Celebrating Edina's 125 years of making history
April 20: Braemar Skaters salute Edina with "Go Green!"
The history-making Braemar City of Lakes Figure Skating Club will salute Edina history at their 48th Annual Ice show on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th at 6:30pm at the Braemar Ice Arena, 7501 Ikola Way, Edina.
The club will open with "Go Green!" in the show entitled Skating the Colors of Life, featuring skaters from age 3 to 18 including the 2013 Junior National Championship Team.The Friday show is dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of the City of Edina and will include many local dignitaries and the Edina High School Band.
Other performances will spotlight the City Skate School Classes skating in group numbers, Club Skaters in Solos, Duets, Trios and Groups and three Synchronized Skating Teams. Tickets are available at the show. General Admission - $7; Children 5 and under - Free, Students through High School/Seniors - $5
Deadline May 1: Submit Edina family recipe for city's cookbook
Over the past 125 years, those who came to Edina – no matter how brief their stay – have built the community. Bonds between people were often formed around food at dinner tables, picnics in the park, soda shop counters and local eateries.
To pay tribute to residents’ contributions in forming the community, the City will produce a cookbook for the Quasquicentennial celebration featuring stories about local families of the past and present, along with a few of each family’s recipes.
“The Quasquicentennial cookbook is meant to contain a collection of food recipes that were developed by residents throughout Edina’s history,” said Communications & Technology Services Director Jennifer Bennerotte. “It will acquaint Edina residents, and others, with meals prepared by both their predecessors and neighbors living down the street today.”
Contact: Call 952-826-0359 or email city staff to participate. Families featured in the cookbook will receive free copies.
July 4th Parade celebrates "Making History Since 1888"
1930s Edina July 4th parade
Edina loves a parade! The July 4th parade is a great community event and opportunity to celebrate Edina.
How you can participate: Show off your organization’s history by marching in historic costume, entering a historic-themed float or recreating a scene from Edina’s past. Sponsor a contest for best history entry or help with logistics and planning.
Contact: Frank Cardarelle, Parade Committee Member, 952-941-3031.
Sept. 15: Historic Home Tour features three architectural eras
The Baird house
Homeowners of three distinctive styles of early Edina houses will open their doors to the public this fall. Visitors will see the 1886 George and Sarah Baird home on 50th Street, a Country Club District home and a Morningside bungalow. Tickets will cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the renovation of the Edina History Museum.
Contact Dianne Plunkett Latham, Tour Chair, 952-941-3542.
Tickets now available online at SeatYourself web store! (Service fee is 50 cents per ticket). Click on Seat Yourself icon below:
Aug 11: EdinaScapes juried art show opens at History Museum
What would Edina be without the rushing of Minnehaha Creek, the grand view of Grandview or the bright marquee of the Edina Theater at 50th and France? As author Terry Tempest Williams wrote: “Landscape shapes culture.”
A new exhibit featuring art depicting landscapes, cityscapes, parks and landmarks of Edina opens Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Edina History Museum following a month-long debut at the Edina Art Center.
Grand opening activities at the museum begin at 2:30 p.m. Visitors can view the exhibit, purchase new "Greetings from Edina" postcard tshirts and participate in a silent auction benefiting EAC and the Edina Historical Society.
In addition to paintings, photos and scultpure, the show will feature a highlight reel of video footage showing Edina scenes, such as the lunch counter at Clancy Drug, park and rec programs at the Hayes farm, and fun moments from community access shows.
Visitors are also invited to stroll the grounds of Arneson Acres, an almost 14-acre park that surrounds the museum. The 28 gardens, maintained by the City of Edina and the Edina Garden Council, are at peak bloom.
Admisison is free. Invite your friends for a fun, relaxing afternoon at the museum.
