As Cheerleader, educator, strategist, promoter and information clearinghouse, stl250 was created to encourage organizations to incorporate STL’s 250th anniversary celebrations into their own events throughout 2014, which are then included on the organization’s website, stl250.org. The group’s own signature events kick off the yearlong celebration in grand style.
The Burnin’ Love Festival transforms Art Hill into “Heart Hill” for a Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day party with live music, a 25-foot burning heart, fireworks, arts and crafts, warming stations, bonfires, seasonal foods, sweetheart dinners at several Forest Park institutions and 250 couples getting engaged simultaneously— a Guinness world record officiated by Elvis, who then sings, “Burnin’ Love.”
The Biggest Birthday Bash (Feb. 14, 15 and 17) and Ball (Feb. 16) at the Missouri History Museum includes cupcake decorating, birthday hat making, carriage rides, face painting, balloon artists, local performing artists and more.
The Reenactment of St. Louis’ Founding will take place Feb. 15 on Laclede’s Landing with living tableaus and special guests, including the U.S. ambassadors from France and Spain, chief of the Osage Nation and an envoy from Quebec.
Cakeway to the West sweetens the celebration by placing 250 4-foot-tall ornamental birthday cakes around the region, marking places of historical significance, beginning Feb. 15 and remaining through 2014. An augmented reality app will feature information about the cake locations and let visitors check in to eneter a sweepstakes.
Photo credit: Johnny Booker