It seems that every year, the window that defines summer vacation closes ever so slightly: Cranky has a summer school class, Whiny needs to be back for sports, Punch has camp. Summer used to mean June, July and August—Memorial Day to Labor Day. Now, summer is a two-week span in mid-July. Nevertheless, I’m determined to make the most of it, so I pack the car, load the family and head north. No matter how demanding the family schedule, nothing can replace a northern Michigan getaway. And, of course, whether we go for two weeks or two months, one thing always remains consistent: the drive.
Summer vacation season is here, and many St. Louisans are hopping on planes destined for international locales and setting sail on cruises around the world. But before the big trip, area health and business experts warn seniors to stop and take stock.
To help celebrate the Missouri History Museum's American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit, the folks at Bixby's are offering a series of happy hours this summer inspired by the exhibition. On Tuesday, July 22, and Tuesday, August 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., guests at the restaurant (located on the second floor of the museum) can enjoy locally inspired hors d'oeuvres and desserts, paired with a Pinckney Bend or Anheuser-Busch tasting. Each happy hour ticket also includes admission to the exhibit. Cost is $30 per person ($25 for museum members). For tickets and information, call 454-3151 or visit bixbys-mohistory.com.
The Sherwin-Williams residential Colormix 2015 forecast is filled with optimistic stories that reflect a brightened outlook and provide fresh color combinations to inspire creativity.
A 17-year-old Frontenac girl, Ellie Towle, currently is biking her way across the country—from Charleston, South Carolina, to San Diego—to help raise tuition money for local schoolchildren.
Make plans to attend the St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this summer. Two former St. Louisans are the featured guests: Brad Schiff (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and Shawn Krause (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up).
Everyone’s got a past. But, of course, some are just naturally more interesting than others. Three area realtors opened up to LN about how they got to where they are today, and how they transfer the skills they gained in previous careers to give them an edge in real estate industry.
After more than a decade, the internationally renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem is making its return to St. Louis as part of Dance St. Louis’ 2014-2015 season.
Story: The third annual St. Lou Fringe Festival brought 35 different acts to mid-town St. Louis from throughout the metropolitan area and around the country. The festival began with a kick-off party on Wednesday, June 18 and a modest schedule of events on Thursday, June 19 before a full schedule of shows each day from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.
Fans of fine food and the works of The Bard will be pleased to find out that Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, is partnering with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for this year’s productions of Henry IV and Henry V. Bixby’s will host an intimate and elegant communal dining experience for five nights throughout the run of the show. Guests can make reservations to dine at a community table, under the stars, and enjoy a lavish full-course meal, focused on dining with local influence. This experience is limited to 40 guests per night. Tickets are $50 and include a reserved seat for the show; dinners begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at sfstl.com.
Things are about to get wilder at the Saint Louis Zoo. Beginning this Saturday, three new animal habitats will open to the public: The Purina Painted Dog Preserve, the Sun Bear Forest and the Andean Bear Range.
The 2014 Winter Olympics were recently held in Sochi, Russia. Does anyone think those great athletes just ‘showed Up’ for their big game? Absolutely not!
One of the big highlights of the 2014 golf season in St. Louis will be the Curtis Cup. The biennial international women's amateur golf competition features eight-player teams from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland in competition. The Cup will be played June 6 to 8 at the St. Louis Country Club, which will play to a par 70 over 6,200 yards. The USA leads the series 27-7-3.
Part of the joy of gardening is the daily surprise. Sometimes, conditions conspire to make a garden look tired and worn, such as extreme summer heat compounded by drought. Those days, while disappointing, must be endured. However, on other occasions, gardeners may draw a lucky had when strange combinations of conditions bring about splendid moments. This year, for example, the long, cold soil temperatures slowed down the early varieties of spring bulbs; then good moisture and warm sun brought out the late-season kinds right on schedule. After the winter of death, we needed a break.
