Story: Most days, Shirley Bradshaw puts on a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. She’s only 42 years old, but she feels more like 142. It’s the mid-1980s, and Shirley lives a humdrum existence in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start.
Local teens helped spread the love this Valentine’s Day by sending area seniors more than 1,000 Valentines as part of Love Letters, a program sponsored by Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA), DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals on Wheels Association of America. More than 68,000 teens across the country contributed cards for almost 100,000 seniors. The cards were included in meal deliveries from Meals on Wheels volunteers. Pictured: Katie Fenton
Head to Monarch in Maplewood for the second annual Celebrate Life, Celebrate Local event on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Indulge in some of the best beer, wine and chocolate our area has to offer, while helping out a great cause: SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation. Tickets are $50, and can be obtained by calling 989-2775 or visiting ssmhospicefoundation.com.
Story: Two one-act plays bridged by a common theme and title, Lovers takes place in small-town Ireland in the mid-1960s. The first vignette, Winners, pertains to a pair of 17-year-olds, Joseph Michael Brennan and Margaret Mary Enright. Joe has gotten Maggie into the family way, which necessitates a hasty marriage at the end of the school year three weeks hence.
Show your love for St. Louis this Valentine’s weekend by attending the 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION festivities at Forest Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Burnin’ Love Festival on Art Hill kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with family-friendly activities, food trucks, fire-dancers, live performances by the likes of ERIN BODE and DENISE THIMES, and fireworks to cap off the night. On Sunday, Feb. 16, THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL at the Missouri History Museum promises to be one of the year’s most memorable affairs, featuring cocktails, a variety of food stations sampling local fare and live entertainment. Ladue News is a proud Silver Sponsor of the Ball. For tickets and more information about all other events, visit stl250.org.
Not surprisingly, there are lots of options; however, there isn’t that perfect pithy rom-com most of us are looking for in a date night. Nevertheless, if your romantic evening includes a movie, here are some hand-holding--and some fist-clenching--options.
Chocolate has been a favorite gift for lovers for a long time—all the way back to the days of the Aztec empire of Central America. I have a recipe for a chocolate caramel cake that truly represents the love that goes into its creation. Like water is to the body, chocolate is for the soul. It helps relieve the stress of life. Always remember: Turning ‘stressed’ around gives you ‘desserts.’
A good chef knows that the best way to the heart is through the stomach. LN caught up with three top local pastry chefs as they dished about their favorite Valentine’s Day treats, sharing the recipes and stories behind them.
Music icon Billy Joel is making his return to St. Louis to help ring in a milestone for Scottrade Center. He’ll perform in concert on April 11, marking 20 years since he headlined as the grand-opening performer for the area (then the Kiel Center) in 1994.
Vincent Longo was born in Australia to Italian parents and later moved to the Italian Riviera and finally, to New York City. The makeup artist has worked with legendary models, including the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum; and his work has graced the covers of both national and international beauty magazines. He has since launched his own eponymous makeup line. LN caught up with him recently when he visited St. Louis to debut the line at Soft Surroundings.
A dab on the wrist—or a little dot just behind the ear—is all you’ll need to keep him guessing. As Valentine’s Day draws near, we present you with our fragrance selections for a romantic evening.
On Trend: Color of the Year
Just because we’re in the thick of winter doesn't mean a romantic adventure—and fashion—is out of the question. And with so many fantastic options throughout St. Louis, there is something for everyone that will set the mood.
With the Christmas season now just sweet memories dancing in our heads, the kitchen at Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier continues to hum with activity as the next big ‘chocolate’ holiday approaches: Valentine’s Day.
Story: It’s St. Valentine’s Day, 1965 and an historic meeting is about to take place. Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, has invited the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Southern Baptist preacher and Civil Rights leader, to the hotel where he is staying in Harlem. Malcolm is scheduled to make an important speech that evening, but he has set aside the afternoon for a chance to meet his equally famous counterpart.
Who doesn’t love a year-end fashion countdown? Here’s my list of top items, and how you can transition them easily into spring or all year long!
7. Mark & James Dress (Vie)
I just love this dress by Mark and James of Badgley Mishka. Despite its snug appearance, the stretchy fabric actually makes it super-comfortable to wear. I also love the color of the dress with the pink hues in the embellishment details, making it perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner or a spring charity event.
Amanda Garrison & William Bishop
A perfect proposal. An elegant engagement party. A beautiful bridal shower. For your big day and beyond, Kate & Company has every event covered.
Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis has added a new board member, STEVEN KENNY of Wells Fargo Advisors. The organization provides support services to area cancer patients and their families at no charge.
When Erin Budde was asked to become executive director of stl250—the nonprofit created to celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday in 2014—the native St. Louisan knew it was an offer she couldn’t refuse. “The next time an opportunity like this will come up in St. Louis, I’ll be in my 90s, so I won’t be doing it then!” she says. “I love St. Louis and I have no intent of finding a home somewhere else. If I want to contribute to this amazing initiative—this region-wide, very positive-oriented effort that is a look at where we’ve been, the momentum we have going on today and how to sustain that momentum into the future—this is the time to do it.”
A region-wide cakewalk, a Valentine’s Day ‘Burnin’ Love’ festival at Forest Park, and a giant heart sculpture in the Grand Basin are some of the highlights on tap for ST. LOUIS’ 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION in 2014. This week, before a gathering of the city’s civic and community leaders, the new nonprofit, stl250, announced some of the key events to commemorate the city’s founding by Pierre Laclede in 1764. The 2014 celebration will be co-hosted by Mayor FRANCIS SLAY and St. Louis County Executive CHARLIE DOOLEY. Stl250 co-chairs are Ameren’s TOM VOSS, and his wife, CAROL; with ERIN BUDDE as the organization’s executive director. Stay tuned, LN will have more details about the semiquincentennial milestone in the coming weeks!
Story: The time is December 4, 1956 and the place is Sun Records in Memphis. The tiny, unremarkable building once housed an auto parts store, as owner and producer Samuel Cornelius Phillips reminds himself and visitors, before Sam turned it into a tiny recording studio a couple of years earlier.