Itasca's four s's... Stories, songs, skiing and snowshoeing set for lantern-lit event Jan. 12
Storytelling, songs, snowshoeing and (cross country) skiing... yes, Itasca State Park's Jan. 12 festivities are being brought to you by the letter "s."
Yet it's not a visit from the characters of Sesame Street, but rather, the park's annual Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe event, which is once again being held in conjunction with some fun indoor activities, starting with a 4 p.m. storytelling session featuring Park Rapids writer and retired teacher Steve Maanum at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
Maanum's hour-long presentation will be followed by the main event, where outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy a little evening jaunt along a 1.5-mile trail lit by kerosene lanterns, located along the park's south entrance road, anytime between 5 and 7:30 p.m. A campfire will also be crackling merrily near the trailhead for visitors to enjoy — and they can even roast some free marshmallows while they're there.
And finally, guests can come back inside the Visitor Center at 6 p.m. for a "Music Under the Pines" concert featuring acoustic folk and alt-country musician Lori Goulet Reich.
All of these activities are free and open to the public, though a state park visitor's permit is required.