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June 2010 Volume 16 Number 6

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Summer in the City Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer

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t last, summer is finally here. Basically, we have the next 12 weeks to enjoy the warm summer sun and all that comes with it, including outdoor music, movies, dance and dining. Here’s our annual guide to help you make the most of it.

Outdoor concerts and movies Twin Cities Jazz Festi-

val - The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to downtown St. Paul’s Mears Park June 17-19. Top notch tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano will be performing with “Us Five” on the Mears Park Main Stage on June 18. See dynamic guitarist John Scofield and his Piety Street Band perform in on June 19. Afternoons will be devoted to ensembles from Twin Cities music schools McNally Smith College of Music

and Walker West Music Academy. For the full schedule of performers and venues, visit twincitiesjazzfestival.com. Minnesota History Center Nine Nights of Music - Free performances are offered Tuesday evenings at the Minnesota History Center Plaza, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. Lively music will get your toes tappin’, and dance instructors from the Tapestry Folkdance Center will help

Your guide on how to celebrate summer locally you get movin’. Pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to museum galleries, 5-8 p.m. There is a nominal fee for parking. In case of rain, performances will be held indoors in the 3M Auditorium. For more information on the following performances, visit www. Summer Event Guide Page 2

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S ummer Event Guide mnhs.org/historycenter • July 6, 6:30-8 p.m. - International Reggae All–Stars Ska/Reggae • July 13, 6:308:30 p.m. - Millie and the Mentshn (Yiddish for “guys”) Klezmer • July 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Beatles Tribute Night with RetroFit. This special evening features classic rock cover band RetroFit, a book signing, film screening and a gallery reception in conjunction with the History Center’s July 17 exhibit opening of “The Beatles: A One–Night Stand in the Heartland.” • July 27, 6:30-8 p.m. - Ring of Kerry, fivepiece ensemble, Irish • August 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - National Night Out with Vic Volare and the Fabulous Volare Lounge Orchestra, Swing • August 10, 6:30-8 p.m. - Mi Tierra, eightpiece ensemble, Mariachi

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• August 17, 6:308 p.m. - The Butanes Soul Revue, seven-piece ensemble, Rhythm & Blues/Soul • August 24, 6:30-8 p.m., Kevin Anthony and the Twin City Playboys, Cajun/Country • August 31, 6:30-8 p.m. - High 48s, Traditional Bluegrass Summer nights of movies and dance at Central Library, 90 West 4 th St., and Landmark Center outdoor dance floor, 75 W. 5 th St. For more information on the following events, contact 651222-3242 or friends@ the friends.org. Summertime and the livin’ is easy, especially in downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park, where the St. Paul Central Library, along with neighboring Ordway and Landmark Center, are teaming up to bring open-air music, dance and movies. For eight weeks, Thursdays

will be dedicated to dance and Fridays to movies. Each week will feature a different dance theme. Instructors from local dance studios will demonstrate moves from the latest dance crazes, 5:306:30 p.m. Learn sassy salsa moves one week and line dancing the next. Put those lessons to work 7-10 p.m. on an open-air dance floor next to the Landmark Center, on the site of the winter skating rink. All this while a live local band performs under the stars. On Friday evening, the dance theme continues with a dance-related movie shown in the Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard outside the Central Library. Movies are shown at dusk. Here’s the line-up: • June 17 -Salsa band: Salsa del Soul • June 18 - “Dance with Me.” Vanessa Williams stars in this 1998 film as an instructor in a small dance studio in Houston. While prepar-

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park June 17-19. ing for the World Open Dance Championships she encounters Rafael, who is searching for the father he’s never known. • June 24 - Swing band: The Senders, playing 40s Jump Blues • June 25 - “Top Hat.” Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers shine in this 1935 film about mistaken identities, true love and

lots of dancing. • July 8 - Tango band: Mandragora Tango • July 9 - “Take the Lead.” Based on a true story, the movie tells the struggle of a dance teacher, Pierre Dulain, to give a group of “problem kids” a second chance through dance. Antonio Banderas stars in this 2006 film.

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• July 15 - Disco/70s band: Boogie Wonderland • July 16 - “That’s the Way I Like It.” Set in Singapore in 1977, the movie follows Hock (Adrian Pang), a Bruce Lee fan, as he discovers the joys of disco when he’s dragged unwillingly to “Saturday Night Fever.” • July 22 - Two Step Country and Cajun band: Kevin Anthony and the Twin City Playboys • July 23 - “Urban Cowboy.” John Travolta stars in this 1980 drama about a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston honky-tonk bar. • July 29 - Rock ‘n’ Roll 50s and 60s band: TBD • July 30 - “Footloose.” When a teenager and his mother move from Chicago to a small town in the West, he’s shocked to

It’s the Summer of Dance in Saint Paul! Free Outdoor Movies Return to Central Library The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library presents:

June 18: DANCE WITH ME June 25: TOP HAT July 9: TAKE THE LEAD July 16: THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT July 23: URBAN COWBOY July 30: FOOTLOOSE Look for more films in August and check out the Ordway & Library summer dance schedule at www.thefriends.org! Central Library is located at 90 W. 4th St., and films are shown in the Kellogg Boulevard courtyard at dusk (approx. 9:30 pm). Screenings will be cancelled in case of rain.


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Your community news and information source tive. Local bands perform from 7:30 p.m. to dusk, when a family-friendly movie begins. Visit www. districtdelsol.com for movie titles and more information.

