It's all about art this fall! The weekend of Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 is the regional self-guided “trip on a tankfull” tour of artist studios, galleries and shops along the upper Minnesota River featuring nearly 40 artisans in 30 studios from Dawson to Montevideo and Ortonville to Granite Falls and all points in between.

If you haven't participated, make plans to visit some of the studios along this route. It's a beautiful fall drive that takes you off the beaten path to some fun, rural locations. Get your brochures at the Chamber office or download online at Every year, the Meander committee keeps track of the visitor numbers and money spent through their "passport" program that gets stamped at each location.

And every year the numbers increase. It's a great boost for our local economy including motels, restaurants, museums and other shops as well as the participating studios. Get your tickets for Musical Chairs on Meander Friday Night, Sept. 29, at the Chamber office or online. This year the progressive dinner will start out at the plaza next to the footbridge with live music. Tickets that include details and timing of the music and locations will be sold for all the food courses rather than pay as you go, cost is $28.

At the same location on Sept. 29 will be the first event of our public art project from 4-7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to bring a small treasure such as shells, rocks, pieces of dishes, jewelry to place in a mosaic that will be a part of the River Voices project . The first of many public meetings for the River Voices project will be held Friday, Sept.15 at 3 p.m., K.K. Berge building at 807 Prentice St. Everyone is welcome to hear the details of the workshops and upcoming plans. On September 14, 7-9 p.m, the Granite Area Arts Council is hosting a special reception with snacks for Minnesota West students and anyone else interested in classes, events and at the K.K. Berge building.

Congratulations to our newest restaurant in Granite Falls, The Rock! Located in the old Bootlegger's location, it's been remodeled and looks great as well as serving great food and drinks. The Rock will be the last stop of the Musical Chairs event but you don't have to wait until then for a great meal, they're open 4 p.m. to midnight every day except Sunday. _________