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Get your kicks
Route 66 Festival begins tonight.
4 The Hi-Way Tavern A Route 66 landmark.
10 "Disney's Jungle Book" Stages St. Louis to present the classic.
Meramec Caverns Still pulling drivers off the highway.
15 "Moonrise Kingdom" Fun returns to the cinema.
18 Soaring above the bluffs Take flight in Grafton.
22 Lincoln and the Civil War Exhibit coming to SIUE.
What’s Happening Friday June 8____________ • Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. • The SteelDrivers, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • AFM STL Hip Hop Showcase feat. CTM, Kommon Groundz, Fubar, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Langhorne Slim, Ha Ha Tonka, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Flogging Molly w/ The Devil Makes Three, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Erin Bode, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • The Features w/ the Sun and the Sea, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • T h e P a n o ra m a o f t h e Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. • Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. • Warhol's Polaroids: A Method E x h i b i t , S t . Lo u i s U n i ve r s i t y Museum of Art , St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through June 10. • Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Gallery Opening Reception, Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St.
Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12.
Saturday June 9____________ • McPike Mansion Family Campout, McPike Mansion, Alton, 5:00 p.m. • Alton Hauntings Ghost Bus Tour, First Unitarian Church, Alton, 7:00 p.m. • MADCO Trivia Night, 560 Building (across from COCA), St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. • Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. • Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. • Pulse Festival feat. Above & Beyond, Morgan Page, Mat Zo, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 5:00 p.m. • Serpents, Fubar, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • John Doe w/ Kevin Gordon, Rough Shop, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Erin Bode, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • Hospitality, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • London Calling, The Gramophone, St. Louis, 10:30 p.m. • Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. • In the Still Epiphany, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis,
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through October 27. • 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. • Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12.
Sunday June 10___________ • Pride Inc. Home and Garden Tour, Homes in Alton and Godfrey, noon to 5:00 p.m. • Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. • The Parlotones w/ Ryan Star, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Paradise Fears w/ Rocky Loves Emily, My Girl Friday, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. • Alton Muny Band, Riverview & Haskell Parks, Alton, 8:00 p.m. • Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. • Warhol's Polaroids: A Method E x h i b i t , S t . Lo u i s U n i ve r s i t y Museum of Art , St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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On the Edge of the Weekend
June 7, 2012
A band perforrms in CIty Park during a recent Route 66 Festival.
Edwardsville's Route 66 Festival It's a great place to get your kicks By BILL TUCKER Of The Edge
aking new memories while taking a trip down memory lane is what the Route 66 Festival is all about.
Now stretched to three days, the annual event will salute the spirit of the nation’s most famous highway with a weekend of music, food and hot cars. Edwardsville Parks Department Program Coordinator Katie Grable said one of the great things about the Route 66 Festival is that it’s aimed at everyone. “It’s always a good time. You can go and expect your whole family to have a good time,” Grable said. “We’re trying to make it all inclusive for the family.” The festival kicks off in grand style on June 7 with a ‘50s style sock hop at the Crystal Garden Banquet & Event Center, located at 1230 University Dr. in Edwardsville. Prizes will be awarded to the “best costume” at the sock hop so attendees are encouraged to be creative in their attire and '50’s attitude. The event will set the tone for the weekend. “It encourages people to get in the spirit of the era,” Grable said. And it’s taken a lot of work. “We have a tremendous effort under way by our volunteer committee members to add new activities like the sock hop to the festival agenda,” Grable said. “We encourage those interested in attending to purchase tickets and join us for a great night of American nostalgia.” Tickets for the sock hop are $10 and available by calling Edwardsville Parks & Recreation at (618) 692-7538 or for pick up at the following locations: Scott Credit Union on Route 157 in Edwardsville, First Clover Leaf Bank’s Goshen and St. Louis Street locations, The Edwardsville Library, Edwardsville City Hall, Edwardsville/Glen
Carbon Chamber of Commerce office, Crystal Garden Banquet & Event Center and Reliance Bank. The Route 66 Festival area residents have come to know and love, meanwhile, begins at 5 p.m. on June 8 at City Park with food, beverages, art vendors, historic tents and the children’s area open for boundless fun. Historic displays will be available for viewing both days and art vendors will be selling their wares as well. Grable said there will be plenty of activities for children including inflatables, tattoos, face painting and balloon art. Festival organizers put a special emphasis on the musical acts scheduled to perform,with SH-BOOM, a ‘50s act, performing at 9 p.m. June 8 and Dr. Zhivegas taking the stage at 9 p.m. June 9. Grable said the intent is to keep festival goers at the festival. “We’re hoping to get people to stay later and enjoy the festival,” Grable said. “We usually have good crowds, but they don’t stay late so we stepped up our bands.” The Facts O’ Life Band is the first to take the stage and will do so at 6:30 p.m. June 7. Also on the bill on June 8 are Love Me, Leave Me at 2:30 p.m., the Mellow D’s at 4 p.m. and Non Stop Rock at 6:30 p.m. Saturday will be a full day of activities to include the same features as Friday night but also a 10K run, trolley tours, talent show, car show at Lincoln Middle School parking lot and the classic car cruise. Live music on Saturday will be provided by Love Me, Leave Me at 2:30 p.m., Mellow D’s at 4 p.m. Non-Stop Rock at 6:30 p.m. and headliner Dr. Zhivegas at 9 p.m. A full slate of events is scheduled June 9 beginning with the annual 10K run at 8 a.m. The festival grounds open at 10 a.m. and trolley tours through downtown will begin at 11 a.m. and run every hour until 4 p.m. The Showcase of Local Talent gets under way at 12:30 p.m. and the washers tournament, which has open registration, kicks off at 2:30 p.m.
And then the festival kicks into high gear at 3 p.m., when classic cars and trucks begin assembling at the Lincoln Middle School parking lot for the annual Classic Car Show. Judges will tour the parking lot at 4 p.m. to pick the hottest of the hot cars and at 6 p.m., the car cruise will get under way as entrants will pass City Park in a review that visitors won’t want to miss. The festival will then run until midnight on June 9. Grable said one concern, as always, is the weather, but she believes the festival has sunshine on account. In 2010, a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area, damaging tents, knocking down tree branches in City Park and generally making a mess. “I feel after those winds came through a couple of years ago, we’ve paid our dues,” Grable said. Sponsors of the 2012 events include Mother Road sponsors, Phillips 66 and Cork Tree Creative. “We are so incredibly grateful to our 2012 sponsors. The business community has really stepped up to the plate this year so we are thrilled with the outpouring of support from our many sponsors,” Grable said. Other sponsors include Hot Rod Sponsors: TheBANK of Edwardsville, Scott Credit Union, First Clover Leaf Bank, Edwardsville Intelligencer, Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., Madison Mutual Insurance Company, Edwardsville Rotary Club, Crystal Garden Banquet and Event Center and Cassens Transport Company. Roadster Sponsors include: MoJo’s Music, Allied Waste, Alvareita’s College of Cosmetology, The Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth, Goshen Coffee Company, Caulk’s Collision Center, Traveling Tails Inn and BJ’s Printables. This year's Fastback sponsors include: JF Electric, Patriot Sunrooms East, LLC, Anderson Hospital, edglenfamilies.org, Abstracts & Titles and RP Lumber/Prudential One Realty Center. Reliance Bank and Hortica are Festival Enthusiasts.
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For more information about the festival, visit www.EdwardsvilleRoute66. com or follow the event on Facebook at Edwardsville Route 66 Festival.
Thursday, June 7th 7 p.m. – Sock Hop at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center Friday, June 8th 5 p.m. – Festival opens Food, beverage and art vendors ready to sell Historic tents and displays open Children’s area open 6:30 p.m. – Facts O’Life takes the stage 8 p.m. – Children’s area & art vendors begin to close at dark 9 - 11:30 p.m. – SH-BOOM takes the stage Midnight. – Festival closes Saturday, June 9th 8 a.m. – 10K Run 10 a.m. – Post race awards ceremony 10 a.m. – Food, beverage and art vendors open Children’s area opens Historic tents and displays open 11 a.m. – Trolley tours start (on the hour) Noon - 3 p.m. – Face painting clown and balloon artist 12:30 p.m. – Showcase of Local Talent 12:30 p.m. – Mother Road Washers Tournament 2:30 p.m. – Love Me, Leave Me takes the stage 4 p.m. – The Mellow D’s take the stage Last trolley tour goes out 3 p.m. – Cars begin assembling at Lincoln Middle School Parking Lot 4 p.m.— Car Show at Lincoln Middle School Parking Lot 6:30p.m. – Non-Stop Rock takes the stage Car Cruise begins (will pass park on Vandalia & Buchanan) 8 p.m. – Children’s area and art vendors close at dark 9 p.m.- 11:30 p.m. – Dr. Zhivegas takes the stage Midnight. – Festival closes
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The best spaghetti on Route 66 Edwardsville's Hi-Way Cafe served locals and travelers along America's most famous road
By STEVE HORRELL Of The Edge
aybe it was the Italian spaghetti. Maybe it was the Italian spaghetti that George Lautner served up at the old Hi-Way Cafe a half century ago, infused as it was with a secret sauce that his wife Mary mixed up in the back room, three or four gallons at a time. Then again, maybe it was the pies. When people thought of the Hi-Way Cafe after it closed, in 1961, maybe it’s the fruit pies that they remember. A half century ago, when George ran the cafe over on Vandalia Street, on what was then a stretch of Route 66, he baked a couple dozen of them every day:
apple, cherry, blueberry, pineapple. Or, less likely, what people remember about the Hi-Way Cafe is the turtle mulligan that George cooked up using hamburger meat he bought from Kroger’s. Not that it matters all that much. What mattered was that whenever Lautner traveled the country he seemed to run into somebody who knew him from his Hi-Way Cafe days and shouted out, “Hi, George!” “I just had friends all over the place,” he said recently. Lautner turned 90 in December. He still lives in Edwardsville, just around the block from the HiWay Cafe, now Neumann’s Bar & Restaurant. He ran the restaurant from 1949 to 1961, serving laborers who came over from U.S. Radiator, L&M Railroad, Wagner Electric. Jurors and courthouse employees walked over from the Madison
County Courthouse in downtown Edwardsville, and sometimes drivers on Route 66 saw the sign and pulled over to grab a bite to eat. Some, of course, were regulars. Jim Vanzo, from Vanzo’s Taproom, Home Nursery owner Ernie Tosovsky, and Edwardsville night policemen Bob Dylan and Frank Wolfe. “Sometimes Jim Vanzo would get done at the Cafe and come over here and fall asleep 2 or 3 in the morning eating spaghetti,” he said. After Lautner had been running the Hi-Way Cafe for a couple of years, William Alexander opened a shoe repair business a few blocks away, at Vandalia and North Main streets. “Whenever I saw him in there he was always raving about the spaghetti sauce,” Richard Lautner said. In the ‘50s, as Edwardsville
men were being sent off to fight in Korea, George Lautner would send them off with a dinner, on the house. Same when they returned. On a typical evening, the Hi-Way Cafe had four or five dinner runs, starting at 6 p.m. and running on the half-hour. Saturday and Sunday nights were exhausting, and some weekends he barely slept at all. “When the unions were getting started we were getting 25 cents for a hamburger, and they wanted a raise,” George Lautner recalls with a laugh. “I said ‘If we gotta give a raise we’d just as well go out of business because we’re going to have to raise hamburgers to 30 cents.” George and Mary lived in a small house at the back of the cafe, where they raised sons and daughter. While their mother, Mary Giardina, was born in the states her parents were Sicilian, and she came from a family of Italian cooks. “All her sisters cooked, and I know she helped out in the kitchen for a while,” says Richard Lautner, who lives in Edwardsville. George Lautner recalls that his kitchen help was first-rate: Bertha and Ruth King, Rita Goff, Pearly Bess Evans, and Jessie Brown, who went on to run Jessie’s Cafe on Main Street. Richard Lautner says his mother taught him how to make the spaghetti sauce. The cafe suffered a major blow when the Litchfield and Madison
office closed and the engineers stopped coming over. For a while, Lautner relied on the policemen and firemen, the laborers and other regulars. Richard Lautner’s step brother often brought his friends over on weekends to listen to the jukebox. Lautner let the firemen use the rathskellar for meetings. After the Hi-Way Cafe closed, George Lautner worked for a while at the adjacent Hi-Way Cafe. After a while, he got on at the local union hall and was eventually hired by Illinois Power. After he retired from Illinois Power, he began driving a school bus. Later, he got on at Vanzo’s. Asked about his mother’s spaghetti sauce, Richard Lautner says that his parents never divulged the recipe. “The firemen were always trying to get it, and they wouldn’t give it away,” he said. “I don’t know what she put in it.” Mary died a few years ago. George Lautner says he knew what she put in it to give it that special flavor but kept it to himself until recently. “Guys hounded me for years to give ‘em that recipe,” he said. “Firemen, farmer friends, everybody. I finally said, if you want to make sauce like Mary used to make it, make it like you always do it and put some fennel seeds in it, to your own taste. That was the secret ingredient.”
