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September 23

Itasca’s 10th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival and Lantern Lit Hike

“Fungus among Us” is this year’s theme for Itasca State Park’s Autumn Harvest Festival and Lantern Lit Hike from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23. Guides with lanterns will lead hikers down the kerosene lantern-lit trail to meet characters that will share all about Itasca’s fungus (aka mushrooms) and fungus imposters during this family-friendly evening hike. Group hikes will last about 30 minutes, departing every 10 minutes from the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Registration for the hikes will begin at 6 p.m. The first hike leaves at 6:30 and the last hike will begin at 8:10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Other activities will include music and a variety of children’s activities. Hikers are reminded to dress for fall weather and may bring a flashlight during the hike but are asked to keep it pointed at the ground. The evening will include the music of Jim and Molly Bauer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

September 23&24

Art Leap 2017

Art Leap, an “open studio event” featuring artists and guest artists at 14 locations and other culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) hosts the event and has added a sculpture tour guiding visitors to public art at seven sites in Park Rapids and two at Itasca State Park. Highlights of Art Leap include music, hors d’oeuvres and seeing fall colors at their peak while driving from studio to studio. It’s a great time to purchase original art for your home and meet the artist who created it. And enjoy live demonstrations and other art activities at some locations. Brochures with maps, sculpture tour directions and descriptions, performance times and other information will be available at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and Park Rapids Area Library, Community Education office and other locations and at www.prlaac.org. Art Leap 2017 is sponsored by PRLAAC with funding provided, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

September 23

The Great American Story, storytelling contest

Steve Maanum of Park Rapids, Emily Mathew of Bemidji, Carol McCormick-Buchmeier of Plymouth and Jan Smith of Clitherall will entertain as finalists in the Great American Story. The four will tell their winning stories at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at Calvary Lutheran Church. At the event the audience will vote for the top two. Those two will be given a prompt and tell an impromptu 10-minute story. The audience votes again, and the winner gets the crown. And the prize money. Bruce Bolton, founder, owner and artistic/managing director of Long Lake Theater, will emcee. Guest storyteller will be Richard W. Rousseau, an active participant in the Midwest performance community for more than 50 years as an actor, director, playwright and storyteller. Advance tickets at $10 per person (children 12 and under free) will be available at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery and the Chamber Visitor Center. For more information on the Great American Story, go to thegreatamericanstory.org. The storytelling contest is sponsored by Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council with funding provided, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

September 23

Playing for the Cause

Playing for the Cause, an afternoon of music, is planned from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in Pioneer Park on the second block of Main Avenue South. The event is a Park Rapids Downtown Business Association fundraiser to support the Park Rapids Parks and Beautification Board in their effort to raise $25,000 toward the cost of constructing restrooms in Pioneer Park next spring. Musicians “playing for the cause” are Eddie Kidd, Tim Snow, Kirk Brock, Alex Ziemann, Rachel London and Krista and Eric Norquist.

September 25

The Zither

Debbie Center will present a program on the Zither for the Hubbard County Historical Society program at 7 p.m. Monday, September 25 in the Northwoods Bank Community Room. Refreshments will be served. Call 732-5237 for more information.

September 26

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: 21st Century Propaganda-Understanding Today’s Media System

Jeff Nygaard, “Nygaard Notes” newsletter author and Star Tribune contributor, will offer an original analysis of media’s propaganda system for the September 26 program of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Water and refreshments provided. The League of Women Voters of the Park Rapids Area will host Nygaard in a follow-up program with a deeper dive into the subject from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

September 30

Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Dana Holm, Nature Photographer and Author

Visit with Minnesota photographer and author Dana Holm as he shares stories behind the images from his series of coffee table style books, Itasca State Park and Loons and Lady’s Slippers of Itasca State Park. These books capture amazing photographs of the beauty of Itasca State Park and our favorite Minnesota symbols - the common loon and the Showy Lady’s Slipper. This is your chance to have the author personalize your purchased copy. Holm will be by the fireplace sitting room inside Douglas Lodge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 30.

September 30

Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Status of Bee Health - Untying a Messy Knot

Join University of Minnesota researcher, Dr. Marla Spivak, as she shares the status of bee health from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom. Over the past decade, there has been a tragic breakdown in honey bee health. Frequently referred to as colony collapse disorder, this erosion of honey bee health has taken place on an enormous scale, affecting most of North America and parts of Europe. In addition, many native bees are in decline. The Rusty Patch bumble bee, once common in Minnesota, was just put on the endangered species list. How can we help bees? The simple solution of planting flowers, and keeping these flowers free of pesticide contamination, is rooted in solid research.  When bees have access to better and more complete floral nutrition, they exhibit improved immune system function and behavioral defenses for fighting off effects of pathogens and pesticides. Come learn about honey bees' social health care system.

