By Lindsay Toler
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All winter we bundle up and bitch about the temperature. Oh, how we long to free our feet from their wool-and-leather cocoons! Oh, how we wish for the warmth of a summer sunbeam on our fair skin! And when the sizzling season finally comes around, we huddle in the air conditioning, feeling lazy, bored and wasteful of some perfectly good summer days.
But it's not exactly laziness that prevents us from getting out there, is it? No, it's more a lack of imagination and a bit of a been-there-done-that attitude. So consider what follows a checklist that must be completed before the hot sun sets on your summer. Whenever you're feeling uninspired and unplugged, brave the temperatures and tackle one of these can't-miss items on your summer to-do list.
You Need a Hero!
All-Stars All Over
And for details about the former set of all-stars and how you can have a chance to get tickets, visit www.allstargame.com. Plus, there's the Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest Friday through Tuesday (July 10 through 14) at America's Center (701 Convention Plaza); tickets for this interactive baseball extravaganza cost $15 to $30.
You Gotta Eat
Of course, as the temperatures go up in St. Louis — and as the tasty veggies get more plentiful — the grills around town only get hotter. But you don't have to do all of the 'cuing! Keep your eye on the St. Louis Barbecue Society's website (www.stlouisbbqsociety.com) to stay informed about all of the hot grillin' action all summer long.
Then, for those who'd like to feel the heat in an entirely different way, there's the 2009 International Horseradish Festival on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. This spicy good time is held in Woodland Park (Pine Lake and Olivers roads, Collinsville, Illinois), and it celebrates all things horsey, from root-tossing to a horseradish-cooking contest, and from the bloody-mary competition to the annual Horseradish Root Derby. All of the details can be learned by calling 618-344-2884 or visiting www.horseradishfestival.com.
Listen Up, Look Here
Also, Frontyard Features (314-664-4330 or www.fyfstl.com) brings films like The Dark Knight, The Princess Bride and Caddyshack to neighborhoods near you all summer long (through September). These screenings, which begin at dusk, are all free — the only thing you need to bring is a lawn chair.
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