St. Cloud is proud to be a chosen Minnesota Legacy Destination with a wide variety of engaging arts, history and outdoor events taking place July 19-22, 2012. The events focus on the importance of resources funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
Thursday, July 19
Sunset Stages at the College of St. Benedict ~ Featuring Kevin Kling
Free Event! 7:30 pm Darnall Outdoor Amphitheatre College of St Benedict 37 South College Ave St Joseph, MN (320)363-5777 Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. For this show, Kevin will perform three of his original stories: "Softball (Odysseus)", "My Brother's Bachelor Party" and "Grace". Rain or Shine
Thursday, July 19 - Saturday, July 21
Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre Presents "Chicago"
7:30 pm $16 senior/students; $19 adults Tickets available at www.ppfive.com or call 320-203-0331 22 5th Avenue South St. Cloud, MN Curtain Call Community Theater presents the hit musical Chicago.
"Flashback to 1968 Exhibition" Presented by St. Cloud Great River Regional Library
Free Event! July 19 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, July 20 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, July 21 10:00 am -5:30pm Special Reception Saturday, July 21 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm 1300 West St Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN (320)650-2500 www.griver.org Experience what it was like being a teenager in MN during the turbulent 60s through the stories of those that lived it. Please join us at the St. Cloud Library for a reception for the Flashback to 1968 exhibit provided through partnership with the Minnesota History Center.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22
GREAT Theatre Presents "Broadway in the Park"
Free Event! July 20 & 21 7:30 pm Stearns History Museum 235 South 33rd Ave St. Cloud, MN July 22 3:00 pm Munsinger Gardens Riverside Drive SE St. Cloud, MN (320)258-2787 www.greattheatre.org
The Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT THEATRE) performs a Broadway Musical Revue featuring the songs from classic Broadway hits like Mame, 42nd Street and My Fair Lady to today's most popular songs from Wicked, Les Miserables and Newsies. Over 30 community performers with a live band will be performing this family friendly event. Rain or Shine
Visit the Stearns History Museum with two floors of exhibits, a children's play room, Research Center for genealogy, and a Museum Store. Hike the 4 miles of walking trails, enjoy the wildlife and watch the skateboarders at Heritage Park. The Museum is located in the center of the park.
Quarry Park is a regional park in Greater Minnesota that preserves undisturbed granite bedrock natural communities, but also the remnants of a major quarrying industry. The site contains 21 water filled quarries The park contains a swimming quarry 116 feet deep (no lifeguards present). Trout fishing is available with proper licenses in 7 of the quarries. SCUBA diving (by permit) is allowed in 4 of the quarries. Rock climbing (by permit) is allowed at Quarry 17. Observation decks provide a scenic overview of the site and surrounding area. There are also 2 miles of mountain bike trails within the park.
Paramount Theatre Visual Arts Center Open House
Free Event! 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 913 West St Germain Street, St Cloud, MN (320)257-3129 www.paramountarts.org Located in the lower level of Downtown St. Cloud’s historic Paramount Theatre. Enjoy a variety of free artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages.
Sunday, July 22
St. Cloud Short Film Showcase hosted by Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre
Free Event! 7:00 pm 22 5th Avenue South St. Cloud, MN (320)203-0331 www.ppfive.com
Enjoy a showing of 15-20 short films made by Minnesotan filmmakers. This event is a prelude to the St Cloud Film Festival taking place over 3 days in September 2012.
Other Legacy Funded Activites ~ Check Out Anytime ~ FREE!
St. Cloud Riverwalk Self-Guided History Tour
The “Preserving St. Cloud” History Tours will take you back to a simpler time in St. Cloud when front porches were used to greet neighbors and horse drawn carriages were the primary mode of transportation in downtown.This educational tour explores sixteen interesting landmarks along the Mississippi River. Taking the tour is fun and easy! Download to your personal mp3 player through iTunes, view online at the City of St. Cloud’s website www.ci.stcloud.mn.us, view online on YouTube, or check out an mp3 player at St. Cloud City Hall.
St. Cloud River Bluffs Regional Park
The River Bluffs Regional Park is a stunning addition to the St. Cloud parks system and provides new access to the Mississippi River at river mile 919. Directions from I-94 are to exit at Hwy 75 (St. Cloud). Proceed north 0.8miles, turn east on 38th St. S, one block to River Bluffs. There is a picnic area as well as a boat launch. Park hours are from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Other Events (non-legacy funded)
JULY 18 SummerTime By George! Featuring Collective Unconscious
Free Event! 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Lake George, Downtown St. Cloud Summertime by George! is a free concert and festival put on by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud at the newly renovated Lake George! The area will be transformed into a fun and active place every Wednesday with free live music from local and regional bands, local vendors, artisians, and a kid's zone for the entire family to enjoy! This free 12-week event is held every Wednesday starting June 13th and running through August 29th. It will run from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. each night, with the band starting at 6:30 p.m.
JULY 18 & JULY 19 Don Williams at St. Cloud's Historic Paramount Theatre
July 18 at 7:00 pm & July 19 at 1:30 pm Tickets $28-$44 913 West St. Germain Street St. Cloud, MN (320)257-3129 www.paramountarts.org
JULY 19 "Art in the Park" at Munsinger and Clemens Gardens
Free Event! 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Free Art Fair at Munsingerand Clemens Gardens with an amazing variety of unique artwork for sale from local artists. Enjoy the flowers and music. Food and beverages available. Presented by theMunsinger Clemens Botanical Society.
GREAT Theatre Presents "Theatre Under the Stars"
7:00pm at Thompsen's Greenhouse Tickets $40 29754 156th Avenue St. Joseph, MN Enjoy a magical evening of Broadway music, wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, raffle and silent auction.
JULY 21 Soul Asylum at St. Cloud's Historic Paramount Theatre
The passage of the "Legacy Amendment" in 2008 created new funds to develop and support Outdoor Heritage, Clean Water, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage throughout Minnesota. Minnesota Legacy Destinations will host a weekend of arts, history and outdoor events and activities during each month May through September. The events celebrate these local resources and organizations and offer Minnesota residents and visitors an eclectic assortment of fun activities throughout the year. This is a statewide collaborative project between the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota, Explore Minnesota Tourism and local community partners.