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One of my favorite things about life is you just never know what’s going to happen next. You think you do. You plot, you plan, you set dates. You jot them down in your calendar or punch them into your phone. But then lightning strikes — and you instantly need Wite-Out or the delete button. A few months ago, I was contentedly ensconced in a job I had held for more than a decade. Last spring, I made the decision to retire in May of 2016 — or, if college tuition absolutely forbade it, the following May at the very latest. I counted out the issues that remained before I wrote my fare-thee-well editorial. I’ve never really cottoned to the notion of not working, so I declared that my next chapter would be getting a novel published. I took online classes at Stanford University. Two of my most talented friends and I founded the Ever-So-Exclusive Writers’ Workshop. It was all written, in ink, in my calendar. But then life threw me the perfect fastball — and all I could do was swing for the fences. I got the chance to work on Sophisticated Living, a completely diferent publication with a new approach and a new audience. So here I am. Tat book will have to wait. Retirement be damned. I’m in for another full nine innings, however long that may be. While I have always been purely and not-so-simply focused on editorial, this position requires new skills, never before tapped. I am suddenly aware of the complete picture, from bylines to bottom lines, profles to profts, sports stories to spending levels. For the reader, I can say editorial changes are being made. You can look forward to a chattier, a bit livelier publication with a more local stories and a broader appeal. But on one thing we will not waver: We will continue to celebrate our city and all it has to ofer. Start with the story on the renovated Jazz at the Bistro. You can almost hear the tinkling of the ivories and the brush on the drums as you look at the club created by Te Lawrence Group and Jamieson Design and photographed by Alise O’Brien. Read our story by Alexa Beattie on the boom in lacrosse — a sport that has taken our children by storm. Fouryear-olds are now perfecting their stick handling. Summer is upon us, and as Carrie Edelstein reports, it’s time for performances in Forest Park. Read all about it here. Other changes are ahead, so please stay tuned. As the magazine evolves, we will expand our coverage to report on even more of the best and the brightest in the area. We’ll do our utmost to keep you intrigued and looking forward to the next issue. You just never really know what lies ahead.

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Art in the Park Written by Carrie Edelstein

Summer in St. Louis means magic at Te Muny and Shakespeare al fresco — both in Forest Park. In just three years, Te Muny will celebrate its centennial season. Te Shakespeare Festival is marking its 15th year of free shows in Shakespeare Glen. THE MUNY This is Mike Isaacson’s fifth season as artistic director and executive producer. “Not only will the 100th year itself be exciting, but it will ensure another 100 years,” Isaacson says. “It’s a time to galvanize and celebrate the fact that St. Louis has — unprecedented in the entire world — supported this institution for 100 years. We need to celebrate that it’s something about the spirit of St. Louis, the soul of St. Louis, the most democratic theater in the U.S. that is accessible to all.” Isaacson spends all year preparing for seven shows that are staged over nine weeks. He says keeping the productions fresh is an obligation, whether that means fying Mary Poppins over the audience or putting a revolving jungle gym in the middle of the massive stage. “You have to take each one for what it is today, work with each director and scenic artist and everyone and imagine 26 slmag.net

this show has never been produced anywhere else before this,” Isaacson says. “When does the show meet Te Muny, and when do we meet the show? How do we take advantage of the skies and the stars? It takes a lot of time and focus and imagination.” He’s been pleasantly surprised by how receptive and supportive the audience has been of his innovations. With some of the patrons attending for decades, that’s a feat. If the stars align, you might be able to get a front row seat at Te Muny. Maybe a friend of a friend of a co-worker is selling their tickets, maybe a radio station was giving away tickets and you got lucky. But you can’t just buy them, because many of the best seats are considered family heirlooms, including the frontrow spot that Joanne Mishkin of University City has enjoyed for 50 years. She frst saw “Cinderella” there when she was 3. “Tere was one show when I was like 5 years old and there was a rain-out and my dad and I sat in the car and I cried,” recalls Mishkin, now 53. She went to The Muny every Friday night with her grandparents, aunt, uncle, parents and sister. Her grandparents, Emil and Lilian Green, were the frst in the family to own those eight tickets, four in the front row and four of to the side. She’s


been friends for years with her seat neighbors, who also have kept their tickets in the family since Mishkin was little. “It was never an option to miss, so we knew not to make plans on Friday nights,” Mishkin says. “We used to go sit on the wall and watch everybody as they’d go in, and we’d go eat at Howard Johnson’s after Te Muny. Sometimes we’d wait at the side door for [the actors] to come out after the shows.” Now Mishkin goes to The Muny with her 16-year-old daughter, Lauren, or her husband; she’s relinquished the other two front-row tickets away and sold the four of to the side. She says her favorite shows are the classics, and she and Lauren look forward to comparing shows they’ve seen with previous productions. As the cost of production rises, The Muny works to keep tickets reasonably priced while ofering 1,500 free seats for each show. When Greg and Terese Portell of St. Louis heard Mike Isaacson was joining the team, they raised their level of support to The Muny Endowment Fund, including their 9-year-old daughter, Jenna, on the list of supporters. “We treat it like a family decision, and we talk about the places we give and what’s important to us, and we’re trying to instill in her the idea that you have to give back and, hopefully,

you pick things that are important,” Terese Portell says. She grew up in Springfeld, Ill., and came to St. Louis for Te Muny, eating in the Central West End before the shows and staying at the Cheshire Inn. Her frst show was “Carousel.” When Isaacson chooses each year’s shows, he looks at the season as a whole. With several Tony awards under his belt, he knows how to leave a Broadway impression while respecting St. Louis traditions. Tis year, as Isaacson turned 50, he says he realized he can make happiness happen as the shows come to life onstage and with everyone backstage. “I feel like in terms of all the shows, I’m going to get to all the shows eventually, so to me it’s sort of looking at it from season to season and how to make it relate together… there’s always a classic, a family show, new shows.” SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS IN THE PARK Executive director Rick Dildine returned to St. Louis this year after a brief stint with a Shakespeare company in Massachusetts. His dog, Luke, has returned as well, and will reprise his role accompanying Dildine to the ofce every day and to the performances in the park. Tis season’s show is “Antony and Cleopatra.” slmag.net

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“I feel like I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” says Dildine, who started with the festival in 2009. “I think fate is an amazing thing, and I’m very lucky and thankful to be able to continue the work I’ve been able to do. I have a big vision for theater and for St. Louis.” “I think what’s most important to me in committing my life to this playwright is Shakespeare is the frst playwright to put the spectrum of man into a play,” he says. “Tey’re seeing not just the king but also the servant, the duke and the shepherd. He is writing for a very broad audience… for people who are watching, they see themselves no matter what religion, or social standing, where they are in age or gender. Tey are seeing themselves on stage; it makes Shakespeare so relatable.” Board member Tiya Lim works with the festival’s finance committee, managing budgeting and fnancial decisions. With the exception of 200 reserved chairs, admission is free, which makes fundraisers and donations crucial. Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and many bring picnics as well. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis does much more than light up Forest Park with a stage production for a few weeks each year. Te organization has a program that brings plays to the streets 28 slmag.net

of St. Louis and area schools. During Shake 38, a Shakespeare marathon of sorts, hundreds of artists perform from rooftops to street corners. “It’s something that is from a long time ago but it’s so relatable,” Lim says. “It’s still just human nature, it’s just still very interesting and all very relevant and modern.” Lim is excited for her children to see “Antony and Cleopatra.” “If you just listen to the words… if you read the words you don’t really understand it sometimes, but when they’re acting, the kids get it and they laugh,” she says. The crowds have grown over the years, reaching 60,000 attendees in a single season. “I’m there every night, and it means a lot to me about the hope I have for our community,” Dildine says. “I’m really big on community and that we’re all sharing this town together, and it means a lot to me to see so many people coming out and breaking bread together.” sl Te Muny opens with “My Fair Lady,” June 15-21. “Hairspray” takes the stage June 23-30, followed by Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn,” July 6-12. Next up are two Muny premieres: “Buddy: Te Buddy Holly Story,” July 13-19, and “Into the Woods,” July 21-27. Te season comes to a close with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” July 29-Aug. 7 and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Aug. 10-16. Te Shakespeare Festival will be presenting “Anthony and Cleopatra” from May 22nd to June 14th.


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Bibliotaph: Gardens of Delight

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Inspired by the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White, who viewed natural history as the common study of cultural and natural communities, historic landscape consultant and garden conservator Mark Laird unearths forgotten historical data to reveal the complex visual cultures of early modern gardening. Mark Laird - A Natural History of English Gardening - Cloth, 464 pages, Yale University Press (yalepress.yale.edu).

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Green Wine

Wine barrels at Nikolaihof Winery. Photo courtesy of Nikolaihof Wachau.

Written by Scott Harper, Master Sommelier

Familie Saahs. Photo courtesy of Nikolaihof Wachau.

