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Drink the wine and walk the Walk

 - by julie

Today’s blogger is Shelley from the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau. She writes about the last Art & Wine Walk she attended in June. The next one is this Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m.

Who doesn’t enjoy sipping flavorful wines on a beautiful summer day…especially when you’re able to view wonderful works of art and do some shopping at the same time?  If that sounds like fun to you, too, make sure and check out the next Art & Wine Walk on July 21.

This distinctive event happens every year, June through October, on the third Saturday of each month.  It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and takes place solely in Greater Grand Forks’ beautiful downtown district.  To begin, simply head to one of the starting points – the Blue Moose Bar & Grill or GuestHouse Inn – and purchase a wristband and map of participating businesses.  The cost is just $15, which is quite a deal considering you get four hours of great entertainment and wine, of course!

I’ve always considered myself more of a sassy white girl (at least when it comes to my wine choices) so I preferred locations serving the fruitier whites.  The GuestHouse offered a Funf sweet German wine that was probably my favorite.   Although, to my surprise, I discovered several reds I’d definitely try again.  Make sure to pick up a pencil and artist/venue sheet at the starting points so you can write down any wines you’d like to purchase in the future.

When it came to the art part of the Walk, there was no problem finding some amazing purchases.  In fact, I bet you’ll be very impressed by just how many talented artists reside in our region.  Another terrific aspect is the wide variety of mediums represented: painting; photography; pottery and even jewelry.  You may want to bring a little “extra spending money” in the event you come across that uniquely perfect item for yourself or someone special.

Want to see more of the fun? Check out the Art & Wine Walk video!

A fun and culture-filled day ended at 5 p.m. with a wrap-up party at the Empire Arts Center.  Fresh fruit, an assortment of cheese and a delicious sparkling wine were served.  Several prize packages were also given away.  Even though my name wasn’t picked, I definitely went home feeling like a winner!

Kick off the holidays with the Grand Forks Holiday Home Tour

 - by julie

The Grand Forks Republican Women’s Association is hosting the 2011 Grand Forks Holiday Home Tour, and no matter your political affiliation these are two days of fun with a holiday party (added this year), you don’t want to miss.  I plan to attend and share lots of great photos!

Six festively adorned homes will be open for tours on both Saturday, December 3 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (12 noon-5 p.m.).  Each will feature the creativity of local designers: All Seasons; The Rose Shop; Designs by Nord; Modern Plains Design; Michelle Bloom Interiors; Just Add Water (Brooke Roche Conlin); and Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling.

In conjuction with the home tour, a bake sale and wreath sale will be hosted at the Myra Museum, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2405 Belmont Road.

New to the tour this year is a reception for all ticket holders from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.  Celebrate the beginning of the season overlooking the city at the party – hosted on the 5th floor of the historic SEI Building (4th Street and DeMers Avenue) in beautiful downtown Grand Forks. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are being provided by some of Grand Cities’ favorite places to eat like Little Bangkok, Speedway, Jake’s, Rhombus Guys, Joe Black’s, Sarah’s Sweet Boutique, Bob’s Quality Catering, Mama Maria’s and the Grand Forks Country Club.  It’s the party to kick-off the holiday season!  You don’t want to miss it!  Your Home Tour ticket gets you into this party!

Tickets are only $20 (pre-sale) and $25 the day of the event.  Tickets may be purchased at these local businesses: All Seasons; The Rose Shop; Plains Chiropractic & Acupuncture; Ferugson Books & Media; Norby’s Work Perks; and Waterfront Kitchen & Bath.  Tickets will also be sold on Saturday, December 3, at the Myra Museum.  Tickets for the party only ($25) may be purchased at the door.  Questions may be e-mailed to gfhometour@gmail.com.  More details may be found online at www.gfhometour.com or on Facebook at Grand Forks Holiday Home Tour.

It’s an Art & Wine Week!

 - by julie

There are only two Art & Wine Walks (hosted by Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and North Valley Arts Council) left in 2011, and one of them is tomorrow, Saturday, September 17! Everything kicks off at 1 p.m. at either the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Ground Forks or the GuestHouse Inn in Grand Forks. You can purchase a map for $15 (must be 21), which will include wine samples at all participating locations as well as a commemorative wine glass. At 5 p.m. the event wraps up with a champagne reception at the Empire Arts Center. There will be food, champagne and lots of great prizes (must be present to win)!

Art & Wine Walk is a great way to get together with friends (and meet new ones) as well as view unique artworks from regional artists, shop at Greater Grand Forks businesses and experience a variety of wines.

