April 2013

St. Louis Carousel - history in motion!

I am a sucker for history and preservations stories. The St. Louis Carousel qualifies as both. Located in Faust Park in Chesterfield, Missouri, the St. Louis Carousel is open for business. The carousel has more than 60 hand-carved horses and deer and was built in 1920 by the Dentzel Company of Philadelphia. The Dentzel Carousel […]

The Butterfly House, a place of beauty

In all my trips to St. Louis, until this past week I had never stopped at the Butterfly House. If I had known what beauty I would see, I would have been there before. Besides information about Assassin bugs, hissing cockroaches and creepy crawlers that little boys will clamor for, there is also the amazing […]

A visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden

You know spring is really here when you can see it in the blooming flowers. What better place to see flowers in bloom than the Missouri Botanical Gardens? Set on 79 acre, the garden that was founded in 1859 is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. The garden was founded by Henry Shaw, […]

St. Louis Zoo - Feeding of the Penguins

My visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago was wonderful, but one thing was missing. They have closed the penguin exhibits so I didn’t get my penguin fix. This past week though I headed south to the St. Louis Zoo and arrived just in time to see the penguins and puffins being fed. Swerving […]

Belleville Illinois Fleamarket

Looking for a blast from the past? Check out the fleamarket at the Belleville, Illinois fairgrounds. This weekend event brings in around 200-400 vendors that offer a variety of items for sale from jewelry to fudge to items like the wringer wash machine offered by Northwest Trading Posts. My husband and I just wanted a […]

Fun at the Lincoln Park Zoo!

On a recent visit to Chicago along with my friend Linda we visited the Lincoln Park Zoo. It was surreal viewing the farm portion of the zoo with barns in the forefront and sky scrapers in the background. The visit was on a clear April day and as a grandma I was eyeing the exhibits […]

High Tea, an enjoyable English Tradition!

What could be finer than High Tea at the Drake Hotel? This was on my wish list for years and finally this past weekend I met up with my Chicago friend Linda Spanberger and we indulged ourselves in the splendor of this beautiful ritual. The Drake Hotel located at 140 East Walton Place was founded […]

Penfield Illinois, Planning for antique tractor shows - Picture by Keith Ladage

Do you get out your calendar and start to mark it up with the antique tractor shows you plan to attend this summer? If so, you are like us, we have our favorites that we attend each year like Historic Days at Penfield, Illinois. This year the event will take place July 11- 14th at […]

Clare's Family Restaurant, a fun find

My mom, Lora Disque pictured in front of Clare’s restaurant wanted to go to Decatur for an event. The event was a bust so we decided to go to breakfast. Whipping out the ever ready Garmen we came up with Clare’s Family Restaurant. The parking lot was so crowded you could hardly find a place. […]

Mark your calendars, the Spring

Spring is officially here when the Macoupin County Historical Society Spring Festival arrives. Mark your calendars to come to this great event in Carlinville, Illinois. Tour the Anderson Mansion, check out the antique tractors and toys and all the great vendors. This is an annual event that is a family thing for us. While I […]