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Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend is June 11-13. Adults can fish for free on these days when accompanied by a child age 15 and under. find that rock music and dancing are illegal. With the senior prom around the corner, only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. • Aug. 5 - Ballroom band: Ambassadors of Swing • Aug. 6 - “Mad Hot

Ballroom.” In this compelling 2005 documentary, the students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a citywide dance competition. • Aug. 12 - Afrobeat band: The New Primitives • Aug. 13 - TBD

Music and movies in District del Sol June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - The Riverview Economic Development Association (REDA) is sponsoring free outdoor movies and music on Thursday evenings at Parque Castillo, 149 Cesar Chavez St. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., art activities for the kids will be led by the Young Artists Initia-

The following Market Square summer concerts will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Village at Mendota Heights, Highway 110 at Dodd Road. • June 16 - The Pat Donohue Band • July 21 - Connie Evingson and Parisota Hot Club • Aug. 18 - Bunny Clogs

Best Parks

In St. Paul, we love our parks. Some of the best are near downtown or on the West Side. Grab your sunscreen and picnic basket and enjoy the great outdoors. • Cherokee Park, 700 Cherokee Heights

Blvd. - Cherokee Park offers two open-air picnic shelters. One holds up to 100 people and the other, 60. Both are equipped with electricity. A handicapped accessible restroom building is located between the shelters. Barbecue grills are located throughout the park. Also available are two tennis courts, a tot lot, basketball court, fire ring, and two scenic overlooks. • Harriet Island, located on the West Side, provides spectacular views of downtown St. Paul and the High Bridge. The picnic area features numerous barbecue stations and picnic tables, restrooms, a large shelter, playground and easy parking. • Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Blvd. (situated on top of Dayton’s Bluff ) - The Mounds of St. Paul contain six burial mounds atop the bluff, a remind-

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Nothing beats the flavor and nutrition of homegrown produce. Summer brings a weekly harvest of veggies, fruits, flowers, dairy products, honey, herbs and more. St. Paul Farmers’ Markets rotate throughout the East metro so fresh products are available almost any day of the week through early Fall. Downtown St. Paul

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S ummer Event Guide has locations at Fifth Street and 7 th Place. • Fifth Street Farmers’ Market, 290 E. 5th St. 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays through Nov. 20; 8 a.m.1 p.m., Sundays through Nov. 21. • 7 th Place Mall Farmers’ Market, Seventh Street and Wabasha St. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 15-Oct. 1; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursdays, June 10-Oct. 21 • West St. Paul Farmer’s Market, Signal Hills Mall, 1201 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, 8 a.m.noon, Fridays, June 18Oct. 29.

Golf Courses

“FOREtunately” there are golf courses aplenty all over the metro, including these nearby courses. • Thompson Oaks Golf Course, 1555 Oakdale Ave., West St. Paul, 651-457-6064. It’s been described as “The Hidden Gem of West St Paul.” This par 29 executive course is great for

golfers of all skill levels. It challenges the low handicapper yet remains fun for the novice player. The course is laid out with everyone in mind. Seven of the holes have bunkers and three have water challenges. • Highland National Golf Course, 1403 Montreal Ave., St. Paul, 651695-3774. Highland National Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course. It reopened in spring of 2005 after two years of construction and is longer and more challenging than before with a variety of hole layouts framed by mature trees. Highland’s signature hole, the 15th, features a large “Snoopy” shaped bunker constructed with the permission of Jean Schulz in honor of her late husband, Charles Schulz, who learned to play golf here. • Highland 9-Hole Golf Course, 1797 Edgcumbe Rd., St. Paul, 651-695-3708. The regulation Highland 9-hole,

Your community news and information source par 35, is 3,000 yards from the back tees. Large greens provide a challenge for all levels of golfers. • Mendota Heights Par 3, 1695 Dodd Rd., Mendota Heights, www.mendota-heights.com/pages, 651-454-9822. The city of Mendota Heights operates this par-3 course that features rolling terraine, medium-sized greens and water hazards.

Outdoor baseball

The professional minor league St. Paul Saints play open air baseball at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul. The club is known for over-the-top promotions and antics during the games. General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children under 12. For game dates visit www. saintsbaseball.com. For ticket information, call 651-644-6659.

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S ummer Event Guide and ticket information, call 651-227-1100, or visit showboat.umn.edu. Riverboat Rides. • Padelford Riverboats, Harriet Island. Narrated 90-minute public sightseeing cruises area scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. daily in June, July and August. Included are theme cruises such as “Pirates of the Mississippi” and “Las Vegas Night Casino.” Meal cruises include a half-day Lunch and Lock cruise, Sunday lunch cruise, sunset dinner cruise, wine and dine cruise and a July 4 cruise to view the fireworks from the Taste of Minnesota. For more information, call 651227-1100 or visit www. riverrides.com. • Taste of Minnesota, Harriet Island, July 2-5. The four-day celebration offers music, food, activities and more for the entire family. Tickets are $20 in advance. Day-ofshow tickets will be $20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and $30 from 4 p.m. until the festival closes at 11 p.m.  Kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult.  Veterans and seniors age 65 and older get in free.  VIP tickets are available for $100 and include a VIP Pavilion and complimentary food and beverages.  Tickets will be available at www. tasteofmn.com . Each day, five stages will be filled with music, beginning at 11 a.m. Main Stage: Friday, July 2 – TBA, presented by 89.3 The Current; Saturday, July 3 - Sammy Hagar, Lou Gramm and John Waite, presented by KQRS; Sunday, July 4 Counting Crows, NeedToBreathe, and Gin Blossoms; Monday, July 5 - 311 and The Offspring, with special guest Pepper, presented by 93X. Food, food and more food. Twice as many restaurants are joining the festivities this year, including CRAVE, Barrio, Seven, the 5-8 Club and Holy Land. More quality foods will be offered, including sugarcane skewered tequila shrimp, mahi mahi tacos, crab empanadas, wood-fired pizzas, soba noodles, the Juicy

