I don’t know when digging in the dirt has sounded as good as it does now. Here is some good news from Bowood Farms, 4605 Olive.
Bowood Farm and Holliday are now offering curbside pickup of plant materials Thursdays thru Saturdays from 10:00-3:00. Bowood Farms also offers local delivery. Orders can be placed online at shopbowood.com or shopholliday.com. You can also email your orders to orders@bowoodfarms. Thank you for your continued support!
Café Osage and The Studio are closed until further notice.
It’s that time of year to start planting again and we have just what you need. Click on the categories below to get a full list of what we have available for purchase.
If you would like to place an order please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a full list of plant names and quantities. You can also purchase trees, shrubs, annuals and herbs+ veggies on our website shopbowood.com.
Consuming Kinetics Dance Company (CKDC) is the latest in the mix of businesses that have moved to a stretch of Olive Street from Walton Ave. east to Boyle, an area of the CWE that heretofore might have been considered off the beaten path.
CKDC’s Founder, Executive and Artistic Director Arica Brown, left, and Assistant Artistic Director Ashreale McDowell, right, along with fellow instructors and volunteers, spent 6 weeks renovating the 2000 s.f. corner space in the Lister Building at Olive and Taylor, above. On January 3, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, which had been located in Gaslight Square for the previous 4 years, was back in operation offering classes for youth, ages 3 to 18, and adults, ages 19 to 70.
Arica Brown earned a B.A. in Dance from UMSL and a certificate in Somatic Studies from W.U. Brown founded CKDC in 2009 just after college. She wanted an opportunity to continue choreographing and her friends wanted to keep on dancing. The name Consuming Kinetics Dance Company comes from Brown’s desire to incorporate the word “kinetic, and to have an edgy, limitless feel, to be all consuming.”
Ashreale McDowell discovered dance while attending Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and was awarded a pre-professional scholarship to COCA. From there she earned a B.F.A. in Dance from Webster University. Here are their interesting bios, as well as those of other artists and staff, including 3 who are named the “junior junior company.”
My first exposure to a CKDC youth performance was during last holiday’s CWE Window Walk event. See below:
Since CKDC opened, there’s been a noticeable shot of energy added to the corner of Taylor and Olive when students are dropped off for class in the late afternoon. The photo above shows a teenage hip-hop class taught by Anthony Bady, center front, taken in early January. Other classes on the weekly schedule include Tiny Dancers for ages 3 to 6, Teen and Youth Tap, All Ages Animation and Robotics, and All Ages Musical Theater.
When asked if the students come from a particular school, Brown said they draw from all over. “We focus on diversity and are lucky that our client base is just that. We rarely have more than 2 to 3 students from one school.” She continued, “Families come to CKDC for our unique approach to dance instruction. We raise our students as artists. There isn’t a dress code, and with our mission making dance accessible to all, we don’t require students to purchase dance shoes either. All shoes are provided on site thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.”
CKDC offers more than dance. Parents of young children will be glad to know that next Saturday, February 16, CKDC is hosting a Parents Night Out event, and this summer an Art and Dance Camp from July 15 to August 9. Learn more here.
Also, for the bride and groom anxious to WOW their guests at the reception, CKDC instructors choreograph wedding dances. Information about private lessons here.
Ten days ago, in a hopeful moment that Spring was around the corner, I brought home a trio of “Cardinal” Columbine from Bowood Farms. Since then it’s either been too wet, too cold, or both to put them in the ground. Though you can’t tell from this photo which was taken the day I brought them home, they’re beginning to look like they’ve had enough of the situation too.