How About Those Apples? – Historic Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard

Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard

It’s time to start comparing apples to apples people! For as long as you can remember, you were probably told to stop picking, well not here! Grab the family or just a friend and go out and visit one of Minnesota’s premier apple orchards. Established in 1971, Historic Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard is one of the largest apple orchards in the state of Minnesota, with 40,000+ trees on 300 acres. Located in Jordan, MN just South of Minneapolis.

It’s not all about the apples though, also find Wagon rides, Kiddie Train, Hay Jumping Castle, Live Music by Cactus Willie, Petting Zoo, Corn Maze, Vintage Horse & Carriage Rides, and more. Inside you’ll find Dickens Village Shops, Gourmet Grocery Store, Susan’s Tea Cup, Woodworkers World, Artist’ Corner, and Old Fashioned Dry Goods Shop. And their website says “Don’t miss the bling in the Red Hat Ladies Boutique”.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE BAKED APPLE PIE AND TURNOVERS THIS YEAR!

Check Minnesota Harvest Website for more info.


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Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard
8251 Old Highway 169 at Apple Lover’s Lane
Jordan, Minnesota 55352
Phone: 952-492-2785

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Ice Skating at The Depot Indoor Heated Ice Rink – Minneapolis, MN

Dust of your ol’ ice skates and head on down to The Depot indoor heated public ice rink in the heart of downtown Minneapolis! Don’t have ice skates? No worries! You can rent them at The Depot. So grab your sweetie for a romantic good time, have fun with friends, or make a party out of it! Check The Depot website for public hours and group discounts for birthday parties, office parties, school field trips, team building, family reunions, private rink rental, and more!

From The Depot’s own website, “Named one of the top ten best places in the United States to ice skate by the USA Today and MSNBC, The Depot Rink is a historic Downtown Minneapolis train shed that now houses a modern-day, indoor rink with floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcasing views of the downtown city skyline”.

The Depot Ice Rink (Adjacent to Residence Inn Minneapolis)
425 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-339-2253
The Depot Website
GOOGLE MAP

2012 Regular Ice Rink Prices

$8.00 – Adult Admission (18-61 yrs)
$6.00 – Senior Admission (62 yrs & up)
$6.00 – Junior Admission (17 yrs & under)
$7.00 – Skate Rental
$2.00 – Skating Trainer
(*applicable tax not included.)

Ice Rink Packages
Public Skating Groups

Minimum 20 people, reservations are requested and subject to availability.
$6.00 – Admission
$6.00 – Adult Skate Rental
$4.00 – Junior Skate Rental (17 yrs & under)
(*applicable tax not included.)

Ice Skating Birthday Parties
$17.00* Per Person
Minimum 8 people, reservations required
Includes:
•Skate admission
•Balloons
•Soda
•Choice of hot dog and chips or slice of pizza
•Vanilla ice cream cup

Reduced price on skate rental available for parties (*applicable tax and service charges not included). No outside food or beverages are permitted except birthday cakes. Call [612] 758.7873

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The Blenders’ Holiday Tour at Pantages Theatre Minneapolis, MN Friday December 9 – Sunday December 11, 2011

It’s the holdiay season! The Blenders show is a fabulous way to please your ears and soul with an abundance of beautiful holiday harmony! Whether you’ve seen and heard The Blenders before or it’s your first time, The Blenders’ Holiday Tour at Pantages Theatre Minneapolis, MN Friday December 9 – Sunday December 11, 2011 is sure to bring out the holiday spirit in all!

The Blenders are no rookies, they’ve been performing music and pleasing audiences around the U.S. for over 21 years! The Blenders’ website states they have appeared with such acts as Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Savage Garden, Blues Traveler, Chicago, The Righteous Brothers, Lou Rawls, Chuck Berry and many more. To learn more about The Blenders and check out some of their music, visit their website at http://www.theblenders.com.

Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out!
TICKETS Available in Person at State Theatre Box Office (no service fees)
Ticketmaster outlet BY PHONE: 800.982.2787 GROUPS SAVE! 612.373.5665
Buy Online via Pantages Theatre – Click Here

The Blenders’ Holiday Show at Pantages Theatre
Friday, December 9 at 8:00pm $38.00
Saturday, December 10 at 8:00pm $38.00
Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm $38.00
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
GOOGLE MAP – CLICK HERE

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Cavalia – Mix of Equestrian and Performing Arts in Minneapolis / Twin Cities Minnesota September 21, 2011 – October 9, 2011. For Horse Lovers and Show Lovers!

