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Head of the class EHS names top graduates.

8 Gatlinburg

A great getaway in the Smoky Mountains.

9 Silver Dollar City

Old favorite adds new attractions.

10 The Field Museum

Summer of fun planned in Chicago.

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Kansas City's Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

15 "The Color Wheel" If you like your humor dark.

17 You Gotta Eat Frank's Restaurant in Alton.




What’s Happening Friday June 22___________ • Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. • Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. • Disney's The Jungle Book, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m., Runs through July 1. • Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. • Folk Fiber & Flowers, E d w a r d s v i l l e A r t s C e n t e r, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. • 2012 Ar tists-In-Residence E x h i b i t i o n , C ra f t A l l i a n c e Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. • Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. • Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. • Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12. • Currents 106: Chelsea Knight, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through July 1.

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1.

Saturday June 23___________ • Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. • Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. • Disney's The Jungle Book, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m., Runs through July 1. • Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. • Folk Fiber & Flowers, E d w a r d s v i l l e A r t s C e n t e r, Edwardsville, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. • 2012 Ar tists-In-Residence E x h i b i t i o n , C ra f t A l l i a n c e Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, noon to 6:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. • Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. • Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. • Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12. • Currents 106: Chelsea Knight,

Sunday June 24___________ • Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. • Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. • Disney's The Jungle Book, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m., Runs through July 1. • Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. • 2012 Ar tists-In-Residence E x h i b i t i o n , C ra f t A l l i a n c e Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. • Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, noon to 4:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. • Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through August 12. • Currents 106: Chelsea Knight, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1.

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A tight race for the top spot Chamberlain is EHS valedictorian for 2012 By JULIA BIGGS Of The Edge


hen Edwardsville High School honored the 2012 graduating class at the graduation ceremony last month, Valedictorian Briana Chamberlain and Salutatorians Katharine Anderson and Anthony Caton were center stage. Being together was secondnature since the three had been tied for first in their class for over a year. But although similar in scholastic aptitude and drive, the three graduates are headed in three very different directions as they pursue their college education and begin their careers. Chamberlain is headed to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. “Ever since I was a freshman, I’ve just loved Colorado and really wanted to go out there,” Chamberlain said about her selection. “And when my parents and I looked at schools, it just kind of seemed to be the one that fit, and I felt most comfortable at. Fort Collins is really a neat town so I’m really excited.” See "EHS" on Page 3 She plans to major in both chemical and biological engineering as well as Spanish. Although, what she plans to do with those after graduation is still up in the air. “I’m just going to see where it takes me,” Chamberlain said. “Maybe possibly grad school after my undergraduate, maybe go right into the work force with my engineering degree, maybe do something with Spanish – I’ve thought about law school so it’s just going to see how the four years play out – keeping an open mind – I’m excited.” Chamberlain will get extra experience in her field of study because she’s going to be involved in the honors undergraduate research scholars program. “I’ve been accepted into that,” she said. “Hopefully it will work out where I’ll have time for it. I’ll get involved with some research my freshman and sophomore year.” She’s certainly one who keeps very busy. At EHS her senior year she was Vice President of the National Honor Society, Treasurer of Spanish Honor Society and Co-Captain of the EHS Cross Country and Track Team. She was Secretary of her Junior Class, involved in Student Council and has always been an active member in the New Bethel United Methodist Church’s youth group. Having been a varsity cross country and track member for all four years at EHS as well as being a part of this year ’s EHS state championship team, Chamberlain emphasized that she’s “definitely going to miss”

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The Edwardsville High School Valedictorian Briana Chamberlain, left, with Salutatorians Anthony Caton and Katharine Anderson. her cross country team. “That kind of was where my best memories were made. We’re just a family,” she said. “So looking back, that’s what I’m going to miss most. And all the relationships I made with my teachers. As far as accomplishments go, I would just say everything that our cross country has gone through and then also being valedictorian is definitely something that I look back on and am really proud of.” Her advice to incoming freshmen is simple. “First and foremost, every year matters. Don’t think it’s just freshman year and you don’t have to try very hard. Every year matters and you need to get involved with as many activities as you can because that’s what is really going to fulfill your high school experience. That’s just what made mine so memorable and so awesome just looking back on all the memories,” Chamberlain said. “Go to as many sporting events, drama productions and band and orchestra and choir concerts that you can because that’s what’s going to be the most fun,” she added.

Anderson is headed in a totally different geographical direction. She’s going to the Windy City to attend Northwestern University in Chicago where she’s been admitted into a mathematical methods program in the social sciences. “I’m going to major in cognitive science,” Anderson said. She explained it as an area of science that deals with the brain and thought process, and a career that has a bright economic future. “Just listening to them talk about the program, there’s a lot of opportunities available as a result of completing it – like internships,” Anderson said. These opportunities led her to attending Northwestern in addition to the actual university campus. “I just love everything about it,” Anderson said. “Especially the location in Chicago. It’s my favorite city. Just the people and the opportunities – it’s everything,” Anderson said about her choice. While at EHS, Anderson was on the math team, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Fashion Club, Film Society and the Book Club. “There have been so many

memorable moments throughout my high school career such as making friends that I will have for a lifetime, prom, performing at Mr. EHS and graduation among many, many others,” Anderson said. “For incoming freshmen, I would advise them to look at the next four years as an opportunity to prepare themselves for the rest of their lives and to focus on their studies but enjoy themselves as well.” Caton is also heading north but only as far as Champaign/ Urbana where he will attend the University of Illinois and major in engineering/physics. He plans to be an engineer upon graduating. During his four years at EHS, Caton was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, but also was a member of the EHS Swim Team for all four years.  “The highlight of my four years was definitely going to the state swim meet and getting to watch Max Byers become the first state swimming champion from EHS since Billy Stapleton,” he said. Caton offered his words of

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wisdom for incoming EHS freshmen saying he’d advise them “to try new things and to make sure that they make their high school years enjoyable.” Although Chamberlain received the honors to make the graduation speech to the class of 2012 at the graduation ceremony, she pointed out that she knew it had been very close between the three of them for valedictorian status. “At the end of junior year, the three of us were actually tied at the top. So we knew we had a chance. It was going to come down to senior year – getting all As and taking the right classes,” Chamberlain said. She noted that she didn’t find out the final ranking until a few days after the final day of school. “It was very stressful,” Chamberlain said with a chuckle. “I knew I had gotten all As, but it’s still good to hear from an administrator that that’s how it worked out. It was very, very close. They (Anderson and Caton) are both such bright and smart individuals – they are fantastic. It was a bummer with it being just one, but it was just how it worked out.”

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People People planner Authors to discuss "St. Louis Parks" Join authors and acclaimed local historians NiNi Harris and Esley Hamilton for a passionate armchair journey through the St. Louis City and County gems featured in their new book, “St. Louis Parks.� The public presentation is at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. in the Shoenberg Theater, with an introduction by Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Garden. A book signing in the Garden Gate Shop will immediately follow the presentation at noon. The event is included with Garden admission. The photo-rich hardcover book “St. Louis Parks� delivers portraits of St. Louis City and County parks. Explaining why these common spaces are crucial to the region’s way of life, Harris and Hamilton take readers through major and minor parks in the city and county, respectively. Local attractions from Tower Grove Park to Lafayette Park to Forest Park are included in the 176-page hardcover. Photography by Mark Scott Abeln and Steve Tiemann evokes the unique character and history of each park. “St. Louis Parks� is co-author NiNi Harris’s 10th book on St. Louis history and architecture. Co-author Esley Hamilton has worked as a historian and preservationist for the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation since 1977. The public presentation is from 11 a.m. to noon in the Shoenberg Theater of the Garden’s Ridgway Visitor Center, with the book signing immediately following from noon to 1 p.m. in the Garden Gate Shop. The “St. Louis Parks� presentation and book signing is included

with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy free admission on Saturday before noon and are $4 thereafter. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For general information, visit w w w. m o b o t . o rg o r c a l l ( 3 1 4 ) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.

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History exhibit stops at SIUE  “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,� a traveling exhibition opened at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Lovejoy Library on June 20 examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War— the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate

slavery, or a principled leader justly celebrated as the Great Emancipator? This exhibition provides no easy answers. Rather, it encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with the late president’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president, and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis. Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, at a time when the nation was on the brink of war. Lincoln struggled to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history: Was the United

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People People planner Annual Whitaker Music Festival planned The Missouri Botanical Garden is setting the stage for its 19th annual Whitaker Music Festival. The summer concert series features nine weeks of free music under the stars, Wednesdays, May 30 through July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Free concert admission begins at 5 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p.m. For more information, visit Whitaker Music Festival concerts will be held outdoors on the lawn of the open-air Cohen Amphitheater, just west of the Climatron® dome. The 2012 performer lineup includes: • June 27 – Hamiet Bluiett, jazz legend and champion of the baritone saxophone. • July 4 – Air National Guard Band of the Central United States – military tradition classics and jazz, big band and rock. • July 11 – Ryan Spearman Band, singer, songwriter and folk music multi-instrumentalist. • July 18 – Teresa Jenee, soulful, introspective vocalist and pianist. • July 25 – Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, roots reggae and Mississippi River blues. Whitaker Music Festival concerts will be held outdoors on the lawn of the Cohen Amphitheater, just west of the Climatron® dome on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The concert series is the only time of year when picnicking is allowed on Garden grounds. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic supper, baskets or coolers; no barbecue grills, fireworks, sparklers or pets. Picnic fare and bar items will be available for purchase on site. The Garden is a tobacco-free campus; smoking is not allowed anywhere, indoors or outside, and visitors will be asked to extinguish or discard tobacco items. Soliciting is not permitted. Wednesday evening admission is free after 5 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p. m. The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden also remains open late until 7 p.m. on concert evenings, with free admission after 5 p.m. Lantern Festival exhibits will not be lit during Whitaker Music Festival evenings. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North & South exit. Free parking is available on-site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. An additional concert entry site will be open on Tower Grove Avenue and Magnolia located on the south end of the Garden. For more information, visit or call the recorded hotline at (314) 577-5100. In the event of inclement weather, check the Garden’s website, Twitter feed ( or Facebook page (www.facebook. com/missouribotanicalgarden) for immediate concert updates. The Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is funded by the Whitaker Foundation, which supports St. Louis arts and parks to promote common heritage, celebrate diversity, and encourage vitality within the community.

