Bowl Like an Egyptian

Or just see how they bowled

Back in Ms. Day's, ahem, day, she wasn't forced to walk to school uphill both ways (she's not that old!). But she's just old enough that her childhood bowling experiences pre-dated the invention of those new fangled bumpers. What a joke these kids of today are! Bowling over 100 as a four-year-old should be illegal. How are kids going to learn about the disappointment of gutter balls and the true skill of bowling? In a decade or two, are we going to have twenty-somethings bowling with bumpers as they're drinking pitchers of the ironic beer of the day? Now's the time to stop this nonsense! Take these bumper-bowling babies to the entrance of Tenpin Alley at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (111 Stadium Plaza; 314-231-6340 or www.bowlingmuseum.com) to check out its newish photo ex-hibit, which showcases the world's oldest bowling alley. If you think Ms. Day's bowling youth was a difficult one, just imagine how hard the sport was back in the day of the Egyptians living in 300 A.D., especially since the old-school game involved blocking. And today's kids think gutters make the game too difficult! The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission costs $6 to $7.50 (a small price to pay to make yourself feel old -- and wise). -- Alison Sieloff

Markt Outside

When the Cherokee Antique District gives away 
cookies to shoppers, everyone comes out of the 
woodwork.
Mark Poutenis
When the Cherokee Antique District gives away cookies to shoppers, everyone comes out of the woodwork.

Chestnuts in your belly

SAT 12/4

We at Night & Day Global Industries can't get enough of the roasted chestnuts. But when our boss caught us building office trash-can fires -- well, let's just say they went over about as well as when Mr. Night tried to institute No-Pants Friday. Our good cheer is restored at the fourth annual Wintermarkt Fair (in Greg Freeman Park, Kingsbury and Des Peres avenues; call 314-862-5122 for information), where local artisans sell handmade gifts and delicious holiday treats (including our beloved roasted chestnuts). Wintermarkt is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with $5 horse-drawn-carriage rides offered between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy live music and kids' activities throughout the day, and feel the double happiness of finding perfect presents and supporting local artists. -- Brooke Foster

Winter Warm-Up

From the inside out

SAT 12/4

There's a chill in the air. You've been trying to keep warm by drinking endless cups of java, huddling under your electric blanket on the sofa and watching the Weather Channel for glimpses of balmy Caribbean evenings. Why can't you be in a tropical locale, wearing next to nothing while sipping ice-cold fruity concoctions? Take off the union suit, we've got a better way to warm you up: the Sheldon Art Galleries' Second Annual Winter Warming, held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Sheldon's Louis Spiering Room (3648 Washington Boulevard). This fundraiser offers wine sampling and sales, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Ah, the color is coming back to your cheeks already! Plus, you'll feel all toasty inside, knowing you're helping support the exhibitions and educational programs of the Sheldon Art Galleries. Tickets are $35 and available through MetroTix (314-534-1111) or at www.sheldonconcerthall.org. For more information call 314-533-9900. -- Amy Helms

Just Desserts

How is it fair that Santa gets all the free cookies when you're schlepping presents all around town too? The antique shops on Cherokee Street (between South Jefferson Avenue and South Broadway; 314-772-9177 or www.cherokeeantiquerow.com) want to correct this horrible injustice with live music and free cookies for all visitors to the 21st annual Cookie Spree. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (December 4 and 5). That's right: two days of cookies. -- Alison Sieloff

 
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