From Musician to Freelance Writer: Kevin Mitchell’s Incredible Journey

“If you buy into the rule of six degrees of separation, by knowing me you are immediately a mere three degrees from your favorite pop/rock star. I don’t get to hang out with Tom Petty, but I’m close friends with his tour manager of 40 years; I’ve never had a drink with Billy Joel, but I have his lighting guy’s cellphone number.” Most young musicians … Continue reading From Musician to Freelance Writer: Kevin Mitchell’s Incredible Journey

The Hidden Beaches of West County

Yearning for the beach this summer, but landlocked in Missouri? You’ll be surprised to learn that two large public beaches are located on the Meramec River in West County and, unlike the public swimming pools, are open year round. Sherman Beach Park, located just off St. Paul Road in Ellisville, is a lovely rock beach settled on a lazy bend of the Meramec River. There … Continue reading The Hidden Beaches of West County

Saving the Environment One Classroom at a Time

While visiting the St. Louis area, a teacher from Mississippi happened upon the St. Louis Teacher’s Recycle Center and found dozens of newly donated beakers, glass test tubes and other classroom laboratory equipment. The teacher told founding Executive Director Susan Blandford “if it wasn’t for your program we wouldn’t have Science class, because all of the materials have to come out of my pocket.” Many … Continue reading Saving the Environment One Classroom at a Time

Play Your Art Out: You just can’t be wrong in here

A shopping mall is probably the last place you’d expect to find a unique and creative outlet designed to engage kids. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Play Your Art Out, a “hands-on play experience” that benefits children, both physically and mentally. After her work to get the St. Louis Teacher’s Recycle Center up and running, (see the article Saving the Environment One Classroom at … Continue reading Play Your Art Out: You just can’t be wrong in here

Scrimshaw: A Whale of an Art Form

Utilizing the art of Scrimshaw, a centuries old technique originally developed by sailors on whaling vessels, artist Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky from Eureka is one of those rare individuals who has been able to achieve a lifelong career working as an artist. Asked how she found herself working with scrimshaw, Mike relayed, ““It’s an American art form, it’s a folk art, and my bachelor’s degree was … Continue reading Scrimshaw: A Whale of an Art Form

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

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”