Archive for September, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Saturday Will Soon Be Here…Have You Rounded Up All Your Friends to Attend the Southeast by Old North Benefit Concert Yet?

We’re counting down the hours to the big Southeast by Old North North Benefit Concert featuring 4 separate musical acts THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 27 at Plush, 3224 Locust. If you haven’t reserved your tickets yet - don’t worry! - you still can get tickets online by clicking HERE to buy your tickets via TicketFly for just $15… or, you’ll still be able to purchase your tickets at the door Saturday night, for just $15.

Whether you’re a resident of Old North, a friend of the community, an advocate of historic preservation, a promoter of healthy communities, a fan of one of the bands, or just someone who wants to spend the evening listening to great music at a cool venue with a crowd of friendly, community-minded characters, the Southeast by Old North Benefit Concert for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group will be the place to be on Saturday evening.  The doors open at 7 p.m.

Earlier this week we provided a bit of background on one of the bands, Five Eight (click HERE to see that), and we’ll provide more detail about all of the bands and musicians below.  BUT, please note that this event is more than a rocking night of good music.  Since the whole event was pulled together by ONSLRG Board member Doug Rasmussen to be a fundraiser for ONSLRG, the ticket revenue will support ONSLRG’s neighborhood-wide revitalization work - AND there will be other ways of providing support that night.  One of the highlights will be a raffle for many fantastic prizes, including a gift basket (shown below) from Bissinger’s, which recently moved into space on North Broadway.

Other raffle prizes include a variety of items from Crown Candy Kitchen, CDs and other products from Euclid Records and tickets to a concert at the Pageant, tickets to the St. Louis Rams’ Oct. 13th Monday Night Football game, a growler and gift certificate from Morgan Street Brewery, a night’s stay at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, a gift certificate for the Fountain on Locust… and more.

If the music and the company of friends and other cool people isn’t enough reason to attend, come on out to support ONSLRG’s work AND get a chance to get some great stuff.

PLUS, hanging out with some great people is a good way to spend a Saturday night!

But, if you like music, that should be a compelling enough reason to attend.  To get a feel for the sounds of these musicians, click on the links below to listen to a selection from each.

Hannah Aldridge…

Corvus & Canis…

The Pauses…

and, Five Eight…

Saturday night you’ll have a rare opportunity to see and hear all of them live on stage at Plush!  With that much talent all performing on the same stage in the same night, the $15 ticket price is one of the best entertainment deals in town.  You might as well get several tickets and treat all of your friends to a great night out for a great cause!  Click HERE to buy the tickets online - or come on out Saturday night and pay at the door.

And, as noted in the previous posts, if you just can’t make it to the concert Saturday but you still want to support Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, just click on the image below to make a secure, tax-deductible contribution right now.  Thank you!

Monday, September 22, 2014

5 Days to Go Until Southeast by Old North Benefit Concert for ONSLRG; Get Your Tickets Now!

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has been able to pursue a comprehensive, neighborhood-wide revitalization over the past 33 years because Old North residents have put in countless hours of time, personal initiative, hard work and creativity, AND because friends of the community have pitched in their time, expertise, and dollars to support the community-based efforts.  Now is one of those times when outside dollars are needed to continue this good work, and this coming Saturday, September 27, will be a great opportunity for the friends of Old North to contribute to this worthy cause.

On Saturday night at 7 p.m., the doors at Plush (3224 Locust - 1 block west of Compton) will open for the Southeast by Old North Benefit Concert, with the proceeds going to support the work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG).  Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased right now from TicketFly by clicking HERE.  The concert will feature four different bands and musicians from the Southeast or with Southeastern connections: Corvus & Canis from Columbus, Georgia; the Pauses of Orlando, Florida; Hannah Aldridge, originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, now working from Nashville, Tennessee; and Five Eight of Athens, Georgia.

