NOT TO BE MISSED

IN DECEMBER

DECEMBER 1ST – 2ND AND DECEMBER 7TH – 9TH, 2018

BSU MADRIGAL DINNERS

CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES

The Madrigal Dinners, founded by Paul Brandvik in 1968, are an annual musical dinner production of music and masque (play) sponsored by the BSU Music Department and presented by students from all majors across campus. This annual BSU tradition recreates a yuletide feast in a renaissance castle in Elizabethan England, complete with the Royal Court (Chamber Singers), Beggars, Cellar Keepers, Recorders, Royal Brass, and the King’s Players who perform the masque.

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NATURE EVENTS

DECEMBER 8TH, 2018

WREATH MAKING

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 9:00AM & 1:00PM

If you’ve never made your own evergreen wreath, or even if you have, here’s an opportunity to learn how–and take yours home! Balsam, pine, and cedar boughs, wreath forms, and wire will be supplied, along with a demonstration, easy instructions, and decorating ideas.

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DECEMBER 17TH, 2018

23RD ANNUAL WINTER BIRD COUNT

ITASCA STATE PARK 8:00 AM TO 3:30 PM

This holiday season take part in the annual winter bird count at Itasca State Park. This year marks the park’s 23rd year of participation in the nation-wide Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Explore Itasca’s count area in search of our winter bird residents. Stay a few hours or spend the whole day. Information collected is used to track migration patterns and changes in winter bird species abundance throughout North America.

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MUSIC & DANCE EVENTS

DECEMBER 1ST, 2018

CONTRA DANCE

RAIL RIVER FOLK SCHOOL 4:00 PM TO 10:00 PM

Come join us for contra dance! A lively, traditional social dance that originated in New England! This dance will feature live music by the O’Neil Family band coming back again from East Grand Forks and calling by Wendy Greenberg. Contra dancing is and is now done all over the United States.

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DECEMBER 8TH, 2018

JINGLE POPS CONCERT

BANGSBERG HALL BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY 2:00 PM

Join Bemidji State University for their holiday Jingle Pops Concert December 2nd! For specific information call the Music Department at 218-755-2915.

DECEMBER 11TH, 2018

SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT 3 “LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH”

BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 7:00 PM

The Snowman is an Academy Award-nominated animation based on Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s book of the same name. It tells the endearing story of a young boy who builds a snowman that magically comes to life, and the two go soaring through the sky on an unforgettable enchanted adventure. The BSO performs Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack live with the film and we welcome back vocalist Emily Walter as we enjoy a variety of holiday selections.

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DECEMBER 15TH & 16TH, 2019

THE NUTCRACKER

THE CHIEF THEATER

Come enjoy our annual performance of the Nutcracker!! Join us for one of our three (or ALL THREE if you’re feeling extra festive!) performances at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

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DECEMBER 15TH, 2018

BEMIDJI CHOIR WINTER CONCERT

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 7:30 PM

Join Bemidji State University for their Winter Choir Concert December 15th! Held at First Lutheran Church at 900 Bemidji Ave North. FREE admission for all!

JANUARY 24TH, 2019

OLD DOMINION “MAKE IT SWEET TOUR” TICKETS ON SALE

SANFORD CENTER 7:00 PM

Get your tickets to see this amazing concert! With several #1 hits such as “Break up with Him” and “Written In The Sand”, Old Dominion has blended old-fashioned country charm, clever lyrics and rock n’ roll grit to has emerge as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music! Joining them are 2 of country music’s up and coming stars: Jordan Davis “Singles You Up” and Morgan Evans “Kiss Somebody”.

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THEATER & ART

DECEMBER 8TH, 2018

HOLIDAYS BY HAND FESTIVAL

BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL 9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

8th Annual Holidays by Hand Fine Arts & Craft Festival features handmade fine arts and crafts just in time for the holidays. Featuring over 50 regional artists showcasing their work – everything from home decor and fiber arts to jewelry and syrup – and much more.

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DECEMBER 6TH – 9TH, 2019

SHOP THE WORLD AT THE VILLAGES

CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES

Shop for international gifts representing our 14 languages, including giftware, books, clothing, ornaments, candies & more! Holiday breads & cookies from around the world each day until sold out.

