Archive for the ‘LqP Tourism’ Category
February 27th, 2013
Have you seen them yet? They are gorgeous and we are happy to share. Please give us a call and we’d be happy to send you a large or small number of maps!
September 27th, 2012
9th Annual Meander Arts Crawl 2012 Celebrates Love of Place and Creativity Along the River
For Audrey Arner, featured Meander Artist for 2012, the Upper Minnesota River Valley is “a wonderful place to live an artful life.” Her design for this year’s hand printed Meander poster features a meandering river framed by an artist’s hands, a burr oak leaf and a rising full moon. According to Arner, the Meander is a “celebration of beauty in all directions – up and down the river. It is a time of year when local artists invite the public to share our homes and our worldview. It is a time to reconnect with roots and soak in a golden Western Minnesota Fall weekend with family, friends, neighbors and visitors to the Prairie Waters region.”
The 9th annual Meander Arts Crawl event will be held on October 5, 6 & 7th, 2012. The award winning Meander is a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Meander is a great “trip on a tank full” to experience the diverse art studios, big skies, classic small towns and family farms to be found along the tributaries of the Minnesota River. A free brochure detailing the locations of the art shows will be sent to anyone who calls 1-866-866-5432. The brochure can also be downloaded from the web at: www.artsmeander.com. More information can also be found on the Meander facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeanderArtCrawl.
The Meander has become an economic engine for this rural part of the state, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in art sales and economic activity over the past few years for area hotels, restaurants and retail locations – all based on the authentic culture of the rural region. “The Meander Arts Crawl combines art with economic and cultural development in a region seeking residents who are attracted to a place based on quality of life,” according to regional planner Kristi Fernholz of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission. “It is a unique event that grows and changes every year. We attract visitors from eight states throughout the Upper Midwest,” Fernholz added.
This year the Meander features two new artists: Kathleen Marihart and Edie Barrett of the Big Stone Arts Gallery in Ortonville and several returning artists from years past, including Sandra Thompson, Doug & Brook Pederson, Karen Jenson and Dale Streblow.
The weekend will begin with studios opening at noon Friday, October 5th, and an opening night ceremony and theatrical performance along the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls. The unique “walking theater” production will be based on local river stories and performed by local actors beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information on Friday’s opening night celebration and free theater performance, contact the Granite Falls Chamber at 320-564-4039.
Art studios throughout the region will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th, and culminate with a special Salsa and Latin music and dance concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium in Dawson. For more information and to reserve tickets for the Salsabrosa Concert, contact 320-769-2955 x246.
On Sunday, October 7th, art studios will again be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The Meander is a truly community based effort,” says Audrey Arner, who creates her art on a century farm near Montevideo. “Business owners, entrepreneurs, government agencies, creative citizens and non-profit organizations all come together in this cultural harvest that sustains and inspires hope for our future.”
May 18th, 2012
Looks like a great event – and a gorgeous weekend!
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY MAY 18,19 & 20 – Chippewa County Park in Wegdahl, MN along the Minnesota River
INTERNATIONAL CAMP-OUT & FIRESIDE SING ALONG FRIDAY, MAY 18 & SATURDAY, MAY 19 7 P.M. CHIPPEWA COUNTY PARK, WEGDAHL
Rain or shine, bring a tent to pitch and some food to share along with your musical instruments and join exchange students from Sweden, Germany, Norway, Italy, Denmark, Thailand, Switzerland, Taiwan and more as they prepare to paddle the Minnesota River on Saturday as part of their year-long exchange experience facilitated by EF (Education First) and CURE River Keeper John White of Clara City.
Note that the Wegdahl Park does not have electricity or water – so plan for that. For more information, call CURE at 1-877-269-2873
“TRAIPSE AROUND WITH TRAUBA” SATURDAY, MAY 19 8 A.M. TO 10:30 A.M.
DNR WILDLIFE EXPERT Dave Trauba will lead a special Rivers & HistoryWeekend hike of the erratic boulders of the Plover Prairie Meet at the Hwy 75 dam at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge south of Odessa in northern Lac qui Parle County. Come prepared to hike through wet prairie for 1/2 mile on uneven ground. Bring boots, a water bottle and your camera. With any luck you can make it back toWegdahl by noon for an afternoon paddle!
