For my readers in the Twin Cities area, there are a number of excellent events coming up over the next few weekends that deserve your consideration.
Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This event showcasing urban living truly has something for everyone. There are condos and houses, well-preserved gems and dramatic remodels. Green improvement is a notable focus again this year, as is historic preservation, aided by the newly-formed and excellent Minneapolis Historic Homeowner Association. There are several bungalows and Arts and Crafts homes on the tour this year and I hope to make it to a few of them. You can find booklets on the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour all over town, or check the tour website: msphometour.com
How Green is My Bungalow?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Covenant Church
3143 43rd Ave S, Minneapolis
Members: Free; Non-members: $3
This latest seminar of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club promises to offer historically-sensitive information on greening older houses. Presenter Peter Lytle is an old home restorer and, as founder of Live Green, Live Smart, a builder of a platinum-level LEED-certified remodeled home. The Twin Cities Bungalow Club always has interesting and useful information in its seminars and newsletters. If you aren’t a member yet, it is well worth your $15/year to join.
Living Green Expo
Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
It has been a couple years since I last attended this extravaganza of all things green and I’m sure there are many new ideas to explore. The event covers green building and remodeling, renewable energy, transportation, lifestyle and more. MetroTransit is offering free rides to the expo via light rail and bus, too. This seems like the perfect follow-up to the green bungalow seminar.
Friends School Plant Sale
Friday, May 8, 2009, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, 2009, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (half price day!)
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
Featuring 2200 varieties of plants for your garden, home and landscape this sale is a fabulous way to start the growing season. The prices are very good and the proceeds benefit a worthy local organization. I’ve shopped the sale the last three years and it really is a blast. If you’ve never been to the Friends Sale, you can find the catalog around town or online. First-timers would be well-advised to check out the advice on “doing the sale.”
Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour
Saturday, May 16, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tour starts at: 4621 Aldrich Ave S, Minneapolis
Members: free; Non-members: $5
UPDATE: Tour Cancelled!
According to a postcard I received on May 7, there just weren’t enough homes ready and available for touring this year. The Bungalow Club pledged to return with a tour in the spring of 2010.
One day, six homes, and lots of fabulous details for any Arts and Crafts enthusiast. The preview images on the Twin Cities Bungalow Club website are tantalizing to say the least, and the managable tour size leaves plenty of precious weekend left for other things. I always get inspired by what I see on this tour, so it is definitely worth the time. And have I mentioned the interesting and useful Bungalow Club seminars and newsletters that can be yours for the low annual membership fee of $15? I have? Oh, good– because that is an excellent deal.
See you around town!