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St. Louis Art Museum

In three days, I’ve been able to emerge from my shell of my residence hall and venture into the artistic delights of St. Louis.

On Friday, March 6th, on a whim, I was driving back to campus when I suddenly decided I should pop by the St. Louis Art Museum. After all, on Fridays, they are open until 9pm. So, I went, expecting a quiet night of solitude and mindful, artistic contemplation. Nope. It turns out that Friday was the opening of the SLAM’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit, where floral designers around St. Louis emulated different arrangements inspired by the works of art in the museum. So, I did not get a quiet night of solitude and mindful, artistic contemplation. I got a noisy night of joyful interactions with St. Louisans who were willing to engage with me and my mindful contemplations. I was really amazed at how willing others were eager to share their opinions with me. In fact, I made some new friends based on our mutual agreements and well-delivered disagreements. St. Louis has some very artsy people, and many who are willing to support the Arts.

On Saturday night, I joined some old Fonty friends that evening to do some Karaoke at Tom’s Bar and Grill in Central West End. For those over 21, they  have Karaoke there from 9pm – 1am. I go there often, and because it is so popular, I never get a chance to sing. Well, tonight, I was lucky- I impressed the crowd with a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This.” My friends were proud to call me friend that night, let’s just say. But I made a lot of new friends as well, those who complimented me and were wishing for me to sing again. It’s hard to stay humble when you have a reaction like that, but again, people were friendly enough to come up to me and thank me for a solid performance. St. Louis was friendly, encouraging people, people who are willing to support each other, new or old friends.

On Sunday, to my dismay, I discovered that the Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis started at 12pm and NOT 12.30pm. Ooops. So for future reference, those who want to go there for Sunday Mass… it starts at 12pm. The Cathedral was very full when I walked in, and I had to sit at the back. You know if you’ve been there that the Cathedral is HUGE. So I concluded: St. Louis has a lot of Catholics, who are willing to support this beautiful Church, and who are willing to practice their faith and spirituality, without giving latecomers that snide look of “You’re late, go away.”

That evening, I had the unique pleasure of watching “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Fabulous Fox Theatre tonight with one of my dearest friends, Angela. I have always been on the edge with this musical. I’ve performed songs from it in High School, but I never had the urge to watch the musical or the film. However, despite this, I was still very excited to finally watch it. One cannot deny that the opportunity to watch a famous musical is utterly exhilarating. Needless to say, the musical was fantastic, and I have been singing songs from it all evening. It was much more meaningful that I was able to watch it with Angela, too. And the House was packed. all 7600 seats filled. St. Louis has a lot of people who like to watch theatre and musicals; some take it more seriously than others, but they are willing to come out on a Sunday evening and watch a timeless classic.

What am I trying to say? St. Louis just has a lot of great people who recognize the worthiness of the arts, faith, and spirituality. You’re one of them. You’re a part of this community, whether you are from Missouri or not. And that’s something that’s worth staying for. I can only hope I’ll find a similar community after I move following graduation. For now, I can revel in being a part of this vibrant community. You can too!



Welp, I’m back to report on more cool things I found in St. Louis!

First: this past weekend I went to Vintage Vinyl on Delmar for the first time and bought a record. The main reason it was my first time is because until now, I didn’t have an actual record player. But fate has smiled upon me in the form of a turntable in my basement! Technically it belongs to my father, but that’s a minor detail. So basically, Vintage Vinyl is pretty legit. They have not only records, but also new/used CDs as well, and band merchandise. So if you’re into that kinda thing, buy music from a chill local place instead of a mass market retailer! (Cough, Urban Outfitters, cough…not that I don’t occasionally indulge in some UO, but still.)

So what record marked my first purchase? None other than Vampire Weekend’s self-titled first album. Why? Because I’m obsessed with them. Oh, and for the record (HAHAHAHAHA….okay, I’ll see myself out) they are playing at the Pageant in September and I’m sooooo pumped. I’m sure you’ll hear all about it. Anyway.

Oops, how did this get in here?

Second: I also had a chance to glance through the new wing in the St. Louis Art Museum! Like the Zoo, the Art Museum is totally free and always beautiful. From what I could tell from their new wing, it is mainly contemporary art. I did recognize a few pieces from other parts of the museum that had been moved over, but there were definitely some new things. Also, I didn’t have time to go through the entire museum to get a good feel for what else had been moved around. Just means I’ll have to go back! And I don’t mind at all. The Art Museum has always been a dear place for me, and their new modern wing, with its sleek lines and zen feel, is a welcome addition. So all in all, a very pleasant weekend in the city!


