(Saint Paul, MN) Several recipients of funding from the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, approved by Minnesota voters in 2008, are working together on a “Legacy Weekend,” April 1-3, 2011, throughout the city. Visit Saint Paul, the city’s convention & visitors bureau, is organizing the weekend with Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Minnesota Historical Society, Actors Theater of Minnesota and Ramsey County.
‘Many of our members have benefitted from the Legacy grants, and this is a great way to get the message out there by bringing visitors to Saint Paul for a weekend full of exciting things to do,” said Karolyn Kirchgesler, President & CEO of Visit Saint Paul. ‘There will be something for everyone!”
The weekend features a series of arts and historical events put on by organizations that have received grants from the Legacy amendment. (For more times, dates, and locations go to www.exploreminnesota.com/legacy
- Minnesota History Center
A Thousand Journeys, One Home: Asian Pacific Heritage Day
Sunday, April 3, 2011 Noon-4:00pm
Friendship, diversity and unity is transplanted to the History Center as artists from the Twin Cities Asian Pacific communities gather to highlight Chinese, Cambodian, East Indian, Hmong, Japanese, Laotian and Thai traditions and to make connections not only to each other, but to the broader communities in which they live, work, and play. The family day features music and dance performances, calligraphy and henna painting, food ways demonstrations and art activities.
- Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, April 1, 2011 7:30pm
Saturday, April 2, 2011 5:00pm & 9:00pm
Sunday, April 3, 2011 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Explosive, provocative, sophisticated, and utterly unique, STOMP appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Updates include two new pieces, “Paint Cans” and “Donuts,” plus revisions to the favorite piece “Bins.” “Donuts” implements huge tractor-tire inner tubes worn around the waist on a bungee cord. The San Francisco Chronicle declared “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!” For tickets and information, visit: www.ordway.org
- Actors Theater of Minnesota – The Lowry Theater
Friday, April 1, 2011 7:00pm
- Flanagan’s Wake
Join the villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan. You’ll be transported to the Emerald Isle to grieve as only the Irish can. You can share tales of your own experiences and misadventures with dear old Flanagan or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall life with “himself.”
- Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, March 31 – 7:30 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley, Apple Valley
Friday, April 1 – 8:00 p.m., Wooddale Church, Eden PrairieSaturday, April 2 – 8:00 p.m., United Church of Christ, St. Paul
Experience The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra! Tickets to the SPCO are always affordable at $10, $25 and $40. We perform in ten different venues around the Twin Cities, so we are sure to be near your neighborhood! During Legacy Weekend in St. Paul (April 1-3), go to the SPCO’s website at www.thespco.org, choose a concert, and then type the code “legacy” and you can get $10 tickets to one of our upcoming concerts. You’ll get the best available seats, regularly priced up to $40 per ticket. Limit 4 tickets per order. Subject to availability.
- Ramsey County
Samuel H Morgan Regional Trail
Enjoy a bike ride along the Samuel H. Morgan Regional Trail which takes you into downtown Saint Paul, passing historic sights like the Island Station Power Plant that was built in the 1920s and the 6-story St. Paul Municipal Grain Elevator, built in 1931. Crosby Farm Regional Park boasts a marina and plentiful trails. You can find an historic pavilion and paddleboat tours at Harriet Island Regional Park.