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A fabulous Farmers Market and far more

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If you’re interested in doing some shopping but still want to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, then check out the popular Outdoor Farmers Market. It takes place every Saturday, mid-June through September, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM, in Town Square (corner of DeMers Avenue and 3rd Street). Vendors sell everything from fresh produce and flowers to home baked goods and salsas to handmade jewelry and pottery. You’ll also be able to enjoy an array of tantalizing concessions while enjoying some great live entertainment on the main stage. If you’d like to learn more about how our fabulous Forks were founded, guided Historical Walking Tours, “History Alive”, are held at 1 PM during every Farmers Market   While in the area, make sure to explore both of our beautiful downtowns – Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota – and discover all they have to offer. Below are some suggestions for a day or two of fun:   Downtown Adventures:         Take a stroll through the streets and experience a place where the past and present meet. Historic buildings house 21st century businesses. Attractive public art captures the city’s history and natural surroundings in small “pocket parks” scattered throughout …

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We have spirit…yes we do

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Feeling a little blue?  I know what will put the jingle in your bells and jolly in your holly!  If you’re looking for activities to create a festive frame of mind, Greater Grand Forks is definitely the place.  We have seasonal celebrations, concerts and everything in between.  In addition to offering great holiday bargains, our malls and specialty shops will be sparkling with beautiful decorations.    Following is a list of holiday happenings that are sure to get you feeling very merry.  More information on these and other events may be found on our website.   Dec. 1-31 à Go GRAND for the Holidays Tree Display & Open House @ GGF Visitor Center (4251 Gateway Dr)   Dec. 1-31 à Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights Tour @ Lincoln Drive Park   Dec. 3-5 à “A Christmas Carol” @ Empire Arts Center   Dec. 5 à 2015 Christmas Festival @ Heritage Village   Dec. 5 à 91st Annual Christmas Musicale @ United Lutheran Church   Dec. 5 à Taste of Cabela’s & Pictures with Santa @ Cabela’s   Dec. 5 à Winter wUNDerland Concert @ Chester Fritz Auditorium   Dec. 6 à The Reason: A Family Christmas Experience @ Chester …

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Simply grand events in Greater Grand Forks

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There are some great events coming up this week in Greater Grand Forks no matter what your interests are.  Why not check out these events or log on to our calendar for more events.  Please also share with us the type of events you would like to see in our simply grand communities!

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What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

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Would you take that acting class?  Learn to sing?  Try your hand at cabaret performing?  Simply awaken that creative muse who’s lain dormant for far too long? The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre is offering theatre workshops for adults and children that are sure to chip away at a few things on some folks’ bucket lists — all in a safe, nonjudgemental environment meant to nurture the individual.  There are scene-study classes for ages 11 and up, singing for non-singers, cabaret showcases for adults, playwriting for 11-17, and even a special workshop for grandmothers, mothers, and daughters:  “Broads on the Boards.” In this workshop, funded by the EGF/GF Community Foundation Women’s Fund, participants will take an interesting life story, write it as a monologue, then perform it for a live audience on March 8th. Also this spring, children of military men and women who have been deployed will have the chance to tell their stories on stage in “Deployed,” in addition to a Native American Folk Stage workshop for American Indian children in which they will take cultural stories and bring them to life on stage.  This workshop is a partnership with the North Star Council and partially funded by EcoLab. (“Broads on the Boards”, “Deployed,” and “Native …

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Burning down the house

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Have you taken in a show our two at the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre (aka Fire Hall Theatre)?  If not, you don’t know what your missing.  This community organization has been a mainstay in Greater Grand Forks for 64 years, and produces a variety of shows that showcase the fabulous talent in our region. The 2011-2012 season has launched with some fabulous theater including: “Bell, Book & Candle” – October 13-29 (this week is the final showing) Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform supernatural feats.  She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly because she is attracted to him.  He falls head over heals in love with her at once and wants to marry her.  But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads to a number of difficulties.  Will Gillian choose love over tradition?  And will Shepherd choose a mortal woman over Gillian?  It’s a “Bewitching” predicament. “A Christmas Carol” – December 6-17 Focusing on Dickens’ powerful language, humor and warmth, this charming drama tells the story of the redemption of a human soul.  The play follows the ever-powerful story of Scrooge, …

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It is a SPOOKTACULAR season in Grand Forks!

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While the leaves are turning beautiful colors of gold, orange and red, and little ghouls and boys are getting ready for the tradition of dressing up and trick-or-treating, it is a wonderful time to celebrate this “spooktacular” season in Greater Grand Forks, and there are plenty of things to help you do that! It all kicked off this past weekend as zombies visited Town Square for the 2nd Annual Zombie Music Fest hosted by the North Valley Arts Council. Some of the activities you just must experience include: Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch is located in Emerado, just minutes west of Grand Forks. In addition to offering a large patch full of all sorts of pumpkins, there are also hayrides, corn maze, Gruesome Granary Haunted House, Haunted Hollow Road, Haunted Hen House (pre-schoolers) and much more. Their season runs from September 17 to October 29, weekdays 3-6 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-6p.m. While there, make sure to look for the Big Pumpkin! On October 28 and 29, spirits from our community’s past will descend on the normally quiet grounds of the Myra Museum to fill your Halloween with fright and fun! The 3rd Annual Legends of Terror Haunted House, for those 16 …

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No day but today

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The Convention & Visitors Bureau office is buzzing about the opening of Crimson Creek’s production of “RENT” tomorrow (Tuesday, August 2) at the Empire Arts Center.  I have seen this modern-day musical in London, New York and Mineapolis, and I know Crimson will not dissapoint.  If you have been to any of their other productions such as “Hair”, “The Producers”, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” and “Psycho Beach Party”, you know what I am talking about. Set in the Ast Village of New York City, “RENT” is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “RENT” has become a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.  Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, “RENT” follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city. Crimson performers have performed “flash mobs” at various Grand Forks locations to give us a taste of what is to come.  Click here for a sample. “RENT” is onstage August 2-6 and 9-13 at 7:30 p.m.  Presale tickets ($20/adults and $18/students …

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