To help you get up to speed on the groups and musicians who’ll be performing, we’ll provide a bit of information about each group over the next few days, and we’ll even toss in a few reasons why ONSLRG is worthy of your support.

Today, we’ll start with FIVE EIGHT, the concert’s headline act.

When asked why they would travel from the Southeast to play a show for Old North - and what song of theirs represents Old North, Five Eight’s lead singer Mike Mantione offered the following response (along with a link to the song I’m Still Around:

One of the things that links us with the old North is the fact that as a band we’ve always been concerned with the spirit of place. The reason Dan and I moved to Athens, GA in 1987 was to find a supportive local community with a thriving music scene (and to get our gear back our old band leader and keyboard player had stuffed in a hertz box truck and driven down to Athens) we were escaping the urban blight of Binghamton, NY. As a project manager for a local builder I have been involved in helping the local non profit Athens Land-Trust build affordable, earth craft certified homes and I am familiar with the struggle that communities face when trying to have a thriving diverse city/ community that also supports the arts the way the old north continues to do. So often there is a hole in the communities and cities we live in. We see it in the abandon buildings and store fronts, we feel it living in the shadows of what once was, and in these shadows, people can sense this loss.

Standing in stark contrast to that that loss is the Old North. By banding together people, businesses, local leaders, and developers, you make a difference.

I’m still around is the song we chose because of its positive affirmation despite, intense loss, and in the face of heart break and abandonment we fight the good fight. I’m still around is song with a simple and personal affirmation of relevance. It’s says we not just phoning it in we are committed to the reinvention of the band musically. Having been together for 25 years makes us strive to challenge ourselves to revitalize.

For another bandmember’s take on their visit to St. Louis to support Old North, check out this Indio Radio interview with Dan Horowitz of Five Eight as he talks about this Saturday night’s Southeast by Old North St Louis concert (along with some perspective from ONSLRG Boardmember Doug Rasmussen):  click HERE to listen to that online.

Get your tickets now via TicketFly (click HERE).  Tickets will also be available at the door at Plush.


The concert provides yet another vehicle for supporting the ongoing work of ONSLRG as we pursue the mission of revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.  For evidence of the progress we’ve made so far, consider the words of Ryan Chester of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, when he was interviewed by the St. Louis Chinese American News about Old North’s Chess Pocket Park:

“It’s just a very festive atmosphere around the whole area, always seems like there’s something going on. There’s music playing, people walking in the streets, people selling food or poetry books - and now people are playing chess.” - See more at:

If you can’t make it to the concert, but you’d still like to offer your support for ONSLRG’s work, you can always make a tax-deductible contribution to ONSLRG online by clicking HERE or on the image below.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Yet Again: So Much Going on in Old North- TODAY & in the Week to Come

TODAY, September 20, is so chock-full of happenings that it would be impossible for anyone anywhere to suggest that Old North is anything less than a vibrant and dynamic community…

North City Farmers’ Market, Saturday 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us Saturday as we welcome back DJ Needles as our featured artist! We’ll also have librarians from the Divoll branch of the St. Louis Public Library on hand as they kick off Banned Books Week with a Virtual Read-Out of your favorite paragraphs from previously banned books.

But wait, there’s more! For the customer who asked if there would be fruit at our market, yes, we’ve got fruit (including some items that are not exactly local but still here to make it convenient for our customers who asked for them).

Fruit at North City Farmers’ Market, as seen this morning during set-up.

And, right down the street inside the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery is the first event of CSA STL, the Community Supported Art program.  More details at

Members will be able to get the first installment of their art and nonmembers will be able to mingle with the artists and enjoy the festivities! This event is free and open to the public. And, there will be food, fun, and coffee generously donated by La Mancha Coffeehouse. Live music by Elly Herget from the Skekses and Carondellettes.

Cassandra is ready for the Art CSA first pick-up event to get going any minute now.

Cassandra is ready for the Art CSA first pick-up event to get going any minute now.