Above, the Hi-Way Cafe, May 15, 1939. Route 66, in front of business, is being re-paved. Below, the interior of Hi-Way Tavern, 463 E. Vandalia, in the 1950s. Pictured are Gwen Evans (Eberhardt) with milkman making a delivery. Photos courtesy of the Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission.'
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People People planner The Alton Regional Visitors and Convention Bureau has announced the following events: 4TH ANNUAL BBQ AND BEER ALTON MUNY BAND CONCERTS Thursday, June 7, 14, 21, 28 & July 5, 12, 19, 26 Sunday, June 10, 17, 24 & July 1, 8, 15 8 p.m. Riverview & Haskell Parks Alton, IL 62002 Join us for a summer full of free concerts. Concerts held Thursday evenings in Riverview Park and Sundays in Haskell Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, call (618) 465-6676. GRAFTON MUSIC IN THE PARK Thursdays, June 7 7 p.m. Grove Memorial Park Main St. & Market Grafton, IL 62037 Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free concerts while experiencing majestic views of the Mississippi River. The concert schedule will be posted at www.enjoygrafton.com. For more information, call (618) 7862605. ALTON HAUNTINGS GHOST BUS TOUR Saturday, June 9 7 p.m. First Unitarian Church 110 E. Third St. Alton, IL 62002 Join the Alton Hauntings crew for a tour of Haunted Alton sites aboard the evening's ghost bus, featuring favorite locations and sites that aren't offered on our walking tours! Join us for a journey back into the history of "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and experience locations like the Underground Railroad chambers of the Enos Sanatorium, Hop Hollow Road, the Alton Penitentiary, First Unitarian Church, a special visit to the spook-infested wine cellar of the McPike Mansion and more!. Limited Spots Available for all Bus Tours! Departs at 7 p.m. from the Unitarian Church on Third St. in Downtown Alton. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, go to www. AltonHauntings.com . ALTON ROAD RUNNERS CLUB FUN RUN Saturday, June 9 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Glazebrook Park 1401 Stamper Lane Godfrey, IL 62035 Runners take your mark in Glazebrook Park. It's a fun run for all ages! Six years old and younger run a fourth mile, seven to fourteen run a half mile and participants fifteen and up run one mile. Participation fee is $2 for youth and $4 for adults. To enter, sign up ahead of time at the Parks and Recreation Department at 6810 Godfrey Road. For more information, call (618) 259-2261. MEET & GREET OVERNIGHT GHOST HUNT Saturday, June 9, 2012 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mineral Springs Mall 301 E. Broadway Alton, IL 62002 Central Illinois Ghost Hunters (C.I.G.H.) will show guests how to use ghost-hunting equipment and will conduct an overnight ghost hunt with them. Bring cameras, hand held recorders and any ghost hunting equipment you may have. The cost is $35 per person. For more information,
call (618) 465-3205 or visit www. MineralSpringsHauntedTours.com . TWO RIVERS FAMILY FISHING FAIR Saturday, June 9, 2012 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pere Marquette State Park 13112 Visitor Center Ln. Grafton, IL 62037 Do you want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. Event includes: trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, gifts, prizes and lots more! Free. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at (618) 786-3323, ext. 1 OTTERVILLE HAMILTON PRIMARY SCHOOL FESTIVAL Saturday & Sun., June 9 & 10, 2012 Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun.: Noon to 5:30 p.m. 107 E. Main St. Otterville, IL This is an annual fundraising festival to restore the Hamilton Primary School. Enjoy food, entertainment, crafts, antique cars, a bake-off, auction, kid's games, raffles and a school reunion. Event is free. For more information, please call 618-447-4935 or go to www. hamiltonprimaryschool.org . MCPIKE MANSION FAMILY CAMPOUT Saturday, June 9 - Sunday, June 10 5 p.m. McPike Mansion 2018 Alby St. Alton, IL 62002 Visit the spirited McPike Mansion during the family campout at the McPike Mansion. Visit the wine cellar to communicate with the spirits of McPike Mansion while you enjoy food and fun. The cost is $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (618) 462-3348 or go to www.McPikeMansion.com . PRIDE INC. HOME AND GARDEN TOUR Sunday, June 10 Noon to 5 p.m. Homes throughout the region
Alton, IL 62002 Seven beautiful local homes and gardens in Alton and Godfrey are put on display for this popular event. A stop at the Sunken Gardens in Alton will be featured on the self-guided tour. Tickets are $12 per person, children 5 and under are free. Call (618) 467-2375.
Zoo plans Jungle Boogie concert series Go wild on the weekends at the Saint Louis Zoo! On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 25 through September 3, the Zoo is open extended hours from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. for North Star Summer Zoo Weekends. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Zoo will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15, for the Zoo’s major fundraiser. Bring the whole family to “splish splash” with the stingrays, “chacha” with the cheetahs, and “frug” with the frogs at Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Missouri Lottery. Enjoy free live music on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. (no concert on June 15). Stingrays and sharks have returned for a season long pool party at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks! See whitespotted bamboo, bonnethead and nurse sharks swimming about with cownose rays, southern stingrays, horseshoe crabs and tropical fish. Admission is $3 for the general public and $1.50 for Zoo Friends up to the Zoo-Goer level. Members at the Family level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under two are free. The brand new, state-of-the-art 1.5-acre Sea Lion Sound is opening June 30! This exhibit combines the popular Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Arena right in the heart of the
Zoo. Enjoy a First Bank Sea Lion Show at the new Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena, a venue that features an 811-seat amphitheater for seasonal shows, a large stage, a rock bridge extending into the audience and a high diving platform and slide. The sea lion superstars will thrill you with flipper walks, ball balancing and lots of splashing. Timed tickets are $4 per person; children under 2 are free. Shows are at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. daily in summer with an additional show at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Shows begin June 30. See mimicking macaws, kissing alpacas, gymnastic armadillos and more showcase their natural talents at the Emerson Children’s Zoo shows this summer. Show times are at 10 and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. daily (except Wednesdays), with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the Children’s Zoo is $4 per person; children under two are free. Look for keeper chats at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily with additional chats from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission to the Zoo and Jungle Boogie is free. There are fees for special attractions. Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks, Emerson Children’s Zoo and Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel are free from 8 to 9 a.m. every day in summer. Admission charges apply after 9 a.m. for these attractions. For more information, visit www. stlzoo.org, www.facebook.com/ stlzoo, www.twitter.com/stlzoo or call (314) 781-0900. S u m m e r Z o o We e k e n d s i s sponsored by North Star Frozen Treats and Prairie Farms with support from Fresh 102.5. BOOGIE DOWN AT THE SAINT LOUIS ZOO’S FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES What: Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Missouri Lottery When: Friday evenings, May 25 – August 31, 2012 (No concert June
15), 5 to 8 p.m. Where: Saint Louis Zoo “Splish splash” with the stingrays, “cha-cha” with the cheetahs, and “frug” with the frogs at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Missouri Lottery. Kick up your heels or sit back and relax with free live music every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. May 25 through August 31 (no concert on June 15.) All ages can enjoy rhythm-and-blues, pop, rock, jazz and more on the outdoor stage in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo. 2012 Concert Schedule June 8 – Johnny Henry Band June 15 – NO CONCERT June 22 – Funky Butt Brass Band June 29 – Charles Glenn July 6 – SuperJam July 13 – Push the Limit July 20 – Hudson & the Hoo Doo Cats July 27 – Marsha Evans August 3 – American Idle August 10 – Cumberland Gap Band A u g u s t 1 7 – G r i ff i n & t h e Gargoyles August 24 – GalaxyRed August 31 – Dirty Muggs During North Star Summer Zoo Weekends May 25 through September 3, the Zoo is open extended hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Zoo will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15, for the Zoo’s major fundraiser. Admission to the Zoo and Jungle Boogie is free. Food and beverages will be available at Lakeside Cafe, Safari Grill, Ice Cream Oasis, Tundra Treats and more. Sponsors for Jungle Boogie are Missouri Lottery, Fox 2/KPLR 11 and Fresh 102.5. For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org/jungleboogie, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, www. twitter.com/stlzoo or call (314) 781-0900.
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People People planner Parties in the Park returns to Clayton with music, fun St. Louis’ original, longestrunning outdoor happy h o u r, P a r t i e s i n t h e P a r k i n Downtown Clayton, returns May 9 and continues on the second Wednesday of the month through Sept. 12. After a hugely successful launch last year on the streets of downtown Clayton, Parties in the Park will continue to be held on North Meramec Avenue, between Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. “The response to last year ’s move to downtown Clayton was unanimous. Everyone loved it,” said Ellen Gale, executive director of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. “Businesses and restaurants saw an increase in sales and traffic, and those in attendance enjoyed the comfort and convenience of the party on Meramec.” Entertainment for the 29th season of Parties is confirmed a n d s u re t o k e e p p a r t y - g o e r s moving and grooving all summer long. This year ’s music lineup includes: • June 13 – Pop ‘n’ Rocket (sponsored by Heartland Bank) • July 11 – My Friend Mike • August 8 – Concoction • September 12 – American Idle Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton is THE place t o e n j o y g re a t f o o d a n d music with friends. The party starts at 5 and goes until 8:30 p.m., with half-priced beer from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Whether looking to mingle with friends and colleagues, meet new people or just relax after a hard day’s work with an ice-cold b e e r, y o u w o n ’ t w a n t t o m i s s the 29th season of Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton. For more information call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 3 1 4 - 7 2 6 - 3 0 3 3 , o r v i s i t w w w. partiesinthepark.org.
