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Big Weekend in Rush City – Maple Knoll Inn


A big week coming for Rush City!

Thursday, July 17th – The Chisago County Fair Begins! Motocross is the event of the evening!

Friday, July 18th – The county fair continues with The NTPS Tractor Pull AND at Chuckers Bowl a fund raiser for the Namyaki Girls Secondary School Tanzania. Chucker’s is across the street from the fair grounds.

Saturday, July 19th – The fair continues with a demo derby AND The Maple Knoll Inn has it’s centennial celebration! Join us from noon to 2 pm for light refreshments and live music. Bring your lawn chair or blanket!. After the Inn activities, go to the parade which runs down main street and starts at 3 pm.

Sunday, July 20th – Kids day at the fair and a talent show!

Food, rides, demo derby, tractor pull, motocross, shows, entertainment, parade, and animals. What is not to like about next weekend in Rush


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Chisago County Fair – July 17 – 19 – Rush CIty

Wow! Come to Rush City and enjoy the Chisago County Fair! Just a few of the many activities are:

July 17 – Motocross Racing, July 18 NTPA Tractor and Truck Pull, July 19 Parade & Demo Derby

Every day features a carnival and many fair activities.   Every night the fair has live music.

Plan your get away, today! Stay at the Inn and enjoy all the activities the fair has to offer.  Check out all the fair activities at: http://www.chisagocountyfair.org/pdf-files/FairSchedule-2014.pdf

If you have already booked that weekend, the Pine County Fair, located just 10 mile north of the Inn, is  July 30th – August 3. Check out all of their great activities at: http://www.pinecountyfair.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=138&lang=en

There is ALWAYS something happening close to the Inn.




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Afton Strawberry Festival June 28 – 29th 2014

Afton Strawberry Festival June 22nd-23rd 2013
Afton, Minnesota – Steamboat Park and along St. Croix Trail
Artists, Great Food, Business Vendors and Second-hand Flea Market
Be sure to visit the local Afton businesses for special Afton
Strawberry Festival promotions, prizes, activities and sales!
Saturday, June 22, 2013 10am to 5pm
10am to 5pm: Afton Historical Society Museum –
Activities, treats and raffle
10:30am to 1:30pm: Gazebo Music Stage
sponsored by Xcel Energy – Performance by BZ
GIRLS – Light rock and pop
11am to Noon: Activity Tent in the Park – Award
Ceremony for student art contest winners; guest
emcee, Randy Meier – Channel 9 News Anchor;
and Postal and City Officials from St. Croix Valley
to participate.
11am to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park – Afton-
Lakeland 6th grade art exhibit. FREE Strawberry
Festival postcards and Afton Post Office Pictorial
Postmark designed by local students. Postcards
stamps will be available for purchase.
Noon to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park Arts and Crafts
for children (led by local Girl Scout troops)
Noon to 1pm: Activity Tent in the Park:
Proclamation Presentation by Afton Mayor
Pat Snyder. Meet and Greet with Assorted
Government Officials from St. Mary’s Point, Lake
St. Croix Beach, Lakeland Shores, Lakeland,
Afton, Washington County and State of MN.
Noon to 4pm: Baglios – Pony Rides for children
by Fantasy Corral
1pm to 2pm: Activity Tent in the Park –
Strawberry Shortcake Eating Competition,
sponsored by Hudson County Market
2pm to 5pm: Gazebo Music Stage sponsored by
Xcel Energy – Performance by Bob Damon Jazz
3pm to 4pm: Activity Tent in the Park: “Make
It and Take It” painted wine glass for adults –
provided by Old School Art Studio
3pm to 7pm Strawberry Festival dinner, bake
sale and children’s activities at Memorial Lutheran
Church – a block from downtown. For advanced
tickets call 651-436-1138.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 11am to 4pm
11am to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park Afton Lakeland
6th grade student’s Afton Strawberry Festival art
11am to 4pm: Afton Historical Society Museum –
Activities, treats and raffle
Noon to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park Arts and
Crafts for children (led by local Girl Scout troops)
Noon to 4pm: Gazebo Music Stage sponsored
by Xcel Energy – Performance by Patchouli – New
American Folk music
Noon to 4pm: Baglios – Pony Rides for children
by Fantasy Corral
Noon to 1pm: Activity Tent in the Park –
Lower St. Croix Valley Community Foundation
announcing grant recipients
1pm to 2pm – Activity Tent in the Park –
University of Minnesota Raptor Center – Bald Eagle
and other birds.
2:30pm to 4pm: Activity Tent in the Park
Cutting Edge Mobile Pet Grooming – educational
demonstrations. Check out the mobile grooming
van. Dogs welcomed.
Annual Strawberry Festival Dinner at Memorial Lutheran Church,
Saturday, June 22.
Includes all-you-can-eat, locally grown, fresh Strawberries! An Afton Tradition since 1883!
For Dinner Tickets, call Memorial Lutheran Church at 651-436-1138
www.aftonstrawberryfestival.com • aftonstrawberryfestival@gmail.com
Sponsored by the Afton Area Business Association
Proud Supporters of the Afton Strawberry Festival!

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Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City – Turns 100!

Come join us for the 100th birthday celebration! Our house was built in 1914 and we are celebration this milestone.

Join us for light refreshments and live music.  Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the fun July 19 from 12:30 to 2:00. After that go uptown and enjoy the parade and Chisago County Fair, all in one day!

