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Lantern-lit program, music at Itasca tonight

Lantern-lit Ski and Snowshoe program at Itasca State Park to be held tonight, Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for an evening snowshoeing and skiing in the moonlight for our annual Lantern-lit Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski event.

This popular family-friendly event provides an opportunity to get out on a trail illuminated by the warm glow of kerosene lanterns. Classic ski or snowshoe at your own pace along the kerosene lantern lit route during this drop-in program. Park visitors can then warm up around a cozy fire at the trail head and roast marshmallows or enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies in the visitor center.

The lantern-lit trail is relatively flat and easy, so that children and beginners can feel comfortable participating. The route follows the South Entrance Road and is illuminated for 1.5 miles or 3 miles round-trip.

Participants can access the route from the parking lot at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. This event is free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Vehicle permits ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit) can be purchased at the park.

See Eric Bervig and Friends, in concert tonight, Feb. 23.

Gather inside by the fireplaces and enjoy the music as they perform during the lantern-lit event. Concert goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby.

With musical influences as wide ranging as the Mississippi River, Eric's blend of vocal harmony and acoustical wittiness provides a fresh appeal. Prone to wander into territories uncharted he offers up toe-tapping tunes with authentic lyrical depth.