggie Ahern to open a little bit of candy heaven in old Webster Groves. Earlier in the summer she moved her arts ‘n crafts business, Firehouse Gallery, upstairs to make room for Sweetie’s Candy and Cones. One wall holds shelves of candies in jars that young hands will love to load into pails. The grown-up chocolates and truffles from Christopher’s in Kansas City are in a curved glass display cabinet. But the showstopper is the Olde New Orleans Ice Shaver on the back counter. The chipped flakes are compacted by hand into sno-cones, complete with 30 flavored syrups as toppings. Or you can opt from a dozen flavors of Edy’s ice cream instead. Stroller moms will love the walk-up window at 130 W. Lockwood Ave.