Lucy and boiled peanuts. Cooking demonstrations by local and national chefs as well as local media celebrities will take place in Cities 97’s “BT’s Party in the Park” tent. Check out Family Entertainment Village, where activities and events for the entire family will be offered, including NBA Nation’s basketball experience featuring NBA stars and three giant sport courts, performances by Circus Juventas, music for kids, games, art activities, storytelling, ballet performances, and a mobile skate board park. Taste will only feature fireworks on July 4th, with a memorial tribute to former Taste organizer Ron Maddox. More information about the celebration can be found at www.tasteofmn.com. • The Irish Fair of Minnesota, August 13-15 Harriet Island. Free admission. Since 2001, Harriet Island Regional Park has hosted the family-friendly, authentic Irish Fair, a three-day celebration of Irish heritage with music, dance and family activities. Come listen to music, watch the dancers and enjoy a pint or two.

Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together, held Aug. 26-Sept. 6, 1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, draws more than 1.6 million visitors annually, and showcases Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art, industry and people-watching. Everything edible on a stick can be found at the fair, along with a giant Midway, a kidway, free music, Grandstand concerts, giveaways, product demonstrations, butter sculptures, animals, parades and much more. Tickets are $11 (free for kids 5 and under). Bargain days and discounted tickets bought before the Fair are available. For more information, visit www. mnstatefair.org.

Swimming Pools • West St. Paul outdoor pool, 92 West Orme, 651-552-9650.

Your community news and information source Beginning June 6, the pool is open daily, noon5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Waterslides, a zero depth pool, concessions and private party rental are featured. A separate playground and picnic area is outside the swimming facility. • Highland Park Aquatic Center (formerly Highland Pool), 1840 Edgcumbe Rd., St. Paul, 651-695-3773. Swim lessons, competitive swimming and adult lap swimming in an Olympic-size pool are offered, as well as water aerobics, general open swim  and concessions. New to the center is a children’s activity pool, water basketball court, and the state’s first aquatic climbing wall. Also included are two drop slides and picnic sun shelters.

Outdoor Dining

Bring your sunglasses and head to the following restaurants for an outdoor dining experience. • Wild Tymes Sports Bar Grill, 33 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul, 651-2248181. • Great Waters Brewing Co., 426 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-2242739. • Kincaid’s Fish, Chop and Steakhouse, 380 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651602-9000. • Pazzaluna, 360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651223-7000. • Trattoria da Vinci, 400 Sibley St., St. Paul, 651-222-4050. • Wooley’s, 174 E. 10th St., St. Paul, 651224-5111. • Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651228-9274. • Boca Chica Restaurante, 11 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul, 651-2228499. • Joseph’s Grill, 140 S. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-222-2435. • El Toro, 199 E. Plato Blvd.,St. Paul, 651-2929111. • Chipotle, 29 W. Fifth St., St. Paul, 651-2925411. • Chipotle, 1857 S. Robert St,. West St. Paul, 651-552-2141. • Culver’s, 125 Marie Ave., West St. Paul, 651-

The Nature Valley Grand Prix bike race returns to downtown St. Paul June 16. For more details, visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com. 457-1870. • The Liffey, 175 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-556-1420. • Patrick McGovern’s, 225 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-224-5821 • River Boat Grill, 105 Harriet Island Road, St. Paul, 651-290-2363.

Hiking and Biking • Big Rivers Regional Trail, Mendota Heights Road, near Highway 13 and I-35E. Located on the northern edge of Dakota County, the Big Rivers Regional Trail offers nearly four miles of hiking and biking trails on the railroad bed of the former Minnesota Central Railroad line. • Harriet Island Regional Park - Bike and hike along eight miles of trail on both sides of the river (users can connect to the Big Rivers Trail by following Lilydale Road for 3/4-mile). The northern side of the trail can be reached by crossing the Wabasha Bridge. Here the trail is separated for bike and pedestrian traffic. • Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary - Located within walking distance of downtown St. Paul, along the Mississippi, the sanctuary features interpretive signage and a walking path that takes hikers past sandstone bluffs, caves and natural springs. A trail extension connects the Nature

Sanctuary, Swede Hollow Park and Mounds Park to one another. • Thompson Park, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. This 57-acre park features a large picnic area overlooking Thompson Lake, a playground, and miles of wooded trails that connect to the North Urban Regional Trail, a trail system that links Thompson Park to Kaposia Park in South St. Paul and to the Mississippi River Regional Trail. The Dakota Lodge, a four-season event center, is also located in the park.

• South St. Paul Riverfront Trail -This scenic trail offers over four miles of paved pathway along the Mississippi River. Access it at Concord Street near Grand Avenue or near Bryant and Butler Avenue. • Kaposia Park, 1028 Wilde Ave., South St. Paul - Hiking trails meander through a forested and hilly 85-acre park. The park also features an enclosed log pavilion, picnic shelter, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, a playground area and tennis courts.

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The 10 th annual International Children’s Festival is featured June 5-6 at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 35 Washington St., St. Paul. For more information, call 651-224-4222 or visit www.ordway.org/ festival.

Children’s Museum “The Wizard of Oz,” the first officially licensed and sanctioned traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved film classic, is featured June 12-Sept. 12. Visitors will journey through child-size reproductions of memorable sets from the movie, such as the colorful Land of Oz, the Witch’s Castle, and Emerald City. Tickets are $8.95. The museum is located at 10 W. Seventh St., St. Paul. For more information, call 651-225-6000.

