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Simply grand events – week of August 20

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Worthy of an encore

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With events ranging from Broadway to ballet and kids’ shows to comedy theatre, the Chester Fritz upcoming schedule is sure to please a wide variety of tastes.  You’ll also appreciate their renowned acoustics and auditorium layout, which make you feel at one with the production.  No matter what show (or shows) you choose, it’s guaranteed to be a performance worthy of a standing ovation. -Mannheim Steamroller on November 13, at 7 p.m. -UND Band & Wind Ensemble on November 29, at 7:30 p.m. -Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” on November 30, at 7 p.m. -Lorie Line & Her Fab 5: “Christmas Bells are Ringing” on December 17, at 3 p.m. -Monty Python’s “Spamalot” on January 12, at 7:30 p.m. -UND Band & Wind Ensemble on March 6, at 7:30 p.m. -“Damn Yankees” on April 1, at 7:30 p.m. -Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show on on April 13, at 7:30 p.m. -“Charlotte’s Web” on April 15, at 2 p.m. -UND Band & Wind Ensemble on April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all events are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 701.772.5151 and online.  For additional information, including new events that may be added, …

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Party in the Garden

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Nothing beats listening to great live music, outside on a beautiful summer evening. If you agree, make sure not to miss any of the reamining ND Museum of Art (NDMOA) Concerts in the Garden.  I know I plan to make it to at least two more! Dates and entertainment schedule are as follows:’ Tonight, August 2nd at 6 p.m. – Blind Corn Liquor Pickers (headliner) and Peat Moss Tuesday, August 9th at 6 p.m. – William Elliott Whitmore (headliner) and The Mystical Overtones Tuesday, August 30th at 6 p.m. – Hoots & Hellmouth (headliner) and Formerly Fiona Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome along with friends! All the fun takes place in NDMOA’s sculpture garden on UND campus (261 Centennial Drive). Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door (free for children 12 and younger).  Beer and food is available for purchase. Have you been to these concerts before? What are your fave bands?

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Fun in the summer sun!

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It looks like our hot streak is going to continue in the Grand Cities this week with temps hitting the upper 80s and 90s!  While we should be extra careful when venturing out, but we we can still enjoy the summer and all the fun offered in Greater Grand Forks.  I like to make lists, so I have my list of inexpensive activitess to tackle with my family this week including: Turtle River State Park is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks, and if your family likes fishing, nature trails or just enjoying the outdoors, this is the place for you.  I plan to grab a group of little ones and make it out for one of our “nature walks” this week! Riverside Park Swimming Pool is a very inexpensive way to spend a hot summer day.  Adults get in for only $3.25 and children 5-16 get in for $2.75.  Kids 4 and under are $1.50.  They have a snack area, water slide, kiddy pool and diving boards as well as a friendly life guard staff.  Make sure to have some time set aside if you are bringing the family, as I know my kids never want 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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Blues on the Red redux

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The Blues on the Red Music Fest made its fourth year successful debut on June 25.  Hundreds of attendees filled Town Square for great music and food!  Check out what you missed here! If you couldn’t make it out, don’t worry.  Dates, along with scheduled artists, for the remaining Blues on the Red events are as follows: Saturday, July 23 with headliner Big George Jackson and opener Peat Moss Saturday August 24 with headliner Lamont Cranston Band and opener Austin James Band Major sponsors of Blues on the Red are the City of Grand Forks, Canad Inns Destination Center and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The music begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.  There is also a beer garden and food vending area hosted by Canad Inns.  Admission is free to all, and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors. Want to stay updated?  Become a friend on Facebook!

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Music made for the outdoors

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I am so excited that Blues on the Red will be kicking off the three-part music series this Saturday, June 25, in Town Square! This is one of my favorite events, as it provides a winning combination of great music, food and beverages and lots of fun all outdoors in downtown Grand Forks. I am going to grab some friends and lawn chairs and head downtown for the free event. The June Blues on the read will feature guitartist, singer and songwriter, James Armstrong, from Michigan.  The Deb Jenkins Band from Fargo will open the show at 6 p.m. After the four-hour music show, I plan to head over to one of my favorite downtown businesses for more fun.  Not sure yet whether that will be The Frog, Blue Moose or Rhombus yet, and it may be all three! Two more shows will be coming on July 23 and August 27.  Bands will include Big George Jackson, Lamont Cranston, PeatMoss and the Austin James Band.  

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