Saturday, September 20, 2014
TODAY, September 20, is so chock-full of happenings that it would be impossible for anyone anywhere to suggest that Old North is anything less than a vibrant and dynamic community…
North City Farmers’ Market, Saturday 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join us Saturday as we welcome back DJ Needles as our featured artist! We’ll also have librarians from the Divoll branch of the St. Louis Public Library on hand as they kick off Banned Books Week with a Virtual Read-Out of your favorite paragraphs from previously banned books.
But wait, there’s more! For the customer who asked if there would be fruit at our market, yes, we’ve got fruit (including some items that are not exactly local but still here to make it convenient for our customers who asked for them).
Fruit at North City Farmers’ Market, as seen this morning during set-up.
And, right down the street inside the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery is the first event of CSA STL, the Community Supported Art program. More details at CSASTL.org.
Members will be able to get the first installment of their art and nonmembers will be able to mingle with the artists and enjoy the festivities! This event is free and open to the public. And, there will be food, fun, and coffee generously donated by La Mancha Coffeehouse. Live music by Elly Herget from the Skekses and Carondellettes.
Cassandra is ready for the Art CSA first pick-up event to get going any minute now.
Also during market hours, as is always the case on Saturday mornings…
Free Chess Lessons at the Old North Chess Pocket Park
Meanwhile, already in progress, another neighborhood clean-up is taking place along the streets and vacant lots of Old North.
… also around Old North…
Be sure to extend a friendly greeting to the architecture students who are in town from Iowa State University. These students are spending some time getting to know Old North for their semester-long project focused on designing sustainable residential and mixed-use in-fill buildings for some of Old North’s vacant lots.
The Iowa State students are not to be confused with students from Rebecca Dohrman’s Maryville University class (as seen below) on neighborhoods of St. Louis, which was here on Friday.
A little later today, we’ll gather to celebrate…
Mighty Mississippians’ Autumnal Equinox Pot-Luck
5 p.m. at 1300 Montgomery (the southwest corner of N. 13th Street and Montgomery):
Bring your favorite fall dish to share with neighbors, the 13th Street Garden, and new friends at our Autumnal Equinox Potluck in Old North.
• La Mancha will be introducing their new fall foods!
• Try out harvesting a strange, but cool plant on our site – amaranth. Cool anecdote: you can pop amaranth like popcorn! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aak0oVr7FEM
• It’s a garden, so dress for the weather and bring a folding chair if you have one.
Firecracker Press Grand Opening House Party
What more can we say? It’s a party and all the details are on the cool, Firecracker-produced poster above.
Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.
Down the street at UrbArts, 2600 N. 14th Street, all are invited to attend “My Mic Sounds Nice” (presented by KrisIsBlackStar & UrbArts), “featuring some of STL’s dopest MCs.” This event continues the celebration of women in Hip Hop during the I STILL love h.e.r. exhibit run at UrbArts.
Special Performances by
Bell Daris,Young Lyric,Ello Anuthabreed & La Starr
We will close with an open cipher session!
Doors open at 9:00
**** The Latest Edition of Old North Community News is Out ****
We just received delivery of our Fall edition of the Old North Community news. We’ll have these out at all of the events on Saturday and will be hand-delivered to all households in Old North over the coming week. If you can help us with distribution, we could always use a few extra hands. Give us a call (314-241-5031, ext. 104) or send an email to info@ONSL.org to let us know if you can help.
If Saturday doesn’t absolutely exhaust everybody, we’ve got even more happenings in the week ahead!
THIS COMING WEEK
Our next installment of the So Reel “interactive and reflective conversations about race” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. And, since this event has been moved back a week from its previously scheduled date, we’ll kick it off with some of the updates and reports that normally would be happening at our 4th Thursday of the month neighborhood open meeting. That means we’ll have some conversation about Old North’s Neighborhood Ownership Model and discussion with officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District, as well as a few other neighborhood updates. Then, the focus will turn to to the So Reel topic of the month: Human Trafficking, with Tricia Roland Hamilton of Magdalene House.
****** SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 at 7 P.M. *******
Then, we want all of you to join us for the benefit concert (more like a full-blown music fest!) to help show your support for all that ONSLRG does — and to help us raise the funds to be able to keep doing what we do.
…and, now with Hannah Aldridge!
We strongly encourage advance purchase of tickets by clicking the following link to TicketFly (click HERE), however, don’t let that hold you back! Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. And for more about the concert and our sponsors who are supporting the event, click HERE for our Sept. 3 blog post about it.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2-4 P.M.: Walk to the Trestle
After you’ve recovered from Saturday night’s concert, please join us for a Walk to the Trestle event as the concluding activity of the Old North Walking Club. See below and watch for more details soon about this phenomenal coming attraction.
Seriously, folks, is there any other neighborhood anywhere that does this much community-building? We’re making great progress with our mission to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character, as evidenced by the following facts and quotes from outside parties:
None of this comes easy. It takes a lot of hard work by a lot of people over a long time. BUT, the only way we can continue this progress is with the help of people who care about vibrant, healthy, safe, and sustainable urban communities. If you fit into that category, please help us out by buying tickets to the benefit concert or by clicking below to send a tax-deductible contribution today. And thank you to all who’ve supported Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to help us get where we are today!