Thursday, June 4, 2009
Celebrating in St. Louis
The family had not been to St. Louis in nine years.
So when looking for a not-so-far-away destination to celebrate Emma’s graduation from high school, we chose Missouri again. Our goals included a ball game and a musical, in the three-day span.
The Cardinals were playing at home – Thursday night versus the Chicago Cubs and Friday and Saturday versus the Kansas City Royals. We decided on the Friday night interleague game versus the Royals.
The musical being performed for the weekend at the historic Fox Theatre was “A Chorus Line.” We chose the Saturday afternoon matinee.
But that’s not all we crammed into this “senior trip.”
En route to St. Louis on Thursday, we made a late lunch stop at the restaurant that’s almost impossible to pass up when going north on I-55 – Lambert’s. The Burlesons, like most any other family, love the “only home of throwed rolls” located in Sikeston, Mo. We often visit the one in Gulf Shores when vacationing on the Alabama coast, too.
We arrived at St. Louis late Thursday afternoon and checked into the Hampton Inn downtown near The Arch. We walked to The Arch, which was closed for the day. It brought back memories of a Fourth of July trip in 2000 with friends from Laurel. We enjoyed a spectacular fireworks show on the grounds of The Arch that year.
Then we went in search of a restaurant which I had located via the Internet – the Broadway Oyster Bar. I was looking forward to the ball game and the musical, but not any more than some oysters on the half shell. It was just a block or two from Busch Stadium. We dined outside on the “covered porch” and the food was great. Pam ordered dessert, bread pudding, and it was perhaps the best we’ve ever put in our mouths.
We all enjoyed it so much that we had to go back late Saturday night on the eve of our return home. Emma and Andy ordered a bucket of crawfish the next time.
Thursday, we enjoyed the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour and got to see the world famous Clydesdales.
That night we arrived at the ball park early in time to get our free Albert Pujols figurines. Our seats were great. A nice breeze was blowing – perfect night for baseball. The Cardinals blanked the Royals 5-0. And the ball park peanuts, hot dogs and nachos were some of the best.
The musical Saturday was good, but what really had us in awe was the Fox Theatre itself. It was originally built as a movie house with opening night on January 31, 1929. One of the crowning features of the theatre is the 12-foot diameter, 2,000-pound chandelier. It is made of gilded pot metal, enhanced by 2,264 pieces of jeweled glass and illuminated by 160 light bulbs.
Saturday night, we walked to Rib America, a Memorial Day weekend festival on Market Street. The featured singer was Bret Michaels (of Poison). We listened to a few songs (including his version of “Sweet Home Alabama”) and then made the long but welcomed walk back to Broadway Oyster Bar.
En route home Sunday we stopped at Kimmswick, a very small town about 25 miles from St. Louis. It features about 20 unique shops. Many of the shops and residents still occupy the original buildings from the period of the town’s founding in 1859.
It was a great trip.
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