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Every River Town Should Have an Event Like This

April 24, 2013Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Every River Town Should Have an Event Like This

The Great River Gathering, St. Paul’s annual “town dinner” celebrating its connection to the Mississippi River, is coming up quickly,on May 9.

Here are some reasons why this 19th version of the dinner promises to be a “can’t miss” gathering:

  • In addition to being sold out, the RiverWork Exhibit gallery features more than 50 organizations working to make Saint Paul great.  Each of their displays tells a piece of the story of where our city is headed.  If this doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.
  • Following dinner, the program opens with our anthem, Flow River Flow, this year performed by the Real Phonic Band and song in three languages.  With this musical support, we present a  video of the development highlights of 2012.  There is so much to celebrate from the past year.
  • This year’s keynote speaker is Katherine Loflin, who will have been with us for the entire week for the 2nd Annual Placemaking Residency.  Loflin is renowned for her work surrounding resident attachment to their cities, why it matters, and what we can do about it.
  • The 25-30 semifinalists of the $1 million Minnesota Idea Open will be introduced.  Was yours among the 946 ideas submitted?  Perhaps you will be one of the finalists!
  • The evening is capped off with the inspiring words of Mayor Chris Coleman, as he paints the picture for Saint Paul’s future.

Like many other river cities and towns, St. Paul “gets it”: a healthy river is vital to the future of a healthy community, and, just as important, a healthy community is vital to a healthy river.

The Great River Gathering is organized and hosted by the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, which has been in the middle of everything “river-ish” that the city has done for the past 15+ years.  Go to the Riverfront Corporation’s web site to learn more and to register for the Great River Gathering.

Hope to see you there!




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