September 30

Annual Ozawindib Fall Colors Walk

The forest is bursting with color as autumn peaks in the Itasca area. Join an afternoon hike along the Dr. Roberts Trail and take in the wonderful fall colors and celebrate the Friends of Itasca’s annual Ozawindib Walk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30. Meet in front of Douglas Lodge. This hike can be challenging but is well worth the effort in passing through a variety of forest types. Walk through black ash and a tamarack swamp on the way to the Old Timers Cabin. Mosey on past the cabin through birch, aspen and mountain maples. Stand among majestic red pine as you look across Leyendecker Lake. Wrap up the hike through stands of oak. Portions of this two-mile hike can be strenuous as the trail crosses over the rolling glacial hills that help create the Mississippi watershed basin at its beginnings around Itasca State Park. Dress for being outdoors including sturdy boots that can get wet/muddy and bring water, energy snack, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent - including tick gaiters - and hiking/trekking poles if you wish.

October 2

Heartand Concert Association: New Christy Minstrels

The New Christy Minstrels will open the Heartland Concert Association season at 7 p.m. Monday, October 2 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. The New Christy Minstrels, a large-ensemble folk music group, was founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. They were a prominent figure in the early 1960s  folk revival, recorded 20 albums and had numerous hits over the years. Their 1962 debut album, Presenting the New Christy Minstrels, won a Grammy Award and sat in the Billboard charts for two years. The group sold millions of records and were in high demand at concerts and on television shows. They also launched the musical careers of several musicians, including Kenny Rogers, Gene Clark, Kim Carnes and Barry McGuire. Just over 300 singers have been members of the New Christy Minstrels over the years. The original group consisted of 14 singers, which later dropped to 10, and now, 56 years later, the current group totals seven singers. Membership packets are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids, Thrifty White Drug in Walker and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.

October 3

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Peering Into the Vault with Sherlock Holmes

Librarian Tim Johnson of the University of Minnesota unlocks a view of the University’s world-class Sherlock Holmes collection for the program of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning October 3. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Water and refreshments provided.

October 10

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Living with Turks

Dr. Bruce Privratsky, author of the book, “Muslim Turkistan” about Islam in Central Asia, lived in Turkey for many years and provides insight into U.S.-Turkey relations. He will be the guest speaker for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program October 10. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Water and refreshments provided.

October 14

Fall colors Hike: Exploring the North Country along the Red Pine Trail

Discover the forest as autumn peaks in the Itasca area. Explore the rolling landscape along the Red Pine Trail from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 14. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. This hike can be challenging but is well worth the effort as hikers pass through old pine and maple stands and pass the shores of Myrtle Lake. Stand among majestic red and white pine. Experience the rolling glacial hill landscape that is part of the Mississippi watershed basin. Portions of this two-mile route will be strenuous. Dress for being outdoors including sturdy boots that can get wet/muddy and bring water, energy snack, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent - including tick gaiters - and hiking/trekking poles if you wish. This event is sponsored by both Itasca State Park and the Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters of the National North Country Trail. The route will follow the Red Pine, Crossover and Ozawindib Trails.

October 17

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Wild Rice and Native American Heritage

Simon Zornes, an accomplished Native American artist, will share connections with the natural world that are central to Native American experience, creativity and culture for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program October 17. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Water and refreshments provided.

October 23

Heartland Concert Association: Derik Nelson & Family

Derik Nelson and Family will entertain for the Heartland Concert Association program at 7 p.m. Monday, October 23 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. Derik Nelson & Family’s signature sound features three-part vocal harmonies only a family can deliver. Siblings Derik, Riana and Dalten have been performing together since their childhood growing up in the Pacific Northwest. They’ve garnered over 3 million views on YouTube, and toured more than 40 locations across the West Coast to raise money for music education. Derik has appeared regularly as the lead guitarist on TV’s “Glee” among other shows. They deliver a concert experience featuring pristine sound, a state of the art light show and an integrated 20-foot video display. Membership packets are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids, Thrifty White Drug in Walker and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.

October 24

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Racial Disparity in the U.S.

A 2017 Public Broadcasting System video provides interviews representing many segments of the population, which explore the knotty problem of race relations. The video will be shown for the April 12 program of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. HCLL programs are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Theater. The sessions are free and handicapped accessible. Water and refreshments provided.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

Sept. 23 & 24 Art Leap 2017

Sept. 23 Playing for the Cause in Pioneer Park

Sept. 23 The Great American Story, storytelling contest
Sept. 23 Itasca's 10th Annual Harvest Festival and Lantern-Lit Hike
Sept. 25-29 Panther Homecoming
Sept. 26 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: 21st Century Propaganda: Understanding Today's Media System
Sept. 30 Annual Ozawindib Fall Colors Walk
Oct. 2 Heartland Concert Association: New Christy Minstrels
Oct. 3 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Peering Into the Vault with Sherlock Holmes
Oct. 10 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Living with Turks
Oct. 14 Fall Colors: Exploring the North Country along the Red Pine Trail
Oct. 17 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Wild Rice and Native American Heritage
Oct. 21 Wild Rice Festival "Take a Walk on the Wild Side"
Oct. 23 Heartland Concert Association: Derik Nelson & Family
Oct. 24 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Racial Disparity in the U.S.

 

 


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