Hope to see you!100 year


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4th of July in Afton

Take a trip to Afton this 4th of July week! Enjoy a day in beautiful downtown Afton. Stay the night at the Historic Afton House Inn where you can enjoy a beautiful Jacuzzi Suite with a patio or walkout balcony. Looking for a romantic dinner? You can dine at the Inn’s Wheel Room for Fine Dining or if it is casual fair you are looking for the CURRENT Restaurant and Bar has a fantastic menu. Enjoy Patio dining at CURRENT Restaurant or the Swirl Wine Bar. (Free Wine Tasting on Fridays 6:00-8:30.

St Croix River Cruises are beautiful and you can enjoy a luncheon cruise, dinner cruise to see the Fireworks or the Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise. Midweek try out the Fajita and Margarita Cruise on Wednesdays and Thursdays. www.StCroixRiverCruises.com

Afton’s 4th of July Parade starts at 12:00 Noon. Come early to get a great spot at the Swirl Wine Bar Patio on main street to watch the parade. – Great Music in the park and also at the Swirl Wine Bar.
For more details and reservations call 651-436-8883


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Easter Snow Conditions on the Banadad

While the last groomer set tracks on the Gunflint’s  Banadad Ski Trail  earlier this month there still is plenty of snow Easter east endon the eastern end of the trail. Four inches of new snow fell yesterday and another 3 inches today leaving over eighteen on the trail.  Right now there is more then enough snow for backcountry skiing and since the trail is no longer tracked for the remainder of this winter snowshoers and dogsledder are welcome also.

Looking for a place the stay? Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B is located at the eastern end of the Banadad.

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Ultimate Girls Night Out in Afton! – – Register for a free Ultimate Swag Bag!

Ultimate Girls Night Out! Thursday, April 17th – 5 – 8 pm  – Register to win the Ultimate Swag Bag – a value of over $250.00

Free Wine Tasting at Swirl Wine Bar & 50% off any Fireplace and Jacuzzi Room at the Afton House Inn.  Mention this discount when reserving.  Not valid on previously booked reservations.

Girls! Girls ! Its Ultimate Girls Night Out in Afton. The theme this month is Happy Spring.  Happy Hour for cocktails and Appetizers at  CURRENT Restaurant.   All Events start at 5pm.  Drink specials at CURRENT Restaurant www.facebook.com/ultimategirlsnightout 651-436-8883

Visit the shops in Afton for special discounts.

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Spring Events in Afton, MN

Spring Fever? Its time to get away to Afton and visit the Historic Afton House Inn, CURRENT Restaurant and the Swirl Wine Bar. We have so many fun eventscoming up.

Ultimate Girls Night Out in April 21st 5-8pm – Register to Wine the Ultimate Girls Bag.
Couples Dinner and Dance Retreat April 26th – dance lessons, dinner, stay and breakfast.
April 20 – Easter Sunday Brunch at the Afton House Inn
May 11th – Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
May 11th – Mother’s Day Brunch at the Inn
May 26th – Memorial Day Weekend Stay discounts

Call for Reservations and details at 651-436-8883
You will fall in love with Afton.
Don’t forget to stop in Swirl Wine Bar for a free wine tasting every Friday at 6:30pm

Visit our website at www.AftonHouseInn.com or StCroixRiverCruises.com for information or pick up the phone and give us a call at 651-436-8883
Happy Spring!

SAVE THE DATE:  Afton Strawberry Festival – June 28th and 29th – more information:  AftonStrawberryFestival.com


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Come Play in Lanesboro – Summer Theatre Season in Full Swing

After nearly 10 inches of rain in May and continued dreary skies into June, I think summer has finally arrived in Lanesboro.  We’re celebrating three consecutive days of sunshine!  With summer comes a new theatre season and a few new arrivals around town.webDowntownMorning

Blythe Spirit opened at the Commonweal Theatre on May 10th and has been receiving great reviews.
Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure opens on June 21 and runs through the end of October.  Enhance your theatre experience by booking a Romance and Relaxation Packageincluding dinner for 2 at the Intermission restaurant.   The theatre is also offering a “Date Night” package including 2 tickets, champagne, gourmet desserts, reserved seating, and concierge service.  Contact the box office at 800 657-7025 for more details.
A number of downtown buildings have under gone a facelift.  Pedal Pushers Cafe has a new fresh look with an updated menu.  Rhino’s Pizza and Subs is now Gil B’s Pizza and Subs with a restored historic store front.  Lanesboro Local has moved 300 feet south and has more space for many new locally produced items.  Amish Experience has expanded to a 2nd store front with new merchandise lines.  Get Fresh Vintage offers a variety of creatively re-purposed articles to tickle your fancy.  Little River General Store has new items for fishermen to take advantage of all the great trout streams near by.
The Root River valley offers fun ways to fill your time away.  In addition to the trail, river sports, shopping, Amish tours and theatre in Lanesboro, you can browse antiques in Harmony or sample win at two wineries within a half hour of Lanesboro each with their own tasting room.

Visit Seed Savers in rural Decorah where you can find great gardening ideas along with a unique supply of heirloom seeds.

Lanesboro is the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.  Your MBBA member inns Scandinavian Inn and Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B are ready to help you have a great time in southeast Minnesota.  We hope to see you soon.

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Mother’s Day Cruise and Brunch Buffet Afton Hudson Cruise Lines and Historic Afton House Inn

TREAT MOM! The Historic AFTON HOUSE INN is offering 40% off any Jacuzzi Room with River Cruise Reservations on Afton Hudson Cruise Lines or at the Historic Afton House Inn. Call 651-436-8883 for Reservations and information on menus.

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