I remember trying an organic wine more than 20 years ago. I said to myself, “Does that make a wine not listed as organic inorganic?” How can the earth’s most natural alcoholic beverage be inorganic, when, after all, grapes crushed with the natural yeast on their skin is what makes wine? Trying organic wine and assessing its quality was even more confusing because it simply wasn’t that good. Now two decades later, organic wine presents a totally diferent experience as it relates to quality and protecting the environment. Tere are several types of “green” wine, or wine made through eco-friendly agriculture, including sustainable, organic and biodynamic. Tese three methods of farming grapes are diferent but share two things in common: taking care of the environment and making quality wine. The following paragraphs provide a brief primer on this trio of methods as it relates to vineyards. Sustainable Conventional farming follows a predictable system. It is either time to spray pesticide to prevent a potential problem or mitigate an existing one. Conventional farming has negatives in that it can be harmful to the soil and the environment. Sustainable farming is about using what works best by considering what the vineyard really needs and what is the best way to treat the situation with the environment in mind, not simply resorting to spraying chemicals. Te French phrase lutte raisonée ("reasonable prevention") makes the most sense. Sustainable farming includes taking care of your employees; being socially responsible; recycling; having animal habitats (like installing owl boxes rather than poisons for rodent control); conserving soil, water and energy; and using alternative energy sources, including solar power. Organic Organic may be the easiest to explain. Organic farming prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, as well as chemical-based fertilizers, on or around vineyards. Te vineyard

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owners use natural methods to take care of their vineyards, such as cover crops and compost for fertilizer, and they use approved natural substances to fght vine problems and benefcial insects and birds to control pests. Genetically engineered crops are forbidden. Labeling terms include “made with organic grapes" or "made with organically grown grapes,” and wines labeled with these terms allow low levels of sulftes to be added – less than 100 parts per million – in the completed wine. Wines labeled “organic” may not add sulftes. All wines contain sulftes, as it is a naturally occurring byproduct of fermentation and harmless unless you are hyper-allergic to them. When looking at most non-organic vineyards, you will often see nothing between its rows of vines – a complete monoculture – whereas with organic vineyards one might fnd yellow mustard, birds, insects, hawks and sheep grazing between rows, among other things. Biodynamic Biodynamic farming is a little bit harder to understand, but it is essentially organic taken up a few notches. It follows the philosophy of 1920s Austrian scientist-philosopher Rudolf Stein. Biodynamic manages the farm as a comprehensive ecosystem; it is holistic, selfsustaining and self-regulating. Biodynamic farming utilizes renewable natural methods to reinvigorate the soil and attempts to not deplete the earth’s resources. Planting animal horns filled with herbs and other compost in the vineyard and planning vineyard work according to phases of the moon have left some thinking biodynamic practices are viticulture voodoo, but these practices have been proven to help and improve the vineyard and certainly do no harm. So “green” wine is better for the environment, but does this growing category make better wine? When you talk to most winemakers they will say that wine is made in the vineyard, which speaks to how important the quality and purity of the grapes used to make wine are. You can make great wine from great grapes, but you cannot make great wine from mediocre grapes.


Wind machine at Honig. Photo by Devin Cruz Photography.

It is generally accepted that vines are more balanced and are able to fght issues better because they are healthy and produce more consistent harvests when they are farmed “green.” Longterm costs are similar to conventional farming, despite initial conversion costs being higher. Some wineries may make the change in order make better wine, take care of the environment and/or provide a point of differentiation from a marketing standpoint with organic or biodynamic certifcations, but many wineries do not even list that they produce their wine “green.” Whatever the reason a chosen winemaker chooses to produce “green” wine, they are certainly leaders in a move toward greater sustainability, and we are all the benefactors of it. WHITE GREEN WINES Grüner Veltliner Nikolaihof “Hefeabzug” 2012 (Wachau, Austria) Nikolaihof is one of the oldest wine estates in Austria, dating back to Roman times. Today the Saahs family operates the vineyard in accordance with the regulations of the Demeter Association, one of the strictest control systems of organic agriculture. This Grüner Veltliner is straw/pale yellow, dry and medium-bodied and very crisp with Myer lemon, green apple, white grapefruit and a slight herbaceous tone with copious minerals. It is a refreshingly, delicious wine that goes well with oysters, cheeses and veal and is certifed biodynamic, as listed on the back label. Vernaccia Di San Gimignano “Simone Santini” “Tenuta Le Calcinaie” 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) In 1987, Simone Santini planted 15 acres of organically farmed vernaccia, an ancient white grape variety, at Le Calcinaie, his Tuscan estate near the famous town of San Gimignano. He has since doubled his acres, and the winery is certified organic by ICEA, the Italian Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certifcation. Tis wine is pale yellow with green highlights. Te

Honig Winery. Photo by Devin Cruz Photography.

Honig Cabernet vineyard. Photo by Devin Cruz Photography.

wine is dry, crisp and very linear. Tere are favors of citrus, apples and almonds, all in a compact medium-body that is quite tasty. Try it with roasted chicken and Milanese dishes. Made with organic grapes as listed on the label. RED GREEN WINES Les Baux De Provence Mas de Gourgonnier 2011 (Provence, France) Operated by Nicolas Cartier and his sons, the Mas de Gourgonnier employs biological farming methods, and grapes are harvested by hand. Tis wine is medium-purple with a nice smell of leather, earth, black currants, black cherries and Herbs de Provence. Te wine is dry, with medium tannins and a full body. Try with grilled meats or short ribs. Made with organic grapes as listed on the front label. Monastrell Tarima 2012 (Alicante, Spain) With an opaque purple color, this wine is big and rich with ripe fruit of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Te favors of espresso, spice and licorice are found in this forward wine that is delicious with ovenroasted ribeye. Made with organic grapes as listed on the front label. Cabernet Sauvignon Honig 2012 (Napa Valley, California) Te Honig Vineyard and Winery employs sustainable farming methods such as planting cover crops to nourish the soil; installing owl boxes for rodent control; mechanical tilling in lieu of spraying herbicides; using “snifer dogs” to detect vine mealybug; powering their operations with solar energy; and drip irrigation. Tis Cabernet Sauvignon is dark purple with favors of blackberry, cherry, plum, allspice, vanilla and oak, all in a fullbodied frame with well-integrated tannins. Drinks well now but will improve with a few years of additional aging. Sustainably farmed as listed on the back label.. sl A Certifed Wine Educator, Harper is one of 140 professionals in North America and 220 worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier.

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Curating a Lifestyle: Wanderlust Fulflled

Written by Amelia and Jef Jefers

From left to right: Sailor's Valentines, assembled from shells and stones by seamen for loved ones left at home, are very collectible this 19th Century example made in the Caribbean sold for $1,880 at Garth's. A 19th Century marine compass and mount by American makers sold for $460. Tis monumental ship's clock by the Chelsea Clock Company in Boston fetched a whopping $18,800 at Garth's in 2011.

Few images so capture the spirit of wanderlust, that insatiable passion for travel and adventure, than a ship on the open sea. From the moment the frst oceanic explorers conquered the waves and set sail for new, exotic lands, humanity’s fascination with ships and the wondrous expeditions they represent was set. For some, a daily reminder of the endless possibilities of voyages taken, and those yet to come, surfaces in the form of nautical antiques. A popular subject for artists, paintings of water, ships and harbors generally appeal to a wide audience and command very good prices at auction and in galleries. Grand 19th Century oils on canvas ofer historic touches to traditional decor, while naive, folksy paintings from the same period blend well with a more modern aesthetic. In virtually every medium, across nearly every genre, artists have attempted to visually convey the appeal of open water and the spirit of those who roam it. Infusing your collection with a bit of maritime whimsy need not be limited to art, however. A most distinctive and interesting collecting category, nautical antiques take many forms. Of particular note in the market today are architectural and mechanical salvage items. From ship’s lanterns and portholes to gauges and binnacles, elements reclaimed from shipping vessels are often of a large scale and sophisticated, sleek form that commands a space. Te rarest items are not always the most valuable. For example, portholes of various shapes are found at auction and antique shops - but lack a functional application unless remodeling is in your future. Values hover in the low hundreds. Higher prices are commanded for items that can be installed into a room without hassle, but still remain surprisingly affordable. An impressive standalone binnacle sold at Garth’s a few years ago for just $500. Ship’s clocks and lanterns are incredibly collectible and infnitely useable, appealing to a big audience of buyers. Prices range from $1,500 to $20,000 for choice clocks in wonderful condition, while lanterns are often found for $100 - $500.

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More inconspicuous choices for collectors include items made or used by sailors. Scrimshaw, the carved and engraved keepsakes made from bone or ivory, can be very valuable; but, fakes abound, so buyers should beware and only buy from trusted companies. Sailor’s valentines are a bit more uncommon: constructed from shells, stones and simple wood frames, the sweet and sentimental gifts are a wonderfully charming collectible. Depending upon the intricacy of design, prices hover in the $1500 - $3500 range. Mechanical instruments are vital to success on the sea, and sextants, as one example, are a fascinating category. As interesting as they are attractive, sextants were a key development in oceanic exploration. Garth’s has sold simple models for just over $100, while more complex versions can exceed $1,000. Just a few year’s ago, we were visiting with an antique dealer / friend at the preview party of a high-end antique show in New York City. As we perused his booth, he hurriedly completed the tag on a sailor’s valentine. When we inquired about his sudden excitement, he replied that a well-known American lifestyle maven was just a few booths away, and whispers about her fascination with valentines had made the way to him. She bought every example of the category at the show that day, and set into motion a market shift that is at the crux of supply and demand valuation. Te market for nautical collectibles remains hot today, with no signs of cooling anytime soon. Wanderlust is one of many reasons to embrace nautical antiques and fne art. One of our favorite quotes is “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” In our family, ships, anchors and seascapes are gentle reminders of living life with fortitude and tenacity. Whether you fnd inspiration, motivation or relaxation maritime collectibles surely have a place in every abode. sl Amelia & Jef Jefers are co-owners of two fne art, antique and bespoke collectibles companies: Garth's of Delaware, Ohio and Selkirk of St. Louis, Missouri.


