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What's Happening On St. Louis' Birthday Weekend

Jill McGuire and Kelly McMahn with cakes
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Cakes – lots of cakes – will be distributed throughout the area. Finding the pieces of public art can be a fun family project.

NOTE: Because of the unloving weather on Valentine's Day, the Burning Love Festival will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18. The event will still include vendors, entertainment and the Burnin’ Love 25 foot Heart of Fire.

Burning Love | Feb. 14 | Art Hill

(Yes, there will be tents and warming stations)

4:30 – Family friendly crafts & activities

5:30 – Music includes Erin Bode, Pokey LaFarge and Denise Thimes

7:30 – 250 couples become engaged or renew their love; 25-foot-tall Burnin Love heart is lit

10:15 – fireworks

Find maps and much more at www.stl250.org/burnin-love

Biggest Birthday Bash | Feb. 14-17 | Missouri History Museum

Opening of 250 in 250

The exhibit looks at 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments and 50 objects to provide snapshots of St. Louis. The opening weekend has several special events each day.

Feb. 14

1 – 10 p.m. - Free admission, family activities include the puppet play, “The Tragical Comedie of the French, Spanish, American Ville de Sainte Louis”

Feb. 15

10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Free activities include Horse-drawn carriage rides, hokey pokey movement workshop, music and theater

Feb. 16

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Free programs include descendants of the Blow family discussing their book and the influence the family had on St. Louis.

Feb. 17

10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Free programs include Campbell House director Andrew Hahn talking about St. Louis in the Gilded Age.

More information: http://mohistory.org/node/9478

Historical Reenactment | Feb. 15 | City Hall

10:30 a.m. – Tableaus will honor cultures that contributed to St. Louis. Les Amis will unveil new street signs that have original French names. An encampment will open at the southern leg of the Arch (through 4 p.m.)

Throughout the year, many events will be sponsored by a variety of groups.

One of the first is the "Reflections of Dred Scott and Peter Blow Descendants." John and Ashton Le Bougeios, coauthors of "The Blows of Yesteryear: An American Saga" will be at the Carondelet Historical Society with Lynne and Sherrie Jackson, descendants of the Scott Family. A dramatization, book signing and discussion will start at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the society, 6303 Michigan Ave.

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Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

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