Crescent Heights Neighborhood
Happy Hour drink prices plus half price hors d’oeuvres!
Church of the Beatitudes, 2812 8th St N
Guest Speaker: Kristen Brett, Marketing spokesperson for the St Pete Pier.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is the February selection
for the CHNA Book Club. Published in 2013, the novel is based
on Kline’s painstaking research into a little-known aspect of US
history, revealing a powerful story of rootlessness and mobility.
The book depicts six days in the lives of the main characters,
but, at the same time, it looks at 90 years of history. As a young
Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly rode the orphan train from New
York City to an uncertain future a world away in Depression-era
Minnesota. Returning east later in life, the elderly Vivian leads
a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories
of her upbringing pushed aside from her consciousness. The past
would have remained hidden were it not for 17-year-old Molly
Ayer, doing community-service work to stay out of juvenile hall
and whose job it is to help Vivian sort through the keepsakes
and possessions in her attic. In the process, Molly discovers that
she and Vivian are not as different as they appear. A Penobscot
Indian, Molly has spent her youth in and out of foster homes,
being raised by strangers. Like Vivian, she has unanswered
questions about the past. As the two women sort through the
attic, the story moves back and forth between past and present,
creating a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second
chances, and unexpected friendship.
Please note that a number of recent books appear to include
“orphan train” in the title – and so, make sure you get the one by
Christina Baker Kline. Please join us for the book discussion on
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7 pm at 2917 7th St. N. The book
club is always open to new members and their guests.
For more information, please contact Maureen Camphire at
It’s “Feb-Brew-Ary” in Crescent Heights, and this month the porch party is all about beer! Host Nancy Way will be providing beer-cheese soup, along with other beer themed goodies. So get in the spirit of the brew and bring along a food item to share that pairs well with beer. A fun event to mix and mingle with local Crescent Height neighbors.
Nancy Way’s home located at 526 25th Ave N. The porch party is Saturday, February 21st from 7-9 PM.
With a little encouragement, I’m sure we can talk Nancy into showing a video of the 2014 Crescent Heights Thanksgiving Day parade! It’s not too early to start thinking about this year’s parade, hint, hint.
Spring cleaning? Put aside a “sell pile” and join our community-wide garage sale on Saturday,
March 21, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
All residents are invited to participate in the sale. However, if you are a current member of
CHNA, your address and details of your sale will be listed on our garage sale map. Copies of
the map will be available to potential buyers from a central location in the neighborhood, and
on the CHNA website. The sale will be advertised in Craigslist and the Tampa
Bay Times. To be included on the map, please follow these instructions:
1. If you are not already a member of CHNA, please join! Your dues
help us to hold fun events all year long. Join one of three ways:
(1) through the website, www.mychna.org (“Join CHNA” is mid-way
down the Home page on the right); (2) mail a check for $20 made
payable to CHNA, to CHNA, PO Box 76051, St. Petersburg, FL
33734; or (3) bring the check or $20 cash to a neighborhood event.
Include the names of the adults in your household, address, e-mail,
and phone number. (If paying online, please include the second
adult name in the “Note to seller” section.) Please complete one of
these options by March 10.
2. E-mail your address and a brief listing of items for sale to
firstname.lastname@example.org with “CHNA Garage Sale” in the comment
line by March 13.
Home of Anna Luft and Tammy Young, 2310 7th Street North.