Neither snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the intrepid Northeast resident from participating in the annual President’s Day Walk and Celebration. On Saturday, February 19, scores of neighbors trekked – or rode a shuttle bus – across the streets from the Firefighters Hall and Museum along 22nd Avenue to Windom Park (for hot chocolate and a warm-up) then on to Northeast Middle School (for chili and chat.) Walkers pause en route to learn about the U.S. Presidents for whom the streets are named.
Some nitpickers, who probably don’t walk anyway, point out the rare inconsistencies in the street names – for whatever reason my house is on Stinson, between Benjamin (Harrison) Roosevelt. Still, generations of Northeast residents can beat the much vaunted Watson of Jeopardy! fame on the topic of presidential succession. Their ready recall comes not so much from the history text but from years of walking and biking the hood.
The 2011 President’s Day Walk marks the third year of the neighborhood celebration – with future treks planned. Though some might wish that President’s Day were celebrated after the snow and ice are also history, Northeast folks rise to the occasion to honor their forebearers, learn some history, and to share the spirit of a welcoming community that has always thrived in Northeast Minneapolis.