45 Four Legged Athletes (Horses) and 86 Two Legged Performers (riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and live musicians) under the largest traveling White Big Top Tent featuring a stage the size of a football field are in the Minneapolis, St. Paul Twin Cities of Minnesota (St. Louis Park, MN, I-394 and Highway 100)! From the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is the creation of Normand Latourelle. The Cavalia website states the show is “a spectacular and moving tribute to the relationship between men and horses throughout history, a dream of freedom, cooperation and harmony”. It’s a poetic tribute to horses and the horses are the stars! Horses range in age from 5 month old colts to a 19 year old Lusitano stallion named Edros. Half of the horses are stallions who are known to be more spirirted performers, though harder to train, than geldings and mares. There are no mares in the Cavalia show. It takes 90 semi trailers to transport the show. Cavalia has been seen by nearly 3 million people over 1,700 performances while visiting 40 cities in Canada, United States, and Europe over the last 7 years. See below for Cavalia ticket and website information.

Tickets range from $44.50 to $199.50 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Cavalia Website: http://www.cavalia.net
When: September 21, 2011 – October 9, 2011
Where is the Show: Under the Cavalia White Big Top Tent near The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, MN, I-394 and Highway 100
Street intersection of Wayzata Boulevard and Utica Avenue
1511 Utica Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55416

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Irreverence & Structure Art Show (The Artist Rinne & Chaos Mai) – Sunday September 25, 2011 at Shanghai Bistro in Stillwater, Minnesota 2:00-5:00pm

Attention Art Enthusiasts or those looking for a great Sunday afternoon fun event to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the brilliant colors of Minnesota! Don’t miss the “Irreverence & Structure Art Show” coming up soon at Shanghai Bistro in beautiful Stillwater, MN Sunday September 25, 2011 from 2:00-5:00 PM. The inspirational works of The Artist Rinne and Chaos Mai will be displayed out on the patio! Check out the facebook event page for more info: Irreverence & Structure Art Show. Who knows, you may just find that perfect piece of art for your home or office! See more about the talented artists by visiting their fan pages:
The Artist Rinne Fan Page and Chaos Mai Fan Page

Irreverence & Structure Art Show
Sunday September 25, 2011 2:00-5:00 PM
Shanghai Bistro
324 Main Street South, Stillwater, MN

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Minnesota State Fair – Thursday August 25 through Labor Day Monday September 5, 2011

Whether you grew up in Minnesota or moved here as a transplant, you know (or will know soon) that the Minnesota State Fair (aka The Great Minnesota Get Together) is a must see every year. The Minnesota State Fair has something for everyone! Enjoy the Food, Food, & More Food, Sweet Martha’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, All You Can Drink Milk Stand, Lots of edible items on a stick you didn’t know could even be put on a stick, Corn on the Cob, Lots of Shopping, Shopping, and More Shopping, Agriculture and Animal Exhibits, Daily Parade, Large Midway full of Carnival Rides and Games, Kidway (kiddie rides), Horse Shows, Rodeo, Multiple stages with Free Entertainment, Nightly Grandstand Shows including National Music Artists & Other Talent, Dog Shows, Lumberjack Shows, Live News Station Broadcasts, CHS Miracle of Birth Building (See newborn animals or get lucky and catch a live birth), Home Imporvement Building, Machinery Hill, Numerous Contests, and the best free people watching spectacle you will ever see!

