2017 Arts Meander September 29, 30, and October 1

Happy to share this invitation from the UMVRDC…

The 14th annual Upper Minnesota River Meander Arts Crawl will be held on September 29th, 30th, and October 1st, 2017. The Meander Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour of 30 artist studios and just under 40 artists across the five counties. The weekend showcases local artists, small towns and their businesses, and even family farms throughout the region.

The 2017 cover artist is John George Larson who has a studio in Milan. His piece is called “Meander on the Prairie” and incorporates elements from the past meander covers – a great testament to the splendor and longevity of this event. One can see more of his work by visiting the Milan Village Art School during the Meander.

Studios will open Friday September 29th at noon and close at 6pm. That night, there will be a great Meander celebration throughout downtown Granite Falls in the Musical Chairs event. It will begin at 5:30 and go until 10pm. Tickets are available online. For more information contact the Granite Falls Chamber at 320-564-4039 or visit www.granitefallschamber.com.

Saturday, the studios will be open again from 9am until 6pm, giving one plenty of time to explore lots of studios! There will be two events Saturday evening too. The Wild Goose Cloggers will perform with the band, Chicken Sedan, at the Dawson Memorial Auditorium at 7:30. These wonderful dancers are fun for the whole family and tickets are only $15 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets and more information visit www.dawsonboydarts.org or call the box office at 320-312-2311.

Also on Saturday, Midwest Music Hall-of-Famers Don and Lee Kanten will play at the Historic Watson Town Hall. It is sure to be a night of dancing and rock and roll. Admission is free will donation at the door, which will help support Watson Town Hall restorations and future arts events. Visit www.cityofwatson.com or call 320-269-8543 for more information.

On Sunday, the final day, studios will open at 9am and close at 4pm.

The Meander has become not only an event for artists to sell the work, but a significant economic development event for the entire region. The surveys show that people travel from at least eight different states and not only purchase art, but spend money in the region on food, lodging, gas, and additional shopping. In 2016, attendees spent around $98,000 in area businesses on top of the $114,000 they spent on art.

How many people came to the Lac qui Parle Lake Ice Castle Tournament?

According to the West Central Tribune

Record-breaking temperatures helped attract approximately 2,200 anglers to Lac qui Parle Lake for the fourth annual Ice Castle Classic fishing tournament on Saturday.

David Grant of Revillo, S.D., won the tournament’s top prize of $10,000 for catching an 8.84 pound northern pike. Over $75,000 in prizes were awarded.

Congrats and thanks to everyone that make the event such a success!

Cowboy Crazy Daze and Western Fest Kick Off – June 22

Always fun to have something to look forward to in the region…

Western Fest Kick Off and Cowboy Crazy Daze

Tokheim Stoneware Spring Open House this weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Spring Open House at Tokheim Stoneware

  • Thursday, May 5: 2-8 PM
  • Friday, May 6: 10-8 PM
  • Saturday, May 7: 10-6 PM

They are located between Dawson and Montevideo, 1½ miles North of Highway 212 on County Road 31. (Get directions.)

Learn more about Gene and Lucy Tokheim through our series of videos we did a while back…

Riverside Market and Muse in Granite Falls: May 14

riverside-market-facebookSomething to look forward too…

Riverside Market and Muse – arts, crafts, flea market , food and entertainment along the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls. On this Saturday, enjoy music by Crooked Dice. Harmonicas for Kids will be a part of their show with free harmonicas and lessons. The Granite Area Arts Council will be making parade puppets. Join us the second Saturday of every month May through September. Vendors , artists, musicians, poets and theater performances wanted, call the chamber office at 320-564-4039. Free to sell, free to attend!

Come see 130 species of birds in Lac qui Parle County

LqP is getting a nice nod from Explore Minnesota for the birding delights…

In late April, birders celebrate spring migration at the annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend. Typically, birdwatchers see more than 130 species. Snowy egrets, rare in Minnesota, are regularly sighted here. Other past highlights include sightings of American golden-plovers, American pipits, winnowing Wilson’s snipe, marbled godwits and horned grebes. In the months following migration, birders at Salt Lake might find eared grebes, American white pelicans, tundra swans and other summer birds.