Tis 19th Century painting of the British ship Te Annie Sherewood by William Mitchell, painted in 1869, sold for $3,173 at Garth's.

Te sextant, when combined with a ship's clock, was instrumental in the exploration of the open seas. Tis beautiful English model sold for $875.

So beloved was the acclaimed opera singer, Jenny Lind, that many late 19th Century ship's fgure heads were styled in her image. Tis sweet example sold for $1100 at Garth's. Architectural elements such as these portholes (sold, $150) are a whimsical way to add a nautical fair to interior design.

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Goldencents with Rafael Bejarano aboard wins the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile for trainer Leandro Mora and owner W.C. Racing during the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Toroughbred Championships. Photo by Ben Van Hook.

Te Breeders’ Cup Comes Home Lexington’s Keeneland Racecourse to host the prestigious event for the frst time in its 32-year history. Written by Bridget Williams More than 30 years after the late respected horseman John Gaines of Lexington, Kentucky, organized a group of regional horse farm owners to pool funds and stage a national championship horserace, the Breeders' Cup World Championships will make its debut on the hallowed grounds of Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington on October 30 and 31, 2015. Serving as the unofcial end of the thoroughbred racing season, this culmination is marked by 13 championship races, including the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. “Approximately 70 percent of the horses that will be competing were born and raised within a 50-mile radius of Keeneland, making this homecoming incredibly exciting for fans and owners,” remarked Bill Tomason, president/CEO of Keeneland. Whereas the Kentucky Derby is said to be “Te Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports,” with 20 horses in the running, the Breeders’ Cup encompasses an entire weekend of top-tier racing, attracting 150 of the best horses in the world who qualifed to compete by either winning a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race or earning enough

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points in major races during the year. Will Farish of Lexington’s Lane’s End Farm and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Breeders’ Cup described each race as the equivalent of an all-star game. “Te atmosphere is so dynamic that it’s just incredible,” added Vince Gabbert, vice president of Keeneland. Situated amongst the verdant, rolling hills that defne the heart of Kentucky’s horse country, Keeneland, a National Historic Landmark opened in 1936, is still guided by its founding mission to reinvest profits back into the track, the industry and the community at large through its charitable foundation. As horse racing’s most prestigious and infuential gathering on a global scale, the Breeders' Cup World Championships attracts racing's elite – the best horses, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys – along with legions of fans who also enjoy a full complement of luxury lifestyle and hospitality events. “Racing has always been a lifestyle experience, but as time has gone on we’ve upped the game in terms of the fan experience,” said Fravel.


Untapable with Rosie Napravnik aboard wins the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Longines Distaf for trainer Steven M. Asmussen and owner Winchell Toroughbreds during the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Toroughbred Championships. Photo by Gary Mook.

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Hootenanny with Lanfrnaco Dettori aboard wins the $1,000,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf for trainer Welsey A. Ward and owner Derrik Smith, Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier during the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Toroughbred Championships. Photo by Christy Radecic.

Bobby Flay watching the races at the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. Photo by Matt Sayles/AP Images.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto at the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Photo by Matt Sayles/AP Images.

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Photo by Matt Sayles/AP Images.


Main Sequence with John Velazquez aboard wins the $3 Million Breeders' Cup Longines Turf for trainer H. Graham Motion and owner Flaxman Holdings, LTD during the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Toroughbred Championships. Photo by Gary Mook.

Once Keeneland was selected as a host site, a committee comprised of both local leaders and international figures began planning a weeklong festival to engage the entire community in the excitement. KentuckyOne Health is serving as the title sponsor of the Breeders’ Cup Festival, which will take place at venues around Lexington beginning October 25. “Visitors will be able to experience all that’s great about Lexington and the Bluegrass, including its friendly people, who take great pride in the region’s history and legacy of horse breeding and racing,” said Tomason. Taste of the World, a signature Breeders’ Cup event, will be hosted at WinStar Farm. Heavily attended by owners and trainers, celebrity chef and thoroughbred owner Bobby Flay was instrumental in founding the foodie-focused event fve years ago. “Before we go to war on the racetrack, I thought it would be good to break bread the night before,” explained Flay, adding, “Tere’s so much fantastic Southern flavor in Lexington that we will thread all through the event, but other cuisines will be represented as well to reinforce Breeders’ Cup as an international event.” With significantly less permanent seating capacity than past host sites such as Santa Anita, Belmont and Churchill Downs, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup will be the first in its 32-year history to implement an admissions cap. To accommodate the anticipated crowds, the organization has invested $5 million on temporary infrastructure, including VIP chalets in the stretch, a bourbon lounge with a 3,000-person capacity and a luxury

chalet over the paddock area that can accommodate 600 guests. Tese enhancements are in addition to Keeneland’s rigorous and on-going schedule of improvements. Keeneland is the world’s largest thoroughbred auction house, and coinciding with the Breeders’ Cup will be Keeneland’s fall sale, also signifcant on a global scale as no less than 77 horses sold at Keeneland have won 83 Breeders’ Cup races. “Combining the stock sale with the world championships in a community that is all about the horse represents all of the ingredients necessary to make a truly unique experience,” said Tomason. As of press time, tickets sales were proceeding at a blistering pace, with trackside areas, including general admission, sold out for Saturday, October 31, and less than 3,000 trackside tickets remaining for Friday, October 30. Premium tickets and packages with unique food and beverage options and either seating or access to various locales around the track including trackside and saddling paddock luxury chalets, the Entertainment Center and Keene Barn, the Bourbon Lounge, the Sales Pavilion and The Toroughbred Club were available in very limited quantity. When asked if there’s a chance the event will return to Lexington at a future date, Fravel replied enthusiastically by saying, “If ticket sales to date are any indication, we’ll defnitely be back in Kentucky.” For more information on group sales and premium tickets, call 859.514.9428 or email groupsales@breederscup.com. sl slmag.net

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It’s Not Wallpaper

Written by Ruth Crnkovich and Anita Heriot

Many companies purchase art for decorative purposes or for investment. A corporate collection can vary from museumquality fne art to posters. While nationally there are over 1,000 corporations with known art collections, it is unlikely that many of these could achieve the high prices the Lehman collection realized at the 2009 auction at Freeman Brothers in Philadelphia. For example, a Roy Lichtenstein print, titled “I Love Liberty,” fetched $49,000 at auction and was likely purchased at auction earlier by Lehman Brothers at a considerably lower price. To what extent is the sale of the Lehman collection a window into the corporate art world? Most corporations do not realize the actual value of their collection until they need to sell. While the insurance values, which are based on retail gallery prices, refect high prices for the artwork, only the fair market value – auction price – reflects its place as an asset. In fact, many corporate art collections have very little value at auction. Many art consultants, who claim vast years of experience in the art world, purchase fne art that has little to no long-term value. Te principle reason why an art consultant would favor such purchases is that they are able to achieve a much greater fnancial gain from selling the work of living artists, taking as much as 50 percent commission from the artist’s sale price. Also, living artists provide a ready inventory of pieces to choose from. While there is no doubt that many of the artists have talent, the problem is that if the inventory of a corporate art collection is primarily comprised of living artists who have not actively sold at auction, the collection cannot be considered to have any real value as a corporate asset. Additionally, the consultant may also get incentives from certain art dealers for placing works by artists they represent in signifcant corporate collections. While inventory markup is common practice for interior decorators, is it ethical for art consultants? Understanding how art is valued is of utmost importance regardless of who is buying and for whom. Let’s consider how art is valued and when it’s deemed an asset. Art Appraising 101 teaches that there are four diferent values for art at any given time. Te retail value is the price paid for an artwork and is important for

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insurance purposes in the event the art is damaged, stolen or lost. Appraisers are retained to update retail appraisals for insurance purposes. Retail value appraisals refect the highest price in the most immediate market for like, kind and quality in the event of a loss. Te appraisals are meant to cover the cost of buying a similar work of art and any other fees associated with replacing it such as framing, shipping and installation. Retail values do not refect the real value of the art if it were to be sold. For insurance, the Lichtenstein “I Love Liberty” would be valued at $50,000. However, the true value of the asset is the fair market value. Tis refects the price that would be paid for a similar item in the open market. Traditionally, auctions are the best source for information regarding fair market values because those prices are publicly published. Te fair market value refects the price that is “paid by a willing buyer to a willing seller,” both having equal knowledge of the facts and neither being required to act. It behooves the corporation to know the fair market value of the art in their collection to understand if they have an asset or simply an attractive picture. Every piece of art in a corporate collection should have two valuations; the retail value for insurance purposes and a fair market value for asset management. Te fair market value for Lichtenstein’s “I Love Liberty” as of February 2010 is $25,000. Marketable cash value is best described as the “net proceeds” after the sale of the art. It takes into consideration what the fair market value would be: the cost of sales, i.e. auction premiums, shipping costs, photography costs and any other fees associated with the selling of the art. Te current marketable cash value for Lichtenstein’s “I Love Liberty” is $17,000, a diference of $8,000. No corporation wants to think about what happens to the value of their property in a liquidation sale. Te art world shudders at the thought of liquidating corporate art collections. Liquidation values refect the price that a work of art would sell for in the event of a forced sale. Liquidation values are based on the result of too much art to sell and too little time in which to sell it. Wise purchasing practices ensure that art will actually retain value.


