Hamline Midway Spring Festival 2015

Posted on April 8, 2015 - 1:54pm

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16th 4:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.

WHERE: Fields behind Hancock Recreation Center, 1610 Hubbard Ave

Registrations for exhibitors and vendors at the community expo are now closed. If you have questions or comments, please contact HMC Director of Communications and Engagement Kyle Mianulli at kyle[at]hamlinemidway[dot]org or 651-494-7683.

Gather your friends and family and join your community for the Hamline Midway Spring Festival Tuesday, June 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the fields behind Hancock Recreation Center and Hamline Elementary, 1599 Englewood Ave. Come explore and enjoy all that makes Hamline Midway such a vibrant and thriving urban community. Fun and festivities for all ages and interests will abound. The event is free and open to the public.

Enjoy the sounds of the Midway and beyond with a full evening of exciting local performances. Explore, discover and connect with more than 60 exhibitors at the Community Expo, including area businesses, nonprofits, schools, artists, neighborhood groups and more.

Pick up some tips and tricks for your urban homestead at the Urban Farm and Homestead demonstration zone. Discuss the latest issues and opportunities facing our communities at the outdoor living room-themed Issues and Opportunities Forum. Join in a game of Human Foosball provided by Can Can Wonderland. Enjoy a delicious meal from A La Plancha food truck or the local Fry Mama’s Fry Bread, along with other treats.

There will be three opportunities for you to do some good deeds upon arrival at the festival. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food shelf with the Franciscan Brothers of Peace; scrounge up your old electronics to donate with Tech Dump, and drop off your old shoes for Shoe-Away Hunger. Whether you bring one or all three, you’ll get a voucher for a free hot dog donated by Clayton Howatt of Verus Builders, LLC.



4:00-4:45pm--Tipper Road
4:50-5:35pm--Urban Hillbilly Quartet
5:40-6:10pm--Babatunde Lea
Mira & Tom Kehoe & Friends
7:05-7:30pm--CANVAS Teen Arts Center
7:30-8:30pm--Ashley DuBose Group

Daniel Rumsey
The Midway-Frogtown Arborators Band

Join us in the Clown Lounge at the Turf Club for a special after party celebration, AGES 18+

The main stage will be alive with music all evening. We are thrilled to have the wonderfully talented Ashley DuBose headlining the performances from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A St. Paul native, DuBose gained national recognition as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice in 2013. She has since gone on to build a robust local and national following and continues to bring her image-positive feel-good R & B music to Twin Cities venues and crowds around town.

Other performances will include the upbeat Irish Music Group Tipper Road, known for bringing new life to traditional songs from the Emerald Isle; the award-winning Americana powerhouses Urban Hillbilly Quartet; African Drumming from Babatunde Lea; the neighborhood all star jazz & Brazilian group Mira & Tom Kehoe & Friends with Maliya Gorman Carter Juggling and performing; spoken word and performing artists with the CANVAS Teen Arts Center and more. Acoustic blues folk singer and guitarist Daniel Rumsey and the Arborators will also be roaming the festival grounds with even more music to enliven your evening.

The Turf Club has graciously offered to host a special after party event in the Clown Lounge at the Turf Club from 8:30-11:00 p.m. Come unwind from the fun, enjoy a beverage and start dreaming big for next year's festival!



A La Plancha Food Truck
Fry Mama's Fry Bread
Ginkgo Coffee House--ice cream
Hot Dogs Donate by Verus Builders

Bring your appetites and sample the traditional Spanish cuisine of A La Plancha food truck. Seasonal and incredibly fresh ingredients are the backbone of the wonderfully delicious fair from this truck. Just look for the orange truck featuring a picture of a Mexican Wrestler, or “Luchador.” With vegetarian, as well as meat-eater options, A La Plancha will satisfy the feistiest of appetites. 

The only food truck owned and run by Midway residents, Fry Mama’s Fry Bread brings a delicious twist to traditional native fry bread. With both sweet and savory options, you’ll have a choice of delicious toppings to adorn your fluffy flying saucer of fry bread. Owned by Barbara Ritt, former proprietor of Cookie’s by Barbara on Snelling Ave, Fry Mama’s Fry Bread bridges the old world with the new in a delicious fusion of Midway and Native pride.


Community Expo

See a full list of this year's exhibitors here.

Our community is full of valued businesses, community groups, non-profit organizations and many other organizations that make this such a vibrant and rewarding place to live, learn, work and play. This is your chance to explore all that is happening in the neighborhood. The community expo will feature a wide array of exhibitors and activities for you to explore, discover and connect with.  Bring your wallet to shop the vendors tables and support our local business community. We are thrilled to have more than 40 neighborhood groups, businesses and organizations exhibiting at this year's Festival! 


