Conservation Minnesota

Press Release: Willmar To Host Legacy Weekend August 17-22

Willmar, Minn. (2012) – West central Minnesota will take center stage when Willmar plays host to a regional Legacy Destination Weekend from August 17-22.  Spotlight events include a bus trip touring the historic sites of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, a number of arts and theater presentations and even the slightly risqué sounding Poles Gone Wild in Spicer. The Legacy Weekend is planned to highlight local projects that are supported by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

“Every weekend in the Willmar area brings a wide variety of interesting events in which locals and visitors alike can participate,” said Beth Fisher, Executive Director of Willmar Lakes Area Visitor and Convention Bureau.  “And this year, we are picking an especially exciting weekend in the area, and encouraging people from all around to come check out what we have to offer.”

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 program was created to draw attention to one region of the state a month so that projects supported by the Legacy Amendment can be highlighted. The Legacy Weekends are a partnership of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota, and Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state’s tourism promotion office.

Highlights of the weekend’s schedule are listed below.  A more detailed schedule of events is available online at http://www.willmarlakesarea.com/content/legacy-weekend

Each of the events below demonstrates the local benefits of Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment funding. Past/current recipients include:

  • Kaleidoscope Gallery was started with help from Legacy funding from Southwest MN Arts & Humanities Council.
  • Several artists on display at the Barn Theater and at the Kaleidoscope Gallery are Southwest MN Arts & Humanities Council Legacy grant recipients.
  • The New London Music Festival, Barn Theatre, City of Spicer project Poles Gone Wild all received Legacy grants from the Southwest MN Arts & Humanities Council.
  • The photography, archery and geocaching programs at Sibley State Park are Legacy funded. The park also received funding to improve the visitor center including a series of interactive exhibits.
  • The Crow River and surrounding watershed has received multiple Clean Water Fund grant for improved drainage, civic engagement projects and protections plans.
  • The Glacial Lakes Trail received Legacy Funding for a bridge project.

Legacy Funded Activities Include:

Friday, August 17, 2012:

Little Crow Ski Team Show
Neer Park, 311 2nd Ave SE, New London, MN 56273
7:00 p.m.
The award winning Little Crow Ski Team will put on their spectacular ski show on the Crow River at Neer Park in New London.
More Info: www.littlecrow.com

Barn Theatre’s live performance of Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced”
321 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201
7:30 p.m.
Live Theatre performance of Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” directed by Barn Theatre veteran and UCLA acting coach Tom Orth. Performances nightly August 15-17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
More Info: www.thebarntheatre.com

Legacy Project Exhibits at the Barn Theatre
321 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Wood carving and Legacy project exhibit by Fred Cogelow and Art Gallery Exhibit and Legacy mural project by Ron Adams. Additional legacy artists, musical groups and ensembles will also be featured and on display.
More Info: www.thebarntheatre.com

Kaleidoscope Gallery
326 Main Street South, New London, MN 56273
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
A mini-festival celebrating the gallery’s 2nd anniversary.  The festival will feature the work of two New London potters who received Southwest MN Arts & Humanities Council Legacy Grants, Bill Gossman, and Craig Edwards, and several other area artists.
More Info: www.kaleidoscopeanartistsgallery.com

Saturday, August 18, 2012:

Legacy Project Exhibits at the Barn Theatre
321 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Wood carving and Legacy project exhibit by Fred Cogelow and Art Gallery Exhibit and Legacy mural project by Ron Adams. Additional legacy artists, musical groups and ensembles will also be featured and on display.
More Info: www.thebarntheatre.com

Kaleidoscope Gallery
326 Main Street South, New London, MN, 56273
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
A mini-festival celebrating the gallery’s 2nd anniversary.  The festival will feature the work of two New London potters who received Legacy Grants, Bill Gossman, and Craig Edwards, and several other area artists.
More Info: www.kaleidoscopeanartistsgallery.com

Sibley State Park Naturalist Legacy Programs
800 Sibley Park Road NE, New London, MN 56273
Sibley State Park Naturalist staff will be offering a day of new Legacy funded programs including Kids Digital Nature Photography, Geocaching and Archery in the Park, and tours showcasing their interactive series of exhibits funded with Legacy Funds.
10:00 a.m. 
Kids Digital Nature Photography and Geocaching beginning at the Interpretive Center.

