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Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 23, residents and volunteers gathered at the Rondo Victoria Peace Garden, located at Concordia Avenue and Victoria Street, to celebrate the hard work they did this summer on the new community garden. There were pumpkins to be carved, cider to be sipped, and plans to be discussed on this quiet fall day.

In June, the garden first opened with a peace pole dedication as the kick-off to Aurora/St. Anthony NDC’s Summer of Peace celebrations. On Saturday, the garden was put to bed as folks cleaned, raked and prepared for the future. This ending also was a beginning as the group planted garlic sent to St. Paul from AfroEco — a group out of Detroit, Mich., focusing on urban community gardens. The bulbs that had traveled all the way from the Motor City were aptly named Motown Garlic.

All summer long, the owners of the lot had asked residents the question, “How would you use the space?” The top answers were revealed at the Harvest Festival and included:

  • Meditating/thinking
  • Vegetable garden
  • Flower garden
  • Neighborhood events

Future conceptual plans were also shared for the garden, with landscape design ideas including mixed planting beds, apple, cherry and plum trees, plus a sitting area with benches.

With the burst in popularity of community gardens — a wonderful way to bring residents together — the Rondo Victoria Peace Garden is a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. It will be very exciting to see what the future holds.

Check out the other photos from the Harvest Festival in our Flickr photostream here:

2009 Selby Ave JazzFest

Scenes from the 2009 Selby Ave JazzFest, held Saturday, Sept. 12, at Selby and Milton in St. Paul. The eighth annual JazzFest featured the Sounds of Blackness and Grammy-winning saxophonist Kim Waters. Thousands of festival-goers browsed artwork and other wares in dozens of vendor booths and enjoyed food from around the world and around the Twin Cities. The event is sponsored by FRAN partner, the Selby Area CDC, and featured an information booth staffed by another FRAN partner, Aurora/St. Anthony NDC.

Summer Of Peace 2009

Summer of Peace event in 2007.

Summer of Peace event in 2007.

Summer Of Peace 2009, sponsored by  Aurora/St. Anthony NDC, Summit-U Planning Council, District 7 Planning Council and Freedom House. The  Summer of Peace is a campaign for  neighborhood pride, safety and unity. Every Thursday during the summer, we welcome you to join us at a local street corner to participate  in community activities, to learn about  community resources and to enjoy food  and refreshments. To take part or for  more information, contact Damon Drake  at (651) 222-0399. For regular updates  on Summer of Peace events and other  activities for neighborhood unity: join  the phone tree at (651) 222-0399; or join the e-mail list.

Hmongtown Market and Frogtown Festival

Join us June 27 and 28 for the Hmongtown Market & Frogtown Festival at Como Avenue & Marion Street, St. Paul. Our mission: Creating vitality and enhancing the quality
of life in the Frogtown community. More information.