Inaugural lineup: Y’all are planning on having a ball

Remind me to think twice the next time I try to get invited to a party.

A week ago I asked you lovely people out there in reader-land to email me with times and locations of the best local inauguration parties. And boy, did you respond. (I’ll clean out my inbox later.) While I won’t be going to Washington or attending one of the dozen or so official inaugural balls, there will still be plenty of partying right here.
To all of you breaking out the bubbly at myriad private parties, have a great (and responsible) time.

And to all the Minnesota school children gathering around TV sets on Tuesday, like the first- and second-graders at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis, pay attention because you’ll be asked about all this ‘nauguration stuff later.
Then there’s the Minnesota DFL, who will put the “P” in party with a host of big bashes promising to be short on speeches and long on fun. Some of their events are free. Some are not. Some are family-friendly and some … well … anyway, they’re all listed here.

The Main Street Inaugural Ball at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, billed as an event for “ordinary people celebrating an extraordinary event,” sounds like the place to be, yah think?
As for me, I’ll be very busy this weekend getting my ‘do done and deciding what to wear. A parka most likely. They’re all the rage this time of year.

While it is virtually impossible to be in two places at the same time, I’m gonna try. So check back here, starting Monday, to see video posts of our party-crashing antics. (Well, in all honesty, if I’m coming to your party you already know about it because I called you and told you so.)
For the rest of you, here are a few more events to consider. All of them are open to the public. Most of them are free, and some start this weekend.
Thanks, by the way, for all your responses. Appreciate it.
Now, party on!
Saturday, Jan. 17

Kids’ Inauguration Party
Scavenger hunt, flag making, kids take “oath of office.”
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Borders bookstore
, 1390 University Avenue W., St. Paul
End of an Error Party
7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Minneapolis Eagles Club #34, 2507 East 25th Street, Minneapolis
$20 or whatever you can afford.
A benefit for St. Stephens Homeless shelter
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Screens big and small will be tuned to the swearing-in ceremony, which starts at 11am. Don’t want to watch alone? Join the crowd at any of these free viewing parties.

University of Minnesota, 140 Nolte Hall, Minneapolis
Preliminary festivities start at 9 a.m. Refreshments.
Other campus viewing locations include Coffman Memorial Union Theater and the St. Paul Student Center Theater.

Parkway Theater
, 4817 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
League of Women Voters
Inaugural pre-commentary and post-discussion
Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
10 a.m.
Later in the day, if you still want to get your party on…
Minnesota Presidential Inauguration Party
Seven the Steak House and Sushi

700 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Bring a non-perishable food item.
Hosted by KFAN’s Henry Lake. Songs by Esera Tuolo. Inauguration rebroadcast on 20 TVs.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 01/16/2009 - 03:06 pm.

    Main Street Ball in Hopkins will be the Hottest place in town, with music, dancing, refreshments, inaugural highlights on the big screen, and a few brief talks to highlight the significance of the event.

    Tickets are still available as of Friday 16 January, as this venue can accommodate over 700.

    Additional information on the event can be found at the MinnPost flyerboard, at least until 1 / 18 / 09.

    MinnPost readers may receive the advance ticket price of $20 per person by sending an RSVP email to: * before 18 January * because we need to have our food order placed then.

    Payment is accepted via cash or check. Main Street Ball is not set up to take credit cards at the door. There is an ATM in Hopkins at Wells Fargo Bank just south of the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

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