New !!! View the Headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park, MN
Updated on: 07/26/2014
July 26 & 27, July 31, Aug. 1 & 2
Guys & DollsThe Northern Light Opera Company will bring what has been called “the perfect musical comedy” to the stage this season. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1. Matinees will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27 and Saturday, Aug. 2. All performances are at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium. Frank Loesser’s music and lyrics are brought to life by a cast of colorful and sometimes eccentric characters. Some of the cast are: Sergeant Sarah Brown and a Mission Band; Sky Masterson, a slick gambler; Adelaide, a nightclub performer; and Nathan Detroit, organizer of a floating crap game. Some other colorful characters are Nicely-Nicely, Angie the Ox, Harry the Horse and Big Jule. The interaction between members of the Mission and the gamblers is fast paced and funny and takes place in the 1950s in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, the cafes of Havana, Cuba and even in the sewers of New York City. Some of the memorable musical numbers include “Follow the Fold,” “The Oldest Established,” “Adelaide’s Lament” and “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” Tickets are available at Beagle Books, by calling 866-766-7372 or 218-237-0400 or at the door.
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, July 26. 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.
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, July 26. Meet outside Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park. Bring your camera for the opportunity to photograph the current blooming wildflowers.
Douglas Lodge! History Cart
Discover more about this beautiful building opened to the public in 1905. Look at historic photos and enjoy stories about the “people watching porch,” the Greyhound bus stop, the original Forest Inn and the wet/dry county line! Come and go at your leisure between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Meet outside Douglas Lodge (inside in the lobby if it’s raining).
Outdoor Kids - Fish Painting
Kids of all ages come out and explore nature at your leisure between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and have fun at Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground. This program series allows kids to connect with nature through crafts and other hands-on activities. Topics vary with many of the programs focusing on life around the lake. Meet by the Swim Beach / Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca).
Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Wolves of Minnesota
Learn about the wolves of Minnesota from Tom Stursa from the Park Rapids Area MN DNR Wildlife Office from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Tom will share interesting facts about the natural history of gray wolves and interesting stories of monitoring wolf populations. Meet at the lakeside Museum Amphitheater / Campfire Ring (below the Wegmann store ruins) in Itasca State Park. The program will be held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if it rains. NOTES: An optional howling tour will follow the program. Space is limited for the howling tour and sign-up is required. Howl portion is dependent on weather. Bring your own vehicle and insect repellent. Stop by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center or call 218-699-7251 to sign up for the howling session.
Old Timers Cabin Walk
Learn about the “boys” who built Forest Inn, Old Timers Cabin and more. A naturalist will talk about the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on a walking tour of buildings around the Douglas Lodge area, ending at the CCC Old Timers Cabin. The walk will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27 outside Forest Inn in Itasca State Park. The CCC Old Timers Cabin will be open from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to tour at your leisure. The cabin is located along the boardwalk below Douglas Lodge.
Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Lori Goulet Reich
Join Lori Goulet Reich, a Lake Itasca transplant from the suburbs of Minneapolis, as she entertains from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge). Lori will perform a variety of music best described as acoustic folk and alt-country flavored. She also plays in various bands, both classic rock and country, so come enjoy a variety of well-known tunes.
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, July 28. 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.”
Hubbard County Historical Society program
Jim Jasken will give a talk titled “American Firearms Development 1675-1875” at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the Northwoods Bank Community Room.
Outdoor Kids - Water Animals
Kids of all ages come out and explore nature at your leisure between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, and have fun at Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground. This program series allows kids to connect with nature through crafts and other hands-on activities. Topics vary with many of the programs focusing on life around the lake. Meet by the Swim Beach / Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca).
Noon Hour Concert: Brian Perez
Brian Perez will perform on saxophone at the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 31 at Calvary Lutheran Church. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert; coffee and cookies will be served.
2nd Street Stage: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will light up 2nd Street Stage Thursday, July 31, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and ConAgra/Lamb Weston/RDO. ConAgra/Lamb Weston/RDO will be serving free french fries with a free will offering taken for the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. Hailing from the river town of Stevens Point, WI, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades plays something like progressive, high-energy, old-time folk music. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed its own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the group. All born and raised in Wisconsin, HHG began playing music in the spring of 2009. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends and good drink, this 5-piece is as sturdy as any Midwest riverbed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise. Concerts continue Thursdays through Aug. 21 - rain or shine - with 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.
Noon Hour Concert: 1920s Big Band
The Johnson and Block 1920s Big Band will entertain at the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, August 7 at Calvary Lutheran Church. This 11-piece orchestra version of the Upper Mississippians consists of three reeds, three bass, a violin and a full rhythm section. They will perform 45 minutes of sophisticated big-city music from “The Age” and “The Roaring Twenties.” The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert; coffee and cookies will be served.
2nd Street Stage: EverGreen Grass Band
EverGreen Grass Band will play nontraditional bluegrass music at 2nd Street Stage, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and David Andersen, DDS. The concert Thursday, August 7 will start at 7 p.m. following the Legends and Logging Days Water Wars. The seeds were sown for EverGreen Grass Band in 2008 and cultivated throughout the fertile musical grounds of Eau Claire, WI. The six members of the band, including Chicago import Steve Bateman (harmonica), gathered their traditional bluegrass instruments and grew into one of the most sought after nontraditional bluegrass acts on the Northwoods’ musical frontier. 2nd Street Stage continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 21 - rain or shine - with 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 8 & 9
Legends & Logging Days
After the kick off with Water Wars at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 7, Legends & Logging Days lands at the East 40 Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club Grounds Friday and Saturday, August 8 & 9. Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. A $5 wristband is good for admission both days with kids under 12 free. Family activities include a historical homestead, logging demonstrations, a pre-1840 Rendezvous encampment, archery/tomahawk competition, interactive camps and more. Master chainsaw artists begin their masterpieces early Friday morning. Right before your eyes the sawdust flies and huge logs begin to shape into beautiful pieces of art. Final touches are put on Saturday morning before they're put up for auction to the highest bidders in the afternoon. Visitors are invited to participate in a tomahawk and archery challenge, live music, a Saturday morning Loggers Breakfast and food on site both days.
August 8 & 9
31st Annual Run to the Rapids
The Northern Knights Car Club of Park Rapids will host the 31st Annual Run to the Rapids Friday and Saturday, August 8-9. Registration starts at 4 p.m. Friday at the C’mon Inn followed by a barbecue, sodas and rock ’n roll music. Saturday registration continues starting at 8 a.m. on Main Street in Downtown Park Rapids, followed by the Show n’ Shine until noon when trophies will be presented. Other activities include root beer floats at the C’mon Inn Saturday night.
Check back for more details on these and other events
July 25-27 Northern Light Opera Company: Guys & Dolls
July 28 Hubbard County Historical Society program
July 31 Noon Hour Concert: Brian Perez
July 31 Where's Waldo Party at Beagle Books
July 31 2nd Street Stage: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
July 31, Aug. 1-2 Northern Light Opera Company: Guys & Dolls
August 7 Noon Hour Concert: 1920s Big Band
August 7 Legends & Logging Days Water Wars
August 7 2nd Street Stage: EverGreen Grass Band
August 8-9 Legends & Logging Days
August 8-9 Northern Knights Car Club's Run to the Rapids
August 14 2nd Street Stage: Youth Music Concert
August 15 Youth Music Concert & Art Event in Pioneer Park
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