It's October and Fall is Happening
Fall is in the air and summer is now officially a memory. For those of you still in mourning about the transition, deal with it. For those of you that love the sights, sounds and smells of autumn, it’s your time. The Twin Cities right now is about football and homecoming celebrations. Food blogs are featuring soups, stews, and slow cooker recipes. Desserts are apple and pumpkin everything!
Temperatures are definitely cooler. The pools are closed down for the season, the trees are turning beautiful shades of gold and orange, and flip flops and shorts have been abandoned for jeans and sweaters. The sun seems to leave a bronze glow on everything it touches and the chill in the morning air lingers through the afternoon and gets downright cold by sundown.
I'm sure you have planned some of your leisure hours, but in case you have some openings on your calendar for this month, let’s take a look at what is noteworthy in the Twin Cities Metro for October.
September – the Twin Cities in Seasonal Transition
September is the month with an identity crisis. Football season has begun, but we are still watching baseball. Food bloggers are pushing soups and stews while we are still throwing brats on the grill. Some people in the Twin Cities think of it as fall and others summer. The autumnal equinox on the 22nd officially welcomes fall, but I think the weather has the last word.
Generally, the temperatures are pleasantly moderate creating perfect opportunities to enjoy your favorite outdoor sport or pastime. Yet we can’t help but notice the chill that creeps into the evening air and lingers into dawn. The clouds tend to be high and scattered and the sky a different shade of blue than it was in midsummer. Yesterday I noted little pops of gold and orange among the still lush green of the trees which serves as a reminder that the inevitability of autumn’s arrival cannot be denied.
Why not allow September to surprise us every day and enjoy these...
Ahh June - the portal to Summer! Step into June and the entire glorious season of warmth and sunshine is beneath our feet, stretching out before us. June is weddings, kids out of school, family vacations, cooking on the grill and baseball. June is bright blossoms exploding with bursts of color from the flower beds and strawberries melting with sweetness on the vine. I love that June is comfortable, warm but not hot and we are beckoned to the golf course, tennis courts, and favorite biking and walking trails.
Summer in the Twin Cities is all that and more. Summer inspires us to celebrate with great music, art, food, drink, festivals and fairs. After a long winter are we ever ready! So without further fanfare (because I could go on for pages extolling the virtues of June) let’s take a look at what is happening on the sidewalks of Minneapolis-St. Paul this month.
Celebrate June – Celebrate Art
The 50th Annual Edina Art Fair
Friday June 3 through Sunday June 5, 50th and France, Edina Minnesota
It’s February, the last complete, official month of winter. This first week of the month brought with it a foot of snow to the Twin Cities, and the first significant accumulation of the white stuff so far this winter. Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow even though we know here in Minnesota we have 6 more weeks of winter. Valentine's Day arrives on the 14th and on the 22nd we celebrate our great Presidents. February is also designated as Black History Month, American Heart Month, and Chocolate Lovers Month.
Let’s take a look at what is going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month as we decide how and where to celebrate.
Hey Minneapolis and St Paul, what are you doing this month?
November is the month that falls right smack in the middle of fall. In addition to the bounty of the season, we have a couple of holidays to celebrate this month. November 11 is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the brave men and women who have served our country by their service in the military.Thanksgiving on November 26 is the day we gather with family and friends to watch the Macy's Day Parade and football, as well as to eat too much turkey and pumpkin pie. The day following is Black Friday and although it is not technically a holiday many people have the day off work and it is the busiest shopping day of the entire year kicking off the biggest shopping season of the entire year.
Now that we have the holidays accounted for, let’s take a look at some weekend events going on in the Metro and celebrate this great month.
Sunday November 8
Join the Walker Art Center in celebrating its 75th anniversary. Visit the McGuire Theater for the Object Lesson, part of the Walker’s Immerse Yourself series. In this comically moving one-man show, award-winning actor Geoff Sobelle transforms the stage into an immersive and immense performance-installation that unpacks our relationship with everyday...
September, Ready or Not.
Here we are with one foot in Summer and the other in Fall. It’s September in the Twin Cities, a month of seasonal transition. The glory of summer departs with the Autumnal Equinox on the 23rd. Days are still warm, but mornings and evenings are becoming chilly. Fall Festivals are touted. Recipes for things apple and pumpkin are featured in my favorite food blogs.
It cannot be denied. Fall is in the air. My plan is to embrace and enjoy it, while still savoring the warm days that remain. Let’s take a look at Twin Cities Metro events for this month and decide how we will celebrate the final days of summer and welcome the first week of fall.
Are you a Mary Poppins fan? This supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical production is playing through Oct. 24th at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s main stage. This musical couples outstanding choreography with unforgettable songs. Do not miss!
