Welcome back to this week’s blog! If this is your first time checking in, let me introduce myself, I am the Natural Traveler, living through the lens of a tourist in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area! This summer I will be traveling all around the Grand Rapids area, attending events, visiting area attractions and trying out some outdoor activities such as hiking and biking as well! I’ll write about all my adventures in this this blog so make sure you follow along each week!
This last week I attended a couple events, the first one was The First Friday Art Walk. This event happens downtown Grand Rapids, on the first Friday of every month. The event is put on by Grand Rapids Arts. Businesses and organizations in the Grand Rapids area open their doors for people to come and enjoy the art walk. It is a very fun event, you can mingle with attendees, view beautiful local art, there’s complimentary appetizers and beverages (including adult beverages!) and you get to go into local businesses that you may not otherwise think about going to.
On this month’s art walk I went to quite a few places including the MacRostie Art Center where local pottery was displayed. I also went to The Old Central School, which has a 3rd floor Artists loft. The artist there during the event was Danny Root, who had a beautiful butterfly installation, it was absolutely breathtaking, stop over there if you get a chance! I ended the evening at the VFW Post 1720 to listen to Sam Miltich and Friends with special guests Joe and Charlie Biljan. It was a fun evening filled with Eastern European music.
Saturday I went to the Open Streets event put on by Get Fit Itasca. This event went from 10am to 1pm, with a 5K color run-walk-bike-skate happening before the event at 9am. All proceeds benefited Special Olympics Minnesota – Itasca County. It was so fun to see all the kids throwing colors and enjoying their morning being active outside. There were vendor booths set up all along the path that included basketball games and face paintings. Bounce houses were set up for children to enjoy, there was live music and even pickleball. I enjoyed watching the end of the race with all of the colors, and seeing children’s face light up when they got to go on the bounce houses. It was a great event for families to get outside and get some exercise while having fun!
Between now and my blog next week I will be busy Fat-Tire Biking to the Joyce Estates, attending the Wizard of Oz Festival, and also going to the Quadna Mud Nationals. If you are attending any of these events, make sure to say hi to me, and check in next week on my blog to hear about my experiences!