What Every Corporation Should Know About the Role of the Art Consultant Art advisors and consultants frequently purchase artwork as an agent on behalf of the corporation. Te purchasing of art for a corporation is shaped by several factors: • • • •

Te interior ofce space. Te products produced by the corporation. Te geographical location of the corporation. Te particular taste and interest of infuential executives in the corporation. • Te connections the art consultant has with particular “working artists.” • Te desire to purchase art as an asset or investment for the company. Too frequently art consultants don’t consider art as an asset of the company, more often favoring the work of local, living artists.

ROY LICHTENSTEIN, "I LOVE LIBERTY", 1982. Color screenprint on Arches 88 wove paper. Photo courtesy of Freeman's Auctioneers.

What happens when corporate art consultants behave more like decorators than advisors selling only art that has no real value? Consider contemporary artist Debbie Smith who sells her original abstract watercolors online, at local art fairs and through her local art consultant Betty, who has a decorating business. Debbie paints abstract forms in soothing pastel colors. She has enlisted the help of an excellent framer to make her work stand out. She sells her own paintings at art fairs for $1000-$2000 (unframed). Consultant Betty can sell the same paintings to her corporate clients for $5000 each and keep 50 percent of the proft for herself. Betty can usually sell at least four works to each of her corporate clients. Te retail value for insurance purposes is $20,000 for the four paintings. Fast-forward 10 years. One of the corporations has a new CEO who wants to give the company a new polished look. He plans to sell some of the old art and use those funds to buy new works. Arrangements are made to sell the art at auction, but because there is no active auction record of sales for the artist, the auction house puts a value of $100-$200 each for the watercolors. Only one painting sells and sells for $80. Te other three watercolors did not sell. Te fair market value for

the one painting is $80. The marketable cash value is $64. Unfortunately this circumstance is not an anomaly for the corporation who decides to sell their art inventory at auction. As long as the bulk of the collection is made up of living artists who have not sold at auction, the depreciation in value for the artwork will be substantial. Tere are concrete ways corporations can avoid catastrophic depreciation of their collection. Every corporation with an existing collection should have a fair market appraisal of their pieces. Tis will provide them with a clear understanding of the current value of the work in the auction market. Additionally, the corporation should clearly articulate the overall goals of the art collection to their art consultant. While it is assumed that the art consultant industry has ethical standards for their profession, at this time there is no license necessary to practice. Unlike ofce furniture or wallpaper, fne art is a marketable asset and should be purchased with that goal in mind. Insist that your art consultant purchase works that show your company invests wisely. sl Ruth Crnkovich is a Fine Art Appraiser at President of CRN Fine Art Services. Anita Heriot is Vice President and Head of the Appraisal Department at Samuel T. Freeman & Company.

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Of Note...Outside Interests

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1) Rufno, the classic Italian winery and govino, the innovative “go anywhere� wine glass maker have collaborated with Milan art design school POLI.design to design a resort-ready set of screen printed futes ideal for summer outdoor entertaining. Te limited edition Al Fresco Flutes will be available for sale online beginning in June ($20/ 4; Rufno.com). 2) Vondom PEACOCK self-watering planter designed by Eero Aarnio (price upon request; vondom.com). 3) Wirkkala Bottles by Tapio Wirkkala were originally in production between 1959 and 1968 and are now available in a series numbered from 1 to 2015. Te bottles will bear an engraving to mark the centenary and they will only be available in 2015 (price upon request; ittala.com). 4) Union LED steel outdoor foor lamp from the Te Urban Tree of Light Collection by Beau et Bien (price upon request; beauetbien.fr). 5) Decorative bowl individually cast in black concrete with a smooth outer texture with natural voids ($250 & $325; alicetacheny.com). 6) Aegean napkin rings and Mod Dot napkins (both $18:each; jonathanadler. com). 7) MacKenzie Childs Flower Market outdoor butterfy chair ($2,995) and Flower Market square ottoman ($750; mackenzie-childs.com).

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8) Using wood pellets instead of charcoal or gas, at the push of a button, the Rec Tec grill will automatically light and heat to the temperature you have selected, removing the variable of temperature fuctuation that plagues backyard enthusiasts and pit masters alike. Te pellets contain the perfect amount of moisture, which provides humidity in the cooking chamber and prevents foods from drying out ($998; rectecgrills.com).9) Fair Winds 100% polypropylene outdoor rug from Company C ($60-$795; companyc.com). 10) MĂŠridienne from the Komfy collection by Sifas (priced upon request; sifas.com). 11) Te sinuous lines of the Tommy Bahama Home Tres Chic chaise lounge are achieved through the blending of natural teak with brushed stainless steel ($3,000; lexington.com/tommy-bahama). 12) Te series of seven vases in fve colors that comprise Ruutu by Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec represent Iittala's frst collaboration with the Bouroullec brothers. Meaning 'diamond' in Finnish, Ruutu is meant to be grouped together in clusters to show of the play of light and color with the glass. A beautiful way to display your summer arrangements. (from $95; iittala.com).

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7) Inspired by the lanterns found on fshing boats, the Santorini collection of outdoor customizable lamps from Marset allows you to create multiple compositions (price upon request; marset. com). 8) Both the FLUX Lounge Chair and FLUX Ring Drink Table from Link Outdoor are constructed of powder coated aluminum and shown in a Bronze Patina fnish. Also available in Bone White, Gunmetal, Silver and Steel (to the trade; linkoutdoor.com). 9) Bronze Chinese lanterns by Erin Sullivan Objects beautifully depict the Chinese character symbolizing "longevity". Available in three sizes (price upon request; esobjects.com). 10) Te indoor/outdoor FollowMe LED lamp from Marset is inspired in form and function by a traditional oil lantern ($245; marset. com/usa). 11) Fifty armchair and ottoman by Dรถgg & Arnved Design Studio for Ligne Roset ( $1,525 & $530; ligne-roset-usa.com).

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Swiss Watch

Te future of motoring on display in Geneva Written by Andre James

Aston Martin Vulcan

Nearly 700,000 motoring enthusiasts streamed through the doors of the 85th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show to get a first glimpse of what’s new and next in the automotive world. All exhibition halls were completely full and a special display presented by Swiss watch manufacturer TAG Heuer highlighted its involvement in motor sports; the watchmaker has been a sponsoring partner of McLaren for three decades. Bastions of high performance motoring – Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren – to name a few, debuted models that nudged the bar even higher, while other respected marques such as BMW, Lexus and Rolls Royce pushed the envelope with technological and accoutrement advances. Te new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider made its European debut alongside the latest Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé. Te Coupé enjoys a number of signifcant changes for 2015, including more standard features and a wider range of options, but it was the Spider that dominated the limelight. Built around an ultra-lightweight carbon fber monocoque, minimal structural enhancements were required to transform Coupé into Spider. New performance features that debuted on the 4C Spider include the optional Akrapovič titanium exhaust 48 slmag.net

system, which is mounted centrally, finished with carbon fiber bezels and offers switchable modes that can be selected depending on the driving environment and driver inclination. Powered by the same, all-aluminum, 240hp, 258lb.-ft., 1750 TBi engine as the Coupé, performance is on par with the hardtop model, with a top speed of 160 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time of less than 4.5 seconds. The global unveiling of the Aston Martin DBX Concept signaled a key change in the brand’s thinking, as CEO Dr. Andy Palmer stated that he has challenged his team to re-evaluate and expand the high luxury GT sector in the years ahead. “Te Geneva show this year marks the frst public signs of a revolution at Aston Martin – a revolution we’re calling ‘Second Century,’” said Palmer. Limited to just 24 examples worldwide, Aston Martin’s new Vulcan, a track-only supercar, will allow its lucky owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experiences through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments. Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be ofered the opportunity to take part in an extensive program of intensive track driver training with experienced racers including Le Mans winner Darren Turner.


Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

Styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by Chief Creative Ofcer Marek Reichman, and with a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars, this supercar is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre, 800-plus bhp V12 engine. Bentley highlighted the future of the brand and its continued dual commitment to luxury and performance with the introduction of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, a British interpretation of a high performance two-seater sports car. “Tis is not just a new sports car concept – but the potential of Bentley sports cars – a bold vision for a brand with a bold future,” commented Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors. To mark the 10th anniversary of the BMW 1 Series, a revised version of the popular model was revealed with a sportier design both inside and out and from bonnet to the trunk along with technological upgrades and improved fuel efciency. Class defining characteristics such as rear-wheel drive and a 50:50 weight distribution remain unchanged. Te new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer was introduced as the world’s frst premium Multi-Purpose Vehicle – the frst premium

seven-seater with four-wheel drive in the compact segment. Safety and connectivity features of note include Head-Up Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assistant and Trafc Jam Assistant. Forty years on from the launch of Ferrari’s iconic frst-ever mid-rear-engined V8 Berlinetta, the 308 GTB, the Ferrari 488 GTB opens a new chapter in automotive history with a plethora of patented features that draw extensively on the company’s experience in both Formula One and endurance racing. Te 488 in the car’s moniker indicates the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, a reference to its deep roots in Ferrari history. Power is delivered by a new 3902 cc turbo engine coupled to a seven-gear F1 dual-clutch gearbox featuring Variable Boost Management that optimally distributes torque (a maximum 760 Nm in seventh gear). Patented solutions and innovative features include a blown rear spoiler and a 458 GT-derived aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators. Te Ferrari 488 GTB debuted in a new Rosso Corsa Met livery with black and red technical fabric cabin trim, and in a Grigio Ferro Met livery with black and beige Tradizione leather interior trim. slmag.net

