Wander Minnesota: 'Inspired By Books' At The MIAAt the Minneapolis Institute of Arts , of course there's always so much going on around visual arts. But the museum also offers frequent tours of a literary bent: Inspired by Books, tours that combine the museum's extensive visual arts collection with themed explorations of books.
Wander Minnesota: Sure Signs Of SpringAs if the sight of trees and lawns greening up wasn’t a big enough clue that spring is finally here, there are colors all across the spectrum at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Wander Minnesota: Friday Night Fish Fries For LentSpring may not have made a commitment to Minnesota just yet, but regardless of the weather, this week marks the start of Lent. Looking for fish on Fridays? Check out one of the perks of the season: the Friday Night Fish Fry. Always a tradition during Lent, and available several places, some family friendly, some not so much. In many cases, it's all you can eat, but even when it's not, you're assured a heaping plate of food that won't leave you hungry. Call ahead for hours and types of fish served.
Wander Minnesota: Winter Carnival Ice SculpturesPolar vortex or no polar vortex, the St. Paul Winter Carnival is in full spring, and with it, one of my favorite winter spectacles: the ice sculpture contest in Rice Park. This year's competitors had to deal with some wildly varying weather conditions, including last Sunday's near-blizzard. But that didn't stop them from delivering some beautiful pieces.
Wander Minnesota: Making Spirits BrightAn annual holiday tradition that's a favorite of mine is a visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for the Making Spirits Bright exhibit and related events.
Wander Minnesota: The Gift Of BooksOne of my favorite gifts to give (and, well, to receive) is the gift of books. Especially with the weather we've been having — what's better when the subzero temps hit but to curl up under a warm afghan with a good book? Fortunately, here in Minnesota we have lots of great options, both for buying and for reading.
Wander Minnesota: Help For Those In Need At The HolidaysIt was one of those most pleasant emails, an invite to a holiday coffee party from a friend—always a welcome thing to pop up in my inbox. But after the details of the invitation was this message: "Please feel free to bring a friend, but not any hostess gifts. Instead, please consider bringing a manual can opener. Need an explanation? It's hard to open the can of green beans you got at the food shelf if you don't have a can opener, and equally hard to use your electric can opener if your power's been turned off."
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