History Theatre Sample Night Live, a sampling of local productions, is featured at the History Theatre at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, except February. The format features 12 acts per night, including theater, film, dance, improv, visual arts, folk and opera. The next performance is June 2. Tickets are $20. The History Theater is located at 30 E. Tenth St., St. Paul. For more informa-

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Park Square Theatre “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” is presented June 4-July 3. During a small matter of blackmail and missing jewels, Watson pines for Lily Langtry, Holmes chases the infernal Moriarty, and Oscar Wilde gets some of his best lines. The wit and wisdom of Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and even William Shakespeare combine to offer up a delightful escapade that includes seduction and secrets, lies and lilies, mistresses and mayhem. Tickets are $36-$40 for adults, $31-$35 for seniors and $15 for age 30 and under. The theater is located at, 20 W. 7th Place., St. Paul. For more information, call 651-291-7005.

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“The Wizard of Oz,” the first officially licensed and sanctioned traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved film classic, is featured June 12-Sept. 12 at the Children’s Museum of Minnesota.

Science Museum of Minnesota “Dead Sea Scrolls: Words That Changed the World.” This exhibit, featured through Oct. 24, offers a rare opportunity to witness one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. The Dead Sea Scrolls include the earliest known Biblical writings. The 2,000-year-old, authentic text fragments are steeped in scientific, religious and cultural significance. Complementing the exhibit is “Arabia,” showing in the Omnitheater. This film offers a look at Arabia’s culture, history and religion. Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for children ages 4-12 and seniors age 60 and older, or $34 and $28 respectively with admission to the Omnitheater. The Science Museum is located at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. For more information, visit www.smm.org, or call 651-221-9444.

History Center “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World” is presented through July 4 at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. You know about Benjamin Franklin’s famous

experiment with a kite, a key and some lightning, but did you also know about his rebellious youth? That he pioneered wind surfing and invented swim fins? That he helped found the nation’s first hospital, was an environmentalist and charted the Gulf Stream to assist in ocean travel? In many ways Benjamin Franklin is the founding father nobody knows – misunderstood because of the sheer breadth and diversity of his accomplishments. Discover the many ways Franklin has affected our world today in the new exhibit. “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom” - This exhibit features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts, interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II, and who went on to create the phenomenal postwar boom. The exhibition features first-person narratives in recorded interviews, images, film and audio. “MN 150”- Meet 150 people, places, events and things that have sparked

significant change within Minnesota and beyond. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, and $5 for children ages 6-17. The Center offers free admission on Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 651-2593000 or visit www.mnhs. org.

Artists’ Quarter

The Artists’ Quarter, located in the Historic Hamm Building at 7th Place and St. Peter in downtown St. Paul, offers live entertainment throughout the month, including jazz bands, poetry nights and the popular B-3 organ night, held at 9 p.m. every Tuesday. For a complete schedule of events, call 651-2921359 or visit www.artistsquarter.com.

Senior Jazz Band

“POPS” Montgomery’s Senior Jazz Band of Minnesota will perform at 7 p.m., Fri., June 11 at the Landmark Center, 75 W. Fifth St., St. Paul. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 651-788-7196 or visit www.seniorjazzbandofminnesota.com.

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hen I read about 20-foot dunes rising over 100 feet above the Mississippi River, my curiosity was piqued, so I took the short drive down the Great River Road (Highway 61) to Cottage Grove to have a look. After meandering my way through a residential neighborhood, I found a diminutive, primitive parking area near Hadley Avenue and 103 rd Street. It was there that my adventure began to see the Grey Cloud Dunes. The dunes are located within the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), which is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In 1998, The DNR acquired the 237acre property from Ashland, Inc. in a land swap. In lieu of paying the large fine for environmental violations, the corporate suits at Ashland worked out a deal to pay its fine with land rather than cash. Undoubtedly, they thought it was a great deal because the land is hilly, sandy, forested and swampy, making it less than ideal for development. However, the DNR was more than happy to oblige because the agency was able to acquire a significant natural treasure to preserve for future generations. The area is indeed wild

and scenic. The trail from the parking area resembles a deer trail more than a walking path, and it quickly leads you into the heart of a deciduous forest of elms, silver maples, cottonwoods and box elders. It reminds me more of the forested trails I hiked as a boy before our state and federal agencies started making hiking trails so large that they can accommodate an SUV. There are no maps at the trailhead and no trail markers along the way, so hikers must choose their route carefully, which can at times be difficult since there are many spurs off the path. I chose to follow the trail around what appeared to be the perimeter of the parkland. It wound its way through dense forest, a grassy prairie and a small wetland, through a concrete tunnel underneath a railroad track, and finally to the river itself. There are yellow SNA signs along the perimeter to keep one from venturing onto private property, and a few that inform what can and cannot be done on the state-owned land. Essentially, all you can do is hike and view birds, wildlife, wildflowers and spectacular scenery. One may not collect plants, animals, rocks or fossils, camp, picnic, swim, hunt, trap or fish, nor may one bring horses, pets or motor-

ized vehicles on the land. These restrictions allow the fragile and rare ecosystems to remain intact and healthy, and allow visitors to see the land as it was before the pioneers arrived. The sign also encourages users to walk lightly to not damage the land, which was sometimes challenging since the trail would simply disappear. I found myself back-tracking more than once to find the right path. Once in the heart of the park, it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the surroundings. The melodic choruses of native songbirds fill the air and gentle breezes whisper through the prairie grasses and tickle the leaves, rustling them softly. Overheard I saw two bald eagles soaring on the air streams, and on the trail I saw squirrels and wild turkeys. I also startled a large white-tail doe, or more accurately, she startled me. After hiking for more than a half-hour, I was beginning to wonder where the dunes were, but I remained on what appeared to be the most traveled trail as it climbed above the river. The path began to get sandy, which added difficulty to the assent. At the top, I found myself surrounded by this rare ecological environment. The dunes consist of two sandy terraces. The first is 40-60 feet above