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Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Centennial Edition

McLaren 675LT

911 GT3 RS

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Ford Motor Company powered into the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with its most technologically advanced performance model range ever, including the European premiere of the all-new Ford GT supercar, which uses an aerodynamic carbon fber body and fuel-efcient twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine to deliver one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car. “The Ford performance vehicle line-up on show in Geneva stretches from a compact hatch to a supercar, and with 12 models to come through 2020, this promises to be a vintage era for driving enthusiasts,” said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company executive vice president and president Europe, Middle East and Africa. 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the very frst Lexus, the LS400 saloon. To celebrate this milestone, Lexus challenged ED2, its European design studio, to create a concept of an ultracompact urban 2+2 model. Debuting at Geneva, the LF-SA Concept is a driver-focused vehicle, refecting Lexus’ vision for a future world where technology and virtual experiences are expected to hold more sway and where real driving experience could become the ultimate luxury. Te 2+2 cabin layout gives clear priority to the driver, with a fixed driver’s seat, and adjustable steering wheel and pedals, 50 slmag.net

which brings the vehicle to the driver rather than vice-versa. Te infotainment system includes a hologram-style digital display incorporated in the instrument binnacle and a wide-angle head-up display. After a year of commercial success and recent centennial celebrations, Maserati’s stand portrayed 2015 as a year of consolidation before the launch of its new models. Te brand announced a strengthening of the all-Italian partnership with Ermenegildo Zegna maison of Trivero, with the production launch of a new interior version available as an option beginning in autumn. The Ermenegildo Zegna interior combines Poltrona Frau Leather with 100 percent natural fber Zegna Mulberry Silk inserts on the seats, door panels, roof lining, sunshades and ceiling light fixture. Available in three color variants for the interiors of the Quattroporte and Ghibli saloons, this exclusive outft will be the most exquisite of all Maserati customizations. McLaren’s 675LT made its global debut as the lightest, most powerful and fastest model in the McLaren Super Series, and also the most exclusive: production will be strictly limited to just 500 examples worldwide. At its core is the lightweight carbon


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fiber MonoCell chassis, shared with each model in the Super Series, but in this case both the chassis setup and powertrain are bespoke, with a third of overall parts and components modifed. Porsche’s new 911 GT3 RS was shown equipped with the maximum degree of motorsport technology currently possible in a street-legal 911, but with supreme suitability for everyday driving. Te engine, a 4.0-liter six-cylinder with 500 hp, has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally aspirated power unit with direct fuel injection in the 911 family, capable of accelerating the car from 0-to-62 mph in 3.3 seconds and on to 124 mph in 10.9 seconds. For the frst time, the roof panel is made of magnesium; carbon fber is used for the engine and luggage compartment lids, and other lightweight components are made of alternative materials. Te 911 GT3 RS features the widest tires of any 911 model as standard. Te interior design of the 911 GT3 RS with Alcantara elements is based on the current 911 GT3, with the exception of the sports seats, which are based on the carbon fber “bucket” seats of the 918 Spyder. With the unveiling of Serenity, Rolls-Royce set a new standard in authentic, bespoke luxury motoring. Delivering authentic modern luxury, Serenity reintroduces the fnest of textiles – hand-

woven and hand-painted silk – to create the most opulent interior of any luxury car. “The rear compartment of a Phantom is the most tranquil, beautiful place to be, a place where time and the outside world simply slip past,” said Cherica Haye, a member of the Bespoke Design department. “Tis tranquility made us think of the Oriental tradition where emperors would take to their private gardens to refect in solitude under the blossom trees. We felt it was the perfect representation of tranquility and serenity for a beautiful modern interior from Rolls-Royce.” Te blossom motif on the silk used extensively in the interior is recreated in motherof-pearl marquetry on the rear door cappings, which is laser-cut and hand-applied, petal-by-petal into the wood. At the closing of the 11-day show, its President, Maurice Turrettini, conveyed his satisfaction: “Once again the Geneva International Motor Show has enhanced its image as an outstanding international showroom that brings together not only the largest automobile manufacturers but also provides a stage for smaller constructors, designers, suppliers and preparation specialists.” Te 86th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will take place from March 3-13, 2016. sl slmag.net

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Paradise Perfected From island idler to active adventurer, Laucala Island raises the bar for a luxury lifestyle experience Written by Bridget Williams

Laucala’s fshing grounds are the largest protected fshing area within Fiji.

Laucala Island ruined me. The experience was so unparalleled that throughout the entirety of my stay I was often left pondering the fact that while I felt fully awake, I most certainly must be dreaming. A veritable tropical fantasyland full of architectural, gastronomic, cultural, natural and recreational delights, it will forever be the high water mark by which all of my future travels will invariably be judged. On a map of the world, Laucala appears as a nearly indiscernible spec nearby the small spec that represents Fiji. Tis is not the kind of place someone comes across by happenstance, but if I were to ever get stranded on a three-hour tour, I’d want it to be here. Volcanic in origin, and ringed by a reef that teems with marine life and keeps the waves nearly as gentle as a kitten lapping up a dish of milk, approximately half of this South Pacifc archipelago, a little more than six miles in length and encompassing 3,500 acres, is comprised of unmolested rainforest not unlike what Dutch sailor Abel Tasman would have encountered when he explored these waters in the 17th century. 52 slmag.net

Disembarking in Nadi following a 15-hour fight, I was thrilled to see a Laucala representative who whisked us through customs so that within 20 minutes we were aboard the resort’s own King Air B 200 for the scenic 55-minute fight to paradise. Fijian employees in traditional attire were waiting to serenade us after touching down on the island’s private airstrip, and though weary with jet lag and the extreme time difference, the music, the fresh coconut water, the pervading smell of lemongrass and the call of tropical birds invigorated us enough to power through the afternoon. The resort is positioned on the north end of the island. Billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of the Red Bull energy drink company, purchased the island in 2003 from the Forbes family and spared no expense in its development (the late Malcolm Forbes was so enamored with the place that he chose it as his fnal resting spot). A mind-boggling array of infrastructure, which includes bottling the island’s own artisanal water that bubbles forth from underground aquifers, allows the operation to be 85 percent self-sufcient.


Surrounded by opulent green hills, the spacious living areas of the Peninsula Villa are connected by wooden bridges that ofer spectacular views from every angle.

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Plateau Villa with private pool.

Booking into one of Laucala’s 25 one-, two- and threebedroom villas places you among rarefied company: just 500-600 guests are welcomed to the island each year. Approximately 300 staf are present on the island at any given time, regardless of whether there is one guest or the maximum capacity of 80. It’s the perfect opportunity to pretend to be queen for a day (preferably more). Each villa features its own pool, lush tropical garden, and spacious indoor and outdoor areas, along with all food and beverage services, chauffeur, nanny, housekeeping, Tao service, laundry and dry cleaning, and both welcome and farewell gifts. Guests are also offered watersports activities (including a DeepFlight Super Falcon submarine – the only resort in the world to boast of such an amenity), boating/sailing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, 54 slmag.net

hiking, biking, surfng, fshing and diving as part of their stay. “For someone who is actively minded this place is exceptional, but we can also more than adequately cater to those who want to unplug and do nothing,” explained General Manager Andrew Tomson. Driving along the cobblestone paths (all meticulously laid by hand) from the landing strip to our oceanfront villa, I marveled at the Seuss-like architecture, which employs natural materials and modern sensibilities with traditional Fijian building techniques; a cultural center, one of the few traditional villages left in Fiji designed to preserve and showcase local traditions, culture and architecture to guests; and, the most amazing resort pool I’ve ever seen, punctuated by a striking glass cube lap pool that appears to float atop the 60,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool, which is separated from the South Pacifc by a thin stretch of powdery beach.


A striking glass cube lap pool appears to foat atop the 60,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Allow me to be clear: this is no garden-variety all-inclusive resort, and Mateschitz aims to make it one of the top three destinations in the world. Take the food and beverage program for instance. Tere are fve restaurants (ranging from a toes-in-the-sand experience to a gastronomic tour de force one would expect to fnd in a major metro area hotspot), all overseen by afable Executive Chef Anthony Healy, a Brisbane native (the “real” Australia in his words), who has an extensive fne dining background. Having worked on other islands, he was in search of a more land-locked assignment when Laucala came calling with a scenario typically not available to chefs on an island of this size: a plethora of fresh produce and meat. “Tat sealed the deal,” he said. Healy ofers tours of the 240-acre farm and garden, during which the excitement for his craft and its raw ingredients is

certainly palpable. “I love the challenge of trying not to use ingredients if they’re not grown here,” he said. A promised land for foodies from plow to plate, the range of available raw ingredients is staggering: nearly 100 different types of fruits, vegetables, citrus trees and orchids are currently cultivated. While walking around, Healy points out local lemons that certainly won’t win beauty contests but whose intensity of flavor is far superior to their more attractive grocery store counterparts. Tere are 60-80 vanilla plants; wild bananas; Southeast Asian plants such as mangosteen, noni fruit and lychee; and of course lots and lots of coconuts, which are opened and pressed by hand to yield 60-100 liters of milk each week that is used for cooking and in products for the on-site spa. “When in doubt, add coconut milk and cook,” joked Healy.

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Lounge and private pool of the Peninsula Villa.

