Yearly Archives: 2017

Nearly 30 of the Top Twin Cities Bakeries and Hostess Gift Purveyors will be at Union Depot for Fifth Annual Holiday Bake Sale on December 9

November 20, 2017

From festive holiday baked goods to gourmet confections and holiday gifts, guests at the Fifth Annual Holiday Bake Sale at Union Depot will find an array of delectable bakery items and other goods when the Waiting Room is transformed into the popular event on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Holiday Bake Sale will showcase nearly 30 vendors, including many of the top bakeries from around the Twin Cities, and makers of smart hostess and holiday gift items, in a marketplace format. New this year will be a holiday cake walk sponsored by The Germanic American Institute. Every half hour, guests will be invited to participate. Prizes include handmade Old World German cakes and tortes.

Guests will enjoy baking and cooking demonstrations by participating chefs – scheduled every 30 minutes – as well as musical performances, and craft demonstrations. Radio hosts Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1 – Minneapolis/St. Paul and Staci from KS95 – St. Paul/Minneapolis will each lead an on-stage demonstration. For a complete list of demonstrations and to purchase Holiday Bake Sale tickets in advance, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/bakesale.

“Our community is stronger from the welcoming work our great neighbors on the West Side have offered to immigrants and refugees for 120 years,” said Rafael Ortega, Ramsey County commissioner. “We are pleased with the opportunity to give back as Neighborhood House has been named the recipient of financial donations and non-perishable food items collected at the fifth annual Holiday Bake Sale at Union Depot.”

Admission is $5 for adults, with 100 percent of proceeds going to Neighborhood House. Seniors 60+ and kids under 12 are free. VIP admission is $10 and includes a commemorative bakery box that includes an oven mitt, recipe cards and coupons/offers from participating bakeries. Tickets are available online at www.uniondepot.org/bakesale and at the door. Ticket prices do not include service fees.

This year’s participating bakeries include North Mallow, Potter’s Pasties, Bread Art, Curly Girlz Candy, Ink Sweets, Sarah Jane’s Bakery, and many more. Vendors offering hostess gift ideas include Jamazing, Double Take Salsa, Patti’s Granola, Panache and others. For a complete list of vendors, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/bakesale.

The Holiday Bake Sale will join the roster of Union Depot’s “Hub for the Holidays” events at Union Depot: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration (Dec. 1); “North Pole Express” Holiday Train (Nov. 30-Dec. 3 and Dec. 7-10); Holiday Movie Night (Dec. 1); and the European Christmas Market (Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10). For more information about Union Depot holiday events, please visit www.uniondepot.org/holiday or www.facebook.com/uniondepot or www.facebook.com/uniondepot. Information about Neighborhood House is at www.neigh.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 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

Hub for the Holidays Celebration at Union Depot Begins December 1 with Official Holiday Tree Lighting and Other Festive Activities

November 2, 2017

Union Depot will transform into a glittering Hub for the Holidays on Friday, December 1, when the annual Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting takes place with live musical entertainment featuring American Idol contestant, Eric Gordon, and fireworks, in addition to the opening of the festive, outdoor European Christmas Market, train rides on the North Pole Express, and the treasured annual tradition of a free family holiday movie night with a showing of Elf. The North Pole Express will begin its rides on November 30. On Saturday, December 9 the popular Holiday Bake Sale will return, with baked goods and confections from the top Twin Cities bakeries.

Below is a list of holiday happenings at Union Depot.

  • Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; guests will enjoy a live musical performance by American Idol contestant, Eric Gordon in the Head House inside Union Depot, followed by the ceremonial lighting of the Union Depot Holiday Tree at 7:15 p.m. on the North Plaza and a spectacular fireworks show. This year’s Union Depot Holiday Tree is a majestic blue spruce being donated by Ramsey County Parks & Recreation.
  • European Christmas Market: Weekend Holiday Outdoor Shopping – December 1 from 4:00-9:00 p.m., December 2 from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., December 3 from noon-6:00 p.m., December 8 from 4:00-9:00 p.m., December 9 from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and December 10 from noon-6:00 p.m. 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. Guests can shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations, taste European-inspired foods and drink Gluhwein (spiced mulled wine). This event is free to attend.

