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."

The path to the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center will be lit by kerosene lanterns during the park's annual Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe event, which gets underway at 5 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 12. (Minnesota DNR photo)

The path to the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center will be lit by kerosene lanterns during the park's annual Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe event, which gets underway at 5 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 12. (Minnesota DNR photo)

A single kerosene lantern lights this portion of the Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe trail at Itasca State Park, as a campfire crackles merrily in the distance. (Minnesota DNR photo)

A single kerosene lantern lights this portion of the Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe trail at Itasca State Park, as a campfire crackles merrily in the distance. (Minnesota DNR photo)

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. 

There will be a campfire blazing merrily at the trailhead for Itasca State Park's annual Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe event, which gets underway at 5 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 12. Visitors can bring their own hot dogs and fixings for s'mores, and there will be free marshmallows provided for roasting as well. (Minnesota DNR photo)

There will be a campfire blazing merrily at the trailhead for Itasca State Park's annual Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe event, which gets underway at 5 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 12. Visitors can bring their own hot dogs and fixings for s'mores, and there will be free marshmallows provided for roasting as well. (Minnesota DNR photo)

Hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers are all welcome to hit the trail for next Saturday's Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe event at Itasca State Park. The 1.5-mile trail is located south of the park entrance. (Minnesota DNR photo)

Hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers are all welcome to hit the trail for next Saturday's Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe event at Itasca State Park. The 1.5-mile trail is located south of the park entrance. (Minnesota DNR photo)

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