Written by: Sarah Roberts
“I wish I would have known that was happening!” – Said by everyone that’s lived in Winona for any period of time.
I would not be a good friend to my community if I kept secret the exciting things that are happening at this year’s Frozen River Film Festival. I’m convinced that all of the people who check out these new additions will be sharing with their friends how great they were! But then we’ll have people hollering that they wish they’d known it was happening. If only they’d known! This is a sick cycle that most creative communities have to endure. We just come up with a lot of awesome stuff to do, and in the words of Miss Cyrus, “We can’t stop. We won’t stop.”
These are four of my favorite Frozen River firsts set for this coming festival. They are listed in order of appearance.
Number One: Fat Tire Friday
This year’s Frozen Friday will look a little Fat, and by “Fat” I am referring to the hoard of Fat Bike riders that will be riding from Adventure Cycle to and through Aghaming Park and then back for a beer at Bub’s Brewing Company. Fat Tire Demo Bikes will be available courtesy of WSU Outdoor Education Recreation Center and Adventure Cycle and Ski. Don’t have a bike? You can borrow one! To reserve a demo bike call Adventure Cycle and Ski at 507.4524228. There is a limited supply, so call early! Speaking of not having a bike. FRFF is raffling off a Fat Tire Trek bike, as well as Red Feather Snowshoes and Big Muddy passes. The $20 raffle ticket will automatically get you a free tap beer at Bub’s, as well as 50% off a tune-up at Adventure Cycle, and 50% off any rental with WSU’s Outdoor Education Recreation Center. Connect with us at our new box office spot at the Winona County History Center. Hours are listed here.
Number Two: Tour Island City Brewing Co.
Frozen Friday strikes again! I really could have just listed the entire itinerary for Frozen Friday, because there are new and exciting things happening at multiple locations and we can’t wait for you to see all of the plans. For now though, we’ll just give you a taste. This taste is centered on Winona’s brand new brewery. On Frozen Friday, Island City Brewing Co will offer public tours from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The price of the tour is waived with the purchase of a beer or soda. The tours will give you a behind the scenes look at the brewing process, as well as an education into the science and history of beer-making. I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the place!
Number Three: Volunteer Fair
Engage. Educate. Activate. These are the three words that FRFF chose to represent the purpose and passion of the festival. It just makes sense that there would be a Volunteer Fair at the festival. Approximately twelve different groups, lined up by the River Valley Volunteer Association, will have booths set up in the Atrium on Saturday of the festival. Volunteering is already a fulfilling action, but it hits on another level when you are able to aptly align your specific talents with serving your community. The Volunteer Fair will allow for people to ask questions of the groups and hopefully you will find that perfect match.
Number Four: Digital Humanities
Sunday of the festival will bring storytelling and art to life through the work of digital humanity artists from all over Minnesota. Their works explore art and storytelling integrated with virtual reality, augmented reality, and virtual gaming. Why do I think that Bill and Ted would absolutely love this? Far out, Frozen River, far out.
Written by Sarah Roberts, FRFF Treasurer