Monthly Archives: September 2016

Union Depot to Participate in Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl with Free Visual Arts Exhibits, Musical Performances and “Wishes for Peace” Origami Project

September 28, 2016

Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul will participate in the 25th anniversary Saint Paul Art Crawl and Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl October 14-16 with visual art exhibits by 35 artists, classical music performances by four ensembles including VocalEssence and Apollo Master Chorale, and a month-long installation of the “Wishes for Peace” Origami Peace Crane Art Project that will open October 1.

The art crawl hours at Union Depot will be Friday, October 14 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 15 from noon-8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 16 from noon-5 p.m.  Visual art exhibits will be displayed in the Waiting Room and will include work by painter Marjorie Moody and award-winning photographer Charles Hezsely, as well as numerous other artists.  Moody’s watercolor and oil paintings are recognized for their loose, expressionistic style. Her subject matter includes florals, landscapes, figurative and abstracts. Hezsely specializes in photographing architecture, businesses, events, landscapes, and people. He leads Mobile Photography Adventure workshops in the Twin Cities and has self-published photography books.  For more information about the artists’ work, please visit www.mnartists.org/Marjorie_J._Moody and www.charleshezselyphotography.com.

“Wishes for Peace” is a community engagement art project led by artist Yang Mee-Moua Yang that involves families, students, artists, businesses, organizations, schools, and communities who want to share a message of peace through art. The project goal is to engage 2,000 people who will fold 5,000 origami peace cranes, with wishes for peace written inside. The peace cranes will be displayed as an installation at Union Depot through the month of October. The cranes will then be sent to children in Saint Paul’s Sister City of Nagasaki and to Hiroshima. The peace crane idea dates back to WWII when a 12-year-old Hiroshima girl named Sadako Sasaki folded cranes with a wish for health after developing radiation sickness from the atomic bombing 10 years before. Her goal was to fold 1,000 cranes so she could recover and when she succumbed to the illness, her classmates folded the remaining cranes in her honor. Those cranes are all displayed at the Hiroshima Peace Park.

Below is a schedule of musical performances:

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 15.  All performances will feature 15 minutes of music repeated four times, on the hour and half hour.  Performances include:

  • Noon-2 p.m.: Apollo Master Chorale
  • 2-4 p.m.:           Glorious Revolution
  • 4-6 p.m.: Bach Society of Minnesota
  • 6-8 p.m.:           VocalEssence

The Saint Paul Art Crawl and Saint Paul Classical Music 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.  For information about the Saint Paul Art Crawl, please visit www.saintpaulartcrawl.org and for information about the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl, please visit www.saintpaulclassical.com.  Visitors for the Saint 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

“Hub for the Holidays” Festivities at Union Depot Begin December 1

September 14, 2016

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will transform into the “Hub for the Holidays,” kicking off the festive holiday season Thursday, December 1 with the European Christmas Market and the North Pole Express train, followed on Friday, December 2 by the annual Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony with live musical entertainment, fireworks, and the first in a series of free Holiday Movie Nights. Merrick Community Services Food Shelf will be this year’s recipient for community donations of food and cash during our holiday season with details for giving available on our holiday website.

 

The holiday family events will be held the first two 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 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; guests will enjoy a live musical performance by Six Appeal, a six-person acapella group; the ceremonial lighting of the Union Depot Holiday Tree at 7:15 p.m., and fireworks.
  • European Christmas Market: December 1 – 4, and 8 – 11; inspired by the success of its inaugural year at Union Depot, the market will expand to include Thursday and more than double the number of vendors in this year’s event. 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.

 

  • Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: December 9; the brightly lit Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again roll in to Union Depot to light up the winter night.  The event will include music by performers to be announced in mid-October.

 

  • Holiday Bake Sale: On December 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the 4th Annual Holiday Bake Sale at Union Depot, featuring the top Twin Cities bakeries, will open for a day of cookie and candy shopping.  Admission for adults 60+ and kids under 12 is free. Tickets will be available on-line and at the door. The popular Lowertown Pop preview event will return to Union Depot during the Bake Sale, to highlight some of the local makers who will participate in the full event in the spring of 2017. This is a special chance to shop 10 featured Lowertown Pop makers at the Holiday Bake Sale.

  • North Pole Express Train Rides: Back by popular demand, 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. Check out The Friends of the 261 website or Facebook page for times and ticketing.

 

  • Free Holiday Movie Nights: December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Union Depot will be THE place to enjoy free family-themed holiday movies. The hilarious and popular Elf will play on December 2 with the family classic Polar Express showing on December 3.

 

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

 

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:
Car Rental:
Zipcar
Hertz

Hertz® Signs Lease Agreement at Union Depot with Plans to Open in Time for the Holiday Season

September 13, 2016

Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority is pleased to announce that Hertz will open a new location at Union Depot. Hertz has signed a two-year lease agreement at Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul and is expected to open by November 1, 2016, in time to meet holiday travelers’ needs. The rental counter will be located in the Kellogg Entry, next to the Amtrak® ticketing and baggage area and will operate seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Customers will have a wide array of vehicle options to suit every need and taste, from sporty convertibles and eco-friendly, fuel-efficient models to classic sedans, SUVs and minivans for family travel.

The Hertz service will round out Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority’s multimodal vision for Union Depot as a full-service transit/transportation station and will complement its existing transit and transportation options.

“I welcome the opening of Hertz’s newest location at Union Depot in the Lowertown neighborhood of Saint Paul,” said Rafael E. Ortega, chairman, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority. “The car rental office will first and foremost serve customers traveling to the area, but its convenient location in this thriving neighborhood will benefit local residents seeking rental options for travel.”

Hertz rental cars will be easily available in the Lot B drop off area, accessible from Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway, with six stalls available and no fees for parking, allowing for convenient pick up and returns.  Rental car customers will be able to rent or drop off cars for round trip or one-way travel.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Amtrak customers and the local community at Union Depot,” says Hertz General Manager Jeremie Torok. “We look forward to providing travelers with a vehicle that fits their travel plans and needs, while delivering top-notch customer service.”

Hertz will also offer vacation deals to travelers as well as 50 Amtrak Guest Rewards points per day on qualifying Hertz rentals.

For more information about Hertz, please visit www.hertz.com.

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
Car Rental: Hertz