Fair Saint Louis lineup announced David N. Farr, chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation and David A. Peacock, Chairman of the St. Louis Sports Commission today shared key highlights for this summer ’s 2012 Fair Saint Louis to he hosted on the g ro u n d s o f t h e G a t e w a y A rc h on Wednesday, July 4, Friday, J u l y 6 a n d S a t u r d a y, J u l y 7. Programming highlights include: Wednesday, July 4 • 7 a.m. -- Fair Saint Louis activities will kick off with two new additions, a competitive f o u r- m i l e ru n a n d a o n e - m i l e family fun run. Fair Saint Louis is partnering with the St. Louis Sports Commission on both events with proceeds supporting the Sports Commission’s efforts in attracting, creating and managing major sporting events for St. Louis that contribute to the overall quality of life for the region. • 10 a.m. -- The 135th annual Veiled Prophet Parade themed “Around the World” • Noon. – Fair Saint Louis
o ff i c i a l l y o p e n s w i t h t h e f i r s t of two air shows, including top civilian performers and military aircraft. • 8 p . m . – T h e c l a s s i c ro c k sister duo Heart headlines the B u d w e i s e r M a i n S t a g e ( w w w. heart-music.com) and the spectacular US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fireworks will conclude day one of the Fair. Friday, July 6 • 4 p.m. – Gates open; programming throughout the afternoon will feature l i v e m u s i c , K i d s To w n a n d performances on the Cultural Stage. • 8 p . m . – T h i rd E y e B l i n d headlines the Budweiser Main Stage, bringing their popular alternative rock ( w w w. thirdeyeblind.com) back to the Arch grounds followed by the US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fireworks. Saturday, July 7 • 10 a.m. -- Gates open; p ro g r a m m i n g t h ro u g h o u t t h e day will feature live music, Kids Town and the performances on Cultural Stage. • 8 p . m . – D i e r k s B e n t l e y, the rising country star (www. dierks.com), will headline the Budweiser Main Stage. His sixth album, HOME, debuted earlier this month in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. The US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fireworks will follow his performance to conclude the 2012 Fair Saint Louis. For additional details and updates to the schedule, visit www.fairsaintlouis.org. “For more than 30 years, the g ro u n d s o f t h e G a t e w a y A rc h have been home to this very special and beloved event, one that has hosted millions of visitors, generated countless memories and has garnered national attention as one of America’s most spectacular Independence Day celebrations,” said Farr. “Fair Saint Louis is for families, it’s for visitors, it’s for fun, and it’s for you. It’s Yo u r F a i r, a n d i t ’ s t h e re s u l t of innumerable corporate and individual contributors providing financial support, volunteer services, donation of supplies and other valuable
resources. On behalf of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, I encourage all members of the community to get involved! As we like to say, Fair Saint Louis i s “ W h e re A m e r i c a C o m e s To Celebrate.” “The St. Louis Sports Commission is excited to partner with the Fair Saint L o u i s F o u n d a t i o n t o k i c k o ff this year ’s Fair with two runs, a competitive four miler and a one-mile fun run,“ said Peacock. “The mission of both our organizations focuses on contributing to the quality of life for all those who live in the St. Louis region as well as making our community a welcome place for visitors; pairing these runs with Fair Saint Louis is a great way to help celebrate our Nation’s independence for local St. Louisans and guests alike.” Following the Fair Saint Louis festivities, the celebration will continue throughout the month of July with the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts, with performances on July 13/14 and July 20/21 at Soldiers Memorial. Additional details for both Fair Saint Louis and Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts will be announced later this spring. Each year community volunteers, Fair Saint Louis s t a f f a n d t h e Ve i l e d P r o p h e t Organization, in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of St. Louis, work together to promote St. Louis by bringing visitors downtown for the nearly month-long event. The name Fair Saint Louis acknowledges this event is produced by Saint Louisans, for Saint Louisans and their guests from all over the world. If members of the community are interested in volunteering, volunteer applications may b e d o w n l o a d e d f ro m t h e F a i r S a i n t L o u i s w e b s i t e a t w w w. fairsaintlouis.org.
Annual Whitaker Music Festival planned The Missouri Botanical Garden is setting the stage for its 19th annual Whitaker Music Festival. The summer concert
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series features nine weeks of free music under the stars, We d n e s d a y s , M a y 3 0 t h ro u g h 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 www.mobot. org/events/whitaker. Whitaker Music Festival concerts will be held outdoors on the lawn of the open-air Cohen Amphitheater, just west o f t h e C l i m a t ro n ® d o m e . T h e 2012 performer lineup includes: • June 20 – The Rockhouse Ramblers, honky-tonk music and classic country swing. • 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. • J u l y 11 – Ry a n S p e a r m a n Band, singer, songwriter and folk music multi-instrumentalist. • J u l y 1 8 – Te r e s a J e n e e , s o u l f u l , i n t ro s p e c t i v e v o c a l i s t 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 b e a v a i l a b l e f o r p u rc h a s e o n
site. The Garden is a tobaccofree 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 & S o u t h e x i t . F re e p a r k i n g i s available on-site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. An additional concert entry s i t e w i l l b e o p e n o n To w e r G r o v e Av e n u e a n d M a g n o l i a located on the south end of the Garden. F o r m o re i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t w w w. m o b o t . o r g / e v e n t s / w h i t a k e r o r c a l l t h e re c o rd e d h o t l i n e a t ( 3 1 4 ) 5 7 7 - 5 1 0 0 . I n the event of inclement weather, check the Garden’s website, Tw i t t e r f e e d ( w w w. t w i t t e r. com/mobotnews) or Facebook p a g e ( w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / 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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People People planner Annual Zoo Ado takes shape Donâ€™t be a lawn ornament this summer. Gather your colony of socializers and celebrate the Caribbean flamingo at the Saint Louis Zooâ€™s summer bash â€œA Zoo Ado 2012 presented by Wells Fargo Advisors: Flamingo Fling.â€? On Friday, June 15, from 7 p.m. to midnight, you can dine and dance under the summer moon while fluffing your tail feathers and showing off your pretty-in-pink preening. Creative casual attire and costumes are encouraged. When the clock strikes seven, flock to Caribbean Cove and The Wild to fill your beak with Caribbean cuisine, including fruit salad with coconut, pineapple, watermelon, spiced rum and honey yogurt; shrimp salad; green bean salad; tossed spring greens salad; cilantro lime rice; sweet potato cakes with fruit chutney; roasted vegetables; fried snapper with peppers and onions; spiced pork loin with black bean mango salsa; and braised short ribs. Hydrate at any of the various beverage stations around the area. Throughout your alfresco feeding, and as your belly becomes stuffed, allow FatPocketâ€™s phat funk to propel you into an evening of easy grooving. After dinner, migrate to Historic Hill, where dessert will be unveiled. Beginning at 8 p.m., turn up your flamenco flair to flap, flutter and wing your way around the dance floor with Dr. Zhivegas and DJ Raven Fox, A Zoo Adoâ€™s main stage entertainment sponsored by Laclede Gas Company. Wade into The Wild to marvel at the majestic pink flamingos, beautifully balancing in North Lake. Twist your neck around to see pelicans, bears, orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and of course, your other Caribbean friends, stingrays and sharks, in their habitats until 8 p.m. For the yoga master in you, get low in a limbo contest; flash your flamboyant flamingo fashion in a costume contest; put your athletic skills to the test in flamingo-themed sporting games, such as using a yard ornament to play croquet. Flit past the silent auction throughout the evening to place your bid on great items, including behind-the-scenes animal tours, travel packages, St. Louis Cardinals tickets, golf outings, a real life CSI experience and much more. The early bird will be in the pink! Advance registration is encouraged and can be made through June 13. General admission is $75 per person. A reserved table for 10 is $1,500 and includes early admission at 6:30 p.m., program listing, table sign and centerpiece. Proceeds from this biennial fundraiser benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world. The Zoo will close to the public at 5 p.m. General admission and reserved table reservations will be held at the North Entrance/The Living World, and free parking is provided on the North Lot on Government Drive. Reservations for sponsors and underwriters will be held at the South Entrance on Wells Drive at Tamm. Reservations are non-refundable. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. The party will be held rain or shine. A Zoo Ado co-chairs are Joe Ambrose and Lynn Yaeger. Presenting sponsor is Wells Fargo
Advisors. Underwriters include Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Bank, Brown Shoe Company, Inc., Edward Jones, First Bank, Monsanto Company, Novus International, Peabody Energy and Schnuck Markets, Inc. Entertainment sponsor is Laclede Gas Company. For more information about A Zoo Ado and to make reservations, call (314) 646-4771 or visit www.stlzoo. org/azooado.
Schedule announced for Alton Farmersâ€™ & Artisiansâ€™ Market The Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market starts on Saturday, June 2nd at a new location for the 2012 season, in the parking lot at the corner of 9th Street & Piasa St. (US Hwy 67). Organizers have also added a second day; the Market will now be open every Wednesday evening from 4-7pm in addition to the usual Saturday mornings from 8am-Noon, through October 13th. Shoppers will find a wide selection of locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, including heirloom varieties and organically grown crops. Along with produce, fresh cut flowers, potted plants, grass-fed meat, local honey, fresh bread and other baked goods, handmade soap, and a large assortment of hand-crafted artwork such as pottery, stained glass and woodworking items will be
available. Alton Main Street organizes the market, which has been in operation for approximately 18 years. â€œWe are very excited to be moving to this great new location that offers double the parking, all on flat ground,â€? said Sara McGibany, Executive Director, â€œWe are installing signage to lead shoppers from the old location to the new one, and since we're relocating just under a mile away on the same road, we are confident that everyone will be able to find us.â€? Registration fees are $10 for Saturdays and $5 for Wednesdays; anyone who would like to receive a vendor registration form is encouraged to call Alton Main Street at 463-1016. Live entertainment and special activities have been scheduled for every Saturday throughout the season. The Community Cultivators will provide nature crafts, and Jacoby Arts Center will provide â€œArts in the Parkâ€? activities. Starting in July, Senior Services Plus will be distributing Senior Nutrition Coupons at the Market, which are vouchers for $21 worth of free produce to seniors 60+ who fit income guidelines. The event has a new facebook page that can be found at: www.facebook. com/AltonFarmersMarket, where the public can be updated on what produce is in season and receive reminders on upcoming entertainment and activities. For
more information on this project and other ways that Alton Main Street is working to revitalize downtown Alton, please visit www. AltonMainStreet.org. 2012 CALENDAR: 6/16 - Southern IL Healthcare Foundation Health Fair, Face Painting & Nature Craft: Game Day! 6/23 - Community Supported Agriculture & Urban Gardening Day, plus Nature Craft: Create a House for a Bee, Bat, Bird, Butterfly, Bug or Worm! 6/30 - Artist Demo: Pottery Wheel & Nature Craft: Create a model insect friend using natural resources and real insect specimens...including a re a l l i v e v e r m i c o m p o s t i n g community! 7/7 - Live Music from Deja Too & Summer Recipe Day 7/14 - Celebrity Chef Jarvis Putnam of Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge 7/21 - Christmas in July - visit w/ Santa while he's on vacation from the North Pole! 7/28 - â€œArts in the Parkâ€? (1011:30) - Shining Suns- Understand symmetry by fashioning your own sunburst 8/4 - Live Music from The
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The Arts Artistic adventures 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 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. Artifacts including ceramic vessels and stone figures from Dickeson’s collection are new to the exhibition this year. Collected in the course of excavations at various sites illustrated in the panorama, these objects complemented Dickeson’s exhibition of the massive painting. Three drawings from Dickeson’s journals are also new to the exhibition. These drawings relate directly to the panorama’s scene 20, Huge Mound and the Manner of Opening Them, which illustrates an excavation in progress. Dickeson pointed to his drawings as evidence of the authenticity of the scenery within the panorama. The 25 scenes present sensationalized versions of various historical moments—the burial of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and an 18th-century battle— as well as views of ancient mound complexes with steamboats passing; the activities of 19th-century Native Americans; the excavation of a mastodon skeleton; and a natural disaster. Led by Paul Haner, the Museum’s paintings conservator, a team of conservators will work to complete restoration of the circa1850 painting. The team includes Mark Bockrath of West Chester, Pennsylvania, who assisted in 2011 with phase one of Restoring an American Treasure. Three conservators-in-training will also work on the project. With conservation by Paul Haner, paintings conservator, and curatorial oversight by Janeen Turk, senior
curatorial assistant, Restoring an American Treasure will be on view in the Main Exhibition Galleries from June 8 through September 3, 2012. Once fully restored, the panorama will be included in the future reinstallation of the Museum’s American art galleries. For more information, please visit slam.org/ panorama. This restoration project is made possible through the support of U.S. Representative William “Lacy” Clay and former U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Free admission to this exhibition has been provided by PNC Arts Alive. The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include w0orks of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Areas of notable depth include Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th-century German art. The Museum offers a full range of exhibitions and educational programming generated independently and in collaboration with local, national and international partners. 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 slam.org.
SLSO announces summer schedule T h e 2 0 11 - 2 0 1 2 s u b s c r i p t i o n series has ended, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall. Seven Live at Powell Hall performances take place in May and June, offering a wide variety of genres, styles and sounds. The summer schedule includes: Saturday, June 9: Sounds of New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis A r m s t ro n g : Renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling brings the Big Easy to Powell Hall. Together with the St. Louis Symphony, he’ll pay loving tribute to the man known the world over as Satchmo.
