The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) will sponsor a Chalk Contest in downtown Park Rapids Friday, July 28 as part of Crazy Days. Day care providers and others are invited to bring preschoolers to do chalk art on downtown sidewalks Friday morning, and all age youth are invited to participate in the chalk contest from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Judges will award cash prizes for the top three sidewalk chalk drawings: $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. Think about participating as a group or on your own to raise money for your organization.
Let warm, summer breezes and Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) transport you in time and place as they bring Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" to the stage July 28 through August 5. Seating is limited for this long-running musical that earned a Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as eight Tony awards.
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association celebrates summer with 2nd Street Stage — free, live street music on Thursday evenings from June 15 through Aug. 17. 2nd Street Stage concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. with regional bands, a beer garden and family activities. The stage is set on 2nd Street, between Main Avenue and Highway 71. This season, the beer garden opens at 5 p.m. for a social hour with $1 off on beer. Buy a button at the beer garden for a free cup or koozie and extra prize drawing tickets all 10 weeks.
Long Lake Theater announces its 16th season's debut, "Moon Over Buffalo." This farce is a classic comedy set in Buffalo, New York in 1953. The action and dialogue are fast-paced, as the characters are constantly bickering or frantically trying to resolve some confusion. "I saw this show about 10 years ago at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji. It's a riot! What an honor to have it staged at our theater!" says Bruce Bolton, Long Lake Theatre manager. "Much of the cast and the director, Vicki Stenerson, is back for this encore performance."
The Park Rapids summertime tradition of Noon Hour Concerts — featuring both local and visiting musicians — continues with performances from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays in June, July and August. The series kicks off Thursday, June 8 with a performance by "Caleigh" at Faithbridge Church. The three-woman group performs a blend of Celtic, world folk, cajun and early American music. Audiences are invited to bring lunch to eat prior to the concerts. Beverages, cookies and bars will be served. All are welcome; concerts are free.
The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), is hosting a Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids. Up to 17 artists are involved with the project, representing the communities of Barnesville, East Grand Forks, Lake Park, Menahga, Nevis, Park Rapids and Sebeka. The exhibit opened Friday and runs through July 1. An opening reception is Saturday, June 10 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with the award ceremony taking place around 6 p.m.
Michigan-based author and songwriter Bill Jamerson will present the "Dollar a Day Boys" program, a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, at Itasca, Buffalo River and Lake Bemidji state parks over Memorial Day weekend. Jamerson has presented at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of state and national parks. The presentation includes storytelling, reading excerpts from his novel and performing original songs with his guitar.
Last summer, Tracy and Ben La Van from Des Moines, Iowa entered a Hike Minnesota Sweepstakes from Explore Minnesota for a guided hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail runs through seven states from North Dakota to New York and passes through Hubbard and Cass counties.
People interested in deer will have a chance to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota's first-ever deer management plan in a series of 12 public engagement meetings the Department of Natural Resources will host throughout the state between Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, March 2.
In celebration of what would have been the 87th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bemidji State University will host a screening of the film "Selma," along with a conversation about the film's historical context and lessons from the film that can be applied today. The event, "Onward from Selma," will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. It is open to all and free of charge.