My absolute favorite overall place in St. Louis has got to be Forest Park. In terms of things to do, it has so much to offer, beginning with the award-winning St. Louis Zoo, which I might add is one of just a few zoos across the country that are FREE! They have added a lot of exciting things over the past few years, and they keep doing more. You can never go wrong with a trip here. If you are an early bird like I am, attractions that normally cost are free during the first hour the zoo is open. When trying to take advantage of this deal, do remember that  the zoo has a winter and summer schedule so make sure that first hour is really the first hour.

Just up the hill, you have the St. Louis Art Museum — expansion and new things are going on here too! Did I say it was FREE! Special exhibits often have a free day as well. They have family fun Sundays with special tours and hands on craft activities. And guess what, nobody cares if you don’t have any kids. Art Hill is the place to be for sledding in the winter time and in the summer time… movies right on the lawn on a cool screen with the water fountains as a back drop.

The History Museum has story time on Fridays and Saturdays, and usually in the summer, it offers different crafts and special events. On their lawn in the spring, April-May, and fall, August -October, they have FREE music concerts for all!

There is also the Muny, Dwight Davis tennis courts, raquetball courts, playgrounds, the Jewel Box, Steinberg’s ice skating in winter, beach volleyball in summer. There’s fishing, canoeing, walking, running, biking (w/rentals available), golfing, etc. etc.

Of course I can’t mention Forest Park without mentioning the Great Forest Park Balloon race — everybody that happens to pass through here at the right time should go at least once.

There are some things about St. Louis I wish were a little, but I do appreciate what’s offered here.  What makes it a great place for college students and families as well is the fact that if you’re not too particular about doing any one specific thing, you can often find something fun to do for FREE or at least reasonably priced. There’s even a catalog that you can pick up at the Visitors’ Center in Forest Park that has lots of great coupons.

It’s such an easy walk from campus that soon you’ll be singing, “Meet me at the Muny. The Muny in Forest Park!


Hello Everyone,
Are you unfamiliar with the St. Louis area? Wondering where to go for some fun? Well, I am terrible with directions, but I will be happy to name some interesting places to go! Especially with Fontbonne’s location, almost everything is in walking distance or close enough that gas won’t be wasted if you drive the short distance. First, the Delmar Loop is best for walking the sidewalks and finding the most random of things. My favorite is Bubble Tea. It is tiny and does have limited sitting space, but the atmosphere is warm and easygoing. The workers genuinely want you to be happy and actually strike up conversations while you are just standing there. Now Bubble Tea has bubble tea, shocker I know. Bubble Tea is a milk tea that comes in multiple flavors. Most contain Boba, which is a chewy ball at the bottom of the drink. It originates from a cassava root and is sweetened when cooked and put in the tea. I, personally, prefer no Boba, but don’t knock it until you try it! You can get Snows, A.K.A. slushes, and some good food like Lo Mein or Sweet and Sour chicken and rice. Besides Bubble Tea, the Loop has Fritz’s, Froyo, Cheeseology, and much more. Just go on down, take a walk, and see where your feet take you!

Also right by Fontbonne, Forest Park is the next amazing place to go. It has acres upon acres of land to roam for hours. The St. Louis Art Museum is located in Forest Park and is FREE! I have spent more than one occasion lost in the collections of the St. Louis Art Museum. The view right outside the Museum is its own masterpiece. You can refer to it as Art Hill, considering its location! Just imagine a giant hill right in front of you, leading to the edge of an expanse of water, which can be classified as a big pond. People dot the area with their running, walking, and laying out on the soft grass. You can go to the Zoo in Forest Park (another FREE attraction). Plus, the Muny is right inside the park and it’s easy to find show times and prices online. Don’t want a buy a ticket? No problem, the Muny does have free seats, but tickets are reasonable and prepare for those free seats to fill up fast! Once a year, Forest Park holds a Shakespeare Festival that is FREE if you want to experience that. Other things in Forest Park include the Jewel Box, History Museum, the Boat House, and Steinberg’s Ice Rink. Granted not all of them are free, but they are all located conveniently in Forest Park. So, Fontbonne is near some pretty awesome stuff. Use that GPS or good old fashion map and find some FUN!



Friday at the St. Louis Art Museum

by Alumni Posts February 27, 2012

One of the greatest things about St. Louis, in my opinion, is the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM). The museum is free to the public and hosts a great collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures. I go there quite a bit since it is located in Forest Park which is right by Fontbonne! […]

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