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Stroll, Sip and Savor the Flavor of Downtown

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Much 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) partnered up to host one of the most popular annual events our cities have ever known.  This past year, the CVB handed over its duties to the newly formed Downtown Development Association but the Walk remains virtually unchanged.       Held every June through October, on the third Saturday of each month, 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 snacks, along with featuring live music.    On the day of the event, a map listing participating businesses can be purchased for $15 at either the Red Roof TownHouse Inn or Blue Moose Grill & Bar.  A partial list of participants includes: Kittson Boutique; Brick & Barley; RH Standard; River City Jewelers; Hey Ocean and …

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The first Art & Wine Walk of 2014 is coming up!

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Today’s blog is written by Julie Rygg, Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.   This Saturday, June 21, will mark the first Art & Wine Walk of the season. There are five each year that occur the third Saturday, June-October. $15 gets you the map of participating locations, food and wine samples, commemorative wine glass, champagne reception and opportunities to win great prizes. There are also season passes available for purchase, which provide a discount if you plan on participating multiple times.   The event kicks off at 1 p.m. with starting locations at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill (East Grand Forks) or the GuestHouse Town House (Grand Forks). At 5 p.m. everyone comes together for a champagne reception at the Empire Arts Center.   Art & Wine Walk is a fun, social event that brings people together to enjoy unique wines while visiting many talented artists from the region all hosted in downtown businesses. You have the opportunity to purchase art during the event or follow up with artists after to see more of their works. Some walks even offer live entertainment. It is a great day to stroll around downtown Greater Grand Forks!   Don’t worry if …

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Drink the wine and walk the Walk

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Today’s blogger is Shelley from the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau. She writes about the last Art & Wine Walk she attended in June. The next one is this Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m.   Who doesn’t enjoy sipping flavorful wines on a beautiful summer day…especially when you’re able to view wonderful works of art and do some shopping at the same time?  If that sounds like fun to you, too, make sure and check out the next Art & Wine Walk on July 21.   This distinctive event happens every year, June through October, on the third Saturday of each month.  It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and takes place solely in Greater Grand Forks’ beautiful downtown district.  To begin, simply head to one of the starting points – the Blue Moose Bar & Grill or GuestHouse Inn – and purchase a wristband and map of participating businesses.  The cost is just $15, which is quite a deal considering you get four hours of great entertainment and wine, of course!   I’ve always considered myself more of a sassy white girl (at least when it comes to my wine choices) so I preferred locations serving …

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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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