Yearly Archives: 2015

Top Twin Cities Bakeries Celebrate Union Depot’s Third Annual Holiday Bake Sale on December 12 in Lowertown St. Paul

December 1, 2015
Union Depot Holiday Bake Sale

From macaroons to gluten-free cupcakes, Union Depot’s Waiting Room will be transformed into a one-stop shop for all of this season’s holiday baking needs on Saturday, December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The third annual Holiday Bake Sale will showcase top bakeries from around the Twin Cities, hostess gift vendors and a sneak peek at Lowertown Pop, a Minnesota-made event set for spring.

Baking and cooking demonstrations by participating chefs – scheduled every 30 minutes – as well as musical performances will be offered. Food and drink pairing workshops will turn casual shoppers into holiday aficionados. For a complete list of demonstrations and to purchase Bake Sale tickets in advance, visit www.uniondepot.org/bakesale.

Admission is $5 for adults and includes a free tote bag; seniors 55+ and kids under 12 are free. A commemorative holiday apron will be sold for $10 and includes one general admission, recipe cards from participating bakeries, one Bee Line Honey Bon Bon and a chance to win fun prizes.

This year’s participating bakeries include:

For those in need of unique and locally crafted hostess gifts, a variety of vendors will be on hand. Goods ranging from salsa to handmade soaps will be offered by Blue Heron Soap Co., Double Take Salsa, Jamazing, Whistler Soda and Wild Country Maple.

New this year, attendees will also get a sneak peek at Lowertown Pop (coming to Union Depot April 2016).  Lowertown Pop is a Minnesota pop-up market featuring local artisans and craftspeople, brewers, bakers, distillers, street performers, artists, and musicians. This is a special chance to shop 10 featured Lowertown Pop makers at the Holiday Bake Sale.

Proceeds from the Bake Sale benefit White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.

For more information about Union Depot’s Hub for the Holidays events, please visit www.uniondepot.org/holiday or www.facebook.com/uniondepot.

Union Depot Holiday Tree Arrives: Ceremonial Lighting and Celebration on December 4 as Historic Landmark Becomes “Hub for the Holidays”

November 24, 2015
Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting

Union Depot’s 50-foot holiday tree was cut, delivered, and installed in front of the 1920s era train station on Saturday, November 21. The tree was donated by Lorraine Hart of St. Paul, who responded to Union Depot’s call last August for a holiday tree. The majestic tree will be lighted in an annual celebration on Friday, December 4, when Union Depot officially kicks off its Hub for the Holidays calendar of events. The day will also include the European Christmas Market, live entertainment, a free holiday movie, and the North Pole Express holiday train (the train rides are SOLD OUT).

WHEN: Friday, December 4 (Holiday Tree Lighting events begin at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Union Depot, 210 4th St. E, St. Paul 55101

EVENT SCHEDULE ON DECEMBER 4:

  • European Christmas Market from 2:00-9:00 p.m. on the Union Depot East Plaza with numerous vendors, refreshments available for purchase, live reindeer (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and musical performance by the Mechanical Maestros (5:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • Holiday Tree Lighting celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Waiting Room with refreshments available for purchase; live holiday music performance by The Holy Rocka Rollaz at 6:30 p.m.; guests move outdoors to the North Plaza at 7:15 for the tree lighting, followed by a short fireworks display.
  • Free Holiday Movie Night with a showing of Elf at 7:30 p.m. on the big screen in the Waiting Room. Bring lawn chairs for seating. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
  • Donations of new and gently used mittens, hats, scarves and boots will be accepted Dec. 4–6 to benefit the Hallie Q. Brown Clothing Closet.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION:  A list of European Christmas Market vendors and a complete schedule of Union Depot holiday events taking place from December 4-18 is available on https://www.uniondepot.org/holiday/ or https://www.facebook.com/uniondepot, or call 651-202-2700.

European Christmas Market Brings Old World Holiday Charm to Union Depot in St. Paul

November 16, 2015
Union Depot European Christmas Market

The enchanting European Christmas Market will come to Union Depot’s East Plaza during the first two weekends in December, presenting a holiday festival inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across central European countries.

The free, six-day open-air event features handmade goods from local crafters, artisans and vendors as well as authentic food offerings and drinks. Attendees will find blown-glass ornaments and artwork, holiday décor, clothing and more. Surrounded by carolers, Santa and reindeer, vendors will display their wares in an atmosphere befitting of a traditional Christmas market in Europe.