Event is free and open to the general public. For more information call 1-877-269-2873.
SELF-ORGANIZING CANOE TRIPS SAT. MAY 19, SUN, MAY 20TH
MEET AT NOON at the COUNTY PARK IN WEGDAHL
BRING YOUR OWN CANOE OR KAYAK
MEET UP WITH OTHERS WHO WANT TO PADDLE:
· THE LAC QUI PARLE
· THE POMME DE TERRE
· THE CHIPPEWA
· THE MINNESOTA RIVER
· HAWK CREEK AND THE YELLOW MED
(IF WATER LEVELS ALLOW)
Feel Free to post to CURE’s Facebook Site (Cure MnRiver) to find others who want to canoe the same river as you do beforehand and then meet up in Wegdahl to arrange shuttles and find other paddlers to join you.
A limited number of canoes and kayaks may be available for rent. For more information call the CURE office at 320-269-2984.
HISTORY TALKS AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
Saturday May 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Chippewa County Park in Wegdahl -
Minnesota River photographer extraordinaire Ron Bolduan from New Ulm will talk abotu the 10 new interpretive panels that have been erected at historic sites along the Minnesota River National Scenic Byway to help tourists learn more about the Dakota/U.S.War of 1862. While you are visiting the valley this summer, be sure to check this new signage out. For more information visit: www.mnrivervalley.com
Teresa Peterson – Executive Director of Dakota Wicohan will also be around the circle to talk about her work to keep the Dakota Language alive. DakotaWicohan is a non-profit organization based in Morton, Minnesota, which seeks to renew Dakota language and life ways with youth and families. For more information visit: www.dakotawicohan.com
Bring your own Lawn Chairs & a Dish to Pass. Coffee, lemonade and a grill for meat and veggies that you bring will be provided.
Campfire Concert and Story Telling begins at 8 p.m.
Bring your instruments!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 1-877-269-2873
April 25th, 2012
Bellingham is getting ready for a big celebration this summer – the 125th Anniversary. We wanted to share the details to help you make your plans for this summer!
Friday July 27
6:00 PM – Arts in the Park/Flea Market Vendors Setup
7:00 PM – COED Softball Tournament Begins
7:00 PM – Kim Wulf, DJ Playing outside at Bellingham Legion
Saturday July 28
7:30 AM – Scenic bike ride beginning in Louisburg and riding to Bellingham, 10 miles (sponsored by Jake’s Bike Shop)
8:00 AM – Fun Run, 1 mile walking begins at City Park
8:00 AM – Arts in Park/Flea Market opens in City Park
8:00-12:00 (noon) Pictorial Stamp Cancellation in City Park (sponsored by USPS)
9:00 COED Softball Tournament resumes
9:30 AM – Kiddie Tractor Pull City Park
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show Main Street (sponsored by Progressive Auto of Ortonville)
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – RAD Zoo Reptile and Exotic Animal Display severl show times throughout day
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – The Depot, open for business
10:00 AM – Beer Garden opens at City Park (sponsored by Bellingham Firefighters Relief Assn)
10:30 AM – $50 Medallion Hunt Begins, Clues given every 30 minutes until found
11:00 AM Button Drawing at City Park
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Lunch served at City Park, Free Will Donation (sponsored by Bellingham Chamber of Commerce)
2:00 PM Kids Coin Dig at City Park
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Kids Pony Rides at City Park (sponsored by Jeannette Abromowski)
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Fire Prevention Safety Hopper at Fire Hall (sponsored by Bellingham Firefighters Relief Assn)
2:00-5:00 PM Fire Department Water Fights at Fire Hall (sponsored by Bellingham Firefighters Relief Assn)
5:30 PM – Meal served at Our Place Café (sponsored and served by Our Place)
5:30 PM Button Drawing at City Hall
6:00-10:00 PM Terry Nelson Band at City Hall (Music of all Kinds)
9:00-10:00 PM – Kim Wulf, DJ Playing outside at Bellingham Legion
Sunday July 29
6:00 AM – City Cleanup
8:00 AM – Arts in the Park/Flea Market Opens
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – The Depot, Open for business
10:00 AM – Button Drawing at City Hall
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Dads Belgian Waffle Lunch (City Hall)
2:00 PM Grand Parade