Friday, June 15: Wynonna: The country music superstar joins the Symphony for a not-to-be-missed performance. From her days performing with her mother Naomi as the Judds, to her smash solo career, Wynonna’s sold millions of records and inspired legions of fans. She’ll sing her favorite country hits, with a few Symphony surprises as well. Sponsored by Sam and Marilyn Fox Friday, June 22: Classical Mystery Tour: The legendary music of The Beatles is front and center at Powell Hall, as the Symphony performs with a Fab Four that will take you through more than 30 Beatles classics. After sold-out engagements in 2010, the Classical Mystery Tour returns for one night only this summer. Sponsored by Moneta Group Since the St. Louis Symphony introduced the Live at Powell Hall concerts three years ago, 116,000 tickets have been sold. About 50% of people attending the concerts are first-time attendees. Tickets for all seven of the Live at Powell Hall summer concerts are still available and may be purchased by calling 314-534-1700, at the Powell Hall Box office, or on-line at www.stlsymphony.org Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the Orchestra’s history. In its 132nd season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. In June 2008, the Symphony launched Building Our Business, which takes a proactive, two-pronged approach: build audiences and re-invigorate the Symphony’s brand making the St. Louis Symphony and Powell Hall the place to be; and build the base for enhanced institutional
commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and revenue growth across all key operating areas.
The Rep announces Mainstage schedule The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) is proud to announce its 2012-2013 season of performances on the Mainstage, as well as the three productions to be performed by its Imaginary Theatre Company (ITC). The three productions to be included in the Studio Theatre season will be announced in July. The Mainstage series opens at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road (on the campus of Webster University), Webster Groves, on September 5, 2012 with Neil Simon’s semiautobiographical classic, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other productions in the Mainstage series, which continues through April 2013, include: the world premiere of Daddy Long Legs, an elegant musical love story with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and book by John Caird; The Foreigner, a wild and wacky comedy by Larry Shue; Good People, a poignant look at the "haves" and "have-nots" and a standout hit of the 2011 Broadway season by Tony Award-winner David Lindsay-Abaire; a fresh adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Sense and Sensibility, by Jon Jory; and the noir thriller Double Indemnity, a dark and treacherous view of the power of greed and desire by James M. Cain. The Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company season of live, professional theatre for young audiences will include Hansel and Gretel: The Next Generation, A Gnome for Christmas and Annie Oakley. For complete play descriptions, run dates, subscription package details, pricing and benefits, touring schedules (ITC) and a list of audience enrichment and accessibility options, please visit The Rep’s website at http://www.repstl.
org. The Rep is also excited to cop re s e n t Wa r H o r s e w i t h t h e Fabulous Fox Theatre in their U.S. Bank Broadway Series March 1324, 2013. Winner of five 2011 Tony Awards®, including Best Play, War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship set in England in 1914. War Horse is not included in any Rep package, but subscribers to The Rep will have the opportunity to purchase full-price single tickets for any performance before they go on sale to the general public. For performances March 1924, 2013, the prime center mezzanine section is reserved exclusively for purchase by Repertory Theatre of St. Louis season ticket holders until Labor Day, 2012. An order form will be mailed to subscribers this summer. The Rep’s 2012-2013 season subscription campaign is underway, with packages available for the Mainstage and Studio Theatre series. Subscribers can save substantially over the cost of purchasing individual tickets to shows and enjoy exclusive benefits by purchasing season tickets at The Rep Box Office (located inside the Loretto-Hilton Center) or by calling (314) 968-4925. Subscription packages range in price from $87-$423 for six Mainstage shows and $93-$144 for three Studio Theatre shows. Additional Mainstage Series discounts are also available for senior citizens (65 and older) and full-time students. Subscription benefits include free parking at the Loretto-Hilton Center, special discounts and advance ordering opportunities, informative subscriber newsletters from Artistic Director Steven Woolf, free ticket "insurance" and free, unlimited ticket exchanges within the same production run, providing the ultimate in schedule flexibility. Parents can introduce their children to the wonder of live, professional theatre with special pricing that makes any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night a Family Night at The Rep! Young people (ages 10-18) can enjoy an entire Mainstage series of six plays for only $60 when purchased with a full-price adult subscription.
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Thursday, June 7 Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. Folk Fiber & Flowers, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. Warhol's Polaroids: A Method Exhibit, St. Louis University Museum of Art , St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through June 10. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. 2012 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Craft Alliance - Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, noon to 6:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12. Friday, June 8 Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Folk Fiber & Flowers, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. Warhol's Polaroids: A Method Exhibit, St. Louis University Museum of Art , St. Louis,
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through June 10. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. 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. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. Gallery Opening Reception, Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12.
Saturday, June 9 Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. MADCO Trivia Night, 560 Building across from COCA, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. Folk Fiber & Flowers, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Runs through July 6. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. In the Still Epiphany, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through October 27. Warhol's Polaroids: A Method Exhibit, St. Louis University Museum of Art , St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through June 10. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. 2012 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Craft Alliance - Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, noon to 6:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight",
Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12.
Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12.
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Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. (one hour show) and 7:00 p.m. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 2:00 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. In the Still Epiphany, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through October 27. Liquid Terrain: 20 Years of Works on Paper by Eva Lundsager, The Sheldon, St. Louis, noon - 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 18. A Room Divided, The Eugene Field House & Toy Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Currents 106: Chelsea Knight, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Bunny Burson: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight", Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through June 30. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 12.
Wednesday, June 13
Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 26. Warhol's Polaroids: A Method Exhibit, St. Louis University Museum of Art , St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, noon to 4:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. 2012 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Craft Alliance - Kranzberg Arts Center Galleries, St. Louis, noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 8. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. Great Rivers Biennial 2012, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through August 12.
Tuesday, June 12 Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. Ain't Misbehavin', Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m, Runs through July 1. Liquid Terrain: 20 Years of Works on Paper by Eva Lundsager, The Sheldon, St. Louis, noon - 8:00 p.m., Runs through August 18. Currents 106: Chelsea Knight, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Thomas D. Gipe, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 1. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 26.
Thursday, June 14 Circus Flora "The Wizard", Grand Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m.
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Get down to the "Bare Necessities Stages St. Louis to present "Disney's The Jungle Book" By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge The adventures of Mowgli and his jungle friends Baloo and Bagheera come to life in this year’s Stages St. Louis Theatre for Young Audience production of “Disney’s The Jungle Book.” The show opens June 20 and will run through July 1 at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade through a new partnership between Stages St. Louis and Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Inspired by the classic Rudyard Kipling stories and based on Walt Disney’s beloved 1967 animated film, this production follows the adventures of the man-cub Mowgli as he learns how to navigate the dangers of the jungle with the help of a fun-loving bear named Baloo, wise panther Bagheera and the swingin’ ape King Louie. Prowling in the shadows is the ferocious tigress, Shere Khan and the scheming python Kaa. “The Jungle Book” was the 19th animated feature film released by The Walt Disney Company and the last to be produced by Walt Disney himself. In the 45 years since its release, the film has seen two highly successful re-releases, a live action remake in 1994 and an animated sequel, “The Jungle Book 2.” Like the original Disney film, the Stages theatrical show is full of toe-tappin’ jungle rhythm with a score featuring all the favorite songs by song-writing duo Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and by Terry Gilkyson including “The Bare Necessities,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” and “I Wanna Be Like You” that will have audiences singing and clapping
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Cast members of "Disney's Jungle Book.". along. Additional lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle. This song-filled celebration of friendship promises to be a must-see for every member of the family. The show stars Sam Poon as Mowgli. Fresh off a 20-state tour as Gavroche in the 25th Anniversary National Tour of “Les Miserables,” Poon’s other credits include “The Secret Garden” (Colin) at Astoria Performing Arts Center, “Scrooge in Concert” (Tiny Tim) with the Northeast Tour with New York
Stage Originals and “Brundibar” (Fido) at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. It will also feature veteran Stages performer and St. Louis native Zoe Vonder Haar as the kindly Bagheera. Over the past 25 years, Vonder Haar has performed in more than 50 Stages productions including “Hello, Dolly!” (Dolly Levi), “Gypsy” (Mama Rose), “Mame” (Mame Dennis) and “A Chorus Line” (Cassie). The Kevin Kline Award-winning actress has also appeared in numerous productions at The Repertory Theatre of St.
Louis, The Muny and at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Other cast members include fellow St. Louisan Steve Isom as Baloo, Kari Ely as Shere Khan and Frank Viveros in his Stages debut as King Louie. Michael Hamilton, now in his 26th season as artistic director for Stages, will direct. In addition to the 75 past Stages productions he has directed and/or choreographed, Hamilton also has nine Kevin Kline Award nominations to his credit. He will be joined by Choreographer
Ellen Isom, Musical Director Lisa Campbell Albert, Lighting Designer Matthew McCarthy and Scenic Designer James Wolk. Single tickets for “Disney’s The Jungle Book” range from $16 to $22. The Theatre for Young Audience production will be performed at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade and runs Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. for two weeks. For more information or to purchase tickets call (314) 821-2407 or visit www.stagesstlouis.org.
Gallery announces two new acquistions Bruno David Gallery is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Carmon Colangelo’s O LAND O (2011) by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the acquisition of Chris Kahler’s Axis A-6 (2012) by the Milwaukee Art Museum. Carmon Colangelo "O LAND O", 2011 at Bruno David Gallery Carmon Colangelo’s O LANDO is a limited edition portfolio of prints with an edition of 15 copies (7 recto-verso prints on Kitakata paper and in a custom archival portfolio with cover and colophon pages). The prints were created at Flying Horse Editions, Orlando, Florida, in collaboration with Theo Lotz and Larry Cooper. The portfolio was on view at Bruno David Gallery in the exhibition titled “Seven Days in O Land O” from January 27 to March 3, 2012. “Seven Days in O Land O” offered the viewers with the current phenomenon of globalization and the disappearance of local culture and the gradual homogenization of American life. Inspired by a seven-day trip in Orlando, it was originally conceived to be seven interrelated, recto-verso prints that could be bound together and folded in a sequence that is suggestive of a road map. Synthesizing images, texts, notations and manipulated drawings, they also incorporate abstract maps, Disneyesque images and generic hotel floor plans that suggest modern and post-modern cities.
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In method and concept, “O Land O” is a pastiche and amalgamation. While related, however, these prints are far from homogeneous. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Katherine Van Uum and Theo Lotz was published in March 2012. (link) We are delighted that Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs; Simon Kelly, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Brent Benjamin, Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, have recognized the strength of Colangelo’s artwork and that O LAND O will further enhance the museum's outstanding contemporary art collection. Chris Kahler Chris Kahler ’s Axis A-6 is a painting created in conjunction with the exhibition "Recent Paintings", which was on view at the Bruno David Gallery from March 9 to May 5, 2012. Chris Kahler’s paintings embodies this play of time and space, as well as the force that creates this special moment. Everything—both the environments that Kahler creates and our own world—intertwines, pulling between the world of abstraction and representation, the relationships’ intricacies immersing the viewers in a search for meaning. Kahler engages the imagination, toying with systems of
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organization and chaos to reveal how these work in space to construct environments. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Carmine Iannaccone and Kara Gordon was published in June 2012 (link). We are delighted that Brady Roberts, Chief Curator, and Daniel Keegan, Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, have recognized the strength of Kahler’s artwork and that Axis A-6 will further enhance the museum's exceptional contemporary art collection. The gallery is located at 3721 Washington Boulevard, in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District, directly opposite the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and in close proximity to the Sheldon Art Galleries, The Fox Theatre, and Powell Symphony Hall. Bruno David Gallery is a Saint Louis leading art gallery specializing in contemporary art and one of the most important places to see art in Saint Louis. The Gallery represents some of the best artists that Saint Louis has to offer, along with artists of national and international reputation. Bruno David Gallery’s art program has introduced new contemporary art to local gallery goers. The gallery is open free to the public and the hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays, and by appointment.
