Secrets of Split Rock

The original North Shore destination still beckons


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Split Rock Lighthouse on Minnesota's North Shore looks out over a foggy Lake Superior.
Split Rock Lighthouse overlooking Lake Superior

photo by Paul Pluskwik


It was Easter Sunday when I arrived at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, on the North Shore of Lake Superior, an hour’s drive past Duluth. There were slabs of snow under pines and in ditches where the sun didn’t shine, and almost everything that wasn’t rock was mud. The temperature had dropped nearly 30 degrees during the three-hour trip from Minneapolis, from 63 to 34. When I checked my phone for the overnight weather, it showed what I had already concluded was inevitable: a big fat snowflake. 

I would have the place to myself, it seemed. But when I started down the cliffside trail to my campsite, number 13, there were two girls playing at the entrance to the site, and I began to worry that the DNR had pulled a United—overbooked. I was prepared to wrestle. 

Campsite 13 is booked every single day this summer until mid-October, and every weekend until November, and by then the water is off, the lighthouse is closed, and the lake—never warm to begin with—is spitting ice. It may be the most popular piece of dirt in Minnesota, perhaps in the country, and if not then it’s a tie. A place can only be so booked. 

There are spots like this all around the world, so unique, so in-demand that the norms of vacation planning don’t apply. Bucket-list places in Glacier National Park or the Swiss Alps or wherever Elon Musk is planning to send people in his rocket ships. 

Campsite 13 at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
Campsite 13

photo by susanne von schroeder


Campsite 13 is that place in Minnesota, and the other walk-in campsites in Split Rock aren’t far behind. There are only 20 of them, lined up along the ramparts of Superior like lookouts. If you can get almost everything you want in a wilderness vacation for the price of a big night at Hardee’s, you’ll take it. 

The girls and their parents weren’t planning on staying. They had already spent the weekend in campsite 4, which is supposed to be great, and before they left they had just wanted to see how number 13 compared. 

There is no comparison. Campsite 13 is bigger than most sites and secluded from the trail, the road, and other campers. Even if it wasn’t all of these things, the crashing of waves on the rocks below would drown any noise. Steps lead down to what’s essentially a private beach. From there, and the site itself, you can look north along the shore to the lighthouse, jutting from an outcropping like a chess piece—the best lighthouse view in the campground. 

I wished the family luck in securing the site for their next visit, and when they left I was all alone in the park. It had begun to rain. I threw my food in the bear box and headed to the lighthouse.

 

I have a complicated history with lighthouses. They were never supposed to be complicated. They were not even supposed to be something that someone like me, an inveterate landlubber, needed to think about. In fact, they were designed to warn people away, to repel. A lonely lighthouse keeper was a good one.

But we’ve come up with all sorts of uses for lighthouses since radar made them obsolete, and the biggest one is nostalgia. And so, when I was a young reporter—though not as young as my actions would suggest—I went to Two Harbors, just south of Split Rock, to write about the little red lighthouse there, an anachronism turned into a romantic bed and breakfast. 

There were six or seven of us, staying upstairs in small bedrooms, or, in my case, in the boathouse a short walk away. And in the middle of the night I got hungry, crept into the lighthouse kitchen, and microwaved a bag of popcorn. 

My fellow guests had ascended the staircase that night hoping to slip into a spell, to dream of splendid isolation in the wilderness circa 1892. Instead, they were woken by the acrid stench of flaming Pop Secret.

There was a ghost, supposedly, haunting the premises, and when the popcorn ignited, some guests must have wondered. Several came down in their robes and slippers. And there I was, holding the bag, as it were. Except I had taken the blackened sack of incinerated kernels—still smoking—into the driveway and stomped on it. And then, unable to think of better alternatives, thrown it in the trunk of my Honda.

 

Nostalgia is complicated. The present is always intruding, and the past, in any case, was rarely so pleasant as we’d like to think. The lighthouse at Split Rock was built because too many people had died, a fate as tragic as it was predictable.

The iron ore business had erupted in northern Minnesota around the turn of the century, and the more that came out of the ground the more the men who shipped it across Lake Superior licked their chops. They tied unwieldy barges to boats, to increase capacity, and they pushed the shipping season deeper into November, when the worst storms always seemed to hit.

Finally, the worst storm did hit, on November 27, 1905, with 70-mph winds, 30-foot waves, and snow. Freighters crashed into cliffs all along the North Shore, and in the end 29 ships were lost on Superior and 30 sailors died—“sacrificed on the altar of commerce to appease the wrath of the lake,” as one Duluth newspaper cynically observed.  

The shippers, rather than amend their ways, demanded a lighthouse from the federal government. Five years later, they got one. 