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enhances website Those in search of information on the many attractions, eateries, shopping, outdoor spaces, events and lodging options in the communities located in the 19 counties served by the Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth have a pair of new resources following the launch of the Bureau's new website at www.<http://www.> and the release of its 2012 Visitors Guide. When visitors arrive at the home page, they are instantly greeted by the Bureau's cartoon mascot, Miles, who serves as a virtual tour guide throughout the site. Organized by activity type, the enhanced site includes tabs for attractions, arts and entertainment, recreation, accommodations, eateries and shopping. Within the tabs are complete listings of everything from historic sites, wineries, art galleries and restaurants to biking/ walking trails, golf courses, parks, hotels, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts and antique stores. Next to each listing is a color box which corresponds to a color-coded map of the Bureau's service area. This map is accessible on the site homepage and allows visitors to easily see where things are located in relation to the region at large. Helping to make the site lively, fun and visually appealing is a color palate featuring the primary shades used in the Tourism Bureau's updated logo. The site also includes vibrant, rotating photos designed to encourage visitors to check out new locations and attractions in the Bureau's service area. To help make it as convenient as possible to find the specific information they need, visitors now have the option to search for information by category, county, city, attraction and keyword. The site includes a comprehensive event calendar which is updated regularly and is searchable by date, county, city, attraction and keyword. The event calendar features an RSS feed that the public can subscribe to for instant event updates. And, for those who prefer to surf the web on their smartphones, a mobile version of the website is available, making it easy for individuals to access tourist information on the go. In addition, the Bureau added a Google mapping feature to the website that allows individuals to easily locate the various destinations highlighted on the site, and map

directions from one destination to another. To complement its enhanced website and further promote the area's many travel destinations, the Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth has also released its comprehensive 2012 Visitors Guide. An interactive, digital version of the guide is available for viewing on the website, while complimentary hard copies of the 80-page, full-color publication can be picked up at the Bureau's Swansea, Ill., office, located at 4387 N. Illinois St., or at the Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney, Ill. Additional hard copies of the guide can be requested through the website's "Contact Us" tab where site visitors can also request general information and sign up to have the Tourism Bureau's monthly newsletter, the Tourism Times, sent to them. "Our service territory currently features 7,253 hotel, motel and bed and breakfast rooms; hundreds of restaurants and unique shops, and thousands of acres of lakes and parks and attractions," noted jo kathmann, President/CEO of the Tourism Bureau IllinoiSouth. "Our new website and Visitors Guide offer a wealth of information on all of them. And as this unique region becomes an increasingly popular tourist destination, it's our goal to become the public's number one resource for information." The To u r i s m Bureau ILLINOISouth was formed following last summer's merger of the Tourism Bureau Southwestern Illinois and the Southeastern Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau. Now the largest tourism bureau (geographically) in the state, the Tourism Bureau I L L I N O I S o u t h ' s s e r v i c e a re a encompasses 9,000 square miles and includes the counties of Bond, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edwards, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Perry, Randolph, R i c h l a n d , S t . C l a i r, Wa b a s h , Washington, Wayne and White. For more information on the Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth and its many tourism treasures, visit the newly enhanced website at www.<http://www.>, or call 618257-1488, or toll-free at 1-800-4421488.

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set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 on Park Central square in downtown Springfield, Mo. The festival is free and open to the public. The event will feature a car show, food vendors, a kids’ area and more. Live entertainment will be Queen City Cats and Blue Plate Special at 10 a.m., The Detectives at 1 p.m. and The Road Crew at 3 p.m. The Road Crew is winner of the first ever “Bobby Troup Artistic Recognition Award” from the International Route 66 Association in 2011. They wrote a song especially for this festival.                Car show registration is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded for the car show in a variety of categories. Spectators will vote on their favorites. Car show registration is 7-9:30 a.m. and awards are presented at 3 p.m., along with The John T. Woodruff Award. The Woodruff award is named for the prominent Springfieldian who served as a Chamber of Commerce president and was the first president of the National Route 66 Association. It recognizes an outstanding individual who has helped promote the historic highway. Officially recognized as the birthplace of Route 66, it was in Springfield on April 30, 1926, that officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved transcontinental highway in America—the “Mother Road”— stretching from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. Traces of the Mother Road are still visible in Springfield along the Route 66 By-Pass, Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, College and St. Louis streets and on Missouri 266 to Halltown. For festival information, visit of Route 66 Festival, Springfield Mo. For more information about Springfield, visit www. or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767 to receive a free visitor guide, coupons and

Stephenson House to host Mrs. Lucy's Academy The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, located in Edwardsville, Illinois, will be offering Mrs. Lucy’s Academy for Young Ladies summer camp. The academy is open to girls ages 8-12. Girls will be able to experience what it was like to be an American girl living in 1820. They will be able to take part in a variety of fun activities ranging from creating a journal, learning a simple sewing project, manners every y o u n g l a d y n e e d s t o k n o w, a country dance and much m o re . P a r t i c i p a n t s a l s o d re s s in gowns similar to garments worn by young ladies in the e a r l y 1 9 t h c e n t u r y. A t e a w i l l be hosted by participants at the end of the three-day camp to exhibit their new skills. The camp is planned for July 11 – 13 f ro m 9 a . m . - 2 p . m . T h e p r i c e p e r c h i l d i s $ 8 0 ; re g i s t r a t i o n is required and includes all supplies and snacks. Payment is due at time of registration to insure placement in the camp. Participants need to bring a s a c k l u n c h f ro m h o m e . S p a c e is limited to 12 participants. Please call Stephenson House (692-1818) if you have questions or need further information. T h e 1 8 2 0 C o l o n e l B e n j a m i n Stephenson House is one of the few fine examples of a Federal style home still standing in Illinois. It is the oldest brick s t r u c t u re i n M a d i s o n C o u n t y, and the only home of a signer of the Illinois Constitution that still exists. Colonel Stephenson’s contributions to Illinois and United States History are numerous, and the restored house is used as a living history museum to demonstrate life as he and his family experienced in 1820 Edwardsville. The Stephenson House is located at 4 0 9 S o u t h B u c h a n a n S t re e t i n Edwardsville, Illinois.

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Music Tuning in Summerland tour coming to St. Charles As music fans across the country shake off the last vestiges of winter, what better way to usher in longer and brighter days than the firstever Summerland tour which was announced today. Anchored by founding bands Everclear and Sugar Ray, joined by Gin Blossoms and featuring Lit and Marcy Playground, Summerland kicks off on June 28th in Saratoga, CA and comes to The Family Arena on August 7th. With tons of smash hit songs and millions and millions of albums sold between them, the five bands comprising this year’s Summerland are still a constant presence on the airwaves across the country and represent a true value for concert fans. “We’ve wanted to do a tour like this for a long time and we’re so excited to be hitting the road with our friends to bring you this huge summer party,” said Everclear front man Art Alexakis. Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath added “Get out your flip flops and your shades because Summerland is going to be a blast.” Summerland will appear Tuesday, August 7 at 7 p.m. at The Family Arena in St. Charles on Arena Parkway. Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Office or online at Prices: $61 (Gold Circle), $54 (Floor), $46 (Lower Level & Upper Level Sidelines), $41 (Upper Level End Zone)

To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636896-4234.

Jacoby Arts Center to host Traveler's Dream Traveler ’s Dream duo Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson perform a mix of Celtic, traditional American and original music in the LIVE at Jacoby: Saturday Nights concert on June 30. Their repertoire is steeped in tradition, yet has a contemporary “feel” due to the driving rhythms played on the guitar and bouzouki and their creative arrangements which feature vocal harmonies, Irish flute, mandolin, concertina, tin whistle, and Quebecois-style foot percussion. More than talented multi-instrumentalists, Lewis and Wilson are also dynamic performers who charm audiences with their warmth, humor, and wit. Wi t h p o w e r f u l v o i c e s , r i c h harmonies, and a wide variety of tradition and modern instruments, the duo captivates listeners with spirited songs from the Celtic lands and French Canada, hard-driving Irish jigs and reels, sea shanties, and traditional American songs. Lewis’ original songs are inspired by the beauty of the Midwestern landscape and the relationships people have with the land and with each other. Themes of tolerance, justice, and the value of life’s simple pleasures are also frequently woven into their

original songs. On concert night they will perform songs such as Common Ground, What I Believe, and Evening Song, as well as new original songs including Let Narcissus Speak for Me and Divine. They will also do Wilson’s originals including When Truth Calls and My Mother’s Hands. Familiar songs like Two Sisters, Red River Valley, and Wild Mountain Thyme will also be part of their repertoire. In the eleven years they’ve been performing, Traveler ’s Dream has

released four recordings which have received positive reviews in publications such as Sing Out! and Folk Roots. Residents of West Lafayette, IN, Lewis and Wilson have performed at various venues and historical sites in the Alton area, and in the main gallery of the St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri Historical Museum. Their CDs will be on sale the night of the performance including The Natural World, which is Lewis’ debut solo recording of all original lyric-driven songs of the borderlands.

