NOT TO BE MISSED

IN JANUARY

FEATURED EVENTS

JANUARY 17TH – 19TH, 2019

MINNESOTA HOCKEY DAY

SANFORD CENTER

The First City on the Mississippi and the First Best MN Town will play host to MN Hockey Day! This will be the first time MN Hockey Day takes place over three days. There will be several hockey games, played on an outdoor rink, over the course of this event, but it is the first time MN Hockey Day includes an outdoor college men’s game. Come see some of the best in hockey, played in Minnesota’s Best Town– Bemidji!

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JANUARY 11TH – 13TH, 2019

MN STATE MEN’S SENIOR BONSPIEL

BEMIDJI CURLING CLUB

This traveling bonspiel invites Minnesota men curlers to a weekend of camaraderie and competition.

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FEBRUARY 1ST & 2ND, 2019

IN-AND-OUT BONSPIEL

BEMIDJI CURLING CLUB

Join us at the Bemidji Curling Club and on Lake Bemidji for the 2-day, In-and-Out Bonspiel! At least half of the games and all finals will be played outside.

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JANUARY 20TH, 2019

DWIGHT YOAKUM

SANFORD CENTER

One of country music’s BEST is coming to Minnesota’s BEST Town! Over 25 million records sold! Appearing in over 40 feature films! A singer, a song-writer, actor and director, Dwight Yoakum is also one of the country’s best-known performers! Here’s your chance- grab your friends and enjoy a night of the BEST!

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JANUARY 24TH, 2019

OLD DOMINION “MAKE IT SWEET TOUR” TICKETS ON SALE

SANFORD CENTER 7:00 PM

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 emerge as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music! Joining them are two of country music’s up and coming stars: Jordan Davis “Singles You Up” and Morgan Evans “Kiss Somebody.” Get your tickets and join us in Bemidji for this sweet concert!

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JANUARY 25TH – 27TH, 2019

VOCALMOTIVE DINNER SHOW

BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL

Join Bemidji High School’s award winning Show Choir, Vocalmotive, for a night of entertainment you won’t soon forget! The Vocalmotive Show Choir has won Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Instrumental Combo to name a few.

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NATURE EVENTS

JANUARY 1ST, 2019

FIRST DAY HIKE

ITASCA STATE PARK 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM
Get your New Year’s resolutions going on the first day of the New Year! Join us for an invigorating snowshoe hike as we explore the Dr. Roberts Trail.

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LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM
Start off the New Year with a hike or snowshoe through our winter wonderland! We’ll be heading out to the Rocky Point area to enjoy the woods and views over frozen Lake Bemidji. If there’s enough snow, bring your own snowshoes or check them out from the park (first-come, first served; no cost).

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JANUARY 12TH, 2019

LANTERN LIT SNOWSHOE & SKI EVENT

ITASCA STATE PARK 5:00 PM TO 7:30 PM

Visit Itasca and ski or snowshoe by the light of the moon and kerosene lanterns along the trail. Go at your own pace along the lantern lit route during this drop-in program. For added fun, bring along your s’mores fixings or hot dogs for cooking at the campfire.

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JANUARY 15TH, 2019

CIRCLE TIME UNDER THE PINES: N IS FOR NIGHT CREATURES

ITASCA STATE PARK 10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM

Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun at Itasca as we learn about nature through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery. Bring your winter outdoor clothes (including snowpants and boots)..if weather permits, part of the program will be exploring the outdoors. NOTES: Adults must accompany children.

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JANUARY 26TH, 2019

GET OUTSIDE AND SNOWSHOE

ITASCA STATE PARK 10:30 AM TO 12:00 PM

Ever wanted to find a fun, winter activity that will get you outside? Enjoy the beauty of winter on snowshoes! This beginner’s class will teach you the basics from different types of snowshoes to how to walk in snowshoes as well as great places to visit in Itasca while wearing snowshoes.

NOTES: Dress warmly and include snow boots. Part of the program will be outside on the trail trying out your new skills. Call ahead at 218-699-7251 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The number of snowshoes available is limited. Outdoor portion of program is dependent on snowfall.

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JANUARY 26TH, 2019

CANDLELIGHT SNOWSHOE

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

Explore the winter woods along a candle-lit trail! This year’s Candlelight Snowshoe starts and ends at the Visitor Center, where refreshments will be available. Stop along the way and warm up by the magical crackling of a toasty campfire.

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MUSIC & DANCE EVENTS

JANUARY 12, 2019

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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JANUARY 12TH, 2019

MUSIC UNDER THE PINES: LORI GOULET REICH

ITASCA STATE PARK 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM

Warm up after the ski or snowshoe and enjoy an evening of music with Lori Goulet Reich. Lori will sing a variety of music best described as acoustic folk and alt-country flavored music. Lori also has played in various bands both classic rock and country, so come listen to a variety of well-known tunes.

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ALSO CELEBRATED IN JANUARY

JANUARY 5TH, 2019

NATIONAL BIRD DAY

WATERMARK ART CENTER

This day celebrates “the beauty, song, and flight of birds,” as well as their role as indicators of ecosystem health. What better place to take advantage of National Bird day than Bemidji, an Audubon Minnesota designated Bird City. Hawk Owls and Great Gray Owls regularly cross the border to spend winter in the northern parts of the region. Good viewing sites are the tamarack woods along Highway 72, north of Waskish.Other owl visitors such as the Boreal Owl, and the Snowy Owl can also be seen in the vicinity particularly in owl
“invitation” years.

Other unique birds seen at feeders in the northland include Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Pileated Woodpeckers, Pine Grosbeaks and Purple Finches. Large numbers of Bohemian Waxwings, Nuthatches, Common Redpolls and Evening Grosbeaks have also been seen. Less common sightings include Northern Goshawk, Golden Crowned Kinglet and Northern Shrike.

https://www.visitbemidji.com/birding-in-bemidji/

JANUARY 31ST, 2019

INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY

This day celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that move us to tears or cause us to burst out into joyous laughter remain with us for a lifetime. Whether we are touched by music or see into an artist’s soul through their work, art has the power to change us, to inspire our hearts.

To appreciate the art of others: go visit an art museum, read a book or listen to your favorite band. To create your own art: color a picture, write a poem, make a card or play your favorite instrument. The options are many! Once you decide what to do, decide if you want to share it with someone or just keep the moment and memory for yourself.

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. This month check-out all four new exhibits:

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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 1, 2018 thru January 13, 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

JANUARY 4TH, 2019

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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JANUARY 13TH, 2019

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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