12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m.
Oak Savanna Exhibit Tours-these beautiful, fun and interactive series of exhibits were funded from the Parks and Trails Fund.  The oak savanna exhibit focuses on one of Minnesota’s most rare ecosystem and Sibley State Park’s staff efforts to preserve, protect and manage it. Short information tours will be provided on demand.

2:00 p.m.
Archery in the Park beginning at the Interpretive Center.  This event is part of the I Can series, created with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund.

More Info:  www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/sibley

Sunday, August 19, 2012:

Willmar Lakes Area Biking For Babies
8:00 a.m. registration; 9:00 a.m. start
Grab your bike and enjoy this family bike ride on the Glacial Lakes Trail and around scenic Green Lake. Funds will be raised and all proceeds will go to SIDS research and education. The Glacial Lakes Trail has receive Legacy Funding to rebuild a bridge along the trail.
More Info: http://www.willmarlakesarea.com/content/willmar-lakes-area-biking-babies

Poles Gone Wild
City of Spicer
The Spicer Pole Project is showcasing local artists with a project that will bring enjoyment to the artists as well as to visitors and residents of the city. Fifteen artists were selected to paint poles throughout the city of Spicer. Several poles were identified as potential canvases for the artists to enhance in their own unique way. Artists have been asked to submit images of their work and/or a sketch of their vision of a pole. Poles Gone Wild was made possible by several grants including a Legacy grant from the Southwest MN Arts & Humanities Council.
More Info: http://www.willmarlakesarea.com/what-to-do/area-attractions/poles-gone-wild

Kaleidoscope Gallery
326 Main Street South, New London, MN 56273
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
A mini-festival celebrating the gallery’s 2nd anniversary.  The festival will feature the work of two New London potters who received Legacy Grants, Bill Gossman, and Craig Edwards, and several other area artists.
More Info:  www.kaleidoscopeanartistsgallery.com


Other Non-Legacy Funded Activities Also Available This Weekend Include:

Friday, August 17, 2012:

2012 New London Fine Arts Festival
Holm Park, 37 1st Ave SW, New London, MN 56273
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
A juried fine art and craft festival, showcasing approximately 25 artists and food vendors from southwestern Minnesota. Holm Park is adjacent to New London’s picturesque Mill Pond and within walking distance to downtown.
More Info:  www.newlondonfineart.com

Endreson Cabin Interpretation
67th Avenue NW, Willmar, MN 56201
1:30pm-4:30pm
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, Kandiyohi County Historical Society will have a site interpreter at the Endreson Cabin site.   Guri Endreson and her family were victims of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.  The cabin – built in 1858 and survived the summer of 1862 – stands near Solomon Lake north of Willmar.  Come and hear the heroic and tragic story of Guri Endreson and her family.
More Info: www.kandimuseum.com

Kate Brennan Hall Reception & Artist Talk
101 South Main Street, New London, MN 56273
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Come Friday for a Reception for Kate from 5-8pm. Kate will have screen prints on display and will present an Artist Talk starting at 6pm. You’ll enjoy refreshments, mingling and conversation.
More Info:  www.katebrennanhall.com

Saturday, August 18, 2012:

New London Music Festival
Neer Park, 311 2nd Ave SE, New London, MN 56273
12:00 Noon-6:00 p.m.
Fresh, funky and all-natural, the New London Music Festival is “Minnesota nice” with a twist. Join us for a familyfriendly day of eclectic live music in Neer Park, a shady peninsula surrounded by the scenic Crow River. Three of our featured performers this year include, Bill & Kate Isles, Trent Romans, and Pachanga Society.  Our gardengrown and homemade meals and refreshments are the summers best, and the kid-zone is full of wholesome fun. Bring a chair and a friend. While you’re in town, take a stroll through New London to enjoy the charming village atmosphere, gift shops, art studios and more.
More Info: www.newlondonmusicfestival.com

2012 New London Fine Arts Festival
Holm Park, 37 1st Ave SW, New London, MN 56273
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
A juried fine art and craft festival, showcasing approximately 25 artists and food vendors from southwestern Minnesota. Holm Park is adjacent to New London’s picturesque Mill Pond and within walking distance to downtown. Horse drawn wagon transports visitors from the Arts Festival to the Music Festival on Saturday afternoon.
More Info: www.newlondonfineart.com