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Jacoby’s doors will open at 6 p.m., and the music begins at 7. Admission costs $10 or $8 for seniors and students, and a beverage cash bar is available. Tickets may be purchased at Jacoby Arts Center, Halpin Music, Jerseyville Public Library, Wood River Public Library, or by phone at 618-462-5222. Located at 627 East Broadway in Alton, Illinois, Jacoby Arts Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., late on Thursdays until 8 p.m., and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Travel Tennessee's mountains are calling Gatlinburg provides the perfect getaway By RENATA PIPKIN Of The Edge My husband is a great man, but he has very pronounced sense of responsibility. Not that I am complaining, mind you. But it does make it difficult to talk him into taking time off work and just relaxing. In the sixteen years we've been together, getting him to take more than two days off work at a time has been difficult. It just so happens that in April, after working months of overtime, my husband came to the conclusion that he needed a break. After a bit of discussion and some advice from friends and family, we finally decided to take a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Before we could change our minds, I went online and found one of the many companies that have cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains and reserved a quaint cabin for two. Bright and early on a Monday morning, we loaded up the car, saw the kids off to school, and hit the open roads on a nine hour drive to Tennessee. Despite having lived in Illinois most of my life, I had never fully realized just how beautiful southern Illinois is. And heading into Kentucky and then into Tennessee, we were awed at every turn. The beauty of the trees and rocky cliffs that slowly transformed into the Smoky Mountains was something I'd heard about from my family. But having the chance to see the 'smoky' in the Smoky Mountains was something that no mere words can ever do justice. It took us a bit of effort to find the office once we got to Pigeon Forge, but we eventually managed to check in. Though our cabin wasn’t owned by Hidden Springs, it was located in the Hidden Springs Resort, next to Dollywood's Splash Country. Given that we were there in April, Splash Country hadn't yet opened for the season, and the area couldn't have been more


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Above, a man fishes in the Little Pigeon River. Below, Ober Gatlinburg, an aerial tram ride. peaceful. Hidden Springs Resort is a quaint little 'village' of sorts, a collection of cabins dotting the side of a mountain. The resort was nestled in a corner by itself, away from the main road that cuts through Pigeon Forge, and traffic was next to nothing. Some of our advertised amenities weren't quite as advertised. The hot tub on the balcony didn't work, the television in the bedroom wouldn't plug in, and some of the jets in the huge, heart-shaped Jacuzzi tub were out of order, but the cabin was, overall, very pleasant. For about the cost of a hotel room, we had a one bedroom, one bathroom cabin all to ourselves, complete with fireplace, pool table, kitchen, a

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large television with cable in the living room, and balcony. The cabin came stocked with a complete set of dishes, just a few towels, and minimal bathroom essentials. We were more than happy to trade some bathroom tissue and toothpaste of our own for not having to deal with a 9 a.m. "Housekeeping!" knock on the door. By the time we arrived, most of our first day was gone. We were hungry, it was dark, and after taking the time to unload the car, we decided we would just order in from a local pizza place whose magnet was on the fridge. After a mediocre slice of pizza, a long soak in the tub, several games of pool and some aweinspiring scenery from the front porch and the balcony, we went to sleep to the glow of the fireplace. We were in no hurry Tuesday morning. We took our time to get up and moving, a whole pot of coffee's time, in fact, as measured by my husband.  While planning the trip, I had seen an advertisement for Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. We were planning on visiting the aquarium anyway, so when we realized that our welcome package for the cabin included a free ticket to the aquarium plus free entrance to four other attractions in Gatlinburg, we were thrilled. We climbed into the car and headed down the road toward Gatlinburg. I've already mentioned just how beautiful the scenery was. But the road between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge was perhaps the most beautiful stretch of road we traveled. US-441 runs beside the Little Pigeon River, and maybe it was the excitement of being on vacation, but the view of the river rushing along through the trees on one side while a rocky wall shot skyward on the other was nothing short of heavenly. I was just a little saddened to realize the trip from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg was less than fifteen minutes. I didn’t stay sad for long. Many of the Gatlinburg attractions sit on the main road through town. With the free ticket we received through our cabin rental and the two days we had available, we visited The Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, Ripley's Haunted Museum, Guinness World Records Museum and Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze.  The aquarium was my favorite, with the tunnel that passes through and underneath the giant pool, where 12 foot sharks were swimming just a few feet away. Over 10,000 sea creatures make the aquarium a definite must for any Gatlinburg trip.  The Haunted Museum was a little reminiscent of an old Carnival haunted house, slightly cheesy, not very scary, but all in all rather cool. To get into the haunted house, we were loaded into a car that turned out to be a refurbished car that had once been used to move dead bodies

back and forth. That was the creepiest part of the whole thing. The spinning tunnel of doom at the end was enough to make my stomach churn, though. The Guinness World Records Museum and the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum were much larger inside than they appeared to be from the outside. They both were aged and worn, but if you're into oddities and strange yet amazing bits of information, they are worth checking out. Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze was our final stop in the 'ticket tour'. There's nothing like trying to pick your way through corridors that are lined with mirrors, wearing gloves to prevent fingerprints on the glass and wondering what happened to your sense of direction. When we finally stepped out through a doorway thinking we were free from the madness, we were told we had to turn around and go back through, back to the entrance.  The weather was perfect, and we were able to park in an inexpensive pay lot and walk to everything. Gatlinburg is full of shops, miniature golf courses and other attractions, and restaurants, including the TGI Fridays where we had lunch on Tuesday (and a very upbeat conversation with our Boston-grown waiter) and the Hard Rock Café, where we went on Wednesday for burgers and a Hurricane. We did visit the Space Needle Arcade while we waited for some hand painted t-shirts I couldn't pass up for the kids, but we passed on the chance to go up in the Space Needle. Wednesday evening, we finally spent a little time in Pigeon Forge, where we had dinner at the Alamo Steakhouse. The meal (steak and baked potato for the husband, mountain trout and a salad for me) was generous and well worth the cost. Unfortunately, it was about the only stop we had time for in Pigeon Forge. Thursday morning, we packed up and headed out, leaving behind so many things unexplored. We could have easily spent another week or two in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, in the Smoky Mountains taking in the beauty of Tennessee.  The trip home was much longer than the trip there, but I would gladly go back if given the chance. With so many things to do in that area, it’s definitely something the whole family will love. One thing I realized, however, is there is a lot between here and Tennessee that I have never explored. I think someday very soon we might have to load up the kids and take another, much shorter, trip to see the sights right here in our own state. Having caught a glimpse of Southern Illinois made us hungry for more. If you’re interested in a trip to Tennessee, you can visit or www. for more information about attractions, events and cabin rentals. 


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iscover the adventures of a Branson vacation or getaway when you visit Silver Dollar City attractions nestled in Branson, Mo. Visit Silver Dollar City theme park, and step back in time to an 1880s craft village filled with the best crafts, family attractions and festivals in Branson. Silver Dollar City theme park hosts six world-class festivals throughout the year. Spring brings international performers to the Heartland for World-Fest, and two of America’s greatest traditions are celebrated during the Midwest’s biggest gathering of bluegrass and barbecue. Escape with your family during summer months to all the fun of KidsFest! Fall finds the most popular names in Southern Gospel music on stages throughout the park, and welcomes the National Harvest Festival featuring authentic harvest-time foods and demonstrating craftsmen. Then come home to Silver Dollar City during An Old Time Christmas, nationally recognized as one of the best holiday light shows in America. Spring through December, you can treat family and friends to a dinner show aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. Enjoy a beautiful two-hour cruise on Table Rock Lake, a threecourse All-American meal and All-New Show – "Made In The USA!" During the summer months, cool off at White Water, the premiere water park, or ride some of the best thrill rides around. The park’s 30 rides and attractions offer highflying thrills including the multi-looping WildFire, the explosive PowderKeg and the super-swooping GIANT Swing.  Cool water rides include Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast and long-time favorites, Lost River of the Ozarks

and The American Plunge. Other attractions cater to the smaller kids with interactive areas like Half Dollar Holler and the Grand Exposition with 10 family rides. Kid-favorite entertainment extends to meet-and-greets with cartoon superstars, including SpongeBob & Patrick, Dexter & Deedee, Tom & Jerry, the Backyardigans and more, with character breakfasts available on select days. With its biggest KidsFest ever, Silver Dollar City is the Ultimate Summer Vacation destination for families, with big new shows featuring high-tech special effects, the return of The Fabulous Wallendas with international newsmaker Nik Wallenda, plus a special new July 4th celebration. KidsFest runs from June 9 through July 22. New for KidsFest this year is the threedimensional light show LUMA with a dazzling display of high-tech illumination techniques creating a show of light, color and motion. The show brings to life an original story centered on the park’s famed Marvel Cave. Light is the star of this show as a swirling tapestry of illuminated imagery comes to life upon the darkened stage. LUMA uses high-tech lighting techniques combined with gymnastics, juggling, puppetry and dance for a truly innovative entertainment experience that has astonished audiences worldwide. Also new is Gazillion Bubbles, an interactive show taking bubble artistry to amazing levels. This show features bubbles like you've never seen before, with lasers, special lighting effects and incredible bubble masterpieces created before your eyes. It’s sheer bubble mastery of giant bubbles and colorful bubble effects. Gazillion Bubbles has thrilled audiences in Asia and North America, and has been featured on "LIVE! With Regis & Kelly," "The Ellen Degeneres Show," "The Today Show" and more. It's lighthearted fun for the whole family. “The Fabulous Wallendas! Famous Family

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A number of thrill rides have been added to Silver Dollar CIty, which still retains its downhome Ozark charm. Circus” returns with Guinness World Record high-wire walker and international newsmaker Nik Wallenda. The legendary Wallenda family has been thrilling audiences with their daring aerial feats since the early part of the 20th century. Returning to KidsFest by popular demand, Guinness World Record High Wire Walkers, The Fabulous Wallenda Family Circus, conquer gravity as they carry

