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The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery, Kimmswick, Missouri
Imagine a homemade apple pie that is so big it takes 18 apples to fill it, was named after a flood barrier, and has appeared on television twice because of its originality.
This is not a typical pie that can be found in an average grocery store. The Levee High Apple Pie is only one of the many desserts created by The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery in Kimmswick, Missouri.
Between its irresistible charm and inviting menu, The Blue Owl has taken flight since it began more than two decades ago.
City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Although the name suggests otherwise, the City Museum is not a typical museum. It offers a variety of attractions that appeal to a wide range of ages and is helping to breathe new life into the Washington district of St. Louis, Missouri.
Before entering the Museum, visitors gaze up in wonder at the colossal structure before them: the MonstroCity. The MonstroCity is an outdoor playground complete with tunnels, slides, a ball pit and more stacked on top of each other in an intricate design. This work of art is most spectacular when brought to life by the movement and laughter of the people exploring its great heights.
All of the materials used on the MonstroCity come from various buildings around St. Louis that have been welded together. This play haven also boasts two abandoned planes that were damaged in the ’93 flood of the Missouri River and have been incorporated as part of the structure.
The Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis, Missouri
For one month each spring, right around sunset, a stage formed at the bottom of Forest Park’s temporary, bowl-shaped theater fills with elaborately dressed characters, and the noise of the feature production of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis washes over the crowd.
St. Louis resident Brett Wilhelm said he saw the majestic trees of Forest Park blend into “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” six years ago and hasn’t missed a production since.
“I used to go see Shakespeare a lot back when I was in high school and college, so I’ve been to a lot of different productions,” Wilhelm said. “What they do here is on par with what I’ve seen elsewhere, if not better.”
Just off Highway M, near Rutledge, Missouri, the communities of Sandhill Farm and the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage live every day dedicated to the land.
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is home to 30 adults and nine children. The town square is alive with vibrant murals and brightly painted homes with names such as Thistledown, Skyhouse and Ironweed.
Dancing Rabbit only owns two cars and a truck, which are used in cooperation with all members of the ecovillage. The community has developed strong relationships with local organic farmers and neighbors, such as Sandhill Farm, that provide the residents with food. In exchange, they often help during harvest seasons or in other capacities.
It is difficult to say who the official founders of the community are because so many individuals contributed to the ideas, bylaws and concept development for the ecovillage. Starting as the dream of a group of people at Berkeley living in a home called Skyhouse, Dancing Rabbit was established in 1997 when six people moved onto the 280 acres in Rutledge. Two of the original inhabitants still live there.
World Bird Sanctuary, Valley Park, Missouri
Second in popularity only to gardening, birding is one of America’s favorite outdoor hobbies. Located in Valley Park, Missouri, 25 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, the World Bird Sanctuary is a place to support this fascination.
The World Bird Sanctuary cares for birds and a small variety of other animals from the Midwest and around the world.
The Sanctuary is responsible for bringing the peregrine falcon back to Missouri, releasing more than 500 barn owls and educating the 60 to 70 thousand people who visit the facility every year.
Many of the birds currently in the care of the World Bird Sanctuary will be released after propagation or rehabilitation. All of the species in the Sanctuary’s care — ranging from the bald eagle to the domestic rat — total about 350 animals. The project adheres to a strong mission statement: To preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environment.
In 1977, a small group of bird enthusiasts, headed by Walter C. Crawford Jr., formed the Raptor Rehabilitation and Propagation Project. In 1982, Crawford left his job at the St. Louis Zoo and took on the project full time, giving it the name it has today.