Do you remember Carlson's Odd Shop in Morningside? Or Officer Weber, Joyce's Bakery, the cookie lady and Mrs. Glover? Then you're officially an "Morningside Old-Timer." Mark your calendar for a reunion of friends from the neighborhood: Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Weber Field warming house.
I have a feeling that there will be a great turnout for this event. More than 250 people returned for a neighborhood reunion back in 2005 during Morningside's centennial, when the Edina Historical Society held a grand opening of "Morningside: A Century of Good Neighbors" exhibit. The annual picnic for current Morningside residents attracts around 300 people each year.
I may not have grown up in Morningside, but I do know one thing: it's a very tight little community, perhaps because it was a separate village for almost 50 years. Even though the neighborhood rejoined Edina in 1966, there will "always be a Morningside," the local paper editorialized after the election to merge Morningside with Edina.
This reunion will be very informal, according to one of the organizers Jim Joyce, with the main goal of reminiscing and renewing acquaintances.
"A few of us 'Old-timey Morningsiders' got to thinking it would be fun to gather together at one of our favorite Morningside hangouts, Weber Field, to see who's still around and try to recall some of those times from our yesterdays of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s ... and beyond," the reunion press release states."Maybe we talk about things and people such as Hawkins, Carlson Odd Shop, Tastee Treat, Mrs. Glover and Miss Baker, Harold Schwartz, Wayne Courtney, Constable Weber and not to forget 4th of July bike parades at Weber Field, Scout meetings at Morningside Church, movies atWestgate Theater, pot belly stove huddling at the skating rink warming shack and early morning treats at Joyce's bakery. Or just hanging out at Vic's Texaco station, Wimmer's (Wimpy's) bike shop and Lake Harriet's north beach and bandstand."
Organizers will set up tables in the warming house on the north side of Weber Field with -- what else? -- Weber grills. People are encouraged to bring food to share, as well as some photographs of family, neighbors, classmates, the village and village characters.
Maybe some of those characters will even show up in person, Jim says. "We are working on opening up what's left of the old Morningside grade school from noon to 1 p.m., in case you want to see where you spent part of your youth with Mrs. Glover, Miss Baker and our other fine teachers and classmates. We don't think Mrs. Hutchinson, the Morningside principal for many years, will be able to make it, but we may be able to arrange for a visit by one of our other teachers from that era."
To RSVP or assist in spreading the word, setting up tables, re-constructing the Fourth of July bicycle parade or bringing in old photos, please contact the Morning for Old-timey Morningsiders (MOM) Committee:
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