August Craft Night

Upcoming Craft Night Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm – Make a Mini Terrarium!


What is their principle, and how are they constructed? There is no mystery about the matter. The principle is, the exclusion from the plants of deleterious influences and agents, the admission and retention of those that are necessary; and the principle is realized in a stoppered bottle, a garden-pot or a saucer covered with a bellglass, or a trough surmounted by a glazed frame-work.

~On Wardian Cases for Plants, and Their Application, 1854

During the Victorian Era terrariums or “Wardian Cases” became very popular.  Many people kept their chosen plants in their homes.  The practice declined over time however, they have made a bit of a come back.  These cases were made from a series of panes of glass framed together with metal.  We will step back in time for a bit and create a Terrarium, the modern counterpart to the Wardian Case.

Instructor: Cindy Van Sluys

Date: Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 7 pm

Cost: Free, but registration is required

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Bastille Day 2014

Sunday July 13, 2014, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Photo by Lori Peterson

Celebrate St Louis’ 250th birthday and our French heritage at the Chatillon DeMenil Mansion’s Bastille Day Celebration. We’ll open the festivities with “The Storming of the DeMenil Mansion” joined by the The Milice de Ste Famille and Ste Anne’s Parish Milice at 2:00 pm. The gates will open at 1:30 pm for guests to arrive and gather at the Mansion’s East Porch for the opening ceremonies.

After a musket volley and a resounding performance of La Marseillaise guests are free to enjoy tours of the Mansion’s beautiful first floor museum rooms, demonstrations by the French Marines of the The Milice de Ste Famille and Ste Anne’s Parish Milice, two period dance performances by Dance Discovery and a ton of other fun outdoor activities!

Food and drink will be available for purchase with seating inside our newly remodeled carriage house and around the outdoor brick patio. Come see the progress we’ve made at our new rental venue The Carriage House at DeMenil!

A free Cherokee Historic District Walking Tour, with Doug Schneider, will begin when Dance Discovery finishes its second dance set at 4:30.  The tour starts at the corner of DeMenil Place and Cherokee Street, lasts about 60 minutes, and takes place rain or shine.

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Check out our Bastille Day photo gallery

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