 

  • Holiday Bake Sale: On December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the 5th Annual Holiday Bake Sale will take place at Union Depot, featuring nearly 30 of the top Twin Cities bakeries selling festive and delicious baked goods and confections.  Guests also will enjoy live cooking and baking demonstrations and other entertainment. Admission is $5 for adults, with 100 percent of proceeds going to charity. Seniors 60+ and kids under 12 are free. VIP admission is $10 and includes a commemorative bakery box that includes an oven mitt, recipe cards and coupons/offers from participating bakeries. Tickets are available online at uniondepot.org/bakesale and at the door. Ticket prices do not include service fees.

 

  • 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. The North Pole Express rides will take place November 30, December 1-3, and December 7-10. For ride times and tickets visit The Friends of the 261 at https://261.com/npe/.

 

  • Holiday Movie Night: December 1 at 7:30 p.m., Elf will be shown. Event is free to attend.

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

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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

Nearly 30 Artists to Be Showcased at Union Depot During Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl, October 13-15

September 30, 2017

Nearly 30 local artists will showcase their work at Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul during the Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl, October 13-15. In its 26th year, the Saint Paul Art Crawl is recognized as one of the largest cultural events of the year, featuring more than 400 artists and live entertainment in venues across the city. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Saint Paul’s first art crawl, which was held at Union Depot in 1977 and organized by the founding artists of the St. Paul Art Collective, who held their first group exhibition at the event.

 

A variety of visual artists will be featured at Union Depot during the three-day event on Friday, October 13 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday October 14 from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 15 from noon to 5 p.m. Art exhibits will be displayed in the Head House and will include work by painters Ralph Ryan and Marjorie Moody, jewelry designer Marie Biallis, and many more.

 

Highlighted Artists:

 

Ralph Ryan: Ryan’s paintings are created with acrylics and watercolors. His inspirations are fantasy and science fiction, which are both depicted in his works.

 

Marjorie Moody:  Moody’s watercolors and oil paintings are inspired by florals, landscapes, figurative and abstracts. Her work is sold in galleries and exhibitions around the world and found in private collections throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

 

Marie Biallis:  Biallis’ “Gypsy Heart Jewelry Designs” pieces are Bohemian in spirit, with an earthy, casual wearability. She creates her necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using natural stones, beads, leather, metal and wire.

 

The Saint Paul Art Crawl and exhibits at Union Depot are free and open to the public.  For more information about the Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl and to download free Metro Transit passes, please visit www.saintpaulartcrawl.org. Visitors for the Saint Paul Art Crawl events are also encouraged to explore the public art installations within Union Depot.

 

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

Union Depot is “Official Transit Hub” of 2017 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

September 20, 2017

For the fourth year in a row, Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will serve as the “Official Transit Hub” of the 2017 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 1.  During the marathon, Union Depot will offer convenient parking for visitors and easy access to the METRO Green Line for people wishing to be at the starting line in downtown Minneapolis and finish line at the Minnesota Capitol groundsMetro Transit is offering free rides to all runners and volunteers.

Health and fitness enthusiasts can also catch the free shuttles from Union Depot to the Twin Cities in Motion Health & Fitness Expo happening September 29-30 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Shuttles will depart every 20-30 minutes from the curb cutout in front of the Union Depot Kellogg Entry. In the spirit of the marathon, free Saturday yoga class on September 23 at Union Depot will be themed “Yoga for Runners” with movements specifically tailored to endurance runners.