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov 1st you can find your way through the corn maze, listen to music, enjoy some great food, and check out the petting zoo at the Fall Festival at ...
Hot August night and the leaves hanging down and the grass on the ground smelling sweet- Neil Diamond
August is the last hurrah of summer. The kids head back to their classrooms in a few weeks as we hear a large collective sigh of relief from parents throughout the Metro. But before that happens, we have the entire month of hot August days and nights ahead of us. Summer celebrations continue across Minneapolis and St. Paul, with some of the summer’s most popular events happening this month.
Many people look forward to August for The Fringe Festival and the State Fair, two great events that occur in the Twin cities and are nationally recognized. For others, August is about squeezing the last drop out of summer by playing golf every weekend, listening to one last concert in the park or taking that day trip to the Eagle Refuge in Wabasha you had planned.
Just in case your August bucket list is not full, here is a sampling of art, music, and fun going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month.
Let's Hear It for July
It’s July in Minnesota and Twin Cities Metro folk couldn’t be happier! We hate to brag, but seriously, our summers are fabulous! Everywhere we look the landscape is bursting with color. Flower beds are strutting their stuff, geraniums and petunias are outgrowing the confines of their window boxes and daylilies are spots of color on a green background of lush lawns.
July music and magic are in the air. Fairs, festivals, art, concerts, food and drink await us from one end of the Metro to the other! Here is a short list that piqued my interest for this month. Hope they give you some ideas and help make this summer the best since Grandma won the Blue Ribbon for her apple pie at the state fair!
The Minneapolis Pops - Every Weekend in July
Can you believe it? This year marks the 66th year our own Minneapolis Pops has been providing free concerts in the Twin Cities. Every year I look forward to this well-performed music at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 5:30 pm on Sunday and they are free. Pack a picnic basket and arrive early for dinner al fresco and a choice spot for the concert. Visit the Minneapolis Pops online...
June is Bustin' Out All Over
June is bustin’ out in the Twin Cities, and the moon is shining on our beautiful lakes and rivers! We have a lot to celebrate! The entire summer spreads out ahead of us, and we are enjoying more daylight than any other month of the year. The weather is warm but isn't hot and the June nights are made for romance! It’s green as far as the eye can see except for the flower beds bursting with colorful blooms. June is roses, strawberries melting with sweetness on the vine, weddings, the ending of the school year, cookouts, baseball, and the beginning of summer with the Solstice occurring on Sunday, June 21.
The citizens of Minneapolis-St. Paul are celebrating the kickoff of summer in grand style. There is certainly no shortage of activities and things to do in the Metro this month. Fairs, festivals, art, music, food, and drink, abound from one end of the Twin Cities to the other. Here is the short list of events that intrigue me and of course, I want to share.
It’s All About the Art
The 49th Annual Edina Art Fair
Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, 50th and France, Edina Minnesota
The first official art fair...
Tra La, It's May!
May in the Cities
It’s May in the Twin Cities Metro, and spring is busting out all over! And what a spring it is! Not a kinda spring, or a sorta spring as we are known to experience most years here, but it’s an honest to goodness spring! The days are warm but not hot, perfect weather for planting a garden. We are enjoying lots of sunshine, the grass is green, the trees are wearing leaves, daffodils, magnolias and even a few tulips are in bloom at the Arboretum. If you doubt me, check out the bloom report or better yet, head out to Chanhassen and see for yourself. Having witnessed the Tulips in bloom in previous years, I can tell you the display is magnificent and will not disappoint!
Mother’s Day is just ahead, and we are looking forward to Memorial Day at the end of the month which many consider the official kickoff of summer. We are planning our gardens, and some overachievers have begun planting. Gardening for me is low key these days since all I only have a small deck, but the outdoor furniture is washed, the wind chimes hung, the garden lights...
Winter is a lingering, quiet season, when nature whispers through softly falling snow.
It’s February, the last complete, official month of winter and here in the Twin Cities February begins auspiciously with a little snow fall. February 2, is Ground Hog Day, but shadow or no shadow here in Minnesota we know there is at least 6 more weeks of winter! It’s the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and Presidents Day. It’s also American Health Month and Chocolate Lovers Month!
Let’s take a look at what is going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month as we decide how and where to celebrate the fabulous month of February!
Featured Event Daily Throughout February!
1. Miller Park, 17970 East Miller Parkway Eden Prairie. Ice Castles in Eden Prairie. Ice Sculpture exquisitely beautiful, filled with sparkle and shine! Fire performances on Friday and Saturday. Check out these great photos from MPR.
