Happenings around the Perham area, June 23-July 3

All the latest happenings in the Perham area

The History Museum of East Otter Tail County will launch its 2022 summer history series on Tuesday, June 28 with a 1 p.m. presentation titled "Something Old, Something New," about bridal traditions, fashions and artifacts.
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Thursday, June 23

Live Music: Musician Kyle Colby will perform live at The Cactus in Perham from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Friday, June 24

Cub Scouts Day Camp: Holy Cross Catholic Church in Butler, Minn., is hosting a day camp for registered Cub Scouts entering grades 1-5 this fall. The theme is "Wild, Wild West." The camp will run from 4 to 9 p.m.; to reduce travel, Cub Scouts can stay overnight with a parent (in their tent) for no additional fee. If they choose to participate in the second day it will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The camp is run on an open schedule, so parents and scouts can come and go as they need to.

Empowering Kids Golf Scramble and Bags Tournament: Perham's Lakeside Golf Course will host a golf scramble and bean bag tournament, 4 to 8:30 p.m., with proceeds to benefit the Empowering Kids program. The golf event will be a nine-hole scramble with four-person teams; the bags tournament will feature round robin and bracketed play. Register online at .


Art in Your Park: Green Island Preserve and Retreat of Wadena will be hosting a free Art in Your Park event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., hosted by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. AIYP is free to attend and open to all children in grades K-6. Children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Kids Night In: The Perham Area Community Center will host a night of swimming and movies for kids in grades 1-7, starting at 5 p.m. Kids will swim for 90 minutes, then head upstairs to enjoy a 90-minute movie. Call 218-346-9843 for information on pricing and other requirements.

Saturday, June 25

Beach Yoga: Bell's Resort on Star Lake will host a session of beach yoga at 8 a.m. There is a cost to attend; a limited number of yoga mats are available, so please bring your own if you have one. Class is open to all skill levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Hosted by Perham's B Still Yoga; call 218-205-2955 for more information.

Ruby's Pantry: St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Perham is hosting a pop-up distribution for Ruby's Pantry from 8-10 a.m. For a $22-per-bundle donation, guests will receive an abundance of groceries. There is no income or residency requirement. Guests will need to bring 2-3 totes or baskets to receive their bundle.

Sunday, June 26

Game Day: Perham's Goose Gang and Disgruntled Brewing are teaming up to present an afternoon of fun, food and games from 12 to 2 p.m. at Disgruntled Brewing in Perham.

Connect at the Campfire: Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham will host a night of food, fellowship and fun for the whole family starting at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Visit the website at for more information.

Monday, June 27

Firefly Fields Fundraiser: A fundraiser for Firefly Fields Youth Ranch will take place at the Pizza Ranch in Perham from 5 to 8 p.m. Firefly Fields is a youth ranch located outside Vergas, dedicated to teaching low-income or emotionally stressed children about responsibility, love, hard-work, commitment through animals, especially horses.

Tuesday, June 28

Museum History Series: The History Museum of East Otter Tail County is pleased to present "Something Old, Something New," at the historic museum at 230 1st Ave. North, Perham. This program from the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C., provides an overview of wedding customs and traditions. Enjoy some classic wedding reception refreshments and see some wedding fashions and artifacts from the OTC Museum collection.


Wednesday, June 29

Traditions of Finland: Finnish culture and traditions will be the focus of a 6 p.m. workshop at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. This workshop is in advance of the Culture Center's "Window to the World" travel adventure in Finland, set to take place Sept. 15-26, but it is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Finnish culture, art, language and more. Additional workshops are set for July 27 and Aug. 24. Questions? Call 218-385-3339 or send an email to .

Friday, July 1

Beats and Brews Music Bingo: Perham's Disgruntled Brewing will host a fun evening of music-themed bingo from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants listen to the music and play along on their bingo cards, trying to correctly cross off five corresponding music artists, or four corners to win great prizes. Free to play; kids and pets welcome.

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

International Turtle Races: Perham offers turtle racing every Wednesday, June through August, at Turtle Race Park (next to the Perham Chamber of Commerce), starting at 10:30 a.m. (registration starts at 10 a.m.). Turtles are provided, or bring your own. Suggested donations of $2 per racer help care for the turtles over the summer months. All ages welcome to participate.

Mah Jongg at Calvary Lutheran: Men and women are welcome and play Mah Jongg at Perham's Calvary Lutheran Church on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the library. No prior experience necessary, as experienced players will teach the game to newcomers.

Adult Regional Art Show: The Cultural Center in New York Mills will be hosting an adult regional art show through July 2. The show will feature artists throughout the region exhibiting their best 2D and 3D artwork, with the theme "When the Work is Done." Open to the public. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or .

Sit-n-Stitch: A weekly gathering of fiber artists will be held every Thursday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. Free and open to all.Progressive Bingo: Every Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Thumper Pond, Ottertail.

Glendalough Scavenger Hunt: Beginning June 1, visitors to Glendalough State Park can add some extra fun to their summer experiences with an educational scavenger hunt launched by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. This scavenger hunt is tailored to Glendalough, highlighting 19 different types of birds, mammals, wildflowers, trees and recreational activities that can be found there. The hunts are designed for all ages, but with a special attention to parents of young children. Visit Parks & Trails Council's website at to access the hunt or look for a flyer in the park for more details the next time you visit.

Summer Museum Activities: STEAM into Summer with NASA–approved activities at the Otter Tail County Museum in Fergus Falls, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum received an Earth and Space grant from the National Informal Science Education Network, which enables them to offer STEAM and STEM activities in both English and Spanish versions. The grant provides hands-on activities and games for the whole family, covering topics such as Asteroid Mining, Nebula Spin Art, Orbiting Objects and Space Guess Quest. All activities are free. The Otter Tail County Museum is located at 1110 Lincoln Ave. West in Fergus Falls. For more information call 218-736-6038 or email .


Perham Networking Opportunity: The Nest in Perham will host a one-hour free business networking opportunity on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 8:15 a.m. Personal introductions, sharing of upcoming events and projects, and a focus presentation. Coffee will be provided by the focus topic presenter.

Tuesday Trivia Night: Billy's Corner Bar & Grill in Vergas will be offering Trivia Night every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Open to the public.

Library Storytimes: The Perham Area Public Library hosts preschool storytime every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Toddler Storytime with Becky is held periodically on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. Visit or call 218-346-4892 for more information.

Old Time Photographs: Stop by the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, at 230 First Ave. North in Perham, and take a trip down memory lane. The museum would like the public's help identifying old photos. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 218-346-7676 for more information.

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