Can’t wait for Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7)

September 3, 2009

Three more quick tips for the weekend:

1) The Columbus ships Nina and Pinta — well, replicas of them, anyway — are docked in Grafton for self-guided tours. You may have read already how much I love the rivershore in Grafton, so I’ll skip that, but this sounds like a neat chance to see an old vessel. They’ll be there until Sunday (Sept. 6) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adults $7, students $5, kids under 4 free.

2) We drove by Shakespeare Glen on Art Hill the other day and wondered at the strange geometric-shaped stages being constructed there. Now we know: “Prodigal,” an art experience of music, light and dance, runs Friday and Saturday (Sept. 5 and 6) and again next weekend (Sept. 10-12) at 8:30 p.m. It’s put on by AnnonyArts, a fantastically creative performance and education organization. Admission is free, and there’s more info online here.

3) Back in my days at Sauce magazine, I had the pleasure of helping fact-check the work of local pastry chef Julia Usher, who happens to be a great writer — so great she was a James Beard finalist.  Now she has a cookie cookbook out, and on Saturday (Sept. 5) at Pudd’nhead Books in Webster Groves from 1 to 3 p.m., you and the kids can sample some of her cookies and do some decorating — and get the Cookie Swap cookbook for about $20 too.


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