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

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

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

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