Another busy weekend ahead (Oct. 4)

September 30, 2008

I had every intention of cramming last weekend as full of blog-worthy activities as I possibly could … but S. came down with a very high fever, which was sort of scary because he was already on antibiotics due to a sinus infection and had no other symptoms other than a temperature of 102F and 103F for about 36 hours.  And then it vanished, and he was fine.  So we did go pick apples on Sunday, as planned — we went to Broom Orchard in Carlinville, as we always do, but I also heard good reports on the pickin’ Sunday at Eckert’s and at Brauetigam Orchards.  (If you missed my post on orchards in southern Illinois, check out this link.)

So now I’ve got half a bushel of apples crammed into my fridge.  It doesn’t seem like much in the middle of the orchard, but trust me, that $16 bag will suddenly contain A LOT of apples once you get it home!

For better or worse, this coming weekend gives me a chance to over-schedule the family once again, as it’s filled to bursting with great activities.  Here’s a short list:

  1. Chalk Art in Benton Park, Saturday (Oct. 4) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The fee to pre-register is $20 for adults and $1 for kids; the purse for the top three artists is a total of $400.  It’s free to walk along the sidewalks and have your own Mary Poppins moments.  And be sure to check out Benton Park’s new playground!!!  Kudos to the Benton Park Playgroup and everyone else who contributed time and ideas (and especially funds!) to getting the wonderful new equipment.  In the past two weeks I’ve run into more acquaintances and friends there than I had in the previous four years, so in the sense of bringing the neighborhood together it’s a complete success.
  2. The St. Louis Route 66 Festival, Saturday (Oct. 4) on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  I love the bridge anytime, but seeing it decked out with classic cars, motorcycles, art, food and musicians will be an absolute treat.  There’s also a sock hop in the evening and a “walk-in” movie after the sun goes down.  Showing “American Graffiti,” which is utterly appropriate.  There’s no fee for the public, and my tip for timing your visit is for noon to 1 p.m. to hear Gene Dobbs Bradford and The Blues Inquisition or 3 to 4 p.m. to hear Kim Massie.
  3. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Kids ArtStart holds its first workshop of the season on Saturday (Oct. 4) at 10 a.m.  As usual, The Rep itself is the featured arts organization for the innaugural event, although other groups and genres will be featured at the monthly workshops between now and April. Admission is free, and the whole family is welcome to attend.

And that’s only Saturday!!!  Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you some ideas for Sunday.

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