Check out the Minnesota State Fair website for a Map to your favorite spot at the fair!
http://www.mnstatefair.org
Minnesota State Fair – (651) 288-4400
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, Minnesota 55108

How to Get to The Minnnesota State Fair? Check the Minnesota State Fair website for a Map, Parking, Express Bus, and Park and Ride options!
http://www.mnstatefair.org


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Canterbury Park Live Horse Racing, Card Casino (Poker, Blackjack, & More) Only 25 minutes from Airport or Downtown Minneapolis

Canterbury Park Horse Race Track and Casino Card Club is only a 25 minute drive from the airport, Mall of America, or downtown Minneapolis. Check out the horses and live horse races running May through Labor Day!
2011 Post Times
7:00 PM Thursday and Fridays (Thursday races June 16 – August 25)
1:30 PM Saturday, Sundays, & Holidays
Admission $5 or $3 with an MVP card (Kids 17 and Under FREE)

Stop by the Card Casino at Canterbury Park open 24/7 and try your hand at playing cards at one of the 50 tables! Table games include Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Blackjack Switch, EZ Baccarat, Four Card Poker, Let it Ride, Fortune Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Utimate Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, & Other Games!

Canterbury Park Horse Racetrack & Card Club
952-445-7223
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
http://www.canterburypark.com

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Twin Cities Cruises on Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen! Lake Minnetonka and Mississippi River Cruises!

All Aboard! Looking for just a fun boat cruise with family and friends, sightseeing, or having a special event (wedding party, office party, birthday, retirement, etc.)? Twin Cities Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen offer both public cruises and private cruises to fit most any occassion! Whether you’re looking for fabulous cruise around Lake Minnetonka or up and down the beautiful Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Paradise Charter Cruises has a wide selection of boats and cruises to choose from.

Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen
http://www.twincitiescruises.com
(952) 474-8058
(888) 559-8058 Toll Free
Special Offers, Deals & Coupons – Click Here!

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Elko Speedway NASCAR Auto Races & Entertainment Centre – Elko, MN

Looking for High-Speed Action? Elko Speedway’s high-banked NASCAR 3/8 mile paved ashpalt oval race track allows 2, and at times, 3 wide racing providing lots of high-speed racing action! Elko Speedway is located a half hour south of downtown Minneapolis just a mile and a half west of I-35 at the Elko-New Market Exit 76. Cheer on your favorite race car driver racing at Elko Speedway! Divisions include Super Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunder Cars, Power Stocks, Legends, Super Hornets, 2-man Cruisers and Figure 8 cars. Elko Speedway has been affiliated with the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) for the past 23 years and you will see the Whelen All American Series banner flying high at Elko Speedway!

Don’t miss the Eve of Destruction events throughout the summer! Eve of Destruction often include Drifters, Monster Trucks, Spectator Drags, School Bus Races, flat track motorcycles and MORE! Some of the racing divisions typically participating in the Eve of Destruction include Super Lates, Big 8′s, Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks! Note, each Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway is different and may vary from listed, however, you won’t be disappointed in a fun evening of destruction!

You’re invited to the many special events and after race parties at Elko Speedway and Champions Event Centre! Check out great bands and enjoy some drinks after the races inside Champions right below the grandstrand! Elko Speedway is also known to host some great outdoor concerts including Celebrity Apprentice Winner and lead singer of Poison, Bret Michaels! Check the Elko Speedway website for the latest fun shows and ticket info.

As a complete entertainment center, Elko Speedway also hosts Dirt Nationals racing (they actually bring in lots of dirt) and high-speed high-flying Motocross Motorcyle Racing! These are special events, so don’t miss them! Check Elko Speedway’s website for schedules.

Elko Speedway
26350 France Avenue
Elko New Market, MN 55020
(952) 461-7223
http://www.elkospeedway.com


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Raceway Park NASCAR Auto Races – Shakopee, Minnesota

Hey Race Fans! Get your fill of high speed action at Raceway Park NASCAR track! Located on Highway 101 in Shakopee, MN across the highway from Valleyfair Amusement Park. Typically, NASCAR races are featured on Sunday evenings, however, check the Raceway Park website calendar for special races and events! Events to watch for are the Friday Night Total Destruction events! Watch your favorite races drivers going for the checkered flag on Raceway Park’s 1/4 Mile Asphalt Track!

NASCAR Weekly Racing:
Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Figure 8, Bombers, Short Trackers and Mini Stocks

Friday Night Total Destruction:
Legends, Bandeleros, Flat Track Motorcycles, Flyers, Thunder N lightning, Flagpole Races, Figure 8, Dukes Jump, Rollover Contest, Trailer Races, School Bus Racing (Not all listed events occur on every FND date)

CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAP
Raceway Park
One Checkered Flag Blvd.
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 445-2257
http://www.goracewaypark.com

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