See the blog for "A few good reasons to attend EdinaScapes"
Edina Reads announces winners of writing contest
Edina Reads recently announced the winners of its writing contest honoring Edina's Quasquicentennial. Winners program on Monday, Nov, 18, at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Edina Senior Center,dina Quasquicentennial Writers Read
Monday, Nov. 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Fireside Room, Edina Senior Center, below the library
Winners of the Edina Reads Committee Writing Contest, in honor of Edina's Quasuicentennial, will read from their winning works.
Sponsored by Friends of the Edina Library; Sponsored by the Edina Community Foundation, Edina League of Women Voters, Edina Senior Center, Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Edina High School, Edina Community Education and Edina Resource Center.
Adult Honorable Mentions are: “Growing Up in Edina” by Ted Brouillette and “No Place Like Home” by Andy Otness.
Second prize of $250 will go to Celayne Jones “A Magical Childhood.”
First prize of $500 will go to Sarah Morris for “A Leadership Legacy: Early Edinan Sarah G. Baird.”
Entries were judged on the extent to which they creatively portray Edina's history or community nature. Fiction and nonfiction work were both eligible, The contest was open to anyone who presently lives or attends school in Edina or who has done so in the past.
Oct. 10: Edina era told in "Tales of a (Desperate) Book Club"
Hear how a cluster of “trailing spouses,” arriving in Edina in the years around 1980, connected first through Newcomers and then through books. Hear how they read and talked together through those changing times, how the books they chose spurred and guided them into new arenas, and how, no longer moving on, they have made Edina their home.
Betty Johnson McGarry and other “desperates” share their story on Thursday, Oct.10, at the Fireside Room in the Senior Center/Library building. Program sponsors are the Edina Historical Society, the Friends of the Edina Library, and the Edina Reads program. The event will occur in tandem with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Edina Friends.
Dec. 12: Founders' Day Celebration
Village Council meeting held at the Grange.
According to legend, the naming of Edina in 1888 stopped just short of bloodshed. On one side, the Scots, who favored the name Edina, a nickname of the Scottish capital Edinburgh. On the other, the Irish, who argued for Killarney Lakes, to honor their native country. The controversy became so intense, according to one embellished retelling, that the meeting broke out in fisticuffs and the Scots voted on Edina after the Irish had gone home.
All are invited to hear the real account of how Edina got its name, as well as other entertaining tales from the city’s 125-year history, at a community-wide Founders’ Day celebration on Dec. 12, 2013.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with an open house at historic Cahill School and Minnehaha Grange Hall, where farmers overwhelmingly voted 54-2 to form the Village of Edina on Dec. 12, 1888.
Activities move across the street at 6 p.m. to Edina City Hall., for a social hour and music by the Edina Chorale. The lobby will display a timeline created by the Human Rights and Relations Commission marking Edina’s human rights milestones, as well as historic photographs.
A 7 p.m. program features short readings and songs that “celebrate the people who have created our community over the past 125 years,” said event chair Joni Bennett, who serves on both the Edina City Council and the Edina Historical Society’s Quasquicentennial Committee.
Edina’s history will unfold through a series of vignettes, including direct excerpts from residents diaries and oral histories. Readings will be interspersed with historically significant songs performed by the Edina Chorale.
“Edina has so many great stories, from pioneer Sarah Baird’s account of the name controversy to Morningside’s rallying anthem to secede from Edina to Southdale’s public relations stunts in the 1950s,” said Marci Matson, Edina Historical Society Executive Director. “This fast-paced program will hit the highlights of 125 years in 45 minutes.”
Invited guests include representatives from the original founding families, federal, state and local elected officials, and perhaps a surprise guest or two but “the most important guests are the people of Edina,” Bennett noted. “This is an event for the entire community to celebrate what makes Edina what it is today.”
The evening will close with a reception sponsored by the City of Edina that will include, of course, cake.
Founders’ Day will mark the end of the Quasquicentennial celebration year that included a Historic Home Tour, EdinaScapes art show, neighborhood and school reunions and a history-themed July 4th parade, among other events.
For more information, contact: Joni Bennett, Founders’ Day Chair, 952-927-0661.