1. Queen Anne Kiddieland
A post on The Valleyfair of yesteryear: Queen Anne Kiddieland prompted Patrick Boulay to write:
My dad was a great salesman. He talked (paid) the guys at QAK to bring the horses over to our backyard at Virginia Lane and Concord for my big brother's birthday party. We were all dressed up like cowboys and eating hot dogs and cake around card tables on the grass. Up comes a truck and horse trailer with five or six ponies. The adults grabbed the reins and lead the ponies with us on top around the back yard, which was the big, open area shared by nine homes. Wow. the only thing that would have topped that would have been Casey Jones himself.
Hi, Pat! (Patrick Boulay was my boss at my first job out of college.) If you have any photos of the big day, we'll include them in our "Growing Up in Edina: A Show and Tell Exhibit" now on display. I know I would love to see you and your buddies dressed up as cowboys, as would the old neighborhood gang from Virginia Lane.
Boyd Thomas at "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit opening
The only reason we have items in our collection is because community-minded residents donate them. We have photos of Queen Anne Kiddieland thanks to this man's wife. Boyd Thomas (left) helped his father run the pony rides at QAK but had little documentation of the operation. As a surprise, his wife Gwen put an ad in the newspaper asking for copies of photos and put a scrapbook together for him. She allowed us to copy photos for our exhibit, including this great one (below) of Casey Jones (actor Roger Awsumb) running the Rock Island Rocket miniature train.
2. Morningside Athletic Club
Last week, I wrote about the number of organizations that still use Morningside in their titles, even though the Village merged with Edina in 1966 (Neighborhood names: Morningside.) Carol Mathie noted one I missed: Don't forget the Morningside Athletic Club. Guys sports every Saturday at 8:00. Plus other events through out the year. Over 200 members.
What is the Morningside Athletic Club? I had never heard of it so I went to the internet for more info. As the organization's blog puts it: "The Morningside Athletic Club was formed by a group of guys in the neighborhood to organize events to give neighbors an opportunity to meet one another." They get together at Weber Park for pickup games of hockey, football, basketball and other sports as a way to get to know their neighbors.
I love their logo:
As you can tell from their slogan, this is an athletic club where the emphasis is less on "athletics" and more on "club." As one of the "EdinaMACdaddies," as they call themselves, wrote on their blog: "(S)o many great memories of my last two years playing... came not from my performance on the ice but from looking at the mix of neighbors and kids that have shown up to play time and again. I always think back to the Leave it to Beaver show that seems to capture a time where a home came with a community. I and so many others have commented that the Morningside neighborhood in Edina is a throwback to that era."
3. Wooddale dance
Carol Tegen saw herself in one of our blog posts, Growing Up in Edina: Dancer's life formed at Wooddale School: Imagine my surprise when scrolling through a series of Google image results for Wooddale Elementary I spotted one of my old dance (performance) photos. I STILL have that costume.
If you're willing to loan or donate the costume, we'll put it in our "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit next to the dance photo.
I love it when people see themselves in our exhibits. While we can't compare to the Smithsonian or the Minnesota History Museum, no one else tells Edina's story better than we do. Where else can you walk into a museum or look on a history web site and see yourself... or your neighborhood, your childhood, your church, your school, your house? As our slogan puts it: We tell YOUR story.
4. Help us tell YOUR story!
Please support our mission by attending our first fundraiser concert featuring The Peterson Family, Minnesota's first family of music. We're a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that depends on the support of the public to keep our doors open! Hope to see you on June 14. For more information, see our concert web page. Get a group of friends together and enjoy a night out and support your community.
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