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Mary and Her Chocolate Factory

A St. Paul native turned a delicious dream into heavenly reality.



When you walk into Chocolat Céleste, a small chocolate shop and factory located on University Avenue in St. Paul, your senses awaken to the sights and scents around you. No larger than several paces in any direction, the retail shop, with its hot pink walls and colorful displays open your eyes. Boxes of handmade truffles, bags of English toffee and bars of heart-healthy chocolate tempt your touch, while the smells of fresh chocolate wafting over the adjoining factory wall tickle your nose. As if in a church or a library, not wanting to disturb someone else’s experience, patrons and employees speak in hushed tones, and as you gaze over the display cases and formulate your choices, your mouth begins to water.

Ranging in flavors from Dulce de Leche and Golden Cinnamon to Hot Chile Pepper and Key Lime, Chocolat Céleste truffles and bonbons are made daily from only the most natural ingredients, sans preservatives. Chocolate lovers choose from pre-boxed chocolates or create their own giftable combo from the individuals on display. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the lady of the shop can be found to assist in the process. Usually dressed in colors complementing her shop (pinks and blacks) with eyeglasses to match, Mary Leonard, chocolatier and founder of Chocolat Céleste, takes great pride in creating a product that in turn creates a memory for the one indulging.

A soft-spoken yet extremely passionate woman, Leonard hasn’t always been a chocolate maker, though she’s always been ahead of the trend, a risk taker with the goal of starting a business of her own. And, obviously, she’s a chocolate lover. “I’m a person who likes the finer things in life,” she says. “I like to spend more on things, but not buy very many things. Chocolate is one of those rare items that I will spend money on to get something that I really like.”

In 1978, Leonard received a degree in Foods in Business from the University of Minnesota. After careers in food service management, recipe development, information systems management and marketing, Leonard decided to start her own business. Besides loving the sweet treat, Leonard had previously taken truffle-making classes and made chocolates at home for years; opening her own chocolate shop was a no-brainer. Believing you have to jump in with both feet to start a business, Leonard attended the top chocolate courses available, taught by Terry Richardson, patent holder for the Godiva chocolate center, and apprenticed in Vancouver with a master chocolatier. Leonard opened Chocolat Céleste, French for “heavenly chocolate,” in February 2002, just 10 minutes away from her home in Highland Park. “I chose a location where I could work a lot,” she says. “I knew I was going to devote my entire self to this, and I do work every day of the week. I’m reaping the benefits of having done that.”

Chocolate was first discovered nearly 2,000 years ago in the depths of the Central and South American rain forests. The Mayans were the first to use the seed from the cacao tree, mixing it with seasonings to create a spicy, frothy drink. By the 1400s, the Aztecs were also drinking the chocolate, as well as using the cacao bean as a form of currency. After arriving in Mexico in the early 1500s, Spanish conquistadors began bringing the beans back to Spain. The new custom took off among the elite—they were the only ones who could afford the expensive import—and they were the first to sweeten the drink with sugar.

While the Spanish tried to keep chocolate a secret from their neighbors, by the 17th century it became a popular drink for the wealthy across much of Europe. Chocolate houses, exclusive clubs for men or for those who could afford the entry fee, began popping up across the continent. To keep up with demand, many countries developed cacao-growing plantations near the equator in places such as Sri Lanka and the West Indies, enslaving natives for the labor-intensive process.

With the rise of factories and machines during the Industrial Revolution, it was easier to make chocolate in mass amounts and as a solid, thus lowering the price and making the treat available to a wider audience. The United States passed a law in the early 1900s banning the receipt of cacao beans from plantations using slave labor, in turn allowing independent farmers to set up their own cacao plantations throughout Africa and Indonesia, where the bean is still harvested, fermented, dried, cleaned and roasted by hand before being traded on the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange to chocolate makers around the world. Today, chocolate is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry, with the United States topping out as one of its greatest importers.

Big companies used to buy cacao beans at a commodity price, never knowing if they were getting the best beans. Much like wine makers and vineyard owners with grapes, cacao growers now look closely at the soil and the bean type to create particular flavors. Fine, sweet cacao comes from the criollo tree found in Central America, representing just 5 percent of world production. Strong, bitter chocolate made from the beans of the forastero tree found in West Africa and South America represents a majority of the world’s output. And the trinitario tree produces beans meshing both flavors and produces 15 percent of the world’s cacao. According to Leonard, manufacturers develop relationships with these different plantations, bringing in varieties of beans that have never before been available in this country. Leonard buys her chocolate from these importers. “Chocolate is considered the new wine,” she says. “It’s not as much about price point as it used to be, but about varietals.”

