Each year since 2009, the League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) invites the public into many artists’ home studios as well as independent neighborhood businesses to celebrate artistic expression in our community. Always on the last weekend of August, and beginning to rival the State Fair as an end-of-summer ritual—at least for our corner of the city—this year’s LoLa Art Crawl takes place on Aug. 24 and 25, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.The LoLa Art Crawl has grown each year, and this year’s roster of participants now stands at 155 artists, up from 120 in 2012. The number of sites is not yet finalized, but looks to be about 70 or so.Ericsson resident Jim Foreman is returning for a third year with the crawl. He appreciates “the growing sense of community” that LoLa fosters. Continue Reading
One spring in early April I was out riding my bike when I spotted a large, dark butterfly fluttering over a mound of dirty snow. I did a double-take, for there was still a chill in the air and plenty of snow on the ground. In fact, this butterfly was perched on the snow, and appeared to be sipping from it, as though the pile of snow were a flower. Continue Reading
Have you ever questioned whether the “shamrock” plants sold at grocery stores and florists this time of year are really shamrocks? The word shamrock is not a botanical name, but a common one derived from the Irish seamrog, a diminutive form of seamar, which meanstrefoil, clover, or even honeysuckle. Continue Reading
Even though the first garden catalogs started arriving in early December, garden catalog season’s true beginning is now — that is, on or after twelfth night, the fifth of January. How do I know this? Well, I just made it up, of course. But doesn’t it make sense to you? Continue Reading
During a recent late-afternoon visit to the Mississippi Market co-op on West Seventh in St. Paul, I noticed that the stand of tall trees between the co-op’s parking lot and the river appeared to be a crow gathering spot.