Kate Brennan Hall Open House & Demonstration
101 South Main Street, New London, MN 56273
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop by Saturday from 10-4pm for an Open House celebrating Kate’s new licensing venture, Furrgo!. She will be displaying her work and have items from her new screen printed collection for sale. Bring your own t-shirt to the event on Saturday and as a complimentary gift, Kate will screen print an original design on it.
More Info: www.katebrennanhall.com

U.S. Dakota War of 1862 Historic Sites Bus Trip
610 NE Highway 71, Willmar, MN 56201
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.-Reservations and prepayment required by August 13, 2012
The Kandiyohi County Historical Society will sponsor a bus tour to local historic sites in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. Tour stops include Guri Endreson State Monument, Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association’s Old Log Church, Monson Lake State Park and Monongalia Historical Society.  The tour will highlight the newly installed historic markers that focus on the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.  We will have a boxed lunch at Monson Lake State Park.  Tour will start in Willmar at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and will take place at various sites throughout the Northern part of Kandiyohi County. The bus will leave Kandiyohi County Historical Society parking lot at 9:30am and arrive back to KCHS at 4:00pm. The cost will be $27 per person, which includes transportation, a Historic Guidebook and lunch.  Sign up by Monday, August 13th.  Reservations and prepayment are required.   Call the Kandiyohi County Historical Society at (320) 235-1881 or email kandhist@msn.com to register.
More Info: www.kandimuseum.com

Endreson Cabin Interpretation
67th Avenue NW, Willmar, MN 56201
1:30pm-4:30pm
In honor of 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, Kandiyohi County Historical Society will have a site interpreter at the Endreson Cabin site.   Guri Endreson and her family were victims of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.  The cabin built in 1858 and survived the summer of 1862 stands near Solomon Lake north of Willmar.  Come and hear the heroic and tragic story of Guri Endreson and her family.
More Info:  www.kandimuseum.com

Annual Anniversary Celebration of the Old Log Church of Norway Lake
9601 195 Avenue NW, Pennock, MN 56279

1:15 p.m. 
Kandiyohi Historical Society Bus Tour will stop by the Norway Lake Log Church site and will tour the Log Church and Interpretive Center. Discussions and comments will be provided by Association representatives.

7:15 p.m.
Vesper Services at the Log Church. The Public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
More Info:  www.nllha.org

Sunday, August 19, 2012:

Spicer Community Picnic
Downtown Spicer Park 159 Lake Ave N, Spicer, MN 56288
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
A community picnic will be held at the downtown Spicer Park. A light lunch will be provided by the Spicer Beautification Committee.

Endreson Cabin Interpretation
67th Avenue NW, Willmar, MN 56201
1:30pm-4:30pm
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, Kandiyohi County Historical Society will have a site interpreter at the Endreson Cabin site.   Guri Endreson and her family were victims of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.  The cabin built in 1858 and survived the summer of 1862 stands near Solomon Lake north of Willmar.  Come and hear the heroic and tragic story of Guri Endreson and her family.
More Info: www.kandimuseum.com

Annual Anniversary Celebration of the Old Log Church of Norway Lake
9601 195 Avenue NW, Pennock, MN 56279
10:30 a.m.
Church Services at the Old Log Church, portions in Norwegian, with Rev. Paul Lundborg officiating.

16720 68th St NW, New London, MN 56273
12:00 Noon
Free-will luncheon at neighboring East Norway Lake Lutheran Church.

9490 195 Ave NW, Pennock, MN 56279
2:00-4:30 p.m.

History Program in front of the Knutson Cabin. This locally developed Reader’s Theatre will describe some of the events occurring at the Knutson Cabin (located adjacent to the Old Log Church) and the Isle of Refuge (in Norway Lake) during the beginning of the Dakota Wars.  In the event of rain, the program will take place in a tent adjacent to the Old Log Church.
More Info:  www.nllha.org

 

The Legacy Weekend is a partnership between Conservation Minnesota, The Minnesota Citizens For The Arts, and Explore Minnesota Tourism.  Local partners include the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

For more information, please contact Willmar Lakes Area CVB Executive Director Beth Fischer at bfischer@willmarlakesarea.com or 320-231-0280

 

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