In her factory, only about three times the size of her retail shop, Leonard takes these specific varietals of chocolate and mixes in only the purest of ingredients, which include only fresh whipping cream (no additives) and butter from one of the top creameries in the country, located in Hope, Minn. The many different flavors and styles of the truffles and bonbons come from her imagination. “Because we’re a Midwestern company, I stay with more traditional flavors,” she says. “I don’t want to cover up the chocolate with another flavor. I am working on being more nationally known, so we’ll probably be expanding the line to include flavors that wouldn’t be as popular here, like Earl Grey, lavender and rose.”

It takes two processes over two days to make truffles and bonbons at Chocolat Céleste. To make the ganache (the creamy center), whipping cream is added to chocolate and melted to make an emulsion, with the butter and the flavoring added next. The ganache is refrigerated in either a bowl, which is scooped from to make truffles, or on a flat frame, which is cut by a huge cheese-cutter-like contraption to make the square bonbons. At the same time, chocolate chips (not like you’d find in a store) are poured into the giant melter. A $10,000 machine, the melter automatically heats and cools the chocolate to the right temperatures to solidify it, which is called tempering. This chocolate is transferred to the enrobing machine, a small conveyor belt on which the “centers” travel down to be enrobed. The bonbons are decorated with stencils (hearts, dots, illustrations, logos and everything in between), while the truffles are drizzled; both are boxed after 24 hours.

Since she opened her delicious doors five years ago, Leonard’s business has done nothing but flourish. In 2003, Meryl Streep graced her pre-Oscar dinner tables with Chocolat Céleste goodies. In 2004, Leonard was named one of 10 “Best Emerging American Artisanal Chocolatiers,” and the following year, Food Network queen Rachael Ray featured the sweet shop on her Tasty Travels show. Her gift boxes are frequent favors for the New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Mirage, Bellagio and New York, New York hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, and she’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Woman’s Day and Entrepreneur magazine. However, none of this publicity has gone to her head; Leonard remains grounded, relaxed and completely devoted to her art as a master chocolatier.

Chocolat Céleste, 2506 University Avenue W., St. Paul, 651-644-3823, www.chocolatceleste.com

Soul Food

Besides tasting so darn good, fine chocolate can keep you healthy, too.

* Stearic acid is the main saturated fat found in cocoa butter. It doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels, and it may also decrease platelet activity, contributing to heart health in a similar way as baby aspirin.
* Tannins found in chocolate actually prevent cavities.
* The antioxidants, or flavonoids, found in chocolate are similar to those found in red wine, tea, fruit and vegetables, and may reduce the risk of cancer and other age-related chronic diseases.
* Oleic acid, the monounsaturated fat in chocolate, can lower total cholesterol levels in the blood.
* A bar of dark chocolate contains fewer calories and twice the amount of antioxidants as milk chocolate.
* Chocolate is a good source of the essential minerals copper, magnesium and calcium.
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Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Focus Group on Food Products. This study will take place the week of August 3rd at various times in Minneapolis. Participants will be compensated $75 for 2 hours of their time. All interested...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Are you making these 5 mistakes? 5 Common Financial Planning Mistakes People Make and How You Might Avoid Them This Complimentary Ladies Only workshop with Lunch provided, will focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse
11900 Main Street
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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Sponsor: J Alan Financial
Telephone: 763-657-1828
Contact Name: Jim Bear
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in August, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.  Glensheen is the...

Cost: Free

Where:
3300
3300 London Rd
Duluth , MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Jane Pederson
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Local KFAI radio DJ JahnyD brings his band, the JahnyD Occurrence, to the Driftwood Char Bar in support of their new cd Agouti (Ah goo tee) Groove.   Agouti...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
The Driftwood Char Bar
4415 Nicollet Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: The JahnyD Occurrence
Telephone: 651-221-0871
Contact Name: Paul Anderson
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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
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Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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Looking for something for your kids to do? Send them to Vacation Bible School at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. They will learn about how much God loves them, do fun crafts, eat good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Terese Thune
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Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games, and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

Focus Group on Consumer Products. This study will take place the week of August 3rd at various times in Minneapolis. Participants will be compensated $75 for 90 minutes of their time. All...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

More information

The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

More information

Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
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Join us for a dog-friendly fundraiser to provide free dog obedience training classes to low-income disabled people who have adopted a dog to assist them. Vendors - Samples - Raffle - Crafts -...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waterbury Building
1121 Van Buren St NE, Room 106A
Door 1121C
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 414-232-5660
Contact Name: Melinda Weir
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Join AM950 for an evening of politically-charged comedy brought to you by the GOP presidential hopefuls! Watch live as the candidates pine for that sweet, sweet nomination during their first...

