There are plenty of home tours throughout the year that open the doors to some of the area’s most exquisite houses and this weekend’s event is specifically designed to highlight the most creative ideas from our region’s top architects. The Homes By Architects tour is September 18th and 19th from 10am to 5pm.
Midwest monarch butterflies are gearing up for their long journey to Mexico and it’s an expedition we are learning a lot more about thanks to citizen scientists who capture and tag butterflies. Three Rivers Park District offers programs that walk people through the process but websites like www.MonarchWatch.org allow people to get involved on their own. Based on the migration calendar, now is the time to tag butterflies and be a part of this large-scale community science project.
Minnesota’s oldest athletic association is celebrating 150 years. The Minnesota Boat Club has been rowing in St. Paul since 1870 and is still based in its original location on Raspberry Island. To commemorate the anniversary there will be rowing races, and historic boat house tours this weekend. The events run Saturday, September 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Classic slasher movies from the 80’s are the inspiration for the new season of ‘Halloween Baking Championship’ on Food Network and a Twin Cities baker is one of the competitors whipping up killer cakes in hopes of winning the $25,000 prize. Megan Baker owns The Thirsty Whale Bakery in Minneapolis. A customer who knew someone involved with the show, suggested giving Baker a spot in the competition. She spent more than two weeks filming. The show premieres on Monday, September 13th on Food Network and Discovery+.
The Minneapolis Cider Co. opened in 2019 after a trip to Europe inspired the founders to create the same cider experience here. When the doors opened, there was extra space so the owners decided to put in a few pickleball courts. The pickleball leagues took off and two years later they’ve added more courts and an event center. The official unveiling is happening Friday September 10th at 3pm. Admission is free. There will be live music, s’mores, cider and of course pickleball.
World class forest-sport athletes are competing in an array of timber events at the North Woods Stage at the Minnesota State Fair. Shayne Wells tries her hand at one of the classics.
What does it take to truly create a standout piece of crop art? From the idea to showing it off at the Minnesota State Fair, artist Christy Klancher takes us through her process.
Linda Christensen has been carving the butter sculptures at the Minnesota State Fair for five decades. Shayne Wells chats with the legend before she officially hangs up her knife.
The barns are bustling at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds with animals ready for a show. Shayne Wells takes us inside the horse barn ahead of the draft horse competition.
There are at least six new food vendors at this year's Minnesota State Fair, including Fluffy's Hand-Cut Donuts which is serving up their giant donut creations. The donuts are also one of the 25 new food offerings this year.
The Minnesota Farmers Union has opened a new spot in Minneapolis’ Mill District. It’s the first of its kind in the state and connects its guests to local farms like never before. Farmers Kitchen + Bar is in the former Spoonriver space across from the Guthrie Theater. The farmer-to-table eatery features a selection of fresh salads, sandwiches, picnic platters, beer and wine. There’s also a coffee bar serving a State Fair favorite, the Maple Cream Nitro Cold Press year-round, with an assortment of freshly baked pastries. The coffee bar opens at 7:30am while the restaurant is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.
In the wake of unrest last summer and the pandemic, the Black Entrepreneur State Fair was created. It was seen as a way to bring the community together, in a neighborhood that was hurting to support minority-owned businesses. It was a success and is back for year two. The fair is in the parking lot of the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. There are food vendors, 60 local makers, music and a kid zone with bounce houses and games. The Black Entrepreneur State Fair runs through August 28th, 11am to 8pm daily at Chicago Ave and Lake St.
Playdates for kids and even dogs is nothing new, but have you ever heard of a bunny playdate and spa party? It involves a bundle of bunnies enjoying snacks and spa time while under the watchful eye of bunny bouncers. The event happens a few times a month at Canine Connection in Burnsville, it’s well-attended and it benefits the Rabbit Rescue of Minnesota.
After a seven-year hiatus, Kielbasa Fest is coming back in a new location. The event was originally held in the parking lot of Kramarczuk’s Deli in Minneapolis. This time around, Kramarczuk’s will still provide the food but they’ll do so at Utepils Brewing in the Harrison neighborhood. They will use their parking lot and beer garden for the event. It starts Friday the 20th at 4pm. It will also run Saturday from 11am to 10pm. It is a family friendly event with live music both nights.
Volunteers are helping to restore Minnesota’s prairie land by collecting seeds. The program is offered through Three Rivers Park District and it’s so popular there’s often a waitlist on weekends. Seed collecting helps increase the amount and diversity of plants in the more than 1,600 acres of prairie managed by Three Rivers. Seed collecting events will run through October.
An old potato processing factory in Minneapolis has been transformed into a state of the art distillery. O'Shaughnessy Distilling Company is making Irish-American Whiskey and the team they've built includes a world-renowned distiller from Ireland. Shayne Wells takes us inside.
A new distillery will opens its doors August 19th in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. It’s a big deal for a few reasons; first the team behind O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. is creating a new category of whiskey blending Irish and American traditions and techniques. Second, they lured one of Ireland’s top distillers to help them build it from the ground up. The old potato processing facility is now a state-of-the art distillery with three copper pot stills as the focal point. Their debut spirit is Keeper’s Heart Whiskey crafted by Master Distiller, Brian Nation. The distillery is open Thursday thru Saturday 4pm – 11pm and Sunday from 2pm to 8pm.
There’s a new way to experience classic art in the Twin Cities. Immersive Van Gogh has brought the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh to life. The paintings are animated, put to music and projected floor-to-ceiling in a former warehouse space in Northeast Minneapolis. There are 40 works on display that play in a 35 minute loop. The exhibit is up and running and will be in the Twin Cities until at least October 31st
A pop-up bakery that was devised during the height of the pandemic has transformed into a successful partnership. Last summer, award-winning restaurant Bellecour closed in Wayzata. Owner and Chef Gavin Kaysen still had Spoon and Stable in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Cooks of Crocus Hill, a kitchen store that offers cooking classes, is across the street. It wasn’t long before the owners of Cooks and Kaysen discussed opening a pop-up bakery in their store. Within a few months it became a permanent location, and a year later, they’ve opened a second location inside the St. Paul Cooks of Crocus Hill location. The shop and its bakeries, featuring French pastries from James Beard-nominated pastry chef Diane Moua, are open seven days a week.
There’s a new ice cream shop in scooping up some exotic flavors like Tequila and Taro. Elizabeth Raygoza and Alex Rosario opened La Michoacana Rose in November. Last month they opened a second location in Spring Lake Park and are planning to open a third location at 50th and France in Edina next month. The top seller is the Mangonada which has chamoy, tajin, fresh mango pieces, tamarind candy stick, mango sorbet and a dash of lime. The dessert shop also has Mexican popciscles made fresh in store, their ice cream is also handmade at the shop, and savory options including walking tacos.