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Farmer’s Market by Ann Treacy
August 8, 2010, 3:33 pm
Filed under: St Paul

We have been pretty faithful visitors to the local farmer’s market. We have visited the one in St Paul a couple of times. It’s great for sugar snap peas, sticks of honey, flowers, cucumbers and more. It’s just so nice to be down there in the nice weather and seeing all of the produce. We’re not early arrivals, but we’re very relaxed.

We’ve checked out the Minneapolis market near the Guthrie. It’s nice too – although we got there just about the time it was closing. The area near the Guthrie alone is amazing. You look over the Stone Arch Bridge and the new 35W.

Great visit with old friends by Ann Treacy
August 8, 2010, 3:30 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Our friends Camille and Andrew were in town. Woo hoo! We had a great time. We had an amazing time at the Sample Room and then the new Kieran’s. The next day we met up at the Lower Town Arts Festival. Our friends moved to California two years ago. While we’re sad they are gone it was so much fun to hear how much they like it and how good the move has been for everyone. Now we’re making plans to visit them soon!

The Bakken by Ann Treacy
August 8, 2010, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

The girls and I went to the Bakken with Uncle Billy. We are kinds of spoiled about the Bakken and our fakey Catholic school holidays so we were not pleased to have to share our private museum. But it was fun. Uncle Billy was the mind ball master. Lunch at Snuffy’s after was the least healthy – most tasty meal I’d had in a while.

Pilates in the Park by Ann Treacy
August 8, 2010, 3:25 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Yup sometimes we do exercise. My favorite Pilates trainer Suzy Levi offered free Pilates in the Park. It was on the top of the Ramsey Hill (where Summit Avenue turns). The view is beautiful – you can look across the Mississippi and see downtown. An eagle flew over us. Grandma, the girls and I went – and you know who the sleeper Pilates natural is? Aine.

The Guthrie by Ann Treacy
August 8, 2010, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

First Patrick and I went to see A Streetcar Names Desire. I didn’t know the story and had never seen the movie. It was very good. It is a great place to see a show.

One day we all went for the kids’ day at the Guthrie. We got to hike all around the theater. It was fun to talk to the costume person. The work they had done for some of the costumes was so amazing ad detailed. Then the necklace was held together with a safety pin. I was delighted to see that some of my wardrobe is so Guthrie-like.

We got our pictures taken in the Little House on the Prairie costumes.

Bike Festival by Ann Treacy
August 8, 2010, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

We went one weekend to the Fat Tire Bike Festival. Patrick and the girls got to ride some tricked out bicycles. But the best part was the sword swallower. You can ask Aine about it any time and she’ll tell you. The guy swallowed a sword that had to be 3 feet long. Kinda creepy, kinda cool. Also on stage were some burlesque-type performers. That may have been Patrick’s favorite part – again kinda creepy. We kind of lost him when they were up on stage but we found him again later exactly where we left him staring up and drooling.

The Minneapolis Walker by Ann Treacy
August 8, 2010, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

OK I’ve been a total slug about the blog since we’ve been home. Partially because I’ve been so busy with work; partially because it’s about 400 degrees here and we have no air conditioning and that does not lend to computer work. But I’m in the car and have a chance to catch up…

The Walker! We have been there a few times in our month home. They have really great activities. Aine, Kate and I went one Saturday morning to make our 3D map additions. The Walker was creating a big 3D map in the field next to the gallery. Kate and Aine each created pigs from the State Fair, which we then got to post on the map.

A different day we went to see some bands outside. It was produced by the Walk Teen Council, but there were a few families. We had fun playing with the hula hoops and thing in the outdoor space. The girls even participated in a big art project where Aine and Kate answered question about their community and told about a place they wanted to go. Kate said Cost Rica, which was no surprise. Aine said Pennsylvania. The was news to us.

We also got to hike around the Sculpture Gardens with our cousin Will – well really Will is maybe the girls’ second cousin, or cousin once removed but we’re going with cousin.

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