“The Market showcases traditions and flavors from European cultures to give families a delightful and diverse Christmastime experience,” said Renate Sharp, organizer of the European Christmas Market in St. Paul.

Beyond handmade goods, European-inspired foods will be served, such as traditional sausages, pretzels with mustard, goulash, gingerbread cookies and more. Beer and traditional glühwein (mulled wine) will also be available.

The European Christmas Market, now in its second year in St. Paul, will join the roster of Union Depot’s “Hub for the Holidays” events — coinciding with: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration (Dec. 4); “North Pole Express” Holiday Train (Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 10-13); Holiday Movie Nights (Dec. 4 and Dec. 18); CP Holiday Train (Dec. 11); and Holiday Bake Sale (Dec. 12).

 

At a Glance: European Christmas Market at Union Depot in St. Paul

What:

European Christmas Market — a free, six-day, open-air event inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other central European countries featuring handmade goods from local vendors and European-styled food and drink.

When:

  • 2–9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
  • 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
  • 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6
  • 2–9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
  • 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12
  • 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13

Where:

Union Depot— Outdoors on East Plaza

240 Kellogg Blvd E, St. Paul, MN 55101

 

Current entertainment includes:

Friday, December 4:

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Mechanical Maestros

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Live reindeer

 

Friday, December 11:

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Santa

 

 

Saturday, December 5:

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Elizabethan Syngers

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Santa

 

Saturday, December 12:

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Tiny Christmas Elves (singers)

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Elizabethan Syngers

 

Sunday, December 6:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Mechanical Maestros

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Peer Gynt Norwegian Dancers

 

Sunday, December 13:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Mechanical Maestros

 

 

Current vendors include:

  • Roseberry Children’s Boutique — children’s items such as hand-knit sweaters, hats, mittens, hair clips, wings, tutus, and wooden and knit toys.
  • Lucy Iburg — hats, sweaters, mittens, bags and scarves with Scandinavian designs.
  • Mother Earth Gardens — compostable natural centerpieces and door décor, small winter containers of greens for porches, wreaths, ornaments, unique local and recycled gifts, cards and books.
  • Kettle Roasted Nuts — cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans, cashews, salted cashews and dark cocoa raspberry almonds.
  • Redeemed Dust Designs — wood-burned items such as spoons, rolling pins, cutting boards, recipe cardholders and more.
  • Teresa Ras of Gifts From Poland— mouth-blown European glass.
  • More vendors will be announced soon — stay clicked to uniondepot.or/holiday.

 

Getting to Union Depot 

Bike:  Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus: Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street
  Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 94, 262, 417 | MVTA buses 480, 484, 489
Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar and Car2Go

Union Depot is Your “Hub for the Holidays”

November 10, 2015

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul is your “Hub for the Holidays,” kicking off the holiday season Friday, December 4 with the European Christmas Market, a tree lighting ceremony, live musical entertainment, fireworks, the North Pole Express train, and the first in a series of free Holiday Movie Nights.

 

The holiday family events will be held the first three weekends in December at the historic venue. The schedule changes each weekend so you will experience something different with each visit. Below is a list of events:

 

  • Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 4 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm; guests will enjoy a live musical performance by Holy Rocka Rollaz, the ceremonial lighting of the Union Depot Holiday Tree, and fireworks, followed by the first in a series of free holiday movie nights.

 

  • European Christmas Market: December 4, 5, 6 and 10, 11, 12, 13; the European Christmas Market in St. Paul moves from West 7th Place to Union Depot. The market is based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) and taste European-inspired food and delicacies

 

  • Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: December 11 at 7:00pm the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again roll in to Union Depot. The event will include short musical performances by Kira Isabella and Doc Walker.

 

  • Holiday Bake Sale: On December 12 from 10:00am to 5:00pm Union Depot’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bake Sale will host the top Twin Cities bakeries for a day of cookie and candy shopping.  Admission is $5 for adults and includes a free tote bag, Seniors and kids under 12 are free.  New this year, attendees will get a sneak peek at Lowertown Pop (coming to Union Depot April 9, 2016). Lowertown Pop is a Minnesota pop-up market featuring local artisans and craftspeople-brewers, bakers, distillers, street performers, artists, and musicians. This is a special chance to shop 10 featured Lowertown Pop makers at the Holiday Bake Sale.

