Monday, June 6, 2016

ROAD TRIP! June shows make for fun outings

By Sharon Parker
Sharon's Compendium

Over Memorial Day weekend the hubby and I were carless because our twenty-something daughter borrowed the Honda Fit and headed east with two of her pals to WisCon, a feminist SF convention in Madison, Wisconsin. As we wished them a safe trip, I found myself feeling a little wistful—what could be better than a Midwestern road trip with friends on a summer weekend?

Road Trip handcarved rubber stamp from TC Witchcraft Factory

So when I noticed that three June art events we have listed on the HandmadeMN blog (here) were well outside the Twin Cities metro region, I thought: ROAD TRIP! 

If that sounds like your kind of fun, here is a brief guide to three delightful events for lovers of art, fine craft, activities for all ages, and a little get-out-of-town distraction.

This weekend, June 11–12, head north to Grand Forks, North Dakota, for the Grand Cities Art Fest in downtown Grandforks and East Grandforks; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. The event features 120 artists, entertainment, hands-on activities for kids and their grownup companions, and lots of dining options, in a festive celebration of the two Forks, spread out across Town Square, the Greenway, and Cabela's parking lot.

Among the artists showcasing their works are HandmadeMN team members Jan and Mark of the shop Naturally Unique Rock, who make functional rock creations, like these card and photo stands; they come with a framed nature photograph, which you can replace with your own photo if you like. Visit their shop on Etsy to preview more of the items you can buy from them. 

Rock display stand from Naturally Unique Rock

A little closer to the Twin Cities, Hugo, Minnesota's Good Neighbor Days is a four-day festival hosted by the Hugo Lion's Club, from June 9 to 12, with a craft and vendor fair on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lions Park. Be sure to get there by 11 to catch the parade, then enjoy a leisurely stroll through the craft and vendor fair, which takes place only on Saturday. Other features of the festival include a beer garden and lots of great food, plus carnival rides, a Story Stroll at 1:00, and more. They consider it an end-of-school celebration, so there's a whole bunch of family-friendly activities. Visit the website linked above to see the whole schedule.

The craft fair includes our own Michelle Stangl, selling her fine silver, gold, gemstone and pearl jewelry—all handcrafted during naptime! Visit her Etsy shop,  My Naptime Jewelry to get a look at the variety of unique handmade jewelry she'll have on hand, such as this raw peridot necklace on a rose gold chain.

Raw peridot pendant necklace from My Naptime Jewelry

The following weekend, June 18 to 19, brings the Majestic Pines Arts and Fine Crafts Fair to Nisswa, Minnesota, at the Pioneer Village in downtown Nisswa. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, and from 9 to 3 on Sunday.

It's another opportunity to buy some rustic and beautiful functional rock creations made by Jan and Mark, in case you can't make it to Grand Forks on the previous weekend.  Perhaps a granite cheese board  will be the perfect gift for a summer wedding?

Cheese board from Naturally Unique Rock

Nisswa is also pretty much in the heart of Minnesota vacation country, so if you want to know more about visiting the area, check out the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce website for more info. 

Have a safe and fun trip! We'll keep the porch light on for you.


Brian Western said...

Sounds so alluring... It's a testament to your way with weaving a wonderful tale, eh? but traveling to Grand Forks when the temperature is over 90 °F? do you mind if I sit that first one out in the comfort of my basement? Dehumidifier set at the proper coordinates...Cheers!

Sharon Parker said...

Crank up the auto ac and put it on cruise control! It'll be a reach a mere 85F in Grand Forks on Saturday. That may not be enough to lure you out of the basement, but if a person happened to be in the vicinity anyway, it could be a pleasant outing.

Pouring cold ones all around ... cheers!