Anna Jones and Ryley Graham
The seventh annual HillFest took place Sunday, Aug 28 on the 500-600 block of East Fourth Street. Local resident Archie Davis organized the first HillFest in 2012 as a way to bring community members together despite the traffic-heavy Sixth Avenue East that cuts the Central Hillside neighborhood in half. He also wanted something for local kids to do in the summer without having to pay the high prices at events like the State Fair.
Thomas the Tank Engine visited his friends in Duluth during the first two weekends in August. The Day Out With Thomas brought in visitors from 15 states in the Midwest as well as Canada. This is his fifth consecutive visit. After having drawn in thousands of riders, plans are to have him visit again next summer.
For the past three years, Duluth food trucks have made an appearance at the downtown Main Library Plaza on Friday afternoons. From quesadillas to ice cream, the food trucks bring a vast variety of lunch options. People come from near and far to enjoy the weekly event that has been labeled Food Truck Fridays. "It seemed like a great use of the space and a good way to bring in people," said Julie Kapke, an adult services librarian who recently began coordinating Food Truck Fridays. "It's gotten a very positive response from library staff and people who work in the area."
The 2016 Chester Creek Concert Series has brought music to Chester Park for 34 years. The park has heard everything from folk to ska. On Tuesday, July 25, local band The Adjustments brought a bluesy rock sound to the stage. These weekly concerts, held every Tuesday through Aug. 16, draw many Duluthians who enjoy the free music and friendly outdoor atmosphere. XXXXXXX Please crop dates out of photos XXXXXXXXXX 0731.F.DBN.RyleyAnna.Chester.Ashley.JPG
The Greater Downtown Council puts on the Sidewalk Days Festival every summer. Typically, they kick off the festival with a vintage car show on Superior Street and this year was no different. Even with last Wednesday's rain, Duluthians still came out to enjoy the parade of old-fashioned automobiles and eye-catching modern ones. Many of the vehicles have a backstory as interesting as the appearance of the vintage cars themselves. 0724.DBN.Anna&Ryley.Sidewalk.Truck
On July 7, 21 Northland poets gathered at the Duluth Art Institute to read 21-second-long original poems. The poetry reading was a promotion for Tim White's art gallery "In and Out of Context" exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute. The exhibition was an extension of the book "In and Out of Context" which pairs White's photographs with unrelated poems from local poets.
Although the Duluth Transit Authority has been around for over a century, there is still a vast number of Duluthians who don't use public transportation. To encourage commuters to ride the bus, the DTA recently began its third annual Commuter Challenge month. The Commuter Challenge is an initiative in which people are encouraged to walk, bike or bus to work rather than using automobiles. It was kicked off Tuesday with a breakfast and presentation on the benefits of using alternative transportation methods. The challenge runs through the month of July.