The Great Northern
Many of you guys might not know that I currently call Minnesota my home state. I grew up here, and have spent most of my adult life here as well (aside for a bit of time in NYC). And what you also might not know is that now is the time of year in Minnesota when winter festivities are in full swing. Winter Carnival, Ice Hockey, you name it. My family has a long history in the St Paul Winter Carnival, so needless to say I have been attending its events since a very young age. My grandmother was crowned the queen in 1955, and she is still very active in its events and festivities. As I have aged, its has become a family obligation for me. Something that my sisters and myself attend, with our family, but we don’t think too much about it or it doesn’t hold the wonder that it once used to. Needless to say, there has been a need to revamp Minnesota’s winter culture.
When I first heard about the idea of The Great Northern, I was pretty excited. Minnesota’s very own festival! Something for us to be proud of. And I was even more flattered when I was asked to attend events and help spread the word about it. There was amazing dinners, pond hockey, ice sculptures in the park, and of course my families beloved Carnival events. If you’re local, make sure to check out the events page (this weekend is the last weekend) and go celebrate winter! Its not that bad after all.