A Chocolate Fantasy, Sweetheart Grams and more coming to Becker County Museum this month
From now through the middle of February, Detroit Lakes residents, businesses and community organizations will be caught up in the spirit of celebrating all things winter, as Polar Fest takes over the community for a 12-day run from Thursday, Feb. 7 through Monday, Feb. 18 — and the Becker County Museum is no exception.
Starting with the Grand Lighting Ceremony for King Isbit's Royal Courtyard and Palatial Playground on Thursday, the museum will be opening a new exhibit in the Royal Courtyard that will include historic photographs of "favorite winter activities and winter festivals from Becker County's past and present," says museum director Becky Mitchell.
Drawing on the success of last year's ice harvesting exhibit at the Pavilion, this exhibit will also include "an homage to ice harvesting," Mitchell added — but unlike last year, the new exhibit will be housed inside a heated trailer rather than the chilly confines of the Pavilion, which isn't really built for winter use.
The exhibit will be staffed by a combination of museum employees and Polar Fest volunteers, she said — and there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.
"We need a lot of volunteers to be Royal Guards," Mitchell said, adding that anyone can sign up to work a two-hour shift during Polar Fest, whether as individuals or in groups. Volunteers can sign up anytime at the website, www.iceharvestDL.org, by clicking on the "Get Involved" link at the top of the page.
"Businesses and organizations can also arrange for a block of time to volunteer as a group, by calling the museum anytime between now and Feb. 7," Mitchell said (the museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but closed on Sundays and Mondays).
Also new for this year's Polar Fest celebration, the museum will be hosting a "Chocolate Fantasy" fundraiser on Valentine's Day — Thursday, Feb. 14 — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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