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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

The Edge Center for the Arts

edge center artsThe Edge Center for the Arts: The Edge Center features a 283-seat theatre with a complete Fly loft and orchestra pit. Located adjacent to the Bigfork School, this unique community asset features a wide variety of entertainment events.

Edge Center Gallery: The Edge Center Gallery is located in the lobby of The Edge Center for the Arts. This large space provides room for exhibits, which change monthly from March through December.

Hours: The gallery is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-4 pm. During the winter months the gallery’s permanent collection will be on display and may be viewed when events are in the theater. Opening receptions are usually on the first Friday of the Exhibit from 5-7 pm.

For more information on the Edge Center or Edge Center Gallery call 218-743-6670 or visit www.the-edge-center.org

Reif Center for Performing Arts

reif center exteriorBy bringing dance, theater, music and popular entertainment to its stage, the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center provides a stage for performing arts in Northern Minnesota. Completed in 1981, the Reif Center is also dedicated to providing dance instruction to both the serious dance student and the recreational student.

The Reif Center is located at 720 Conifer Drive in Grand Rapids - adjacent to the Grand Rapids High School. For more information visit www.reifcenter.org to see a calendar of upcoming performances, and also purchase tickets online.

MacRostie Art Center

giftsLocated in downtown Grand Rapids, the MacRostie Art Center is a gathering place where artists and community members can share in the belief that art is the heart and soul of a community. Open to the public Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can view exibits, purchase work from local artists or participate in classes such as woodworking, pottery and watercolor. For more information visitwww.macrostieartcenter.org

Forest History Center

Visitors will step back in time as they walk through a turn-of-the-century logging camp located in Grand Rapids. There they will find a camp blacksmith, saw filer, clerk, cook (often called a cookee) and lumberjacks at the state’s only authentic 1900s logging camp. During your visit, board the moored river “wanigan,” a floating cook shack used when the logs and men headed downstream to the mills. Or, take a seat on the porch of a 1930s Minnesota Forest Service patrolman’s cabin and hear about the ranger’s important work protecting woodland resources. The more adventurous may climb the state’s only 100-foot fire tower with a live interpretive center.

crawllogA one-hour guided tour starts at the interpretive building. Whether on the tour or just wandering throughout the camp on your own, interpretive guides dressed in period clothing will encourage you to ask questions of the company clerk, bull cook (camp janitor), saw filer, lumberjacks, barn boss (who cares for the draft horses), the blacksmith and “wood butcher” (carpenter).

The Forest History Center offers an interpretive building where exhibits, films and displays help set the stage for your journey through time and help you to understand the story of the people and forests of this area. Some of the new exhibits in the renovated visitor center include a state-of-the-art timber harvester simulator, a 30-seat theater with a multimedia show that demonstrates the force and power of forest fires, a full size all-terrain vehicle, a contemporary log -- fun for children to crawl through -- and more hands-on exhibits and displays. Take a walk on one of three self-guided forest trails for a view of the Mississippi River and the Northern Minnesota forestland. The trails, also open in the winter, are groomed and track-set for cross-country skiing.

foresthistorycenterFrom June through Labor Day the living history features, interpretive building and trails are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and are closed on Sundays and Mondays. From September through May the visitor center and gift shop are open on weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is closed on winter holidays. Cross-country ski trails are open daily as snow conditions permit.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $5 for children ages 6-17. Free for children under age 6 and for MHS members. Different fees may apply for special events. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch and stay all day. The picnic pavilions are open to the public and available for events as well. For more visit www.mnhs.org/foresthistory or call 218-327-4482. The Forest History Center is located near US Highways 169 and 2 at 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744.

Children’s Discovery Museum

river water table cdmThe river water table is a working replica of the Mississippi River dam located in Grand RapidsEach year thousands of children visit the Children’s Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids, which offers both permanent and changing educational exhibits. The new Children’s Discovery Museum opened in June, 2003 on Highway 169 South in Grand Rapids and is the perfect place for families with children of all ages to explore a mix of sciences, arts and humanities while sparking a joy of discovery about themselves, where they live and the larger world.

The Children’s Discovery Museum educational exhibits include the Geo Zoom – an interactive exhibit that introduces kids to the geography of North America; the Exchange City - a child-sized town square complete with ten different shops, a Dino Dig, a special Tot Park Maze – made especially for the preschool crowd; and the River Forest featuring Tree-sa, the talking forest tree. A new exhibit features the one-of-a-kind hand-crafted dolls of doll maker extraordinaire Faith Wick.

