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June 17

Tickets available for "Annie Get Your Gun"

“Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West Show will come alive when Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) brings Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” to the stage July 28-31 and Aug. 4-6. There’s limited seating, so get your tickets early for this 1999 Broadway revival portraying sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926) and her adventures with the Wild West Show. Prepare to be swept up in the romance between Annie and Frank Butler as they sing the familiar “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.” The show is packed with Wild West entertainment, history and a love story. NLOC celebrates its 15th year of producing professional musical theater in the heart of lake country. Lisa Dove (Juilliard drama graduate) and Greg Paul (University of Ohio) return as stage and technical directors. Live performances will be held at the peak of summer, but air-conditioned theater comfort awaits you at Armory Square on Highway 71, downtown Park Rapids. NLOC’s summer productions have filled to capacity, so it's time to lock in a show date for you, your family and friends. Tickets are on sale at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery in Park Rapids or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Find out more at www.NorthernLightOpera.org.

July 1-30

Find Waldo scavenger hunt

Starting July 1, Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery is headquarters for an exciting scavenger hunt to find Waldo in 25 local businesses. How do you play? Just walk in to a participating business and ask for a “Find Waldo” Passport. Locate that business’  “Waldo” and they’ll stamp or sign the passport for you. If you collect 10 stamps ,you can claim an “I Found Waldo” button. If you collect at least 20 stamps, you’ll receive the “I Found Waldo” button and will be entered in a drawing for a deluxe set of Waldo books and other great prizes to be given at the Where’s Waldo Party July 30 at Beagle and Wolf Books.

July 23

Itasca Wildlife Wonders - Homecoming for the Fisher, Campfire

What mammal was brought back to Itasca to help control the porcupine? Gather around the campfire from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23 and learn about the feisty forest-dwelling fisher, a north woods mammal that was once not so common. This program is part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Itasca State Park and Minnesota State Parks and Trails. Meet at the amphitheater in the picnic grounds by the Lakeside Museum; watch for signs.

July 23

Outdoor Kids: Water Birds

Kids of all ages are invited to explore nature at their leisure between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Connect with nature through hands-on activities focusing on life around the lake. Have fun discovering Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground. Meet by the swim beach/playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca).

July 23

Trees of Itasca Walk

Have you always wanted to learn what trees are around Itasca State Park? Hike with a naturalist and identify a few of the trees around the Headwaters area from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, July 23. Meet at the compass rose under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

July 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 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 23. See the historic sawmill and explore various buildings from a country school to a dove-tail, one-room log house and a logging museum. The tour begins at the Levorsen Building on the show grounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park. The entrance is on the east side of the North Entrance Road (off state Hwy. 200) across from the church and gas station.

July 25

The First Minnesota: A Push to Unite

Caleb Curfman, a history major at Bemidji State University, will present The First Minnesota: A Push to Unite at 1 p.m. Monday, July 25 at the Park Rapids Area Library. Curfman’s thesis is on the impact and role of Minnesota soldiers in the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War effort in general. Taking the opportunity to protect the Union, the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment answered the call above and beyond what was asked of them or thought possible. Curfman will go through the war, exploring the reports and accounts of these heroic Minnesotans.

July 25

The Route of the Jefferson Highway

Ren Holland and Frank Mitchell will present the Hubbard County Historical Society’s July program on the Route of the Jefferson Highway at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25 in the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

July 28&29

Crazy Days shopping, entertainment and fun

Crazy Days Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29 makes finding bargains fun. Businesses go all out with sales on Main Street Thursday and downtown sidewalks Friday along with free kids’ entertainment, live music and more. The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Friends of the Library will sponsor free kids’ shows  by Paul Nye Thursday at 10 a.m. and noon at Pioneer Park on the second block of Main. Nye, a children’s pop musician and songwriter, will bring the wonder of imagination and creativity through original music, storytelling and interaction. “Unpolished” will play an eclectic mix of roots, Americana and Bluegrass music at 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer Park. From noon to 2 p.m. Smokey Hills Outdoor Store will give Rambo Fat Bike demonstrations on Main Street. Then at 3:30 p.m. the Park Rapids Area High School Drama Department will perform Shakespeare’s comedy, “All the World’s a Stage.” Enjoy the production on stage in Pioneer Park and stay as students pass the hat for this fundraiser. And plan to stay Downtown for 2nd Street Stage featuring The4ontheFloor from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

July 28

Noon Hour Concert: Vision Theater

Julie Kaiser and Jennifer Geraedts will entertain as Vision Theater at the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 28 at St. Johns Lutheran Church. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert; coffee and beverages will be served.

