History of Stillwater Event

Minnesota is filled with so many great towns, learning the history just makes them more fascinating.  Tomorrow September 25th, you have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the History of Stillwater.  The evening event takes place at the White Bear Lake Library, from 6-7pm.  You can find more information as well as the address, here on the website.

Photo from Washington Historical Society


History of Stillwater

Monday, September 25, 6 – 7 pm

White Bear Lake Library, 2150 – 2nd Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Join us to hear guest speaker Brent Peterson, Executive Director of the Washington County Historical Society, talk about the history of Stillwater, Minnesota’s Birthplace.

FREE event but donations are welcome.  Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake.

Open Streets on 50th

Tomorrow September 24th is the annual Open Streets on 50th.  The 50th area is home to some great shopping and eating. Tomorrow a portion of it will be closed to autos.  West 50th Street between Wooddale Avenue in Edina and Chowen Avenue in Minneapolis will be the area closed to autos.  With our warmer weather, it seems a bit more like summer than fall, so get out and enjoy it.  You find the full list of activities and vendors here on the city website.

Rain or shine, join us from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 for Open Streets on 50th! We’re closing West 50th Street between Wooddale Avenue in Edina and Chowen Avenue in Minneapolis for the third-annual Open Streets on 50th!

The street will be open to bikes and pedestrians to enjoy music, dance, games, crafts, yoga and other creative and active events. Civic, athletic, artistic, creative and neighborhood groups, as well as businesses will participate! Open Streets is dog-friendly, too!

It’s time for everyone to come together for a day of celebration and community building!

Afton Art in the Park

It’s time for the 39th Annual Afton Art in the Park.  It takes place this Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd-24th in the quaint town of Afton.  The perfect place to get out and enjoy a little bit of fall.

The Afton Area Business Association is pleased to present the 39th Annual celebration of art in Afton, MN! Over 100 vendors, great food, wine & beer tent, live music, kids activities, and much more. Saturday, Sept 23rd, 10 AM -5 PM & Sunday Sept 24th, 11 AM – 4 PM.


Lone Oak Days in Eagan

This weekend is the annual Lone Oak Days in Eagan.  It takes place Sat and Sun (September 23-24th) at the historic Holz Farm. There’s no admission into the event and lot’s of great family friendly activities taking place both days.  Some of the fun includes:

  • Black Smith Demonstrations
  • Barnyard Animals
  • Honeybee Lessons
  • Corn Husking
  • Tractor display
  • Old Fashioned Laundry
  • * Some activities will be a small fee and tickets can be purchased.

See the full list of events, as well as the schedule and more information here on the Eagan City Website.

Discount Tickets For Wine Tasting & Live Music at International Market Square

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We could all use an adult night out every now and then.  Perhaps a ladies night out, or a date night with your partner.  Whatever the case, International Market Square is a fabulous venue.  We found a great deal on Discount Tickets For Wine Tasting & Live Music at International Market Square.  The event takes place this Friday, September 22nd, a perfect spur of the moment night out. Click here to get the deal, Goldstar tickets for $20-$24 (Regular price is $38)

Stylish and expansive, International Market Square is the perfect location for an evening of wine and music. Mingle with other wine lovers as you sample selections from more than 200 domestic and imported wines. And when you find one you like, pick the brain of the wine rep to learn all about it. This is your chance to expand your palate and discover new vineyards to love. Pair the wine samples with live music and light appetizers (while they last) from D’Amico Catering. This event supports the St. Paul Jaycees.

FREE Coffee at Holiday Stationstores – Tuesdays through 10/10

Get your coffee fix for FREE starting today and every Tuesday through 10/10 at Holiday Stationstores! They’re offering a free cup of coffee all day and any size, no coupon required.

Normandale Japanese Garden Festival

This coming Saturday, September 23rd is time for the Normandale Japanese Garden Festival.  It takes place from 11-5:30 in Bloomington near the Normandale Community College.  This is the 4th year for the Festival and it keeps getting bigger and better, with more things added.  Food, martial arts demos, shopping boutique and more! They are asking for a $10 donation to go towards admission into the event.

11:30-12:00—South Metro martial arts, Harisen Daiko
12:00-12:30—Dedication of new donor recognition display outside the garden
12:30—1:00—Koi feeding in the garden
1:15-1:45—Seiryukan Dojo Japanese sword, Harisen Daiko
2:00-2:30—South Metro martial arts, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance, Feb Davidson koto
2:45-3:15—MN Kyudo archery, Taikollaborative taiko
3:30-4:00—Seiryukan Dojo Japanese sword, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance, Fern Davidson koto
4:15-4:45—Taikollaborative taiko
5:00-5:30—MN Kyudo archery, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance

Leo Hansen will be performing with the shakuhachi flute throughout the day.


Music in the Park: Coyote Wild

With summer quietly passing us by, we need to take the chance for last minute outdoor evening events.  The final free music in the park for the 2017 summer season takes place this Wednesday, September 20th in Hastings.  The Coyote Wild concert takes place from 7-8:30 at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park right on the water.