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Religion There are options to suffering I enjoy going to different Bible study classes and find that I learn a lot from the curriculum we use, but I think perhaps I learn just as much from the discussion among those attending. Some are much more knowledgeable than I am, but as we share opinions and beliefs, I find myself ‘growing’. At my age, I don’t do a lot of growing anymore. If anything, I’m shrinking, but one thing I want to do is to continue to grow in my faith journey. I suppose I’m like many folks… sometimes my path seems clear and uncluttered and then again there comes the time when life seems overwhelming and filled with problems, disappointments and hurts. And then, if you are like me, you feel overwhelmed, saddened, and even on occasion disillusioned. It is at such times, that I find that I rely more on my family and even more, I find myself relying on faith in a loving God to somehow lead me through this time of hurt, doubt and frustration. Each month I get the small Guidepost magazine and I am
Doris Gvillo always eager to open it and read the personal stories folks have shared in the month’s copy. This morning, I had a multitude of errands to run. In fact, I made myself a list of where I was to go and tried to put it into such a manner than I wasn’t backtracking all over the city. I started on one end and finally ended up in Maryville where I was to get new lens for my glasses. When I arrived home, put things away, fixed and ate some lunch, I was totally ‘wiped out’. I felt as though I’d done a day’s work. So I sat down to read some of the articles in this month’s Guidepost. I did read a few and then I fell asleep for about a half hour. Now I am feeling better and I felt compelled to share a bit of wisdom I gleaned from one of the articles before it left my head. The cover story was written by someone called Bear Grylls from London, England. I’ll admit I had never heard the name, but I thought the title intriguing. It was called
“Survival Secrets.” He appears to be a man who takes terrific risks while making a television show. Seems strange to me, but I thought I’d read to find out why someone would undertake such ventures. When I had read the article I was still uncertain as to the reason behind such a career, but I also felt a tremendous bond with this unknown individual. If you are wondering why…Let me tell you. It was because he shared times in his life when pain and sorrow threatened to overwhelm him and then he spoke about his faith and what it ‘gave’ to him in times of need. He spoke about faith being a feeling of being held, comforted, forgiven, strengthened and loved. Who among us, I found myself thinking, doesn’t on occasion need each of those attributes. When we are sad, depressed, and overwhelmed, we do need comfort, and to know we will be held by a loved one and even more importantly, by a loving God makes all the difference in our time of need..
And, I guess it is no surprise that when we really ‘mess up’, each and every one of us at times needs to seek forgiveness…sometimes from another person, but for sure, from our God. I can’t think of one single person I know and love that at times hasn’t felt burdened, overwhelmed, and weak. And, if in such times, we turn to God, we can find a strength that we didn’t know existed and find the will and the way to ‘keep on keeping on’. There is a place in scripture that speaks about “God’s everlasting arms.” When I am having a terrible day, at night the visual picture of God cradling me in His arms and offering hope can often quiet a restless mind and an aching heart. Remember the old song “Love makes the world go round….”? Well, I don’t know if that is a fact, but I do know that without love my life would be a drab and dreary. It would be an empty shell of the life that I believe God wants for us. First and foremost we rely upon God’s love and in turn the love of family and friends. And we also learn that when we give ‘love’ it
returns to us in abundance. I think I’ll close with another quote from the article by Mr. Grylls. I’m paraphrasing his words. He suggests that Faith in Christ is the ‘powerful presence’ that helps him walk strong when he feels weak.” Since I’ve been having a few problems, and yes, I’ve been feeling puny, this one sentence seemed to grab my attention. Why? Because I believe this writer has zeroed in on an important facet of a faith filled life. When we are weak, discouraged, lonely, in pain, we have a choice. We can wallow in our suffering or we can turn to a God who is powerful, forgiving, loving and who stands waiting for you and I to turn to Him in prayer, acknowledge our weakness, and say very simply, “God I need you. I can’t make it without you. Guide me, strengthen me, forgive me and above all continue to love and hold me in your ‘ever lasting arms.” Then and only then, can we keep on keeping on with faith and hope for the future.
the Eastern Shoshone Tribe to challenge the Northern Arapaho’s plan to kill bald eagles on the reservation they share in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Alan B. J o h n s o n a g re e d t o a l l o w t h e E a s t e r n S h o s h o n e Tr i b e t o participate as a “friend of the court” in the lawsuit the Northern Arapaho Tribe filed last year against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. The federal agency in March issued the Northern Arapaho Tribe the nation’s first permit allowing the killing of bald eagles for religious purposes. The permit would allow the Northern Arapaho to kill two bald eagles, but only outside the Wind River Indian Reservation. Other tribes and individual Indians in the Southwest have
secured federal permits allowing them to kill golden eagles. In asking for permission to intervene in the case, the Eastern Arapaho Tribe noted that it has an indivisible, one-half interest in all the wildlife on the reservation. It states that killing eagles would violate its cultural beliefs and also says that it would be against the joint Shoshone and Arapaho Law and Order Code.
Doris Gvillo is a member of Eden United Church of Christ.
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BOSTON (AP) — The Vatican has rejected the appeals of all six groups in the Boston Archdiocese w h o a rg u e d t h a t t h e c h u rc h buildings at their closed parishes should be reopened years after the archdiocese shut them down. The decisions, handed down over the last two months, came after the Vatican granted similar appeals to parishioners from several other closed parishes, including in New York and Pennsylvania. Those recent wins had Sean Glennon, a parishioner at Mary Star of the Sea in Quincy, hopeful about their appeal. On Tuesday, he was puzzled why none of the Boston-area parishes prevailed. “It’s just very disconcerting, and it’s very disappointing,” he said. In the appeals, parishioners weren’t asking the Vatican to reopen the parishes, which include rectories, churches and other buildings. They instead argued that their local diocese hadn’t justified its decision to convert the church building from sacred to secular use, a necessary move before sale. The parishioners can appeal the decision to the Vatican high court, the Apostolic Signatura, and at least four of the groups will do so, said Peter Borre of the Council of Parishes, which was formed to protest the church closings.
Omaha and Lincoln ordinances barring discrimination against gay and transgender people should be put to public votes. G o v. D a v e H e i n e m a n , a t a n e w s c o n f e r e n c e Tu e s d a y i n Lincoln, cited a recent opinion from the state attorney general’s office. The May 4 opinion said voters could approve changes to city charters to extend protections to groups not covered by state law, but local governments lack the authority. Opinions issued by the office lack the force of law but guide legislators and officials s t a t e w i d e a n d o f t e n a re c i t e d in disputes over hotly debated issues. Nebraska’s anti-discrimination l a w s a n d f e d e r a l re g u l a t i o n s don’t extend protection to gay and transgender people. Omaha narrowly adopted an ordinance in March that said employers, employment agencies, job training programs, labor groups, public accommodations and businesses that contract with the city are barred from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. It provides exemptions for religious organizations. Omaha city attorney Paul Kratz has said the city’s legal team disagrees with the attorney general office’s opinion, and he doesn’t think it will have any effect on the new ordinance. Backers argued that the p ro p o s a l w o u l d m a k e O m a h a a more welcoming city to a diverse workforce. Opponents c o u n t e re d t h a t t h e p ro p o s a l s would add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and open up businesses to lawsuits.
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Travel Meramec Caverns Still pulling drivers off the highway By RENATA PIPKIN Of The Edge Osage Indians. The Civil War. Gunpowder manufacturing. The Underground Railroad. Jesse James. Summer dances in the Ballroom. These things are all connected by one very large, natural feature: Meramec Caverns. With such a rich history, it’s no wonder the Meramec Caverns, located only one hour southwest of St. Louis in Stanton, Missouri, is still a popular destination. When I was younger, my grandparents moved from Worden to Fredericktown, Mo. On one of our summer trips to visit them, they took my sisters and me to visit the Meramec Caverns. While I don’t remember everything about the caverns, I do remember distinctly just how cold it was inside compared to the temperatures outside. According to the website, the caves are a steady 58 degrees inside year round, a perfect escape from the heat of summer. In fact, during the 1890s, locals from Stanton would hold summer parties in the massive cavern in order to find relief from the warm summers. The Ballroom, as it came to be known due to the 50 foot by 50 foot dance floor, was large enough to hold large crowds, and so in 1898, Charles Rupple bought the cave and headed a dance committee with several other men from Stanton. Even though the locals enjoyed the caverns, it wasn’t until 1941 that they became famous
far and wide. In 1933, Lester Dill talked Rupple into selling him a small section of the cave to be used for entertainment for the public, and he renamed it Meramec Caverns. Dill, who had been exploring caves in the Meramec Valley most of his life, discovered several more areas of the caverns previously unknown to him. The Theatre Room soon became another local favorite, with its 70 foot high ‘Stage Curtain’. But it was during a severe drought in 1941 that he discovered another passage beneath a wall normally hidden by a pool, and upon searching that portion of the caves, he discovered artifacts that proved the caves had been used by none other than Jesse James. It was this discovery that brought fame to the caverns. And not long after, the “Meramec Caverns” paintings would begin to show up on barn roofs for miles around, spreading into 14 nearby states. The caverns are open year round except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Guided tours, led by trained rangers and conducted along well-lighted walkways, depart every 20-30 minutes starting at 9 a.m. Learn how the ancient Wine Table (World's rarest cave structure) was formed completely under water. The entire cave complex stretches upwards past the height of a 7-story building and extraordinary formations can be seen throughout. Each tour takes one hour and twenty minutes to complete covering 1 ¼ mile round trip. Tickets are $19.50 for adults, $9.75
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Meramec Caverns visitors, above, take a lantern tour. Below, inside the cave. for children 5-11, and children 4 and under are free. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more (reservations required). Adults are $14, students in 9th through 12th grades are $10, 7th and 8th grade students are $8, and K6th grade students are $7. Meramec Caverns is wheelchair accessible. Of the 80 minute tour, the first 50 minutes covers flat terrain with the last 30 minutes containing one flight of stairs. Stairs can easily be by-passed through use of a nearby ramp, but requires the assistance of a physically fit person. Electric scooters are permitted. However, strollers are not permitted on the tours. Due to the grooves in the concrete walkway (which allow moisture and water to drain from the walkways), the small size of the stroller wheels tend to cause excessive vibration to the stroller and the child. Backpacks or child carriers are suggested. Guests are advised to use caution when carrying child or infant due to the low ceilings in some areas. In addition to cavern tours, there are campgrounds available from April through October. Dogs are allowed on leashes, and the site even offers free, shaded kennels with concrete floors for use. Visitors can spend a fun-filled day at other Meramec Caverns attractions including the exciting Caveman Zip Line, boat rides along the Meramec River and panning for gold at the Meramec Mining Company children's area. The on-site restaurant serves delectable home-style meals, and the snack bar offers 28 flavors of ice cream and the perennial favorite from Granny's Candy Store - homemade fudge.
During the month of June, nighttime is the bright time at Meramec Caverns on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors are equipped with hand-held lanterns during guided tours of the legendary Route 66 attraction. Along the lantern-lit path, tour goers encounter a number of historical characters who had once also explored the giant caverns. An Osage Indian, a Civil War soldier and the infamous Missouri-born outlaw Jesse James tell stories that illuminate the caverns' natural and human history. During the tours, renowned flutist David Little Eagle of the Taino Band of Arawak Cherokee will perform on Native American courting flutes made of red cedar. "The lantern tour is totally different from the regular tour. Each person carries a lantern and you get the feeling of mystery and suspense due to the lights," said Judy Turilli, Vice President of Meramec Caverns, in an email. "The regular tour of the caverns has one guide, but the lantern tour has seven guides all in costume. In addition to the history of the cave, the lantern tour offers stories and folklore about each guide's character. And as an added treat, there is live music inside the cave during the lantern tour." These 80-minute specialty tours begin at 7:30 p.m. from the Meramec Caverns welcome center. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-573-468-2283. Tour tickets are priced at $12 for children 511 and $24 for adults. For details, directions and a FAQ about Meramec Caverns, click on www.americascave.com or call 573-468-2283.
