Brian Rockette, Amit Dhawan, Vito Vanella
Time spent with grandparents is a treasure that many kids carry with them for the rest of their lives. And the feeling is mutual, as some local grandmas tell us. Here, we ask them about their favorite ways to spend a day with their grandkids—in St. Louis and beyond.
Have you ever considered getting married on the same stage where Elvis once performed? Or how about The Rat Pack, The Rockettes or even Oprah? If that doesn’t strike your fancy, perhaps your parents graduated on that same stage.
When families ask Fred Wiesehan why Mari de Villa is the best place for their loved one, he has a ready answer: “I tell them it’s as easy as one-two-three,” he explains. “No. 1 is the level of care and the respect that our guests receive. No. 2 is the fact that the ownership lives here—my wife Mary Kay and I have been here for 29 years, and Mari de Villa has been here for 52 years. We’re very hands-on and we know our guests and families. And third is the affordability—with all the amenities and services we provide, we work hard to keep our rates very competitive in the St. Louis market.”
Story: Returning to their roots in St. Louis, the precision dancing Radio City Rockettes perform a number of familiar fan favorite routines as well as sprinkle in a couple of new bits to herald the holiday spirit for young and old alike.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th Anniversary 11/07/07 matinee Credit Photo: ©2007 Paul Kolnik Paul Kolnik Studio New York, NY 10024 t: 212.362.7778 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment.
Looking flawlessly glamorous while performing 300 eye-high kicks and eight 60-second costume changes during four high-energy live shows? It’s all in a day’s work for The Rockettes.
Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment.
Pomme Restaurant in Clayton is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month by giving something back to the community. From Oct. 16 to 27 (excluding Sundays and Mondays), Pomme will donate 10 percent of food sales to Operation Food Search. During these 10 days, corkage fees will be waived on any 2002 vintage, and guests can register to win a 10-year-old bottle of Macallan Scotch.
Rockettes photo credit - Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment.
The Peabody Opera House is celebrating the first anniversary of its reopening with an exciting new season of Tony-winning Broadway shows, Grammy-winning pop artists and live comedy. Ladue News recently spoke with John Urban, Peabody’s executive VP of events and new business, about the eclectic lineup.
Kickin’ it up a notch…The legendary ROCKETTES recently spent time with patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where the performers taught youngsters their famous strut kick and read them stories.
Rockettes Nicole Schuman (left) and Samantha Beary-Burns show 7-year-old triplets Julia, Bianca and Emily Olmsted how to do a kick.
Grammy Award-winning musicians, Tony Award-winning theater and never-before-seen art will highlight St. Louis’ fall season. Here’s a first look:
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.
Play: Little Shop of Horrors
Giving the Rockettes a run for their money, the St. Louis Strutters returned to The Muny stage this week, appearing in 42nd Street (through June 21). The Strutters are a chorus line of 12 tap dancers, ranging in age from 51 to 77! The girls are in high demand, performing almost 100 shows a year, with a percent of proceeds donated to local charities.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
In the spirit…Each year, the White House asks congressional offices to submit an ornament decorated by an artist from their state for the official White House Christmas tree. This year SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL decided that Missouri will be represented with an ornament by St. Louis artist and Air Force veteran RICHARD JONES. Jones served in the Air Force Combat Security Police and later as a St. Louis police officer, during which time he was shot and wounded in the line of duty, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Following his injury, he took up art as a hobby. Jones and his wife were recently invited to see their creation on the White House tree and attend a party hosted by First Lady Laura Bush.
12/5 16TH ANNUAL LADUE CHAPEL NURSERY SCHOOL HOLIDAY MART Find children’s artwork, room decor, jewelry, children’s clothing, seasonal merchandise and more at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the nursery school.