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New and Notable in Grand Forks for 2017

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Today’s blog comes for Grand Forks friend, Shel Zolkewich, Winnipeg travel writer and blogger.   Every visit to Grand Forks brings the rush of excitement to see what’s new in town. And there’s always something new, from changing shops inside Columbia Mall and additions to the downtown scene to brand new businesses along the major thoroughfares and quaint boutiques tucked into historic buildings. We’ll always have our favourites of course, but it’s worth checking out a few new options. Maybe you can add some new favourites to your list!   The former Lakeview Inn & Suites on 32nd Avenue has a new name and a new look. It’s now the Best Western Harvest Inn & Suites. The common spaces and rooms have been completely renovated, offering a fresh and modern look. There’s free Wi-Fi, pillowtop beds, a 24-hour Market Pantry with snacks, beverages and last minute travel essentials along with a fitness center, spacious swimming pool, hot tub and free, full hot breakfast. The two-bedroom suite (one room with a king sized bed and one with two double beds) is perfect for families and includes a spacious living room.   If you haven’t visited Rhombus Guys Brewing Company yet, add …

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Where Broadway and DeMers intersect

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Besides being one of the most uniquely beautiful buildings in Greater Grand Forks, the historic Empire Arts Center has become a downtown hub of great live entertainment. Home to the Empire Theatre Company, this talented troop’s Season Five slate of shows is nothing less than stellar! With everything from hilarious musicals to impactful dramas, their upcoming productions will have you laughing, crying and up on your feet, giving a standing ovation!   As proof of its diversity, just take a look at the Empire Theatre Company’s 2016-17 schedule: August 9-13 & 16-20, 7:30 PM – “Hairspray” (Tony Awarding winning musical comedy centering on the integration of a 60s teen dance TV show.) October 13-15 & 20-22, 7:30 PM – “Constellations” (Drama examining how the tiniest change in the details of our lives can lead us on completely different paths. For mature audiences.) November 25-27 & December 1-4, 7:30 PM /Sundays at 2 PM – “A Christmas Story: The Musical” (Classic comedic tale that follows the escapades of 9-year-old Ralphie and his offbeat family.) March 9-11 & 16-18, 7:30 PM – “Peter & the Starcatcher” (Tony Award winning musical that takes a hilarious romp through Neverland and answers the question: How …

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Finding Fine Food in the Forks

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Can’t beat a shout out from an award-winning travel writer!  A big thank you to Vancouver based columnist, Lucas Aykroyd, for his kind (yet totally accurate) words about how GRAND dining is in the FORKS! Finding Fine Food at Five Restaurants in Grand Forks, North Dakota

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New noshes downtown

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Today’s post is from a Grand Forks friend and blogger, Michelle A. The Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted her in Grand Forks in October. All opinions are her own.   One of the best things about Grand Forks is that something new opens up almost every week, and since the last I was in town, the city has expanded immensely. My favorite part about Grand Forks is exploring downtown as it reminds me of the Exchange District in Winnipeg – old buildings filled with grand history; while Winnipeg is slowly opening up the idea of adding more unique stories and dining experiences, Grand Forks is not one to shy away. The Convention & Visitors Bureau played host to a very lovely weekend getaway and my friend I were able to celebrate a few accomplishments that happened in the last couple of the months. The new establishments are really quite a treat and add to the vibrant feeling downtown Grand Forks has to offer.   Rhombus Guys Brewing Company Located at 116 S. 3rd Street, and right around the corner from their location on Kittson, Rhombus Guys Brewing Company opened to the public the last week of September in historic downtown …

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Blues on the Red encore performances set

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The City of Grand Forks, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rhombus Guys Pizza are thrilled to announce that the Blues on the Red Summer Music Fest made its year five successful debut on June 23. Hundreds of attendees filled Town Square for great music and food!   If you couldn’t make it out; don’t worry. Dates, along with scheduled artists, for the remaining Blues events are as follows:   Saturday, July 28 Headliner – Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys Opener – The Sky Blues Band   Saturday, August 25 special “Ladies Sing the Blues” night until 12 midnight Headliner – Sena Ehrhardt Openers – Kelly Richey and Dee Miller   The music begins at 6 p.m. both nights. On July 28, the show will conclude at 10 p.m. However, a special “Ladies Sing the Blues” night will take place on August 25, with the show going until 12 midnight.   There is always a beer garden and food vending area provided by Rhombus Guys. Admission is free and people are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to the Empire Arts Center.   …

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Appreciating our visitors during National Tourism Week

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Grand Forks is set to kick off National Travel & Tourism Week by celebrating the importance of natural, cultural and historic wonders and how they draw visitors to cities and towns across the nation.  During May 5-13, tourism related industries will join together to highlight the valuable role tourism plays in contributing to vibrant communities as great places to visit and live.   In an effort to show our appreciation to visitors and local residents and emphasize the importance of the tourism industry, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a prize each day during the week.  These prizes will help us illustrate the many wonderful offerings available in our Grand Cities.  All you need to do to register for the simply grand giveaways (listed below), is click on this link and complete the short form.   May 5 – One 2lb. box of Chipper’s from Grand Forks’ own Widman’s Candy Store May 6 – Greater Grand Forks gift basket May 7 – Two World of Outlaw passes sponsored by River Cities Speedway May 8 – Two North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concerts in the Garden season passes (sponsored by ND Museum of Art) May …

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Kick of the holidays with the Holiday Home Tour

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The Grand Forks Republican Women’s Association is hosting the 2011 Grand Forks Holiday Home Tour, and no matter your political affiliation these are two days of fun with a holiday party (added this year), you don’t want to miss.  I plan to attend and share lots of great photos! Six festively adorned homes will be open for tours on both Saturday, December 3 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (12 noon-5 p.m.).  Each will feature the creativity of local designers: All Seasons; The Rose Shop; Designs by Nord; Modern Plains Design; Michelle Bloom Interiors; Just Add Water (Brooke Roche Conlin); and Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling. In conjuction with the home tour, a bake sale and wreath sale will be hosted at the Myra Museum, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2405 Belmont Road. New to the tour this year is a reception for all ticket holders from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.  Celebrate the beginning of the season overlooking the city at the party – hosted on the 5th floor of the historic SEI Building (4th Street and DeMers Avenue) in beautiful downtown Grand Forks. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are …

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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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