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on their incredible family legacy. Come to the home of American craftsmanship , where shopping is an adventure with 60 unique and inspirational shops. Silver Dollar City offers a shopping experience like no other in America. Meet demonstrating craftsmen whose skills have been passed down from generations of dedicated artisans creating heirloom keepsakes. Dedicated to preserving the arts and crafts of another era, these talented Silver Dollar City artists employ the tools and techniques of past generations to handcraft the heirlooms and collectibles for future generations. An all-new Independence Day Celebration during KidsFest turns Silver Dollar City red, white and blue on July 4th. The park will be open until 10 p.m., celebrating our country’s Independence with a special opening ceremony, an old-fashioned ice cream social, and a fireworks show finale. Summer Fun Continues with Moonlight Madness July 21 through Aug. 5. Summer night thrills keep the season rocking during Silver Dollar City’s Moonlight Madness, with rides running until 10 p.m., providing more than 12 hours a day to ride, play and dance the night away. Daytime options include The Fabulous Wallendas! and cartoon character meet-and-greets. Topping off the day’s fun, a Street Dance on the Square begins at 9 p.m. each evening, with lessons on dances such as The Electric Slide, The Chicken Dance, and The Macarena. Silver Dollar City is open daily throughout KidsFest, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 9 – July 20, then open late from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, and late again on July 21 and July 22, the days leading into Moonlight Madness. During Moonlight Madness, Silver Dollar City is open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (emphasis on rides from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), July 21 – Aug. 5. One day tickets are $56 (plus tax) for adults, $46 (plus tax) for children ages 4 to 11. For more information call 800831-4FUN(386) or visit www.silverdollarcity. com.

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See the world at the Field Museum By RENATA PIPKIN Of The Edge Chicago’s Field Museum is one of the world’s great museums. It is a focus of public learning and scholarly research, a treasury of objects including ancient mummies, endangered plants and animals and Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found. The Museum first opened its doors in 1894, established on collections originally assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Today, it presides proudly over Chicago’s lakefront Museum Campus, welcoming visitors from around the world to explore its 24 million specimens and objects in collections on anthropology, botany, geology, conservation, and more. The Field Museum hosts a vast array of events and exhibitions all year long. From special exhibitions to permanent ones, 3D films to photo archives containing over 300,000 images, the Field Museum is an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages, a passport to travel around the world and back in time. Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, And Most Amazing Mammals Of All Time May 25 Through Jan. 6, 2013 Extreme Mammals explores the surprising and often extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals. Featuring spectacular fossils and other specimens, the exhibition examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, from huge to tiny, speedy to sloth-like, and displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Extreme Mammals offers a fun and intriguing opportunity to learn about how life evolved, why animals may look and behave so differently from one another, and how there can be such extraordinary diversity within a single group. All-Access Pass: $29 adults, $24 seniors and students with ID, and $20 children. Genghis Khan Feb. 24 through Sept. 3 Uncover the amazing story of this Mongolian warlord, from a poor, illiterate boy into one of the world’s greatest leaders and most misunderstood conquerors. While his nomadic warriors reduced cities to ash and took over entire populations, Genghis Khan also gave his people a written language, open trade, and freedom of religion. Explore how his united Mongol nation formed the foundation of the largest contiguous land empire ever. Experience life in 13thcentury Mongolia as you explore a traditional nomadic home and cosmopolitan marketplace. See magnificent weaponry including a catapult, crossbows, leather armor, bows, and battle gear. Explore gold jewelry, tomb treasures, silk robes, and religious relics that capture the essence of his extensive empire. Discover the mystery surrounding his death and burial and the lasting influence of Genghis Khan’s legacy. All-Access Pass: $29 adults, $24 seniors and students with ID, and $20 children. Images Of The Afterlife June 8 through June 9, 2013 Two ancient Egyptian mummies


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Sue – the Field Museum's legendary tyrannosaurus rex. from Field Museum collections will come face-to-face with the public like never before. Recent CT scans and the latest 3D imaging revealed the mummies’ age-old secrets to Museum scientists and enabled an artist to create hyperrealistic sculptures portraying how these two individuals looked in life, thousands of years ago. You’ll envision the mummified remains as real persons – a woman in her forties with curly hair and a teenage boy named Minirdis. Free with basic admission. Nature’s Toolbox: Art, Biodiversity, And Invention Through Dec. 2 Biodiversity is fundamental for human existence – it provides us with food, medicine, oxygen, and energy. This exhibition features contemporary works of art that interpret how biodiversity contributes to the quality of our lives. Explore the artists’ diverse inspirations, from honey bees to giant lily pads. Free with basic admission. Science On The Half Shell: How And Why We Study Evolution Through Aug. 19 Join a Field-Museum-led team of international scientists as they travel the world in search of over 300 living bivalve species – including clams, scallops, oysters, mussels, and more – and discover how cutting edge laboratory research helps us understand the evolution of these amazing animals. Free with basic admission. Traditions Retold: Mexican Nativity Scenes Through Aug. 5 See how folk artists throughout

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Mexico create nacimientos (nativity scenes) and bring new experiences to this long-standing custom. In crafting these scenes, artists celebrate the birth of Jesus and reflect a legacy of indigenous artistic and ritual practices. Presented in English and Spanish. Free with basic admission. Ernst & Young 3-D Theater Mummies: Secrets Of The Pharaohs Back by popular demand, The Field Museum presents Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Follow researchers and explorers as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. These relics of the past create a window into the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. This film explores the enigmatic world of ancient Egypt. Use ultra-modern 3-D glasses to see how scientists today are reconstructing mummy DNA and deciphering ancient texts. All-Access Pass: $29 adults, $24 seniors and students with ID, and $20 children. Waking The T. Rex 3-D: The Story Of Sue See what scientists have discovered about this colossal T. rex’s life story. Follow Sue as she grows from a hatchling to a seventon ferocious beast. Watch as Sue hunts, swallowing 100 pounds of flesh and bone in one bite. Learn the amazing story of how this T. rex was found in the Badlands of South Dakota and join in a real fossil excavation with Field Museum paleontologists as they search for and excavate ancient fossils. All-Access Pass: $29 adults, $24 seniors and students with ID, and

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$20 children. Permanent Exhibitions Hall Of Jades Over 500 jade artifacts are displayed along a chronological storyline from Neolithic burial sites through the early 20th century. A highlight of the exhibit is a 300pound jade jar that once stood in the Imperial Palace of Emperor Qianlong. See the tools used to create these treasures and learn the endless possibilities of jade as a medium for jewelry, icons, and statues. Free with basic admission. Evolving Planet Take an awe-inspiring journey through four billion years of life, from single-celled organisms to towering dinosaurs and our extended human family. Explore six mass extinctions that changed the planet. Walk through a 300-millionyear-old forest, examine fossils you won’t find anywhere else, and learn how Field Museum scientists are expanding what we know about the past, present, and future of life on Earth. Free with basic admission. Grainger Hall Of Gems   Marvel at the beauty and splendor of more than 700 breathtaking objects in The Field Museum’s renovated Grainger Hall of Gems. Learn what makes a ruby red, how opals are formed, and of the amazing color transformation of sapphire and alexandrite gems. See unusual natural formations, dazzling cut gemstones, and incomparable jewelry settings from both ancient and modern cultures. Free with basic admission. Inside Ancient Egypt Wind your way through a life-size Egyptian mastaba tomb

including two of the original chambers from the tomb of nobleman Unis-ankh. Explore mastaba tombs filled with authentic sculptures and other treasures from the period. Learn the secrets of mummification and see several mummies along with over 1,400 artifacts including statues, burial offerings and a funerary boat. Free with basic admission. Abbott Hall Of Conservation Restoring Earth Discover how The Field Museum is leading the way in conservation when you explore Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth. Field Museum scientists are providing the tools to conserve wilderness and protect the Earth’s biodiversity, all while improving local livelihoods and fostering human connections with nature. Journey to the depths of lush Peruvian forests and come across rare and remarkable living treasures. Travel with scientists by boat and helicopter to remote locations as they protect huge tracts of wilderness. Free with basic admission. Crown Family Playlab There’s a playdate every day at the Crown Family PlayLab! Watch your little explorer dig up dinosaur bones, grind corn in a pueblo, and put on an animal costume and crawl, hop, or fly around the facility! See a young adventurer’s delight in making music, playing scientist, or stomping on dinosaur footprints. The Crown Family PlayLab offers new adventures every time you visit. Open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., last admission at 3 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Free with basic admission. Artists and Authors Saturday, July 21; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join artist Ian Sherwin in the art studio of the Crown Family PlayLab to create your own extreme mammal. Add claws, teeth, horns, antlers or tusks to your creature to make it EXTREME! Stick around for a story-time reading of the book Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. Free with basic admission. Dozin’ with the Dinos! Friday, 5:45 p.m. to 9a.m. Saturday morning. Plan now for your sleepover with Sue in 2013. Tickets go on sale July 1. Dozin’ with the Dinos is a unique opportunity for children ages 6-12 to spend the night at The Field Museum. Spend your evening enjoying workshop activities like games from around the world or live insects from your own backyard. Enjoy a snack break to fuel yourself for a self-guided tour of Inside Ancient Egypt – in the dark! (Make sure to bring your flashlight.) Before you know it you’re listening to bedtime stories in the shadow of Sue the T. rex and crawling into your sleeping bag in one of our wondrous exhibitions. Standard Overnight: $64; $53 members and groups.  The Field Museum is located at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Last admission into The Field Museum is at 4 p.m. The indoor parking garage is located at the north end of Soldier Field. Rates are $19 for first 4 hours and $22 for more than 4 hours. For more information, call 312.922.9410 or visit