The story might have ended like this, as just another old-time tableau of greed outrunning common sense, like log jams or the Dust Bowl, if it weren’t for what happened next. In 1924, the first highway opened along the North Shore. The lighthouse—an icon of isolation—was besieged by tourists.

The keepers were caught off guard. They asked the government for guidance, grumbling that they were spending too much time preventing souvenir hunting and not enough time preventing shipwrecks. But by the late 1930s, hundreds of visitors a day were knocking on the lighthouse door and peeking in the windows of the keepers’ homes. Split Rock was billed by the burgeoning tourism industry as “probably the most visited lighthouse in the country.”

An aerial view of Split Rock Lighthouse
Aerial view of Split Rock Lighthouse

photo by jon smithers


There's a painting of the old North Shore at the Minneapolis Institute of Art called Off the Coast (Lake Superior), made in 1886. The sheer palisades appear impenetrable, like the wall of an immense fortress stretching to the horizon, topped with towering black pines like the ragged back of a dragon crouched along the crenellations. 

The North Shore was a real wilderness then. The lumberjacks had not yet arrived, and there were still woodland caribou huffing among the old-growth pine all along the shore. The best way around was by boat or dogsled. In the painting, a steamship is snorting its way down the coast within a stone’s throw of the cliffs, a powerful incursion though still overmatched by nature, so near yet so far. 

Boats like this one supplied the Split Rock lighthouse when men began to build it in 1909. They anchored beneath the hundred-foot cliff, and everything was pulled up by a hoist engine—including the carpenters, bricklayers, and a French cook (the kind of concession to harsh conditions that a fat cat in spats, back in the city, would conceive for his men). And what about the hoist engine itself? With cables attached to trees, it had pulled itself up the hill.

This was the once-pristine wilderness that tourists came to conjure when the Lake Superior International Highway opened along the shore in 1924. The wilderness had only recently been lost, partly because of the highway, and yet they were already nostalgic for it.

Tourists viewing Split Rock Lighthouse, 1925.
Tourists viewing the lighthouse, 1925

photo courtesy of the Minnesota historical society


This happened all across the West, of course, wherever the frontier gave way. Great “rustic” lodges went up in the loosely interpreted style of the logging camps that had come before: wood and stone, with a moose head above the mantle. Tourists were taking inspiration from the past rather than re-living it (no one wanted to wash in a bucket or sleep in a cramped bunkhouse), making a kind of Pinterest mood board of the frontier, which has proven a durable form of vacation.

On the cover of a 1926 brochure advertising the North Shore, a bus roars up the Lake Superior International Highway toward the Split Rock lighthouse, motorists pull off the road for a better look, and a steamship chugs below. It is the age of speed, of easy travel. The lighthouse, though it was still operating in 1926 and would be until 1969, was already being romanticized as a vestige of a slower, darker past.

Here, as in few other places, nostalgia was tripping on the heels of its own inspiration. People were yearning for a simpler time that in fact had not yet left the stage. There were still Norwegian fishermen bobbing below the lighthouse in rowboats, setting nets for herring. There were still some caribou lingering in the woods. But there were also men with ties and rubber tires, motoring their sweethearts up the shore, picnicking beneath the pines, convinced this would all be gone soon—and they were right.

The caribou did not give the tourists the pleasure of their company for long, as though it were impossible to appear in the same scene together, which, essentially, it was. The fishermen overfished, and other invaders besides tourists—the parasitic, eel-like sea lamprey, especially—cut in, and so the rowboats soon vanished as well. The wilderness faded completely.

We head to Split Rock now not to recall the wild—which was no vacation—but those first tourists. We come to rediscover their sense of discovery, their excitement of sifting through secrets left behind. We are nostalgic for nostalgia itself.

Split Rock Lighthouse at sunset.
The lighthouse at sunset

photo by gary alan nelson


A trail out of the campground winds up a steep, birch-covered chunk of volcanic rock called Day Hill, as in Frank Day, who owned this area around the turn of the century. He was from Duluth, a partner in real-estate ventures, and, according to local lore, he was in love. 

At the top of the hill is a fireplace. Not a pit to roast a few marshmallows in, but a fireplace you’d find indoors. A tall pile of stones with a chimney and a hearth you could sleep inside. And nothing else. 

It sits on a bald patch of rock like a non sequitur, the start of something or the end of something, and in fact it might be both. Frank Day, it’s said, had begun to build his dream house up here, for himself and his sweetheart, and then she broke his heart.

