In anticipation of my upcoming birthday and because I recently moved to a different city, I decided to make a list of things I want to do/see/experience/photograph during my first year in the 'burbs of St. Louis. So, here it is...out there for you to see and for me to commit to. (I'm kind of anti-commitment, so this is a big deal for me.) Because I'm all about challenges and competition, (even between my personalities) I'm giving myself a one-year time frame. Here it is, 29 things to do before I turn 29 (+4).
1. The Gateway Arch - obviously this one is a no-brainer. It's a St. Louis staple...and now that it's open it will be a whole lot easier.
2. The St. Louis Zoo - It's free, has lots of animals, and supposed to be really good.
3. Forest Park - The zoo is inside the park. Should be able to get both in the same day!
4. Scott Joplin House - Does this one even need a reason?
5. Grant's Farm - I drive by this place every time I pick up the students from school. It looks very intriguing. (I have to admit that I got a jump on my list last week and will write a post about this one soon!)
6. Missouri Botanical Gardens - My love of photographing flowers is fickle. It really depends on my mood. I'll have to time this one just right.
7. Soulard Farmers' Market - It's the oldest market West of the Mississippi River. Who doesn't love a good farmers' market?
8. Wasabi - A Japanese restaurant that sounds amazing! As a lover of sushi, and especially wasabi, could there be a better restaurant for me to try. If anyone wants to visit and try it out with me, I'm game.
9. A Cardinal's game - They were pretty hot this season...until they biffed it in the World Series. I think I'll wait until next season...when ticket prices are reasonable again.
10. Hermanoff Winery - If the wine isn't enough to intrigue me, certainly the German/Bavarian style guest-houses and cellars should do it.
11. Lone Elk Park - I wonder why it's called the "Lone Elk Park". I'll do some research and fill you in. :)
12. Laumeier Sculpture Park - Has lots of contemporary outdoor sculptures. Should be entertaining.
13. Omnimax Theather and Planetarium - I always loved going to the planetarium when I was in grade school. This one has the omnimax theater with a variety of films shown.
14. Fox Theater - One of the largest Broadway houses in the country...it actually started out as a movie theater!
15. Sheldon Art Galleries - Known for mixed-media art. I'm especially intrigued by the photography combined with found objects.
16. Sheldon Concert Hall - My guidebook claims that it has perfect acoustics and inexpensive tickets...sounds like a winner.
17. St. Louis Science Center - The geek/child in me really wants to see this. :)
18. Cathedral Basilica - I'm looking forward to seeing the 83,000 square foot ceiling. Or the 41.5 million pieces of glass in the dome mosaic. Can't decide.
19. Powell Symphony Hall - It used to be a vaudeville hall and movie palace. Now, it's the home of the St. Louis Symphony.
20. Montelle Winery - Again...do you really need a reason to visit a winery? This one boasts some great scenery, too! Might have to wait for the spring to get this one in.
21. Lemp Mansion - A 33-room mansion of a millionaire beer maker.
22. Anheuser-Busch Brewery - I went to the one in Denver and assume that this one will probably be very similar...except Denver didn't have the Clydesdale horses when we were there. I hope to also see the little dalmatian dog. Everyone forgets about him. Oh yeah, I'll probably drink some beer while I'm there...maybe they'll card me. :)
23. Contemporary Art Museum - Includes art from international artists and also local artists.
24. St. Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival - This comes only in the spring so I'll have to wait for my seats-on-th-lawn-free-refreshments-jazz-music-fix.
25. Tivoli Theater - The Tivoli Theater does foreign and independent films. This is a little out of my comfort zone, so this should be interesting.
26. Opera Theater - Although I'm not sure much can compare to the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, it's always fun to see new theaters.
27. St. Louis Symphony Orchestra - I'll be able to tackle this one along with number 19. Maybe it's cheating to list it separately. Maybe not.
28. World Bird Sanctuary - This one is connected to the Lone Elk Park. Again, might be considered cheating... Click here to learn more.
29. Moolah Theater and Lounge - This one sounds so fun to me! It has a giant screen, leather couches, and a bar that serves movie themed beverages. I wonder how the "Lord Voldemort Mojito" is different from a regular mojito...
For each one I plan to document it with photos and share my experience with you. Hopefully this will be as entertaining for you as it will be enjoyable for me. Wish me luck. I have a lot of moments waiting to be captured.