Schlitterbahn Waterpark There's more in Kansas City than barbecue By RENATA PIPKIN Of The Edge The summer heat is on us. If you're looking for a place to cool down with the whole family, then get ready to dive in to a thrilling collection of water fun this summer. Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark’s 2012 season began May 26 with new rides, doubling the footprint of the park this summer with an expansion that’s been a year in the making. The first phase of the new Waterpark overflows with the Storm Blaster - a Master Blaster uphill water coaster, four tubing slides and chutes, two tubing rivers including the world’s longest tidal wave river, 13 mini slides for kids, three relaxing beaches, a giant hot tub with a swim-up refreshment bar, private cabanas and additional guest amenities. “After a year of developing these one-ofa-kind custom attractions, we could not be more thrilled to introduce this long list of new experiences to our guests,” explained Keith Fontenot, general manager of Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, in a press release. “Our unique tubing adventure has been well received by our guests and we are excited to introduce this lineup of innovative attractions and amenities for the 2012 season.” New 2012 Attractions & Amenities: • Boogie Bahn – Boogie Bahn is the first and only surf ride in the Kansas City region. A rapidly moving sheet of water rushes across a wave-shaped surface as surfers maneuver control on the surface of the wave that is created. Thousands of gallons of water flow across the padded surface with a water depth of just a couple of inches. Beneath the sheet of water is a foam covered surface to ease the occasional "wipe-out." Perfect for all surfers, amateur to professional. • King Kaw Rapids River – King Kaw Rapids River is the park’s longest river ride. Named after the nearby Kansas (Kaw) River, this 3,000-foot attraction includes multiple changes in elevation throughout its exciting downhill trip. Guests float in tubes on a seemingly-endless waterway through a series of waterfalls and lakes before heading into a long series of whitewater rapids and currents. King Kaw Rapids River is one of the

many slides, chutes, rivers and beaches in the Transportainment River System that make it possible for guests to travel from one end of the park to the other without ever leaving the water. • Waterslide Tower – The skyline of the park dramatically changes with the addition of a 60-foot-tall water slide tower where guests challenge two mat slides and a tubing slide. The Cyclone and Twister slides provide headfirst, high-speed thrilling rides on foam mats through tunnels and banked curves while the Whirlwind offers a slick trip on an inner tube down a fully enclosed slide which is dark from start to finish. • Mighty Mo – The Mighty Mo tube chute sweeps riders through rushing water in a secret passageway that connects to the mouth of King Kaw Rapids River. Mighty Mo is one of the many slides, chutes, rivers and beaches in the Blitz Falls Transportainment River System that make it possible for guests to travel from one end of the park to the other without ever leaving the water. This experience is enhanced in 2012 with the addition of a 155-foot conveyor belt, "Aquaveyor," to lift guests in tubes to the new Blitz Falls white water tube chute. This new path transforms the current one-way Transportainment voyage into a full circuit of travel from one end of the park to the other and back. • Cabana Village – Relax and lounge in a private cabana reserved for your family all day long (additional fee required). Guests can also take advantage of Schlitterbahn’s family amenities such as free parking, free tubes, free lifejackets. Guests are also welcome to bring a family picnic basket, excluding alcohol and glass containers, into the park. New deck space with additional picnic tables and shade structures double the space available for families to enjoy their picnics together. Another beach area with mild waves provides more space to lounge ad cool off. Other enhancements to accompany this long list of additions will be announced soon. Additional guest amenities include dozens of new picnic tables, chaise lounges and beach chairs. New shade structures and food and beverage locations also enhance the guest experience this season.

In addition to these attractions, Schlitterbahn Waterpark also has several special events and opportunities throughout the season for visitors, groups, parties and organizations: Water Safety Days Through June 29, 2012 Acknowledge the importance of water safety while visiting Schlitterbahn. Ticket package includes an All-Day Admission and a limited edition souvenir Water Safety Days drink bottle with one free fill & $.99 refills— all for just $32.99. Save $4 off the gate General Admission price. Swim Team Tube-O-Rama Friday, June 22 & 29, 2012 Swim Teams take advantage of exclusive use of the entire waterpark before it opens to the public on these special days. Children's TLC Duck Derby Sunday, June 24, 2012 15,000 rubber ducks are dropped into the Transportainment River System during this special event benefiting Children's Therapeutic Learning Center. Adopt a duck for a chance to win great prizes. KC BahnCon Enthusiast Event Sunday, August 12, 2012 Members of roller coaster and amusement industry enthusiast clubs gather on this special day to enjoy ERT and more! Home School Days August 13-17, 2012 Home Schoolers visit the park on these special days for a fun and educational day! Boy Scout & Cub Scout Days August 18 & 19, 2012 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts gather on these special days for a great day together at the park and significant savings! Girl Scout Days August 25 & 26, 2012 Girl Scouts gather on these special days for a great day together at the park and significant savings! Birthday Parties Have one of the Hottest, Coolest Birthdays ever! We make planning a birthday party easy and affordable. Our goal is for your child to have a memorable, fun day, and for you to sit back and relax and let us do the work!

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Perform In The Park Youth Program Perform In The Park with your Band, Choir, Orchestra, Marching Band, Cheer Squad or Dance Team in front of a live audience at Schlitterbahn! Performances may be scheduled any public operating day throughout the season and performing youth groups receive a great discount on admission! Buyouts & Private Events Large groups and organizations have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive use of the entire Park on select dates during the early and late season. Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark also provides a unique setting for banquets, ceremonies, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, weddings and more. No need to wear a swim suit! Event planners have a choice of many locations and settings throughout the park, including outdoor patios, docked ferry boats, a giant hot tub with a swim up refreshment bar, a picnic pavilion and other scenic areas. Ask us how we can customize a special event for you! Contact Group Sales at 913.312.3091 or for more information. For more information or to order tickets or make reservations for any of these events, please visit the website at www.schlitterbahn. com. Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, located at 9400 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, is open daily May 26 through August 19 and on Saturdays and Sundays from August 25 through September 2. The park is also open on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Park opens daily at 10 a.m.; closing times vary from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All-Day General Admission is $36.99 plus tax. All-day Child Admission, ages 3 -11 is $27.99. The park offers a discounted ticket for afternoons (general admission $25.99, child admission, ages 3 -11 $25.99) along with a two-day pass ($54.99 for general admission and $39.99 for children ages 3-11) and season passes ($124.99 general admission and $84.99 for children ages 311). For more information, contact the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark office in Kansas City, Kansas, at 913.312.3110 or visit

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"Color Wheel" full of dark humor By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press What’s intriguing in “The Color Wheel” are the contradictions. Director, co-writer and co-star Alex Ross Perry’s film is shot in grainy, 16mm black and white, which results in images that are at once harsh and dreamlike. His characters, an obnoxious brother and sister (Perry and co-writer Carlen Altman), make no apologies for their behavior and almost seem to thrive on offending everyone they meet, yet they’re oddly intriguing. Their banter, a rapid-fire, brutally honest brand of sniping and mutual humiliation, has the free flow of improvisation but actually was tightly scripted. And just

when it seems that these characters have finally let their guards down and allowed their truest selves to shine through, they do something that most people in the audience will find deplorable and even sickening. “The Color Wheel” won’t be for everyone, that’s for sure, but its daring is undeniable. Altman’s character, the sexy, flaky JR, is an aspiring newscaster with seemingly no talent. One day, she shows up and enlists her brother, Perry’s plain, nerdy Colin, to help her move her stuff out of the apartment of her former boyfriend, who also happens to be her former professor. Colin thinks JR is miserable and unpleasant but fails to recognize that he’s just as bad; he’s stuck in a three-year relationship with a woman who clearly detests him and

won’t sleep with him. Grudgingly, Colin climbs into JR’s beatup Honda Accord and the two embark on a road trip from suburban Pennsylvania to Boston. But as in most movies with this kind of structure, the destination isn’t as important as the discussions and encounters that take place during the journey itself. That’s about the only conventional element here. They have run-ins with a fundamentalist motel clerk, some unsuspecting diner waitresses and a disapproving antiques store owner, among others, before winding up at a party with some old high school classmates. The crowd is so condescending that Colin and JR almost end up playing the victims — you almost end up feeling sorry for them. Then

again, the combination of the intimate way the film is shot and the nearly incessant, deadpan rat-a-tat of the dialogue provides a feeling of edginess even in the most mundane situations. As in so many indie comedies, these 20somethings are stuck in a deluded state of arrested development, but while such films ordinarily are eager to please and charm you with their quirkiness, “The Color Wheel” simply does not give a damn. You may find that attitude off-putting; I found it thrilling. Similarly, the tone of the dialogue may at times seem stiff and stilted — the entire aesthetic may seem crudely low-budget — but there’s too much artfulness in cinematographer Sean Price Williams’ camerawork to dismiss the film as choppy and thrown-together.

"Madagascar 3" sure to be a summer hit By ROBERT GRUBAUGH For The Edge ऀ I t ’ s b e e n , w h a t , ro u g h l y a decade since the Madagascar film franchise began? I know my taste in children’s movies has definitely changed in that period of time, but it’s always nice for all kids (no matter how big we get) to visit with old friends like Alex, the lion with a plan who is voiced by Ben Stiller in the series. The new movie, "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted," is full of vibrant colors and musical hilarity. Like any expanding universe, the core group of characters has been given some new friends to bring a little zest into their lives. In this case, it’s those additions that are the most interesting. ऀLet me recap a little for you.