 

  • North Pole Express Train Rides: December 4, 5, 6 and 10, 11, 12, 13; families will have the opportunity to ride a train with Santa, see his village and elves at work, then return to Union Depot for refreshments.

 

For more information about Union Depot holiday events, please visit www.uniondepot.org/holiday or www.facebook.com/uniondepot.

Union Depot Free Dance Nights Return for Fall

October 7, 2015

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul is bringing back its popular free Union Depot Dance Nights for two fall events, October 19 and November 16, from 6:15-9:00 p.m. in the Waiting Room.  Each event will begin with 45 minutes of free professional dance instruction by professional instructor Denny Hukriede and an assistant, followed by two hours of dancing to a live band.  Green Mill Catering will host concessions with pizza and beer, wine and other beverages available for purchase.  Union Depot launched its free Dance Nights series in spring 2015 and drew large crowds at each gathering.  The Dance Nights are open to all ages and will feature live music by some of the Twin Cities’ most popular dance bands, so even those who don’t wish to dance can come and enjoy the entertainment.

The October 19 Dance Nights event theme will be Swing Dancing with music by Beasley’s Big Band which has been performing for more than 20 years in Big Band Jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra, delighting audiences with its renditions of music by Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and many other jazz greats.  Salsa del Soul will take the stage November 16 for an evening of Salsa.  The band is a nine-piece orchestra comprised of some of the Twin Cities’ top Latin music talents.  The group performs various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.

 

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October 19: Free Dance Night – Swing

November 16: Free Dance Night – Salsa

 

Getting to Union Depot

Bike:  Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus: Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street

Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 53, 94, 262, 417; MVTA buses 480, 484, 489

Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar and Car2Go

Twin Waves

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Internationally renowned Pennsylvania native Ray King uses glass, metals, laminating films and other materials to create shifting, dynamic light sculptures that play on concepts of ritual, geometry, technology and color. The two “floating waves in space,” at Union Depot have different personalities by day and by night. At night, the sculptures are illuminated by a computer-controlled system creating an aerial dance of light, color and shadow. By day, natural light and pedestrian movement transform the sculpture’s colors and shape, creating an undulating appearance as if the “front of the station is breathing.” The suspended sculptures, a $200,000 commission, hang in the Head House atrium.

Trainscape

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Minnesota artists Amy Baur and Brian Bolton of InPlainSight Art studio created a 146-foot ceramic tile and glass prism mural. “Trainscape” welcomes visitors in the Carriageway and engages them with the history of Minnesota and Union Depot. Each digitally printed ceramic tile contains a center glass prism to capture and reflect light. “Trainscape” is a $150,000 commission.

Union Depot to Participate in St. Paul Art Crawl with Free Visual Arts Exhibits, Performances by Ballet Minnesota, VocalEssence, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and More

September 24, 2015

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will participate in the October 9-11 St. Paul Art Crawl with visual arts exhibits as in years past but this year the historic venue will add live dance and musical performances by many of the Twin Cities’ most respected companies.  The dance line up includes Ballet Minnesota, Sendero Flamenco and Kala Vandanam Classical Indian Dance, all of whom have studio space on Fourth Street around the corner from Union Depot.

During the event, Union Depot also will be a Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl site with performances by VocalEssence, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Apollo Master Chorale and The Schubert Club: Sybarite 5.  The visual art exhibit will feature the work of more than 30 artists in a variety of mediums, including noted illustrator Pam Kirton and painter Marcie Richie, who both had their art chosen to be on the Art Crawl postcard, and photographer Charles Hensley.  The visual arts exhibit and regular Art Crawl hours at Union Depot are 6-10 p.m., Friday, October 9; noon-8 p.m., Saturday, October 10; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday, October 11.

Below is a schedule of dance and musical performances:

Dance:  The dance events will feature a trio of 45-minute performances by Ballet Minnesota, Sendero Flamenco and Kala Vandanam Classical Indian Dance in what they are calling “The Lowertown Dance Showcase” to reflect their collaborative spirit and studio location in a space around the corner from Union Depot.   Ballet Minnesota presents its 10th annual fall concert with the company performing eight works choreographed by Artistic Director Andrew Rist using classical, contemporary and operatic music in the Waiting Room at Union Depot.  The other dance companies will present performances by instructors and students.  Sendero Flamenco will perform the lively and sensual dance form. Kala Vandanam Classical Indian Dance will delight audiences with its exquisite performances of traditional Bharatanatyam dance. Performances times are 7-10 p.m., Friday, October 9 and 2-5 p.m., Sunday, October 11. For more information about the dance performances, please visit Ballet Minnesota’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1155623267785728/.

