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May 20

Hubbard County Historical Society: History of Otto Hendrickson Post 212

Lefty Anderson will present the Hubbard County Historical Society’s May program on the history of Otto Hendrickson Post 212 of the American Legion. The program will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 in the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

May 25

Spotting Spring Birds at Itasca

Discover the songs and sights of Minnesota's spring migratory birds from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Meet outside Douglas Lodge. Join birder and instructor Ron Miller, MD, for a birding walk to discover recently arrived breeding birds as well as species passing through on their northward migration. Are you new to birding? Don't worry, birders of all levels are welcome - this program is designed to improve birding knowledge, create field skills through song recognition and have fun watching birds outdoors. Ron, an avid fly fisherman, began birding waiting for the trout to rise and has taught indoor birdwatching classes to beginning and experienced birders for the past several years. Join us and explore local birding hotspots in the park on a beautiful spring morning. Bring binoculars and bird field guide books. Itasca State Park has a limited number of binoculars to lend. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and appropriate layers for the temperatures. Insect repellant and a hat are useful. Bring snack and water if you need it for this short outing.

May 25

Historic Sawmill/Pioneer Village Tour: Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers

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. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer Showgrounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park. Go out the North Entrance to Itasca State Park. The entrance is on the east side of the North Entrance Road (across from the church and gas station). Service dogs only on the showgrounds.

May 25

Science in Nature: Beneath the Waves - Wonders of the Deep

Uncover the mysteries of nature! Join scientists and researchers with the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and explore their discoveries. Are you curious how nature functions? Learn about research from across the country. Topics vary - from forests to water systems and all types of critters to fungus and more! Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. Jim Cotner, Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior will share information on the mysteries found within our lakes. The program will be inside Forest Inn for a brief talk, followed by a walk to a nearby lake.

May 25

Junior Naturalist: Fancy Feet

Feet can help you walk, paddle, swim, jump and more! Kids are invited to explore the many shapes and sizes of feet and how animals use them to get around from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m..Saturday, May 25 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

May 25

Toadally Frogs, Camfire

Bring your blanket or chair and sit around the campfire exploring the life of a frog and the sounds they make. from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Remember to bring s’more fixings for after the campfire talk. Meet in Bear Paw Campground (the grassy area near the tiny log pump house and campsite #70 near the bike trail). If it’s raining, meet inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

May 26

Itasca's Wildflower Walk

What’s doing the blooming? Join a park naturalist from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26 in search of spring wildflowers on a short walk through the Itasca forest. Participants will search for large flowered trillium, yellow lady slipper orchids, large flowered bellwort and much more! Bring your camera! Meet outside Douglas Lodge.

May 26

Sunday Sundae! Ice Cream Social (while supplies last)

Hungry for some ice cream? Enjoy a sweet treat when you join us for a music concert ice cream social from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26 outside Forest Inn. Friends of Itasca volunteers will be making chocolate or strawberry sundaes with proceeds going toward projects in Itasca State Park. There is a $2 fee per sundae. Sundaes will be served  inside Forest Inn if it’s raining.

May 26

Itasca’s Evening Under the Pines: Julie and Bill Kaiser

Step inside historic Forest Inn and enjoy an evening of music from Bill and Julie Kaiser from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 26. From the north woods of Minnesota, Bill and Julie’s music has been described as acoustic “folkgrass” with a mix of bluegrass, folk and original.

May 27

Memorial Day Services

Otto Hendrickson Post 212 puts together an inspiring Memorial Day Service. This year it will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Park Rapids Area High School. Ceremonies move to the All Veterans Memorial adjacent to the Chamber Visitor Center and it would be a good day to visit the new All Veterans Memorial Museum, too. Lunch is served at the American Legion following the services.

May 28

Itasca’s Mysteries in History: Itasca Biological Station

In 1907 the University of Minnesota (U of M) held its first field classes in Itasca State Park. Join us at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories for a tour of this historic location from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. Discover the old and the new! Tour the new Itasca Campus Center then head out to locate the site of the State Park House, where Mary Gibbs lived in 1903. Learn about current research projects and classes as we visit one of the few 1930s National Youth Administration (NYA) constructed buildings in the state as we follow the route of the 1920s era Jefferson Highway as it passed through the field station. Meet at the Biome Center, located at the Itasca Biological Station (watch for signs along Main Park Drive).

June 19

Spotting Spring Birds at Itasca

Discover the songs and sights of Minnesota's spring migratory birds from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1. Meeting location to be determined. Contact the front desk at 218-699-7254 after May 25. Join birder and instructor Ron Miller, MD, for a birding walk to discover recently arrived breeding birds as well as species passing through on their northward migration. Are you new to birding? Don't worry, birders of all levels are welcome - this program is designed to improve birding knowledge, create field skills through song recognition and have fun watching birds outdoors. Ron, an avid fly fisherman, began birding waiting for the trout to rise and has taught indoor birdwatching classes to beginning and experienced birders for the past several years. Join us and explore local birding hotspots in the park on a beautiful spring morning. Bring binoculars and bird field guide books. Itasca State Park has a limited number of binoculars to lend. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and appropriate layers for the temperatures. Insect repellant and a hat are useful. Bring snack and water if you need it for this short outing.