So, we’re all painfully aware that language is fluid and evolving—we have YOLO to thank for it, after all. Words change and new words crop up all the time. Ginormous is now a word—a real word—not something cute your 3-year-old says. I actually think in this mile-a-millisecond world, language is doing more than evolving, it’s trending—and the word 'trending' is an example. New words are hip, boss, keen, even though those descriptors are not…or are they? Did I mention language also is cyclical? Words are stretched and deconstructed and truncated and manipulated into common usage. Some gather momentum, others peter out (phat). One of the current words in the spotlight is moon, or more accurately, honeymoon.
When a groom-to-be wanted a photo-ready smile for his big day but didn’t want to break the bank, he turned to Creve Coeur Dental for an affordable alternative. Dr. Humaira Rosinksi fitted him with a template of teeth that fit over his existing smile. And at his wedding, the smile makeover shined. “When you give someone their smile back, you’re also giving them their confidence back,” Rosinski notes. “They’re not afraid to smile anymore.”
As one of the female pioneers of St. Louis PR, Joan Quicksilver—who is known not only among local PR circles, but throughout the community—has seen women go from being minimalized in the industry to now being dominant influences.
The long wait is over, and Ballpark Village finally is reality. And this is just the first phase of development—stay tuned for office, hotel and residential plans to expand the project in upcoming years.
Kids today are spoiled. When I was growing up, the Cardinals went without a post season from 1969 ‘til 1982. The Cardinals have been to the post season ten times since the year 2000. Kids expect it. They think if the Cardinals are not playing in October, there must be something wrong.
When Stacey Brooks Delo had her first child in 2010, she also had two college degrees, more than a decade of work experience and a successful career as a reporter and producer for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network in tow. But she found that in order to be a good employee and a good mom, she needed more job flexibility. So, she was able to negotiate her work hours down to three days a week. While it was an ideal situation for her family, she wondered what other working moms do when faced without an answer to this work-life balance issue. After searching for resources and coming up short, she decided to leave her job in 2012 and launch Maybrooks.com: an online community where smart moms find flexible jobs, get inspired and connect with each other. To find out more about Maybrooks.com and how Delo juggles her work and family commitments, LN recently spoke via phone with her from her San Francisco home—where the tiny voices of her almost 4-year-old daughter, Rory, and 2-year-old son, Toby, could be heard murmuring in the background as she worked.
Hot on the heels of his latest venture, restaurateur DAVID BAILEY has announced he'll be opening yet another concept this year. The as-yet-unnamed barbecue eatery will be located at 1011 Olive St. in Midtown, and will feature a 200-seat restaurant and an additional 150-seat event space. The rooftop will house a separate bar that will operate independently. Look for an opening this winter.
Story: Louise Seger, a single mother with two young children, becomes an instant fan of rising young country singer Patsy Cline when she hears the latter perform on The Arthur Godfrey Talent Show on CBS in 1957.
For many, speaking before an audience is a challenge. That difficult task can be made tougher by those seated in front of the presenter. They are sometimes inattentive, or talk among themselves or do worse. Attendees can make the most confident and experienced presenter deliver less than their best. The speaker doesn’t like this, and the audience does not benefit as they should.
In an average week, I attend one to three events—galas, luncheons, performances, etc.—so it’s not unusual for me to run into the same people who carry on with a similar schedule as I do. And with every event, there are those who consistently stand out. Call it a combination of confidence, charisma and style, these are people who command your attention as soon they walk into the room.
At the tender age of 16, Antonio Douthit-Boyd experienced the epic performance mastery that is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The physicality, emotion and human connection he felt from the professional dancers was unmatched. In that moment, the St. Louis native knew what he wanted to do with his life. He followed his dream and achieved the rare feat of being chosen for the world-famous dance company. Douthit-Boyd took a breather from his hectic Alvin Ailey tour schedule to talk with LN about his first dance steps in St. Louis, bringing the company’s new tour back to his hometown through Dance St. Louis, and carrying real-life experiences onto some of the most acclaimed international stages.