The Grey Cloud Dunes consist of two sandy terraces. The first is 40-60 feet above the river and the second is over 100 feet above the river. the river and the second is over 100 feet above the river. According to the DNR, these terraces mark the height of the river during the time the glaciers were melting and retreating. Plants unique to Minnesota thrive on the dunes, including silky prairie clover, rare

sea-beach needlegrass, purple sand grass and long bearded hawkgrass. From this vantage point, one can see a sweeping view of the river valley and Grey Cloud Island, which is named after a Dakota woman, MAHPE-YAHO-TA or Grey Cloud, who lived in the

area in the nineteenth century. The outing proved to be a truly enjoyable experience. I liked the fact that the park was challenging to navigate. It was fun getting lost, both off the trail and in my thoughts.

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P eople Downtown author releases latest picture book Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer

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uthor, illustrator and downtown resident Karen Ritz found herself in an awkward yet enviable predicament recently. A book signing for her new children’s book, “Windows With Birds,” scheduled at the Red Balloon Book Store on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue in late May, had to be canceled when the first run of 2,000 books sold out in six weeks. When the second run of 3,000 arrives “hot off the press,” the event will be rescheduled. The book features her son, Daniel, and his cat Willa, named after author Willa Cather. It describes Willa’s bewilderment at moving from her comfortable Mac/ Groveland home in St. Paul to a downtown apartment. The setting is Ritz’s Kellogg Square

apartment. Her watercolor illustrations create the mood and carry the reader along with Willa as she catapults from disappointment to delight upon discovering birds outside her window, and realizes that Daniel’s love and attention have moved along with her to their new home. Ritz was told by one of her literary friends that she — Ritz — was really the cat in the story. Ritz can’t deny it. Moving over two years ago was difficult, with divorce leading her to search for a new neighborhood. She found it at Kellogg Square in downtown St. Paul, where 450 apartments and nearly 1,000 residents ranging from retirees to McNally Smith College of Music students are her new neighbors. Any doubts Ritz and her son had about moving downtown were soon

dispelled. With a pool, skyways to explore, a million-dollar view of the sun setting, Ritz reports that her son’s friends love to visit. She even saves the trash for them to drop down the 30-storyhigh trash shoot. Ritz has wrapped her arms around her community by becoming Kellogg Square’s official concierge. She updates residents on the latest downtown entertainment and restaurant events through a newsletter and a blog she started at www.saintpaulconcierge. blogspot.com. “It’s fun to connect with everyone downtown,” said Ritz. “I love arranging things.” Since taking on the concierge position, her days are spent in the lobby immersed in helping residents. Evenings are spent in the world of illustration. With more than 40 il-

The book features her son, Daniel, and his cat Willa, named after author Willa Cather. It describes Willa’s bewilderment at moving from her comfortable Mac/Groveland home in St. Paul to a downtown apartment. The setting is Ritz’s Kellogg Square apartment. ... Ritz was told by one of her literary friends that she — Ritz — was really the cat in the story. Ritz can’t deny it.

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Karen Ritz with her new children’s book, “Windows With Birds.” lustrated books under her belt, Ritz is no stranger to the illustration and publishing world. Several of her books have been chosen for the annual Society of Illustrators’ Show in New York. She said her realistic watercolor illustrations have been compared to Norman Rockwell. “I grew up one hour away from where he was painting in Stockwell (Massachusetts),” she said. “He is one of the greatest storyteller illustrators. I still love going to his museum when I visit home.” Home is upstate New York, in a rural area near Albany. As early as kindergarten her drawing skills were impressive enough for her teachers to predict Ritz would be an artist when she grew up. She

took extra classes to learn about drawing techniques, perspective and portraits while in grade school. At age 14, Random House Publishing was introduced to her work, when a woman Ritz knew asked her to illustrate a “bunny alphabet book“ she had written. Random House loved the illustrations but nixed the story. From that day, Ritz set her sights on becoming an illustrator, even attending the Rhode Island School of Design on summer break during high school. There she learned the pencil technique she uses today in portraits and drawings. Her college career began at Kirkland College, now Hamilton College, in New York. Natalie Babbitt, the college presidents’ wife, better known in literary circles as the author of “Tuck Everlasting,” took Ritz under her wing after viewing her portfolio of illustrations. Ritz was set up in an independent study where Babbitt gave her a sentence to illustrate each week. She also taught Ritz pen and ink drawing techniques, and after two years urged her to study children’s literature at the University of Minnesota. Ritz packed her bags and moved to Minnesota, where she graduated in 1979 with a degree in children’s literature. Her first book, “Cornstalks and Cannonballs,” illustrated in pen and ink, came out in 1980. By

1989 she was working full time as an illustrator for books and magazines. Ritz’s realistic style meshes well with historical books. Among the titles she has researched and illustrated are “Ellis Island,” “A Picture Book of Anne Frank,” and “Martha Washington.” Editors know she will do the research. “For example,” said Ritz, “while researching the Holocaust, the author had written that the Germans soldiers came in and captured the town. I need to know, what was the rank of the soldiers? What did their uniforms look like? What kind of rifles would they have been carrying? Authors don’t need to know all the fine details that an illustrator must know to accurately bring the story to life.” When discussing her work, she talks about the universal visual language. Each illustration should pull you to the next page. The lines and colors should project a mood. Color sets the stage. She is very pleased with “Windows With Birds,” a new venture into writing as well as illustration, and has six more books in various stages of production. “Critics seem to think this is an all-season book that could be a classic with its timeless message,” she said. And to think it might never have been written had she not moved downtown.


