Monthly Archives: October 2014

Holiday Bake Sale and Events at Union Depot

October 31, 2014

As a kick off to the holiday events schedule, the Holiday Bake Sale, Union Depot’s annual holiday gathering will host top Twin Cities bakeries on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Waiting Room at Union Depot. Guests will experience a mix of modern and historic holiday décor. Activities include: cooking demonstrations, musical performances and fun giveaways throughout the day. Christos will be offering gyro sandwiches and refreshments for purchase.

Admission is $5 for adults and seniors; kids under 12 admitted free. Commemorative holiday tins will be sold for $10 and include one general admission, recipe cards from participating bakeries, a Union Depot specialty cookie and a drawing form to enter to win prizes. Part of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority. Tickets available at:

NEW THIS YEAR! Union Depot will be making specialty cookies for the bake sale with their Bee Line Honey. Union Depot is home to five rooftop beehives. These hives help support the endangered honeybee community while producing a healthy and delicious treat. Honey produced by the Bee Line bees is collected to make sweet treats available for purchase, but this is the first time it will be used to make cookies. Bee Line Honey will be available for sale for the first time at the Holiday Bake Sale. Union Depot partnered with Mademoiselle Miel, a St. Paul beekeeper and chocolatier, to oversee their beehives and creation of honey treats.


Immediately following the bake sale will be the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the North Plaza of Union Depot where there will be complimentary refreshments, musical entertainment, fireworks and an opportunity to take a holiday photo. The tree lighting will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Holiday events continue on December 12 and December 19 when Union Depot will once again host FREE movie nights.  All movies will be shown in the Waiting Room. Concessions will be available for sale during all movie nights.Visit for details.


Schedule for the Holidays at Union Depot: Holiday Bake Sale, Tree Lighting and Holiday Movie Nights

BAKERIES:    Annie B’s; Barkley’s Bistro; Bars Bakery; Birchwood Café; The Buttered Tin; Common Roots; Cookie Cart; Curly Girlz Candy; Foxy Falafel with Sift Gluten Free Bakery; Groundswell; Groveland Confections; Just Truffles; Petite Sweets; St. Paul Classic Cookie Company; Union Depot’s Bee Line Honey Cookies


December 6:     Bake sale: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

December 6:     Tree Lighting Celebration: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Tree Lighting:     5:00 PM

December 12:     Movie Night

December 19:     Movie Night


Holiday Bake Sale General Admission: FREE Kids Under 12, $5 Adults

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Free admission to the tree lighting ceremony.

Free admission to Movie Nights.


Lowertown Boos Crawl & Costume Contest Kicks Off at Union Depot

October 13, 2014

Historic Union Depot in St. Paul will kick-off the seventh annual Lowertown Entertainment District Boos Crawl & Costume Contest, Saturday, October 25. With more than 700 participants last year, the Boos Crawl draws the best and the scariest of the Twin Cities to the finest eating and drinking establishments Lowertown has to offer, for drinks, costume contests, and hours of scary fun.

After kicking off the night at a vamped-up Union Depot, and competing for a chance at the Best Original Costume Contest (a $150 prize), participants may parade to seven other Lowertown locations to earn stamps on their Event Passports. In addition, three more themed costumes contests will be held throughout the night, and participants who fill their passports at all eight sites earn a shot at the $500 Grand Prize.

After the Union Depot starting point, crawlers will be invited to stop at Barrio, The Bulldog, Golden’s Deli, Gopher Bar, Hat Trick Lounge, Señor Wong and Trattoria da Vinci. Boos Crawl hours are 7 p.m. to midnight. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to participate in this event. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for pre-sale now through October 25 at The Bulldog in Lowertown. On the night of the event, tickets will be available at all participating locations.

For more information visit the Facebook event page here.

Side Track


From West Cornwall, Connecticut, Tim Prentice’s delicate and ephemeral wire and metal sculpture was the first major art piece to be installed at Union Depot. It hangs in the newly built Kellogg Entry, where visitors ascend from street level to the historic waiting room. “Side Track”, installed in four 12 X 4 feet sections, is a $200,000 commission.

Six historic and multicultural murals


Ralph Gilbert, a figurative muralist, experienced in painting narratives dealing with diverse cultures and history, completed six separate historic murals for the Waiting Room in late 2014. Topics of the murals include wartime, immigration, orphan train, mail delivery, early settlement and railroad service workers. A $150,000 commission, Gilbert’s murals were chosen from a pool of 69 submissions.

Interactive Multimedia Artwork Platform (IMAP)


This commission is organized by Twin Cities-based Northern, and is comprised of a suspended, three dimensional, light animation, 8 1/2 x11 by Jim Campbell (San Francisco), and a participatory story project with custom furniture and Amateur Intelligence Radio (AIR), by Daily tous les jours (Montreal). This $500,000 commission was completed in early 2014.

Ode to Minnesota


A large collage and resin table, Josie Lewis’ piece features an “all-Minnesota” theme, with a brilliant blue Mississippi River curving through the hundreds of thumb-size images relating to Minnesota history, time, art and culture. This $7,000 commission creates a functional meeting place in Union Depot’s Waiting Room.

Union Table


Andrew MacGuffie, Noah Keesecker and Peter Haakon Thompson’s “Union Table.” A regulation-size Ping-Pong® table, this creation combines structural steel with artistic elements to present a unique interactive and community art experience. This $13,000 sculpture is equipped with paddles and balls so that any visitors to the Union Depot Waiting Room may enjoy a game, further enhancing the uniqueness of this space.

A Dream of the Great Northern Railway


Lowertown artist Michael Bahl received an $8,000 grant to create mythical “paleo-osteological” creatures that will be displayed in the Concourse. These fantastical creatures have an elaborate story that is unique to the history of Union Depot.

Train Sequence


Kyle Fokken’s train sequence. This $14,000 commission combines folk-art and toy imagery to create a sequence of three train sculptures for Union Depot’s Waiting Room, depicting a stylized echo of the existing historic terracotta frieze encircling the Waiting Room as well as a look to the future.

Capital Stories


Aldo Moroni’s “Capital Stories” is a series of four ceramic sculptures that portray four time periods in St. Paul’s and Union Depot’s history: “Pig’s Eye,” “Jim Hill,” “Cass Gilbert” and “Immigrants.” The sculptures depict development from the original settlement at Pig’s Eye and the railroad days of James J. Hill through the architecture of Cass Gilbert and St. Paul becoming the gateway city for newcomers to this country. Displayed in the concourse, these sculptures were created with an $8,000 public arts grant.