The wet and chilly weather may have kept some people away, but the Old North Home Grown Festival & House Tour still was a great success in many other ways that can’t be measured by attendance figures alone.
Some of the community’s strong supporters who haven’t been back to the neighborhood in a while enjoyed the opportunity to see all of the changes, including some that have taken place just within the past couple weeks, including a bright, new look for the Old North Grocery Co-op.
The event was successful in serving as a platform for establishing new connections, including with one individual who was so impressed that he made plans to hold a wedding reception at Crown Square, and in demonstrating the vibrancy of the community. A few prospective commercial tenants came out to get a feel for the area and to look at look at commercial spaces that are available for lease.
The Home Grown Festival represented an opportunity to shine the spotlight on artistic talent within and nearby Old North.
The gallery at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s office hosted a range of spoken word performances and the re-dedication of Wingmann Park (more about that in a later post), while the Parks Building was the site for a variety of craft vendors.
… on the inside:
As the photo of the cottage on Palm demonstrates, Old North’s house tour is unlike many other house tours in other neighborhoods. We don’t limit our tour to the homes that are in pristine condition or likely to show up on the cover of glossy home magazines. Old North’s tour shows off the diversity of the community, including the range of housing styles and conditions. There are many homes that have been beautifully restored to reflect their original, Victorian design. There also are many homes that are at early stages of rehab work, and many that put more contemporary interiors into the shells of their historic homes.
The rain forced many of the street festival activities indoors, including the performances that had been scheduled for the main stage at Crown Square.
Meanwhile, out on the street, many of our sponsors and other neighborhood service providers braved the weather to staff information tables.
The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group thanks all sponsors, volunteers, homeowners, and visitors for making the day such a wonderful experience!
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