The fireplace on Day Hill at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
The fireplace on Day Hill

photo by christopher bies/dreamstime.com


Tourists discovered it eventually, when they began to swarm the area, because the hill offers one of the best vantages of the lighthouse. Split Rock is the only Minnesota State Park with a visitor map pointing out the best photo opportunities. The map was created by the Minnesota Historical Society, which oversees the lighthouse, and shows seven spots along the shore, with little images of what you, too, can shoot there. The lighthouse may well be, as visitor guides often allege, the most photographed landmark in Minnesota.

Stepping inside the lighthouse can be a bit anti-climactic—the point is to get a shot of it in its dramatic setting, from afar. But it seems impolite not to pay it a visit. And so, after a morning trek on the Superior Hiking Trail just south of the park, where I stood before waterfalls and the rushing Split Rock River, joined by just a handful of fly fishermen, I paid my respects. 

The historic buildings—three keepers’ cottages, a fog signal station, and the lighthouse itself—have been restored to the 1920s, that delicate time when the shoreline road was blasted through and tourists first appeared on the scene. But even without the period details—a Victrola, a cast-iron stove—the essential experience would be little changed. Inside the tower is only a staircase,
corkscrewing up to a glass light fixture, seven feet across.

Split Rock Lighthouse's keeper polishing the lens, 1946.
Lighthouse keeper polishing the light lens, 1946

photo courtesy of the minnesota historical society


The light is only turned on once a year now, on the anniversary of Lake Superior’s most famous shipwreck, the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. So most nights in the campground, the surrounding woods, water, and sky are an undifferentiated black. And in the utter opacity it is possible to recall something of the true wilderness experience, to ache as those early visitors did for a past they never knew.

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Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Website »

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Join us Attend a Free Event to learn more about U.S. Bank and the home buying process! - Learn about our innovative mortgage and banking products - Understand some of the important factors to...

Cost: 0

Where:
U.S. Bank
300 Prairie Center Dr
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: U.S. Bank
Telephone: 952-942-2847
Contact Name: Cynthia Theisen

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CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
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Online Mediation class Nov 15th 1. How to Meditate 2.WHY LEARN TO MEDITATE 3.MEDITATION POSTURE 4.BREATHING MEDITATIONS 5.LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION 6. TRANSFORMING MEDITATIONS 7.Mindfulness...

Cost: $14.00 per adult $3.00 per child and $28.00 per group or family.

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Opening reception Friday, October 5, 7-9pm Local photographer David Husom depicts the upper Mississippi River Valley from a new and unique perspective. For the past two years Husom has been...

Cost: free

Where:
The Anderson Center Main Gallery
163 Tower View Drive
Red Wing, MN  55066
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Sponsor: The Anderson Center
Telephone: 651-388-2009
Contact Name: Stephanie Rogers
Website »

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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Local photographer David Husom depicts the upper Mississippi River Valley from a new and unique perspective. For the past two years Husom has been photographing the area with a UAV (drone). These...

Cost: free

Where:
The Anderson Center
163 Tower View Drive
Red Wing, MN  55066
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Sponsor: The Anderson Center
Telephone: 651-388-2009
Contact Name: Stephanie Rogers
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
View map »

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Online Mediation class Nov 15th 1. How to Meditate 2.WHY LEARN TO MEDITATE 3.MEDITATION POSTURE 4.BREATHING MEDITATIONS 5.LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION 6. TRANSFORMING MEDITATIONS 7.Mindfulness...

Cost: $14.00 per adult $3.00 per child and $28.00 per group or family.

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

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Secrets of Glensheen is BACK by popular demand! Glensheen Collections Manager, Milissa Brooks Ojibway, will showcase various objects from the Glensheen collection that have been hidden out of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910
Website »

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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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The Walk to End Hunger is back for the 11th year at the Mall of America® on Thanksgiving, November 22nd, 7 to 10 am. The event, which has raised more than $2.5 million to date, is expected to draw...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mall of America
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Hunger Solutions
Telephone: 612-247-8123
Contact Name: Gary Young
Website »

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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Cost: $30-60

Where:
Chanhassen High School
2200 Lyman Blvd.
Chanhassen, MN  55317
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: All Community Events
Website »

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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
View map »

More information

Online Mediation class Nov 15th 1. How to Meditate 2.WHY LEARN TO MEDITATE 3.MEDITATION POSTURE 4.BREATHING MEDITATIONS 5.LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION 6. TRANSFORMING MEDITATIONS 7.Mindfulness...

Cost: $14.00 per adult $3.00 per child and $28.00 per group or family.

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
View map »


Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

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Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet some wonderful people. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to country line dancing, except we dance to R & B music,...