Situated on Nawi Mountain, Plateau Villas ofer an open air foor plan.

Bathroom in the Plantation Villa.

An expansive greenhouse ensures that flowers are always blooming inside and out when a villa is occupied; the orchid room is a truly beautiful sight to behold. Te island’s cattle are a cross breed of Limousin and Hereford. Four head of Wagyu were recently acquired at a cost of $114k to begin a small-scale breeding operation. Chickens, pigs, “Fiji Fantastic” sheep, turkey, quail and duck are also humanely raised on site, and the bounty of the ocean is all around (succulent lobsters are sourced from the nearby reef break that surrounds the island). An homage to the island’s bounty, the exquisitely plated multicourse extravaganzas Healy offers each evening at the Plantation House are a feast for all of the senses. Chef Healy said that the menu is conceived “spontaneously” each day, so that if you chose to have dinner at that restaurant daily, the experience would be unique each time. Healy calls upon his training in French cooking techniques and “tweaks” them ever so slightly in deference of the tropical climes 56 slmag.net

to keep each course “fresh and light.” “I never get bored because I’m always experimenting,” said Healy, who often consults with the local kitchen staf on the best way to approach unfamiliar ingredients. Awaking with the emerging rays of a glorious sunrise, I padded into the adjacent living pavilion to pour myself a glass of freshly squeezed juice from the assortment available in my stocked refrigerator while a pot of cofee brewed (there were also six diferent kinds of wine, rum, gin, vodka and mixers for those who always contend that it’s happy hour somewhere). Properly caffeinated, I proceeded past the pool deck, where plethora of tropical vegetation was in full-fower, and on to a duo of chaise lounges near the water’s edge. The beach had already been groomed; fresh towels and plush pillows were waiting on each of the lounges – mind you, this is six o’clock in the morning. Fresh from a solid night’s rest, I walked back to the villa to survey the dreamy surroundings. An open-air loggia separated the


Te two-bedroom Overwater Villa appears to foat above the emerald-green lagoon. A large private pool is carved directly into the rocks of the shore. Te 18-hole championship golf course was designed by David McLay Kidd to be minimally disruptive of the natural environment. Photo by Bridget Williams

Te Beach Bar. Photo by Bridget Williams.

bedroom and bathroom from the living area. Tough the overall feeling is quite contemporary, local materials – Sago Palm leaves, Mangrove wood and stems of the fern tree – and traditional building techniques pay homage to Fijian heritage. My favorite room was the bath, a sprawling octagonal-shaped room with stone walls and foor, a soaring vaulted ceiling with a whimsical chandelier, a deep chiseled stone bathtub and toiletries made on-site and presented in small glass vessels. Even more divine was the second stone tub oriented to face the ocean and located in a covered outdoor pavilion just of of the master bath; combined with the nearby platform daybed, the duo provided the ideal elements for an idyll afternoon. Other lodging options in addition to the one-, two- and three-bedroom Plantation, Seagrass and Plateau villas include the exclusive luxury afforded by the one-bedroom Peninsula “Udu” villa, which is perched atop a rock overlooking the ocean

with a pair of infnity clif-edge pools and a staircase down to a beach only accessible by villa guests; the two-bedroom overwater “Wai” villa that boasts a saltwater pool directly carved out of the volcanic rock; and the hilltop “Delana” estate, a three-bedroom house situated on the highest point of the resort with 360° panoramic views. After a breakfast of local fruit and eggs, I made my way to the golf course to see if I could run the paths. My past experience at other resorts has largely been that such a request is frowned upon, but not only was I welcomed to explore, I was asked if I’d like someone to meet me at the halfway point with refreshments! Though Mateschitz is not a golfer, he understands that such an amenity is key to a world class resort, and his main request of Scottish designer David McLay Kidd was to cut down as few trees as possible when building the 18-hole championship course. Not encountering another soul throughout the duration of my run, I slmag.net

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Sunset cruises are available on Laucala's classic sailing yacht, the Rere Ahi.

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All of the horses used for the equestrian program were rescued throughout the Fijian Islands.

Te Spa is located in the quiet Plateau area of the resort.

Laucala maintains a feet of watercraft for pleasure and sport cruises.

have to say the experience certainly ranked as one of my all-time favorites. Te course follows a spectacular route, up and around natural rock formations, alongside the ocean and into the old plantation and more forested areas. Te range of available activities is extensive; too many even for a type-A person like me to tackle in a week. With the exception of diving and fishing excursions further afield, everything is complementary, including trips on “Amanda,” a Dragon Class sailing boat built in 1965, jet skiing, water skiing and paddle boarding. All guests are entitled to their choice of one 90-minute treatment in the spa from the comprehensive treatment menu of massages, facials, manicure/pedicure, body scrubs and body wraps. Set within the quiet Plateau area of the resort and surrounded by dense tropical vegetation, the area is the epitome of a relaxing oasis. A spa kitchen uses locally grown herbs and flowers to whip up various oils and lotions used in treatments. The sheltered, serene environment staffed by locals whose hearts are as big as their smiles also provides children with endless opportunities to create their own unique memories and experiences,

Lunch at the Beach Bar sourced from the island's own farm. Photo by Bridget Williams.

from all of the aforementioned activities to handicraft classes at the cultural center to cooking classes with Chef Healy, horseback riding and nature hikes. Having enjoyed degustation dinners in the Plantation house and Thai-inspired cuisine at the Seagrass Lounge throughout our stay, and following our evening ritual of saluting the sunset with a creative cocktail at the Rock Lounge, to celebrate our last night on the island in grand fashion we arranged for a beach barbeque to be prepared on the terrace outside our villa. A bounteous feast from land and sea, we didn’t think the night could get any better until a troupe of performers arrived to entertain us with traditional Fijian melodies while we sprawled out by the bonfre set up on the beach and admired the thousands of stars sparkling like diamonds against the jet black sky. I couldn’t help but ponder that the dreamy setting gave the notion of counting my lucky stars a whole new meaning. Rates at Laucala Island begin at $4,200/night for a onebedroom villa for two persons, all-inclusive. For more information or reservations visit laucala.com. sl slmag.net

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Summer Staples Shoes & Accessories for Fun in the Sun Compiled by Bridget Williams

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Kotur Espey print satin clutch ($495; koturltd.com).

Paul Andrew Neapoli platform sandal ($695; paulandrew.com).

MOFE Rhapsodic shoulder bag ($375; mofeinc.com).

So Pretty Cara Kotter aqua chalcedony Glee stud earrings ($121; sopretty.ca).

Wlid Wild Wedge from Charlotte Olympia ($1,295; us.charlotteolympia.com).

Silke Debler Belamie Modern Stripe bag (price upon request; silkedebler.com).

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Dillon sunglasses from Garrett Leight California Optical ($375; garrettleight.com).

Lorenza Gandaglia crocheted bag (price upon request; lorenzagandaglia.com).

Rupert Sanderson 'Cara' sandals ($875; rupertsanderson.com).

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Jill Milan stripped Wianno tote ($250; jillmilan.com).

Leather Boombox tote from Yarnz ($255; yarnz.com).


Swims penny loafer in Regatta/Orange ($159; swims.com).

Clara Kasavina 'Sophia Puf' clutch (price upon request; clarakasavina.com). Zaino bpackpack from TL-180 ($500; tl-180.com).

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 (price upon request; rolex.com).

Oliver Peoples Sir O'Malley sunglasses ($510; oliverpeoples.com). Marla Aaron Jewelry lapiz strand with rose gold and silver regular lock (price upon request; marlaaaron.com).

Deepa Gurnani belt ($250; deepagurnanii.com).

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Lee Savage 'Broken Space' clutch (price upon request; leesavage.us.com).

Hampton acetate optical unisex frame with Hampton folding sunglass clip ($285 & $105; garrettleight.com).

Huckleberry LTD Can tab pin in rose gold ($950; huckleberryltd.com). Rebecca Minkof Everywhere Tote ($295; rebeccaminkof.com).

Esarsi AVA sandal (esarsi.com).

Alex Soldier sun cufs (price upon request; alexsoldier.com).

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ALL THAT JAZZ Written by Christy Marshall

Photography by Alise O’Brien Before its recent renovation, Jazz St. Louis’ performance venue could give a person a real case of the blues. “Te quality of the space didn’t really match the quality of the artist we had on stage,” says Gene Dobbs Bradford, executive director of Jazz St. Louis. “We bring in the top names in jazz. Everybody from Harry Connick Jr. to Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, they have all played here. But until we did the renovation, we didn’t have a world-class venue. Tere were a lot of spaces where the sound was uneven; it wasn’t as easy to hear in the back.” “It was crusty,” says interior designer Jimmy Jamieson. Jamieson has been listening to jazz since he was a kid. He was a regular at the club back to its beginnings in the ’90s, when the legendary Barbara Rose was booking the artists. “I didn’t complain,” he says. “But the sightlines were limited. You were visually disconnected, and the acoustics were awful too.” “Tere were a couple of walls that made you feel like you were in a diferent part,” Bradford says, and Jamieson quickly interjects: “like in social Siberia.” “It didn’t feel unifed,” Bradford says. “People always said they wanted to sit in the front section.” When they began to plan the renovation, they intended to redecorate as inexpensively as possible, or as Jamieson quips, “put perfume on the pig.” As a nonproft, Jazz St. Louis had limited options. Its building was owned by Grand Center. Te space was small and bordered by the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery. Te time had come to become a landowner — and acquisitor. Jazz St. Louis bought the building and the gallery next door. With the Lawrence Group handling the architecture and Jamieson the design, they went to work on a striking – and strikingly larger – facility that now includes an educational center.

