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June 23

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 23 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).

June 23

Jr. Naturalist: Leaf Pounding

Explore the many different shapes and sizes of leaves and then make your own leaf art using hammers to pound your leaf project. This program is offered from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

June 23

Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: “Who’s making that noise? Frogs and Toads of the North Woods”

How many frog species do we have in Minnesota? Which frogs live near you? When and why do they call and what sounds do they make? Join Minnesota Master Naturalist, Janet Nelson from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 as she helps you explore what these powerhouses of sound look like as well as listen to what they have to say! Meet in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom.

June 23

Nemeth Art Center: Reception and artist talk

The Nemeth Art Center will host Julie Buffalohead & Nathanael Flink for a reception and artist talk from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Both artists' works are on display at the art center through July 14.

June 23

Ladyslippers of Itasca: Exploring the North Country and Itasca’s Orchids

Bring your camera because June is orchid month along the numerous trails within Itasca State Park. Join a special hike from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23 looking for Minnesota’s state flower, the showy lady slipper and other orchids that may be blooming. Meet at the front porch of Douglas Lodge. A variety of other wildflowers will also be in bloom during our “strawberry moon” month. This specialty hike will make a loop trail (approximately 2.2 miles) following the Brower Trail along the shore of Lake Itasca to Preacher’s Grove, and returning along the bike trail, past the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center and concluding at Douglas Lodge. Notes: Dress for being outdoors, including sturdy boots that can get wet/muddy, water, energy snack, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and insect repellent (including tick gaiters) and hiking/trekking poles.

June 24

Headwaters History Walk

Learn fun facts about the Mississippi Headwaters during a short naturalist-led walk to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. The walk will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Meet at the compass rose under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

June 24

Outdoor Kids - Totally Turtles

Kids of all ages are invited to explore nature in a series that allows kids to connect with nature through hands-on activities that focus on life around Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park. The program is offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Come and go at your leisure. 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).

June 24

Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Park Rapids Community Band

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and sit outside historic Douglas Lodge as the 50- member Park Rapids Community Band returns to Itasca State Park for another wonderful concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 24. These talented musicians will play music full of patriotic, popular and classic songs.

June 24

Sunday Sundae: Ice Cream Social

Hungry for some ice cream? Enjoy a sweet treat from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 24 when you join Itasca State Park visitors for a music concert ice cream social. Itasca volunteers from the Friends of Itasca will be making chocolate or strawberry sundaes with proceeds going toward projects in Itasca State Park. There is a $2 fee per sundae. The event will be outside Douglas Lodge (inside Forest Inn if it’s raining).

June 25

Hubbard County Historical Society: Tractors Manufactured in Minnesota

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host Noel Allard on Tractors Manufactured in Minnesota at 7 p.m. Monday, June 25 in the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

June 28

Noon Hour Concert: Cheryl Steinborn and Terry Greenawalt

Pianists Cheryl Steinborn and Terry Greenawalt will be playing sacred, Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, classical, Latin American and pop music at the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, June 28 at Hubbard United Methodist Church. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert. The churches provide sweets and beverages.

June 28

2nd Street Stage: Pat Lenertz Band

Paul Bunyan Communications will sponsor the Pat Lenertz Band led by Moorhead native Pat Lenertz, a veteran of the Fargo/Moorhead scene with 15 years experience playing, singing and fronting several bands. Drawing on his love for Americana and roots musicians like Willie Nelson, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, John Prine and Bob Dylan, in 2012 Lenertz set out to find the perfect band of brothers to help tell his musical stories. Band members are Lenertz, vocals, guitar; Trevor Pearson, drums; Travis Atwood, bass, vocals; and Casey Conners, guitar, vocals. Arrive at 5 for the social hour, sponsored by TruStar Federal Credit Union. Thielen Motors is weekly sound sponsor. R.D. Offutt Farms is stage sponsor.

July 4

12th Annual July 4th Pie Baking Contest and Auction

Support the Park Rapids Library with pie! Beagle and Wolf Books will host the John Michael Lerma pie baking contest and auction at noon July 4th. All proceeds go to the Park Rapids Area Library. To enter, bring your pie to Beagle and Wolf by noon on July 4. Entry fee is $5. Categories are: Double Crust, Single Crust, Custard or Cream and  Juvenile (any pie by an 8-12 year old). Prizes will be provided by the Friends of the Library. The pies will be auctioned off at about 3:30 at Pioneer Park in Downtown Park Rapids. It’s a great way to have a yummy dessert without having to bake, and all in support of a worthy cause!

July 4

40th Annual Firecracker Footrace

The Firecracker 5K event kicks off the Fourth of July festivities in Park Rapids. The race starts and finishes at Heartland Park. For the more serious runner, this event is a certified USATF fast course. This year the event is chip timed by Pickle Events. Pick up your bibs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 or from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. on race day. The footrace starts at 9 a.m. In order to hold a safe well run event, the race will be capped at 850 runners and walkers. For more information and to register, go to https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15527/firecracker-footrace.