Coyote Wild puts on a high energy country rock show you won’t want to miss! Enjoy a great mix of classic rock and contemporary country. This is a FREE event. Head to the RiverWalk for our final Music in the Park concert.

Children’s Theatre Company’s The Abominables Review + Discount Ticket Code

The unique combination of music, singing, and skating, come together amazingly well in the Abominables.  I have to admit, I had my doubts if we would like this show.  We love theater and enjoy going to plays and musicals, but hockey and skating on stage?  I wondered, if because we aren’t a rough and tumble hockey family, could any of us actually enjoy this musical?

My daughter and I went in with open minds, we laughed and smiled and yes we enjoyed it without a doubt. Right from the start with the first song, a song about Minnesota, I heard the laughter and saw the smiles around me.  I would have to agree with the age suggestions for this one.  The story, the lessons and yes the humor are all geared for the 8 and up. Some of the humor might go above the heads of the younger crowd, but adults, this is one that will have you laughing. With a smaller cast of less than 30 members, it means if you look hard you will see some of the actors and actresses playing multiple roles.  I felt this made it that much more humorous, especially during some of the arena scenes as well as the kitchen scene.

This musical is more than just hockey and music, there’s some really great lessons intertwined in it.  Lessons about loosing something we try so hard to grab onto and winning something that’s right in front of us, and we can’t see it.  Realizing that just because someone is different, we can still learn things from them, great lessons for all ages.   #CTCAbominables

We are also very excited to share with all of our readers, a $10 promo code for tickets.  Click here for more information on the discount.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to bring to the stage, the very first Minnesota hockey musical, The Abominables. Produced in association with New York City’s extraordinary theatre company The Civilians, the musical is written and directed by Steve Cosson with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and choreography by Joe Chvala. The satirical musical was created over a six-year period through CTC’s Threshold new play development program; the development of which included interviews with over 75 hockey players, coaches and family members across Minnesota at tournaments, games and practices.

“The Abominables began when Michael and I were invited by CTC to immerse ourselves in the world of Minnesota youth hockey to see if we might be inspired to create a musical,” states director and playwright Steve Cosson. “During our research period, our creative team met lots of hockey kids, parents and coaches; we traveled to tournaments and spoke to everyone we could. Armed with some real life material, we then opened up our imaginations, and once the notion of a young hockey-playing yeti showed up, we knew we were onto something.”

“The topic Steve and Michael were interested in exploring was youth sports, which seemed to have transformed, in the course of one generation, from recreational, park and school-based programs to specialized, year-round training with paid coaches and competitive team placement at an early age and the culture that has grown up around that,” Director of New Play Development, Elissa Adams reflects on the beginning of the process.

This production also kicks off Peter C. Brosius’ 20th Anniversary season as CTC’s Artistic Director. “It is exciting to kick off this dynamic season with a brand new musical especially developed with and for Minnesotans. Steve and Michael brought a depth of research to the creation of this new work that their company, The Civilians is especially known for. This hilarious musical is full of heart and insight into our pursuit of success and how we define it.”

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they’ve played together forever, but he’s worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha!

CTC is also offering the opportunity for youth hockey associations to use the show as a fundraiser. For every The Abominables ticket purchased by a youth hockey association’s constituents, CTC will give $4 per ticket to that particular association through August 23, and $2 per ticket through October 15. To participate, associations can contact Regina Hanson, Marketing Manager at rhanson@childrenstheatre.org or by phone at 612.872.5112.

A CTC commissioned world premiere, The Abominables opens September 12 and run through October 15, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is best enjoyed by ages 8+. Individual show tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at childrenstheatre.org or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400. This world premiere production is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation.

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for multigenerational audiences. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for more than 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.


Party in the Prairie

We attended the Party in the Prairie last year, located at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  It’s a great event with live music, nature activities, food and fun.  It’s not a huge venue, so this year they are urging and asking for advance registration.  The event takes place next Saturday, September 23rd from 3-8:30.  You find more information as well as purchase tickets here. *discounted tickets available at Twin Cities The North Face retail stores.

Live music and local flavors in a beautiful setting. Enjoy Americana, folk and bluegrass performances by Chastity Brown, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, The May North and The Eelpout Stringers. Scale a 25-foot climbing wall, meet live animals, and collect insects. Discover the beauty of prairies on a guided hike or digital scavenger hunt. Meet with plant and wildlife experts and create a “seed bomb” craft with native prairie seeds. Join Hennepin County Library for Storytime in the Amphitheater, go on a self-guided Story Stroll, and borrow a nature book. Play lawn games and sample honey made at Richardson with the University of MN Bee Squad. Prairie-themed facepainting by Mad Dash Art. Food trucks (TOT BOSS, Cafe Racer, The Cave Cafe Mobile Food Truck, and WildEarth WoodFired Mobile Pizza Bakery), craft beer from LTD Brewing, and other treats (Saint Pops and Joia All Natural Soda) onsite. Bring a blanket to sit on. Sponsored by The North Face and Minnesota Parent Magazine. All Ages. $9/person. $7 discounted tickets available at local The North Face stores.
*Children under 2 years old are permitted free.*
*Capacity is limited, and tickets are expected to sell out. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged.*