The St. Louis Carousel: A Treasure Saved

Carousels have been a part of history for more than a thousand years and certainly since the Middle Ages when knights used them for training purposes. The name itself is derived from the Spanish word “carosella,” or “little battle.” Objects, like the proverbial brass ring, were placed outside the carousel and were to be grabbed or skewered by the knight’s sword. Jousting practice was also part of the carousel’s history until a member of the Medici family was killed. Rich people spoil it for everyone, heh?

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Renewed Elegance – The Webster Groves Concert Hall

Many of us have happy childhood memories of going to the neighborhood movie house and spending hours in the dark, watching our heroes and heartthrobs on the giant screen. Movie houses were the mainstay of American life for most of the last century, often acting as the center of neighborhood activity. Families would walk to the theatre to catch a show during the week, and … Continue reading Renewed Elegance – The Webster Groves Concert Hall

Authentic Philly Pretzels Made By Hand By Pretzel Boys

When chefs wants to learn the classic method for cooking, they go to the source. A master pizzaiolo will travel to Naples to achieve dough-making skills. The top tapas cooks  go to San Sebastián, Spain. Tim Garvey wanted to make the perfect pretzel, so he went to Philadelphia. In the 1860s, the first American pretzel was thought to have been cooked in Pennsylvania. Immigrants from … Continue reading Authentic Philly Pretzels Made By Hand By Pretzel Boys

West County Spinners – Not Your Grandmother’s Square Dance Group

On the first and third Mondays of each month, the West County Spinners host an evening of Square and Round Dancing at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chesterfield. With membership currently around 100, these bi-monthly gatherings are full of activity, music, exercise, dancing and, most importantly, friendship. Continue reading “West County Spinners – Not Your Grandmother’s Square Dance Group”

Jazz On Tap With Festivals In U. City and Chesterfield

New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz music, but St. Louis had a notable jazz scene as far back as the 1920s. The St. Louis region has also produced significant jazz artists, including trumpeter Clark Terry, bandleader Lester Bowie, and of course, Miles Davis. Jazz remains a prominent part of the St. Louis music scene. Jazz fans who live in St. Louis County have a … Continue reading Jazz On Tap With Festivals In U. City and Chesterfield