Theme parks unveil rides for summer season ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The first phases of a reimagined Fantasyland at Florida’s Walt Disney World, the new Cars Land at California’s Disneyland based on the “Cars” movies, and Universal Studios Hollywood’s new Transformers ride top the list of new attractions at theme parks across the country in 2012. And thrill ride enthusiasts won’t be disappointed, with at least 20 new roller coasters debuting at parks from Maryland to California. Disney says the renovation and new construction at Fantasyland inside the Magic Kingdom in Florida is the largest expansion project in the park’s 40-year history, doubling the size of the current Fantasyland. Part of it — including one of what will eventually be dueling Dumbo rides and the rethemed Barnstormer family roller coaster — opened in April. Much of the construction is still in the middle stages, but Disney says
most of the new elements will be open in time for the winter holidays this year, with the rest opening later. It’s going to include new “attractareas” — immersive mini-parks that include attractions, restaurants and retail — built around the stories of “Snow White” and “Beauty and Beast,” as well as a new dark ride based on the adventures of “The Little Mermaid.” Replacing Snow White’s Scary Adventures in Fantasyland will be Princess Fairytale Hall, where visitors will be able to interact with all the Disney princesses. “The opportunity to greatly expand and relaunch Fantasyland, which has been largely unchanged since 1972, is just a huge opportunity,” Tom Staggs, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, told The Associated Press earlier this year. “Every time I go down and look at the progress in construction I get more excited about it.” Industry consultant Dennis
Speigel said the Fantasyland expansion with detail-oriented areas immersing guests in Disney-themed worlds is expected to pay dividends for years, much like the hugely successful Harry Potter mini-park at Universal Orlando, where visitors feel like they’ve been dropped right into meticulously decorated movie sets. “It’s a big deal,” Speigel, president of Cincinnati-based International Theme Park Services, said of the Fantasyland project. “It’s the largest expansion ever in the history of the park. The last number we heard is that it’s approaching $500 million.... Parks have realized it takes more than a Space Mountain by itself or one ride and attraction. It has to have a combination of all the elements now.” In June, Disneyland California Adventure is opening Cars Land, replicating the town of Radiator Springs from the movies, including a race-course ride and two other
new little-kid-friendly attractions. Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles is expected to debut the new Transformers ride — a dark ride with motion-simulator vehicles inspired by the science fiction action film — on Friday (May 25), with gates opening early Memorial Day weekend (starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday) due to expected interest in the ride. On May 8, Universal Orlando introduced a daily interactive character parade and nighttime pyrotechnics show celebrating Universal’s 100 years of making movies. A new 3-D ride based on the “Despicable Me” movie will open at Universal Orlando sometime this summer. In April, SeaWorld Orlando opened a new attraction centered on sea turtles, including a first-ofits-kind 360-degree domed theater showing a 3-D movie about the endangered creatures. Legoland, which opened in October in central
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Florida, is renovating and reopening an existing water park at the site in time for the summer season. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this spring rolled out an elaborate ice show called “Iceploration,” which features everything from bombastically costumed skaters to real live exotic birds flying around the indoor theater. The show tells the story of a kid who, with the help of his wise grandfather, puts down his electronic devices and discovers the natural wonders of the world. And entering the cool indoor theater for the 30-minute show will undoubtedly be a welcome respite for park visitors in the heat of the Florida summer. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade group reports 135 new attractions opening this year, including water parks, rides and shows, spokeswoman Colleen Mangone said. Among those are 20 new roller coasters.
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This is big, dumb fun that knows it's big, dumb fun and enthusiastically embraces its big, dumb, fun nature. Director Peter Berg has crafted an almost fetishistic homage to Michael Bay — like the "Transformers" series, this is yet another action extravaganza inspired by a Hasbro product — with its epic set pieces, swaggering bravado, panoramic skies and cheesy romance. It doesn't lean all the way into parody, but rather feels more like an affectionate and knowing approximation of a very specific, muscular genre: one of those the-world-is-endingwe're-all-gonna-die movies. And because it's a little cheeky and doesn't seem to take itself totally seriously, it's more enjoyable than one might expect from a movie based on a board game created in the 1960s. Yes, it can be deafeningly noisy between the crunch and shriek of giant metal objects fighting each other and the blaring rock anthems meant to pump up the crowd even further. No, it's not subtle between the annihilation caused by alien invaders and the rousing sense of patriotism that's the real weapon in this battle. But then again, would you really expect (or want) subtlety from this type of big-budget summer escape? Speaking of blockbusters, Taylor Kitsch gets more to work with here than he did earlier this year in "John Carter" as Alex Hopper. A slacker and troublemaker at the film's start, he joins the Navy at the insistence of his older brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgard). A certain gorgeous blonde named Sam (Brooklyn Decker) also provides some inspiration. Flash-forward and Alex is a lieutenant on one Naval destroyer while Stone is the commanding officer of another. Both answer to Adm. Shane (a withering, well-cast Liam Neeson), who happens to be Sam's father. They're all taking part in some international war games off the Hawaiian coast when — oops! — a satellite signal sent to a newly discovered planet that looks a lot like ours in a neighboring galaxy provokes some angry extraterrestrials. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of violenc e, action and destruction, and for language. RUNNING TIME: 131 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two and a half stars out of four.
This feels like the two-hour pilot for the kind of meaty cop drama that could only exist on cable television, one you'd want to program into your DVR to watch all season long. The subject matter is inherently repulsive — crimes against children — yet the film itself is irresistibly watchable, full of complicated characters on both sides of these investigations. Director and co-writer Maiwenn finds the humanity within some abhorrent figures, as well as some much-needed comic relief and absurdity within some repulsive situations. She also inserts herself in the action as part of the ensemble cast — in self-glorifying fashion, to be honest — as the photographer assigned to follow police officers of Paris' Child Protection Unit and our guide through this dark and sometimes darkly humorous world. In real life, Maiwenn also embedded herself with these kinds of detectives and (with co-writer Emmanuelle Bercot) crafted several interwoven tales based on actual cases she saw. What's impressive is not only her ability to juggle a large group of talented actors and give everyone a chance to shine but also her restraint. She judges no one, neither the suspects nor the people investigating them. Everyone makes mistakes — everyone is believably flawed. And because "Polisse" also follows the officers after hours, it's easy to see why so many of them are so screwed up: Psychologically, they take their work home with them, and their work is depressingly frustrating. RATED: Not rated but contains language, violence, smoking, graphic dialogue and disturbing situations involving children. In French with English subtitles. RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three and a half stars out of four.
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If only the entire movie had focused on the dad's group and didn't just drop in on them a handful of times, we might have been onto something here. Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon and Rob Huebel are among the dudes who meet regularly to push their kids in tricked-out strollers, tote them in high-end carriers and talk guy stuff in a confidential setting away from the wives. Their no-nonsense banter, and their unabashed worship of the buff, shirtless jogger who frequents their neighborhood park, livens up what is a rather predictable and cliched depiction of pregnancy. A likable, good-looking cast of popular actors can only do so much with material that's superficial and sitcommy. This is "inspired by" the advice book of the same name, one that every single pregnant woman on the planet surely has read since its initial publication in 1985. But similar to 2009's "He's Just Not That Into You," director Kirk Jones' film merely uses the title of a familiar non-fiction book as a leaping-off point to explore various relationships, ostensibly for hilarious comic effect. There are some laughs here and there and a few recognizable moments of honesty. More often, we get the kind of contrived, unbelievable wackiness that breaks out when all the pregnant women whose stories we've been following just happen to give birth at the same hospital on the same night. Being crowd-pleasing was obviously more important than being truthful. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick. RATED: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language. RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
On paper, this looks like eat-your-vegetables cinema: The story of a wealthy, white disabled man and the troubled black youth from the projects who becomes his reluctant caretaker. Surely, life lessons will be learned by all and an unlikely friendship will form across racial and socioeconomic lines and we'll all feel good about ourselves walking out of the theater afterward. It could have been painfully mawkish, but writers and directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano upend expectations by infusing the comedy with a subversive, playful tone throughout, with some totally inappropriate humor and even some surprises. It's sweet but not saccharine, and the result is irresistibly crowd-pleasing. (The film is already a huge hit in its native France and beyond, having made nearly $340 million worldwide and earning Omar Sy the Cesar Award for best actor over the Oscar-winning star of "The Artist," Jean Dujardin.) While you're watching it, you can just imagine how easy an English-language remake would be, you could cast it in your head — and indeed, the property already has been optioned for that very purpose. Until then, though, we can be charmed by the original. The hugely charismatic Sy stars as Driss, who spends his days hanging out with his pals on the streets of Paris and not really trying to find work. He only answers an ad seeking help for the rich quadriplegic Philippe (Francois Cluzet) because he wants to make it appear as if he's job hunting in order to keep receiving welfare. But there's something about this guy that Philippe likes; Driss is hired, despite being totally unqualified. And so begins the journey in which each helps the other become a better man. While it all sounds too impossibly inspirational to be true, "The Intouchables" happens to have been inspired by a true story. Yes, the "Magical Negro" element of Sy's character may sound like a cliche and it might make some viewers uncomfortable, but his character is complex and flawed enough to transcend type. He and Cluzet are delightful together, each bringing a different kind of energy while bringing out the best in the other. RATED: R for language and some drug use.
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RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
"Men in Black 3
There's a moment early on when Will Smith's Agent J sits down next to his longtime partner, Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K, and bemoans the fact that he's too old for this sort of thing — for running around New York in matching dark suits, chasing down aliens and zapping them with their shiny metal weapony doohickeys. We're paraphrasing a bit. But unfortunately, that's an excellent observation. We're all too old for this sort of thing — the shtick itself has gotten old, and it has not aged well. Fifteen years since the zippy original and a decade since the sub-par sequel, we now have a third "Men in Black" movie that no one seems to have been clamoring for except maybe Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of all three. Long-gestating and written by a bunch more people than actually get credited, the latest film shows the glossy style and vague, sporadic glimmers of the kind of energy that made this franchise such an enormous international hit. But more often it feels hacky, choppy and — worst of all — just not that funny. And of course, it's in 3-D for no discernible artistic or narrative reason. Smith and Jones don't seem to be enjoying themselves, either, in returning to their roles as bickering secret government agents. The plot requires J to go back in time to prevent an old alien nemesis of K's (Jemaine Clement) from killing him during the summer of '69. This prompts all kinds of obvious jokes about the era but also introduces the best part of the whole movie: Josh Brolin as Young Agent K, channeling Jones in eerily dead-on fashion. RATED: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive content. RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.
The contradiction inherent to all Wes Anderson films — the juxtaposition of the meticulous artificiality of the settings and the passionately wistful emotions that are longing to burst free — is at its most effective in a while here. The director and co-writer's tale of first love, filled with recognizable adolescent angst and naive fumblings, feels at once deeply personal (and, indeed, it was inspired by a boyhood crush of his own) and universally relatable. Of course, it features the fetishistic obsession with production and costume design that is his trademark; nothing ever happens by accident in Anderson's films, which are frequently and accurately described as dollhouses or dioramas. If you love him, you'll love this: The screenplay, which Anderson co-wrote with Roman Coppola, has resulted in his sweetest and most sincere live-action movie since the one that remains his best, 1998's "Rushmore" (2009's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which he crafted through painstaking stop-motion animation, is also a charmer). And, similar to "Rushmore," it has precocious, misunderstood young people at the center of its precise yet off-kilter world. Newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star as Sam and Suzy, 12-year-old loners who find each other and run away together at the end of summer 1965. Sam, an orphan, flees his Boy Scout-style troupe of Khaki Scouts (Edward Norton plays their loyal leader); Suzy, the only daughter and eldest child of married lawyers who ignore each other (Anderson regular Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), feels neglected and has been acting out. Trouble is, these two have nowhere to go — they live on the insular New England island of New Penzance, a rocky, rugged place with no paved roads and only one phone — and a storm of epic proportions is on its way. Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban and longtime Anderson friend and collaborator Jason Schwartzman round out the excellent supporting cast. RATED: PG-13 for sexual content and smoking. RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three and a half stars out of four.
