Sunday, August 17, 2008

ONSL’s Show of Support for Mullanphy at Moonlight Ramble

A good crowd of Old North St. Louis residents and friends came out in the wee hours of the morning to participate in this year’s Moonlight Ramble in support of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home preservation efforts. With a booth downtown at the Ramble’s registration area, volunteers staffing several intersections as crossing guards, and a large cheering section in front of the Mullanphy building, ONSL was out in force as the thousands of Moonlight Ramble cyclists rode along the 17-mile route from Downtown, past the Mullanphy building, and through the streets of the city. Above: Leon Ochoa, Zoila Rendon, and Tino Ochoa helped watch the ONSLRG booth at the Moonlight Ramble registration area in front of Soldiers’ Memorial downtown.
Above: wearing matching “Save Mullanphy” t-shirts, Tino, Zoila, Johnnie Owens, and Dave Eisenbraun were ready to answer questions about the Mullanphy building.
Above: the crowd of cheering supporters, a spotlight on the front of the building, and the slide show projected onto the new side wall, ensured that the thousands of bike riders passing by would take note of the Mullanphy building.

Above: Tom & Gloria Bratkowski and Johnnie Owens prepare for the wave after wave of cyclists.
Above: new banners have been placed on the chain link fence along south side of the building to highlight the prospect of a new future of the Mullanphy building as a world-class hostel while the slide show paid tribute to the many generous contributors who have made the stabilization work possible.
Above: Kathryn Bentley provided her daughter, Essence, and cousin, Cameron, with a great excuse for staying up late. As head cheerleader, Essence made sure that everybody knew they were passing through Old North St. Louis and past the Mullanphy building.
Above: although 12:30 a.m. may not be the ideal time for taking outdoor photos, the above shot provides a glimpse of the throngs of cyclists riding along Mullanphy Street from 13th to 14th Streets, with downtown in the background.
Above: Mark Cockson (in the orange shirt), executive director of Hostelling International-Gateway Council, paid a visit on his bike to thank our volunteers and supporters for being a part of this year’s Moonlight Ramble.

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