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August 30
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 30. 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 30
Predators and Prey Campfire

Enjoy a warm fire as you sit back and learn about the predator and prey relationships of Itasca’s animals from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, August 30. 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 31
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, August 31 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.

August 31
Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

Jim and Molly Bauer are returning to perform familiar folk and folk rock songs from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, August 31 at Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge). This Minnesota-based duo, with Jim playing acoustic guitar, will share stories and songs and, of course, they will have to share the “Jim and Molly Bauer concert” collector T-shirts! There will be a brief intermission.

September 1
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. Monday, September 1 in front of Douglas Lodge.

September 1
Mr. B’s Joybox Express Piano Bike

Mr. B’s Joybox Express will be arriving at Itasca State Park Monday, September 1 for a sendoff concert at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center starting at 10 a.m. Combining athleticism and artistry, Mr. B’s Joybox Express is fronted by Mark “Mr. B.” Braun, an internationally recognized jazz and blues pianist. Produced by Artrain, Inc., this epic 2,000-mile, 75-day trek begins at the headwaters in Itasca State Park and concludes in New Orleans in November. Along the way, Mr B’s Joybox Express is stopping in cities, towns and villages to perform, educate and inspire blues, jazz and cycling appreciation. Mr. B. will be aboard a one-of-a-kind piano bike boasting 27 gears, two chains, shock absorbers, a rear differential, hydraulic disk brakes and a flatbed big enough to hold a 352-pound, full-sized upright piano. Join Mr. B’s Joybox Express as he begins his musical journey down the mighty Mississippi River!

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.

September 13
Jack Pine Writers’ Bloc Book Release Party

The Jack Pine Writers’ Bloc will hold their annual Book Release Party at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 13 at Blueberry Pines Golf Course south of Park Rapids.

September 27 & 28
Art Leap 2014

Art Leap 2014, an “open studio event” featuring artists’ studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area, will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28. The 9th annual event offers art lovers a map to find their way to area artists’ and artisans’ studios, workshops and other featured locations. This year’s sites and map are available to download at www.prlaac.org. Brochures with the maps and more information are available at locations including the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Visitor Center, Park Rapids Area Library, Nemeth Art Center and some Downtown Park Rapids businesses.

September 27
7th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival - Lantern Lit Night Hike and Activities

A journey down the mighty Mississippi River is the theme of this year’s lantern lit hike Saturday, September 27. Guides with lanterns will lead you down the kerosene lantern-lit trail to meet characters who will share stories about the Mississippi River 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 hikes begins at 6 p.m. The first hike leaves at 6:30 p.m. and the last hike will begin at 8:10 p.m. Suitable for all ages! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Other activities, including music and a variety of children’s activities, will be ongoing.

Upcoming events
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August 28 Century School Open House
September 2 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: The Civil Rights Movement and the Songs That They Sang
September 3 People's Music: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World
September 9 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: The Life of Sacajawea
September 12 Park Rapids Panther Homecoming
September 13 Jack Pine Writers' Bloc Book Release Party
September 16 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Water Quality Issues
September 23 Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning: Rewriting the Rural Narrative
Septmber 27&28 Art Leap 2014
September 27 Headwaters 100 Bike Ride
September 27 7th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival at Itsaca State Park
September 30 Headwaers Center for Lifelong Learning: Exercise for Seniors
October 13 Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre "Echoes of Spain" Concert at Armory Square