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“We realized that if we were going to get the support of the community, we had to produce a product that St. Louis would be proud of and get behind,” Bradford says. “Real hardcore jazz fans will go pretty much anywhere to hear a great artist, be it the seediest dive in the worst part of town. But we needed something that would appeal to people who were jazz curious. A lot of jazz clubs are more geared to men, and we wanted to be sure that this was something that was especially appealing to women. We wanted to have a sense of romance to the space.” A number of local philanthropists made major donations, including David and Thelma Steward, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, and Alison and John Ferring. Te original building was gutted; all that remains from are the arched windows. Walls were punched through to add the space next door, transforming it into the education center. First and foremost, the Jazz Bistro had to have spectacular sound, so Jazz St. Louis brought in acoustician Sam Berkow, founding partner of New York City-based SIA Acoustics. “It was a really fun project to do,” Berkow says. “I liked everything about it, particularly working with Gene Dobbs Bradford.” Sam’s previous projects include Te SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In St. Louis, one of Berkow’s first challenges was installing and addressing the acoustics of the space. This was made more complicated 68 slmag.net


because the two buildings that make up the new center have floors at diferent levels. “Tere was a limited amount of space available,” he says. Ten came the challenge of working with the project’s mechanical engineers, a group, Berkow says, who “generally aren’t skilled at making air flow systems quiet. But we had a great team of framers, drywallers — the entire construction group. Tat was like a dream come true.” Bradford pointed to the wall paneling, sound diffusers and ceiling treatment – acoustic elements that Jamieson incorporated into the design. “Wood creates a warm, relaxed and inviting envelope, and it inherently possesses the qualities the acoustician was looking for,” Jamieson says. “It is a soft material, and it is acoustically correct material. Ten creating these positive and negative spaces for the sound to travel is playing into all that.” He primarily used walnut in the club, with pine on the stage and oak in the adjoining educational center. Te club is monochromatic, while the adjoining practice rooms and student lounge are splashed with color. Jamieson’s first mission was to design something ladies would like. “I thought inherently, innately, women gravitate toward things that are a little bit glamorous,” he says. “Yet if it was too glamorous, I didn’t think it was appropriate for a jazz setting, and if it was too glamorous, men don’t necessarily feel so comfortable.

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“We wanted to create a space that regardless of your dress, regardless of your frame of mind, it was something you would always look forward to coming to,” Jamieson says. “Whether you’re in blue jeans, a suit, a tie, a top hat, a straw hat, and everything in between, you say, ‘Let’s go there because it is a great time.’” With the exception of a couple of Corbusier couches and vintage light fxtures, everything was designed and made for the space. Te vibe is classic mid-century modern. “While the music was born long before the mid-portion of the 20th century, by the time that it evolved to the mid-portion of the 20th century, it was a thing,” Jamieson says. “I thought if we created something that had a mid-century vibe, it would age well. So 10 or 20 years from now, we could have an environment that was just as fresh and just as appealing for people as it would be the day it opened.” Te Jazz Bistro is now a serene space with an open stage, seating at tables and a bordering railing. Waiters approach from behind to keep distraction to a minimum. “You now have good sightlines from every point in the room,” Jamieson says. “Regardless of where you sit, you don’t feel like you are sitting in the back of the room, and your experience with the music is intimate, seductive.” While the patrons may be pleased, the artists are thrilled. Te frst night Wynton Marsalis performed for the reopening, he declared Jazz St. Louis was one of the best venues he had ever played. By the time he left two days later, he had pronounced it one of the best venues in the world. “Te experience you had here before to the experience you have now is comparing an apple to an orange,” Jamieson says. “We went from zero to 100 real fast.” sl 72 slmag.net


Raising the Next Generation The next Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Duke Ellington or Billie Holiday may be waiting in the wings — and Jazz St. Louis is ready to nurture their talent. “We have education and outreach programs that reach over 10,000 students every year,” says Gene Dobbs Bradford, executive director of Jazz St. Louis. We have programs that expose kids to music, like when we take artists performing at Jazz Bistro into the schools for in-school performances, master classes, lectures. K through 12, the full nine yards.” But Jazz St. Louis now can do more than share the sounds of jazz – they teach the next generation of jazz musicians. Until the renovation, they didn’t have space dedicated to do that. “It is really designed for the purpose of teaching jazz,” Bradford says,

with two rehearsal rooms, six practice rooms, and a computer lab — the latter “a place for students to work on composition, music theory and ear training.” Closing the door to one of the large rehearsal rooms, Bradford praises the acoustics. “You hear nothing,” he says. “You see cars coming by, and you don’t hear them.” A control room adjoins the rehearsal room; together, they make up a recording studio. In the center of the wing is a cofee bar and smattering of chic, comfortable chairs. “One of the things we really wanted was to encourage the students to create a community where the students can relax in between the classes or wait for a performance in the evening,” Bradford says. “It’s a safe place for them to stay.” sl

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MASTER CLASS Written by Judith Evans

Photography by Carmen Troesser

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When Executive Chef Giannicola Colucci took over the kitchen at Cielo, he added an array of extra-virgin olive oils to the pantry. Light in favor and color, medium or strong, golden or green – each oil has a distinct place in Italian kitchens, from those in his hometown of Turin, Italy, to this one on the eighth foor of the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. “You have to taste the oil, you have to understand the oil,” says Colucci, who also oversees the hotel’s banquet kitchen. Te favor matters because in his cooking, each ingredient stands out. “People think the more ingredients you put in, the more ingredients on the plate, the better. Not true.” “You have to balance ingredients. It’s really important that when you taste my plate, you can recognize all the ingredients.” He teaches his cooks that lighter, sweeter oils from the north of Italy are best for salads and vegetables. “If you have a fantastic zucchini, you cook it right – a drop of extra-virgin olive oil, a touch of balsamic vinegar – for me is a fantastic experience.” Stronger, darker oils come from olives that grow near the Mediterranean. “On a fantastic steak, where the favor of the meat is intense, I get oil from the south of Italy,” he says. Tat nuanced use of olive oil instead of favorless cooking oils or even butter sets Cielo apart from many other restaurants in St. Louis. “I don’t like to use a lot of butter or cream,” he says. “Here in the Midwest, they love butter and cream. They love fat.” Pasta with shrimp should taste of the sea, he says, and should not be overpowered by a creamy sauce. He cooks with cream and butter, but in moderation, and above all, in balance with the other ingredients. Cielo’s tonnarelli – long strands of squid-ink pasta, lobster meat and a creamy sauce lightened with Prosecco – is a good example. Peeled, halved cherry tomatoes punctuate the dish, providing a burst of acidity and pure tomato favor that lightens the richness and unites the other favors. Nor does Colucci pander to Americans’ love of sweetness in savory foods, such as barbecue sauce and the red pasta sauce served at almost every restaurant on the Hill. “In Italy, sour is sour; sweet is sweet,” he says. “At some point, the sauce is really sweet, you don’t really taste the favor of the tomato. Your sauce is closer to ketchup.”

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Pistachio sponge cake with passion fruit mousse, orange zest and crunchy chocolate

Colucci describes Cielo as an Italian restaurant cooking from Italian recipes with Italian ingredients – along with products from around the world, including Spain, France, Asia and Africa. AAA has awarded Cielo a prestigious Four Diamonds rating, placing it in the top 2.5 percent of the 30,000 restaurants reviewed across the United States. His background is as varied as his ingredient lists. In addition to the United States and Italy, he’s cooked in India, China, Tailand, Japan, Russia and England. “London opened more of my mind – London is really the capital of good food,” he says. “London, New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo – these cities, there are incredible opportunities to learn.” In New York, he worked at Felidia for Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, a renowned restaurateur, cookbook author and television chef. Tey kept in touch – “every time I came to New York I knocked on the door” – and in February, she visited the Four Seasons to cook for a fundraiser for the St. Louis Community College Foundation. “It was fantastic to work together as colleagues,” he says. “To me, it was really emotional at some point.” When he worked at Felidia, he sometimes would think, “one day I would like to be like her, I would like to improve, to learn everything about food, and to have people look at me like that.”

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Eggplant parmigiana

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Tonnarelli with Bagna Cauda sauce and lobster on squid-ink pasta. Tis is an old recipe from Piedmont where Chef Colucci was born.

Vanilla, cofee and chocolate tiramisu with raspberry sauce and chocolate tuille

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Grilled octopus with lemon-shallot jam, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and cannellini bean salad

While he looks to the world for ingredients, his menus rely as much as possible to meat, produce and other foods grown close to home. He buys from local suppliers as the season permits and is a regular shopper at farmers markets and nearby farms. Tat’s why a farm-to-table dinner at Cielo is just that: Guests can join Colucci in a trip to a farm or farmers market, then watch him cook dinner with food they harvested or bought. “Tey choose the ingredients; I make the food for them,” he says. To break up the day, the hotel can arrange an afternoon trip to a nearby winery.

