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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Old North is “Best Place to Live” in Riverfront Times 2015 “Best of St. Louis” Issue

This really isn’t news to those of us who know - and, therefore, love - Old North St. Louis. However, we are thrilled to share the news that yet another outside, neutral party has joined us in the assessment that Old North is the Best Place to Live in St. Louis. The annual Riverfront Times “Best of St. Louis” issue just hit the streets today, and right there on page 28 is the big news that Old North is this year’s selection for Best Place to Live. Click HERE to read the explanation from the good folks at the RFT in their online version.

As the brief article notes, Old North is “flourishing” with much to celebrate, including the redevelopment of Crown Square (where the commercial space is approaching full occupancy, by the way), a significant reduction in an already low amount of crime, a really cool farmers’ market, a “tight-knit bunch” of residents, and the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Village of North St. Louis just a few months away.

Although that little blurb says a lot, we know the full story deserves much more space than the RFT had available in their very jam-packed Best of issue.  So, stay tuned for a follow up from us on some of the reasons we agree with their conclusion. In the meantime, all who call Old North home or have their business here can share in the credit and take a bow for this well-deserved acknowledgment.  As the Shakespeare in the Streets production of The World Begun just last week conveyed, Old North is a magical place with some one-of-a-kind characters who are passionate about their community.

If you don’t believe us, we invite you to come on by to see for yourself. And if you’d like to get in on the action and share the excitement, we’ve got an endless supply of opportunities. To learn more, stop by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office at 2700 N. 14th Street (1 block south of Crown Candy), visit us at our info booth every Saturday at North City Farmers’ Market, give us a call at 314-241-5031, or send us an email at info@ONSL.org.  And, if you’re interested in helping us make more good things happen in Old North, feel free to make a secure, tax-deductible contribution online by clicking HERE or on the arrow or button below.

Thanks again to J. David Levy for allowing us to use his photos from Shakespeare in the Streets.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Critics Have Spoken: Shakespeare in the Streets Old North “the Best Ever”

It’s not always easy to get consensus in a diverse community, but there seems to be almost universal agreement that Shakespeare in the Streets Old North was a tremendous success. The reviews from community residents and professional critics have been overwhelmingly positive. The production by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis earned praise for the intelligence, sensitivity, and depth of the script; for the masterful direction of a cast that included a mix of professional and amateur actors;for the energy and talent of the acting; and everything else, from the set design that took full advantage of the architectural beauty and character of the street to the pre-show music by Renaissance Rhythm & Blues.

Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark referred to the production of “The World Begun,” Nancy Bell’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” as “a hilarious romp through the Old North neighborhood…— and the best Shakespeare in the Streets show yet.” Read the full review on STLToday.com by clicking HERE.

Gerry Kowarsky of HEC-TV’s “Two on the Aisle” theater review program gave his “heartiest” recommendation and asked, “How can the script by Nancy Bell be so smart, so honest, so moving, and so thoroughly enjoyable all at the same time?

Neighborhood residents and other community members were thrilled to have the essence of their community captured and conveyed in such a compelling performance. The spirit and voice of the community came through so well due to the great care taken and respect shown by the entire Shakespeare Festival St. Louis team, from Executive Director Rick Dildine to all of the staff and crew, including community engagement & education director Jennifer Wintzer, playwright Nancy Bell, director Jacqueline Thompson, production manager Tom Martin, designer Mark Wilson, streets project coordinator Kristin Rion, and so many more who deserve to be named.

The full cast included the following:

MIKE Patrick Blindauer
MALVOLIO John Bratkowski*
VIOLA Marlene René Coveyou
SEBASIAN Michael Cassidy Flynn
DUKE ORSINO Lawd Gabriel
ROBERT Robert Green
SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK Carl Overly, Jr.
ANTONIA Tarecka “Queenie” Smith and Aniyah Wilson
OLIVIA Erin Renée Roberts
SIR TOBY BELCH Richard Schicker
MARIA Lisa Tejero*
FESTE Christoffer Ware

Congratulations to all involved!

And here’s what Shakespeare Festival St. Louis thought of the production:

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Please Excuse Our Email Issues at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group

The server processing our official ONSLRG email was out of commission, unexpectedly, from this past Thursday until just moments ago (Wednesday afternoon). That situation has now been fixed.  However, just about anything sent to us over the past week most likely didn’t get to us until the flood gates opened, which means we’re now working our way through the hundreds messages that are finally showing up in our inboxes. We apologize for any missed or lost messages and any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shakespeare in the Streets Coming to Old North September 17-19

Mark your calendars & start spreading the news: Shakespeare in the Streets will take place in the heart of Old North, at the intersection of N. 14th & Montgomery Thursday, Sept. 17-Saturday, Sept. 19.
Details about the performances, including cast information, can be found in the official announcement from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis by clicking HERE, and on the website for the event by clicking HERE (where you can learn a lot more about some of the familiar Old North faces you’ll see on stage, food options, and parking info).
It’s not too soon to start inviting all of your friends, work colleagues, and family to join you in Old North for the evening, including dinner before the show at one of Old North’s fine eating establishments.
Watch for more details here between now and Sept. 17 - or search the #WelcometoOldNorth hashtag on Facebook and Instagram to meet some of the residents and business owners who have contributed to this project, from sharing their stories to welcoming the Shakespeare in the Streets team into their storefronts.

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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