F uller Files Plug into St. Paul and First Friday events in June

The next Plug into St. Paul event will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thurs., June 17 at Mears Park, preceding the Music at Mears concert. Plug into St. Paul is organized by CapitolRiver Council/ District 17 to introduce newcomers to downtown. The next First Friday social is scheduled for 4-6 p.m., June 4 at Camp Restaurant and Bar in the Rossmor Building. Several dozen artists from the Northwestern, Jax, Tilsner, Northern Warehouse and Lowertown Lofts buildings will open their studios for public visits during the First Friday event. All buildings are located near the Farmers’ Market.

Restaurant report

Lenny Russo plans to close his Heartland restaurant in the Macalester Groveland neighborhood and open a new restaurant this summer in the Market House building in space formerly occupied by Sawatdee restaurant. In other restaurant developments, D. Bryan’s in Town Square plans to open a restaurant at 180 E. Fifth St., and LoTo restaurant in Cray Plaza has closed and will reopen with a new format this summer. Rizzo’s restaurant on West Seventh Street closed due to a poor economy. It was formerly known as Il Vesco Vino.

Art Recovery exhibit

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The 7th Annual Art and Recovery exhibit is featured through June 30 at the Minnesota State Arts Board office, located on the second floor of the Park Square building, 400 Sibley St. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, writings, sculptures and other works of art by crime victims, who use the art to help heal the pain of their injuries. It is sponsored by the State Arts Board and the State Office of Justice Programs.

Weddings in Mears Park

Lynn McCollough, of 413 on Wacouta catering service, said she has about 30 weddings scheduled for Mears Park through November. The park is a block from the Gilbert building, 413 Wacouta, where she operates her catering service. Her business features a reception room with seating for 200, a bride’s room and a chapel for those who want an indoor wedding.

Sixth Street realignment feedback

A majority of those who spoke at a public meeting on the realignment of 6th Street, between Wacouta and Sibley, said they favored the project. According to a plan proposed by the city, the traffic lane on the south side of 6th Street, which is used for parking, would become a through lane for traffic. Meanwhile, the sidewalk on the north side of 6th Street would be expanded from a width of ten feet to 20 feet to accommodate outdoor seating for nearby restaurants and bars. About 22 parking meters would be removed. Cost of the project is estimated at $270,000. Those in favor of the project said the nightlife vitality of Lowertown and public safety would be improved. Opponents objected to the possibility of increased noise and the use of public funds being used for entertainment during a tight economy.

Noontime concerts

The city of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department will present noontime concerts in downtown parks this summer. They will be at Rice Park on Mondays and Mears Park on Tuesdays. The Rice Park schedule includes Trio Tipo (acoustic fusion) on June 14, Fairlanes (a capella doo-wop) on June 21, and Parisota Hot Club (Gypsy jazz) on June 28.

Mears Park will present Capital City Wind Ensemble on June 1, Parisota Hot Club on June 8, the Fountainheads (rock and roll) on June 15, Rum River Brass on June 22 and Charlie and the Good Times on June 29.

City Passport events

City Passport senior citizen center offers the following activities in June on the mezzanine level of the Alliance Bank building: Happy Birthday party, 2 p.m., Mon., June 14; current events discussion, 11 a.m., Fri., June 18; Trivia, 10:30 a.m., Wed., June 16; Bingo, 10:30 a.m., Wed., June 23; Root beer ice cream floats, 1:30 p.m., Fri. June 25; and a Ladies tea, 2:30 p.m., Mon., June 28. The movie schedule for 1 p.m. on Thursdays includes “Baby Mama” on June 3, “Up” on June 10, “Star Trek” on June 17 and “About a Boy” on June 24.

Building Dreams program

AEON will present a Building Dreams program noon-1 p.m., Fri., June 25 at the Crane Ordway building at Fifth and Wall. The program will describe the work of AEON (formerly the Central Community Housing Trust), which operates the Crane Ordway apartment building. AEON is also in the process of converting the Ren Box building at 509 Sibley into apartments with affordable rent.

Jazz at the Black Dog

The Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St., will have jazz programs during the week of the Twin Cities St. Paul Jazz Festival. The Fantastic Merlins will perform with Kid Dakota on Fri., June 18, and Café Accordion will perform Sat., June 19. Concerts will be held from 10 p.m.-midnight.

Great Summer Festival

Great Summer Festival of the Minnesota Sinfonia will feature violinist

Hye-Jin Kim, who will perform at 7 p.m. Fri., June 24 at Lake Phalen. He will play the Spring Movement of the “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi and “Gypsy Airs” by Pablo Sarasate. Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, the Surprise Symphony, will also be performed.

Book discussions

The Central Book Club will discuss “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen at 10:30 a.m., Thurs., June 10, at the Central Library. The History Book Club will feature “I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson,” by Joy Lintelman, at 2 p.m., Thurs., June 24.

CRC hosts annual meeting

CapitolRiver Council/ District 17 will host its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wed., June 16 at McNally Smith College of Music. Eleven people will be elected to two-

year terms on the board, and several unexpired one-year terms will be filled. The district council will also review its progress over the past year.

to serve patrons that cannot make it to the main Farmers Market at Fifth and Wall on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

‘For the Birds’ concert

The Minnesota Shakespeare Company will produce “Hamlet” June 3-13 at the Lowry Theatre Lab, 350 St. Peter St. Tickets are $15. The theatre will also host the Blank Slate Theatre production of “Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” June 18-27.