February 7 and 8
2. Lyndale Park, Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Feb. 7th 5:00 – 6:30. Night Owl Snowshoeing – Local owls are nesting. Travel through the Bird Sanctuary on snowshoes while tracking nature's nocturnal hunters.
3. Bloomington Civic Theater,...
January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
a frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow.
- Edgar Fawcett
The holidays with its whirlwind of social activities are behind us, our days resume a normal cadence, and winter is solidly entrenched. Yet, it doesn’t mean that life comes to a standstill because it’s cold and snowy! We’re Minnesotans after all and that means we are hardy folk! Many of us love this season as we break out the ice skates, skis, sleds, snowboards and snowshoes. We try out that new long underwear we bought from LL Bean and dig our warmest mittens and scarfs from the bottom of the drawer.
If cavorting like Frosty the Snowman is not your scene, there is the theater, symphony, opera and ballet. Perhaps an afternoon at one of our wonderful museums or art galleries. How about a weekend Happy Hour or a movie? Unless you are a member of the Minnesota Snowbird population and head south to lands with palm trees, white sandy beaches and drinks sporting tiny paper umbrellas, the Minnesota Property Group would like to offer some great suggestions for what’s noteworthy in January on the Twin Cities Metro scene.
January – any day!
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN
Admission is free for the entire month of January so enjoy the Arboretum inside and out. Stay warm while you oh and ah as you view the 25 foot tall tree covered with orchids in the Great Hall. Outside 16 miles of snowshoe and cross country ski trails await you. Warm up after with a cup of hot chocolate in the café.
Winter's frosty breath freezes on the window pane; within it’s a warm fire, hot spiced cider and Bing Crosby singing White Christmas. It must be December!
December sparkles more and shines brighter! It’s about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. It’s a season of miracles, love, peace and good will. It’s about the Winter Solstice on the 21st, the official first day of winter although here in the Metro winter is already in full swing! Lastly, December is about endings and beginnings as we wrap up the year and look forward to rockin' a brand new year!
One thing I know for sure - December is a busy month! Shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, decorating and celebrating are all a large part of what we do in December! Most of us also have busy social calendars as we connect with family, friends and co-workers to celebrate the season! There is also a plethora of events in the Metro, some which have become traditions and others a sampling of something shiny and new!
Are you ready? Joe Houghton and his helpers certainly are and we say bring it on December! Let’s take a look at what is going on in our wonderful Twin Cities Metro this month!
Speaking of new, Minneapolis will holidazzle us this year with a Christmas Village! Open now through December 24th the Holidazzle Village transforms the Nicollet Mall from 10th to 12th streets into a weekend event space and daily marketplace. The centerpiece is a Minneapolis Christmas Market, fashioned after European Christmas Markets. There will be constant weekend activity here for the entire month. You can even get a free...
I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.|
- Lin Yutang
Fall is in full swing in the Twin Cities Metro! For those who claim autumn as their favorite season, now is your time. I like it too so I say, let’s celebrate! Evenings are getting very chilly and soon mornings will be frosty. While some trees tenaciously hold on to their yellow and brown leaves, most are now standing naked and shivering in the morning light. It’s November, the month we turn the clocks back an hour, and here in the metro, the month we start thinking about the first snow!
November is about Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the brave men and women who sacrificed greatly to preserve our liberties. It’s about Thanksgiving, family, friends, football, pumpkin pie and turkey, and at month’s end, the kickoff to the biggest shopping season of the year! Are you ready? Let’s take a look at some weekend events going on in the Metro and celebrate this great month.
1. Call the best MN Real Estate Agent and go look at houses.
Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis 8 pm daily
2. See Minnesota native son and music icon Bob Dylan! This artist of historic stature is still touring and showcasing songs in his vast repertoire.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. That’s what sunflowers do. - Helen Keller
August - Summer continues
Sunflowers stand tall and the air is sweet with the scent of Stargazer Lilies. Area gardens fulfill the promise of spring as local Farmers Markets burst with colorful vegetables and fruits artfully displayed to tempt our palates. August, with its hot days and nights, has arrived!
It’s a very busy month in our Metro! Summer is half over and only a few weeks remain before our kids return to the classroom so we want to enjoy every moment, stay active, be outdoors and have fun! It’s a month filled with art, theater, music, and celebration of heritage and culture from other parts of the world.
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Chose from 169 plays performed at 19 venues around the Twin Cities Metro. At a mere $12 a ticket, this is an inexpensive way to see some great theater that is not available anywhere else! It is theater that pushes the envelope and takes some risk and in so doing draws you into some very unusual plays. For complete information on performance dates, times, and locations visit the official Fringe Festival website.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – Shakopee