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Many of us think we know what we like when it comes to the arts in St. Louis, but sometimes the most thrilling performance or the most moving canvas can be found in an unexpected place. We asked some of the area’s most plugged-in artistic leaders and supporters about their favorite arts experiences—perhaps you’ll find a new place to love!
Families can explore educational, recreational, leadership, employment and volunteer activities at the annual Summer Opportunities Fair on Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at John Burroughs School.
When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast this fall, the Veiled Prophet (VP) Organization was ready to step up in any way it could. Joining forces with another agency, the VP quickly gathered a group of members to assist in filling several trucks with much-needed cleaning supplies, food and clothing destined for the damaged areas. “One of the Veiled Prophet’s strengths always has been the ability to pull together and manage large groups of volunteers to help those who have a specific need,” explains VP spokesman Tom Cooke.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned pub, a neighborhood watering hole with a big beer list and a menu full of stick-to-your ribs favorites. Three Kings Public House definitely has all this going for it and more.
When I arrived in St. Louis in the summer of 2000, I discovered a remarkable city home to 91 municipalities on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River. It is a place described by demographers as the ‘northernmost southern city’ and the ‘southernmost northern city.’ It is a city whose ethnicity, geography and attitudes all place it uniquely in the middle of America.
The annual Summer Opportunities Fair takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at Whitfield School, 175 S. Mason Road. The free event is open to the public and affords parents the opportunity to interact with representatives from local, national and international programs, and receive a preview of available summer opportunities ranging from athletic, educational and art camps to clubs, learning centers and more. The fair, sponsored by John Burroughs School, Mary Institute Saint Louis Country Day School and Whitfield School, gives parents the tools to make informed decisions on what programs best suit their child. For more information, visit summeropportunitiesfair.org. From Feb. 1 through Sept. 1, a ‘Virtual Camp Fair’ will be launched via the fair’s informational website allowing families a chance to revisit some of their favorite participants from this year’s event.
While the glitz and glamour of the annual ball attracts most of the public’s attention each year, behind the scenes, the Veiled Prophet Organization works to have a positive impact on the St. Louis area. Through its community service initiative, maids of honor and their families give back by volunteering with various projects around the city. But today’s debutantes don’t just stop there. We learned how three young women who walked in this year’s ball are helping others throughout the community, across the country and around the world.
It’s been just about a year since One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar opened at, not coincidentally, 119 N. Kirkwood Road, bringing the tapas trend to Kirkwood. We made our way to the eatery not long ago to have a taste, and if they keep doing what they’re doing, their first anniversary won’t be the last.
The annual Summer Opportunities Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the McDonnell Athletic Center at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), 101 North Warson Road. Now in its 35th year, the popular event allows families to explore a variety of summer activities that are available locally, nationally and internationally.
Since 1878, when spectators arrived by horse-drawn wagons and steamboats to watch the debut of the parade, Veiled Prophet festivities have delighted generations of St. Louis families. The civic organization sponsors Fair St. Louis, a Fourth of July extravaganza that has brought millions of visitors to the city over the past 30 years. And although most St. Louisans are familiar with the annual ball for the Veiled Prophet Maids of Honor, they might not be fully aware of the community service initiative that is an integral part of the event. Nowadays, you’re more likely to see a Maid of Honor in gloves of grubby canvas, rather than elbow-length white satin.
The year was 1878, and the country was going through a recession in the wake of Civil War reconstruction. St. Louis, an agriculture and transportation center, was hit hard, and attendance at the Agriculture and Mechanical Fair, an important local event during harvest time, had been waning. So a group of enterprising local businessmen formed the Veiled Prophet Organization. “The idea was to promote St. Louis, enrich the quality of life for its citizens and attract visitors,” says Veiled Prophet Organization spokesperson Thomas Cooke.
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While the average retirement age for professional dancers is mid 30s, members of the dance troupe St. Louis Strutters & Co. are just getting their second wind in their 50s, 60s and 70s. In fact, to become a part of this august group, dancers must be at least 50 years old and of a high caliber—a caliber that has earned the Strutters comparisons with the Rockettes. “We may not kick as high as the Rockettes, but we try to be as perfect as they are,” says longtime dancer and Strutters president Marcene Tockman.
The annual Summer Opportun-ities Fair takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at John Burroughs School, 755 S. Price Road. Now in its 34th year, the popular event allows families to meet with representatives from more than 160 camps, and discuss their various programs.
For Audrey Imbs, ‘summer camp’ last year meant snowcapped peaks and glacial lakes, sea kayaking with seals right by her boat, and moose, bear and wolf sightings. The MICDS sophomore spent three weeks in Alaska as part of an ‘Explorer’ trip hosted by Overland, a company that runs biking, hiking, language, service and writing programs around the world.
Several months ago, L’école Culinaire grads Josh Striplin and Benjamin McNabb opened a delicious little restaurant at the corner of Olive and Woods Mill roads in Chesterfield. The young men took over the spot that once housed Simon’s (an offshoot of Saleem’s), and one of their dads manages the front of the restaurant, adding another layer of local color to the mix.
Globalization notwithstanding, to truly understand another culture you still have to visit a foreign country, and speaking the language helps. That’s the conclusion three local students have come to after their recent travels abroad.
The well-heeled crowd at the Saint Louis Art Fair has made it the darling of artists across the country. Vendors of the highest caliber compete for a spot at the annual event, which yields unique treasures for shoppers and a great opportunity for artisans.
• Quench your summer thirst with horchata! The authentic Mexican cinnamon rice milk is served over ice in a huge plastic tumbler at the Tower Tacos Mexican restaurant at 3147 Cherokee St. FERNANDO DE LA TORRE and his fiancée Andrea opened the six-table joint at the beginning of June. The long menu has 16 combination plates for $6.75; specialty dishes such as fish fajitas and chicken with chorizo and pineapple top out at $15. On the weekend, they serve menudo (spicy soup) and posole (pork and hominy stew with red chiles)!