In this film image released by Focus Features, from left, Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman and Jason Schwartzman are shown in a scene from "Moonrise Kingdom."
Anderson rediscovers balance in "Kingdom" By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press The contradiction inherent to all Wes Anderson films — the juxtaposition of the meticulous artificiality of the settings and the passionately wistful emotions that are longing to burst free — is at its most effective in a while in “Moonrise Kingdom.” The director and co-writer’s tale of first love, filled with recognizable adolescent angst and naive fumblings, feels at once deeply personal (and, indeed, it was inspired by a boyhood crush of his own) and universally relatable. Of course, it features the fetishistic obsession with production and costume design that is his trademark; nothing ever happens by accident
in Anderson’s films, which are frequently and accurately described as dollhouses or dioramas. Despite its rigid structure, which includes exact tracking shots from room to room or person to person, the look of the film is alive and inviting, the work of Anderson’s usual director of photography Robert Yeoman. If you love Wes Anderson, you’ll love this: The best of what he can do is vibrantly on display. The screenplay, which he co-wrote with Roman Coppola, has resulted in his sweetest and most sincere live-action movie since the one that remains his best, 1998’s “Rushmore” (”Fantastic Mr. Fox,” from 2009, which he crafted through painstaking stop-motion animation, was also a real charmer). But beneath all the mid-century nostalgia,
the tightly framed shots of quirkily decorated rooms, lies an innocent and vulnerable beating heart. In his post-“Rushmore” films — especially “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” and “The Darjeeling Limited” — Anderson seemed too preoccupied with all the clutter, all the idiosyncratic doo-dads that defined his characters at the expense of character development itself. With “Moonrise Kingdom,” he’s recaptured that perfect balance of style and substance. And, similar to “Rushmore,” it has precocious, misunderstood young people at the center of its precise yet off-kilter world. Newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star as Sam and Suzy, 12-year-old loners who find each other and run away together at the
end of summer 1965. Sam, an orphan, flees his Boy Scout-style troupe of Khaki Scouts (Edward Norton plays their loyal leader); Suzy, the only daughter and eldest child of married lawyers who ignore each other (Anderson regular Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), feels neglected and has been acting out. Trouble is, these two have nowhere to go — they live on the insular New England island of New Penzance, a rocky, rugged place with no paved roads and only one phone — and a storm of epic proportions is on its way. We know this because every once in a while, Bob Balaban pops up, bundled in weather-appropriate gear as the film’s narrator who explains not only the history of this remote, beautiful place but also what’s in store.
Smith brings "MIB 3" to life By ROBERT GRUBAUGH For The Edge To say that last week's biggest film, "Men in Black III," is the best installment yet in a series that is now 15 years old is only a halftruth. I hated the original and its bland sequel. This one is better, possibly owing to a significant use of American history to trump up its ridiculous time travel storyline. Still, Will Smith brings the funny to a project that seems a little beneath him, given the strength of his dramatic performances since "Men in Black 2" was released a decade ago. In the present day, the agents of the shadowy Men in Black organization are as active as ever. In the ten years since we last saw them, Agent J (Smith) and Agent
K (Tommy Lee Jones) have been battling baddies and keeping New York City safe from interplanetary woes on a daily basis. The focus of this film is a rogue villain from some far-off space system that K KO'd back in 1969. His name is Boris the Animal and he's played under a thick layer of movie magic makeup by comedian Jermaine Clement. Boris has only one arm, having had the other blown off by his enemy some forty years ago. That good hand, though, contains a little appendage capable of firing thorny barbs at high velocity. He is a killing machine that is helped to escape his lunar prison with the help of a beautiful, naive girlfriend played by Nicole Scherzinger. His lone goal is to find K and make him regret their first meeting. In order to make sure that K
really learns his lesson, Boris's goal is to time travel back swinging Manhattan in '69 and wipe out his foe before he has a chance to take his arm, stop several high profile killings, and allow the hero agent to deploy a defense shield atop the Apollo 11 shuttle launch. Sounds convoluted, right? Aside from the usual trappings of errant time travel science in pop art (funny choice of words considering Bill Hader's cameo as Andy Warhol), MIB3 is rather easy to follow. Josh Brolin plays Agent K as a young man and does a pitch perfect affectation of Jones's clipped, gruff speaking pattern. In fact, I give the movie bonus points for wrapping up J's back story, finding new uses for chocolate milk, and casting a pair of ladies in supporting roles. Agent O (Emma Thompson) is J's new boss
and she's played as a young agent by the lovely Alice Eve. Smith, since 1995, has ruled the box office and made a career out of bringing attention to some of the highest profile Summer releases we've ever seen, especially Independence Day. It's been his prowess for finding some of the great and juicy serious roles that have won over my preference for his work, however. As the troubled Ben, in Seven Pounds, or the titular matchmaker, Hitch, I find him to be equally charming without having to blow up a spaceships or run point for Martin Lawrence. Though Oscar-nominated for "Ali," I think his finest performance to date has been as a struggling single father in "The Pursuit of Happyness." Call me a Will Smith fan. "Men in Black III" runs 118 minutes
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and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content. I give this film two stars out of four. ••• Another option for my older readers would be "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a coming of age story for the senior set that features a bevy of English actors escaping drudgery in London for the promise of a luxury old folks' home in India. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Dev Patel highlight an impressive cast in the charming, colorful story. Bill Nighy, in particular, shines as he plays - against type - a quiet, putupon husband. This show is not to be missed. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" runs 128 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sexual content and language. I give this film three and a half stars out of four.
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xperience one of the best views of the Mississippi River suspended 250-feet high above the bluffs near Grafton from the largest zipline in Illinois. Grafton Zipline Adventures opened May 5 and has been seeing a steady flow of thrillseekers eager to have a go on the area’s newest attraction. The zipline encompasses a total of nine separate cables or “zips” as they are known, the longest of which is 2,000-feet long. Owners Jeff and Sandy Lorton, who also own the adjacent Aeries Winery, decided to build the zipline after talking with multiple customers who raved about their adventures with ziplines in Costa Rica and around the United States. Jeff Lorton said those conversations got him thinking, especially as most of the people he spoke to were in their 60s and 70s. He recognized the potential for attracting customers of all ages, not just kids, and began to seriously consider the idea. There’s no age limit for going on the zipline, so long as you fit into the harness. Anyone that weighs at least 45 pounds and not more than 275 pounds can give it a try. “I don’t care if you’re 4 or 100. We had an 80-year-old lady go down it,” said Jeff Lorton. “It was on her bucket list.” Lorton said safety is a top priority. He’s hired 15 people who went through a rigorous
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A rider sails along high above the treetops in Grafton. training program to work as guides, as well as becoming a certified guide himself. Two guides, one to send and one to receive people, go with every group. Young children always go with a guide. And if you’ve got any worries about falling - don’t. The harness alone can take up to 5,000 pounds and the cable can hold 20,000 pounds.
“You’re not going to break the cable or the harness. You just sit in the harness and you guide it,” said Lorton. Just to ease any fears though, the guides start guests off slowly taking them on the shorter zips first before working up to the big ones. By that time, Lorton said, you’ll feel comfortable enough to sit back and enjoy the spectacular views across the valley and out to
the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. “This is about the closest thing you can get to skydiving without jumping out of a plane,” said Lorton. Jason Martin, director of operations, said the zipline was not only the largest in Illinois but also the second largest in the Midwest. He said they hope to attract guests coming for both leisure and business citing corporate team building groups as a possibility. “I think it’s awesome. We don’t have anything like this in this area,” said Martin. Grafton Zipline Adventures was built by Universal Zipline Technology, which has experience building ziplines in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Canada and across the U.S. The project took three months to complete. A trip on the zipline lasts two hours and costs $89 per person. Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 people. The company is currently running a special introductory rate of $69 per person. Reservations are recommended. When you’re done zipping for the day, head back up the bluff for a meal and a glass of wine from the winery. Aeries Winery offers a choice of accommodation ranging from its main lodge to intimate cottages and vacation villas. The kitchen serves a range of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and artisan pizzas, as well as a constantly changing wine list. Aerie’s is open year round, seven days a week, excluding Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. During the summer, live music takes place on the weekends on the deck. Grafton Zipline Adventures and Aeries Winery is located at 600 Timber Ridge in Grafton. To reserve or for more information, call (618) 786-8439 or visit www.aerieswinery. com.
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Grafton A look back at Grafton's history For The Edge Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, and stretching out for approximately two miles along the Illinois River, is the picturesque river town of Grafton. Founded in 1832 by James Mason, Grafton is the oldest city in Jersey County. Described as having "a post office, one store, one tavern, and a number of families" in 1834, the area was being settled as early as 1812 when a blockhouse was built at the confluence for protection Grafton’s population reached its peak at approximately 10,000 in the 1850's with employment opportunities coming from the local stone quarries, boat building and commercial fishing. The local limestone was used to build the Eads Bridge in St. Louis, the railroad bridge in Hannibal, and a bridge in Quincy. The Shafer’s Wharf Historic District was one of the largest commercial fishing centers along the Mississippi River in the late 1800's. Live fish were held in large natural pens until they were purchased, after which they
were cleaned, salted, packed, and shipped. The History of Grafton is fascinating; you can view many old photos and memorabilia at the small Grafton Museum located in the City Hall on Main Street. Grafton has numerous old historical buildings, one of them being the Old Boat Works building located on the eastern end of town. The Old Boat Works once housed a machine shop where local craftsmen built and repaired the old paddle wheel boats and built Torpedo Patrol Boats that were used in the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Kampsville and Brussels Ferry’s, which were made at the Old Boat Works, are still in use today. Boat building ceased in Grafton in the early 1980’s and today the Old Boat Works building houses the Loading Dock restaurant / bar and Riverside Flea Market where antique and craft lovers can browse through many tables of collectibles every 4th weekend of each month April through October. The Great Flood of 1993 caused significant damage to many of Grafton's structures, as well as causing a third of the city's residents to move out of the city. The effects of the flood are still present, as the city has not yet reached
the population it had before the flood. Grafton’s main industry today is tourism. The town is at the center of the region’s Bald Eagle watching area and proudly calls itself "The Winter Home of The Bald Eagle." Main Street is lined with restaurants, specialty shops, wineries and wine shops, and other attractions, which makes Grafton a popular stopping place for riders on the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail or visitors in search of fall color and Bald Eagles. Grafton’s restaurants offer its visitors a wide variety of options not only with the types of menus to choose from but also the ambiance of the eatery. Visitors can choose from the simple staples of burgers, sandwiches, and fries to more eclectic fare ranging from gourmet pizzas, steaks, to Creole cooking. And of course with Grafton being a river town one can find fish. Diners can opt to eat on decks overlooking the river, spots on the bluff, in remodeled old buildings, at Pere Marquette State Park, or with aquariums filled with native river wildlife. During the warmer months visitors
can take advantage of the two rivers with boating, canoeing and parasailing o p p o r t u n i t i e s . T h e re a re t h re e r i v e r ferries in the Grafton region that provide transportation to Missouri and Calhoun County. Five miles west of Grafton is Pere Marquette State Park, which is Illinois' largest and most popular state park. I f y o u p l a n a n e x t e n d e d s t a y, y o u can find lodging at the area’s hotels, Pere Marquette State Park’s Lodge, o r i n a v a r i e t y o f B e d a n d B re a k f a s t establishments. The town sponsors festivals and events in all seasons, such as the Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair, Music in the Park, and Art in the Park which makes Grafton an interesting place to visit any time of the year. Grafton has experienced some economic growth within the past decade, including some new housing and restaurants, the new Grafton Elementary School, the Grafton Harbor marina, and a recently completed lighthouse located along the Mississippi River. Continued on Page 20
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Grafton History Continued from Page 19 Natural Surroundings Outdoor recreation abounds as Grafton is located on the National S c e n i c B y w a y. T h e f a m o u s Vadalabene Bike Trail gives bikers access to travel to the St. Louis Gateway Arch in one direction or the 8000 acre Pere Marquette State Park to the west of Grafton. As you bike or drive along the river you will enjoy the scenic river bluffs and the towboats pushing the barges up or down the rivers. Canoes kayaks and boats are available for the adventurous. Fishing is popular and record fish have been caught in this area. Wildlife abounds through the Mississippi flyway where ducks, geese, herons, pelicans and bald eagles are plentiful. Ferries are available to access beautiful drives through Calhoun peach and apple country or the historic St. Charles, Missouri downtown district which is only twelve miles away by ferry. Other activities include an annual tow boat festival the fourth weekend in June. Bargain hunters can enjoy the Riverside Flea Market held at the old Grafton Boat works on the fourth weekend of the month from April through October. Visit the Grafton Winery where you can see the wine
being made and bottled. Taste their quality wine or have your own wine made especially for your own taste. Visit the micro brewery and taste freshly brewed beer right from the fermenting tank. Music and good food abounds on weekends where your favorite type of music is certain to be found at one of many venues with both inside and outside dining. During the summer months various music groups share their talent with the public at open sessions of music in the park. Sunrise and sunset give you a thrill every day as the sun, clouds and occasionally the river fog create a new masterpiece that the local artists attempt to duplicate on canvas. The fall colors and moonlight on the river are also routine subjects of these artists. These sights from your home make Grafton the getaway that is only minutes away. Eagle season in Grafton Illinois: Grafton is nestled on the banks at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers where eagles are spotted daily during the end of December, January and February. In Illinois, Bald eagles are seen primarily near large rivers, reservoirs and waterfowl refuges. They spend their days perched in large trees along shorelines, riding chunks of river ice, searching for fish churned up by river vessels, and kettling (soaring) the thermals. In the late afternoons and at night they usually retreat into sheltered valleys and
ravines. In the winter, eagles will roost communally in contrast to the territorial nature they exhibit during the breeding season. If an eagle builds a nest, it will stay in the area and won't migrate back north. The Bald Eagle was adopted as the national symbol of the United States in 1782 because of its independence and strength. Measuring about 30 inches (76 cm) in length and possessing a wingspan of 72-84 inches (1.8-2.1 m), the adult eagle is easily identified by its unmistakable brown body set off by a white head and tail and bright yellow bill. The immature bald eagle lacks the white head and tail and has varying amounts of white spotting over its body, tail and underwings. Bike Trails T h e Va d a l a b e n e Tr a i l i s approximately 20 miles of level paved trail that parallels the Great River Road and the center portion of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. The trail is named after Sam M. Vadalabene, an Illinois State Senator and proponent of the trail. Riders, walkers, and joggers will see prairie wildflowers along the trail as well as flowering trees during the spring. Brilliant reds, yellows and oranges compliment the scenery in the fall. Those willing to brave the elements in the winter months should be able to see bald eagles soaring over the river and bluffs, or floating down the river on chunks of ice.
