Rondo Avenue, Inc. hosts several events and partners with other organizations/businesses throughout the year to celebrate its history and to support its work and legacy.
Rondo Avenue, Inc. and the Minnesota History Center has come together for the last several years to kickoff Rondo Days week at the popular series 9 Nights of Music on the Tuesday of week preceding the festival. 9 Nights of Music features the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of Minnesota’s multi-cultural music community with free outdoor performances at the Minnesota History Center every Tuesday in July and August!
The Rondo Days 9 Nights of Music will feature soulful and funky sounds from Bass Face X.
The Rondo Senior Recognition Dinner occurs annually on the Thursday evening prior to the Rondo Days Parade and Festival. The dinner event offers an opportunity for 300 plus members of the old Rondo community to reunite and reminisce over a home cooked meal provided by Rondo Avenue, Inc.
In this day and age, staying healthy is at the top of the personal priority list for many of us. Rondo Avenue, Inc. partners with the Inner Cities Athletic Association (ICAA) to host the annual Frank Adams 5K Walk & Run to jump start the festival day. The walk and run route follows the same path as the Rondo Days Parade (in a roundtrip manner), beginning at the Hallie Q. Brown/MLK Center, through the Rondo community to St. Peter Claver Church and back to HQB/MLK.
The Rondo Days Parade begins at 10AM at St. Peter Claver Church and is routed through the Rondo neighborhood – with a variety of parade participants from Drill & Dance Teams, to Floats, to Politicians, Educators, Business Owners and Youth groups – to the festival grounds, where the entertainment stage generally launches the festival around 12PM and runs until 7PM. People come from near and far to celebrate the Rondo community.
This year’s festival will feature an expansion of the festival grounds to MLK park, where the Rondo Days Festival was held during the first several years since its inception. There will be a second stage that will feature a Senior/Mature Adult desired music stage (Old School R&B, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Top 40/Variety, etc.).
Over the last several years the Senior/Mature Adult attendance to the festival has dramatically declined. So this year we are trying something different to draw the pillars of the Rondo Community back out to the festival celebration. MLK park features plenty of shade from the trees, significantly less ground to cover walking and if folks get there early enough, they may be able to secure an opportunity to catch the end of the Rondo Days Grande Parade.
The Annual Rondo Wine Tasting Fundraiser is a special spring time event and opportunity the adult community to come together for networking, socializing and reminiscing while consuming some wine and food.
Several brands and flavors of wine, sponsored by Selby Wine & Spirits, will be on display for you to SEE, SWIRL, SNIFF, SWISH & SAVOR. Your taste palates are in for a treat as there will also be some savory Hors d’Oeuvres.
A soup tureen. A cookbook. Black and white photographs. These are some of the artifacts that Rondo community members share with Macalester students to preserve their neighborhood’s history.
Last year in 2016, people who had lived in the neighborhood stopped by the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, to share objects they associate with Rondo.
2017’s Remembering Rondo History Harvest is being held at Camphor United Methodist Church at 585 Fuller Avenue of Dale Street
At digitization stations, students scan or photograph artifacts for computer storage. At artifact interview stations, students record the stories behind the pieces. Neighborhood donors who wished to talk further are ushered into a separate room where longer oral interviews focusing on the lives of people in the Rondo community took place.
Students digitize the artifacts and interviews and add them to the Remembering Rondo website. Anyone with access to the Internet will be able to see the artifacts and learn the stories behind them through audio and video transcripts.