Also during market hours, as is always the case on Saturday mornings…

Free Chess Lessons at the Old North Chess Pocket Park

Meanwhile, already in progress, another neighborhood clean-up is taking place along the streets and vacant lots of Old North.

also around Old North…

Be sure to extend a friendly greeting to the architecture students who are in town from Iowa State University.  These students are spending some time getting to know Old North for their semester-long project focused on designing sustainable residential and mixed-use in-fill buildings for some of Old North’s vacant lots.

The Iowa State students are not to be confused with students from Rebecca Dohrman’s Maryville University class (as seen below) on neighborhoods of St. Louis, which was here on Friday.

A little later today, we’ll gather to celebrate…

Mighty Mississippians’ Autumnal Equinox Pot-Luck

5 p.m. at 1300 Montgomery (the southwest corner of N. 13th Street and Montgomery):

Bring your favorite fall dish to share with neighbors, the 13th Street Garden, and new friends at our Autumnal Equinox Potluck in Old North.
• La Mancha will be introducing their new fall foods!
• Try out harvesting a strange, but cool plant on our site – amaranth. Cool anecdote: you can pop amaranth like popcorn!
• It’s a garden, so dress for the weather and bring a folding chair if you have one.

Firecracker Press Grand Opening House Party

What more can we say?  It’s a party and all the details are on the cool, Firecracker-produced poster above.

Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.

Down the street at UrbArts, 2600 N. 14th Street, all are invited to attend “My Mic Sounds Nice” (presented by KrisIsBlackStar & UrbArts), “featuring some of STL’s dopest MCs.” This event continues the celebration of women in Hip Hop during the I STILL love h.e.r. exhibit run at UrbArts.

Special Performances by
Bell Daris,Young Lyric,Ello Anuthabreed & La Starr
We will close with an open cipher session!
Doors open at 9:00

Cover $5.00

**** The Latest Edition of Old North Community News is Out ****

We just received delivery of our Fall edition of the Old North Community news.  We’ll have these out at all of the events on Saturday and will be hand-delivered to all households in Old North over the coming week.  If you can help us with distribution, we could always use a few extra hands.  Give us a call (314-241-5031, ext. 104) or send an email to to let us know if you can help.


If Saturday doesn’t absolutely exhaust everybody, we’ve got even more happenings in the week ahead!


Our next installment of the So Reel “interactive and reflective conversations about race” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. And, since this event has been moved back a week from its previously scheduled date, we’ll kick it off with some of the updates and reports that normally would be happening at our 4th Thursday of the month neighborhood open meeting.  That means we’ll have some conversation about Old North’s Neighborhood Ownership Model and discussion with officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District, as well as a few other neighborhood updates.   Then, the focus will turn to to the So Reel topic of the month:  Human Trafficking, with Tricia Roland Hamilton of Magdalene House.

****** SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 at 7 P.M. *******

Then, we want all of you to join us for the benefit concert (more like a full-blown music fest!) to help show your support for all that ONSLRG doesand to help us raise the funds to be able to keep doing what we do.

…and, now with Hannah Aldridge!

We strongly encourage advance purchase of tickets by clicking the following link to TicketFly (click HERE), however, don’t let that hold you back!  Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.  And for more about the concert and our sponsors who are supporting the event, click HERE for our Sept. 3 blog post about it.


SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2-4 P.M.:  Walk to the Trestle

After you’ve recovered from Saturday night’s concert, please join us for a Walk to the Trestle event as the concluding activity of the Old North Walking Club.  See below and watch for more details soon about this phenomenal coming attraction.