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Website »

More information

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

More information

A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

A new creation from The Moving Company A hotel. A year.  Quality linens and room service. Vivaldi and Chekov.  Piazzolla as well. A change of weather. A change of heart. A get away, a hideaway....

Cost: $20-38

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »

More information

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

Show More...
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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

Both of Minneapolis’ local Shane Co. stores will host Santa Claus in stores from Friday Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25, offering families, couples, and friends free holiday pictures with Santa....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shane Co.
8404 Tamarack Village
Woodbury, MN  55125
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Sponsor: Shane Co.
Contact Name: Mary
Website »

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Local artists are bringing their talents to the historic Schmidt Brewery for the annual holiday market. 900 West 7thStreet St. Paul.  The market will run November 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., November...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Schmidt Brewery
900 West 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Website »

More information

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
View map »

More information

The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

More information

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

More information

A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

More information

Sawyer's Dream is all-original 70s vibe rock with amazing female vocals and harmonies. A modern take on a classic sound. Tight grooves, interesting guitar work and soaring vocals. The Change Ups...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Suite 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »

More information

A new creation from The Moving Company A hotel. A year.  Quality linens and room service. Vivaldi and Chekov.  Piazzolla as well. A change of weather. A change of heart. A get away, a hideaway....

Cost: $20-38

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »

More information

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

Show More...
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Hopkins Farmers Winter Market is indoors! Produce, farmstead products, fresh-baked & homemade goods and handcrafted arts with live music. Free coffee while you shop. ATM on-site, easy parking. We...

Cost: free

Where:
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: (952) 583-1930
Website »

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Story Artists Donate Day of Storytelling at Open Book Tellabration!, an annual event promoted by The National Storytelling Network and hosted in over 300 venues around the world, will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Cheap Theater, Story Arts of MN, and Northlands Storytelling Network
Telephone: 651-649-1757
Contact Name: Richard Rousseau
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Local artists are bringing their talents to the historic Schmidt Brewery for the annual holiday market. 900 West 7thStreet St. Paul.  The market will run November 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., November...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Schmidt Brewery
900 West 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Both of Minneapolis’ local Shane Co. stores will host Santa Claus in stores from Friday Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25, offering families, couples, and friends free holiday pictures with Santa....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shane Co.
8404 Tamarack Village
Woodbury, MN  55125
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Sponsor: Shane Co.
Contact Name: Mary
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Join us at Milkweed Books for our third-annual Small Business Saturday! As part of a growing retail community in our part of downtown, we are excited to celebrate the value of small and independent...

Cost: Free

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 South Washington Avenue
Open Book | 1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Come join us at Can Can Wonderland on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 from 11AM to 3PM! $2 Entry Fee Create cardboard masks - head armor, tiaras and crowns, animal faces and all...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Come to taste the chili, stay to eat the food and listen to LIVE music from The Low Down while supporting your community and great cause. Wicked Wort Brewing Co. and 2018 Twin Cities Finest...

Cost: $15-25

Where:
Wicked Wort Brewing Co.
4165 West Broadway Ave.
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Jen Abel and Wicked Wort Brewing Co.
Telephone: 954-593-9770
Contact Name: Jen Abel, Amanda Carlyle
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Spring Park, MN – Back Channel Brewing Collective will host its second-annual Soviet Slayer Saturday bash on November 24, which also happens to be Small Business Saturday. The event celebrates...

Cost: Free

Where:
Back Channel Brewing Co
4787 Shoreline Drive
Spring Park, MN  55384
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Sponsor: Back Channel Brewing Co
Telephone: (612) 327-0911
Contact Name: Melissa Leddy
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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Join in on the fun and learn to dance or dance styles new to you. Miranda Shaughnessy will teach 15 minute dance classes that provide an introduction into numerous dance styles!Stop in anytime on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
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Join the University of Minnesota Marching Band, directed by Betsy McCann, for performances that showcase music, tradition, and entertainment for the whole family. Fresh off their Super Bowl LII...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Telephone: 161-262-42345
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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We start our season with our holiday extravaganza, A VERY ASIAN XMAS – THE NOT-CRACKER. The night will include live performances, comedic drama, and holiday skits. You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $40

Where:
North Garden Theater
929 7th W
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Theater Mu
Telephone: 651-789-1012
Contact Name: Theater Mu
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Sawyer's Dream is all-original 70s vibe rock with amazing female vocals and harmonies. A modern take on a classic sound. Tight grooves, interesting guitar work and soaring vocals. The Change Ups...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Suite 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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A new creation from The Moving Company A hotel. A year.  Quality linens and room service. Vivaldi and Chekov.  Piazzolla as well. A change of weather. A change of heart. A get away, a hideaway....

Cost: $20-38

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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