The newest Union Depot online “Choose Your Own Experience” listing offers ideas for watching the marathon from a variety of top viewing points around town, with transportation options starting at Union Depot and taking the METRO Green Line to U.S. Bank Stadium to catch the kickoff of the marathon. The listing includes recommendations of public transit to take visitors between key points along the event route, including a ride on the Green Line to the Capitol/Rice Street Station where the marathon ends, and from there back to Union Depot. Visit the “Choose Your Own Experience” section at https://www.uniondepot.org/tcm to learn more.

“Twin Cities In Motion is pleased to continue its partnership with the Union Depot for the 36th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend,” said Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities In Motion. “The Union Depot provides an important service for our participants, spectators, and volunteers who will be on the move marathon weekend. Access the Union Depot provides to parking, Health & Fitness Expo shuttles, and the METRO Green Line serving our start and finish lines makes our event easily accessible while reducing traffic impact on the community.” For more information about the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, please visit www.tcmevents.org/marathonweekend.

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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

“St. Paul Shopping” Experience Added to Union Depot’s “Choose Your Own Experience” Online Campaign

August 4, 2017

A new “St. Paul Shopping” experience has been added to Union Depot’s popular online campaign, “Choose Your Own Experience,” that launched in 2015 to promote a variety of experiences around the Twin Cities in which guests can participate when they visit Union Depot. Each experience includes a visit to Union Depot, whether simply to park in the venue’s parking garage while exploring amenities in the neighborhood, to partake in an event in the space, to ride the Green Line to cultural, entertainment, shopping and sports events along the route, or to catch a bus or Amtrak® train for a getaway.

A series of short videos produced by Visit Saint Paul introduce shoppers to an eclectic mix of stores, restaurants, galleries and more. “As a gateway for Saint Paul visitors, Union Depot is the perfect place to begin a shopping adventure through our unique neighborhoods. We are thrilled that the Union Depot team is inspired by the Retail Insider video series and we are grateful for their ongoing support and partnership,” said Magdalene Nitschke, Member Marketing & Communications Manager, Visit Saint Paul. The video tour begins in the vibrant Lowertown neighborhood, then moves on to explore Grand Avenue, followed by a transfer to the picturesque Highland Park neighborhood.

Walking to Lowertown Shopping Highlights:

The Lowertown Bike Shop at Union Depot offers cycling enthusiasts a wide variety of bicycles and accessories. Nearby, shoppers can fuel up with delicious fare at the Handsome Hog restaurant overlooking Mears Park, then head over to the renowned Saint Paul Farmers’ Market for baked goods, meats, cheeses, flowers and more. Art lovers will find a vibrant assortment of local art at the AZ Gallery artists’ cooperative in Lowertown, and shoppers can get a gourmet pick-me-up with fine confections at Legacy Chocolates.

Taking the Bus to Shop on Grand Avenue:

The Grand Avenue shopping and entertainment district is one of the Twin Cities’ most popular areas, full of charm, history and unique mix of shops and restaurants. Shoppers can take the Metro Transit Bus Route 63, which picks up at the corner of Broadway and Kellogg near Union Depot, from Union Depot to Grand Avenue. Jahna Peloquin, style editor for Minnesota Monthly magazine and co-founder of Fashion Week MN, loves the variety at fashion house Atelier957 and is a regular at the hair salon The Wow Bar. Little readers will find a delightful assortment of children’s books at the Red Balloon Bookshop, and connoisseurs of regional American craft and fine arts will find abundant options at The Grand Hand Gallery. The Grand Ole Creamery offers weary shoppers a cool, delicious respite in its vast array of ice creams.

Moving on to Highland Park with a Bus Transfer:

From the 63 Metro Transit bus, shoppers can take the A-Line bus rapid transit service for a quick trip to the Highland Park neighborhood and its many choices of great shops, restaurants, parks, and an annual art fair. The A-Line stops at Snelling and Ford Parkway, delivering riders to the heart of this vibrant neighborhood. Stephanie’s Shop is a favorite for those seeking on-trend, fine women’s clothing and accessories. Stylish youngsters and their parents will find a wide assortment of clothing and accessories for babies and children at nearby Pacifier, an urban baby + kid boutique.

