Thursday, July 17, 2014

Puppies Unleashed

In case you missed it, there's been a debate going on recently in the Soulard neighborhood about dogs on leashes. It followed the recent announcement by Alderwoman Phyllis Young that the city's Leash Law will be enforced. This announcement came as a result of multiple complaints by neighbors of "dogs running off leash on public streets and within the City parks".

The debate as been quite animated on the neighborhood community website Next Door. Like all good debates, this one has two sides; those that support the law and those that want to see the dogs run free. The loudest of "Doggie Freedom" crowd appears to be members of a group of neighbors who had been gathering at Pontiac Square Park just south of Russell. They have been gathering to socialize after work and allow their dogs to run free. 

Pontiac Square Park is a public space and thus is covered under St. Louis City Ordinance 10.04.220, which reads as follows:

"No owner/guardian of any dog shall permit such dog to be found at large on the streets of the City or in any public place or on another person's private property, unless such dog is on a leash, not longer than six (6) feet in length and held by or under control of a responsible person so as to effectively prevent it from biting any person or animal. All dogs are prohibited from running or being at large unless under restraint as described above"

There are many laws and ordinances out there that I don't necessarily agree with. This is one that I think that it sucks that it has to exist, but it's needed. This ordinance is in place both to protect the humans of St. Louis and the furry residents.

Several of the dog owners letting their dogs go unleashed in Pontiac and voicing their opinions are stating that the owners congregating there are responsible dog owners and no one is being harmed by their actions. The dog owners who brought their dogs to Wentzville's Quail Ridge Park probably thought the same thing. Buddy's owner probably thought that too.  That is, until Buddy was attacked and killed by another dog in the park earlier this year.Nick Andres, Buddy's owner, had this to say while talking about how he wouldn't be going back to the unregulated dog park.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

David Dee & The Hot Tracks This Saturday at Soulard Market Park

Blues band David Dee & The Hot Tracks will be playing Soulard Market Park this Saturday, July 12, from 6-9p. It's part of the Soulard Concert Series presented by the Soulard Business Association with support from many neighborhood individuals, businesses and groups.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, drinks, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. I can say from experience it is always a great time.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Soulard on St. Louis Tinder

You may have seen this article recently about a new campaign promoting St. Louis that is currently going on in Chicago.

If go to WeekendQuickie.com, you see a what looks like a Tinder of St. Louis attractions with some innuendo.

I scrolled through and found the Soulard entry. Spoiler: It's lame. Have no fear, though. Look below the lame one for some slightly cooler ideas.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two Soulard Dudes Get Married

Photo from Rue de la Vie by Alecia Hoyt Photography

If you paid attention to local news at all today you likely saw that four same-sex couples got married on Wednesday just before office-closing time. This flies in the face of Missouri law that states marriage is between a man and a woman. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed some sort of legal thing.

Why is this post here? Because two Soulard residents who do a ton for the neighborhood, Richard Eaton and John Durnell, a couple of 39 years, were married. (UPDATE) Here's more on the couple from the Riverfront Times.

Rue de La Vie, video company located in Soulard and run by Islanders, was there to capture the moment.

Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 Soulard Garden Tour This Saturday

Like gardens and Soulard? This is a tour for you. It's self-guided so grab some friends and some beverages and make a day of this.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2014 Soulard Concert Series

The 2014 Soulard Concert Series in Market Park begins tonight. The concerts, run on one Saturday per month, take place between 6 pm and 9 pm. 

The dates and bands are as follows

June 14 - Patti & the Hitmen
July 12 - David Dee and the Hot Tracks Band
August 9 - Roland Johnson
September 6 - Soulard Blues Band

Bring your own chairs, blankets, etc. Also bring your own drinks and treats.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday Brews N' Clues Trivia at iTap Starting Tonight

International Tap House (iTap) on 9th street is staring up Tuesday night trivia beginning tonight. Hosted by the Island's own Billy Tomber, Brews N' Clues will consist of four rounds of trivia beginning at 8 pm. The overall winners will receive a $40 iTap gift card and the team coming in second will receive a $20 one. Each week will feature a different craft brewery. "Swag" from the featured brewery will be given away throughout the night and the winning team in each round will get a round of beers from the featured brewery for the team

This week's Brews N' Clues features 4 Hands Brewing Company.

iTap is the newest entry into the Soulard trivia arena. Brews N' Clues joins the Sunday night trivia at Llywelyn's as well as trivia at Joanie's and Great Grizzly Bear.