May in the Twin Cities - What's Happening?
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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 strung and the flower pots stand ready and waiting to receive the plants I will entrust to them. Because my cat Odie thinks he is related to the Flying Wallendas, I have installed lattice around the perimeter, and as a bonus, it will be the foundation for a vertical flower garden!
Although we will be busy in our yards and getting reacquainted with our decks and patios, surely we can find some time for play and recreation, and to just plain enjoy spring in the cities. So let’s take a look at what’s happening in our beautiful Minneapolis-St. Paul metro for the merry month of May.
May 9th and 10th
Happy Days a New Musical
Treat mom to dinner and a play for her day! Join the Minneapolis Musical Theater and close out the season with a romp into the 50’s with one of America’s best-loved families, the Cunninghams. The New York Daily News wrote, “If you liked Grease you will love Happy Days. A powerhouse, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed". New Century Theater, 615 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Medtronic TC 1 Mile - It All Starts with the First Mile®
Here is a great race for everyone and an awesome way to start the season! 12 city blocks, seven start lines, run, jog, race with friends, family, co-workers. Get together for a bite to eat or happy hour at the finish line. The event begins at 6:50 p.m. at Parade Athletic Fields, 400 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis. For more info and to register online check out Twin Cities in Motion.
May 16th and 17th
Head on down to Valleyfair for a Mesozoic experience that will take you back to the age of the dinosaurs. The 30 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs tail thrashing and roaring will captivate and fascinate children and adults alike. For more information visit online. Valleyfair, 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee
The History of the Cathedral in 25 Objects
Using a very popular Smithsonian exhibit as their model, archivists have chosen 25 objects that will be on display at the Cathedral of St. Paul, telling the building’s history. Maps of object locations are available for self-touring or opt for a guided tour offered M-F at 1 p.m. The tour is free! Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave, St. Paul
May 23th and 24th
Wine and Canvas
Here’s something different! Take an art class and free up your inner muse with a cocktail. Enjoy an evening of food, wine, and painting. Class locations available around the Twin Cities Metro. The cost is $35. For a class near you visit the Wine and Canvas site.
Celebrate Memorial Day at Target Field and take yourself out to the ballgame! You can even bring a friend or 2 along as well. The Minnesota Twins play a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. Opening game time is 1:10 p.m. Tuesday 7:10 p.m. and the final game is Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. See you there! I’ll be the one rooting for the Sox! Check out the season schedule and information on tickets.
May 30th and 31st
The theme for the 16th annual Waterfest is “A Water Wonderland.” Since we live in the land of 10,000 lakes, let’s join in a celebration of clean lakes and water. Learn about wildlife and water conservation. Rent a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard or a paddle boat. Tons of activities and events for the whole family and admission is free! Lake Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Drive, St. Paul. For more info check out the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District website.
Peter Pan: The Musical
Introduce your children to live theater with J.M Barrie's classic tale Peter Pan set to music. A cast of amateur children and professional adults bring this favorite book to life on the stage. Fabulous music, colorful costumes, and scenes, dazzling performance. Your Kids will be delighted! Children’s Theater Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis
Are there are our top picks for this month!