I also live in Jefferson County, actually the Fenton part of Jefferson County.
ICES is a cake decorating, sugar art international group that meets all over the US and other countries. It is a group of ladies like us that love to show our work and there are many ways of learning at these meetings. This meeting is 9/25 at the Viking at Lindbergh and Watson. If you have the time, it is worth it and you can meet lots of wonderful people and share ideas. It is similar to this forum. Many of these people belong to ICES. If you would like to go with me, we could meet there if it would make you more comfortable.