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August 21
2nd Street Stage: Bigtree Bonsai
Bigtree Bonsai will close the summer’s 2nd Street Stage season - rain or shine - Thursday, Aug. 21, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Smokey Hills Outdoor Store. When Bigtree Bonsai regrouped in 2010, the band wasted no time carving a niche in the upper-Midwest music scene. Rather than settle into one particular genre, they created their own, blending the sounds of Americana, alt-country and vintage rock into something evocatively familiar, yet completely new. Bigtree brings a level of musicianship to the stage that expresses the pure joy of performance and a rowdy good time. 2nd Street Stage offers free live bands, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71 (at Armory Square if it rains). Please bring your own chair.

August 22
Animal Senses Campfire

How many things can you identify by smell? How good is your hearing compared to a bats? Enjoy a warm fire as you sit back and learn about animal senses from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Friday, August 22. If you have a campfire cooking recipe you want to share, feel free to tell the group. Remember to bring s’more fixings for after the campfire talk. Meet by the lakeside Museum/Amphitheater (below the Wegmann Store ruins) in Itasca State Park. The program will be inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if it rains.

August 23
Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Tour

Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) Showgrounds. See the Itasca Historic Sawmill. Explore various buildings including a country school, dove-tail, one-room log house and a logging museum. LIRPF volunteers will guide you on this two-hour tour starting promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 23. The tour begins at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer Showgrounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park. From the park’s north entrance, turn east onto Hwy. 200 for one-quarter mile. Entrance to the showgrounds is on the south side of the road.

August 23
Dr. Roberts Trail Walk

The park naturalist will share natural and human uses of the plants on this short walk on the Dr. Roberts Nature Trail starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 23. Meet outside Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park. Bring your camera for the opportunity to photograph the current blooming wildflowers.

August 23
Night Hike

Come explore your senses and those of night-active animals on a hike along the Maadaadizi self-guided Trail. The one-hour hike will start at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 23. Meet outside the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. You can bring a flashlight, but please do not turn it on during the hike.

August 24
Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Shyanne Kaml

Come enjoy the country style music of Shyanne Kaml, Bemidji, from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 24 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Shyanne has been singing and performing since the age of 11. She will play her guitar and share some of her original songs as well as some more popular tunes.

August 25
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament, Kids Coloring Time

Kids are invited to color a Minnesota themed ornament to go to our nation’s capitol. Stop at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom anytime between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Monday, August 25. The Chippewa National Forest has been chosen to provide this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree - “The People’s Tree” that will be on display on the Capitol lawn. Your ornament might be placed upon a companion tree located inside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Ornaments will remain on display in Itasca State Park until mid-October when they will be sent to D.C. with “The People’s Tree.”

August 26
Aiton Heights Fire Tower Hike

Learn about the history of fire in Itasca, then enjoy the spectacular views as you climb to the top of the 100-foot tall fire tower! The two-hour hike will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 26 in front of Douglas Lodge.

August 28
Common Camp Critters Campfire

What masked mammal likes to raid your cooler? What striped squirrel will sit on your picnic table? Enjoy a warm fire as you sit back and learn about animals commonly seen in the campground from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, August 28. Remember to bring s’more fixings for after the campfire talk! Meet in Itasca State Park’s Bear Paw Campground, the grassy area near the tiny log pump house and campsite #70 near the bike trail. The program will be inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if it rains. 

September 3
People's Music: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World
Local songwriter, singer and guitarist, Shannon Murray, will perform at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the Park Rapids Area Library. Her show, “People's Music: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW),” will feature some of her original music as well as music of the early 1900s. Shannon will share her research on IWW, some general history of the time, and how music was used by the IWW as an organizing tool within the labor movement. She will perform cover songs from that era, along with songs she has written inspired by the labor movement. Shannon will relate this national movement to her personal history with Eugene Debs and his visit to Bemidji, local IWW organizing and the riots. This event is appropriate for all ages. This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

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August 21 2nd Street Stage: Bigtree Bonsai
September 3 People's Music: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World
September 27 Headwaters 100 Bike Ride
Septmber 27&28 Art Leap 2014
October 13 Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre "Echoes of Spain"Concert at Armory Square