Photo by Bryan Blumenschein
Guests with Connie and Mayor Chris Coleman
Ball gowns and baseballs were center stage and center field in St. Paul in February. More than 500 guests walked the red carpet at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts gala to honor the new $42 million, 1,100-seat performance hall. The evening began with guests enjoying dinner at beautifully appointed tables filling every corner of the Ordway. The Ordway’s main stage extended over the first few rows of seats, creating a theatrical dining experience, which almost felt like we’d all been transported to New York’s famed Lincoln Center. Tuxedos and ball gowns were the attire for the evening with leading lady Nancy Nicholson representing the Ordway family by wearing something old (a hair accessory of Grandma Ordway’s), something borrowed (Miss Ordway’s handbag), and something blue and new (an elegant Tiffany-blue gown). St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and chipper wife Connie stopped for a quick photo, only to then take a moment to be sure we had her name right. It turns out the last time Mrs. Coleman was wearing her gala ensemble she was misidentified in another publication as being Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.
After years of debate, St. Paul’s Lowertown is now home to the new St. Paul Saints ball field, CHS Field. The 7,100-seat, $62 million project is scheduled to be open for the St. Paul Saints’ first home game on May 21. In true St. Paul tradition of being a bit more reserved than its sister city across the river, Mayor Coleman turned on the stadium lights with little fanfare at a small gathering on the stadium’s club level. The celebration continued with an after party hosted by Lenny Russo at Heartland Restaurant. Capitalizing on location, Russo is transforming his former deli, which is directly across from the main gates of CHS Field, into a wine bar. Bottoms up!
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Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.