Category Archives: Recollections

Another Red October in The Lou

In October, when the fountain flows red in Kiener Plaza it means one thing – the Cardinals have made it into the play-offs. And as baseball’s post-season arrives in The Lou anticipation swells for a pennant race. Organized in 1882 … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary and Criticism, Happenings, History, Icons, Recollections, St. Louis, St. Louis Cardinals | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cruisin’ at Drewes’ in The Lou

This past week-end the wheel of the year turned in St. Louis, edging a little closer to the autumnal equinox and ushering in the most perfect week of summer thus far – with warm, breezy afternoons and deliciously cool evenings. … Continue reading

Posted in Happenings, History, Icons, Recollections, St. Louis | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The Lou’s Starry, Musical Nights

Last Wednesday night’s Whitaker Music Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden was the most recent in The Lou’s long history of large-scale, open-air, summer-musical events – many of which originate in 19th century band concerts in the city’s parks. The … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Architecture, Commentary and Criticism, Happenings, History, Recollections, St. Louis, The Missouri Botanical Garden | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Lou’s Phantasmagorical City Museum

The largest and most innovative play space in St. Louis is contained within and attached to a ten-story warehouse which had outlived its original purpose and seemed doomed, because of its cumbersome size, to be leveled for city parking. That … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Architecture, Commentary and Criticism, Recollections, St. Louis, The City Museum St. Louis | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Songs Our Dads and Grandads Sang

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches the St. Louis Irish prepare to celebrate roots that run deep within us. Roots that bind us to everything from castle ruins to the green, green fields of Erin. We tune the harps, limber up … Continue reading

Posted in History, Irish, Recollections, St. Louis | Tagged , , , , , , | 32 Comments

The Grove in The Lou

Wonderful things are happening in a wedge of the city called “The Grove,” from the innocent sorcery of Mississippi soul food at Sweetie Pie’s to the sizzling flavors of the Baja Peninsula and bands playing at Atomic Cowboy to the … Continue reading

Posted in Happenings, History, Neighborhoods, Recollections, St. Louis, The Grove/Forest Park Southeast | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

New Year’s Eve to Mardi Gras in St. Louis History

The French and Creoles of St. Louis filled the wintertime with celebrations! Many St. Louisans – merchants, trappers, voyageurs, involved in the fur trade – were away for months at a time and the villagers made the most of the … Continue reading

Posted in Colonial St. Louis, History, Recollections, St. Louis | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Old Newsboys Day St. Louis and Fr. Peter Dunne

Here in St. Louis the golds and flames of October have all but given way to the russets and coppers of November. Autumn turns her back on winter and our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving and those less fortunate than ourselves. The sun … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Architecture, Commentary and Criticism, History, Recollections, St. Louis | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 82 Comments

Halloween Reflections STL

This was one of the most beautiful Halloween weekends in my memory. It began with a great class of  junior high students from St. Clare School in St. Clare, Illinois joining me for a Haunting St. Louis History Tour – … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Architecture, Halloween, Happenings, Hauntings, History, Neighborhoods, Recollections, School Tours, St. Louis | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

C.W.E. – North

No street in St. Louis better exemplifies the adage that “money can’t buy happiness” than Hortense Place, which runs between Euclid Ave. and Kingshighway Blvd. in the Central West End. Developed by cotton magnate and banker, Jacob Goldman, who was … Continue reading

Posted in History, Neighborhoods, Recollections, St. Louis | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments