Welcome back to my blog. I have some pretty fun adventures to tell you about this week!
SUMMER NOON CONCERT SERIES
This summer marks the 14th season of the Grand Rapids Summer Arts Concerts. These concerts take place every Tuesday at noon, at a different church around the area. You can see the full schedule here. The concerts range from local artist to international artist, and there’s always a nice luncheon that takes place afterwards. The Grand Rapids Summer Arts Concert group also gives away scholarships to music students studying at a university, it’s really neat to see how involved they are with the community.
The day that I attended, the group playing came all the way from Sweden, they were called Trio Con Brio Stockholm. They had a wide range of music, played on the flute, an oboe, an English horn and a piano. I had such an enjoyable time listening to the music and having the short break in the middle of my day.
125 YEARS OF TRANSPORTATION
This summer the city of Grand Rapids, as well at Itasca County, is celebrating their 125th birthdays! All throughout the summer there are events happening to celebrate these great birthdays; you can view the events on our calendar here. This week I attended 125 Years of Transportation put on by the Itasca County Historical Society. People brought old vehicles, from 125 years ago, until now, and you were able to walk around and take a look at them. There were also food trucks, and games for kids and families to play. It was a lot of fun watching kids race on tricycles, and it was so interesting to see the evolution of transportation that took place over these past 125 years!
THE BASH 7
Towards the end of the week, I headed out to Portage Park to The Bash! This is a fundraiser put on to raise money for the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund. The money earned goes to families in the Grand Rapids area that are dealing with cancer. This event is cool, because 100% of proceeds goes to the fund! Not only was this event fun because it was for a good cause, they also had so much going on, you could spend the whole day out there! There was a color run, a balloon release, lip sync battles, bingo, silent auction, princess and superhero meet up, a dunk tank, a rock wall, bounce houses, a beer and wine tent, outdoor games including a bean bag tournament, dance contest, firework show, and live music by Arena in the evening!
There was a little part of the day with bad weather, but that didn’t matter. The event kept going strong and everyone that was there had a great time! I really enjoyed myself at this event, and had a great time trying out all the activities!
ITASCA COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
Also this week, I went on a tour of the Itasca County Family YMCA. While this isn’t a normal place I’d think of going while visiting a place, I learned so much and had such a great time! It’s been on and off rainy around here lately, so what’s nice about the YMCA, is that when you’re traveling, and you have a rainy day, you could always come to the YMCA to swim, play basketball or racquetball, work out, take a class, or even lift (and there’s free child care for the kids if you are bringing them along)!
The Itasca County YMCA participates in the AWAY program, so if you are a member of any other YMCA in Minnesota, you can use this YMCA here free of charge. If you aren’t a member, or you’re coming from out of state, the YMCA also has one day passes available to purchase. Watch this video to learn more about the AWAY program! I had a lot of fun visiting all the areas and learning about what could be done!
Between now and my blog next week I will be going to Lunemann’s Luney Berries Strawberry Farm, the Grand Rapids VFW Post 1720 to listen to some jazz, and attending the First Friday Art Walk. If you’ve attended or are going to attend any of these events, tell me about them on Facebook, and make sure to check in next week on my blog to hear about my experiences!