This week we are doing a series of features on  “Why We Love St. Louis” and we are giving away tickets to some of the various attractions. with each entry.

Recap:

Reason #1 Why We Love St. Louis: The great trails and events for walking, runNing, and bicycling

http://www.stlsportspage.com/BUSINESSPLEASURE/tabid/121/entryid/1772/bicycling-tour-de-france-style.aspx

Reason #2 Why We Love St. Louis:  Baseball!

Win free tickets to the Frontier League All-Star Game Wed. at Gateway Grizzlies ballpark click this link to find out how:

http://www.robrains.com/CARDINALSBASEBALL/MinorLeagueNews/tabid/153/entryid/1761/why-we-love-st-louis-2-baseball-join-the-fun-for-frontier-league-all-star-week-at-gateway-grizzlies-ballpark.aspx

Now For #3:

Why We Love St. Louis  Reason #3: The Culture, Arts & Entertainment

St. Louis is a great place to live and a fun place to visit for a lot of reasons, but today we will focus on the great cultural offerings: the arts and entertainment that makes St. Louis great.

According to the website wordreference.com, Culture, means pleasurable social activities such as concerts, theatrical performances, choirs and evening classes. Offerings means the availability of such events and opportunities to lead a 'cultured' life. And to steal an old tagline from the St. Louis CVC “St. Louis has it all from A-Z”—especially in the area of culture.  The “A” being the Arch and the “Z” being the Zoo.

St. Louis has so much to offer in the area of the Arts. Once you arrive at Lambert Airport you will be greeted by a mural. Black Americans in Flight” is an 8-foot x 51-foot multi-panel painting that pays tribute to African-American achievements in aviation from 1917 through the late 1980s. The historic mural includes 75 portraits, 18 aircraft, three American Bald Eagles, five unit patches and one spacecraft. For more information: http://flystl.com/AboutLambert/ArtattheAirport/BlackAmericansinFlight.aspx

After arriving in the Gateway City, one can’t miss the many large “birthday cakes” around town to help make St. Louis the “Cake-way to the West” and celebrate its 250th Birthday. At last check there were 246 cakes that have been sculpted and assembled by artists and they are in various locations of St. Louis. For more on this: http://www.stl250.org/cake.aspx

St. Louis prides itself on the various art districts and art fairs. Look around our neighborhoods –such as Cherokee Street- and you will see small galleries and shops in these neighborhoods.  The Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills is filled with interesting artwork  For more information on that : http://laumeiersculpturepark.org/index.php

The interesting thing about St. Louis is that there are so many eclectic areas: Maplewood, Chesterfield, Kirkwood, Central Wet End, Laclede’s Landing, Lafayette Square to name a few.  If you live in St. Louis there is no reason not to partake in the many offerings the city puts out there—many of which are free or for a  fair price. If you don't live here, it's time you come for a visit.

Downtown:

The Arch

Downtown St. Louis is home to the Gateway Arch.(shown in picture left, by Bill Greenblatt/UPI). Completed in 1965, the 630-foot-high stainless-steel monument is a symbol of the Westward Expansion of the United States. The Arch, also known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was designed by Eero Saarinen.  The Arch is the central figure in the skyline of downtown St. Louis.

For more on the Arch: http://www.gatewayarch.com/

            The Old Courthouse

            The Old Courthouse is right near the Arch and is famous  because the Dred Scott Decision was handed down on the steps of that courthouse.

Downtown’s boundaries are defined as the Mississippi River on the east, Jefferson Avenue on the west, Cole Street to the north and I-64/Highway 40 on the south. For more information, call (314) 436-6500 or click www.downtownstl.org

            Busch Stadium- Baseball is Reason #2 why we love St. Louis.

            Peabody Opera House

According to their website: The Peabody Opera House recently marked the 75th anniversary of its inaugural performance on April 21, 2009, It was once called the Kiel Opera House and has been newly christened Peabody Opera House.  When it was completed in 1934 it was part of the Kiel Auditorium complex.  Many concerts and shows are held there. For more information: http://www.peabodyoperahouse.com/

Cardinals Baseball

Somehow Cardinals Baseball has fit into most of our reasons we love St. Louis. They are off for the All-Star break, but Rob Rains examines the first half of the season: http://www.robrains.com/CARDINALSBASEBALL/tabid/91/entryid/1779/cards-first-half-review-surprises-mysteries-disappointments.aspx

Where to Stay Downtown?

Lodging in Downtown: Check out the Drury Plaza on Fourth Street.  It is right in the heart of downtown in walking distance to the Arch, Old Courthouse, and Cardinals  Baseball game. 

Coming to St. Louis on the Megabus?

There is also a Drury Inn right next to Union Station, where the Megabus stops. You don’t know about the Megabus? If coming (or going) to Kansas City, Columbia, Mo., or Chicago, Ill. You can ride in style and it won’t cost you much. We’ve taken the Megabus many times and it’s a relaxing way to get your work done while on the bus and arrive relaxed at your destination.  Check out Megabus.com.

