The members of Uptown Rotary gathered on December 18 to mark the 30th anniversary (almost to the day) of their first meeting in 1988. Over the years these remarkable folks have done much to better our community. They’ve also welcomed me into their fold. Here is the story.
How did the four Hill and Lake precincts fare in the turnout sweepstakes? Definitely above average. Here is the story.
Along with the piano, the cello has always been my favorite institute, so I’m pleased to be a part of the International Cello Institute. The concert on January 4 (2019) — a celebration of ICI’s ten years as well as a fundraiser for scholarships — promises to be a treat. Here is the story.
I was only vaguely aware of puzzle rooms (aka escape rooms) until Jamie Fassett-Carman filled me in. They’re hugely popular with younger folks, but they could also help those of us in the grey-hair brigade keep our wits sharp. Here is the story.
Great news for history lovers! After a two and one-half year effort, Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections department and Minneapolis Public Schools finally reached agreement on donating Joe Quigley’s aerials. They are now being professionally archived and scanned and will soon start appearing on HCL’s Digital Collections website for everyone to enjoy. Here is the story.
The members of Uptown Rotary launched The Great Jefferson School Read on October 11. Patterned on PBS’ The Great American Read, the program created by Uptown Rotary, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and Jefferson teachers includes authors who speak especially to the inner-city experience. Here is the story.
Cedar Lake South Beach sits at the heart of the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood. In 2018 a major rebuilding of South Beach was completed. It seemed like a good time to cast our thoughts back 122 years, to 1896, when local photographer William Wallof captured this image of his nephew Paul Wallof III standing at the site of today’s South Beach. Here is the photo and the story.
William Wallof photographed two boys (whose names were not recorded) in a rowboat at South Beach in the 1890s, with the George F. Warner house again in the background. This photo and caption has not (yet) appeared in Hill & Lake Press. Here is the photo.
Fast-forward to 1924. The completion of the Cedar Lake-Lake of the Isles channel in November 2013 had lowered the water level in Cedar Lake by an astonishing five feet, creating the broad sandy beach which these boys enjoyed in 1924 and which we still enjoy today. Realtor and local historian Bob Glancy featured this photo and caption in one of his calendars which delighted Hill and Lake residents for many years. Here is the photo.
The Park and Recreation Board and the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association hosted a grand reopening of South Beach on August 13, 2018. I tried my hand at creating an ad for the pages of Hill & Lake Press. It took hours! Not too bad, and definitely … colorful. Here is the ad.