The original feature included Alex, Marty the self-centered zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the ultrasecure hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) being accidentally shipped from their cozy home at the Central Park Zoo to the African Island nation of Madagascar. Being more like pampered pets, they didn’t thrive well outside of their cages. When they met up with King Julian (Sacha Baron Cohen), the leader of a troop of lemurs, some larcenous monkeys, and a group of militarygrade penguins, their adventure shifted them for another loop. The movie’s sequel was also a huge hit. ऀThe third installment brings out heroes (Are they really heroes? They just want to get home. Let’s think of them as protagonists)

from Africa to Monte Carlo to track down the monkeys and penguins at the grand casino. While there, they cross the dangerous Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand), an animal control officer of the highest order. She makes it her mission to take down this band of refugees and fill a lifelong ambition to mount a lion’s head on her wall of trophies. I thought the character was a little creepy and, in fact, she is played with maniacal intensity through both McDormand’s performance and the animated ticks given to her by what must surely have been scores of under-credited artists and designers. ऀIn order to flee Europe, and eventually make it back to the safe haven of Manhattan, Alex’s mixed pride uses a little American

subterfuge to join the traveling Fur Power Circus that just might land them in the Big Apple if they can pull themselves up by their ragtag bootstraps and perform well enough for an overseas investor. Bravo to the work done creating this adorable circus feeling. It comes off both charming (they travel by train throughout the continent) and a little sad (their costumes are faded and their stunts are antiquated). The new f r i e n d s t h e y e n c o u n t e r a re a worrisome sea lion named Stefano (Martin Short), a tough tiger with stage fright named Vitaly (Bryan Cranston), and a demure leopard named Gia (Jessica Chastain, 2011’s It Girl) who becomes a foil and love interest for Alex. ऀImagine just how fun it would be to work at a circus; seeing

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animal characters do it for a reason is just about idyllic for a kid’s movie. Personally, I most like the part where Marty gets shot out of a cannon because, honestly, I find him to be a little in need of learning a lesson. Staying one step ahead of Captain DuBois, the circus owners, the investor, and all of Alex’s fans in NYC make for a tense journey. The zoo might be their ultimate destination, but all great journeys are about the path you take and the adventures along the way. Madagascar 3 delivers. Do yourself a favor and go enjoy this movie with your kids. ••• "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted" runs 100 minutes and is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor. I give this film two and a half stars out of four.

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“Snow White & the Huntsman”

Astonishingly beautiful and breathtaking in its brutal imagery, thrilling and frightening in equal measure, yet as bereft of satisfying substance as a poisoned apple. Director Rupert Sanders’ revisionist take on the classic Brothers Grimm fable upends expectations of traditional gender roles while simultaneously embracing what a fairy tale should be. It’s dark and dangerous, vicious and violent. And yet the performances — notably from Kristen Stewart as the title character — don’t always live up to the film’s visionary promise. First, there’s the problem of casting anyone who’s supposed to be fairer than Charlize Theron as the evil queen. But beyond Stewart’s distractingly inconsistent British accent, she simply lacks the presence to serve as a convincing warrior princess. Theron, meanwhile, gets too screechy; with her imposing height, deep voice and mesmerizing beauty, she’s far more powerful when she dials it down. Still, the look and the energy of “Snow White & the Huntsman” keep it engaging. Theron, as the magical and manipulative Ravenna, has married (and quickly killed) the widower king, locked his daughter Snow White in a tower and plunged a once-peaceful realm into a wasteland. Once the princess comes of age and earns her fairest-of-themall status, Ravenna’s power is threatened. This sets the film’s chase in motion: Snow White escapes and Ravenna hires a veteran huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to find her, but instead this tormented soul becomes her reluctant protector. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality. RUNNING TIME: 125 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

“The Color Wheel”

What’s intriguing here are the contradictions. Director, co-writer and co-star Alex Ross Perry’s film is shot in grainy, 16mm black and white, which results in images that are at once harsh and dreamlike. His characters, an obnoxious brother and sister (Perry and co-writer Carlen Altman), make no apologies for their behavior and almost seem to thrive on offending everyone they meet, yet they’re oddly intriguing. Their banter, a rapid-fire brand of sniping and mutual humiliation, has the free flow of improvisation but actually was tightly scripted. And just when it seems that these characters have finally let their guard down and allowed their truest selves to shine through, they do something that most people in the audience will find deplorable and even sickening. “The Color Wheel” won’t be for everyone, that’s for sure, but its daring is undeniable. Altman’s character, JR, is a flaky, aspiring newscaster who enlists her brother, Perry’s Colin, to help her move her stuff out of the apartment of her former boyfriend, who also happens to be her former professor. And so they embark on a road trip from suburban Pennsylvania to Boston in her beat-up Honda Accord, but as in most movies with this kind of structure, the destination isn’t as important as the discussions and encounters that take place during the journey itself. That’s about the only conventional element here. RATED: Unrated but contains language and adult situations. RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

“Lola Versus”

Greta Gerwig is fighting for love, struggling for happiness, striving for harmony. What she’s really up against, though, are the contrivances piled on by the filmmakers of this aggravating indie romance. The film deals with relationships in standardissue Sundance style, ostensibly smarter and more genuine than what flows from the Hollywood rom-com pipeline yet just as shallow at heart. Writer-director Daryl Wein and co-writer and co-star Zoe Lister-Jones, a real-life couple themselves,


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manage some clever episodes in their year in the life of a New York woman newly dumped. While Gerwig is an earnest, often adorable mess as Lola, the people around her are just urban types: the supportive, sharp-tongued friend (Lister-Jones); the hunky fiance (Joel Kinnaman) who needs distance; the sensitive male best pal (Hamish Linklater) who’s clearly in love with Lola. Wein and Lister-Jones weave this bunch into a romantic mush of self-absorption, a round robin in which everyone sleeps around with one another then whines over the complications that arise. Debra Winger and Bill Pullman have a few engaging moments as Lola’s hippie-dippy parents. But Lola’s friends are all so measured, so affected. The quips and rejoinders Lister-Jones and Wein write for them are too whipsmart for their own good, the filmmakers laboring for hip and loose but delivering something feigned and calculated. RATED: R for language, sexuality and drug use. RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

Ben Stiller’s Alex the lion provides a review so we don’t have to. Halfway into the third animated tale about New York City zoo animals on their overseas adventures, Alex tells some new circus friends that their act was not too entertaining for families “because you were just going through the motions out there.” So, too, for this latest sequel, which goes through a lot of motions — explosions of action and image so riotously paced that they become narcotic and numbing. With Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, creators of the first two “Madagascar” flicks, joined by a third director in Conrad Vernon (”Shrek 2”), the filmmakers just cannot stop stuffing things, to the point of distraction, into “Europe’s Most Wanted.” The result: A cute story about zoo animals running off to join the circus becomes overwhelmed by a blur of color and animated acrobatics. The pictures certainly are pretty, but the filmmakers apparently are unwilling to risk the slightest lapse of audience attention, so they put the movie on fast-forward and let centripetal force hurtle viewers along from start to finish. Joining Stiller are returning voice stars Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer, plus newcomers Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain and Martin Short. RATED: PG for some mild action and rude humor. RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

“Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”

In theory, the idea of Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen playing three generations of women in the same family should be delightful, or at least well-acted. In reality, veteran director Bruce Beresford’s dramedy squanders the abilities of these usually fearless, formidable actresses with material that’s entirely predictable and a high sap factor that belongs on cable television. Before we arrive at such mawkishness, though, we must slog through some seriously sitcommy humor: generational clashes, fish-out-of-water antics and tired hippie-culture cliches. Fonda brings her typically radiant screen presence to what could have been a wild, fun role: She plays Grace, a free-spirited grandma living in a ramshackle Woodstock, N.Y., farmhouse where she grows her own pot and gets frisky with the neighbors. Her uptight Manhattan lawyer daughter, Diane (Keener), naturally is the polar opposite. Somewhere in the middle in terms of temperament and interests is Diane’s college-student daughter, Zoe (Olsen). When Diane’s husband (a barely there Kyle MacLachlan) abruptly announces he’s divorcing her at the

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film’s start, she packs up Zoe and her teenage son, Jake (Nat Wolff), for a road trip upstate to visit granny, from whom she’s been estranged for the past 20 years. Hijinks, highly convenient love interests and heavy symbolism are waiting for them there. RATED: R for drug content and some sexual references. RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.


