Daily Adventures: Richfield's Fourth of July Celebration, James J. Hill House, and Barn Bluff
- Blog Post by: Tim Kennedy
- July 4, 2013 - 8:24 AM
Monday, July 1
My younger son has loved golf as long as I can remember, though my memory is not so good because he hit me in the forehead with a 3-wood about 5 years ago. I bled through my pores, but that’s a story for another time. It’s a beautiful day to hit the driving range! You should be able to get a bucket of balls for about $5 at your local golf course. Call ahead to make sure they have a set of kids clubs that you can borrow (our course loans them for free) and then swing away. Just make sure there’s plenty of space between your head and their clubs. Down the road, after you feel at home on the range, you can find a family course to take your skills onto the links.
Tuesday, July 2
Independence Day is something special in Richfield. It’s so special that it has its own website (richfield4thofjuly.com). A quick search for richfieldgroundhogsday.com and richfieldaprilfoolsday.com yielded no results, so I guess the Fourth of July tops their holiday heap. Today begins a three-day celebration commemorating our country’s independence from England. Tonight is family night with a kiddie parade at 5:30, a dollar picnic beginning at 6 o’clock, and a movie at 9 pm. Tomorrow brings a car show and street dance, and Thursday wraps it up with another parade, a concert and, of course, fireworks.
Wednesday, July 3
Jimmy Hill sounds like he could be a comedian; Jim Hill a political analyst. James Hill could be found on the bestseller list, while James Jerome Hill might be one of America’s Most Wanted. But James J. Hill is definitely a railroad tycoon. To prove it, he bought three lots on Summit Avenue, St. Paul’s most prestigious street, and built a 36,000 square-foot mansion overlooking his empire. My house could fit inside of his 30 times, so I gotta see this place. A 75-minute tour begins every half-hour beginning at 10 am Wednesdays – Saturdays, and Sundays 1-3:30 pm. They also offer a special “Nooks and Crannies” tour on Tuesdays at 6, 6:30 and 7 pm. Admission for children over 5 is $6; adults pay $9.
Thursday, July 4
Happy Independence Day! Between grilling, watching parades, and lighting up some Sparklers, find some time today to visit the Sanneh Foundation’s website. Sanneh offers free, week-long soccer camps in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Richfield, and Columbia Heights. Included in the camps are three hours of professional instruction per day, snacks, and a t-shirt. I love free t-shirts. Registration is required, and there are four camps starting on Monday, so take a look!
Friday, July 5
I’m guessing that a lot of people have the day off, so it’s a good time to drive down to Red Wing and climb Barn Bluff. Maybe pick up a pair of famous and fashionable Red Wing boots in town, and then hit the trails. The bluff has a number of paths of varying difficulties and lengths that lead to the summit. Bring your camera because the bluff offers postcard views of Red Wing and the Mississippi River. It takes a little over an hour to get there, but you can sell the pictures you take and get rich. Or just enjoy the day with your family. That’s good too.
The Sibley House Historic Site is Minnesota’s first official historic site. Due to the present level of funding, the buildings are open to the public only a handful of days each year. July 6 is one of those days. A program titled, “Building Minnesota: From Territory to Statehood” is offered Saturday at 2 and 3:30 pm. Adults are admitted for $7, children over 5 for $5, and those 5 and under are free.
Also happening this weekend is Free First Saturday at the Walker. This month the theme is “Urban Green.” It looks like you can walk away with a mini compost bin, bee house, and a seed bomb (!). You can also catch a Break Dancing battle at 11 am and 1 pm.
Have fun out there!
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