Other “Choose Your Own Experience” options, which begin at Union Depot, include:

  • State Fair Scavenger Hunt
  • Red Wing R&R
  • Twin Cities Music Tour
  • Afternoon Bike Adventure
  • Duluth Weekend Getaway
  • Date Night in St. Paul
  • Chill Out in Chi-Town

For more information about the St. Paul Shopping experience, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/visit/choose-your-own-experience/st-paul-shopping/. To view all of the “Choose Your Own Experience” options, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/visit/choose-your-own-experience/.

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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

Tall Evergreen Tree Sought for Union Depot’s “Hub for the Holidays” Festivities

June 2, 2017

A tall evergreen tree, approximately 80 feet in height, is sought to serve as the sparkling centerpiece of Union Depot’s annual “Hub for the Holidays” festivities this winter in Lowertown. The majestic evergreen fitting this description will become the featured holiday tree for the Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting celebration on Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

The Union Depot Holiday Tree will stand tall on the North Plaza, adjacent to the Green Line light rail station on 4th Street, to welcome visitors to the venue’s grand front entrance.  Twinkling brightly with more than 15,000 energy-efficient LED lights, the tree will brighten the winter nights through January 1, 2018.

 

The key requirements for trees to be considered are:

  • they must have overgrown their location or otherwise need to be removed
  • be in good condition as the tree will be viewed from 360 degrees
  • located within Ramsey County

 

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 Friday, September 29, 2017.

 

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 24.

 

The schedule of festivities happening during the “Hub for the Holidays” at Union Depot will be confirmed soon.  The Union Depot Holiday Tree will be on display from December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Visit the calendar at uniondepot.org for more information on upcoming events.

 

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

Northern Pacific Railway Post Office Car No. 1102 to Make First Appearance in More than 40 Years at Union Depot Train Day

April 26, 2017

For the first time in 40 years, the Northern Pacific Railway Post Office Car No. 1102 will be accepting mail for Railway Post Office cancellation when it appears at Union Depot’s Train Day on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special envelopes with a special cancellation stamp will be available for purchase ($10) and representatives from the United States Postal Service will be on hand to commemorate this unique event and assist guests with mailing their items on the train car.

Shipment of mail by train began in the United States in the 1830s, after having launched in the United Kingdom in 1830. The Railway Post Office was introduced in the United States in July of 1862, initially using converted baggage cars on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad. Soon thereafter, purpose-built Railway Post Office (RPO) cars were introduced. Two years later, the first permanent Railway Post Office route was established, distinguished from the original operation because the mail was sorted to and received from each post office along the route, as well as major post offices beyond the route’s end-points.

St. Paul and Minneapolis were widely regarded as essential rail mail stops and considered to be the gateway for all mail moving west – even to points across the Pacific Ocean. The two cities were among the busiest in the U.S. Railway Mail Service network based on the number of miles covered along routes originating from St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Railway Post Office connected communities across the United States in an efficient and reliable way by carrying boxes, letters, magazines, newspapers, money, tools, home supplies and more. Sears, Roebuck & Co. even got its start on the railroad in Minnesota.

The Northern Pacific Railway Post Office Car No. 1102, originally established in 1914 as a passenger coach, was rebuilt in 1947 into a “combine” car with sections for the RPO, Railway Express Agency, and seats for up to 20 paying passengers The car was retired in 1970, then purchased in 1976 by the Minnesota Transportation Museum, whose volunteers restored the car, over a two-year period, to operation in its post-1947 triple-combined appearance. It’s currently the only RPO car known to be operational and certified for operation on commercial rail. The train’s appearance at Union Depot will mark the 40th anniversary of the end of RPO service and will be part of the venue’s “Last Mail Train” display at the Train Day event. At the end of Train Day, the RPO will depart for Osceola, WI, carrying the commemorative envelopes and postcards to be sent all across the United States.