Grand Center:

Whether you want to hear a live band or a world-class orchestra; see Broadway Theater or an intimate production by a local theatre company; explore the works of a famous artist or discover a great new artist in a gallery, Grand Center is the place for you

Within four blocks you’ll find 12,000 theater seats, 12 museums and galleries, jazz clubs, numerous restaurants and even a circus. Grand Center is the art and entertainment epicenter of St. Louis.

Fox Theatre

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is a big attraction in the Grand Center area and it is a beautifully renovated old theatre that features Broadway quality entertainment as well as concerts.  http://www.fabulousfox.com/

For more information on Grand Center check out their website:  http://www.grandcenter.org/

Forest Park

Forest Park is the jewel of St. Louis and holds many of the cultural destinations of the St. Louis area including the Zoo, some museums, and the Muny—St. Louis’ outdoor theatre.  For more information on Forest Park: http://www.forestparkforever.org/park-attractions/

Cultural Institutions in Forest Park

·       The Muny (outdoor musical theatre)- If you have never been to the Muny, you really should go. Besides the great quality of entertainment offered, visitors to the Muny get to see the beautiful landscape areound it with the pond and 1904 World Series remnants.
(314) 361-1900, http://www.muny.org 

Upcoming Shows at the Muny:

  • The Addams Family July 14-20,
  • Seussical July 22-28,
  • Grease July 31-August 8,
  • Hello, Dolly! August 11-17

·       Missouri History Museum
(314) 746-4599, http://mohistory.org

·       Saint Louis Art Museum 
(314) 721-0072, http://www.slam.org

·       Saint Louis Science Center and James S. McDonnell Planetarium
(314) 289-4400, http://www.slsc.org

·       Saint Louis Zoo
(314) 781-0900, http://www.stlzoo.org

 

Landmarks in Forest Park

·       Cabanne House
The first brick farmhouse west of the Mississippi River, this was built in 1819. More information.

·       Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center
  Visitor's Center page.

·       The Jewel Box (shown left)
With its unconventional, cantilevered, vertical glass walls rising majestically 50 feet hihg, the Jewel Box opened in 1936 to national acclaim. Truly special event and wedding space. More information.

·       World's Fair Pavilion 
This magnificent open-air shelter has been one of the Park's most popular and impressive attractions since it was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World's Fair. To check availability of the Pavilion, call (314) 289-5344 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or visit this website.

Coming to St. Louis Forest Park? Stay at Drury Inn Forest Park at Hampton & 44 - 2111 Sulphur Avenue - St. Louis, MO, 63139 - P: 314-646-0770


Other interesting Museums in st. louis

Eugene Field House & Toy Museum

 Famed poet Eugene Field (The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat; Wynken, Blynken, and Nod; and Little Boy Blue) was from St. Louis and you can tour the house he lived in.

http://www.eugenefieldhouse.org/

Campbell House

The Camp­bell House Museum is one of the most his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant Nine­teenth Cen­tury build­ings in St. Louis. Preserves the history of the Campbell family and their role in St. Louis history.

http://www.campbellhousemuseum.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQjw_42eBRDHqcG1psmtneEBEiQAWPL8WLvzvn6JX-2I0uGKFyc74vL4OluhqAbR9eBmjrMBtRAaArn-8P8HAQ

Sappington House

The Sappington House is an example of Federal architecture in Missouri, the historic structure and gardens appear as they did nearly 200 years ago. Built with slave labor, it is thought to be the oldest brick home in St. Louis County. Meticulously restored and renovated, the site allows visitors to look back in time to see how the Sappington family lived in the early 1800’s. Sappington House is located at 1015 S Sappington Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63126,  The House: 314-822-8171  The Barn Restaurant:314-966-8387

http://www.sappingtonhouse.org/

Hawkins House

Enjoy a glimpse of life as it was 100 years ago in Webster Groves.  An exhibit entitled, LIFE ON THE EVE OF WORLD WAR I opens on Sunday April 27th at Historic Hawken House, 1155 South Rock Hill Road.  Each room of the house features memorabilia from the 1910′s on loan from friends of the Webster Groves Historical Society.  See everything from spectacular ball gowns, reminiscent of the “Downton Abby” series, to a collection of period Cracker Jack prizes, from a vintage Red Cross uniform to a candlestick phone with wood subset.

http://hawkenhouse.org/

Scott Joplin House

See the house that composer Scott Joplin lived in from 1900-1903.

http://mostateparks.com/park/scott-joplin-house-state-historic-site

Other Theatre and Ballet:

The Edison Theatre at Washington University: http://edison.wustl.edu/tickets/

Touhill Performing Arts Center: http://www.touhill.org/

Lindenwood University J. Scheidegger Center for Arts: http://luboxoffice.com/

Missouri Ballet Theatre: http://www.missouriballettheatre.org/

HOW to WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE MUNY:

If you would like to win 2 tickets to the Muny email us at StLSportsPage@gmail.com and let us know. Your name will be in a drawing to win. Everyone will win some sort of prize just for entering.

Why We Love St. Louis Reason #4 is coming tomorrow.

***If we have missed one of your favorite pieces of the St. Louis arts and entertainment culture, please let us know.

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