Archive for February, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Last Call for Community Supported Agriculture Subscriptions

The Lee Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is now taking subscriptions for this year’s season of 20 weekly deliveries of farm-fresh produce.  This arrangement involves consumers who agree to pay Lee Farms to plant and harvest enough seeds to produce approximately 7-20 pounds of fruit and vegetables per subscriber each week from June through October.   Click on the images of the brochure below for more details.

If you can get your order in directly to Lee Farms (as described in the brochure), we strongly encourage you to do that - and please indicate a desire to pick up your box at the Old North drop-site.  The weekly deliveries for Old North take place at the Old North Grocery Co-op at N. 13th Street and St. Louis Avenue, just one block east of Crown Candy and two blocks west of I-70.   In the past, ONSLRG has provided a handout with each week’s box describing all of that week’s items and offering recipes for each item.

Over the past couple seasons, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has purchased several extra subscriptions for residents who can’t get their order in before the deadline - and for some residents who can’t purchase a whole season’s worth of deliveries up-front but still want to buy a box on a weekly basis.  If you can’t get your subscription in to Rusty or Teresa at Lee Farms, please contact us at (or by phone at 314-241-5031) to let us know you’re interested in buying one of our subscriptions or making arrangements for a purchase on a week-by-week basis.  The produce from these extra boxes that doesn’t get purchased by residents will get sold at the North City Farmers’ Market.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Team Cookbook Workshop on Sunday Afternoon

Join the folks from Team Cookbook on Sunday afternoon for the first of two planned (and more to come later) workshops in collaboration with Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  Click on the flyer below for the details.

Check back later for more details about the project and future events.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Crown Square Featured on National Trust for Historic Preservation Blog

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has put the spotlight on the Crown Square redevelopment of the former 14th Street pedestrian mall once again with a feature on the NTHP’s PreservationNation blog earlier this week.  Click HERE to see the post that ran on Feb. 15 as part of the NTHP’s series on projects that received awards at the National Preservation Conference on Oct. 29, 2010.

As noted in our post on October 19, Crown Square was selected for their National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Wins Civic Stewardship Award from ASLA

On Saturday evening, the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presented Old North St. Louis Restoration Group with its Civic Stewardship Award.  The Civic Stewardship award  recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations who have raised awareness or have shown stewardship of the natural or built environment through their actions and deeds.  The announcement of the award noted that ONSLRG was selected for our efforts in revitalizing Old North St. Louis through such efforts as the 14th Street Mall redevelopment, historic preservation, neighborhood beautification, and sustainable strategies.

Above: ONSLRG Board President Tino Ochoa and Executive Director Sean Thomas receive the Civic Stewardship Award from ASLA Vice President Stephen Ibendahl and President Anne Lewis

Above: ONSLRG Board President Tino Ochoa and Executive Director Sean Thomas receive the Civic Stewardship Award from ASLA Vice President Stephen Ibendahl and President Anne Lewis

For more details about the St. Louis chapter of ASLA, visit their website at

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Gallery Exhibit: “Feedom From, Freedom To” Opens Tonight

The Old North Gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street will be the site of an opening reception tonight for a new exhibit this evening (Friday, Feb. 11) at 6 p.m.  The art show, titled “Freedom From, Freedom To,” is brought to us by the St. Louis Rescue & Restore Coalition and seeks to raise awareness of the unfortunate reality that slavery still exists today.  The exhibit features the work of several local artists who responded to a challenge to create a piece of art that responds to the question, “What does freedom mean to you?”

Among the pieces on display will be one from Kelley Brown, titled “Butterflies” (see below).  More of her work can be seen on her blog.

Another piece, “Awaiting Freedom’s Flight,” was produced by Elliot Glass, a local high school student.

To view the art and to show your support for the St. Louis Rescue & Restore Coalition, join us this evening from 6-9 p.m.  Although not required, you can RSVP to the St. Louis Rescue & Restore Coalition by emailing or by calling 314-773-9090, ext 143.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Old North Flickr Set Features Highlights from 2010

The collection of Old North photos on Flickr now includes a set dedicated to highlights from the activities and events of 2010.  Check it out by clicking here.

Some of these photos will be included in the slideshow of 2010 highlights that will happen at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck Supper, which will start at 6 p.m. on Monday evening.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Join us Mon., Feb. 7 for Re-Scheduled Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck Supper

We won’t let a little bit of snow get in the way of a great celebration, so please join us on Monday evening for the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Annual Meeting and Pot-Luck Supper at 2624 N. 14th Street.

In addition to highlighting the many achievements of 2010 and a preview of plan for the rest of 2011, ONSLRG members will elect board members for the 2011-’13 positions.  The nominations committee has proposed the following individuals for these positions:

Kelly Owens - Born & raised in this neighborhood, Kelly is raising her own family in Old North, and is a new homeowner on the 1900 block of Hebert St.  Kelly is the daughter of former long-term board member, Johnnie Owens.  She is a graduate of the UMSL Neighborhood Leadership Academy and is employed by the St Louis Public Schools.

Sean Lowery - During his time in the neighborhood as a renter on the 1400 block of Sullivan, Sean hasbeen actively attending community meetings and events such as cleanup days and the Farmer’s Market. He also has worked hard to promote community by being visible within the neighborhood and getting to know as many as his neighbors as he can, through gardening, regularly walking his dog Jake, and chatting with anyone he  meets.  Among his goals are to see the community grow closer together, for the continued growth of new endeavors in the neighborhood such as the co-op and 14th street mall.

Dave Eisenbraun - Current ONSLRG Board member; member of the Finance and Real Estate Committees; regular participant in the “Macho Action Group”; past president of ONSLRG; 33-year resident of ONSL at 1409 Sullivan; Senior Engineering Specialist, Nidec Motor Corporation.

Graham Lane - Resident of 1300 block of North Market, renovating formerly vacant building for personal residence and sculpture studio; sculptor. Current ONSLRG Board Member, Board Secretary, member of the Real Estate Committee, regular participant / coordinator of “Macho Action Group” initiatives, Planning Committee member for the Old North Grocery Co-op, and reliable volunteer for countless neighborhood projects.

As with all of ONSLRG’s meetings and events, any assistance with spreading the word to more neighbors would be greatly appreciated. For more information, please call the ONSLRG office at 314-241-5031.


Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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