Anyone who knows me, knows I love the month of May. It is just the best month ever, for many reasons. I thought I’d put together a list of the top three reasons I love May and why I’m now on a countdown to May 2016.
- Spring and the beginning of Summer
Maybe it is because I live in Minnesota. Maybe it is because I love festivals, outdoor concerts, walking tours, block parties, patios, parks, beaches and so on. Maybe it is just because it is the longest time until I have to worry about ice dams again, but I fricken love spring. I try not to play favorites with seasons, because they all have their great qualities, but gun-to-my-head, spring is my favorite. I love the month of May in Minnesota because it is (usually) when spring transitions from piles of dirty snow and mud to green grass and blossoming flowers.My most favorite part of living in the Twin Cities happens this time of year and that is outdoor events. From the casual drink on a patio to the weekend-long music festivals, I WANT TO DO ALL THE THINGS! And for the most part, they start in May. For instance, this May I attended my first Memory Lanes Block Party, caught some tunes at the NE Minneapolis Art-a-Whirl (check out videos below), and did a fair amount of terrible dancing at the Alabama Shakes show on Hall’s Island. These types of events continue into the summer, of course, but I always feel the most anxious to be outside in May, after the grip of winter has finally been relinquished.
- Preservation Month
The National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates May as National Preservation Month. I just love the idea of a whole month dedicated to historic preservation. It seems like such a great idea, to coordinate efforts and have a big push for preservation advocacy during the month of May. I’ve never really seen that happen, but I think it has great potential.
I celebrated Preservation Month by coordinating a Happy Hour with a Preservationist event at the soon-to-open A-Mill Artists Lofts. We had a great turn-out of folks anxious to see the progress Dominium has made in rehabilitating the former grain-mill into residences for Minnesota artists! After the tour we gathered at Mattie’s on Main, who was kind enough to extend their happy hour for our group. I also went to the American Swedish Institute’s Cocktails at the Castle in May – if you’ve never been to the Turnblad Mansion, these events are the best way to go check it out. You can mosey around the historic mansion with a cocktail in hand – that’s my favorite way to tour historic buildings.
I made a point to casually visit a couple historic buildings in honor of Preservation Month – my friend Kari and I stopped by the new Como Dockside restaurant, housed in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion. I also spent an afternoon sampling some beers at 612 Brew, housed in The Broadway, a renovated mattress factory, and Bauhaus Brew Labs, which is just down the street, taking up residence in a former WWII era manufacturing plant. A college friend of mine paid me a visit and we spent a Saturday exploring one of my favorite historic neighborhoods St. Anthony Main.
Preserve Minneapolis, along with AIA Minnesota and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission hosted their annual Heritage Preservation Awards Luncheon in May. I’ve helped out with this event for the past four years and it just keeps getting better, I’ll take any opportunity to recognize preservationists for doing the awesome work they do!
I capped Preservation Month off by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the historic Lyndale Theater, now home to LynLake Brewery and spent a Sunday on their amazing rooftop with some of my favorite people.
My hope is that Preservation Month continues to gain momentum. I think it could be a great opportunity for all these different entities that are supporting preservation to come together and remind people why it is important. Maybe someday we’ll combine two of my favorite things and have a preservation festival (my head would explode)!
- Ok, ok. Maybe it is all because of my birthday…
You all knew this was coming. The real reason I love May so much is, of course, because my birthday is May 28th. I love my birthday, more than any normal adult should and I’m completely unapologetic about that. Birthdays are important, they’re an opportunity to see friends, celebrate life and reflect. Every year my birthday reminds me just how lucky I am to be surrounded by so many incredible people. My friends and family go out of their way to wish me a happy birthday and to participate in the celebration, and I love every minute of it.
This month was a little difficult for me, personally. And at first I was so upset; thinking my favorite month of the year was being ruined. But, it actually turned out perfect – anytime I was sad and feeling sorry for myself, even for just a moment, I would be reminded in some way that I have amazing people in my life. It’s ok to be sad, it’s natural, and sometimes life just doesn’t work out the way you imagined. But it’s those times when you need people the most, I’m so lucky to have people.
May has always been one of my best months. I graduated with three different college degrees in May, bought my first house, traveled to Italy and Greece, moved to Minneapolis, and celebrated 28 amazing birthdays. I know some people think it is silly or vain, the way I blow-out my birthday. But, I don’t care. It makes me happy, gives me an excuse to celebrate, be outside and enjoy the company of the people I love. I think everyone should have that in their life. So, pick your favorite month, fill it with things that make you happy, celebrate every single day – and then come back to me and tell me that it wasn’t the best thing you ever did. In the meantime I’ll be planning my next birthday-month… #29onthe28th
Until next time…