Join us on May 1st before the conference to explore the Twin Cities through these two guided events. Pre-registration is required. All registrants will be sent a follow up note providing more details about the event. Both events will leave from the Radisson Blu Mall of America.
Dinner and theatre in downtown Minneapolis
May 1, 2018
Timeframe: 4:45 p.m. to 10 pm.
Kick off your trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes with an evening in the Mill District of downtown Minneapolis with dinner and a show alongside the Mississippi River. Join us for a guided evening using the convenient light rail ride from the conference hotel to downtown Minneapolis. The evening will start off with dinner at Spoonriver, a contemporary restaurant that focuses on locally sourced ingredients for American fare with a distinct Minnesota influence. After dinner, the night will continue across the street at the Guthrie Theater with the 7:30 p.m. showing of "An Enemy of the People," Henrik Ibsen's classic play about a Norwegian whistleblower. See the full description of the play, along with directions for purchasing tickets* for the 7:30 pm, May 1.
We look forward to spending the evening celebrating this Minneapolis art and food culture with you.*Please note: Conference attendees wishing to attend the dinner and show will be responsible for purchasing their own light rail or other transportation ($2 to $2.50 one way), theatre tickets ($15 to $59) and dinner will be extra. Please order your tickets early as the Guthrie often sells out.
"An Enemy of the People" tells the story of Dr. Stockmann, who aims to expose dangerous water pollution in a Norwegian spa town's public baths. At first he's seen as a hero, but gradually the whistleblower comes under fire for publicizing a problem that could destroy the town's economy and reputation. Written in 1882, this high-intensity drama has ripped-from-the-headlines relevance today. The story reveals the dangers a single person may face in a quest for truth.
Bikes, Brew and Food Trucks, Too
May 1, 2018
Timeframe: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Did you know that in 2011, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that allowed breweries to serve beer on site? These became known as brewpubs. Since that time, the number of brewpubs in Minnesota has grown significantly. At the same time, there has been a boom in the gourmet food truck industry. These two trends have merged to form a perfect union of great food and craft brews!
Join us on a guided bicycle tour to experience our bike-friendly trails and sample some of the Twin Cities finest local brews and gourmet delights. The tour will last approximately 3 hours. Please dress appropriately for riding. Bike helmets are encouraged and will be available upon request. Please plan to cover the cost of your light rail transportation ($2 to $2.50 one way), Nice Ride bike rental ($6), and food and beverage (approx. $30).