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Elysian Times - January 2009

From: Petey
Sent on: Monday, January 12, 2009 11:09 PM
January 2009
Definitely Winter!
This time of year, it is always amazing how the days can be so brilliantly bright in full sunshine, and yet it never really warms... Meteorologists say that it is the open sky that makes us so cold - an overcast day might seem gloomy to most, but the cloud cover keeps the heat in, like a blanket. A blanket made of ice crystals suspended floating in the sky.... The Earth itself is also as close to the sun in its yearly orbit as it is ever going to get. So close, and yet so cold!
The days will be getting longer, little by little.

While we are definitely in the midst of that dark part of the year, where everything slows to blackstrap molasses speeds. It IS January. It's cold out there, and it's so much easier to hole up & forget the outside world.
The world goes on.
There are enough shows planned for the near future, that there are even a few tough choices to make (electro or metal?! what to do...). There are a few (very few! but... a few) national acts that have decided to brave the frozen north. And also, a number of our stalwart local bands have not gone completely into hibernation.

And then there is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, with events planned from January 22nd to February 1st. "The Coolest Celebration on Earth" - all the proof the rest of the world needs to see that Minnesotans are, indeed, insane.

A possible Arctic Expedition?
Working out the details :

Bundle up!


Wednesday, January 21st, 7:00pm
at Java J's - 700 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis.

3rd Wednesday of every month.


Field trip!
Saturday, January 31st, to the LeDuc Estate in Hastings.

The LeDuc Historic Estate
William LeDuc was an American Gothic in the early days of Minnesota's settlement. He built his estate on the fringes of Hastings, where it remains preserved as a museum.

If you have children who are not afraid of possibly recieving something resembling education on a day which is not a school day... they are welcome as well.

More information about Hastings :

Hastings isn't THAT far from the 'Cities, but it's out there.
Carpooling to this event is highly recommended.

An so much more...
See here :

You can always eMail me with comments or suggestions, questions, things that ought to be added to the calendar or to the local resources links (in our "About Us" pages), or just to say hey.
- petey

The Twin Cities Elysium Society

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