July 2017 Around Town 1

Chesterfield Ranked One of 
Best US Retirement Cities

The city of Chesterfield recently received the highest ranking for the 2017 Best Cities for Seniors to Retire within the United States. The designation is based on analyses of 1,662 U.S. cities and towns by consumer data company GoodCall.

Notable criteria for Chesterfield included the abundance of health care establishments (5 per 1,000 residents); high education rate (69 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher); low crime rate (17.7 per 1,000 residents); and home ownership (more than 77 percent of residents own their homes).

GoodCall research indicates the best places to retire reflect the following trends:

  • Top cities tended to be smaller
  • Top cities typically have many more homeowners
  • Health care costs are lower in top cities
  • The top cities usually are places to which older residents are moving
  • Populous coastal areas tend to be ranked lower

Jazz it up in July

On July 29, the Gateway Jazz Festival will be held at Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive. It will start at 2 p.m., rain or shine. It will feature musicians Najee, Maysa, Nic Coliolinne, Pieces of a Dream, Chieli Minucci, Brian Simpson, Steve Oliver, Julian Vaughn, Steve Cole and Chris Stranding.

This festival is more than an outdoor concert—it’s an event at which to people-watch, eat, drink, mingle, relax, soak in the rays and hear some of the coolest music performed by national recording smooth jazz artists. It’s known as more of a reunion and celebration of friends, family, culture, music and life.

Take chairs or blankets, hats and sunscreen. General admission tickets are $65 each, with VIP seats available for $150 each. VIP package includes hot hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary beverages—wine, beer, soda or water.

Save the Date for New ‘Burbs 
Festival in August

A new festival that mixes music and art will be presented August 4-5 at the Central Park and Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive. Called the ‘Burbs Music and Arts Festival, local stages will be filled with national and regional acts as well as DJs. Advanced tickets are $20 each and $25 at the door. Student specials are available.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch staffers will host a VIP preview night of the ’Burbs, Sip n’ See at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 4 for those 21 years old and older. It will feature a wine tasting from area wineries and local restaurants, live music and a sneak peak of the art installations prior to Saturday’s festival.

On Saturday, the festival will include music genres EDM (electronic dance music), pop/rock, hip-hop, jam and soul. Gates open at 2 p.m.

Dining Sealed 

Have you dined yet in surroundings launched by KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley? Rock & Brews at 17258 Chesterfield Airport Road opened last November, and Simmons returned recently to see the progress.

The Chesterfield location is the first in Missouri, but the 20th location for the chain nationally.

Samantha Callahan, events and marketing manager, says they’ve been steadily booking the patio and private KISS room for all types of celebrations.