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Date Posted: 09:49:17 08/12/17 Sat
Author: Mary T., Co-Chair, MN Feis
Subject: Back-to-Back Feis Weekend in Minnesota, Sept. 23-24!

On Saturday, SEPTEMBER 23, we invite you to join us at the St. Paul RiverCentre on the banks of the Mississippi River in beautiful downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, for THE MINNESOTA FEIS 2017 (visit our web site at http://www.theminnesotafeis.org/ for great information). And then stick around for the ST. PAUL AUTUMN FEIS, on Sunday, SEPTEMBER 24 (http://www.idpamn.org/)

Registration is through http://www.feisworx.com/ . Competition on Saturday will start at 8:30 AM (opening ceremonies at 8:15 AM); Sunday’s competition will begin at 8:00 AM. The Championship stage will proceed from OLDEST to YOUNGEST dancers.

We are offering Trophy Special Set Dance competitions that are open to BOTH Preliminary Champ dancers and Prizewinner dancers who are preparing dances for the Mid-America Oireachtas. For those in U9, it will be traditional set; U10 and above will be non-traditional set.

Our dance adjudicators for this year:
John Heinzman, MI
Noreen Houlihan-Smith, MA
Laura Masters-LeMesurier, CA
Ronan McCormack, FL
Anthony Murnane, FL
Jeannie Thornton, CA

The treble reel is one of the most fun things to do at a feis, and we are again scheduling these to make participation easier: Champ treble reels will be held throughout the day, and Novice/Prizewinner treble reels will be right at the end of the scheduled lunch break. All treble reel proceeds will go to support Breast Cancer Research.

Admission is FREE to the public, so bring your family and friends. Also, if you are bringing someone who is a non-dancer, but SINGS OR PLAYS AN INSTRUMENT (or does these in addition to dance!) there is competition for them as well! Just use the Feisworx system to register. Arts and Soda Bread are in there, too.

In addition to “feising,” there are many things to see and do in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the surrounding area, including:
--The Science Museum of Minnesota (https://www.smm.org/), across the street from the RiverCentre.
--If you have younger ones, the newly remodeled Minnesota Children’s Museum in downtown St. Paul https://mcm.org/
--After a massive restoration effort, the re-opening of the Minnesota State Capitol building, with the second largest self-supported marble dome in the world, free tours (http://www.mnhs.org/capitol/activities/tours)
--The Cathedral of St. Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, on the hill overlooking the RiverCentre. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the cathedral offers daily masses, and is open to visitors for sightseeing.
--Adjacent to the RiverCentre is the Xcel Energy Center, home of Minnesota Wild hockey. The Wild have a pre-season match against Colorado at 5:00pm on Sept. 23rd.
--St. Paul’s Lower Town is a rapidly growing area with shops, eateries, and the recently restored and re-opened major train hub, Union Depot. Restored to its 1920s grandeur, it’s worth a stop http://www.uniondepot.org/
--The nearby Mall of America (https://www.mallofamerica.com/) is celebrating its 25th anniversary, with its vast array of shopping, dining, hotel, and entertainment experiences, including the indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe. Make it a Mall of America, Sea Life Minnesota aquarium (https://www2.visitsealife.com/minnesota/) and Waterpark of America (https://www.waterparkofamerica.com/) mini-vacation, only 15 minutes from the feis venue.
--One of the gems of St. Paul is Como Park, with the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, one of the few free zoos in the United States (free parking, too!): http://www.comozooconservatory.org/ And stop for a bite to eat at the Dockside Café on Como Lake.
--Over in Minneapolis, we have the Mill City Museum, which has a very “explosive” elevator ride and great views of the Stone Arch Bridge and Mississippi River from its cantilevered viewing platform: http://www.millcitymuseum.org/
--Re-opening of the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis, with its famous Cherry on the Spoon (okay, it’s Spoonbridge and Cherry, but nobody calls it that). https://walkerart.org/visit/garden
--Also in Minneapolis, check out US Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and the site of the upcoming Super Bowl LII in 2018. The Vikings kick-off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 24th at 12:00 noon.
--Take a cruise on a Mississippi Riverboat with the historic Padelford Riverboats (http://riverrides.com/), or along the scenic St. Croix River at the Minnesota-Wisconsin border with the St. Croix Boat & Packet Co. (http://www.stillwaterriverboats.com/).
--For those traveling from the east, take in the beginning of autumn at the Wisconsin Dells on the way home! Check out http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells.htm for more info.

Lots of fun for everyone, we hope you can join us!

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