Howl at full moon tonight

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Howl at the full moon tonight during the Fun Moon Walk at Coldwater.

 

On June 15, 2011 there will be 15 hours and 35 minutes of daylight. Although not visible here, there will be a total lunar eclipse, where the moon passes in front of the center of the Earth’s shadow.

 

The traditional group howl will begin at sunset which will be at 9:01 p.m. (23-minutes later than last month with the lengthening day) and at moonrise which will be at 9:08 p.m. (16-minutes earlier than last month).

 

John Slade will be speaking on spirit and politics. Slade is an organizer with MICAH, working with congregations in the Twin Cities to create solutions to the affordable housing crisis.

 

The Coldwater area is located along the Mississippi River gorge above the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Coldwater park land includes the bluff-top greenway and wildlife corridor that stretches from Fort Snelling through Minnehaha Park. It is considered a sacred place by the Native Americans.

 

If you can’t make it tonight, drop by an informal gathering that the Friends of Coldwater hold each Friday at 2 p.m. “Whether you come for the beauty, for the rich history, or for spiritual rest and renewal, enjoy an hour at the Spring,” urge representatives. “Learn more about the birthplace of Minnesota, and enjoy the beauty and peace of 10,000 year-old Coldwater Spring.”

 

More at http://friendsofcoldwater.org.

 

GET TO COLDWATER

Coldwater Spring is located about 1.5 miles south of Minnehaha Falls on the Mississippi River bluff. From Hwy 55 in south Minneapolis turn east (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right and drive drive South on the frontage road for 1/2-mile past the parking meters, through the cul-de-sac and the gates, and past the abandoned buildings. Follow the curvy road left and then right down to the pond, next to the great willow tree beside Coldwater reservoir.

 

ABOUT COLDWATER

• Coldwater, about a mile south of Minnehaha Falls (flowing at 100,000 gallons per day), is the last spring of size in the Twin Cities.

 

• In addition to being a living geological museum, Coldwater was a traditional gathering place for Native American tribes of the upper Mississippi that used spring water for specific ceremonies requiring sacred water in a sacred landscape.

 

• The powerful Dakota god of waters and the underworld is said to dwell at Coldwater Spring.

 

• Coldwater became the birthplace of Minnesota when army troops camped around the spring (1820-23) and mined limestone bluffs to build Fort Snelling. Coldwater furnished water to Fort Snelling for 100 years.

 

• Minnehaha Falls is about a mile north of Coldwater Spring. Both are on the Mississippi River bluff that forms the only true river gorge on the entire 2,350-mile length of the Mississippi.

 

• Video of history at http://friendsofcoldwater.org/articles/2008/vid/susu/tour0308.html

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