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Upcoming Exhibits and Events

Weekends at Summit Salon Events

include light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages

in a delightful and inspiring art-filled environment.

Complimentary wine will also be served.

Please only attend if you have been vaccinated.

Masks are required.

Seating is limited to 25 people per event.

$25 per person

Details of the events are listed below.


Chamber Music with Elise Meichels Parker and Jane Cords-O'Hara

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Summit Salon is thrilled to have violinist Elise Meichels Parker and cellist Jane Cords-O'Hara for this special chamber music event. Join us as they fill the Griggs Mansion with timeless classics from Baroque to Beethoven and everything in between.

Elise Meichels Parker is a member of the faculty of Augsburg University, assistant principal second violin of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and a core member of Jamison Ensemble, which specializes in chamber music. 


She has performed as a guest artist for several local ensembles and has performed, recorded, or both with the Guthrie Theater, STRINGenius, the Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Sinfonia and the Loring String Quartet.

Jane Cords-O’Hara is freelance cellist who performs with groups around the U.S.   She is a member of The Knights, a NYC based chamber orchestra, as well as the Memphis based Iris Orchestra and Ladyslipper Ensemble in Minneapolis.  


Over the years, she has performed, toured and recorded with individuals and groups ranging Yo Yo Ma to the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Argento and the  Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She is currently a member of the faculty of Augsburg University.

History of the Griggs: Arts and Culture
with Fitzgerald, Chauncey Griggs and Other Prominent Characters

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One of the most culturally significant buildings in St. Paul, the Chauncey Griggs mansion at 476 Summit Avenue has ties to ghosts, the Playboy “Femlin,” the St. Paul Winter Carnival, arts and culture and of course, St. Paul’s literary wunderkind F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Come hear Dave Page, author of "F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Author and his Friends at Home," bird walk through the home’s history and its ties to important people and events through the 19th and 20th centuries.

His book entitled, "F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home" will be available for sale and signing. 

This talk is being offered on two different dates.

Sunday, October 24th

Sunday, November 7th

Dave Page,  a former instructor in English and journalism, is a well-known expert both on the life and times of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Civil War. 


He has been writing and lecturing about F. Scott Fitzgerald since 1982, when City Pages published his article, “F. Scott & Zelda in St. Paul.”  He has made presentations on Fitzgerald in venues ranging from Irish Fairs to the 15th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference in Toulouse, France in 2019.


He has appeared on C-Span along with George Plimpton and on stage with Garrison Keillor at the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Celebration in St. Paul. He is currently working with F. Scott Fitzgerald's grandson on a few projects.


In 2017, Dave authored F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home.  Dave served as a board member of the non-profit Fitzgerald in St. Paul until it merged with The Friends of the St. Paul Library in January 2020.

It's As Simple As That: Words of Wisdom to Live By

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Vernon Pollard started our Salon series in Feb of 2020 with his sold out event.  His philosophies on life and poetry were well received.  Vern will do a reading and discussion from his new book, It's As Simple As That: Words of Wisdom to Live By at this event along with a book signing. 


"For as long as I can remember, I have heard the words over and over again . . . 'You really need to write a book, let me know when it is available.' Being more of a thinker than a grinder, I owe a debt of gratitude for the grinders who spent countless hours pulling together years of thoughts scribbled on everything from napkins to envelopes." 

                                                                                       – Vernon Pollard

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With over 35 years of business experience, Vernon Pollard has held senior management positions in finance, US and global marketing, sales, customer service, logistics, product development and contract negotiation with Xerox, Ryder System and Jostens. 

His political experience includes serving as an executive assistant to a US Congressman from Illinois. 

He is the founder of Quiet Remembrance Group and holds a patent on the International Symbol of Remembrance. He is also the CEO of New Product Concepts, a think tank.

At the University of Northwestern St. Paul, he has taught in the FOCUS program and has been a lecturer in the business department since 2008. He currently teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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