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Superheroes, Chess and Comics at the World Chess Hall of Fame!

strange suspense stories-1The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis proudly debuts an interactive new exhibition, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics on Thursday, March 23, with a special public opening reception from 6-8 p.m. This exhibit will be on view through September 17, 2017.

With Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comicsthe WCHOF is delighted to present a family-friendly exhibit geared toward visitors of all ages. This colorful and interactive exhibit is sure to wow even the most seasoned museumgoer.

Visitors will enjoy:

  • Over 200 chess-themed comic books
  • Dressing up like their favorite superheroes
  • Taking a selfie in the photo booth
  • Perusing favorite comics in the reading room
  • Illustrating in a drawing room
  • Playing chess on fun boards featuring Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.

The historic comics collection includes rare editions, such as the earliest chess-related cover, DC Comics’ More Fun Comics 76, released in 1942; and a 1947 DC Action Comics Superman in The Cross Country Chess Crimes. Additionally, objects will be on view for comic and chess aficionados to appreciate, including limited edition, collector comic-inspired chess sets. This novel exhibit is designed to bring out the kid in everyone!

ComicsEventGraphic“We are thrilled to introduce this new exhibit. In Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, the fantastical worlds of superheroes, chess and comics come to life in an interactive and educational way. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator.

All works in this exhibit are from the collection of WCHOF and on loan from Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn. Written contributions are by Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White and Roy Thomas, former Editor in Chief at Marvel Comics.

This year commemorates the fifth anniversary of the WCHOF. The organization has welcomed more than 60,000 visitors since it’s opening. Its widespread acclaim has been complemented by the efforts of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an educational institution that focuses on teaching and promoting the game of chess. The combined efforts of the Saint Louis chess campus led the United States Senate, in 2014, to declare Saint Louis the national capital of chess.

Admission to exhibit is complimentary with a suggested donation of $5.

WCHOF Hours: Monday–Tuesday and Saturdays (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), Wednesdays–Fridays 
(10 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Sundays (noon–5 p.m.)

Proceeds from Q Boutique, the gift store of the WCHOF, support the exhibitions and education programs of the WCHOF.

For more information, please visit the World Chess Hall of Fame online at or call (314) 367-9243(WCHF).

Visit the WCHF social channels: Facebook (@WorldChessHOF), Twitter (@WorldChessHOF), Instagram (@worldchesshof), and YouTube (

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A Great Night at Great Skate

GreatSkate-RDWhat do you do when you’re invited to an adult birthday party at a local skating rink? You say yes, and you go, that’s what you do! That is exactly what my wife and I participated in this past weekend. It was the first I had ever heard of Adult Skate Night at Great Skate in St. Peters. I initially thought my friends had rented out the entire facility for a birthday party for another friend. It wasn’t until we started seeing more social media posts about the night that we finally figured out that this is a new monthly thing. Which is awesome, plus gave us a reason to celebrate a birthday!

My wife and I had not been skating in over a decade. It had to have been over 15 years since I last put on roller blades. I wasn’t sure how well my ankles would hold up but surprisingly they held up pretty well that night. The next day they were a little sore but all in all I think I managed fairly well. So after getting the skates on I was gliding around to the music like it was middle school all over again. My wife though… She wasn’t as confident. She was a little wobbly starting off. It might be because she hadn’t worn skates since she broke her leg as a kid but she managed and did fine as the night progressed.

Saturday-Night-Adult-SkateOn top of skating to some totally 90′s tunes we also had a few drinks. I’m not saying it’s a great idea to drink and skate but I’m also not gonna tell you how to live your life. I had fun is all I can say, and the large amount of people in the drink line probably can back up my claim. So if you’re a drinker, they got you covered.

Entry to the rink was cheap and the drinks were cheap too. So all in all it was a fantastically cheap date night. My wife and I had so much fun and could not stop talking about what a great time we had. This monthly setup is a great idea and I can see us coming back for another ride around the ring. We also talked about bringing the kids during their normal operating hours to get them into skating to some music. I remember going so many times as a kid with my cousin’s and grandma, so I believe my kids would have just as much fun as we did.

That night after we got home we also noticed a new thing on our Facebook apps. Apparently now you can create a little video slideshow of some photos and videos. I put one together from our awesome time skating! I went ahead and grabbed the video I made and shared it below. Check it out!


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The Father / Daughter Dance 2017

16729562_10202915195679085_389682237604390436_nWhen my daughter started kindergarten one thing I was not expecting to be doing this school year was attending a dance. When the notice came in that a Father / Daughter Dance was on the horizon I knew that we were gonna go. I wasn’t sure what to expect, which is a common theme through-out all of this parenting thing.

Mommy was working at her new job so I called up Mammaw to see if she wanted to take Abby dress shopping. She was thrilled to take her and definitely helped Abby make a great decision with her dress. The night of the dance was also the same night of my brother’s rehearsal dinner for his wedding the following day. So Abby and I joined in on the delicious dinner and showed off our dance apparel.

16486997_10209865643172463_7321824428543652511_oAbby’s school was decorated spectacularly. The lights were dimmed and there were banners, streamers, and all sorts of “Under the Sea” types of decorations. When we got to the dance we picked up Abby’s corsage and headed down the hall to the gym where we could get our boogie on the dance floor. On our way down the hall we seen Ariel from The Little Mermaid taking pictures with everyone so we had to get in on that too. After our pictures we made our way to the dance floor.

The bass was thumping the the speakers were pumping. This was like homecoming all over again. Except instead of dancing with my wife-then-girlfriend, I was dancing with my six year old daughter, and she was loving it.

The DJ shook the gym with all sorts of tunes. For the next two hours we sweated to the beat and grooved with our feet. There was also treats for the kids and plenty of photos opportunities. I even ran into several old friends from high school that were there with their own kids. A few of those guys I hadn’t seen in years.

So now that I know what I know now. There will probably be a few more father / daughter dances over the next few years

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Lunch Plans for December 26th?

Kids eating rainbow breadNow that the majority of the presents have been unwrapped and you’re sitting cozy scrolling and swiping through your phone while the kids are playing with their new toys and gadgets why not think about some lunch for tomorrow. Goodcents sent me a message the other day letting me know that on December 26th they are launching a new rainbow bread for kids! And to celebrate they are offering $1 kids’ meals with all proceeds going to No Kid Hungry! This is for one day only so for a creative, fresh new meal head over to Goodcents

Rainbow Bread is a brand new recipe developed by Goodcents, which features brightly-colored blue, green, purple and pink bread in a bun that tastes like its traditional white bread.

The sandwiches come in three options: Turkey and Cheese; Ham and Cheese; and Peanut Butter and Jelly. The meals are served with a choice of apple slices, cookie, or chips and a kid’s drink including milk, juice or a small fountain drink.

“We wanted to create something unique that delivers a fun new experience for kids that makes them smile,” said Scott Ford, president of Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs. “The initial response in our taste testing has been incredible, and we can’t wait to see the response from kids and families throughout all of our restaurants.”


Goodcents is also launching their new Sensible Subs on Monday as well. These are some very tasty subs that are under 500 calories on a new sprouted whole grain bread! There are six subs on the Sensible Subs menu and they all look mighty tasty.

To find the closest Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs near you, visit

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