Nothing could possibly satisfy the fervent expectation that has built for this sorta-prequel to the genre-defining “Alien,” Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction for the first time in 30 years, but “Prometheus” comes close. Strikingly beautiful, expertly paced, vividly detailed and scary as hell, it holds you in its grip for its entirety and doesn’t let go. You’ll squeal, you’ll squirm — at one point, I was curled up in a little ball in my seat in a packed screening room — and you’ll probably continue feeling a lingering sense of anxiety afterward. That’s how effective it is in its intensely suspenseful mood. But the further you get away from it, the more you may begin to notice some problems with the plot, both nagging holes and a narrative fuzziness. Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green lead a crew of space explorers to a remote moon in the year 2093 hoping to find answers to the origin of mankind on Earth. (Don’t they know they should have been looking in central Texas? That’s where Terrence Malick searched in “The Tree of Life.”) But when they arrive at this gorgeously severe land, they (naturally) stumble upon secrets and perils they never could have imagined. Scott and writers Damon Lindelof (executive producer of “Lost”) and Jon Spaihts vaguely touch on the notions of belief vs. science and creation vs. Darwinism, but these philosophical debates never feel fleshed out fully. Still, the performances are excellent, especially from Michael Fassbender as a robot with the looks and impeccable manners of an adult but the innocence and dangerous curiosity of a child. RATED: R for sci-fi violence, including some intense images, and brief language. RUNNING TIME: 123 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

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You Gotta Eat Frank's in Alton serves up big meals without big prices By BILL ROSEBERRY Of The Edge I like my wallet like I like my stomach — stuffed. So it’s no doubt that Frank’s Restaurant in Alton is on my current list of favorite restaurants. Frank’s has the two best qualities I love in my eating stops — cheap and delicious. A patron is hard-pressed to spend more than $10 when they visit Frank’s, with menu deals like two eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and toast for $2.99. That’s just a sample of what the gargantuan menu offers, too. It’s more than just awesome breakfast deals. There are great bargains for lunch and dinner also. Frank’s has a plethora of mouthwatering delicacies to titillate the palate, ranging from juicy and

tender steaks, pork chops, burgers, catfish and chicken to barbecue ribs and much more. On a recent visit with my parents and my grandmother for lunch, I ordered the chicken and bacon ranch wrap with a side order of french fries. It didn’t disappoint. Like always, the portions were more than enough, even to appease a growing boy like myself. The wrap was sliced into two pieces and jammed with tender pieces of chicken, fat slices of bacon and accompanied with fresh lettuce and tomatoes and the milky ranch sauce. The tortilla used for the wrap was tasty, too. It was thick enough to contain all of the ingredients from spilling all over my plate and packed a fresh and crisp wallop to my taste buds along the way. As for those

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Above, Frank's Restaurant on College Avenue in Alton. Below, the chicken and bacon ranch wrap. scrumptious ingredients, the chicken merged with the savory ranch and the bacon to form a heavenly concoction in my mouth. There was a nice helping of french fries in addition to my wrap also. The fries were fairly thick and plenty crispy. I’m not a fan of a lot of salt on my fries and Frank’s came through on that spectrum. I recommend the french fries, too. The menu for Frank’s could be compared to a culinary edition of “War and Peace.” Starting with the breakfast menu, Frank’s offers plenty. There’s a list of skillets available, including the college skillet comprised of hashbrowns topped with ham, sausage, bacon, green peppers, onions, melted cheese and two eggs. The meat lover skillet also looks like a must try, with hashbrowns blanketed with ham,

sausage, bacon and cheddar cheese and served with two sausage links, two slices of bacon and two eggs. Selections of pancakes, french toast, omelets, croissants and biscuits can also be discovered. One intriguing creation is the butterscotch pancakes which are three fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with pecans, granola and butterscotch chips, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce for a reasonable $6.85 price tag. Next is the lunch menu, compiled of salads, melts and club sandwiches. The dinner menu includes a list of burgers made of high quality black Angus beef to get things kicked off. There are also Italian dishes like chicken Parmesan, ravioli and shrimp and chicken alfredo and fish entrees like fried

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Dining Delights New cuts of meat cut down grocery bills By MICHELLE LOCKE For The Associated Press Looking for something new to throw on the grill this Fourth of July? How about a sizzling Denver cut or a couple juicy slices of teres major? Never heard of them? You will. They’re lesser-known — and lessexpensive — cuts of beef that have become more popular as tough economic times have led butchers to look for tenderness at a lower price than the classic rib eyes and tenderloins. “I call them the cuts of our ancestors,” says Pat LaFrieda, a thirdgeneration butcher who appears with his father on the Food Network show “Meat Men.” “All the cuts that I remember eating as a kid with my grandfather, those are the cuts that I see restaurants asking for again; it fits into their price schedule.” Running Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, LaFrieda, his dad Pat Sr., and cousin Mark Pastore supply more than 500 customers, including some of the top restaurants and bistros in New York City, which gives him a heads up on culinary trends. “What they’re asking for today, I know I’ll start seeing in butcher

shops six months from now.” Want to know what kinds of meat you’re likely to meet over the next few months? Here’s a rundown from LaFrieda and other butchering enthusiasts. CHUCK ROLL STEAK This is one of LaFrieda’s favorite cuts of beef. “I have more and more people asking me for that than I ever have.” This is one of the newer cuts that is being separated out from the more common chuck roll, which usually is sold as the boneless chuck roast. He prepares chuck roll steaks much as he would a rib-eye, with a short marinade, salt and pepper, and a simple grilling. TERES MAJOR This is an unfamiliar name for most of us, but it’s quite familiar to chefs. It’s a little-used muscle in the cow’s shoulder. It is second in tenderness only to the tenderloin, but up to half the price, depending on the supplier. Charlie Palmer, a leader in the chefturned-butcher movement, has been featuring teres major steaks at his District Meats in Denver and Burritt Tavern in San Francisco. “It’s just as tender as filet mignon, but half the price. And our guests like to say the name!” he says. He serves


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The Arts Artistic adventures Saint Louis Art Museum plans summer film series Featuring big-screen movies, local entertainment and Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Fest, the lineup is set for the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Third Annual Outdoor Film Series. Musical performances begin at 7:00 p.m. on Art Hill Plaza. All films are free and begin promptly at 9:00 p.m. The Museum’s Main Level and restrooms will remain open until 11:00 p.m. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Fest will take place each Friday with a selection of local mobile eateries positioned on Fine Arts Drive. Favorites include Go Gyro Go, Seoul Taco, Completely Sauced, Chop Shop and Papa Tom’s Fancy Franks. Food truck service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 6 “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Greenleaf Singers and instrumental ensemble A St. Louis vocal troupe, the Greenleaf Singers perform early European music, dating from the time of Leonardo through the age of Shakespeare. Their repertoire includes folk songs from village festivals, love melodies from royal palaces and drinking numbers from raucous taverns. Friday, July 13 “The Birds” Scarlet Tanager Hailing from St. Louis, sixmember Scarlet Tanager writes and records melodic indie pop music.

Led by Susan Logsdon, this group of husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and friends features a variety of instruments. Their first CD, “American Songbird,” was released in June 2011. Friday, July 20 “A Hard Day’s Night” Pepperland Band This local group, formed in 1996, has played together in various incarnations for over 15 years. By performing the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo— both as The Beatles and as soloists— with an offbeat, updated twist, Pepperland maintains a sound and identity of their own while recreating the spirit that defined a generation. Friday, July 27 “Goldfinger” Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters draws on African, Caribbean and Brazilian styles and rhythms to create an energetic blend of funk-soul with rock and jazz. Big Brother Thunder, a male and female group of vocalists and musicians, combines its talent with the MasterBlasters, a horn trio, producing a sound you can’t help but move to. The Saint Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Series is presented by Macy’s. Premier media sponsorship provided by KMOV. Food Truck Fest presented by Sauce Magazine. Promotional support provided by Fresh 102.5, St. Louis Magazine and STL Family. Additional support provided by Cutter Insect Repellent. The Museum is regularly open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on

Friday. For more information on the Outdoor Film Series, please visit

Art museum offers free summer exhibit The Saint Louis Art Museum announcesa free summer exhibition Restoring an American Treasure: The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the

Mississippi Valley. The second of a two-part exhibition series, this behind-the-scenes look at conservation of the 348-foot panorama is a continuation of work begun in June 2011. Commissioned circa 1850 by Dr. Montroville W. Dickeson, the Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley was painted by artist John J. Egan. As both works of art and theatrical enterprises, panoramas entertained

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audiences and educated them about parts of the world they might never see in person. The Museum’s presentation of this in-gallery conservation project provides visitors with the opportunity to view the last surviving panorama of the Mississippi River. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free to all every day. For more information about the Saint Louis Art Museum, call 314.721.0072 or visit

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The Arts Arts calendar Thursday, June 21 Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Disney's The Jungle Book, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m., Runs through July 1. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Folk Fiber & Flowers, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. 2012 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Craft Alliance Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, noon to 6:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Runs through August 12. Currents 106: Chelsea Knight, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Matthew Strauss, Unbearable, PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 27. The Third Dimension, Foundry Art Centre, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Runs through July 20.

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Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Disney's The Jungle Book, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m., Runs through July 1. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Folk Fiber & Flowers, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. 2012 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Craft Alliance Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12. Currents 106: Chelsea Knight, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Matthew Strauss, Unbearable, PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 27. The Third Dimension, Foundry Art Centre, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 20.

Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Disney's The Jungle Book, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m., Runs through July 1. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Folk Fiber & Flowers, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. 2012 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Craft Alliance Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, noon to 6:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12. Currents 106: Chelsea Knight, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Matthew Strauss, Unbearable, PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 27. The Third Dimension, Foundry Art Centre, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 20.

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DOLCE PROPERTIES 618/972-5415 1 BR near downtown Edw, Liv/Din Rm, kit appliances. Off st. pkg/lawn care/laundry/w/s/t. Ref/dpt. $625/mo. 656-2316. 3 Bedroom 1 bath house deposit plus $950 ALSO 2 bedroom 1.5 $850 deposit/ $850 rent. 409-4925 / 618-616-1124.

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3 Bedroom 1 bath, basement, fenced backyard. $700 month plus deposit. Taking applications. 980-1435 or 931-3707.


Residential & Commercial Properties for Rent: Office & retail space, apartments, duplexes, homes. Meyer & Assoc. 656-1824 Property Management Services Available.

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Great location! 15 min to St. L & SIUE 2BR TH 1.5BA very clean. $660 incl w/s/t. Washer & Dryer in unit. On-site mgr. No pets, no smoking 618.931.4700 1 & 2 Bedroom efficiencies, $350-650/monthly, plus utilities and deposit. No pets. 288-5618

3 BR, 3.5 BA, Worden, 2 Car, 3000 SQFT, club pool, $1800 lawncare 618-514-9954

1 Bedroom apartment, water and trash paid. 327 M Street, Edwardsville $550/month 618-581-5154.

4 Bdrm 2 Bath, Collinsville home, basement, quiet street, big backyard. $1250/month. For more information, call Dandell 288-4288 or 234-4003.

