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Updated on: 07/23/2014
Noises of the Night Campfire
Squeaks, grunts, growls and croaks. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and gather around the fire from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 as you discover who makes the strange noises in the night. 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.
Sidewalk sales all day Thursday, July 24!
6:45-7:30 am Registration for Downtown Dash Road Race - 5K run and 1mile walk/run
8 am Races start
9 am-1pm Incredibly Real, sponsored by Park Avenue School of Cosmetology in celebration of the school’s anniversary, at Pioneer Park
10:30 am Puppet show, sponsored by the PRDBA and Park Rapids Area Library, at Moose Creek Village
11 am Pioneer Park dedication
1 pm Puppet Show at Moose Creek Village
1-3 pm Michael D. Band, sponsored by Park Avenue School of Cosmetology, at Pioneer Park
4-8 pm - Arvig Summer Fun Event (customer appreciation event) on 2nd Street
6-8 pm - 2nd Street Stage - The Limns, sponsored by Arvig
Happy 70th Birthday, Smokey Bear!
Enjoy some birthday cake and help celebrate Smokey's birthday when Smokey Bear returns to Itasca State Park along with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources firefighters for an afternoon of fire facts. At your own pace, learn about Minnesota’s forests, try putting on a fire shelter, check out fire trucks and equipment, make a variety of forest crafts and much more. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Smokey Bear! Many activities for all ages during this family friendly event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
Noon Hour Concert
The Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 24 at St. Johns Lutheran Church will feature a European tour with soprano Julie Kaiser and pianist Cheryl Steinborn. They will offer an international taste performing music by Britsh, French, Italian, German and Czechoslovakian composers. 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: The LimnsThe Limns will play their rock and reggae sounds to 2nd Street Stage Thursday, July 24, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Arvig. Since their humble beginning in St. Paul in 2007, The Limns have entertained crowds of all ages, including performances at outdoor festivals, including the 10,000 Lakes Music Festival, Project Earth and Fricke's Freedom Fest in Minnesota; private parties, philanthropic events and political functions. The Limns have toured the Midwest and traveled to Austin, TX, and played South by Southwest.The Limns were the first band in 23 years to win the 2007 MN State Fair Amateur Talent Contest. In the spirit of a fun day, there’ll be a costume contest. Arvig will join 2nd Street Stage festivities, too, hosting their Summer Fun customer appreciation event from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring the family, enjoy supper and watch as your kids and grandkids play on the bouncy games for free.
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.
Sidewalk sales all day Friday, July 25!
July 25, 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. Friday, July 25, 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.
Check back for more details on these and other events
July 24 2nd Annual Downtown Dash & 5K Run
July 24-25 Crazy Days
July 24 Smokey Bear's birthday party at Itasca State Park
July 24 Noon Hour Concert
July 24 2nd Street Stage: The Limns
July 25-27 Northern Light Opera Company: Guys & Dolls
July 28 Hubbard County Historical Society program
July 31 Noon Hour Concert
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 Legends & Logging Days Water Wars
August 8-9 Legends & Logging Days
August 8-9 Northern Knights Car Club's Run to the Rapids
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