Twilight Tuesdays are back again (Sept. 15-Oct. 6)

September 9, 2009

Yesterday evening we’d planned to be at the Missouri History Museum’s Twilight Tuesdays kick-off concert for the fall season … and I’d planned to blog about it earlier in the day. But instead, I was dealing with the aftermath of a scary asthma-type breathing episode with my 3-year-old. He’s fine today, happily, and I think he might have even been OK for the concert, but I was a wreck.

So we’ll have to settle for the four remaining concerts of the series — Sept. 15 with Dr. Zhivegas, Sept. 22 with Legacy Jazz Quintet, Sept. 29 with the Fabulous Motown Revue and Oct. 6 with Boogie Chyld — all of which should be great shows. If you haven’t been to one of these, my tips are as follows: Plan to park in the lot near the Forest Park visitor’s center or along the street southwest of the museum (unless, like us, you arrive extra-early at 5 p.m. so the kids can run wild in the playground for an hour before the show — at that time, there are usually still spots in the museum’s lots). Seats with a good view of the stage start filling up about half an hour before the concert’s 6:30 p.m. start, but many families and groups prefer to be back a ways, which gives them more room to spread out. My boys like to see the instruments and lights, however, so we’re usually off to either side of the curved walkways on the museum’s north face. There are no restrictions on food or beverages, and we usually do a nice picnic. But food and beverages are available from Patty Long Catering. If the concert is threatened with rain, they’ll make the call of whether to go on or not at 3 p.m. and make it available at 800.916.8212.

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