Zeitgeist will present five performances of “For the Birds” at Studio Z in the Northwestern Building, 275 E. 4th St. They will be held June 4-5 and 10-12. Music will be performed by the Zeitgeist quartet. Victor Zupanc wrote the music and Kevin Kling provided the lyrics.

Farmers Market opens June 10

The Farmers Market at Seventh Place and Wabasha will open Thurs., June 10 and be in operation 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of summer. About 20 vendors will sell produce, flowers and other goods. This market is intended

Lowry Lab productions

St. Paul Prep graduation

St. Paul Preparatory School, located in downtown St. Paul, will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m., Tues., June 15 at the University of St. Thomas. More than 50 seniors will carry the flag of their country during the ceremony. The school has about 150 students from more than 20 countries.

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N ews Briefs Rice Park tours

Become a tourist in your own city and enjoy a Rice Park tour, featuring an exclusive look inside each building surrounding the park. Rice Park stands as a pillar of downtown St. Paul, flanked by the beautiful architecture of Landmark Center, The St. Paul Hotel, the St. Paul Central Public Library, the James Jill Hill Reference Library, 317 on Rice and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts. Tours meet at Landmark Center’s visitor information center, 75 W. 5th St., at 10 a.m., Wednesdays June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 and 18, and Sept. 1 and 15. The tours are free but space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your free space, call 651-2923276 or email jhernandez@landmarkcenter.org.

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Your community news and information source Services has volunteer opportunities for people age 18 and older. For more information, contact 651-266-4090 or volunteerservices@ co.ramsey.mn.us. • Minnesota Literacy Council - Volunteers are needed to tutor adult learners, assist in an adult classroom and teach basic English and GED classes. For more information, contact Allison at 651645-2277, ext 219, or volunteer@themlc.org. • St. Paul Public Schools - Volunteers are needed to tutor elementary students in the St. Paul Public schools in reading and math. Under the guidance of a classroom teacher, volunteers assist students one-onone or in small groups. For more information, contact Connie at 612617-7807 or e-mail cerickson@voamn.org. Volunteers age 55 and older are eligible to receive free supplemental insurance, mileage reimbursement and other benefits

through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Volunteers of America of Minnesota.

HHW collection

Ramsey County’s household hazardous waste collection site at Bay West, located near the State Capitol at 5 Empire Drive in St. Paul, is open year-round. Dropoff is free for residents of Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Hennepin, Anoka, and Carver counties. Please bring a photo I.D. If you drop off an old mercury thermometer, you can receive a new digital thermometer for free. You can also receive a free, reusable 2.5-gallon container to hold used motor oil. Items accepted include, but are not limited to, aerosol cans (no empty cans), paint (no empty or dry cans), antifreeze, paint stripper and thinner, batteries, fluorescent lights, used motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, kerosene, weed

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operate – and beyond! The Spectacle Shoppe supports dozens of charitable organizations, foundations and local school districts, giving tens of thousands of dollars in goods and services each year. Currently, the Spectacle Shoppe is collecting unwanted prescription eyewear, which they will clean and deliver to Haiti and other areas in desperate need of free eyewear. For each pair of prescription glasses dropped off, the Spectacle Shoppe will give a $175 gift certificate to be used on a new pair of prescription eyewear. The “Help Haiti, Help Yourself” program has collected over 1000 frames to date. In its 41 years of operation, the Spectacle Shoppe has grown to five metro locations. The newest store, located in Rogers, is quickly becoming THE place for frame fashion in the Northwest. Downtowners have the opportunity to visit the first Spectacle Shoppe boutique in the St. Paul skyway system. Located in the Lowry building, this unique shoppe also boasts a beautiful mini-gallery of artwork by Minnesota’s own Bill Mack. Art for your walls. Art for your face. Most locations are open seven days a week and offer eye exams by appointment. For more information, special offers and a printable gift certificate, visit www.specatcleshoppe. biz.

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Senior Chore Service

The St. Paul Senior Chore Service has youth and volunteer groups available to assist seniors and people with disabilities with household chores, such as leaf raking, painting, mowing, gardening and minor home repairs. Homes must be in the following St. Paul neighborhoods: West Side, St. Anthony Park, North End, Hamline-Midway, Merriam Park, South Como, LexHam, Frogtown, West 7th and downtown. For more information, call 651-649-5984.

Cooking class for older adults

St. Paul Parks and Recreation’s Programs for Adults 50+ is offering a cooking class 10 a.m.noon, Thurs., June 3 at the Wellstone Center, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul. The class will be led by Cerenity Senior Care and

will offer advice on how to create quick, healthy and delicious meals. Registration is required. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, contact Trenton Henspeter at 651-266-6363 or trenton.henspeter@ci.stpaul. mn.us.

West Side Theatre Project

The West Side Theatre Project is gearing up for its September performance and is working closely with the Jane Addams School for Democracy, Neighborhood House, Dunedin Homes and the West Side community at large. Community readings and auditions will be held in June and July. This year’s show will involve ghosts and food, among other West Side themes. Anyone who lives, works or plays on the West Side is invited to audition. Performances are planned for September 10-12. For more information, visit westsidetheaterproject.org or call 651-216-0060.

St. Paul Urban Tennis registration

St. Paul Urban Tennis provides six weeks of hourly tennis, along with life skills, at 34 outdoor sites across St. Paul for youth ages 5 and older June 14-July 23. Online registration is encouraged, or mail-in registration forms are available

at local Park & Rec. centers. No  child is turned away because of an inability to pay.  For more information, visit www. sput.us.

