Ellisville teen Paige Plaisted, pictured above, will represent the state of Missouri in the National American Miss Pageant in Disneyland. The contest is based on “inner beauty, poise and presentation.” The Meramec Middle School student is headed for Anaheim in November, where she hopes to win the national title—and maybe a Ford Mustang convertible!

insider-bookKudos to local author Judith Hennessey, whose novel First Rodeo is on Redbook magazine’s list of Best New Fall Books. The book is Hennessey’s first novel and part of a grouping called The Spur Series. The St. Louis launch is set for Oct. 8 with a book-signing at Barnes & Noble in Ladue.

insider-charlieOne of our own, photographer Charlie Barnes, has caught the eye of Lucy’s Magazine, which published several of his images on its website as a webitorial.

insider-evan-sadler-phd-mdCongrats to Dr. Evan Sadler, W.U. professor of medicine and director of the Division of Hematology at the medical school, on receiving the Henry M. Stratton Medal for basic Science from the American Society of Hematology. Sadler pioneered the study of blood coagulation factors and was recognized for his body of work over many years.

insider-giorgioSt. Louisans won’t want to miss this year’s Le Marche, the splendiferous holiday gift mart hosted by the Ladue Garden Club. Set for Oct. 19 and 20 at Racquet Club Ladue, it will include 25-plus vendors presenting unique gift items not widely available in brick-and-mortar shops. Entrance to the biennial event is $5, with proceeds supporting the garden club’s education programs and grants. Pictured: Jacket from Gramercy Atelier, one of the featured vendors