Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: Rochester to Host Legacy Weekend August 18-21

A four-day weekend featuring legacy funded projects

ROCHESTER, Minn. (2011) – Visitors will enjoy a weekend of 8-string guitars, number one hits, and 5-mile hikes in Rochester for a diverse weekend of arts, history, and outdoor events August 18-21.  Local parks, trails, and theaters are the setting for Legacy Destination Weekend, which highlights the area’s resources supported by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

“Our community offers both cultural and outdoor recreation, and we thought it would be fun to let people sample the variety of great things there are to see and do in Rochester,” said Bari Amadio, Executive Director of the Rochester Arts Council.  “It’s a positive thing for our area.”

Minnesotans voted in 2008 to set aside an increased portion of sales tax revenue to provide financial support for a variety of conservation, parks and cultural programs.  The Legacy Destination Weekends recognizes one community each month to highlight Legacy events, and Rochester was granted its weekend in August.  Legacy Weekends is a partnership of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota, and Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state’s tourism promotion office.

Highlights and a detailed schedule of events is available online at www.rochestercvb.org/legacy-destination-weekend.  Among the events on the Legacy Weekend schedule:

  • Scotland’s own Paul McKenna Band will take the Peace Plaza stage in downtown Rochester during the Thursdays on First & Third summer market and music festival.  The band’s music is created through outstanding vocals, 8-string bouzouki guitars, and intense fiddle playing..  This event was funded, in part, by Legacy Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.
  • Rochester City Trail System, Silver Lake Park, 700 West Silver Lake Drive NE
    Park and ride your bike or walk along more than 85 miles of Legacy-supported trails in Rochester along the new connection to the Douglas State Trail. Maps and loops are available at http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/trails/index.asp.
  • Quarry Hill Nature Center and Park, 701 Silver Creek Road NE, 507-328-3950
    Visit the Nature Centerand ask for your free Quarry Hill water bottle before you head out for a walk around the beautiful new three acre pond, partially funded by a Minnesota Parks and Trails Legacy Grant.
  • The Rochester Arts Council presents the 3rd Annual ARTigras in Mayo Parkincluding live performances by musical acts, artists, storytellers as well as artisans and vendor booths with family friendly activities. This event was funded, in part, by a Legacy Grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council
  • A live musical performance of Americana Showcase featuring Bob Wootton, Johnny Cash’s lead guitarist, and Brandon Sampson of Six Mile Grove at the Rochester Civic Theatre.  This event was funded, in part, by a Legacy Grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council
  • Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and coolers down to the park to enjoy Collective Soul in Mayo Park at 7pm, Sunday August 21. Down by the Riverside is a seven-week-long free outdoor concert series.  Collective Soul shot to international fame with #1 hit “Shine” and fueled a string of chart topping hits including “December”, “The World I Know”, and “Where the River Flows.”  Riverside Concerts, the event promoter, is funded, in part, by Legacy Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.

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Judith Maciag says:

I am a recent transplant to Rochester and am looking to put my passion to work for such a worthy cause.
Please feel free to contact me soon.
Kind regards,
Judith Maciag