This afternoon, Patrick and I dropped Beatrix off at dance, and then took advantage of the free hour to check out the new Black Stack taproom and go through design books. It was lovely. As my friend Kate said:
The new criteria for choosing dance schools for kids? Proximity to brewpub.Heck, in the Creative Zone, you can have it all!
We were excited to go over to Highpoint Center for Printmaking, whose "Free Ink Day" I had done an Art Hounds appearance about last week — but when we got there, it was packed! Since we were hungry, we decided not to stay, and as we turned back around to go out, we explained that to the gallery manager, who was very apologetic "Oh, I'm so sorry! We were on Art Hounds, and it's just crazy!"
"Uh, yeah, that was me, sorry...."
"Omigod!" she gave me a big hug, "It's been fantastic! We're had over 350 people so far and 80% of them were new to us!! But I'm so sorry you don't get to make a print!"
Honestly, the BEST thing ever is when you talk about a great arts event, and then it's too full for you to do it!
So instead, we stopped in at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, where we had a delicious lunch and got to activate our Belly Up memberships for free Sociable cider and where Beatrix demolished her plate of rice and beans in about 2 minutes flat. The wait was too long to bowl, but she wants to go back and bowl with her brother Miles anyway, because that would be more fun.
From there, we had girl scout cookies to drop off, so headed to Linden Hills, where we ate some ice cream at Sebastian Joe's, shopped at the Wild Rumpus bookstore, and checked out the Linden Hills Poppy (sorry, Jill, I still like the Saint Paul location best, call me a homegirl!) Finally, we were able to walk down to pay homage to Brenda Ueland's historic home at 2620 West 44th Street, which is about to be demolished for an apartment building after the Minneapolis Zoning and Planning committee voted to allow it to be demolished— a sad ending to a lovely, rambling day.