Urban Farm & Homestead Fair 

Ramsey County Master Gardeners
North Country Food Alliance
Capitol Region Watershed District
Eureka Recycling
Frogtown Farm
Soil Testing Lab at U of MN
U of MN Bee Squad
Midway Greenspirit Community Garden
Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply

Whether you tend a plot at one of Hamline Midway’s community gardens, keep a window box of herbs or are just looking for new ways to bring the best of the country to your own urban oasis, you’ll find tons of resources and information at the Urban Farm and Homestead Fair.

Plant some seeds and watch them grow with the North Country Food Alliance. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will be on hand with information about pollinators and what you can do to help make the Midway a “pollinator paradise.” Learn everything you need to know to start your own backyard chicken coop with resources and supplies from Eggplant Urban Farm supply, who will bring a couple of their own feathery friends for you to meet. You can also bring a soil sample to have tested by the University of Minnesota Soils Lab. 

Catch up with all that’s happening at the urban farmstead over at Frogtown Farm. Ramsey County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all your home gardening questions. The Midway Green Spirit Community Garden will also be present with tips and tricks and to share what’s up this year at the garden. Are you trying to reduce your waste? Try your hand at the Zero Waste Sorting game from Eureka Recycling!


Kids Activities

Bouncy House
Rock Climbing Tower
Arts & Crafts
& More!

The parents of our two community schools, Hamline Elementary and Galtier Community School, have teamed up to host enough kid friendly activities, crafts and games to keep every member of the family busy and creative. From arts and crafts, to face painting, lawn games and more, everyone is likely to leave with at least some glitter in their hair and big smiles on their faces. Get your bounce on in the bouncey house, provided by St. Paul Parks and Recreation, or test your mettle on the Climbing tower and grab a glimpse of the community festivities from on high.


Issues & Opportunities Forum

Connect St. Paul
Hamline Midway Neighbors for Peace
Historic Hamline Village
HM Progressive Women's Network
Hamline Midway Environmental Group

Hamline Midway is full of passionate, informed and hardworking people who want to see our community and city thrive. What better way to discuss the issues that matter to you and the opportunities to address them right here in our community than in an outdoor living room, specially designed to be conducive to passionate and constructive dialogue focused on solutions and education. 

Pull up a seat and hear what’s happening to alleviate the risk associated with train cars carrying Bakken Oil through our communities. Learn about the work being done to advocate for high-speed fiber optic internet as a public good in the city with Connect St. Paul; or connect with the Hamline Midway Environmental Group, and learn about the exciting environmental initiatives they have underway in the neighborhood. Learn more about the Hamline Midway Neighbors for Peace, and the Midway Progressive Women’s Network, as well.


Movie Theater Showings

Paddington, (2014)
Neighborhood Documentaries

After a full evening of community fun and excitement, unwind with a special movie theater showing of the hit movie, Paddington, which will play on the Parks and Recreation Movie Theater Screen inside the Hancock Rec. Center gym at 8:30 p.m.

If you’re looking to take a break and cool down during the festivities, hop inside and pull up a seat for select neighborhood documentaries by Hamline University Students in David Davies’ Visual Anthropology Class.


Bake Sale

After you fill up on dinner from one of the delicious food trucks on site, head over to the Hamline Midway Community Bake Sale, where expert home-bakers, as well as area businesses will have a wide-variety of delectable sweets for sale. Gluten-free, or gluten-full—there will be baked goods for all! Proceeds will be donated to a fund for next year’s festival and to support various neighborhood initiatives and programs.


Making the Spring Festival A Zero Waste Event

Eureka Recycling, a zero waste non-profit working to demonstrate that waste is preventable, helping us make the Spring Festival zero waste! Almost all the waste of this event will be recycled or composted into dirt and we’ll be able to see how close to zero we can get. Thank you for helping make this happen by visiting the Eureka table to learn more about zero waste at home and checking out the zero waste stations!


Our Sponsors and Partners Make this Event Possible


This year’s Hamline Midway Spring Festival is made possible entirely by the generosity of our sponsors and the dedication of our partner organizations. Special thanks goes to our major sponsors Hamline University and the Turf Club. The partnership of St. Paul Parks and Recreation and the CANVAS Teen Arts Center in organizing and producing this event has been integral to the scale and success of the planning process, as well.

This event would also not be possible without our Neighborhood Supporter sponsors: Neighbor Works; Greg’s PC Repair; the Melo Family: Mim, Fred & Baby Zoe; Chuddwerks; Verus Builders, LLC; The Friends School of Minnesota; Hamline Elementary; Galtier Community School; Tech Dump; Lloyd’s Pharmacy; and the UPS Store and the Monitor Newspaper. 


A Huge and sincere thanks to all the volunteers and Hamline Midway neighbors who have worked very hard to make this event happen. It would not be possible without their tireless dedication and commitment to building community and celebrating our neighborhood. Thanks, volunteers!