Candlelight Experience

If you are looking for something unique to do, I encourage you to check out a Candlelight concert. Each concern is an intimate, sensory experience through dim-lit ambiance and classical music set in a backdrop of an iconic sanctuary.

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I attended the Halloween compositions in which the exceptionally talented Listeso String Quartet. They played familiar Halloween favorites like “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod, “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns, and beloved movie scores such as Stranger Things, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, Halloween, Psycho, Ghostbusters, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Harry Potter. 

If frightful classics are less your thing, they have other upcoming options that may fit your preference such as anime themes, film scores, and Hollywood epics, and Vivaldi. 

Find more about Candleight here

MayDay Parade and Festival 2019

Today marks the 45th MayDay Parade and Festival and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The free event took place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis and ran noon to dusk.

In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB)’s annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival has been a staple in the Twin Cities area and is a time to celebrate spring, community, and hopes for the future. It has been produced by HOTB since 1975, taking place on the first Sunday of May.

The parade starts at the corner of 25th Street East and Bloomington Avenue South, travel south on Bloomington to 34th Street East, and ends at Powderhorn Park with a Tree of Life ceremony.

This year may be the last as HOBT can no longer afford to produce the parade. You can help save the MayDay Parade and Festival by donating here: hobt.org

Check out all the fun from last year here: https://atomic-temporary-69167987.wpcomstaging.com/2018/05/07/mayday-parade-and-festival-2018/

The Mermaid

If you are starting to get stir crazy hiding from the dropping temperature, I may have a way for you to fight the cabin fever.

The Mermaid Entertainment and Event Center in Mounds View is the place to go.

Start with a state-of-the-art 32-lane bowling center, sprinkle in a Sports Bar and Grille and add a bunch of arcade games for good measure and you have The Mermaid.

Just off Mounds View Boulevard, the Mermaid is the place to go to get your burger (or pizza, if you are like me!) fix while shooting pool, playing darts, or challenging your friends in bowling.


Straight up, I am a TERRIBLE bowler and I love this place.

So much so, I would totally have my birthday there (you heard me, Mom!).

Mini basketball, billiards, pinball – you name it, they have it.

Fun fact; the Mermaid is the largest Entertainment and Event Center in the upper Midwest.

You can even have your wedding reception there!

Roundhouse Brewery

Located in the historic Northern Pacific Center on Brainerd’s eastside, the Roundhouse Brewery takes its name from the railroad building with a circular or semicircular shape used by railroads for servicing and storing locomotives. The taproom includes the exposed brick and historic look that is part of the Clock Tower, once headquarters to the Northern Pacific Railroad.
The decor incorporates the history of the building, classic lamps, and old photos. Even the beers like the Cowcatcher Ale, and Spike Driver Oatmeal Stout, all pay homage to central Minnesota’s rich railroad culture and history. I highly recommend stopping in for a beer, on-tap Nitro coffee. Root beer or lemonade and staying for a game of cards or to hear the amazing live music.