Thursday, May 12, 2011

2 Days Away: Old North Home Grown Fest & House Tour Will Feature Music, Dance, Arts, Crafts, & Food

We’re just two days away from the Old North Saint Louis Home Grown Festival & House Tour, scheduled for this Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Our last post provided a preview of the really cool range of housing, businesses and architectural styles that will be part of this year’s house & community tour.  Now, we’d like to highlight the Home Grown Festival side of the big day in Old North.

Since Old North is a community that embraces the arts and the creative talents of artisans and crafters, our Home Grown Festival will put the spotlight on some of the great talent right here in Old North and the broader St. Louis community.  Among the artists who will have installations in commercial spaces at Crown Square are:

Juan William Chavez, who not only was selected by Missouri Arts Council as their Individual Artist winner of the 2011 Missouri Arts Award, will be establishing a new arts center in Old North at 1306 St. Louis Avenue.

Dail Chambers of YeYo Arts Collective - Just this past week, the St. Louis Beacon published a profile of Dail and her work.

and an exhibit of work from students representing Ames Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School and Holy Trinity Catholic School as curated by Old North resident Claire Wolff.

The craft area of the Home Grown Fest will include booths for:

Gail Havens (decorative gourds); Allison L. Norfleet Bruenger (mixed media jewelry); Gloria Bratkowski (Art from the Attic); Susan Tschetter (rug hooking); Katherin Accettura; Alicia Christopher (decorative containers); Janet Sanders of Perpetua Iron (metal sculptor); Julie Longyear (candles and skin care); Connie Cole (caricature artist); Caryn Patterson of Pattercraft; Sun Ministries (wood furniture); Rae Calliach (fortune telling); Rebecca Wilson (photography); Andrea Berry (weaving).

Music and other entertainment, coordinated by Kathryn Bentley, will include (exact schedule subject to change):

10:15- presentation by Michael Allen, Preservation Research Office, in the Old North Gallery;

10:30 – 11:00-Zumba with David Foote, on the main stage;

11:00 – 12:00 - Grand Center Arts Academy; FRONT AND CENTER Show Choir, on the main stage;

12:00 – 12:20 - Wingmann Park Rededication Event (at Wingmann Park);

12:30 – 1:15 - Onion in a Pot, bluegrass band, on the main stage; Spoken Word, in the Old North Gallery;

1:30 – 2:15 - CLUB CHIPS with “Madame Wright”, on the main stage;

2:15- 2:45 - Barry Moton, on the main stage;

2:45 – 3:00 - Hassie Davis, on the main stage;

3:00 - presentation by Michael Allen, Preservation Research Office, in the Old North Gallery.

In addition to a complimentary ice cream cup, thanks to the generosity of Crown Candy Kitchen (for the first 250 or so House Tour ticket-holders), we’ll have other food vendors at this year’s event:

Mangia Mobile has made plans to bring their food truck to 14th Street.

The Sweet Divine will have their Sweet Shop Truck at Crown Square.

As always, food and beverages can be be purchased at Old North’s restaurants at or near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue & N. 14th Streets:  Crown Candy Kitchen, La Mancha Coffeehouse, and Mandina’s Sports Bar.

Trailnet will be bringing even more activity, in the form of another Environmental Justice Bike Ride, co-sponsored by Forks and Feet Forward (ONSLRG’s healthy and active lifestyle partnership with Trailnet and the community), Grace Hill, and the EPA.  The ride will begin and end at the Crown Square plaza area across from Crown Candy.  Registration for the ride begins at 11:00am and the ride departs at 11:30am.  The ride will last approximately 2 hours.

For more information about the Old North Home Grown Festival & House Tour, give the Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group a call at 314-241-5031 or send an email to  Additional information and a link to purchase tickets online can be found at the page for the house tour: Click HERE to visit the House Tour page of the ONSL website.

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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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