Train Day will offer fun experiences for railroad enthusiasts of all ages; more details can be found at uniondepot.org/trainday

  • David Thompson will present an educational session on “RPOs Across America: A Century of Running the Mail on America’s Railroads.” His father, the late Arne Thompson, was a Railway Mail Service Foreman/Clerk in Charge on six RPOs that ran out of Minnesota from 1945 to 1962. David’s presentation will cover several topics including the early history of RPOs, “Fast Mail” express trains on American railroads, what it was like to work in an RPO car, and how a perfect storm of events ended Railway Post Office service on America’s railroads.
  • A RPO movie titled “Mail in Motion” will be shown at 11:30.
  • Guests will have the opportunity to pick up a Union Depot commemorative post card for mailing on the RPO (or saving as a keepsake). The first 100 people stopping at the Union Depot information station at 10a, 11a, 12p, 1p, 2p, and 3p will be able to take one.

 

Train Day attendees are encouraged to download free Metro Transit ride passes for the ride to Union Depot on the Green Line or Metro Transit buses. Visitors can also enjoy a free ride on a vintage bus transfer between Union Depot, Minnesota Transportation Museum, Twin City Model Railroad Museum and James J. Hill Center.

For more information about Union Depot Train Day, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/trainday.

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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

Nearly 40 Artists to Exhibit at Union Depot During Saint Paul Art Crawl

April 20, 2017

Union Depot will be a hotspot in downtown Saint Paul when more than 30 local businesses celebrate the Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl, April 28-30. In its 26th year, the Saint Paul Art Crawl is nationally recognized as one of the largest cultural events of the year, featuring more than 400 artists and live entertainment in venues across the city.

 

A variety of visual artists will be featured at Union Depot during the three-day event on Friday, April 28 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday April 29 from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 30 from noon to 5 p.m. Art exhibits will be displayed in the Head House and will include work by photographer Bruce Siebold, painter Mark Lindstrom, potter Joan Miller, and many more.

 

Highlighted Artists:

  • Bruce Siebold – Eighty Acres Photography: For the past 26 years, Siebold has taken nature photos exclusively on eighty acres located near Menomonie, Wisconsin. His work focuses on nature and is featured in his book, Thank You Sun, which was published in 2016. For more information, visit http://www.eightyacresphotography.com/
  • Mark Lindstrom – Mark Lindstrom Art: A self-taught artist, Lindstrom’s oil paintings feature expressive movement covering a wide range of genres. For more information visit MarkLindstromArt.com.
  • Joan Miller – Grey Cloud Pottery: Miller was selected as a District Spotlight Winner by Art Crawl sponsor, the Northwestern Building. Her pieces reflect nature as an inspiration.

 

The Saint Paul Art Crawl and exhibits at Union Depot are free and open to the public.  For more information about the Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl and to download free Metro Transit passes, please visit www.saintpaulartcrawl.org. Visitors for the Saint Paul Art Crawl events are encouraged to explore the public art installations within Union Depot.

 

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

Lowertown Pop Minnesota Maker’s Market Returns to Union Depot on April 15 with the Twin Cities’ Most Talented Artisans and Craftspeople

April 3, 2017

The popular Lowertown Pop Minnesota Makers’ market will return to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul for its second year on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the venue’s Waiting Room.  The event, held in partnership with Becky Sturm of StormSister Spatique, will feature an array of local artisans and craftspeople including brewers, bakers, distillers, musicians, and visual artists, and will include live demos on the main stage throughout the event.

 

Fifty percent of event ticket sales will be donated to River’s Edge Academy, a nonprofit organization that challenges students to discover their greatness by learning through experience in a small, supportive community, and fifty percent will be given to one lucky Minnesota Maker. Last year’s Minnesota Maker winner of half of the event ticket sales was Melissa Boyle who owns and designs the Wooly Wearables and Marvelous Melissa cat toy lines. The $4,100 she received allowed her to purchase her first cell phone for the business, and allowed her to hire an additional production assistant, pay for professional product photography, and participate in two large makers’ events that had previously been too costly.