July 28

2nd Street Stage: The 4ontheFloor

Celebrate summer at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, featuring The 4ontheFloor, playing rock ’n roll. The weekly free event offers live music, a beer garden, kids’ activities and more, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. Bring your own chair and enjoy the evening on 2nd Street between Main Avenue South and Park Avenue South (US Hwy. 71).

July 29&30

Chase the Outdoors Expo

A new event - Chase the Outdoors Expo: Sportsmens and cabin-goers event of the summer - is planned Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30 at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds in Park Rapids. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. More than 50 exhibitors have signed up with room for more. For information, go to www.chasetheoutdoors.com.

July 30

Musical Tribute to Itasca State Park

A musical tribute to Itasca State Park and Minnesota State Parks and Trails will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the museum amphitheater in Itasca State Park (inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if it rains). Charlie Maguire, Centennial Troubadour, will return with original songs from the Centennial Celebration in 1991 and a wide array of new songs about our state’s history. This toe-tapping, hand-clapping concert is designed for people of all ages. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. This event is part of the 125th anniversary Weekend Festival at Itasca State Park.

August 1

The Retro Games

The Park Rapids Area Library is hosting The Retro Games from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Enjoy old style gaming - board games, cards and more - part or all of the event time. All ages welcome from children to retirees. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult or an older sibling. The Friends of the Library will provide snacks and Kinship volunteers will help lead the games.

August 4

Leapfrog for the Win

Come jump, leap and frog around with an Itasca State Park naturalist at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 5 at the Park Rapids Area Library. Explore the amazing amphibian - the frog - and how reading and learning about this critter can help us score a win for animals and their habitats.

August 4

2nd Street Stage: Kind Country

Celebrate summer at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, featuring Kind Country, playing American standards. The weekly free event offers live music, a beer garden, kids’ activities and more, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. Bring your own chair and enjoy the evening on 2nd Street between Main Avenue South and Park Avenue South (US Hwy. 71).

August 4

Noon Hour Concert: Hawken Paul

Hawken Paul will perform on violin, accompanied by his mother, Lisa Dove, on piano at the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, August 4 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Hawken  recently graduated from Laguardia High School in New York City where he played in the Senior Orchestra. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert; coffee and beverages will be served.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

July 25 Hubbard County Historical Society: The Route of the Jefferson Highway

July 28 & 29 Crazy Days
July 28 Noon Hour Concert: Vision Theater
July 28 2nd Street Stage: The 4ontheFloor
July 29-31 Northern Light Opera Company presents "Annie Get Your Gun" at Armory Square
July 29-31 Happy Birthday Itasca Weekend
July 30 Where's Waldo Party at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery
Aug. 4 Noon Hour Concert: Hawken Paul
Aug. 4 2nd Street Stage: Kind Country
Aug. 4-6 Northern Light Opera Company presents "Annie Get Your Gun" at Armory Square
Aug. 6-7 Antique Tractor Club Field Days
Aug. 11 Legends & Logging Days Water Wars on Main Street
Aug. 11 2nd Street Stage: Dead Soldiers
Aug. 12 & 13 Legends & Logging Days at the Antique Tractor Club Grounds
Aug. 12 & 13 Northern Knights Run to the Rapids
Aug. 19 Youth Music & Art Showcase and Chalkfest
Sept. 24-25 Art Leap 2016 & Sculpture Tour
Sept. 24 Headwaters 100 Bike Ride
Oct. 22 "Take a Walk on the WIld Side" Wild Rice Festival


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