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A bald eagle floats on a piece of ice near Grafton.
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For the Edge Grafton’s Music in the Park is a free concert series that will be returning this summer to the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. These concerts are free to the public and are funded in part by the Arts and Education Council, Grafton’s Chamber of Commerce and Jersey State Bank. Performances start at 7 p.m. at The Grove Memorial Park and last approximately two hours. The Grove Memorial Park is located at the corner of Main Street and Market (Rt. 3) in downtown Grafton. Musicians perform under the gazebo while listeners enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and majestic view of the Mississippi River. “The park is such a wonderful setting for these concerts, when the weather gets hot the shade in the park and the cool breeze coming off the river makes each concert an experience not to be missed,”said, Carla Newton, the event’s coordinator. Picnic tables and benches are available but lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. The first concert will be the Five and Dimmers on Thursday, June 7 and will continue every Thursday in June and July with the last performance Aug. 9. New this year to the concerts will be a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Jersey Community High School band program. “We have also asked the JCHS Jazz Ensemble to perform this year,” Newton explained. Other new performers will be The Owlz, Hymn River Suite and Hickory Grove. “As always we have lined up a variety of music that should be entertaining to all attendees,” Newton stated.
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braham Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation i s c o n t e s t e d . Wa s h e a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery, or a principled leader justly celebrated as the Great Emancipator? “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Lovejoy Library
as the 16th 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 States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure? Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these three crises of war, ultimately reinventing the Constitution and the promise of American life. “We are delighted to have
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Included in the exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" are a copy of the Gettysburg Address, left, and piece of political artwork, below.
on Wednesday June 20, 2012, provides no easy answers. Instead, it 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, and 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
been selected as a site for this exhibition,” Dean of Library and Information Services Regina McBride said in a press release. “As a new president, Abraham Lincoln was faced with enormous challenges. This exhibition shows how Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery and civil liberties – all questions our country’s founding charter left unanswered. Each section of the exhibit features information about a different aspect of Lincoln’s presidency. For example, the section about slavery examines the various policy options Lincoln once embraced and how his thoughts about slavery evolved over time. Most importantly, the exhibit
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helps visitors understand why Lincoln’s struggle with the Constitution still matters today.” The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. The library is also sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. An opening reception and talk will be conducted in Lovejoy Library on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. featuring speaker Dr. Louis Gerteis, professor from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Dr. Gerteis will speak on “Slaves, Servants and Soldiers: Uneven Paths to Freedom in the Border States." On July 23 at 4 p.m., a second reception and talk will feature Drs. Stephen Hansen and Jason Stacy, two members of the SIUE Department of Historical Studies. Dr. Hansen and Dr. Stacy will discuss “Lincoln and the Constitutional Problem of Homeland Security.” "We invite the community to attend the Lincoln and the Constitution exhibit at SIUE's Lovejoy Library, June 20-Aug. 3, 2012. The exhibit is funded by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities," Dr. Caroline Pryor, professor of curriculum and social studies education
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at SIUE, stated in an email. Dr. Pryor is also Project Director for the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for Schoolteachers. This year, as in past years, teachers from across the country will be attending the exhibit during their participation in one of two weeklong NEH funded workshops, which will be held on June 2529 and July 16-20 at SIUE, on Abraham Lincoln and the Forging of Modern America. “Lincoln: The Constitution
and the Civil War” will be on display at the library until Aug. 3. Lovejoy Library is located at 30 Hairpin Drive on the SIUE campus in Edwardsville. Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Erik Estep, social sciences librarian (618-6503206 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit siue.edu/lovejoylibrary for more information.
Family Focus American Queen rolling on the river again HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) â€” The churning red paddlewheel propels the pearl-white steamboat along the wide Mississippi River, like a slow-moving time machine through a slice of Americana that harks back to Mark Twain and the history, culture and commerce of the 19th century. Inside the six-level steamboat, passengers enjoy tea time in the ladiesâ€™ parlor, rousing musical shows in the Grand Saloon, lessons on river history, and four-course meals in an antebellum-style dining room. With the relaunching of a vessel called the American Queen, steamboat travel has returned to the Mississippi and Ohio rivers for the first time since 2008. The boat, the largest of its kind in the world, was christened Friday in Memphis as it left for a seven-day cruise. The 418-foot-long boat, which carries 436 passengers, stopped in Henderson, Ky., Monday, then sailed on to Louisville along the Ohio River for a steamboat race marking the Kentucky Derby before a final stop in Cincinnati. Future cruises will go all the way to Pittsburgh and St. Paul, Minn.; some routes include stops in
New Orleans and St. Louis. â€œI find myself inspired by the quiet, still majesty of a river of this size, and I appreciate the insight that theyâ€™ve given us for the contribution that these rivers have made to America,â€? said Jim Ahrenholz, 69, an experienced cruise traveler from Illinois who took the trip with his wife Cathy. The American Queen and its sister boats the Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen carried passengers up and down the Mississippi for decades, continuing a tradition that began in the early 19th century, when steamboats replaced keelboats as the main source of transportation and commerce on the river. Towns sprouted along the route as the early boats carried cargo like cotton, tobacco and sugar from Louisiana to Minnesota and back. The ballad â€œOlâ€™ Man Riverâ€? from the 1927 musical â€œShowboatâ€? lamented the backbreaking hardships of black dockworkers. Before the Civil War, the heavy cargo lifting was often done by slaves. The river was also the site of several
Civil War battles, with Confederate and Union ironclad ships battling for control of the strategically vital artery. Author Mark Twain, who was born Samuel Clemens, took his pen name â€œMark Twainâ€? from a term used on the river to measure water depth. Twain grew up in a river town, Hannibal, Mo., is best known for his classic novels, â€œTom Sawyerâ€? and â€œThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.â€? But he also wrote a memoir of his years as a steamboat pilot called â€œLife on the Mississippi.â€? Riverboats even turned up in late 20th century pop music, with singer Tina Turner famously belting out â€œRollinâ€™ on the riverâ€? as she sang â€œProud Maryâ€? in tribute to a â€œriverboat queen.â€? But long-distance, city-to-city riverboat travel along the Mississippi stopped four years ago, when the company that owned the American Queen ceased operations. The boat was later bought for $15.5 million by the Great American Steamboat Company and underwent a $6 million refurbishment. The company is banking on the expectation that passengers from
around the world will be drawn to these nostalgic trips. Large port cities such as New Orleans, Memphis and St. Louis, along with smaller stops like Natchez and Vicksburg in Mississippi, are also hopeful that the boat will bring tourists to sightsee, shop and spend money during port calls or before they board. But this is not a trip for cruisers on a budget. Depending on the trip length and type of cabin, rates range from $995 a person to more than $8,000 for the most luxurious accommodations, though the price covers meals, snacks, coffee, soda, beer and wine with dinner, some shore excursions in larger ports, and one night at a land hotel. At those prices, even passengers enjoying the 19th century decor and timeless, scenic views of homes, farms and small towns along the riverbank wonâ€™t mind suspending their disbelief for modern amenities. The boat has an exercise room, swimming pool, comfortable beds and flat screen TVs in every room, with small touches like shower gel in private bathrooms.
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June 7, 2012
Fagen, McDonald, Scaggs to appear at the Fox Following the fervent reception of their previous tour in summer/fall of 2010, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs are hitting the road again this summer as The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue. The Dukes will launch their nationwide â€œRhythm Revueâ€? on June 20th at 8 p.m. in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre! Tickets are on sale now through MetroTix and are $65, $60, $45 & $40. Â To the delight of fans, the three hit-making artists will appear on stage, together as one band, to perform a show consisting of their signature mix of blue-eyed soul, rock, jazz and R&B.Â Rolling Stone has described the show as â€œa loose blast through the starsâ€™ hits (â€˜Reelinâ€™ in the Years,â€™ â€˜Lowdown,â€™ â€˜Takinâ€™ It to the Streetsâ€™) and revved-up covers that had the crowd twisting in the aisles.â€?Â Â With the revamped 2012 â€œThe Dukes of September Rhythm Revue,â€? Fagen, McDonald and Scaggs are giving fans an unprecedented opportunity to hear them delve deep into their individual classic catalogs
of music, along with selected hits and tributes to their influences. Â Back in 2010, The Las Vegas Review Journal raved, â€œWhen it came to the playlist, no guys are going to come up with a hipper mix tape for you than Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald,â€? while the Boston Herald described how â€œthe Dukes raided the past, coming up with chestnuts from soul legends, rock â€™nâ€™ roll architects and hippie iconsâ€ŚIt was great to see them embrace a set no one imagined theyâ€™d do in 1977.â€? Â The Dukes have once again assembled a stellar band for the occasion, and will be accompanied by Jon Herington (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Shannon Forest (drums); Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf and Jay Collins (horns); Jim Beard (organ); plus background singers Carolyn Leonhart and Catherine Russell. Â Tickets for The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue 2012 are on sale now at the Fox Theatre box office. To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com.
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