July 4

4th of July Parade

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism organizes the 4th of July Parade starting at 5 p.m. The parade will pay tribute to all the men and women who have fought for our freedom. Highlights this year will be the New York Mills Marching Eagles band. Performing in this parade for the 3rd year, the  band has performed in the nation's second-largest St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, the National 4th of July Parade in Washington, D.C., the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada and numerous shows at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL most recently in March 2018. Regional area royalty will participate in the parade and guests will enjoy the antics of Birak Shrine Club Kar Kor Shriner's group. Parade Route - Starting on Fair Ave. near the main entrance of the Hubbard County Fairgrounds; 2nd St. to Main Ave. • Main Ave. to 8th St. • 8th St. to Fair Ave. and disbursing back at the Fairgrounds. (Spectator parking available along the route in the parking lots of Sanford Health Clinic/DaVita Dialysis on 7th Street & CHI St. Joseph’s Health and Essentia Health on 8th Street.)

July 5

2nd Street Stage: The Front Fenders

American Legion Post 212 will sponsor The Front Fenders at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 5.  A Fargo-based band, The Front Fenders have been entertaining audiences since 1995. Their focus is on fun and great music with Paul Bougie and Christine Huff out in the crowd getting everyone involved and engaged, and five tremendous musicians on stage playing the greatest hits from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, plus some of today’s hottest pop tunes and country favorites. Band Members are Paul Bougie, vocals; Christine Huff, vocals; Rodger Nichols, drums; Mike Schlick, rhythm guitar, vocals; Cameron Wheeler, bass guitar, vocals; Joe Rudd, lead guitar, vocals; and Lee Massey, keyboards, sax, harmonica, banjo, vocals. Arrive at 5 for the social hour, sponsored by Patrick J. Sullivan Insurance Agency. Thielen Motors is weekly sound sponsor. R.D. Offutt Farms is stage sponsor.

July 11

Public dedication of mosaic art

Artist Marsha Wolff will lead a series of workshops for Hubbard County DAC clients from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting June 4 and continuing through June. They will use dish ware and stained glass for two pieces which will be 3 feet by 4 feet when completed. Goals of the project are to create a unique, beautiful and expressive piece of artwork for the public to enjoy and to help clients learn to express themselves through art. The DAC will host a dedication of the mosaics at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at 109 Pleasant Avenue. City Council member Erika Randall and a board member will do the honors and treats will be served.

July 12

Noon Hour Concert: String trio

The string trio of Nikolai, Katya and Emily Kivi will perform at the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 12 at St. Johns Lutheran Church. Bring your lunch to eat before the concert. The churches provide sweets and beverages.

July 12

2nd Street Stage: The Plott Hounds

Enbridge will sponsor The Plott Hounds, at 2nd Street Stage from 6 ot 8 p.m. ThHursday, July 12. Coming together on the Rum River in 2014, The Plott Hounds blend their southern rock style with hints of the blues creating nostalgic vibes at every show. The band, five guys from different backgrounds, got their start in 2014 with one mission: live in the music you write and play. Band members from Atlanta and Anoka are Noah Alexander, vocals, guitar; Jeff Powell, lead guitar; Kirk Humbert, lead guitar, vocals; Jesse Petrowski, bass guitar, vocals; and Scott Tate, drums, percussion. Arrive at 5 for Service Night at the social hour, sponsored by the Park Rapids Rotary and Lions Clubs. Thielen Motors is weekly sound sponsor. R.D. Offutt Farms is stage sponsor.

Upcoming events

Check back for more details on these and other events

June 24 Park Rapids Community Band Concert at Itasca State Park
June 25 Hubbard County Historical Society: Tractors Manufactured in Minnesota
June 28 Noon Hour Concert: Cheryl Steinborn and Terry Greenawalt
June 28 2nd Street Stage: Pat Lenertz Band
July 4th 40th Annual Firecracker Footrace
July 4th 12th Annual July 4th Pie Baking Contest and Auction
July 4th 4th of July Parade
July 4th Park Rapids Area Community Band Pre-fireworks Concert at Heartland Park
July 4th Rotary Fireworks at dusk at Heartland Park
July 5 2nd Street Stage: The Front Fenders
July 11 Public dedication of mosaic art at the Hubbard County DAC
July 11-15 Hubbard County Fair
July 12 Noon Hour Concert: String trio
July 12 2nd Street Stage: The Plott Hounds
July 19 Noon Hour Concert: Pipe organ and flute 
July 19 2nd Street Stage: Corey Medina and Brothers
July 26 Crazy Days in Downtown Park Rapids
July 26 Park Rapids Pet Parade
July 26 Noon Hour Concert: Jazz musicians
July 26 2nd Street Stage: Frogleg

 

 

 


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