1 Bedroom loft apartment, Also 1 bedroom duplex. Clean and well maintained. CREDIT CHECK. No pets, no smoking $585mth. $585dep. 656-8953.

4BR, 4BA newer home in great Edw. neighborhood on cul-de-sac! NICE! 3 car gar., large fin. bsmt & yard. $2100/mo./obo 618-581-1999

1 Bedroom, Edwardsville convenient location. Spacious. Range, refrig, dishwasher, W/S/T included. No pet. $575/mth. 656-2068

5BR, Holiday Shores: 2.5 BA, 2car gar., fencd back yd., gas FP, sunroom, sec. sys., DR balcony/ deck; Edw. schl dist., 30 min. to St. Louis, lake view waterfront, close to main beach. $1500/ mo. + dep., cr ck. 618/954-8787

1 BR aptartment on Main St., Edw., across from courthouse; off-street parking; W/S/T included. References required. Available July 1st. 217-851-1398

Apts, Duplexes, & Homes Visit our website 656-2230 Newly Remodeled 2 bedroom Central Air, 1 car garage Holiday Shores lake access $800/mo + deposit 618-407-6965




1 excellent 3BR, 1200 sq.ft. TH: Collinsville, near 157/70; 12 min. to SIUE, FP, DW, W/D, ceiling fans, cable, sound walls, offst. prkng. Sm pets OK, yr. lse. $780/mo. 618/345-9610 give AM/PM phone. 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath TH, Edw.; No pets, Appl. fee required 2 Bdrm house available for rent 618-520-2813 2 Bedroom APARTMENT, Edwardsville, minutes from SIUE: 1.5 bath, W/D hookup. $625/month. 618-407-5333 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath town home $665 per month, no pets; 2 Bedroom 1 bath, first floor unit, $550. No pets. 692-7147.


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1 Bedroom apartment. COLLINSVILLE — 1 BR 1 BA, $475/mth. Credit ck. No pets. carport, nice area, good stor656-3407 no calls after 6PM. age, W/S/T included. On site laundry, $495 month + deposit. 2 BR, 1.5 BA, Edw./Glen Cbn., 618-781-7692. near SIU: W/D hookups, off-st. pkng. $710 up to $745. 692- Condo for rent near I-270 and 6366. HSI Management Group Glen Carbon 2 bedroom 1 bath, deck, fireplace, all appliances 2BR/2BA TH near downtown included. $700 per month SeriEdw., SIUE: new construction; ous inquires only. 377-5724 off-st. parking, full bsmt w/plenIMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY ty of clean storage. 1523 Ritter 1/2 month FREE rent Rd. $830/mo. 618-304-0870.

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share Edwardsville duplex with 2 other females. $433 plus utilities. Serious inquires only!! Call 618-334-0149.

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NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE Goshen Meadows Subdivision Off of Goshen Road FRIDAY JUNE 22 8AM-2PM SATURDAY JUNE 23 8AM-2PM Clothes, Name Brand Toys Furniture, Electronics, CDs DVDs, Kids’ Clothes Kitchenware, ETC...


SUN RIDGE ESTATES Just past Fruit Rd, Edwardsville 2+ Acre Lots Call for special prices 618/792-9050 or 618/781-5934

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2012 Mobile Home Stimilus Pkg up to $25,000 for your trade in List of bank repos available Discount for landowners 314-567-2-7459

Share house with 3 male persons. Smoking environment. Realty services exclusively $325/mth plus deposit, utilities for buyers. Consultant-level paid. 656-0498. support without additional costs. Home Buyers Relocation deposit. Availalbe July 1. 618- NICE 2 bedroom apt, large Services! In our 21st year with278-4745. rooms, walkin closet, coin-op Office Space a single listing. 6620 Center laundry. 10 minutes to SIUE. 3bdrm, 2 bath, Stove, Fridge, For Rent 725 out Grove Road, Edwardsville; 618$525/mo. 618-806-0220. d/w furnished, credit ck fee $45 656-5588 $950 rent + dep, available One Bedroom: great location DENTAL OFFICE 6/9/12. 978-5044. near SIUE. New kitchen. NO for lease located at 40 Edwardsville Available Now! 2 & 3 bed- pets. $600. Call 692-6110. Professional Park rooms. Ask about our specials. MEYER REALTY 656-5744 692-9310

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Quiet, 2 bed, 1.5 bath Conve- Office space for lease at IL 157 Historic St. Louis Street niently located Montclaire area and Center Grove Road, up to 4-Bedroom All Brick Home townhouse. Fully equipped 3200sf, $2300/mth. 656-1824 Main floor master suite, high kitchen, washer/dryer hookup end kitc, Lrg lot, fncd yrd, recent $700/mth. 288-7802 renovations. 618-558-4402 RENT REDUCED! newly rennoTROY, 2 Br Duplex Apt, vated 800 Sq. Ft. office or store Close to downtown & highways space, prime location, Troy Rd., Mobile Homes $525/mo + Deposit 656-3256 Edw. 618/977-9459. For Sale 815

1 & 2 bedroom apartments, Looking for female roommate to

3 Bdrm loft, all appliances incl 5 minutes to SIUE w/d, renovated. Screened in 791-9062. back porch. 218 N. Main St., Unit A (above Sgt. Peppers) Move in Special perfect for college student. 1st Month 1/2 off $900mth. 618-610-3695. 2 BR, 1 Bath Glen Carbon 3 bedroom, 1 BA, 1 car garage, QUAIL HOLLOW, w/d hook-ups, duplex. Glen Carbon, near Wal- $675 (618)346-7878 Mart. No pets. $900/mo., $850

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NEW FLOOR PLAN in Ebbets Field with 10’ ceilings, Amish cabinetry, split bedrooms & finished LL.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! Elegant 1 story, open floor plan, 3BR, 2BA, large screened porch on quiet cul-de-sac. $410,000 Edwardsville PR100435 IRMA AUGUST (618) 558-8422

$469,900 Edwardsville PR100428 SANDIE LAMANTIA (618) 978-2384

MAIN FLOOR laundry & master with bayed sitting area. Open floor plan, 4BR, 3.5BA. Agent owned. $350,000 Glen Carbon PR100424 BARRY MAULDEN (618) 779-4755

BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED INSIDE & OUT! 4 bedroom, 3 bath, numerous upgrades & improvements. Must see! $279,000 Glen Carbon PR100348

160 JESSICA DRIVE, ST. JACOB 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, spacious floor plan, privacy fence, close to SAFB. $145,000 St.Jacob PR100214 GIGI VIRTA (618) 781-6875

LOCATION CLOSE TO BIKE TRAIL shopping, & Children’s Museum. 1 1/2 story 3-5 BR, 2 BA home. $125,000 Edwardsville PR100306


8405 Rock Ridge Court, Edwardsville $550,000 OPEN SUN. 12-2 PM DIANE BRANZ (618) 409-1776

3320 Hershiser Court, Edwardsville $500,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM CHRIS MILLER (618) 580-6133

1 Timber Stone Court, Glen Carbon $449,500 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM GEORGE KEY (618) 581-4323

3328 Karros Court, Edwardsville $439,900 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM CHRIS MILLER (618) 580-6133

8420 Timber Ridge Drive, Edwardsville $415,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM KARA BEYERS (618) 978-4072

416 Westchester, Glen Carbon $379,900 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM KATHY SEIBERT (618) 593-3042

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241 Oakshire East, Glen Carbon $286,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM BETSY BUTLER (618) 972-2225


107 Crystal Gate, Glen Carbon $265,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM ADAM HORNBERGER (618) 444-8681

7041 Augusta Drive, Glen Carbon $244,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM SHEILA COX (618) 593-7355

2 Cedar Mill, Troy $229,900 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM

2720 Falcon Crest, Edwardsville $215,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM

623 Brentmoor Drive, Troy $192,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM

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9 Ginger Lake Drive W., Glen Carbon $159,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM DEBORAH AHRENS (618) 604-4924

ATRIUM RANCH 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, family room with wet bar & gorgeous patio! $390,000 Glen Carbon PR100166

EXCEPTIONAL 2 STORY Spacious great room w/hardwood flooring, gas fireplace, custom bookcases, deck & fenced. $339,500 Glen Carbon PR100190

REMODELED 5BR, 2BA, 2 fireplaces, walk-out LL, 5 acres, fenced pasture & pole building. $297,500 Worden PR100173

BEAUTIFUL 3 split bedroom design, 3 full baths, bonus room in lower level. $269,900 Glen Carbon PR100259

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Quiet cul-de-sac in Vicksburg 3 or 4 bedroom with finished lower level. $249,900 Edwardsville PR100202

OPEN HOUSE SUN,Listing MAR 20, 1-3 Featured Listing Featured Listing Featured Listing Featured Listing CONGRATULATIONS Featured PM BRENDA HOLSHOUSER (618) 789-2742 A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE has made this Associate a leader in the real estate market.

WISH NO MORE! 2 story, 4BR, 4BA in private subdivision with walkout LL. Move-in condition! $249,000 Glen Carbon PR100160

BEAUTIFUL PRAIRIE STYLE 1 story home in Savannah Crossing. 3BR, 3BA, lovely maintained. $239,000 Glen Carbon PR100210

A LOT OF HOUSE! Don’t let the outside fool you! 4BR, 4BA, rec room, office, family room & 2 car garage. $219,000 Edwardsville PR100260

ADORABLE AND WELL-KEPT 1.5 story! Centrally located in heart of Edwardsville. $116,900 Edwardsville PR100151

SMALL TOWN LIVING convenient to I-55, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, carport and large yard. $70,000 New Douglas PR100138

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