The River Water Table is a working replica of the Mississippi River Dam that is visible from the bridge on Pokegama Avenue in Grand Rapids. Children can learn about the fundamentals of hydro-physics as they increase the flow of water thru the dam, watching the lights in the hydroelectric plant get brighter and observing the effect on river current as they operate wing dams.   In addition to the many exhibits, the art room is open for birthday celebrations or other party events. The CDM Museum Store offers a wide variety of inexpensive kid-themed toys, books and materials as well as Wizard of Oz souvenirs.

Hours:

January - March, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April to Memorial Day the Children’s Discovery Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday thru Saturday, and closed on Sundays. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In September, the museum is open Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. October thru December 31, the museum is open on Friday and Saturday only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. It is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission is $8 per person over the age of 1 and includes admision to The Judy Garland Museum. A special $4 per student school discount rate is available for groups of 20 or more.

The Children’s Discovery Museum is located at 2727 US Hwy 169 South (Across from Home Depot), PO Box 724, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.  For more information call 1-866-CDM-KIDS (866-236-5437) or 218-326-1900 or visit www.cdmkids.org

Judy Garland Birthplace Historic House

Birthplace of legendary actress Judy Garland, Grand Rapids now boasts the most extensive collection of Judy Garland memorabilia in the United States.

judygarlandphotoThe new Judy Garland Museum, located on highway 169 South in Grand Rapids opened its doors during the 28th Annual Judy Garland Festival in 2003. The museum showcases memorabilia from Garland’s 45-year career.

Although there are thousands of items housed at the museum, one of the most popular items permanently on display is the Wizard of Oz Carriage, which carried Dorothy and her friends on the final leg to see the Wizard. President Abe Lincoln also was a passenger in the famous carriage. Visitors also may view Garland’s Test Dress from the Wizard of Oz, A Winkie Sword from the Wizard of Oz, and An Emerald City Bell-Bottom Coat. “Over the Rainbow” was named the top song of the 20th century and visitors can see the “Over the Rainbow” Gold Record presented to Judy Garland as well as Judy Garland’s Special Tony Award and a Microphone from Judy Garland’s TV Show which are all on display.

Founded in 1975 by local artist Jackie Dingmann, the Judy Garland Museum® is one of the oldest museums dedicated to a celebrity in the nation. The new museum offers guests an opportunity to visit, in one location, both Judy’s childhood home and a vast collection of memorabilia from her career.

Attached to the museum is the Judy Garland Birthplace Historic House, which has been fully restored to the 1920’s period and allows visitors to see what it looked like when Judy lived there.

The museum and home play host the most visitors from around the world each June during the annual Judy Garland in Grand Rapids. Many of Garland’s friends such as Andy Rooney, the Munchkins and June Alyson have come to the festival, as well as her children and former husband Sid Luft.

Hours:

From Memorial Day through September the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
From April 1 to Memorial Day, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturdayand is closed on Sunday. The Museum hosts school groups only on Thursdays.
From October thru March, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Judy Garland Museum® is open on Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day. The Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

General admission for all ages is $8 per person - age one & under FREE! Includes Children’s Discovery Museum. For more information call 1-800-664-JUDY or 218-327-9276 or visit www.judygarlandmuseum.com

Itasca County Historical Society and History Center

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Believing that our knowledge of the past enhances our understanding of the present, the Itasca County Historical Society is dedicated to connecting people to the history of Itasca County.

Throughout the year, Itasca County Historical Society offers the following services and programs to the general public, students, members, teachers, researchers, genealogists, businesses and special interests groups. Allow the Itasca County Historical Society to bring history to life in a format and style that works for you – as an individual, a family,ICH-pix2 a student, or business. Programs and services: Traveling Exhibits, Speaker’s Bureau, Workshops, Research, Internet Access, Ancestry.com, Photograph Reproduction, Volunteer Opportunities, and Museum Tours. 

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has a 13 member board of directors. Itasca County Historical Society is located in what formerly was the Corcoran Building, we now have the museum, gift shop, Karjala Research Genealogy and History Center, and soon our storage which has over 50,000 artifacts, archives, photographs and library items. For more information call 218-326-6431 or visit www.itascahistorical.org