Tuesday, May 31, 2011
While touring Elliot Park with Angharad, she showed me this historic building, which has space for available. Of course, now, I want to know the history so I may come back to this this building to learn more. I'll be posting more photos of my tour of Elliot Park on my Minneapolis 81 blog.
Monday, May 30, 2011
A Memorial Day tradition is to walk through Lakewood Cemetery to reflect on the men and women who have served our country as well as our loved ones who are no longer with us.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Scott and I decided at the last minute to head east on I-94 to check out Dave's Brewfarm, a windmill powered brewery in rural Wisconsin. Best. Decision. Ever. We rarely take road trips unless we are headed to South Dakota to visit my family so this adventure was a nice change. Even though I-94 isn't that scenic, we did stop in Baldwin, "the Biggest Little Town in Wisconsin, for an A&W fix for Scott. We exited I-94 onto beautiful rolling hill road and saw a herd of cattle hanging out with no signs of a fence keeping them from leaving the farm. We spotted a deer in a field of yellow wildflowers and pulled over to take a photo. It is at this point I realized I packed up all of my camera gear but left both of my memory cards behind. iPhoneograpy to the rescue. However, I didn't even attempt to capture the deer and instead appreciated the moment. As if seeing a Doe in the middle of a gorgeous field wasn't enough, we were dazzled by a fawn crossing the road on its wobbly legs. After our brush with wildlife, we set out to reach our destination, 2470 Wilson St., Wilson, Wisconsin.
We were greeted by this lovely handmade brewery sign and the home/brewery of Dave Anderson and Pamela Dixon. Even though the sign pictured above clearly marks the brewery's location, since we were the first to arrive, we somehow thought we should go to the front door (which we later confirmed is their private residence). Fortunately, a couple of regulars, Val and her husband whose name I can't remember, saved us and showed us the ropes by leading us the proper entrance. Soon lots of people were showing up with grills and food to share. It's been a long time since I've experienced such an instant community, dynamic as the people were added. We met and talked with a wonderful retired couple from White Bear Lake - Don and Noreen, who taught Mathematics at Hamline University. I talked with the Bar Manager of Blue Nile which is on my list of places to visit since I haven't been there in a long time. We also talked with Gerry, co-owner of Lowertown Wine & Spirits in St. Paul, who is awesome and has a great sense of humor. Of course, the highlight was getting a chance to talk with Dave, who is both the boss of, and sole employee of, Dave's Brewfarm. He likes to experiment and has the formal training to make it work. His wife, Pam told us of his background working in all aspects of the beer industry and the work it took to create the brewfarm while we worked our way down the list of 8 beers on our flight:
1. Wheatless Wonder
2. Hibiscus Lager
3. Amalgam II
4. Rye Knot Saison
6. Columbus Single Hope Lager
8. Lupulo Noir
I had to take a break around beer five because even though I was only drinking about 4 oz per beer, they are strong beers and I wanted to truly appreciate each one.
I left feeling like I was now part of the Dave's Brewfarm family and I can't wait to return with my beer friends (and DSLR loaded with a memory card) in tow.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Scott and I left our SW Minneapolis home with a goal of walking 20 miles. We met and slightly exceeded that goal because Mother Nature, for the most part, cooperated and gave us one of the most beautiful days we've had this year. Instead of doing a 20 mile power walk, Scott and I opted for the more casual and fun walk with plenty of stops for photos and breaks at neighborhood pubs and cafes.
After stopping at Scott's favorite walking destination, Town Hall Tap, we stayed on Chicago and walked north. I am so glad we did as I can't remember ever walking that entire stretch of Minneapolis. We saw stores, homes and parks we've never noticed before.
We were walking along and suddenly we both stopped dead in our tracks. Is that a real dog in that store's window? Yes, it was! Cooper is a genius marketer for his owner's shop, Chicago Consignments at 3730 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, MN. After taking a few photos of this cutie sitting in the window, we made the best decision on our walk and entered this treasure of a store. We talked with Mike Stebnitz who renovated the space after it sat abandoned for 40 years. Can you imagine what a store looks like after 40 years of neglect? Mike does. He has been part of revitalizing old store fronts as part of Stillwater Development company. He also takes great pride in his part of South Minneapolis - the intersection of four neighborhoods - Central, Powderhorn Park, Bryant and Bancroft. I am hoping he will give me a tour of Central as part of my Minneapolis 81 project.
Next time you're visiting south Minneapolis, do yourself a favor and slow down, get off your bike, get out of your car, get off of the bus and visit 38th and Chicago!
Friday, May 27, 2011
This children's ball has been touring the neighborhood and has found a resting place in an abandoned yard. For some reason the whole thing depresses me.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
After work, I was given a tour of the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis by Adam Nelson, a co-worker. It was one of the most beautiful days we've had this spring so it was a great day for a walk. During the final stretch of our walk, we came across Joan of Arc Gallery in which the artist, Kimber Fiebiger shares her bronze sculptures which have been sold across the United States. I learned from the website that she has made the building at 31st and Franklin her home/studio/gallery. I will add this to my list of go-to places when I need a mood lifter!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Scott Parker, a long-time Armatage resident, has been blessed with the companionship of Kallie, a gentle, sweet, fifteen year-old dog. Scott and Kallie are frequently seen walking to Armatage Park, though their walks have gotten shorter because Kallie's health is not what it once was.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Before going to Give & Take at the Playwrights' Center in Seward, I stopped by 2nd Moon Coffee Cafe at 2223 E Franklin Ave in Minneapolis. The containers of tea immediately caught my eye with the handwritten labels in shades of pink and purple against the blue walls. I am not much of a tea drinker but I associate it with peace, calm, quiet and generally being in a zen state. So, I should probably drink it!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Scott and I take the same path for our dog walk every day. This is Maddy. She greets us with her loud, howling bark and has an incredible vertical jump that has to be seen to be believed. I managed to catch her mid jump and it looks like she's just hanging out watching the world go by. Ahhhh...a dog's life.
Photo of the day contenders
I've been trying to limit my daily post to one photo but the following were serious contenders because of the limited window of opportunity to capture dandelions and lilacs (and husbands posing with lilacs).
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Minneapolis was soaked in rain the entire weekend. Unfortunately, today, one of the storms included tornadoes which touched down, destroying homes, injuries and displacing many residents in north Minneapolis neighborhoods. These boots are super fun and cute but today is a reminder that Mother Nature isn't fooling around.
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family