Seriously, folks, is there any other neighborhood anywhere that does this much community-building? We’re making great progress with our mission to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character, as evidenced by the following facts and quotes from outside parties:

None of this comes easy.  It takes a lot of hard work by a lot of people over a long time.  BUT, the only way we can continue this progress is with the help of people who care about vibrant, healthy, safe, and sustainable urban communities.  If you fit into that category, please help us out by buying tickets to the benefit concert or by clicking below to send a tax-deductible contribution today.  And thank you to all who’ve supported Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to help us get where we are today!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shakespeare in the Streets Will Be in Old North in 2015; see what it’s all about Tonight-Sat. in Clayton

A while ago we reported that Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has chosen Old North St. Louis to be the location for their 2015 performances of their popular Shakespeare in the Streets.  If you want to get a good idea of what that will look and feel like, head on out to Clayton to see this year’s play, Good in Everything.

Shakespeare in the Streets is a grass roots theatrical experience that invites St. Louis’ neighborhoods to tell their stories. A Festival-selected creative team leads a neighborhood in developing an original play based on Shakespeare’s works – a play whose themes best reflect the community’s character. Residents contribute to all aspects of production, resulting in three free, live outdoor performances.

This year’s play, Good in Everything, is based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It and produced in partnership with the City of Clayton. The performances will take place on Central between Forsyth and Maryland, September 18, 19, and 20 at 8:00 pm. For more information please visit the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis website,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thank & Meet Our International Volunteers from Volunteers for Peace

We’re coming to the end of our 3-week adventure with 11 young adults from nine countries who are participating in the international service program called Volunteers for Peace.  If you haven’t met them yet - or if you’ve already met them and want to say thank you before they leave, you’ll be able to find them on Saturday as they spend their last day with us working at North City Farmers’ Market.

This year’s crew of volunteers came to us from Brazil, Finland, France, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey.

In addition to helping out at the market, our volunteers raked, shoveled and hauled away a lot of weeds, brush, and debris from numerous vacant lots throughout the neighborhood, cleared out some vacant buildings to make way for future rehabs, attended a neighborhood meeting, ate meals at the homes of more than a dozen neighborhood residents, enjoyed an authentic American backyard barbecue on Labor Day, tagged butterflies, and visited a lot of landmarks, points of interest, and destination spots around town.

We thank Dmitrii, Wen-Chun, Vanessa, Lucia, Yui, Elliot, Kubilay, Maria, Ana, Murat, and Ana Laura for all they did to support our work in Old North and for sharing their cultures and traditions with us.

We also extend a special thanks to ONSLRG’s Community Development Specialist Matt Fernandez for taking on the tasks of housing, transporting, and supervising these wonderful visitors.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Join Us on Sat., Sept. 27 for “Southeast By Old North” Benefit Concert

If you like live music and vibrant neighborhoods, we’ve got an opportunity for you to celebrate both:

On Saturday, September 27, 4 great bands/musicians from the southeastern U.S. will come to St. Louis to perform at Plush to support the revitalization of Old North. Participating bands/musicians are:

  • Five Eight of Athens, Georgia;
  • the amazing Hannah Aldridge of Nashville (whose record is currently charting #35 on Billboard Americana chart);
  • The Pauses of Orlando, Florida;
  • and Corvus and Canis from Columbus, Georgia.

For more information on the bands, visit our Facebook page for the event by clicking HERE or see the details as posted on the TicketFly site by clicking HERE.

100% of ticket profits go to benefit the work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.

Get your tickets now by clicking HERE.

Would you like to provide even more support as a sponsor of the concert- and get incredible benefits, such as introducing one of the bands from the stage and getting listed on promotional materials?  If so, click HERE for Sponsorship Information.  We are very grateful to the following businesses and individuals for their sponsorship support:

  • American Bank of Missouri
  • Bissinger’s Chocolatiers
  • Hilliker
  • Equifax
  • Green Street Real Estate Ventures
  • Husch Blackwell
  • Better Life
  • Clark Properties
  • Ford Hotel Supply
  • Strategic Capital Advisors
  • Hany Abounader
  • Patrick Reilly
  • Joe Schlafly
  • Mighty City Music Management


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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