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Archive for August, 2011

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Photo Exhibit Opens Thursday, Sept. 1 with Reception at Old North Gallery

Join us Thursday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. for the opening reception of the “(en)Visioning Hyde Park” photo exhibit at the Old North Gallery featuring the works of young people who participated in a summer program run by the ReBuild Foundation and the Urban Expressions Project.

The exhibit is made possible by the support of many generous sponsors, including a grant from the Missouri Arts Council.   After the opening reception, the exhibit will be open for viewing through September 30, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jackson Park Ribbon-Cutting & Re-dedication Picnic

Assisted by neighborhood children, 5th Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin cut the ribbon at Jackson Park's new pavilion on Saturday. Joining her for the ceremony were Tino Ochoa, ONSLRG's Board President; Jennifer Allen, Active Living Manager at Trailnet; Sal Martinez, Executive Director of Community Renewal & Development; and Sean Thomas, ONSLRG's Executive Director.

Assisted by neighborhood children, 5th Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin cut the ribbon at Jackson Park's new pavilion on Saturday. Joining her for the ceremony were Tino Ochoa, ONSLRG's Board President; Jennifer Allen, Active Living Manager at Trailnet; Sal Martinez, Executive Director at Community Renewal & Development; and Sean Thomas, ONSLRG's Executive Director.

Community residents and representatives of Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group, Trailnet, and Community Renewal & Development joined Alderwoman April Ford Griffin on Saturday in a celebratory picnic in Jackson Park.  The second-oldest public park in the City of St. Louis, Jackson Park benefited from significant investments over the past couple years, including a new pavilion, new playground, and many new trees and other plantings.

Free refreshments for the crowd included watermelon donated by Lee Farms (above) and smoothies made with the bicycle blender from La Mancha Coffeehouse, with Trailnet picking up the tab for complimentary samples from the Wanderlust Pizza and the Seoul Taco trucks.

Other than the ceremonies and the refreshments, the afternoon provided a great opportunity for neighbors to come together to enjoy some fun and games in the park.

Thanks to all who assisted with the festivities, including Miranda Gilstrap, ONSLRG’s practicum student from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work, Veronica Holden and Cassandra Howard of the North City Farmers’ Market for staffing the market table, Poor Souls Society, Community Renewal & Development, Lee Farms, the City of St. Louis Parks & Recreation Division, several board members and staff from ONSLRG, Trailnet, and Forks & Feet Forward Old North (the healthy living partnership of ONSLRG and Trailnet).

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

North City Farmers’ Market Is INDOORS Today

The North City Farmers’ Market IS OPEN today, but due to the lightning, rain, and strong winds, the market was forced to move inside to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street.

Come on by for some good deals on farm fresh produce, baked goods, and other locally produced items.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Join us Sat., Aug. 20 for a Picnic and Ribbon-Cutting in Jackson Park

On Saturday, August 20, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., neighbors and friends of Old North will gather in Jackson Park (North Market & Hadley) to celebrate the completion of a couple years’ worth of improvements to the park.

As noted in previous posts, including in June of 2009 shortly after much of the work got started, the improvements at Jackson Park were made possible because 5th Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin was able to secure city funds for the project.  ONSLRG held community meetings in April of 2008 to solicit input from neighbors and presented the city with a revised plan for the park to reflect the neighbors’ requests and recommendations.  Because of her initiative on this project, Alderwoman April Ford Griffin will take the first snip of the official ribbon-cutting after a few introductory comments.

A few weeks ago, dedicated volunteers recruited by Forks & Feet Forward Old North! (a collaborative effort by ONSLRG and Trailnet) and ONSLRG’s Green Space Committee spent a good part of their Saturday enhancing the beauty of the park with new plantings.   Special thanks for planning the planting day and the ribbon-cutting go to Miranda Gilstrap, a Washington University practicum student working with ONSLRG, and Morgan Clennin, an intern with Trailnet.

Feel free to spread the word to all residents and friends of Old North by printing and distributing the PDF version of the flyer for the event.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Scenes from Today’s Vegetapalooza at North City Farmers’ Market

It was a fantastic day at the North City Farmers’ Market today.  Although a bit warm, the temperatures were much, much better than recent weeks.  The vendors were happy with sales, the customers were pleased with the variety of healthy and fresh vegetables and fruit and other goods being sold, and a good time was had by all.

Music from Wack-A-Doo filled the air and contributed to the festive atmosphere.

Music from Wack-A-Doo filled the air and contributed to the festive atmosphere.

Congratulations to the contest winners…

Gail Havens won 1st prize for “Weirdest Home-grown Vegetable” for her “weird, long bean.”

The Burning Kumquat Farm, a student-run, organic garden on the campus of Washington University, won first prize for largest vegetable for their oversized, odd-looking cucumber.

Courtney McDermott won first prize for her cool berry cream pie (which was perfect for warm day).

Thank you to Left Bank Books and Angel Baked Cookies for providing prizes for this year’s winners.

And the Burning Kumquat team (shown above with chef Ivy Tominack) won the cook-off contest against the team of Veronica Holden (representing the 13th Street Garden) and Sarah Kate Buckles (representing the Old North Grocery Co-op) with a 4-vote margin of victory, based on voting from market visitors.

Another special feature at today’s market was a visit by the Truck Farm, a pick-up truck with a vegetable garden growing in the back.

Our previous post made note of the fact that the North City Farmers’ Market is a project of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and made possible by grant funding from Missouri Foundation for Health.  We should also note that the market wouldn’t happen at all without significant volunteer support from neighbors and outside friends, including a list too long to include in this post.  We’ll get a full listing of volunteers up in a future post.  But the market also benefits from the hard labor of Market Master Cassandra Howard, Project Coordinator Veronica Holden, and Nutrition Educator / Chef Ivy Tominack.  Thank you to all for making the market so successful!

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Vegetapalooza TODAY at North City Farmers’ Market

Come on out today (Saturday, August 6) between 9 a.m. and noon for the North City Farmers’ Market’sannual mid-season celebration known as Vegetapalooza.  The market takes place along the 2700 block of N. 14th Street (right across St. Louis Avenue from Crown Candy Kitchen).

The event will feature contests (open to all) for:

  • best pie
  • weirdest home-grown vegetable, and
  • largest vegetable from a home garden

First Place Prizes will be awarded in each of the categories!

Help decide the winner of the chef cook-off between the Old North Grocery Co-op and the Burning Kumquat Farm.   Stick around to have a free food sample and vote for your favorite dish.

Wack-a-do will perform live music.

Other activities include:

  • ice-cream making and tasting
  • folk dance lessons
  • a visit and talk from the Truck Farm
  • live chickens from the 13th Street Garden

And, best of all, come on outside and enjoy a non-heat emergency day in the beautiful Crown Square at the heart of Old North!

The North City Farmers’ Market is a project of Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group and is made possible by generous financial support from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Another New Business Open at Crown Square

Closet Repeats is now open for business at Crown Square.  The upscale re-sale clothing boutique at 2603 N. 14th Street had a soft opening last week, and Yvonne Reed says that she’s already pleased with the walk-in traffic and sales to customers who have shown up without any formal announcement about the opening.

The store is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.  Watch for an announcement about a grand opening later.  In the meantime, though, stop on by to show your support by purchasing something at Closet Repeats for yourself, or as a gift for someone else.  And stay tuned for more announcements soon about other upcoming Crown Square openings.

WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

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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