Trek to the Country 

No Shat, have a brat

So they've finally gotten to you -- the William Shatner lawyer commercials, that is -- and now you need a break from that infernal television. But where can you hide? Every night upon retiring to your abode, you try to relax with some good music and/or a few reading materials, but the TV's blank screen looks so sad, so empty, that you just have to turn it on. And then there's Shatner's mug again! Agghhh!

One place where there's absolutely no TV is out on the historic Luxenhaus Farm in Marthasville, Missouri (18055 State Highway O). And, as luck would have it, the farm's hosting the annual Deutsch Country Days Living History Weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (October 15 and 16). Head out there and have a look at some historic buildings, sad ironing (we don't know either), a sausage-stuffer exhibit (or three), bone-grinding, bowl-carving, spoon-carving (what's a bowl without a spoon?), silhouette-making, loom-weaving, participatory crafts of all manners -- like dipping candles and "Let's Make Rope!" -- and plenty of food. So whether you want to sling back a couple of homemade root beers or chow down on traditional German fare (such as brats and kraut), the Country Days can make it happen.

Admission to the olde-tyme fest is $6 to $15 (a small price to pay for the distance you'll get to put between yourself and your modern conveniences -- you'll show that Shat who means business!). Call 636-433-5669 or visit for more information and a map. -- Alison Sieloff

Garden Fresh
A new space off Shaw

SAT 10/15

We're always dedicating such random things to people of consequence: street corners, ice cream flavors, post offices. Shouldn't we have memorials that actually reflect upon an aspect of the admired one's life? Luckily, we the people of St. Louis are a little smarter than the average Joe (sorry, Joe). To celebrate the scientist, teacher and native Missourian Dr. George Washington Carver and his contributions to crop-rotation methods and soil improvement, the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard) opens the George Washington Carver Garden. A dedication ceremony for the new garden, located between the Japanese Garden and the Kemper Center, begins at 11 a.m. and features the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of Carver. Access is included with regular garden admission ($1.50 to $7); for more information call 314-577-9400 or visit -- Amy Helms

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