Arts briefs: Bluegrass festival coming to Washington County park

  • Updated: August 30, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Monroe Station is, from left, David Robinson on banjo, Lisa Fuglie on fiddle, Derek Johnson on guitar, Matt Thompson on mandolin and Mark Anderson on bass.

The annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival will be held at Lake Elmo Park Reserve from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

Blue Hazard plays from 2-3 p.m.; the Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund from 3-4 p.m., and Monroe Crossing from 4-6 p.m.

The festival will be held at the South Picnic Shelter in the 2,200-acre park. The event will feature food vendors, food trucks, merchandise (festival T-shirt), face-painting and more. Dogs are not permitted in the campground or at the festival site.

A valid county parks vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual) is required, but the event is otherwise free.

Park permits may be purchased at any park contact station during regular business hours. For more information on park permits and reservations, see Annual park permits are valid for 12 months at all Washington County, Carver County, and Anoka County parks.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo.

For additional information and festival details, see or call the park contact station at 651-430-8370.


Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ upcoming at Franconia park

Twin Cities theater veterans Harry Waters, Jr. and Barbra Berlovitz will codirect William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” outdoors at Franconia Sculpture Park, Sept. 4, 5, and 6. Show time is 6:30 p.m. to sunset, and guests should arrive by 6 p.m.

The Tempest on Franconia Island is an epic tale of love, magic and forgiveness, with a diverse Twin Cities cast. The classic tale is made larger-than-life by the monumental-scale sculptures at Franconia, several of which will serve as sets for the play. Attendees will be escorted to each set by Franconia staff.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online in advance at:

–11 and is thought by many critics to be the last play Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation.

The Franconia Sculpture Park is north of Scandia on Hwy. 95.


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