0018If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to try new experiences in your community, you’re in luck. Even in winter months, the Mississippi River region offers festivals and activities to entertain the entire family. So don’t hibernate—get out and explore!

 

0008It is easy to put off spending quality time with your family, spouse or close friends. Before the summer slips away, plan a leisurely day trip that includes the festivities and events in the quaint communities along the Lake Pepin shorelines and Mississippi River bluffs.

Winona: Shakespeare and Beethoven

Winona is simply a summer hot spot of events. It is one of 12 towns celebrating Legacy Destination Weekend, July 15–17. The Winona History Center (winonahistory.org) has family-friendly activities, including building paper boats or a Winona postcard.

 

0007The “Land Down Under” has risen to the top in dream destinations. Australian tourism has seen an incredible boost due to a variety of factors, including competitive airfare, social networking, and Oprah Winfrey’s highly publicized visit.

    While romantic images of the Sydney Opera House, koala bears and kangaroos have long been associated with Australia, savvy travelers know that the smallest continent is also one of the most intriguing places on earth. From the red desert sands to the lush tropical rainforests, from the sun-drenched beaches to the spectacular skyscrapers, Australia is a wonderland of diversity.

 

July2011981copyHaving lived in Amish country my whole life, the idea of going on an Amish tour seemed strange, yet I found myself excited when I was offered a tour by Joan Ruen from Bluffscape Amish Tours.

    Ruen has been operating Bluffscape in Lanesboro since 2007 after purchasing an existing Amish tour business. Her background as a teacher was evident throughout the tour as we were given fascinating information on the history of Amish in America and the Amish culture in general.

 

Sep/Oct
2011

Celebrate Autumn in Northfield

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Written by Amy Acheson

0018Just an hour northwest of Rochester, you’ll discover a diverse arts and cultural scene in the lively town of Northfield. Brimming with creativity, the artists’ town celebrates fall with an abundance of events.

    The 50th Annual Riverfront Fine Arts and Crafts Festival Sept.10–11 showcases artists’ wares as part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD). This five-day, family-friendly event stirs up a quite a commotion with its annual bank raid reenactment the weekend after Labor Day, paying tribute to Northfield’s heroic past, while the Northfield Arts Guild Theater’s presentation of Jesse Jane’s Jamboree 5 offers a playful rendition of the Old West.

 

0009When the landscape glows gold, orange, russet and red, Mississippi River Valley communities celebrate—and invite guests—to festivities accenting art, autumn, music and indie films.

Meet you at Goatback Road

Fresh Art Fall Tour 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 7–9, will feature 17 studios and galleries scattered round Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley and Lake Pepin region. The artists represent a range of media: pastels, oils, pottery, stained glass, jewelry and more.

 

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