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DECEMBER 7TH – 9TH, 2019

WATERMARK HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

WATERMARK ART CENTER

Ornaments made by local artists will be for sale in our gallery shop – a great gift tradition! 100% of the proceeds from these ornaments benefit Watermark programming. On Saturday, meet the artists behind the “Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy” exhibit and take in a Kids Art class. Sunday don’t forget to get tickets for our First Anniversary Celebration of our new location!

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“Mazinigwaaso” Exhibit

DECEMBER 15TH- 16TH, 2019

GOURMET BAKE SALE & ARTIST SHOWCASE

WATERMARK ART CENTER

The “Christmas Cafe” will be open so you can take home a bag of goodies or enjoy a few at the art center while you stroll the galleries! Several artists will be present throughout the day for discussion and offering demos.

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ALSO CELEBRATED IN DECEMBER

DECEMBER 8TH, 2018

GINGERBREAD DECORATING DAY

Gingerbread Decorating Day is here to help all kids, from ages 1 to 92, get as much fun out of the season as possible, allowing lots of room for creativity and fun for the whole family! Gingerbread can be decorated with many different things, from a simple icing made from just water and powdered sugar to butter cream icing. After you’ve made and decorated your gingerbread you can exchange them with family, wrap them up for gifts, if you’ve put a hole in the top you can hang them on the tree (gingerbread keeps for a long time) or even create a gingerbread village!

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DECEMBER 27, 2018

MAKE CUT-OUT SNOWFLAKES DAY

It was a favorite activity in our childhood, made at school and at home. The magic of folding a square piece of paper, cutting out little pieces of your own, then unfolding to reveal your one-of-a-kind snowflake can be yours again! Revisit the fun of snowflake making or share it with your children or grandchildren. Another fun tip…this art can be used to create one-of-a-kind hearts, eggs, shamrocks…the list goes on.

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RAINY DAY FUN

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

WATERMARK ART CENTER

FOUR GALLERIES

Watermark’s four galleries host rotating exhibits and are free and open to the public seven days a week. It’s Only Clay (IOC), The Spirit of Ukambani, Mazinigwaaso-She Stitches Fancy and Art in the Everyday exhibits are still on display until just before Christmas.

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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

HEADWATERS SCIENCE CENTER

Join us at the Headwaters Science Center for scientific discovery and love of learning for all! Hands-on science and technology exhibits and programs run all weekend. This month, December 2, 2018 thru January 14, 2019 the traveling exhibit “We Are Water MN” will be here!! Learn local water stories: the history; sacredness to Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota and Ojibwe; current stresses on water; and how water affects every element of life. Call for weekend events, including the Snake Feeding on Saturdays! 218-444-4472

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We Are Water MN

DECEMBER 7TH, 2018

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

WATERMARK ARTS CENTER 5:30 pm

The first Friday of each month (February thru December) is a night for art lovers to enjoy art, food, literary and musical entertainment. It’s a relaxed atmosphere of coming and going, mixing and mingling over art while enjoying complimentary refreshments.

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DECEMBER 7TH, 2018

OPEN MIC COFFEEHOUSE

HEADWATERS MUSIC & ARTS 7:00 pm-10:00 pm

This event has a relaxed and casual tone that encourages musicians, singers, and spoken word performers of all ages and skill levels to the mic! Each month’s CoffeeHouse will be hosted by local musician, writer, storyteller, poet, etc.

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DECEMBER 9TH, 2018

2ND SUNDAY CRIBBAGE TOURNEY

BEMIDJI BREWING

The free game play starts at 2:00pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month, with sign up from 1:30-2:00pm. There is a max 12 players for the tournament play, first come, first serve. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Plus as always it is all day Happy Hour with $2 off growler fills and $1 pints!

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WHERE TO STAY

THE COMFORTABLE

LODGINGS OF BEMIDJI!

Bemidji, First City on the Mississippi and named Best MN Town 2017, has an array of lodgings to meet your comfort and budget. And when you stay in Bemidji for your December adventure, you are close to a seemingly endless array of activities, events and amenities the area has to offer! December arts abound with music, theatre and art options. With the crossroads city for two major Minnesota Interconnecting Trail System routes, MITS-71 and MITS-2, for snowmobile access, several cross-country ski trails, skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Buena Vista, the options to enjoy the winter outdoors in Bemidji are plentiful. Bemidji has an exciting downtown with the historic statues of Paul and Babe, plus endless options for dining that also includes an award-winning brewery! A must stop is the Bemidji Woolen Mills to pick up some of the town’s signature style—Bemidji lumberjack plaid—to keep the chill off, along with a host of one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques!

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