Just in time for the holidays, the Ives has scheduled five family-friendly holiday shows—including music and variety shows—sure to please.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Ives

November 1, 2018

Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center is excited to announce five family-friendly shows guaranteed to make your holiday season bright. So sit back and learn more about our three musical treats, two entertaining variety shows and a children’s play.

Musical Treats for the Holidays

Christmas with the Niskas

Starting on December 1st (at 3:00 pm) “Christmas with the Niskas” features brothers Kurt and Terry, along with Kurt’s wife Lorie. Kurt and Terry have been singing together since they were teenagers. While in college at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Kurt met and later married fellow singer Lorie Carpenter. Since then, The Niskas have been a trio. On December 1st, celebrate the season with The Niskas’ indie-folk stylings of songs old and new, featuring their signature silky-smooth blend in a holiday inspired program of music and memories from their family to yours.

Here’s a sample:

SimpleGifts SimpleGifts featuring Billy McLaughlin is back for the second year in a row on December 18 (shows at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm) with their amazing Celtic-flavored “Christmastide” show. Formed in 2001, SimpleGifts takes its Celtic focus from group members’ Irish heritage, and maintains a high-quality, authentic sound. With a violin, Celtic whistle, keyboard, percussion and acoustic guitar (as well as three ethereal vocalists), SimpleGifts creates both a modern, yet Old World sound. The goal of SimpleGifts, Billy asserts, is to “bring the joy” of the season and a sense of community to its audiences. Don’t miss this unique holiday gift!

Here’s a sample:

Minnesota Jazz Orchestra

To close out 2018, the acclaimed Minnesota Jazz Orchestra will be back December 31st at 7:00 pm for the third year with their new show, “MJO Live: Vegas Variety New Year’s Eve.” Directed by Craig Thrane—a veteran of U.S. Army and National Guard bands—MJO began in the late 1990s. Members of the talented 16-piece band (plus accomplished vocalists) include proven professionals with miles of road experience. This year, vocalists Gregg Marquardt and Reeves Cary will be back to recreate the magic of crooners like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

Below MJO plays “Mack the Knife.”

Holiday Variety Show


Closer to Christmas, a new show comes to us on December 22 (performances at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm) all the way from Medora, North Dakota. During the summer, Medora is home to the Medora Musical show. Starting in 2015, to commemorate the Musical’s 50th anniversary, cast members mounted a traveling Christmas variety show. As it’s now known, “A Magical Medora Christmas” is a heart-warming variety show featuring past and current Medora Musical cast members, including singers, magicians and other performers. A sample of what you’ll see is in the video below.

For Children of All Ages

Little Red Riding Hood artEspecially for children and their adults, Sidekick Theatre is running a 65-minute musical version of “Little Red Riding Hood” on December 9, 23, 27 and 28. As you might expect, Little Red Riding Hood travels into the forest with holiday treats for grandma. While there she meets a charming wolf named Walter. Will she reach her grandmother’s safely? Or will the sly wolf distract her from her journey? Join Little Red as she tries to outwit the sly wolf and discovers that magical powers extend beyond the enchanted forest. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are just $9.50 each (including sales tax and fees).

Whether you are looking for holiday music, variety or a children’s play, we have it covered this December. Find individual tickets for all shows at www.masonicheritagecenter.org/events or call 952-948-6506; groups of 10 or more should call 952-948-6524.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Ives

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