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See life through rosé colored glasses

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Just like a good Beaujolais, the Greater Grand Forks Art & Wine Walk keeps getting better with age.  The first glass of wine was poured back in 2006, when the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) joined forces to host one of the most popular annual events our community has ever known.  A few years back, the CVB handed over its duties to the Downtown Development Association (DDA) who now partner with the Public Arts Commission (PAC) to ensure Art & Wine Walk remains as SimplyGrand as ever!   Traditionally, this event has been a monthly summer-only occurrence.  However, organizers have now decided to hold Walks throughout the year, with the next one scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 5 PM.  Art & Wine Walk offers regional artists a chance to display their talents and wares at several downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks venues.  A sample of wine will be available, at specified sites, for those 21 years of age and older.  Some locations may also choose to serve nonalcoholic beverages and appetizers, along with featuring live music.   On the day of the event, a wristband and map listing participating …

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Summer breezes bring #SimplyGrand times

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I know it doesn’t officially begin until June 21 but in Nortakota, any temp above 70 equals summer!  While there may be many, here are my top five seasonal outdoor to-dos:   GREAT BUYS UNDER GRAND SKIES.  Formerly known as Art Fest, Art on the Red 2017 will fill downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks with over 150 vendors selling everything from pottery and jewelry to kettle korn and fry bread tacos.  There’ll also be a beer garden and live music.  It all takes place June 10 & 11, 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.   LISTENING SESSIONS.  If you’re a fellow music lover, definitely add the Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red Summer Music Series to your calendar.  It takes place the last Saturday of June, July and August in Town Square.  From 5 to 10 PM, hear some of our region’s top blues musicians while enjoying tasty eats and drinks served up by Brick & Barley.  Admission is free but the food and brews are extra.   NAVIGATING THE GREENWAY.  Strolling our beautifully groomed Greenway trail system is a perfect way to enjoy a sunny day. My favorite spot …

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Savor reds, get greens, hear blues

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Don’t have any major plans for your summer weekends? No worries; we’ve got some simply grand news for you! In addition to all the great shopping, attractions and dining the Downtown District offers, our two towns have a whole slate of colorful outdoor events coming up.   June 11 & 12:  2016 Grand Cities Art Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Town Square, The Greenway and Cabela’s Parking Lot Over 150 quality art and craft vendors, food concessionaires, live entertainment stages, kids’ activities and more Free admission Every Saturday, June 18 through September 24:  Outdoor Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Town Square Fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts and more Live entertainment and food concessions Free admission June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15: Art & Wine Walk 1 to 5 p.m. Downtown Grand Forks – beginning and ending at Empire Arts Center, with a champagne tasting and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. Sample an array of delicious wines while viewing unique works of art at Downtown businesses Admission is $20 and includes a souvenir wine glass June 25, July 23, August 27:  Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red Summer Music Series 6 to 10 …

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Many thanks to our Art Fest partners!

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The Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau team had a great time supplying “simply grand” hospitality over the weekend to Art Fest artists and vendors!  Our group spends the weekend assisting with set up and tear down while also supplying snacks and beverages to the artists during both days of the event! We couldn’t do it without the help of our partners though, so we extend many thanks to the following:   University of North Dakota for the use of their mules Acme Rents for the use of their mules Simmons Flint for the use of space (and lunch during our packing party) Grand Forks Herald for complimentary copies of the newspaper to distribute Grand Forks City Mosquito Patrol for assistance with setup Congratulations to the North Valley Arts Council for another successful Art Fest! We are looking forward to partnering again in 2013!   Now we are on to the 2012 Art & Wine Walk season, which kicks off on Saturday!

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It is an Art & Wine Walk Week!

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There are only two Art & Wine Walks (hosted by Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and North Valley Arts Council) left in 2011, and one of them is tomorrow, Saturday, September 17! Everything kicks off at 1 p.m. at either the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Ground Forks or the GuestHouse Inn in Grand Forks. You can purchase a map for $15 (must be 21), which will include wine samples at all participating locations as well as a commemorative wine glass. At 5 p.m. the event wraps up with a champagne reception at the Empire Arts Center. There will be food, champagne and lots of great prizes (must be present to win)! Art & Wine Walk is a great way to get together with friends (and meet new ones) as well as view unique artworks from regional artists, shop at Greater Grand Forks businesses and experience a variety of wines. There are a number of businesses participating on both sides of the river including Bonzer’s, River Cities Jewelers, Dakota Harvest Bakers, Badman Design, Third Street Gallery, Mike’s Pizza, Amazing Grains, Lillian’s, Mamma Maria’s, O’Really’s and Level 10. There is also an array of artists ready to …

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My simply grand week…

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This is going to be a great week in the Grand Cities!  I am looking forward to enjoying all that the town has to offer in the summer.  This is just a sample of my plans for the week… Tonight I have a meeting, but it won’t be without fun and great food, as it is taking place at the new restaurant, Jake’s.  Since I have only been there once, I am really excited to check out some of their food especially the Red Pepper Lavosh. On Tuesday I will grab the family and head over to the ND Museum of Art for the third installment of the 2011 Concerts in the Garden music series.  The Boston-based band and critically acclaimed, David Wax Museum, will headline while local artist, Xavier Pastrano, will open the show at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door, and there is great food including burgers and brats available in the museum’s garden.  With a weather prediction of mostly sunny and 75 degrees what more could we need? Since there is another good weather prediction for Wednesday, my husband and I plan to meet friends on the rooftop of Rhombus for …

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Stroll, sip and savor

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Season 4 of the Art & Wine Walk, co-produced by the CVB and the North Valley Arts Council, will kick of this Saturday!  This hugely popular series runs June-October, the third Saturday of each month.  From 1 to 5 p.m., participants will be able to sample fine wines and hors d’oeuvres while viewing great works of art at a variety of participating downtown businesses. To begin the event, simply go to either the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks or the GuestHouse International Inn in Grand Forks and purchase your map of locations for just $15, which includes a commemorative wine glass. The afternoon caps off with a champagne reception, sponsored by the CVB, at the Empire Arts Center. If you are unable to make the June event, additional Art & Wine Walks are scheduled for July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15.  More details may be found online.

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