Weekend Wildcard August 30 & 31 - Happy Labor Day Minnesota!
post by Lindy Medeiros
Labor Day? Really? Can someone please tell me how this happened? Wasn’t I paying attention to August as it whizzed past me in a blur? Apparently not because my monthly bucket list of stuff to do and places to visit is only half full, not to mention my summer bucket list which did not even reach the half-way mark this year. Still, I need to remind myself, and anyone else that needs a reminder, that summer is not over yet.
Some folks think that Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer but I strongly disagree! It still looks and feels like summer, the fat lady has not sung. and it is not over, and for anyone who needs proof...
1. The Autumnal Equinox Three Weeks in the Future
Peek at the calendar. See? The first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere is September 23, also known as the Autumnal Equinox. Equinox is from the Latin meaning “equal night” and that is the day we have the same number of day and night hours. Since the days are still longer than the nights here in the Metro, let's keep enjoying that extra daylight!
2. The Birds, Bees, and the Flowers and the Trees
If you have a moment, take a look around. You see trees with green leaves, sunflowers standing tall, geraniums and petunias still flowering their little hearts out, bees buzzing, and butterflies fluttering. Looks like summer to me! ...
post by Kay Nelson
Wagon Train Ho!
“Kick-em-up Kay,” as I was christened by the wranglers, ventured out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a great adventure in late August, 2005. I had read an article in the AAA magazine about an 80+ year old woman who had enjoyed herself on the Teton Wagon Train Horse Adventure and I said, “if she can do it, so can I.” After all this was my initial "retirement trip" and I wanted to set the bar high for the future vacations.
Adding to the excitement, Northwest Airlines went on strike the day I left for my adventure and I was not entirely sure if I would have to ride my horse home from Wyoming! However, with knee surgery on the horizon, I had to mount Heidi from an alfalfa bale and have help getting off her as well, so riding her home was not going to be an option. As if that were not enough, the tension mounted as we had to sit and wait on the tarmac while former Vice President Dick Cheney’s plane took off (he owns land in the area.)
My Adventure Begins
The night was spent at the Painted Buffalo Inn in Jackson Hole and the next morning we were picked up and delivered to the wagon train...
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