There’s no shortage of summer fun in the St. Louis and
Ballwin area. From cultural celebrations to free concerts, here are just a few
of the exciting festivals you can enjoy this summer.
Blues at the Arch
Lauded as the “Best Way to Celebrate St. Louis” by the
Riverfront Times, this festival brings renowned Blues artists from across the
nation for a series of free concerts in August. Head to the Gateway Arch
National Park on Aug. 9, 16, 23, and 30 to take in some soulful tunes.
The Art Fair at
Admire skilled handiwork and fine craftsmanship at the Art Fair at Queeny Park in Ballwin. Since the event in held indoors at the Greensfelder Recreation Center, it will be held regardless of weather conditions. You can browse the booths and mingle with the artists from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Festival of Nations
At the International Institute’s Festival of Nations, you can enjoy the region’s largest multicultural celebration. Featuring live dance demonstrations, non-stop music, folk art, and more than 40 vendor booths, this festival offers fun for revelers of all ages. Join the festivities from Aug. 24-25.
Come to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis to experience this annual celebration of Japanese culture. You can enjoy a tour of the Japanese garden, arts and crafts, authentic cuisine, and cultural demonstrations. The event runs from Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, starting at 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday.
At ELCO Cadillac, we’re proud to be a part of the Ballwin and St. Louis community.
When it came to lookin’ good in classic American movies, filmmakers knew a surefire way how to do it: shine a spotlight on a cool and classy Cadillac vehicle. Few vehicles have gained as much fame from the movies as Cadillacs, where they have been driven by Hollywood’s greatest actors. Here are some of the most famous Cadillacs featured in movies.
The Big Wheel (1949)
The Big Wheel pays
homage to American auto racing with its main character, Mickey Rooney, gunning
for a career in motorsports. In a movie that heavily features cars, one stands
out in particular — Rooney’s sleek 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe.
Pink Cadillac (1989)
The Big Wheel is
not the only film to feature a Series 62 convertible. Pink Cadillac refers to the same model. In this film, Clint
Eastwood — as a bounty hunter — pursues a woman on the run in her husband’s
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
In Driving Miss Daisy,
one of Daisy’s cars is a white 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special.
This comedy involves the titular group employing a 1959
Cadillac ambulance to travel to all their ghostbusting endeavors.
Feel like a celebrity yourself when you stop in at ELCO Cadillac for a test-drive.
Autumn is right around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time for a fall road trip. Missouri has many great routes for those who want to appreciate the natural beauty this state has to offer. You can take a tour of wine country, watch the leaves change, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air as you drive.
The Lake of the Ozarks Loop is one of the best scenic drives in the fall, according to Missouri Howell. Covering 130 miles, you will go past the hills of the Osage River Valley and the scenic Lake of the Ozarks. There are several state parks and conservation areas along the way, including smaller roads off the beaten path for those who want to go on an adventure.
Next, take a tour of wine country. While Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the best-known spots in the US for wine, Missouri has a lot to offer in terms of vino buono—“the good wine.” You can take a 125-mile tour of places just outside St. Louis and as far as Hermann. There are several wineries in the area, but be sure to take a designated driver along if you plan on drinking. If you prefer beer, check out the Hermann Oktoberfest.
The St. Francois Loop is perfect for those who want a romantic getaway. Covering 70 miles of mountainous scenery and striking colors, the beautiful regions includes Johnson’s Shut-Ins and the Mark Twain National Forest.
If you want a great vehicle to take on a fall road trip in Missouri, check out our selection of new and used vehicles at ELCO Cadillac.
Few brands have captured the American imagination quite like Cadillac. From film to literature, Cadillac vehicles have appeared in high places — and sometimes low ones — across the country’s cultural history. It might be in the rich world of country music that the Cadillac shines brightest.
We’re all big fans of both good ol’ Americana country and a classic Cadillac here at ELCO Cadillac, so here’s our three favorite country songs inspired by Cadillac vehicles:
“The Ride” by David Allen Coe
Mr. Coe is “thumbing from Montgomery” when a stranger picks him up in an “antique Cadillac,” and the rest is country music history. From its deep, Southern riffs to its old-fashioned country-gothic lyrics, American music doesn’t get much better than “The Ride.”
“One Piece at a Time” by Johnny Cash
What list of Americana music would be complete without an entry from the one-and-only Johnny Cash? In this beloved hit, he pines for a “long and black” Cadillac of his own so deeply that he sneaks the car out of the factory in which he works, you guessed it, “one piece at a time.”
“Cadillac Red” by The Judds
Ladies, if you’re “full of high octane,” this one is for you. The Judds’ song is an homage to a mysterious and powerful red-haired woman, lovingly called “Cadillac Red,” and her adventures with her female comrades behind the wheel of a Cadillac of her very own.
If you also love these songs and find that their longing for a Cadillac calls out to you, visit us at ELCO Cadillac and take a look at our showroom