Visual Jazz show at Artist Mercantile

A Visual Jazz show opens at 6 p.m., Thurs., June 17 at the Artist Mercantile, 24 West 7 th Place, St. Paul. The show, which runs through July 3, features paintings, sculptures and mixed media, all inspired by jazz. It is held in conjunction with KBEM-FM and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held June 14-July 3 in Mears Park. The event is free and open to the public. Minnesota artists submitted works of art that have images of jazz singers, musicians, instruments, etc. Each original piece has been hand selected by a three-person jury: sculptor Frank J. Brown, jazz connoisseur Davis Wilson of the Artist’s Quarter, and Jennifer Bisch, owner of the Artist Mercantile. The Artist Mercantile carries hand-crafted art and gifts created by over 60 Midwest artists. For more information, visit www.artistmerc. com/news.cfm or contact Bisch at 651-222-0053 or artistmerc@yahoo. com. For more information on the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, visit www. hotsummerjazz.com/.

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Although The Pioneer Press printed a cartoon that turned out to be prophetic (it showed an “airport” someday replacing a planned Union railway depot), airplanes in 1910 were still more an exhibition item than a serious transportation option. The 4-day event would also feature automobile, motorcycle and horse racing; any of which would normally have drawn a good crowd. Nonetheless, it was the flying that dominated both the advertising and public expectations. Illustrated ads showed several planes in the air at once in a sort of aerial ballet (or maybe dogfight) but that was just a little creative license on the promoters’ part. The reality turned out to be exciting enough. A number of prominent aviators were scheduled to appear at the show, some with cool, dashing

Your community news and information source aviator-type names like Whipple Hall and Horace B. Wild, but aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss was clearly the star. When the Wright brothers proved to be reclusive following their initial success, New York native Curtiss seized his opportunity. A former bicycle and motorcycle racer, Curtiss had gone into the design and building of aviation engines, and then of aircraft themselves. He was also a test pilot, and in 1908 was the first to take a plane up over 5,000 feet (this while sitting in an open chair with no safety equipment, not even a seat belt). He was the reason promoters had organized the show and he was the one most people wanted to see. On June 23, about 14,000 people risked heatstroke and sunburn and paid 50¢ apiece (or $1.50 for box seats) to see the show, filling the fairgrounds grandstand. The auto racing that day

was great, with several new speed records. But Curtiss had problems, making only a brief lap around the race oval before hitting a pole and crashing in the infield. He was not hurt, but he was also not pleased with the fairgrounds as a place for aviation. Too many overhead poles, wires, etc. But he promised to replace the plane and try again. The next day, true to his word, Curtiss took off on what was to be the hottest day of the month (afternoon high of 96 degrees). He made four long flights that day, soaring high over the stands and skimming low over what is now machinery hill. Other planes and cars had better luck, too, and the show was a huge success. Perhaps the biggest thrill came when a dirigible lost its rudder and nearly crashed into

the grandstand. On the show’s last day, the heat finally broke. Rain washed out much of the auto racing but aircraft were still able to get into the air. The fourth straight sellout crowd went home wet but happy. It was another 13 years before the new Union Depot opened in Lowertown. And just as Pioneer Press cartoonist G.W.

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B ack in Time June 1910: Look, up in the sky! Don Morgan Contributor

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here is a lot of grumbling today about air travel. Jammed flights, charges for luggage, security screenings, and the eruption of an occasional volcano all can make us miss the point of how quickly people can get around the world today. One hundred years ago this month many folks in St. Paul got their

first look at powered flight. Politics was, as usual, a topic good for an argument, and folks complaining about the weather got a reminder of the old warning of being careful what you wish for. Late May and early June of 1910 were very chilly. There was frost as late as the first week of June, unusual even for Minnesota. With Memorial Day past, straw skim-

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mers were the summer fashion for men. It was noted that while the hats looked snappy they didn’t do much for keeping your head warm. Many must have figured that warm weather was overdue, but they would soon stop thinking that way. In 1910, the national Republican Party suffered a rift that was much like the one today. Former president Theodore Roosevelt, who had been out of the country for nearly two years on an African safari and grand European tour, had a serious falling out with his successor, President William Howard Taft. It was not enough that June to just be a Republican, you had to declare yourself either a progressive (Roosevelt) or a conservative (Taft) Republican. Even though the presidential election was more than two years away, the arguments were running hot and Roosevelt’s antici-

pated return to America wouldn’t cool things off a bit. Minnesota Governor A. O. Eberhart, a Roosevelt man through and through, would send a blue-ribbon delegation to attend the reception for TR upon his landing that month in New York. Locally, over 500 people would attend a dinner at the Ryan Hotel and hear a speech by two former Roosevelt cabinet members (both fired by Taft) promoting a return to Roosevelt-type conservation efforts. The argument would continue for most of the next two years. It was also noted that it got really hot inside that banquet room as the outside temperature suddenly jumped to 83 degrees. By the time of the state Republican convention at the city auditorium a week later, two things dominated the event — the party officially went for Taft and

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Curtiss had problems, making only a brief lap around the race oval before hitting a pole and crashing in the infield. He was not hurt, but he was also not pleased with the fairgrounds as a place for aviation. Too many overhead poles, wires, etc. But he promised to replace the plane and try again. the crowd had gone from hot to sweltering as the daily high temps reached the low nineties. By the third week of June, the city had gone from sweltering to broiling. In a time with no air conditioned buildings in the city, temps that week reached the nineties each day with humidity to match. The public beach on Harriet Island was packed. About a dozen horses died from the heat that week and their bodies lay in the streets awaiting pickup. But that didn’t stop folks

from getting out to the fairgrounds for the big air show. That June was less than seven years removed from the Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk. The first public air show had been held the previous summer in France. The fairgrounds show (officially called the Twin City Aviation Meet) would be the first chance for most St. Paulites to see with their own eyes that heavier-than-air flight was really possible. Back in Time / Page 11

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