St. Louis celebrated its 250th birthday with one hot event Tuesday, February 18, on Art Hill in Forest Park. The Burnin' Love Festival, rescheduled from a rainy Valentine's Day, featured music by Pokey Lafarge, "Memories of Elvis" starring Steve Davis, the Royal Rhythm & Blues All Stars, fireworks and plenty of local food and drink. Keeping with the "love" theme, 300 couples had registered to become engaged or re-engaged during the festivities. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
The first annual Iron Florist competition, part of the annual Art In Bloom event, was held at the St. Louis Art Museum March 7. The event consisted of three teams, a celebrity & florist paired together in each, that had 40 minutes to put together a floral arrangement interpreting a mystery painting in the Museum’s collection, using the materials given. The three celebrities that took part were Heidi Glaus (of KSDK), Laura Kathleen (of Project Runway), and Aisha Sultan (of STLPD). The three florists that took part were Daniel Whitehurst (of LaSalle Wholesale Florist), Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel (of Wildflowers), and Michael Schrader (floral director for Schnucks). Heidi & Daniel were awarded first place, second runners up were Aisha & Michael, and third runners up were Laura & Rhonda. The judges were Tony Montano (of Buds), Trisha Haislar (of Elegant Celebrations), and Melissa Wolfe (Museum’s curator of American Art). The event was hosted by Keith McDonnell & Dean Riebeling, from Botanicals Design Studio.