Warring for the Weekend

World War II, relived

For the life of us, we simply cannot figure out why on earth war re-enactors exist. War is hell, right? Why relive it then? Well, the U.S. Second Ranger Infantry Battalion, Inc., a nonprofit historical preservation outfit based in St. Louis, wants "to provide our audience a view of how their fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers or great-great grandfathers might have lived while in the service of this great nation" (according to the group's Web site). Makes sense: With World War II vets dying in great numbers each day, their stories about rations and war could die right along with them. Yet, somewhat unfortunately, D rations can survive (visit www.2ndrangers.org for a ration recipe, yuk!) -- and more important, the vets' war experiences can live on through tributes like the Second Ranger Battalion's free World War II Weekend, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (April 23 and 24) at Jefferson Barracks County Park (533 Grant Road; 314-544-5714). Uniform and equipment demonstrations run throughout the weekend, but you should probably be at the park to see one of the three staged battles (at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday) -- if you weren't already thankful for the vets before these firefights, we bet you will be afterward. And if your little ones are inspired by the Battalion, take them by the park's Powder Magazine Museum from noon to 4 p.m. on either day. There, they can try on a variety of military uniforms for free. -- Alison Sieloff

Batter Up
Watch the Wiffle

SAT 4/23

As a simple marvel of physics, the Wiffle ball surely ranks with the lever and the inclined plane. The ball's holes make it swoop and dip like a thing possessed, turning any beer-bellied backyard hurler into the next Carl Hubbell. Like the helmeted Luke Skywalker flailing around with his lightsaber, players in the 2005 Spring WiffleTour.com Wiffle Ball Tournament, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lower Buder Park (north of I-44 and east of Highway 141 in Fenton), will attempt to master the flutterings of the white plastic orb for fun, glory and trophies. Registration for teams is closed, but spectators are welcome. The organizers are also planning a May tournament in St. Charles; see www.wiffletour.com or call 314-392-3786 for more. -- Jason Toon

Miso's Got Sauce
And a tent and a couple of DJs, too

TUES 4/26

OK, so we hate to even mention this band name in these pages for fear of provoking Mr. Night's hesher rage, but up until now G. Love & Special Sauce was the only entity we knew about that celebrated sauces. But this week, there's a different kind of sauce celebration going on at Miso on Meramec (16 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton; 314-863-7888 or www.misolounge.com). Head to the pan-Asian restaurant/lounge after work for the unveiling of four "elemental" sauces during the "Miso Is ALIVE" party. These dips -- dubbed Earth, Air, Water and Fire -- must be something else, because they are being introduced to St. Louisans with all the fanfare of a VIP tent (in the parking lot near Miso), DJ Scott McMurray, ALIVE Magazine cover models and other local celebs. This rain-or-shine outdoor party, which features free apps and drinks, runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.....but the fun ain't over then: Head inside for DJ Gary Mac and other saucy specials until 1 a.m. -- Alison Sieloff

Apartment Living

Apartment dwellers, rejoice! After being ignored by all those fancy house tours, leave it to the Maplewood Show Home and Gardens Tour to finally include how the other half lives. Sure, you can see a swanky home and some flashy gardens on the tour (Saturday and Sunday, April 23 through May 8), but the show-stopper is the apartment above Minion's Café (7322 Manchester Boulevard, Maplewood). Tickets are $12 to $15 and available through www.blacktie-stlouis.com. -- Paul Friswold

 
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