hank you to everyone who attended the 2013 festival.
A heartfelt Thank You! to all of the volunteers who spent their Saturday--in 93+ F heat--to make the Festival a great event for an estimated 9-10,000 visitors! We couldn't have done it without the help from so many.
And of course, a special Thank You goes out to the volunteer Naturescape gardeners who work so hard in the background to maintain the beautiful gardens throughout the growing season.
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Monarchs reign over Lake Nokomis celebration (9/10/13) with photos.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, were proud to hold the 2013 Minneapolis Monarch Festival at the Nokomis Naturescape on September 7. It was a hot, but fun day lakeside
The festival offers everything from food, to music, education and art, highlighting the Minnesota - Mexico connection that the Monarch butterfly creates along its migration path.
See the Monarch Festival music vid by the Talismen on YouTube
We had an exciting stage line up for 2013. The day opened with Silva Sol at 10am, followed by Machinery Hill at 11am. At noon, the hugely popular Kalpulli KetzalCoatilcue Aztec Dance group performed in costume (hot dancers!). The afternoon lineup started with RAMM, and its distinctive repertoire of R&B, Rock, Funk, Motown, and Blues. The sound become more Caribbean when Charanga Tropical took the stage with its flute, violins, and Latin rhythm section. The day ended with Salsa del Soul’s high energy Bachata, Plena and Salsa music.
New this year, dance instructors tought guests new dance moves on the portable dance floor at stage right.
Art Activities included ArtOrg's wildly popular printmaking by steamroller (really!); printing with plants; Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; a variety of hands-on activities with Project Art for Nature; Pinata making and more.
There were Monarch butterflies of course. This year citizen volunteers collected eggs and raised butterflies at home for the Festival. 200 Monarchs were tagged (we ran out of tags!) and all were released to begin their amazing 2,300 mile migration from Lake Nokomis to the mountains of Michoacán Mexico where they will spend the winter.
The Kids Butterfly Fun Runs, were a lot of fun this year. A new format for bracketing, and a new course, ensured groups of 30 or less. The Run was sponsored by Univision MN and U Care.
Food was available from seven vendors. Sweet Berry Kitchen, new to the Festival this year, was a hit with their pitchers of ice-cold lemonade. El Burrito Mercado ran out of corn to roast..
Every year, the Festival takes place alongside the Nokomis Naturescape, comprised of a variety of native grass and wildflower gardens which have been certified nationally as a Monarch Waystation. The gardens contain annual and perennial plants that provide habitat and food sources that are essential to the survival of monarch butterflies.
We look forward to seeing you next year at this unique and incredibly fun festival.
For more information or to become involved as a vendor or exhibitor, contact:
Our 2013 Sponsors and Producers
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