An evening snowshoeing and skiing in the moonlight will be held at Itasca State Park on Saturday, February 23, 2013, for our annual Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski event.
This popular family-friendly event provides an opportunity to get out on a trail illuminated by the warm glow of kerosene lanterns. Classic ski or snowshoe at your own pace along the kerosene lantern lit route during this drop-in program. Park visitors can then warm up around a cozy fire at the trail head and roast marshmallows or enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies in the visitor center.
The lantern-lit trail is relatively flat and easy, so that children and beginners can feel comfortable participating. The route follows the South Entrance Road and is illuminated for 1.5 miles or 3 miles round-trip.
Participants can access the route from the parking lot at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. The route will be illuminated from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
This event is free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Vehicle permits ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit) can be purchased at the park.
Ski and Snowshoe events taking place at the park will be lantern lit hike events if there is not enough snow.
For updates, directions to the park, call 218-699-7251 or visit the park’s web page at mndnr.gov.
Music Under the Pines: Eric Bervig and Friends
Gather inside by the fireplaces and enjoy the music of Eric Bervig and Friends as they perform during the Lantern Lit Event at Itasca State Park on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Concert goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby.
With musical influences as wide ranging as the Mississippi River, Eric’s blend of vocal harmony and acoustical wittiness provides a fresh appeal. Prone to wander into territories uncharted he offers up toe-tapping tunes with authentic lyrical depth.