Cost: $17

Where:
The Joke Joint
801 Sibley Memorial Hwy
St Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: AM950: The Progressive Voice of Minnesota
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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Enjoy performances from North Ballet Youth Company, Rince Nua Irish Dance, Ivy Asian Dance Theater, and more!  

Cost: $5 for ages 11 up, free for children under 10

Where:
St. Michael Middle School West
11343 50th St NE
Albertville, MN  55301
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Sponsor: North Ballet Youth Company
Telephone: 763-220-0570
Contact Name: Cassie Berg
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This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
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Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
Website »

More information

A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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More information

Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
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All Originals Jazz Series presents Graydon Peterson Quartet: Graydon Peterson, bass; Adam Meckler, trumpet; Adrian Suarez, drums; Joseph Strachan, piano. All Originals is a weekly jazz concert...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Website »

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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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Looking for something for your kids to do? Send them to Vacation Bible School at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. They will learn about how much God loves them, do fun crafts, eat good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Terese Thune
Website »

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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
Website »

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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

More information

Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

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Dance the night away with friends and family! Forty-five minute Swing dance lesson followed by an open, social dance for all. Swing Dance Lesson: Includes swing lesson, entry to the dance, and...

Cost: Lesson & Dance: $30 per couple. | Dance only: $10 per person.

Where:
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
2013 120th Avenue
St. Croix Falls, WI  54024
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Telephone: 715-483-9463
Website »

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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

More information

A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
View map »


Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
Website »

More information

Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
Website »

More information

Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
Website »

More information

Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days Program and Pow-Wow, The Traditional Gathering is bringing back a weekend of 18th Century...

Cost: FREE, donations accepted

Where:
National Monument Heritage Center
170 Mill Creek Road
Grand Portage, MN  55605
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
Website »

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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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The Macker tournament is back on the streets of downtown Rochester, MN August 8-9, 2015. Get your game faces on and get a team together to compete in our annual 3-on-3 basketball...

Cost: $140

Where:
Rochester YMCA
709 1st Avenue SW
Rochester , MN  55902
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Sponsor: Rochester YMCA
Telephone: 507-287-2260
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The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is a free, half-day program designed to equip teens and young adults with the skills to handle the challenges associated with driving on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Road Shakopee, MN 55379
Shakopee, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Bridgestone

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Beauty and creativity abound in the 66 acre pastoral Powderhorn Park where artists from across the country circle around the tree-lined, picturesque Powderhorn Lake. The Powderhorn Art Fair is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Powderhorn Park
3400 15 Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Contact Name: Sabrina
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Witness hot metal artist cast large-scale iron molds. Each July and August Franconia hosts a group of Iron Artists from around the world through a unique artist residency.  We help realize...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
Website »

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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

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One of our bigger events of the year, join us for a Brew-run-ery of a time. Live music on the expansive patio, along with yard games, food truck, and SIX in your hand after a nice run through...

Cost: $30

Where:
612 Brew
45 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Brewery Running Series
Contact Name: Mark Portz
Website »

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Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography....

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
Website »

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Elephante, with support from Gianni Blu, will be performing at The Loft at Skyway Theatre on August 8th. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door. This is an 18+ event.

Cost: $10

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
View map »


Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
Website »

More information

Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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This face-off between local food trucks will provide guests with great food, craft beer, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will go to support YouthLink's life-changing work with...

Cost: $5

Where:
Canterbury Park
Shakopee, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Monthly

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

More information

Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

More information

A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

No Time for Poverty (NTFP)  presents Eric Gutman in “ From Broadway to Obscurity," a show about one man's struggle to get to the top of his game, and then the struggle to find...

Cost: $70, $50, $25

Where:
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: No Time For Poverty
Telephone: 651-714-6346
Contact Name: Sue Grundhoffer
Website »

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A proud presenting company with The Southern Theater’s ARTshare program, this ironically dark comedy and cautionary tale of The Carpenters explores insecurities through the dancers’ sly...

Cost: $27

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 South Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
Website »

More information

Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days Program and Pow-Wow, The Traditional Gathering is bringing back a weekend of 18th Century...

Cost: FREE, donations accepted

Where:
National Monument Heritage Center
170 Mill Creek Road
Grand Portage, MN  55605
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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