Music:  Union Depot will participate in the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl with a series of live performances from noon-8 p.m., Saturday, October 10.  All performances will feature 15 minutes of music repeated four times, on the hour and half hour.  Performances include:

  • Noon-2 p.m.: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • 2-4 p.m.: Apollo Master Chorale
  • 4-6 p.m.: The Schubert Club: Sybarite 5
  • 6-8 p.m.: VocalEssence

For more information about the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl, please visit www.saintpaulclassical.com.

The St. Paul Art Crawl events at Union Depot are free and open to the public.  For more information about the activities taking place at Union Depot, please visit www.uniondepot.org or www.facebook.com/uniondepot.  Visitors for the St. Paul Art Crawl events are encouraged to explore the public art installations within Union Depot. There are five small-scale and five large-scale pieces throughout. For information visit www.uniondepot.org

Getting to Union Depot

Bike:  Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus: Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street

Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 53, 94, 262, 417; MVTA buses 480, 484, 489

Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar and Car2Go

Seeking Evergreen Tree for Union Depot Holiday Festivities

August 26, 2015

Wanted: A beautiful evergreen tree, about 80 feet tall, to serve as the sparkling center of Union Depot’s holiday festivities this winter in Lowertown.

The magnificent evergreen fitting this description will become this year’s featured holiday tree for the Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting celebration on December 4, 2015. The tree will remain lit to brighten the winter nights through January 1, 2016.

The Union Depot holiday tree will stand tall on the North Plaza and will twinkle brightly with over 15,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Adjacent to the Green Line light rail station on 4th Street, the tree will enhance the already grand entrance into downtown St. Paul.

For trees to be considered, they must have overgrown their location or otherwise need to be removed, but still in good condition. Only trees within Ramsey County will be considered. Individuals interested in donating a tree for this celebration should email their address and a photo of the tree to info@uniondepot.org or call 651-202-2700. The owner of the chosen tree will be eligible to have the tree removed and the stump ground down at no charge, and may also be eligible for a tax deduction.  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 15.

The Union Depot Holiday Tree will be chosen by November 1, and will be cut, transported and installed on Union Depot’s North Plaza by November 25.

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting celebration will be held on Friday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. and will include special holiday entertainment and fireworks to kick-off the festive season at Union Depot.  The Union Depot Holiday Tree will be on display from December 4, 2015 to January 1, 2016. Visit the calendar at uniondepot.org for more information on upcoming events.

Little Free Library to Open at Union Depot

June 8, 2015

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will open a Little Free Library and expand the former Game Night to Games Galore on Wednesday, June 17, with a launch celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. will kick off the fun.  The addition of the Little Free Library and the launch of Games Galore is perfectly timed with summer vacation for families seeking free entertainment in local hot spots.

The Little Free Library will be located on a colorful train cart in the Waiting Room at Union Depot. This location is the first in downtown St. Paul.  Subtext Books, which is relocating to downtown St. Paul, is donating books to help start the library and will have representatives at the event selling books.  Guests are invited to bring a book to add to the library.  Gently used or new travel guides, travel memoirs, transportation history, transportation books for children and local history books would be excellent additions to the new collection.

Games Galore includes games for all ages and giant-sized games such as Jenga and Checkers.  Previously offered only in the late afternoon and early evening, Games Galore will be set up in the Waiting Room every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The expanded hours are designed to offer fun options for people of all ages who seek a board game challenge and a friendly competition.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, the event will include the following activities:

  • Story time with children’s book readings featuring Michael Hall, local children’s book author, at 12 p.m.
  • Union Depot will host a Ten Thousand Villages market offering fair trade goods for sale June 17-19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in Suite 120 on the west side of the Head House.
  • Bee Line Honey and honey bon bons will be available for purchase in a pop-up shop.

Travelers, visitors and Lowertown residents are encouraged to enjoy these additional opportunities in which the historic venue is engaging the community and further establishing itself as “The Living Room of St. Paul.”

The celebration is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be available during the celebration.  For more information, please visit www.uniondepot.org or www.facebook.com/uniondepot.