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If you still think that Maplewood is so named because its streets are flooded with maple syrup, you are sorely mistaken (where have you been?). But what is happening in this inner-ring municipality on the evenings of the third Thursdays of September, October and November is almost as sweet. Beginning at 6 p.m. during these special nights, the city of Maplewood encourages you to participate in the Autumn Romps, which are free, self-guided tours of this nabe’s offerings along Manchester Road, Sutton Boulevard and Greenwood Boulevard. Grab a bite to eat at Boogaloo, catch some vapors at the Grateful Inn, and shop around at the various boutiques. Then, check out some artworks, stop in at the brand-new piano bar, the Jive & Wail, and bowl a game at the second-floor Saratoga Lanes -- fun times! For more information on Maplewood, how it got its name (for real) and its Romps, call 314-646-3600 or visit www.cityofmaplewood.com.
Third Thursday of every month. Starts: Sept. 20. Continues through Nov. 15, 2007

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