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Joe Edwards Lunar Eclipse
Joe Edwards of the Eclipse Restaurant and Moonrise Hotel eagerly samples a special treat from Clementines featuring activated charcoal and blood orange ice cream.
Loop Eclipse Festival Planned for Once-in-a-Lifetime Event
by Betty Moore,
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 21, 2017 - The excitement is building across the country as the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse approaches in six months.

Joe Edwards of the Eclipse Restaurant and Moonrise Hotel in the Loop neighborhood rolled out special plans for a unique Loop Eclipse Festival to celebrate the event on August 21, 2017.

Edwards, wearing his trademark space suit, complete with helmet, made the announcement in a media event atop the Moonrise Hotel. In remarks, he outlined details of the day-long Festival which will include the Loop Planetary Walk, live music, food and weekend lodging packages at the Moonrise Hotel, located at 6177 Delmar in the Loop.

"The last time a total solar eclipse took place in this area was in 1442, 50 years before Columbus sailed to the New World. This year, the 70 mile-wide moon shadow will fall across the U.S. from Oregon to South Caroline, including portions of Missouri and Illinois."

"This is really exciting as people will travel all over the world to see eclipses. Six months from today, they can see this special event in St. Louis. An event of this kind won't happen again until 2505," Edwards stated glancing at the iconic lunar model rotating above his head atop the Moonrise Hotel.

Loop merchants, including restaurants and drinking establishments are gearing up for the anticipated crowds with solar-themed dining specials and drinks. Space and solar-themed films and films clips will be screened and the St. Louis Science Center will be participating in the "Eclipse Eve" activities.

He noted that the Eclipse Restaurant at the Moonrise Hotel will be serving special solar-themed dishes. "Clementines has also prepared a special ice cream treat for the occasion. We will also have Moon Pies available."

"The Loop has become a wonderful walkable community for families to bring their kids and enjoy all the new restaurants and shop. They can take the metrolink and then hop on the new Loop Trolley," stated Edwards.

He enthusiastically added that he might just rename the trolley, 'The Solar Eclipse Trolley' for the day.

Welcome to the Delmar Loop in University City
Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop area of University City
University City Was Built As a Model City
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - University City was founded in 1906 by businessman Edward Gardner Lewis, who designed it as a model city.

University City is known for its fine residential neighborhoods, art galleries, the business and entertainment district along Delmar Boulevard and the Washington University campus. Two massive lions sculptures by George Julian Zolnay, set atop pylons designed by architects Eames & Young, welcome residents and visitors to the formal city hall plaza.

In 2006, a group of volunteers staged the city's biggest party in 100 years. Their aim was to show that this small but exciting enclave is more a community of culture, diversity and education than even its founder could have imaged.

It was no small task since Lewis was a dreamer, inventor, chemist, artist, education, potter, women's magazine publisher, entrepreneur and politician. But with a theme of 100 Fun things to do in University City, on almost any given day something was happening for fun seekers of all ages.

A celebration was held with the grand opening of Centennial Commons, formerly the Heman Park Recreation Facility. With a nod towards the City's 100th anniversary, the facility underwent a two-year $6M extreme makeover and a name change. The facility is now open for fun, fitness and community events.

The business and entertainment district is also well know as the Delmar Loop, named after the Delmar Streetcar system that provided service for visitors and residents to University City in the early 1900s. The Delmar Loop has been named one of the best 10 streets in America.

In 2000, a strong coalition of supporters, energized by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill Restaurant, Pin-Up Bowl, and the Pageant Building, began working on bringing a trolley system back to University City.

Edwards organized the St. Louis Trolley Company (LTC) in 2002 with the help of Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT). The group secured a grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri Department of Transportation to purchase and renovate two historic vehicles for the new line. The trolleys are currently on display in front of the Missouri History Museum and Commerce Bank in the Delmar Loop.

On Friday, July 9, 2010, the St. Louis Trolley Company secured nearly $25 million in federal funding for the Loop Trolley System linking Forest Park to the University City Loop. See
Loop Trolley System to Connect Forest Park Attractions with University City Loop Businesses.

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