Story: Frances “Baby” Houseman is spending three weeks following her high school graduation in 1963 with her sister and parents at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. It’s her physician father’s first vacation in quite a while, and it’s Baby’s time to relax as well before heading off to college at Mount Holyoke, where she plans to get an education in economics before joining the Peace Corps and helping change the world.
There was no three-peat at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship for St. Louis native Ellen Port.
Students sewing costumes, building sets and even filling the director’s chair are common occurrences at Visitation Academy. Its middle and upper schools’ theater program, led by drama and speech teacher Marty Strohmeyer, allows young women to take the reins in four annual productions. “We believe in entrusting them as leaders—if you trust them, they are going to trust it and go with it,” Strohmeyer says.
There is no bigger Bill Murray fan than I. I've never not loved him in a film (and yes, I have seen Ghostbusters 2). The man is magical. He's funny, sure, but there's something compelling in his performances that despite how despicable the character, you just want to root for him. That is the primary reason this movie is so good.
To date, the Ebola virus has infected approximately 9,000 people and killed at least 4,500 in several West African countries. The numbers continue to rise exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control says in a worst-case scenario, the infected numbers could balloon to 1.4 million by mid-January.
Next year marks 60 years for the Women of Achievement Award, the longest-running program in St. Louis whose sole mission is to honor and recognize volunteer service and leadership by local women. Nominations are now being accepted.
You can always tell when Oscar season has arrived. Films grow maudlin and tackle subjects like racism, genocide and human dysfunction. The Judge is early out of the gate for Academy consideration and packs a cast of lauded actors, a couple of whom have already made the trip to the dais. The film isn't perfect, but if you want to see some spectacular acting, this is your movie.
Last winter, Joshua Kazdan, now a junior at John Burroughs School, heard about a trip being offered by the Japan America Society of St. Louis to create ambassadorship between the two countries. Interested in Japanese culture, Joshua applied and was selected as part of a group of students for the all-expense-paid trip, thanks to sponsorship by Toyota and Hitachi.
With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
Iconic St. Louis has released its first-ever St. Louis Skyline die-cut card. The card was created and designed by Mary Strauss and illustrated by Chris Kilcullen; proceeds benefit Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
Unfortunately, the percentage of marriages ending in divorce is increasing. If the numbers are to be believed, as much as 55 percent of all marriages end this way.
Many spectacular parties have been immortalized in books. From The Great Gatsby to Pride and Prejudice to Little Women, get-togethers live on inside their bindings. Now, take your nose out of the novel and experience a real-life celebration surrounded by books: The St. Louis Public Library’s (SLPL) 150th anniversary celebration will kick-off at the upcoming A Novel Affair Gala.
Points of Light, the country’s largest volunteer management and civic organization, recently awarded St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) with the Point of Light Award. St. Louis HELP loans home medical equipment to those in need at no cost. Last year, the organization loaned more than 4,000 medical items.
With fall’s cool breeze and colorful leaves come some of St. Louis’ most family-friendly adventures. LN recently spoke with Amanda Doyle, local mom and author of 100 Things to do in Saint Louis Before You Die, about packing up the kids and heading out for some fall fun.
Lisa Marie Watson & Michael Theodore de los Reyes
Having a child with a learning disability of any kind is a struggle. Between diagnosis, doctors appointments and treatments, school work can get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, several area schools cater specifically to students with learning disabilities, which means youngsters can focus on their education and stay on track to success.
At Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, teachers work closely with students during learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to create globally-minded citizens. “Our teachers get to know the kids, their abilities and their potential," says head of school Elizabeth Miller. "It’s more than knowing the teacher-student ratio. It’s about the relationships they build with the child—that’s what is meaningful.”
Head of School Elizabeth Miller with students at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
Kirk Day School
Tom Stoner, Westminster Christian Academy head of school
Miriam School student Olivia crawls through the colored hoops in the school gym
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School junior Allie Christopher helps a Child in Costa Rica during a field day event
Mary Institue and Saint Louis Country Day School junior Bear Reisinger plays with chidlren at a Peruvian orphanage