Wednesday, June 25, 2014

STL250: St. Louis' Year-Long Birthday Party Slows Down After Halfway Mark

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

St. Louis celebrated its 250th birthday withThe Burnin' Love Festival Tuesday, February 18, on Art Hill in Forest Park. - STEVE TRUESDELL
  • Steve Truesdell
  • St. Louis celebrated its 250th birthday withThe Burnin' Love Festival Tuesday, February 18, on Art Hill in Forest Park.

St. Louis' year-long birthday celebration is halfway over, and the stl250 campaign is starting to wind down.

Stl250's executive director Erin Budde has stepped down from her paid position to accept a new job at the United Way, leaving the group without any paid staff. Budde says stl250's biggest projects -- such as the birthday party on Art Hill in February -- are completed.

"If there were a full-time staff person, just given what needs to be done, they'd probably be underutilized," Budde tells Daily RFT. "We're pretty much done with our heavy lifting. It's a good time for a transition."

click to enlarge Citygarden's Cakeway to the West cake. - PAUL SABLEMAN ON FLICKR

Budde will stay with stl250 as a director, volunteer and board member. The group also gave up its office space in the Missouri History Museum.

See also: STL 250 Honors St. Louisan Irma Rombauer and Her Book The Joy of Cooking

There is still work for volunteers to do, Budde says. Stl250 has 150 events on its calendar to promote and appear at, and six Cakeway to the West cakes still need to be placed. "We're very fortunate that we've got close to 200 committed volunteers who've been involved the whole time we've been around, but we can always use new energy," Budde says.

So stl250 may be winding down, but it's not done yet.

"It's still up and running, and we have a lot to do before now and the end of the year," Budde says.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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