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Featuring a Paint the Pavement activity, knitting workshops, screen printing, poetry writing, performance tours, visual art and photography.
Featuring canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, geocaching, fishing, nature crafts, archery, mountain biking, marshmallows roasting, games, climbing w...
Featuring 184 regional and national artists, a community showcase, group exhibitors from the Powderhorn area. More info at www.powderhornartfair.com.
Few annual events are quite as core to the character of south Minneapolis as the In the Heart of the Beast's MayDay Parade and Festival. Now in its 39th year, the spring celebration draws on community volunteers to populate a river of... More »
Sandy Spieler, artistic director at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and co-founder of the annual MayDay Parade at Powderhorn Park, has posted an update about the event's finances. At... More »
While the newspaper and book industries are floundering, the self-publishing world of zines appears to be flourishing. The Twin Cities Zine Fest, now in its ninth year, will demonstrate exactly why this is at its daylong showcase of the art form.... More »
This weekend, Minneapolis will host a triad of art shows in the downtown, Uptown, and Powderhorn neighborhoods. Those looking for something a little more low-key may prefer to take in the nature and art on display at the Powderhorn Art Fair... More »
Of all the parades that regularly march around town each year, the MayDay Parade is easily the most surreal and unusual. After all, where else can you watch a black crow the size of an automobile, an enormous smiling sun, and a winged mermaid on... More »
Some Minneapolis bodies of water boast membership in the Chain of Lakes: Harriet has a bandshell and boats; Calhoun brags about being the biggest; Lake of the Isles surrounds itself with idyllic mansions. But a few miles east of this collection of water, where anyone throwing a rock can hit a lake to skip it on, public water is a scarcer resource. In the middle of this relative desert is the long-neglected, long-polluted Powderhorn Lake. The community around the lake prizes it as a valuable... More »
Powderhorn Park was scooped out like a bowl at the start of the 20th century, which means that today its steep sides are ideal territory for log-rolling, hill-sprinting, and above all, sledding. Because there's not just one prime incline, the slopes rarely get overcrowded, and the park's sledding crowd tends to include plenty of kids-at-heart jumping on their toboggans, and creative sled-makers showing off their flair in preparation for the annual Powderhorn Art Sled Rally. For some in the... More »
Festivals during the summertime are a dime a dozen. Walk a couple of blocks from your home on the weekend and you will probably find some sort of street event selling the same bucket of cookies and lemonade for $5, and the same local acts jamming out onstage. The MayDay Parade and Festival is nothing like that. This yearly event brings the community together to celebrate the first of May. The parade is a spectacle of whimsy; participants come together early in the year to create enormous... More »
As home of the beloved May Day Parade, Powderhorn Park forms a bedrock of community activism and creative spirit in the Twin Cities. When you're in awe of the May Day Parade's dazzling puppet beasts or giddy with spring fever, however, it's toilsome work attempting to envision the park's long-held winter pastime: streams of yelping children soaring down snow-covered hills in sleds, discs, and toboggans. In the early 1900s, the bowl-shaped park was excavated, thus molding its many rolling... More »
Ira Glass, of public radio's This American Life, dedicated several programs to a common human subgenus: do-gooders. More specifically, "Stories of people who try to do good: Why they often fail and why they occasionally succeed." One might say Mr. Glass could have made a good case study of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. Known for its vigilant neighborhood-watch groups and its campaigns to clean up "johns," this organization is seen by some as heroes reclaiming a crime-ridden... More »
While most parks offer greenery and hiking trails designed to take visitors as far away--at least psychologically--from the city as possible, Powderhorn revels in its urban community vibe. In addition to hosting the Powderhorn art festival, a massive Fourth of July fireworks display, and at least one summer installment of Shakespeare in the Park, it also has an annual Mayday parade attended by thousands. This rolling 65-acre park functions geographically as a centerpiece for south... More »
Often during the brief but glorious spells of unseasonably warm weather that have brightened recent winters, it seems that entire populations have materialized to stake claims on the outdoor grills that dot the gentle slopes of Powderhorn Park. They've got the right idea. Whatever the season, Powderhorn is a picnic favorite, and for good reason: Families can play soccer and softball on the fields in the park's northern flatlands while kids and dogs battle for tennis balls or watch the... More »
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