There are a number of businesses participating on both sides of the river including Bonzer’s, River Cities Jewelers, Dakota Harvest Bakers, Badman Design, Third Street Gallery, Mike’s Pizza, Amazing Grains, Lillian’s, Mamma Maria’s, O’Really’s and Level 10. There is also an array of artists ready to show off their incredible works include Jon Coffin, Tessa Hiney, Kimberly Forness Wilson, David Vorland, Thomas Anderson, Steve Hawthorne, David Badman, Angie Aarnes, Megan Johnson, Ellen Gagnon, Terri Berg, Kristin Berg, Maria Thompson, JoJo Seames, Laura Bluel, Mary Haugstad, Joan Mullen, Trey Everett, Molly Douthip, Adam Kemp and Guillermo Guardia.

If you can’t make this AWW, the last one of the season will be Saturday, October 15, at the same starting locations. More details may be found online.

See you on the Walk!

What do we do now?

 - by julie

It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red.  It may have some asking what do we do now?  The answer is PLENTY!  I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September:

-UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package)

Friday Night Races at the River Cities Speedway through September 16

-Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24

-Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10

-Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11

-AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11

-Art & Wine in Downtown on September 17 (and October 15)

-4th Annual Fall Frolic Run in Riverside Park on September 17

-Potato Bowl Week (there will be a blog later highlighting activities) September 19-24

-UND Women’s Hockey vs. Manitoba September 23 & 24 at Ralph Engelstad Arena

-Grand Forks Women’s Show at the Alerus Center on October 1

This is just a taste of the happenings in September, and we always like to get feedback on what you like to spend your time doing in Greater Grand Forks.

In addition to checking our calendar (there is an RSS feed by the way), don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow @visitgrandforks on Twitter.  Not only do we provide the latest updates on things to do, but we have a number of contests with great prizes!

Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend and a warm welcome to all our Canadian friends that will be visiting for Canadian Labour Day Weekend!

Last chance to see RENT this week

 - by julie

I know I have already blogged about Crimson Creek’s production of RENT, but I hadn’t seen it yet, so it was more informational about the muscial itself.  I have seen it in a number of other locations, so I am quite familiar with RENT, and I am thrilled to report I had the pleasure of seeing Crimson’s portrayal of the popular musical.

I was so impressed with the phenomenal talent found in the Grand Forks region.  The vast majority of RENT involves singing with a great deal of movement, there are not many spoken words, and to hear those voices was truly amazing.  The entire cast was great, but, of course, I did have a few favorites such as Roger played by Steven Douglas.  I thought this Roger could compete with any that I have seen in London, NYC, Baltimore or Minneapolis.

Matt Hippen played Angel Dummott Schunard and did a fabulous job.  I can’t imagine Angel is an easy character to master, but Matt did it wonderfully!

Finally I loved Candice Morgan as Maureen.  Talk about a “drama queen”!  She was hilarious, and her voice was unbelievable.

While the Fire Hall Theatre is normally the home of Crimson Creek, this show needed are larger venue, so you can see it at the historic Empire Arts Center this Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Get your tickets today by calling 701.777.4090.


Great finds, food and fun in the sun

 - by julie

Are you looking for something cool to do on a warm summer weekend?  Skip the lake and head to one of the region’s most popular events – the Grand Cities Art Fest – instead!

On June 11 and 12, the streets of downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will be lined with great shopping, entertainment, food and plenty of fun.  More than 150 quality artists and crafters from around the nation will offer their works in an array of different media including ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, naturals and painting.  Food vendors will tantalize your taste buds with everything from fruit smoothies, funnel cakes and kettle korn to fry bread tacos, bison burgers and barbecue ribs.  You will also want to check out North Valley Arts Council’s (NoVAC) Arts in Action, Fine Arts Avenue, Kids’ Corner and the Main Stage:

NoVAC’s Arts in Action – If you have ever wondered how artists turn raw materials into amazing works of art, Arts in Action is for you.  Skilled artists will perform live demonstrations of their art-making process in the Town Square.

Fine Arts Avenue – What happens when you take simple, inexpensive materials and add inspiration and talent?  You get Fine Arts Avenue where more than 25 of the region’s finest artists will be offering items worthy of any art gallery at prices for all budgets.

Kids’ Corner -Children of all ages are invited to enjoy hands-on “make-and-take” activities designed to inspire creativity.  Activities include the science of color, make your own art, temporary tattoos and much more.  There will also be inflatable games to help burn off some of their excitement.

Main Stage – Along with live theatre and ethnic dance performances, Town Square will be filled with music from a wide variety of performers.  Some of the genres include Folk, Bluegrass and Jazz.

For more details, including times, log on to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events.