The Birds & The Bees Visit Ste. Genevieve

Spring Events Begin With Earth Day

Spring is here and Ste. Genevieve is ready with an array of events beginning Saturday, April 23 and concluding Sunday, May 22.

The first events celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 4pm and are free of charge. The Bolduc Properties will begin their herb sale, the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center will have recycled items available for kids of all ages to build bird houses and the Main Street Group will hold its annual Spring yard sale on North Main Street. The bird house and bird feeder contest entries will be accepted at the Welcome Center beginning Saturday, April 23 through Thursday, May 12 at 5pm. Prizes will be awarded to the top three bird house adult entries, the top three bird house children 14 and younger entries, top three bird feeders and a prize for Best of Show.

The next Spring celebration is the City of Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk. Visit for a weekend of gardens, plant sales, and activities in historic Ste. Genevieve, MO, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 10am to 4pm. Cost for the event is $7 per person or $6 per person for groups of five or more. Visitors may purchase their tickets at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center located at Market and Main on both event days. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and old-world charm of historic Ste. Genevieve via horse-drawn wagon or a leisurely stroll through the historic downtown district.
Local restaurants will feature garden-inspired specials to satisfy your hunger cravings and our farmers market will open on Saturday, May 14 from 7am-noon featuring locally grown produce, baked items, jams, jellies, pickles and preserved fruits and vegetables. In addition, Ste. Genevieve’s antique shops, local merchants and the Walk’s Garden Market will highlight items to make your garden special.

In addition to the Garden Walk there will also be a fundraiser held at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, May 14th to support the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. Meet the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, St. Louis Blues Louie the Bear, and St. Louis Cardinal’s Fredbird. This event will offer a variety of children- related activities, horseshoe tournaments, a tractor parade and Ste. Genevieve-style fried chicken dinner.

Finally, Audubon Days will be celebrated in Ste. Genevieve May 20th- 22nd. View a collection of Audubon life sized prints and meet Al Agnew, nature’s current-day artist and conservationist. Enjoy storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis depicting Audubon and speaker Dr. Roswell Eldridge relate details of the “Audubon in love; Audubon in Business.” Walk where Audubon walked and tour some of the homes and buildings that still stand over 200 year later. Some portraits will be for sale. Come and see what the birds and the bees have to offer in Ste. Genevieve.

Ste. Genevieve is located one hour south of St. Louis off I-55 at Exit 150 on Highway 32. In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Ste. Genevieve one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. In addition to a number of festivals, the historic district features specialty and antique shops, art galleries, wineries, unique dining and charming bed & breakfasts.
For more information please contact the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at (800) 373-7007 or visit www.visitstegen.com. For more information about the 2011 Ste. Genevieve Spring Garden Walk visit the Extension Office website at http://extension.missouri.edu/stegenevieve, call 573-883-7097 or email gardenwalk@historicstegen.org.

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