 

This year’s participating vendors includes Moxie Malas, Nest Pure, Sidhe Brewing Company, Desdamona Doolittle, Gardenagerie, Hart and Soul Herbal, 212 West, Tonja’s Table, and many more. For a complete list of vendors, which is regularly updated in the weeks leading up to the event, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/lowertownpopmakers/.

 

Advance tickets are $10, with free admission for children ages five and under. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.lowertownpop.com.  For information about River’s Edge Academy, visit http://www.riversedgeacademy.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 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

Union Depot will Host Annual Doggie Depot Event February 4 with Canine Experts, Pet Adoptions, Vendor Marketplace, Dog Yoga and More

January 6, 2017
Doggie Depot Banner Image

Union Depot will go to the dogs for a day when it hosts Doggie Depot, the popular annual celebration of all things canine, on Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota and will be held in conjunction with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. People and their pooches will enjoy informative dog programming, canine adoption with more than a dozen local pet rescue organizations, a pet vendor marketplace, a dog yoga class, a pet photographer, and the crowning of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Canine-King Boreas and Canine-Queen of Snows.

New this year will be “Doga,” a yoga class for pet owners and their dogs that will take place at 11 a.m. Owners and their “dogis” will be led in the Downward Dog and other movements and breathing techniques by a professional yoga instructor, resulting in a happy pack. Tickets are $10 per pet/owner pair with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the two winning pet charities from the dog coronation contest. Class details and registration are at www.uniondepot.org/doggiedepot. Representatives from Sidewalk Dog Media will be there to share tips about the Twin Cities’ most pet-friendly restaurants, retailers and more, and Katie K9 from myTalk 107.1 will host a Q & A with pet owners, sharing her canine expertise. For more information about the canine winter royalty competition and submission details, please visit www.facebook.com/uniondepot.

Event Activities Include:

  • Q & A about all things canine with dog expert Katie K9 from myTalk 107.1
  • More than 15 pet rescue organizations with dogs available for adoption
  • Pet products vendor marketplace with nearly 20 exhibitors
  • Pet photographer who will take photos of four-legged and two-legged guests
  • Crowning of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Canine-King Boreas and Canine-Queen of Snows
  • Doga: Yoga with Your Dog! Breathe and stretch with your favorite “dogi,” in a class led by a professional instructor, and become a happy pack. Registration and details are at www.uniondepot.org/doggiedepot. The cost of the unique Doga class will be $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the two winning pet charities from the coronation contest.

Pet Marketplace Vendors include:

  • Finley’s Barkery
  • Molly & Me Boutique
  • Sidewalk Dog Media
  • NutriSource Pet Foods
  • Dog Days St. Paul
  • Just Dogs! Gourmet
  • Norwex Cleaning Supplies
  • Skidbarks
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • Iron Dog
  • Rio Grooming
  • Argosy University
  • Hound Dawg Paw Balm
  • Woofington
  • Fresh Air Training
  • KME Photography
  • Lexi the Pug
  • Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota

Pet Adoption Rescue Shelters include:

  • A.R.K. MN Rescue
  • Save A Bull Rescue
  • Minnesota Boxer Rescue
  • Grey Face Rescue Hospice/Grey Face Rescue & Retirement
  • Underdog Rescue, MN
  • Pet Haven, Inc. of MN
  • Carver-Scott Humane Society
  • PNC Rescue
  • Gemini Rottweiler and Pitbull Rescue
  • No Dog Left Behind
  • Animal Ark Rescue
  • United Doberman Rescue & Canine Castaway’s Plus
  • Doberman Rescue Minnesota
  • Adopt A Husky
  • My Pitbull Is Family
  • Ruff Start Rescue

Doggie Depot will be held in the Waiting Room at Union Depot.  There will be several pet relief areas designated outside on the North Plaza and near the Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street entrance. For more information, please visit www.uniondepot.org/doggiedepot 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: Zipcar
Car Rental: Hertz