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

Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American visionary. He was an architect but also an interior designer, writer and educator. Wright, who designed more than 1,000 structures in his 7-decade career, created structures and living spaces that were in harmony with the surrounding environment and with the humanity that would inhabit the spaces. He was instrumental in creating whole new movements in architecture and his designs … Continue reading Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

World Bird Sanctuary – Valley Park

Hidden on 305 acres of Forest 44 in Valley Park is the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS), a fascinating opportunity to get up close with raptors and birds like eagles, hawks, owls, pelicans, and many other variety of  large fowl. Founded by Walter Crawford in 1977, the program was created with the blessing of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Director Emeritus, Marlin Perkins. By 1982 the sanctuary … Continue reading World Bird Sanctuary – Valley Park

The Black Madonna Shrine, a Life’s Work

Before we tell you the story of our local Black Madonna Shrine, we should give a little background about the original.

There are legends surrounding the origin of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, a revered icon of the Jasna Góra monastery in Poland. Some say that St. Luke painted the image on a tabletop in the home of the Holy Family over 2,000 years ago. Art and history scholars disagree and say the original painting was probably a Byzantine icon created in the sixth or ninth century and that it was brought to the monastery by Prince Ladislaus of Opole in the 14th century.

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Hello Spring!

Spring plays hard to get in the Midwest. She flirts and bats her eyes with early crocus blossoms that pop up through snow and prematurely excite us. But she is not to be so easily had. Collectively, we are so “over” the monotonous solitude of winter, tucked into mattresses of garments, head down, aching for color, for scent and touch. But, despite early flashes, spring … Continue reading Hello Spring!

Want To Improve Your Photo Skills? Try A Meetup

Twice a year, Mother Nature puts on a colorful show in eastern Missouri: fall and early spring. The month of April offers a perfect opportunity to get out and see blooming flowers and trees. In fact, the Missouri Department of Conservation suggests this month is prime time for the state’s colorful woodland trees, beginning with dogwoods. While you’re out looking at the flora, why not … Continue reading Want To Improve Your Photo Skills? Try A Meetup