St. Louis booklet lists sites of interest...


St. Louis booklet lists sites of interest to African-Americans

Anew guide published by the St. Louis Public Library lists 46 sites that illustrate the role of African-Americans in the history of St. Louis. Among them are the Scott Joplin House, where the composer lived in 1900; the Old Courthouse, where Dred Scott's first two trials were held, beginning in 1847; Sumner High School, the first school west of the Mississippi for blacks, established in 1875 (among graduates are Arthur Ashe and Tina Turner); and Clamorgan Alley in Laclede's Landing. That street is named for Jacques Clamorgan, a West Indian who followed the fur trade to St. Louis in 1780.

The free booklet is available from the St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, Mo. 63103, (314) 241-2288. A 14-page listing of sites and events of interest to African-Americans is available from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau, 10 S. Broadway, St. Louis, Mo. 63102, (800) 888-3861. Bungee-jumping comes to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls this month, and not everyone in the honeymoon destination is cooing about it. The zoning board in Niagara Falls, Ontario, approved a 12-story bungee crane for the tourist season, May to September, at Maple Leaf Village near Rainbow Bridge. Horizon Adventures Inc. expects more than 10,000 people to leap while attached to the elastic bungee cords in the first season. Aweekend in Aspen with noted international chefs, wine experts and restaurant critics is the draw of the 10th annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic June 19-21 in the Colorado Rockies resort.

Scheduled to appear are chef Jeremiah Tower and cookbook authors Giuliano Bugialli and Paula Wolfert. Others include Patricia Wells, one of France's leading restaurant critics, and wine authority Robert M. Parker Jr.

Several tastings are planned with winemakers who produced the wines.

The $325 fee includes admittance to wine tastings, panel discussions, seminars and cooking demonstrations. Lodging packages, which include three nights' lodging and registration fee, start at $442 (a person, double occupancy).

For more details call (800) 262-7736, Ext. 300. The Chesapeake Bay's small waterways are a delight throughout the year and for many an addicting experience.

Anne Arundel County resident John Page Williams has taken his experience as a fisherman and educational director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and written, "Exploring the Chesapeake in Small Boats" (Tidewater Publishers, $12.95), a guide to the bay and its tributaries.

The easy-to-read book offers information on water safety, boat selection, seamanship and physical descriptions of each water course.

Beware of scam

Beware of any mail offerings that promise travel agent perks and discounts. That's the word from the American Society of Travel Agents.

ASTA notes these "slick and attractive" promotions promise a travel agent ID or status as an outside sales agent for a hefty fee. This latest travel scam only leaves the holder empty-handed when they go to cash in on the deal, says Phillip Davidoff, ASTA president.

Anyone who receives these promotions should contact the state attorney general's office.

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