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Holiday Happenings: Garden Glow Opens Nov. 17

Experience the Magic of the Missouri Botanical Garden this Holiday Season!

Experience the Magic of the Missouri Botanical Garden this Holiday Season!

Garden Glow installations are dispersed throughout Missouri Botanical Garden for the annual holiday event that runs Nov. 17-Jan.1 nightly. Walking is the primary means of viewing the exhibit.

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The Dining Divas Take a Look Back (and Taste) at St. Louis Food at Circa STL

Lisa Kampeter

Lisa Kampeter

by Lisa Kampeter

I’m probably biased because I’ve lived in the St. Louis area for most of my life, but St. Louis (and, of course, Missouri) has some really great iconic foods of which we can be proud. Take those unique foods and combine them with some classic recipes and St. Louis history, and that’s what you’ll get at Circa STL, a St. Louis-themed restaurant.

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Thank You for Your Service: An Interview with Director Jason Hall

Shu (aka) Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) and Adam’s wife Saskia (Haley Bennett) struggle with his PTSD in "Thank You For Your Service," which opens just in time for Veteran’s Day.

Shu (aka) Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) and Adam’s wife Saskia (Haley Bennett) struggle with his PTSD in “Thank You For Your Service,” which opens just in time for Veteran’s Day.

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Bill Passed That Could Make Florissant a ‘Golf Cart City’?

By Carol Arnett

city of flor logoThe Florissant City Council on Monday night passed a bill that will allow golf carts on certain streets in the city. The bill was introduced by Councilman Joe Eagan.

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Local Tours Shed Light on Alton’s Haunted History

Story and photos By Nichole Richardson

Alton's Haunted Odyssey's Eating with the Entities tours start at My Just Desserts, located at 31 E Broadway.

Alton’s Haunted Odyssey’s Eating with the Entities tours start at My Just Desserts, located at 31 E Broadway.

With just a quick jaunt across the Mississippi River, you can find yourself traveling back in time to the Civil War days, fraught with mystery, intrigue, and violence. It seems the growing limestone river town of Alton, IL.,  has secrets and a dark past lurking around every historic corner. And since 1992, all its little intricacies have been on proud display through Alton’s famous haunted tours.
For a quarter century, this “ghost town” has played host to those looking for a little creepiness in their lives. Beginning with the town’s local psychic, Antoinette, along with Marlene Lewis, Alton’s Haunted Odyssey tours have spanned decades and are now at the helm of self-proclaimed “ghost catcher,” Gary Hawkins.
Hawkins, along with Lewis, and the Alton Convention & Visitors Bureau collaborate to offer several haunted tours to various destinations throughout the city.  I was able to snag two tickets to one of their most popular tours, Eating with the Entities. The tour began at 6 p.m. and lasted until roughly 10:30 p.m. The evening began at the quaint little restaurant My Just Desserts, located at 31 E Broadway, just a few blocks from the riverfront.
The restaurant itself is gorgeously comfy, with an old-time candy bar look, and located inside the infamous Simeon Ryder building. The décor could not have been cuter with all its Mason jars, handmade quilts, and fragrant homemade soaps in fabric bags.
There were no spooky vibes, although the building is known for spirits dragging chairs through the dining room and the basement was once a morgue. Oh, and did I mention the fact that Abe Lincoln was once an attorney holding court there during the mid 1800s?
After a warm welcome from the restaurant’s owner, Ann Badasch, a wonderful dinner of Autumn salad, chicken tetrazini, homemade sweet rolls, and either a Toll House brownie with ice cream or a house-made pecan-pumpkin pie slice was served.

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They’re Back . . .

creep at window

Creep at window! ~~ Pat Lindsey photo.

 

The Monsters of Jefferson Street in Florissant

For the past decade on so, Jefferson Street, just east of Old Town Florissant, is where the creeps, monsters and other characters come out every Halloween season.  This bunch of misfits and monsters have been spotted before at this house on Jefferson, but in a different pecking order. There are always some new creatures added on Jefferson Street.

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