Let me introduce you to the main influences on this blog: M., age 6, and S., age 3, two boys who’re always game for a new adventure. I believe there are two types of fans when it comes to entertainment: The first are those who love perfectly choreographed, endlessly rehearsed events showcasing singers, dancers, actors or other artists without a hitch to mar the occasion. Often the audience pays a substantial amount of money to experience this perfection. These sorts of events are wonderful … but they’re usually not very good for kids, whose bywords are “unpredictability” and “spontaneity.” This blog is geared more toward the other half of the entertainment world, those events staged by artists or experts at the top of their game who allow random chance to creep into their performances. You’ll read a lot about outdoor concerts, active play opportunities, sporting events, festivals and the like.
One of the things we love most about St. Louis is how often its professional entertainers open themselves up to inclement weather, noisy kids, sound equipment snafus and other hassles in order to bring their art to those of us who can’t or won’t pay top dollar for it. I feel their gamble enhances the experience — even when they lose, and the concert’s rained out or they wind up playing an acoustic set because a speaker blew — and I hope to reward them in my small way by publicizing their events for a wider audience.
Another reason I write this blog is because I’m a freelance journalist by day, and it’s great fun for me to have a forum where I’m my own editor! I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as our family enjoys bringing them to you.
— Amy De La Hunt