June 19

Historic Sawmill/Pioneer Village Tour: Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers

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. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer Showgrounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park. Go out the North Entrance to Itasca State Park. The entrance is on the east side of the North Entrance Road (across from the church and gas station). Service dogs only on the showgrounds.

June 19

Junior Naturalist: What's in the Pond

From frogs to dragonflies to water beetles, so many animals use the water for their home. Kids, grab a net and head to the pond and explore these fascinating critters from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Meet by Wegmann's Pond, located by Wegmann's Store Ruins in the picnic grounds.

June 6

Peace by Piece Art Show and Concert

The Peace by Piece Community Art Project started last fall with an idea shared with a friend and blossomed into a community-wide art project that has encouraged many to think about what peace means to them... or looks, sounds or feels like to them... and then express it on a 4- by 4-inch paperboard canvas to share with others. Hundreds of pieces of Peace Art, promoting unity, inclusion, tolerance and teamwork have been created and each will become part of Peace Art collage structures that will be displayed at an art show Thursday, June 6 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. The art show will open at 6 p.m. with a concert by Peter Mayer, singer-songwriter from Stillwater at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for students.

June 6

Noon Hour Concert: Park Rapids Classic Chorale

Performing for the first Noon Hour Concert of the summer from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, June 6, is the Classic Chorale, directed by Melanie Hanson, concertmaster of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. The free performance is at Calvary Lutheran Church. In its 27th year, the Classic Chorale performs two concerts a year and sings a variety of musical genres for all to enjoy. New members are always welcome. The chorale recently had the opportunity to sing with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra along with Bemidji State University and The Bemidji Chorale, performing a premiere of “This Will Be Our Reply” by Lucas Richman. For the Noon Hour Concert they will be singing “Navajo Blessing,” “I Believe” and “Be Still” just to name a few. Soloists are Deane Johnson on the Navajo flute and guitar, and vocalist Anna Cole. You are invited to bring your friends and lunch. Bars and beverages will be served.

June 13

2nd Street Stage: The Joyann Parker Band

The Park Rapids-Walker Eye Clinic is sponsoring the Joyann Parker Band to open the season. A classically trained pianist, Joyann Parker sang in church and with a wedding band until she sang Aretha Franklin’s soul classic, “Chain of Fools,” at a contest. Parker was invited to join a blues band and immersed herself in the blues. Joining the Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter, band leader and multi-instrumentalist on stage are band members Mark Lamoine, guitar, vocals; Brad Schaefer, bass; Bill Golden, drums, vocals; and Tim Wick, keys. Arrive at 5 for the social hour, sponsored by Bernick’s. TruStar Federal Credit Union is weekly sound sponsor. R.D. Offutt Farms is stage sponsor.

June 13

Noon Hour Concert: Matthew Lorenz

Pianist Matthew Lorenz will perform for the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, June 13 at Hubbard United Methodist Church. Matthew studied both math and piano at the University of North Dakota and will play “Valses Sentimentales et Nobles” by Maurice Ravel and the “Piano Sonata in B Minor” by Franz Liszt. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert. The churches provide sweets and beverages.

June 15

Reception and Artist's Talk

Nemeth Art Center will host a reception and artists’ talk with Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez and Bruce Engebretson from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The weavers are the featured artists in the Weaving Community Together exhibit on display June 6 through September 28.

June 20

2nd Street Stage: Collapsing Stars

Lamb Weston/RDO will sponsor a fun night with free french fries and the band, Collapsing Stars. This Twin Cities-based band plays blues, roots, folk and Americana. In the last few years they've played a showcase at the renowned Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and in 2016 performed for over 120,000 people at Red Bull Crashed Ice. In 2018 they were selected as an official South by Southwest Festival artist out of a pool of over 8,000 applicants. NPR Music named them a top 100 SX artist out of 2,000 showcasing acts. Band members are Ally Strycharske, cello; Mike Langhoff, percussion, Adam Heaney, bass; and Justin Wayne Nelson, guitar, vocals. Arrive at 5 for the social hour, sponsored by Lee Davis Electric. TruStar Federal Credit Union is weekly sound sponsor. R.D. Offutt Farms is stage sponsor.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

May 17-19 5th-H Performing Arts Club show: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing at the Area High School auditorium
May 20 Hubbard County Historical Society: History of Otto Hendirckson Post 212

May 25 Park Rapids Farmers Market opens for the season at Cwikla Ace Hardware
May 27 Memorial Day Services 
June 6 Noon Hour Concert: Park Rapids Classic Chorale at Calvary Lutheran Church
June 6 Peace by Piece Art Show and Peter Mayer Concert
June 13 Noon Hour Concert: Pianist Matthew Lorenz at Hubbard United Methodist Church
June 13 2nd Street Stage: The Joyann Parker Band
June 13 Itasa-Mantrap Co-op Electrical Association Annual Meeting
June 15 Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail Ribbon Cutting
June 15 Beagle and Wolf Books' Author Fest at the Park Rapids American Legion
June 20 Noon Hour Concert: Unpolished at Faithbridge Church
June 20 2nd Street Stage: Collapsing Stars
June 27 2nd Street Stage: Kind Country


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