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Just another week to go before the masses descend on Edina for our 51st Annual Edina Art Fair. Blossoming brighter with each passing year, this one promises to be the best yet, featuring an expanded range of area artisans and performers, plus a host of activities for the kids, craft brews for the adults, and fun for all. From Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, expect things to be seriously bustling across 50th & France.

 

Until then, satisfy your artistic eye with a tour of local exhibits and displays; you’ll discover dozens at any given time around Edina. Many are permanent but a select ten are rotated annually each May. People’s Choice Award voting selects a top three that are invited to stick around for a year longer, but to the others we must bid adieu.

 

The final installation of the 2017-2018 collection was completed on May 15, and the Public Art Edina Sculpture Reception is already scheduled for Wednesday, June 14. You can certainly explore on your own—look for the new installations along the Promenade, 50th and France, and Grandview Square—but you might also join neighbors and friends for a walking tour and light hors d’oeuvres on the 14th. Voting opens in short time, so keep your eyes peeled for a favorite!

 

Beyond the rotating art of the city, Edina features a range of permanent exhibits as well—a number that’s steadily rising. From sculpture, to utility box wraps, stained glass, paintings, and more, see how the summer sun changes daily on City Hall’s Art Glass Window, run your hands across the intricacies of York Avenue’s Bicycle Mosaics, or feel the empowerment of “Dreams Take Flight.”

 

Two and three-dimensional art can be discovered all over Edina, so grab a community cruiser and go. Photo-log the journey and find inspiration in a sunny afternoon.

 

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Area Events & Happenings

 

While Memorial Day Weekend brings a long anticipated and much needed day off for many, it’s also opportunity for us all to pause and pay homage to those who’ve given their lives in service for our country. All weekend long, you’ll find opportunity for remembrance and education at Historic Fort Snelling. They’ll host a litany of events that include costumed staff to represent the different eras of military history, plus tours of the site and more.

 

Close to home, you’ll find many of the traditional, Memorial Day happenings with barbecues, poolside lounging, and the likes. Kick up the volume by joining in the brewing action with bites hot off the grill, or grab three of your pals and head to Braemar for an afternoon tournament on the green. Put your best foot forward and have a great Memorial Day Weekend, Onyx!

 

 

In the aftermath, we are because they were.

-RJ Heller

 

 

 

 

 

Not only is it National Bike Month, it’s also National Bike to Work Week. If you haven’t had a chance to take a spin around town on one of our community cruisers yet, there’s no better time than the present (unless you count all those summer days still to come).

If the weather holds up, this Friday is officially Bike to Work Day—an event that draws hundreds of thousands of participants annually. The day has only grown in popularity with each passing year, so expect to see an atypical number of two-wheelers out there as you make your morning commute. Sunshine and distance permitting, consider joining the masses and cutting your day’s carbon footprint.

 

Even better, make Friday a double-dip of National Day ofs … it’s also National Pizza Party Day! Yup, as luck would have it, the two perfectly coincide to create an extra deluxe, ultra-supreme opportunity for you and the gang. When the work day is through, saddle up and head on out as a two-wheeling party for a Friday night slice. You’ll catch pizza-day specials at all the regular hotspots, but there’s never harm in trying something new, and there are some slices out there you won’t soon forget:

 

 

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Area Events & Happenings

 

The stride toward summer is picking up pace, and we’ve got Taste-ofs, Art Fairs, and Festivals bursting all over. This weekend, the Northeast Minneapolis Art Association (NEMAA) hosts their 22nd annual Art-A-Whirl where the neighborhood opens its doors for three days of demos, special exhibits, and fun. If you haven’t visited the city’s artsiest hub, the online directory offers a peek at the range of artisans and crafts just waiting to be discovered. You’ll find a printable map there, too—helpful to keep you on the right path.

 

Properly armed, plan one or multiple days exploring the many participating shops, studios, breweries, and businesses. Some will provide live demonstrations, others will feature tours, workshops, specials, and more. All in all, it’s a great opportunity for full immersion into one of the city’s most eclectic neighborhoods.

 

An artistic eye all our own, it’s just a couple weeks before Edina hosts its 51st Annual Art Fair. Until then, it’s easy to find other area playful options for fueling the artist in you:

 

 

I thought yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life but it turns out today is.

-Steve Martin

 

 

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