Rx to relieve stress: Pet a cat at Mauhaus

There are any number of ways to reduce stress in your life. Yoga, meditation and exercise are just a few. Or you can pet a cat. The New York Times, Social Work Today and WebMD.com have all reported in the past about the benefits of interacting with felines. Stroking a cat’s back will chill you out since the act produces oxytocin, a hormone that reduces … Continue reading Rx to relieve stress: Pet a cat at Mauhaus

Trains, Jazz, Blues: Old Webster Festival Has It All

One of the more unusual aspects of the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival has got to be the trains. Amtrak passenger trains—and freight trains—chug through Webster Groves with some regularity. The tracks are mere feet from the back of the stages, but neither the performers nor the audience seem to mind. It’s just another quirk of this longstanding late summer music festival. On Saturday, September … Continue reading Trains, Jazz, Blues: Old Webster Festival Has It All

Gesher Music Festival Opens Season #7 With ‘War & Peace’ Theme

One of St. Louis County’s most unique music festivals returns this week for its seventh season. The Gesher Music Festival brings professional musicians to St. Louis to perform chamber music with a Jewish inflection. The theme of the Gesher 2017 is “War & Peace” and explores music and stories that reflect the Jewish experience. It also illuminates our common humanity that never wavers, even in … Continue reading Gesher Music Festival Opens Season #7 With ‘War & Peace’ Theme

This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

One of the toughest challenges for any band is playing in unison. If one band member gets out of sync, it will throw off the entire performance. It’s not that easy to accomplish this basic stagecraft, with all the distractions like crowd noise, clinking glasses, maybe a drummer with a hangover. If you go to a Route 66 Jazz Orchestra performance, you’re unlikely to hear … Continue reading This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level

Bowstring musical instruments are considered the most difficult to play. That hasn’t stopped many new students from taking up the violin. It remains the fifth most popular musical instrument that people play, behind the piano, guitar, drums and flute. In St. Louis County, the go-to shop for new and used violins, either for sale or rent, is Top Notch Violins at 3109 Sutton Blvd. in … Continue reading Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level

Creve Coeur Lake Park is an urban oasis with hiking, kayaking and more

You really want to get out in the fresh air, but the extreme July heat drove you indoors, right? Well, here’s a secret—there’s a spot in St. Louis County where you can sit high on a bluff, in the shade, and look out over a magnificent lake view. Just head over to the Greensfelder Shelter just north of Dorsett Road, on Marine Avenue at Creve … Continue reading Creve Coeur Lake Park is an urban oasis with hiking, kayaking and more

Vintage Model Trains Chug Around The Big Bend Railroad Club

Drive through the especially curvy, bendy section of Big Bend Blvd. in Webster Groves just west of Elm and you’ll pass an unassuming railroad terminal. The Webster Groves depot opened for business in 1910. Passenger service to the depot stopped in 1968, although passenger and freight trains still run along the tracks outside the station. What makes the building truly unique is what is inside … Continue reading Vintage Model Trains Chug Around The Big Bend Railroad Club