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I have a brown thumb. Literally. As a cake decorator, I frequently work with a variety of food colors and yes, they do stain my hands. But the brown thumb description of someone who is not a good gardener fits me because of my deficiency in this area. There is a good reason why I am not good at planting and tending vegetation: I don’t like digging in dirt where bugs live. I also suffer from a lack of knowledge on the subject. I don’t know which plants need lots of water and which ones don’t. And the same is true of sunlight. I once killed a plant by putting it outside on a sunny day. We could even go so far as to say I am guilty of murder; I managed to kill an air fern. My husband claims I have the ability to kill a plastic plant. He’s almost right. I found out that using a power sprayer doesn’t work very well for cleaning a plastic tree if the leaves are detachable. None of this means I don’t value lush foliage and lovely flowers. In fact, I appreciate them even more because of the skill required to produce them. So if you are botanically challenged like I am, be sure to check out the many features in this month’s edition. We have do-it-yourself ideas, tips and suggestions for your yard, garden or indoor plants, plus information from professionals who are available to provide gardening and landscaping services. In my case, hiring experts is the way to go. And just what will I do with all my spare time now that I don’t have to tend the lawn? Simple. I’m going to clean my artificial plants. Hmmm, I wonder if an air compressor would work better than the power sprayer. . . Kandy Derden / Editor

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Sandy Creek Covered Bridge boasts the picture-perfect appearance of an old red barn. It was one of six bridges built in 1872 to allow passage from the Jefferson County seat of Hillsboro to St. Louis. John H. Morse built Sandy Creek Covered Bridge using the Howe-truss design, named for William Howe. Howe patented his design in 1840. More historical articles start on page 6.

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What’s Inside... Special Feature: Spring Lawn & Garden

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Places to Go: Home Show in K.C.

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Rotary Sping Craft Show

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The Circus

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Things to Do: Dirt Bike Racing

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Watch a movie - FREE

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Calendar of events

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People to See: Doug Tallamy

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Places to Go:

Get started this spring with inspiration, ideas and innovations for your home. The original Kansas City Home Show returns, March 28- 30, to Bartle Hall. It’s been a Kansas City tradition forb66 years and together with the Flower, Lawn and Garden Show showcases new opportunities and choices for homeowners to get a jump on spring home and garden projects. Another Exciting Lineup of Guests for Our 66th Annual Spring Home Show features headliner HGTV Star Monica Pedersen. Monica will share her expertise in a variety of topics including interior design, design trends, how to add value to your home, staging for the real estate market, or simply inspiring do-ityourselfers to “Make it Beautiful” on any budget. As a designer on over 90 episodes of HGTV’s hit television series, Designed to Sell, and 50 episodes of Bang for Your Buck, Pedersen quickly became a trusted expert showing viewers how to add value to their homes while working within a tight budget. Her work as an interior design expert and television host can also be seen regularly as the Host of HGTV’s Dream Home and Green Home Giveaways, House Hunter’s Great Escapes and in appearances on NBC’s Today

Show, Steven and Chris, The Revolution, Steve Harvey, FoxNews and WGN. In addition to her work on television, Pedersen released her first design book titled “Make It Beautiful” in May 2012. See Monica on the SPACES stage Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. a book signing at 3 p.m. HGTV Star Cari Cucksey, the “Antiques Matchmaker” is an Antiques Matchmaker who gives dusty relics a new lease on life. Energetic, entrepreneurial and fun, she’s the host of HGTV’s hit show Cash & Cari, she runs RePurpose Estate Services, operates the RePurpose Shop, and refurbishes just about anything she can get her hands on. From antique furniture and vintage toys to retro electronics and classic luxury cars, she’s always on the lookout for obscure treasures as she combs through basements, attics and garages. Cari’s distinct style and design has inspired a number of retail curations that bear her name, and has inspired countless RePurposers around the world. See Cari Saturday, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m.,Sunday, at 11a.m. or 2 p.m. Kristin Rieke, Interior Designer, currently works in the interior design industry in Vail, Colorado. She began her professional career working in the

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mountains and has since gathered many publications and awards for her work. By using her passion for repurposing and sustainable interior design she has no problem winning over satisfied clients throughout the architectural meccas of The Rockies and beyond. She draws most of her inspiration for the building and design trade from her Kansas City family roots. A graduate of Kansas State, member of IIDA and LEED certified, Kristin has proven to be quite the inspiration to today’s design community. The Home Show welcomes back Jennifer Bertrand, HGTV Design Star winner and owner of Kansas City’s Bertrand Designs. Jennifer is the emcee for the SPACES Stage and will share tips and trends in design and decor. Kansas City’s own Jennifer Allwood will take the spotlight on the SPACES stage. Jennifer is a professional faux finisher, blogger, DIY instructor and owner of The Magic Brush, Inc. She is “making the world pretty…one room at a time” in houses all over the Kansas City metro specializing in faux finishes, cabinets, children’s rooms, garage doors, and furniture. For more information, visit online at

Things to Do:

Welcome Spring at an Arts & Crafts fair ST. LOUIS Celebrate the return of Spring at the 8th Annual Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair, April 5 to 6, at the Lindbergh High School, 5000 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Always held two weeks before Easter, the show features 250 artisans, jewelers, photographers, woodworkers and more. Experience the beauty of hand woven reed, ash & caned baskets; whimsical fabric bunnies; sugared eggs, and chenille Easter eggs – all handmade. The fair showcases local, regional and national artisans. Dan Davenport, all the way from Millington, Michigan, will offer his hand-hammered aluminum giftware. Among the many local artists are Diana Thomson and her yard art flowers made from recycled glass plates; Christi Ruhl and her Cardinals jewelry and t-shirts; Jack Greer and his homemade soaps, and Debbie Holborow will showcase her sterling silver spoon jewelry. Beautiful photographs and paintings await shoppers looking for unique gifts and treasures for the home. There will be handmade out16 l ,

Show Hours: Saturday, April 5 – 9:00am-4:00pm; Sunday, April 6 – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. W e b s i t e :

door furniture and even wooden racks for stringed instruments. The two-day show is family friendly with free admission, free parking and food concession all day. Proceeds are returned to local and international charities These include eradicating polio, providing water wells in Africa, rendering eye surgeries in India, and reducing infant mortality around the world. March, 2014

The fair began in 1982 with 100 crafters. This humble beginning was the start of something very special as our Fall Show grew into one of the best Arts & Crafts Fairs in the Midwest.

Contact – Martha Henderson,; 636-230-2300 for more information. The Spring Arts & Crafts Fair is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Crestwood-Sunset Hills.

Saturday, March 15

6:30AM: Open practice 9:30AM: Expert/novice, boatercross 12:00PM: Plastic/age groups/C1 4:00PM: Downriver race 6:00PM: Race Banquet, Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton

• This event consists of slalom, downriver, and boatercross races for all ages, kayaks, canoes, and skill levels on class II–III whitewater at the Millstream Gardens Conservation Area.

Sunday, March 16

6:30AM: Open practice 8:30AM: K1 long & short/OC1/OC2 2:45PM: Course takedown 4:00PM: Awards/raffles

• Spectators welcome! Viewing and parking are FREE! Come watch the action and take in the scenery. • If you want to race, registration forms and info can be found at We also accept volunteers! • Concessions provided as fundraising efforts to benefit area charities/organizations. Hwy 67

Slalom Racers & Volunteers Report Here



Hwy 72

Spectator Parking Racer & Volunteer Parking




St. Louis



Fisherman’s Put-in

Downriver Racers Report Here



To Ironton & Arcadia


• Camping is available at the Silver Mines Recreation Area.

1/2 mile West of K

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• Lodging, food, and fuel are available in Fredericktown, Ironton, Arcadia and the surrounding area.

Millstream Gardens Conservation Area access (gravel road)

Slalom Race Course Area


Spectator Viewing

Silver Mines Recreation Area Campground & Downriver Race takeout

Race Banquet hosted at the Arcadia Valley Country Club.

Calendar of Events ORCHID SHOW

Thru March 23/ST. LOUIS - The annual Orchid Show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s expansive permanent living collection amid a tropical oasis inside the Orthwein Floral Display Hall at the Mo. Botanical Gardens. The 2014 Orchid Show celebrates the orchids of South America. Delight in the sights and sounds of a tropical garden inspired by the works of Roberto Burle Marx, explore the Garden's world-renowned orchid collection, and learn more about the Garden's long-standing research and conservation work in South America. $5 per person (ages 3 and up) in addition to regular garden admission. of $8. ($4 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and under)


March 22-3/HERMANN - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1110 Stone Hill Highway. Brats, beer and wine. Come to the a citywide celebration of the traditional art of German sausage making. Enjoy freshlygrilled brats in the Stone Hill Winery's pavilion. The event includes: sausage competitions; sausage samples; sausage-making demonstrations; dancing; German music; Wiener Dog Derby; and other fun activities. Visit for more information or call 800-909-9463.


March 15, 22, 29/STE GENEVIEVE - In response to popular demand of our featured Indian dishes at our Grapevine Grill Restaurant, we present Lambay's India at Chaumette in our Barrel Room from 5-8:30 p.m. Join us for dinner and choose three curries from a selection of 16 vegetarian and meat options. Curries can be ordered with optional spice levels of one to five. Located at 24345 St. Rt. WW, Executive Chef Adam Lambay is on hand to chat with guests. The Barrel Room is outfitted with Indian decor, art and music. Chaumette’s award-winning wines are served. Seating is limited. Please call 573-747-1000 for reservations.


March 29/CAPE GIRARDEAU - 2289 County Park Drive; 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Join us at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center for a series of Garden Tours designed to help you spring into gardening season. Spring is an amazing time of growth and renewal. Longer days and warmer weather means the appearance of the first green signs of a new year. For many pioneers, this was the time to gather roots and herbs to cook their special spring tonic. Join us as we learn the history of this spring ritual and the plants and wild edibles used to create them. Call 573-290-5218 for more information. 22 l, March, 2014

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