Although the Summer Solstice isn’t until June 20th, it’s officially summer in Minnesota! The next three months are full of events to capitalize on the (mostly) beautiful weather we experience in June, July, and August. It’s always amazing when 9:00 pm hits and it’s still light outside!
It’s Memorial Day weekend! I hope you are able to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. Memorial Day is a moment to pause and thank the men and women who have selflessly served our country and protecting our right for freedom. I’m thankful for your service.
Never fear, spring-like temperatures are near! If cool weather kept you inside over the weekend, this week looks a lot more promising, with 70s in the forecast by the end of the week. No matter the weather, there’s plenty to do around town. Here are my five picks for Twin Cities events happening May 16 – 22.
On May 7th, I had the honor to attend the Rise Above Seizures gala benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. My table included three people who live with epilepsy, including myself, and two moms who are immensely impacted. One of those women, Jessica, has a five-year-old son named Wyatt who experiences 100 seizures every day.
I was honored to spend my weekend as a chaperone for the Minnesota Boychoir on their tour to Alexandria. The quick overnight is a test run for a larger summer tour (I’ll be heading with them to Kansas City in June). I’m an alum of the organization, so I might be a bit biased, but these young men are extraordinary representatives of their generation. They’re kind, thoughtful, team players, and they sound good, too. Listen to them on YouTube and attend their Spring Concert at 7 pm on Saturday, May 21 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
It was a long week for Minnesota. Prince’s passing on Thursday was shocking. But in the hours after his death, Minnesotans united to celebrate the life of an icon. From all-night dance parties to viewings of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” the mourning process is an opportunity for all of us to congregate. And after months of unrest in our community, I feel this was exactly what we needed: to let it all out. This week made me fall in love with this community in a new way.
After recommending events for years, I have a (useless) talent of remembering what happens on a particular weekend. Grand Old Day(s) is the first weekend of June, Highland Fest is the third weekend of July, and for some reason, no one likes to plan events the weekend before the State Fair starts (minus the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park Zoo). And like clockwork, the second to last weekend of April is when the warm weather events season begins. We go from a short list of things to talk about to dozens of events happening around town. For me, it's like the fishing opener. Just like how there are 10,000 (plus) different lakes to fish in Minnesota, there are so many events, but oh so little time.
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