Welcome to St. Louis, baseball fans! As the World Series returns to the best baseball town in America, we invite all visitors to stop by to see the revitalization in progress in the Old North neighborhood, which is just a mile and a half north of Busch Stadium. (OK, for those of you who think St. Louisans are being a bit too boastful these days about how great the fans are here, keep in mind we’re pretty darn good at putting ourselves down most of the time. Shouldn’t we brag about something? Especially if it’s true?).
So, what does the World Series have to do with Old North St. Louis? First, baseball is a sport that embraces history and tradition… and food. The same could be said of Old North. In fact, it’s a tradition among many long-time St. Louisans (and former St. Louisans when they’re back home for a visit) to make a pilgrimage to one of our city’s most historic eating establishments, Old North’s own Crown Candy Kitchen, at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and N. 14th Street.
And if you don’t believe us, just ask Jimmy Fallon, who visited Crown Candy just a couple weeks ago and shared his enthusiasm on Facebook. (Oddly enough, Fallon played a die-hard Red Sox fan in the film, Fever Pitch, which featured actual footage of Fallon and his co-star, Drew Barrymore, at the old Busch Stadium when the Red Sox played the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.)
While in Old North, you may get a chance to enjoy the musical talents of Jamaica Ray, who often entertains the line of customers outside Crown Candy with the sound of his steel drums and keyboard. You also may notice other products of Jamaica Ray’s talents - a whole variety of custom-designed mannequins standing around in front of Crown Candy or across the street at the Crown Square corner plaza.
The cool and attractive scenery at the corner of N. 14th and St. Louis Avenue - from the historically rehabbed buildings to the inviting plaza and stage - is just a sampling of the visible outcomes of an ongoing neighborhood-wide revitalization strategy being pursued by Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG). As a community-based non-profit, ONSLRG relies on the passion, energy, and commitment of determined neighborhood residents, along with the financial support of a whole range of neighbors and friends of the community. And on that note, you can help ONSLRG continue this award-winning revitalization by making a tax-deductible contribution right now or simply by going out to enjoy a fun evening of great music next Saturday, Nov. 2.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, ONSLRG will be the beneficiary of a concert at Plush (3224 Locust) featuring the talents of legendary indie rock band, Five Eight of Athens, Georgia, and the opening band, Last to Show First to Go (with Old North resident, Phil Valko, and other long-time friends of Old North). You can purchase tickets online RIGHT NOW via BrownPaperTickets.com by clicking HERE.
Seriously, folks, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group really needs your support! Our work covers a broad-range of initiatives which demand a lot of staff time to plan, coordinate, and implement. Even when we successfully recruit a lot of good volunteers to help with these efforts, the recruiting, deploying, supervising, and managing volunteers requires staff time. And, since we like to pay our staff for their long hours and hard work, we need funds to pay those salaries. And since some of our previous supporters have experienced financial crunches of their own and have had to cut back on previous commitments, we need everyone who appreciates the progress achieved in Old North to pitch in with their financial support. We’ve received a lot of awards and compliments for our work (and we really do appreciate that encouragement!), but those kind words and shiny plaques don’t help us cover our rent, utilities, supplies, and salaries. So, if you want us to keep Old North moving in the right direction, buy as many tickets to the Five Eight / Last to Go First to Show concert as you can afford (by clicking HERE) and/or make a financial contribution online right now by clicking HERE or on the image below.
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