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Sunday is the Fun Day

September 6, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Saturday, September 8 to Sunday September 9: The Rockbrook Village Art Fair is happening this weekend. As one of the longest running art fairs in Nebraska, Rockbrook Village features over 100 independent artists from across the country, with a heavy concentration of Midwest creators. With all that talent in one place, you’re sure to find something to take home. There will also be a food court with live music and a “Mini Monets” tent where children will be able to create masterpieces of their own. Learn more about this unique event and the featured artists here.

Friday, September 7: Nostalgia abounds this weekend at the Shadow Ridge Music Festival where you can catch the local boys of Blue Moon Ghetto opening for everyone’s favorite band-with-a-long-name, Big Head Todd and the Monsters. There will be food, drinks, and obviously plenty of rocking music to enjoy. Proceeds from this first annual event will help benefit the Elkhorn Athletic Association’s future youth sports complex. So get out and relive your childhood while helping out those about to go through theirs. Get your tickets here.

Friday, September 7: Portraits: Wonder Women by Ricky Powell Jr. opens this Friday at The Little Gallery in Benson. This exhibit features portraits of strong women from Benson and North Omaha. Each woman portrayed in Powell’s paintings has worked to make a positive difference in the lives of others and their communities. The opening reception lasts from 6-9 p.m. Find out more about the event here, and learn more about The Little Gallery here.

Sunday, September 9: The Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association, along with the Field Club Homeowner’s League and Vis Major Brewing Co., are teaming up to bring the first annual Center Street Block Party to Omaha. This is a community effort to revitalize the area around the eastern end of Center Street. There will be information about the revitalization efforts, booths from sponsors and community organizations, and a beer garden (and pizza!) from Vis Major Brewery. Local vendors hustling their wares will also be on hand. And did we mention it’s pet-friendly? To volunteer or to learn more about this event, click here.

Sunday, September 9: It’s time for the fifth annual Midwest Conjurefest at The Conjure Shop (below Liquid Courage Tattoos). If you’re feeling a little more drained than usual and need a little spiritual pick-me-up, this is where you need to be. Have a reading done, get your energy healed, and shop the unique wares, all while listening to local blues music from Hector Anchondo. Plus, there will be tasty Cajun food and barbecue to feed your cravings. You can even find a little something for your pup. For a complete list of vendors, head here.

Field Club Historic District

May 27, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Lined with stately manors and trees planted nearly a century ago, the boulevards of the Field Club Historic District evoke the kind of old-fashioned, small-town charm that would have Bing Crosby and Bob Hope singing in the streets. Seven decades ago, that very thing happened.

After performing at the Omaha Field Club in 1945, the iconic crooner and accompanying comedian took their show on the road to perform for children living in the adjacent neighborhood. In the time since, television has replaced front porch views as evening entertainment, and homeowners rarely cut their grass with push mowers. The traditions and architecture of an era-past are preserved in Omaha’s most storied neighborhood.

“It’s a multi-generational area with more than 100 years of families and history,” says Elaine Buescher, membership chair and board member of the Field Club Homeowners League. “The neighborhood is unique in that you have people who have lived there their whole lives, raised their kids, and then their children come back and do the same thing.”

NeighborhoodProfile2Encompassing Pacific to Center streets, and 32nd to 36th streets, the 16-block neighborhood lies just southwest of downtown. It’s the location of dozens of older homes that have been protected from deterioration, making it one of the few historic neighborhoods in the Midtown area to proudly show its age in favor of modern upheaval. If walls could talk, the homes of Field Club would have nearly 125 years of stories.

The Field Club Historic District developed in the late 19th century as a well-to-do suburb of Omaha connected to downtown by the new trolley system. The oldest homes were constructed in a large Queen Anne style, perched upon a hill overlooking Hanscom Park. In 1898, a smashing-good-time county club opened just west of the first homes, which gave the neighborhood its name. Impressively designed houses continued to develop in the district until 1962. Over the years the area has seen noted happenings such as the birth of Gerald R. Ford, and it has hosted distinguished guests like Theodore Roosevelt.

In 2000, the Field Club District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, following the research and support of Ed Quinn, a local historian and businessman.

“It’s this historic aspect that attracts residents to the area,” Quinn says. After relocating back to Omaha from Los Angeles in 1996, Quinn moved into the neighborhood, just blocks away from the house where his grandparents lived and raised his father.

The history of the Field Club is further preserved by its multitude of annual events and traditions. Luminary night, which occurs every December, asks neighbors to celebrate community by placing small candles in white paper bags along the sidewalks and driveways. The residents also hold a progressive dinner each year in which neighbors advance to one another’s homes for successive courses.

NeighborhoodProfile3It’s during holiday celebrations where no expense is spared. For 30 years, a Valentine’s Day ladies brunch has been hosted by resident Pam Johnson. On Halloween, more than 900 trick-or-treaters cram the neighborhood to fill pillowcases full of sweets and marvel at houses adorned with festive décor. Life-sized replicas of dragons and gargantuan spider webs can be seen on this occasion. Independence Day is also celebrated with a bang as neighbors parade down the streets with homemade floats each July Fourth.

Dr. Ashley Hall and his wife moved from New York City to the area in 2008. The couple was looking for a place in the heart of Omaha that had a deep, rich history, as well as a sense of community.

“When we moved in, several people stopped by to introduce themselves and see if we needed anything. After living in the Bronx a few years, that was alarming at first,” Hall say

If it’s the history that persuades people to buy homes in the district, then credit the connections to other neighbors that keep many residents staying here for 20-plus years. “It’s a true neighborhood where people get to know one another and establish these relationships that become lifelong friendships,” Buescher says. “I have a wonderful long list of babysitters within walking distance.”

Residents enjoy catching a breath of fresh air at Hanscom Park, Omaha’s first green space; teeing off at the Field Club, the oldest country club west of the Mississippi River; or attending service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, one of only two nonresidential properties in the district. If they are looking for something more modern, the neighborhood is just blocks away from Midtown Crossing, or a short drive to downtown’s bustling Old Market.

“The geographic location further gives this place value, even though Field Club really remains solely a neighborhood, and not a business-residential mix,” Quinn says.

In this storied midtown district, children still cavort on lawns shaded by Colonial and Tudor style homes, while neighbors sip lemonade together on one another’s porches. It’s just as Crosby sings in his rendition of “In the Good Old Summertime”—“No trouble annoying, each one is enjoying, the good old summertime, strolling through a shady lane.”

“It’s a 20th century neighborhood that represents almost every type of architecture from the 1880s to the 1950s,” Quinn says. “We’re our own small town in a big city.”  OmahaHome

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