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Chef Giannicola Colucci at work

Prices for the farm-to-table day range from $250 to $350 a person. Cielo also invites guests into the kitchen to sit at three chef ’s tables, with prices that start at $150 for fve courses, including wine. Te most intimate table is in the front of the kitchen. Two can sit there comfortably; four are a squeeze. “Tey see the servers, cooks, everything – real life in the kitchen,” Colucci says, then laughs: “People swear, people shout, people get crazy.” At a long table in another part of the kitchen, up to eight people sit side by side, watching meals come together while the chef cooks for them personally. Just of the kitchen is the Gaya Room, which has a community table that seats 12. Unless your party flls the table, you’ll dine with people you didn’t know. Tat’s by design, Colucci says. “Food makes people connected. Food sometimes breaks the walls we build.” sl

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THE FASTEST GAME ON TWO FEET Written by Alexa Beattie

Photography by Carmen Troesser

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On a bitter March morning — the frst lacrosse practice of the 2015 season at Mary Institute Country Day School — Coach Andy Kay is on the feld. Hat pushed low, whistle between his teeth, his old black dog sometimes lumbering alongside, Kay is a hero to his team and to players across the city. Lacrosse has exploded in St. Louis, and Kay has played a large part. In addition to coaching MICDS’ program, he founded Red Shirts Lacrosse, a youth development program that has 180 players in kindergarten through eighth grade, and Project Missouri (ProMo), an elite team of high-school students who compete in tournaments around the country. Since 1998, MICDS’ varsity lacrosse team has made it to the fnal four at the state championship tournament every year except three. Tey are four-time state champs, most recently in 2014, when they won in sudden-death overtime against Christian Brothers College. Te championship games are held in May. “Coach Kay has taken the state and made it his,” says Will Cella, one of three senior captains on MICDS’ varsity team. Kay believes in starting early — and Cella has been playing for Kay since ffth grade. “If you focus on the youngest levels, you can beneft from a relationship that spans seven, eight, nine or even 10 years,” Kay

says. At Beasley, the elementary arm of MICDS, he has 30 kids from kindergarten to second grades playing lacrosse. Kay began showing an interest in the sport when he was 6 years old. In ffth grade, he earned $5 a game working as ball boy for the men’s team at Duke University, where his father is a professor. Jason Seidel is head co-coach at Parkway West. A chef by trade, he played lacrosse for 20 years. He moved from the feld to the sidelines as an assistant coach for Colorado State University in 2002, and he’s been coaching ever since. Te game keeps growing, he says. “It’s sweeping the nation. It’s been labeled the fastest game on two feet. Kids really fall in love with it.” Kay notes that all types and sizes of athletes can play lacrosse — they don’t need to be 6’ 7” and weigh 210 pounds. Another advantage is that they can be mentally engaged at every moment. “Kids these days are oversensitized by things like video games, but lacrosse is constant action,” he says. “Tere’s not much waiting around for the ball.” Varsity co-captain Cella says that he fnds the game relaxing. Unlike more scripted games like football, lacrosse is fluid, less black and white.

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“Tere’s creativity involved,” Cella says. “You help out if needed … You take the lead. Lacrosse lets you open your mind to possibilities.” Kay thinks the successful marketing of lacrosse equipment also may have something to do with the game’s popularity. “I mean, look at these boys. Not only are there sticks, but there are helmets. Tese men are warriors … storm troopers.” Lacrosse regalia may have particular appeal because players can customize their sticks with mesh and strings in all the colors of the rainbow. Henry Carpenter, 14, has been on the MICDS and Red Shirts teams since fourth grade. “You can make the equipment your own,” Carpenter says, twirling his stick, cradling a ball in a head the color of a summer sky. “Not many sports have equipment like lacrosse,” says Mike Silva, manager of Total Lacrosse in Chesterfeld and assistant coach at Chaminade. “It’s diferent-looking, not what kids have seen before.” Helmets and sticks can be custom-assembled. Shell, visor, face mask, chin strap and chin guard can be diferent colors. “They come in to Total Lacrosse and they’re like kids in a candy store,” Silva says. “Tey get crazy with it.” So much so that at the varsity level, Chaminade requires gear to be toned down. No neon pink mesh, no orange strings. A St. Louis native, Silva has been playing the game for 20 years and has seen a dramatic increase in the number of leagues. When he was a boy, there were one or two youth teams. Now, on any given Sunday during the spring season, Sportport — a

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95-acre facility on the food plains of Maryland Heights — hosts 90 or more games on 12 grass felds. Te games are a sight to see, a heaving beehive of players. Te horizon is pierced by the silhouette of sticks, the air by whistles. As parents lug coolers and chairs, and even tents, from the trunks of their SUVs, the youth go of to war. Te players form a bond, and Silva thinks its strength may have something to do with the danger of the sport. “Tat ball is coming at you at 100 miles an hour,” he says. “Ask Andy Kay and he’ll tell you those goalies are crazy.” With the growing concern about concussions, the game has become more regulated in recent years. Penalties for “high hits” have gotten more severe (penalty time can last three minutes rather than one, forcing the team to play a man down), and players can be ejected for using the crown of their helmets to make contact with another player’s head. Lacrosse has the lowest injury rate of any other major sport, says David Boots, secretary of the St. Louis Youth Lacrosse Association, citing a study by the U.S. Lacrosse Sports & Injury Prevention Committee. He sees few serious injuries at Sportport: “just the odd bump and bruise, a twisted ankle or two.” In contrast, girls’ lacrosse involves far less physicality. It, too, has seen an upswing in popularity. Kate Haffenreffer is varsity head coach at Villa Duchesne and co-founder of Red Skirts Girls Lacrosse. She says her players have almost doubled in number since the program was launched last year. Tis spring, nearly 100 girls from grades one through eight took part as Red Skirts.


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Hafenrefer grew up in Baltimore and picked up her frst stick in frst grade. She went on to play Division One lacrosse at Dartmouth College. “Girls lacrosse is a noncontact sport and in many ways it’s a totally diferent game,” Hafenrefer says. Te girls aren’t allowed to hit each other, so they have to rely more on body positioning and stick checking. Te sticks, too, are diferent. Te pockets are much shallower, requiring a diferent set of cradling skills and a keen focus on stick work. It is a game of speed and fnesse. “It is a thrilling, fast-paced, high-scoring game that requires you to work as a team.” Before coming to Villa, Haffenreffer coached seventh and eighth grade at MICDS, where Traci Nelson, Red Skirts’ cofounder, was the girls’ varsity coach. The team has made it to the state tournament’s fnal four 12 times since 1999 and has won state 10 times, most recently last year against John Burroughs. “We recognized the community’s need and desire for a girls’ youth league, and we saw the phenomenal job Andy was doing with the boys,” Hafenrefer says.

“It inspired us to form a youth league of our own. Although Red Skirts is not officially associated with the Red Shirts, we felt the association between the league names was benefcial to helping build the program.” Although Kay is passionate about lacrosse, he is adamant about the importance of playing a variety of sports. He says a background in other sports translates well to lacrosse. Te skills and movements involved in basketball and hockey are similar. By passing and receiving the ball, players control the fow of the game. “And we love linebackers because of the toughness, the desire to protect.” By having kids specialize in one sport, he says, adults deprive them of the opportunity to really know themselves. “Kids need to have diferent roles in diferent games,” he says. “It’s how you become a real person. Sports prepare young people for life. “I’m always talking to players and students about doing the right thing, being who and where they are, refecting, and being empathetic. Young men prey on each other, find each other’s shortcomings … I have to be a teller of truth. And the only way for kids to hear the truth is to know who they are.” sl

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ART LITERALLY IN BLOOM

Spring sprung early when the Saint Louis Art Museum invited local floral designers to interpret several of the museum’s works for its annual Art In Bloom event. Awards went to Dean Riebeling of Botanicals Design Studio, Bridget Weible of Flowers to the People, Jeana Reisinger of the Garden Club of St. Louis, Kay Schaefer of St. Louis County Garden Club, Judy Blix of Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri and Catherine Toele of Catherine Toele Florals.

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The lights glistened at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis for this year’s HOPEFEST, an annual fundraiser for HavenHouse. Located on 19 acres in Creve Coeur, HavenHouse provides comfort and housing to families traveling to St. Louis for medical care. Its facility has private rooms with baths and provides shuttle service four times a day, free laundry facilities, a computer library, a gym, play areas and a reading room. HavenHouse also serves two meals each day.

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Guests danced to the Fabulous Motown Review at this year’s Wings of Hope Annual Gala, “Hope is Where the Heart Is,” which supports the St. Louisbased Medical Relief and Air Transport (MAT) Program. This international humanitarian organization acts as a patient advocate, arranges for advanced care regardless of location, and uses its feet of air ambulances to transport patients to and from treatments at no charge.

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Six inches of snow couldn’t deter the supporters of Meds & Food for Kids who made their way downtown to America’s Center for a “Go Nuts for Haiti” evening. Dr. Patricia Wolff, a professor of clinical pediatrics at Washington University, founded the organization in 2003. Te group’s mission is saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people by developing, producing and distributing highly nutritious foods, including peanut-based Ready-to-Use Terapeutic Food (RUTF).

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Each year, Artscope throws its interactive and hands-down great fun Wall Ball at Third Degree Glass Factory. At this year’s party, more than 30 local artists created and sold their works to support Artscope, a nonproft that provides a safe and educational environment in Tower Grove Park and elsewhere for children to explore the arts.

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Gent!, a men’s fashion show produced by Brainchild Events, opened with pizazz as a model drove a Lexus RC 350 down the runway, situated on the showroom foor of Mungenast Lexus. Te show featured designers Paulie Gibson, Christian Michael and Shan Keith. Proceeds from ticket, rafe and retail sales went to the Humane Society of Missouri.

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