What follows is a list of upcoming events of interest to members of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club. Some are sponsored by the Bungalow Club and some are not.

The Twin Cities Bungalow Club presents:

Bungalow Club Social and Picnic

Wabun Picnic Pavilion C
Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis
For members and their guests
RSVP requested

Back by popular demand! Our summer gathering, last held in 2015, returns with the same ingredients of shade, socializing and scrumptious food.

Mark the evening of Tuesday, August 15, on your calendar and plan to join us in Minnehaha Park in southeast Minneapolis. We’ll have a spread of sandwich fixings, salads, cold drinks and desserts. This year we’ll also have croquet sets and a beanbag toss set up for a little old-fashioned picnic fun. And each attendee will walk away with a summer-in-a-bungalow-themed souvenir!

As always, we’ve invited business owners who advertise in our newsletter to bring printed information about their services. It’ll be an informal way to talk with them and ask questions about their products and services. They’re great people!

So that we can turn in an approximate head count to our caterer, please send an RSVP by August 10 to or leave a message at 612-724-5816. You’re welcome to bring non-club members along. It’s also fine if you decide to come at the last minute even if you haven’t responded, but help us out with an RSVP if you can.

Wabun Picnic Area PavilionThe social and picnic will take place at the Minnehaha Park, Wabun Picnic Pavilion C. You can download a map of the area at Print a copy of the map (or bookmark it on your smartphone’s browser) to help you find Pavilion C on the day of the picnic. Allow extra driving time due to roadwork near the park.

Minnesota Historical Society Events

The venerable Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) usually has dozens of events scheduled for the coming months. Visit the MNHS website for additional details.

WWI soldier.WWI America
Saturday, April 8 through Monday, September 4, 2017
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

The World War I era—1914 to 1919—was a transformational time for America. The nation emerged as a confident global superpower while deep divisions and conflict at home threatened to tear the nation apart.

This major new exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society opens during the centennial of America’s involvement in WWI. Through original artifacts, images, voices, music, interactives and multimedia, WWI America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans during a transformational era in our history.

  • Explore themes and major movements in depth—from immigration, racial politics, women’s suffrage, the Great Migration, Prohibition and the 1918 influenza pandemic, to daily life and popular culture.
  • View dozens of original artifacts from museums around the country, including a WWI machine gun, a deck chair from the RMS Lusitania, President Woodrow Wilson’s hat, and Houdini’s handcuffs.
  • Discover stories of the legendary and unsung Americans who shaped our history, from pacifists to presidents.
  • Discover how the war transformed our nation into a world leader—at a time when our country was split by divisions over citizenship, nationhood and identity that are strikingly relevant now.

Minnesota State Capitol Minnesota State Capitol Tours

Tour an architectural masterpiece by influential architect Cass Gilbert. From its grand stairs to its historic legislative chambers to the public works of art surrounding the building, there’s always something to see at the State Capitol. The building is considered an architectural masterpiece and holds a special place in Minnesota’s history. You can tour with a guide or on your own.  And don’t forget the Grand Opening Celebration in August!

Minnesota State Capitol  interior1. Free Guided Tours

June 10 – December 31, 2017
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Take a free guided tour to see the restoration effort up close and get an overview of Capitol history, art, architecture and state government. Tours leave at the top of the hour and last 45 minutes. Reservations required for groups of 15 or more. Call 651-259-3003 or 1-844-667-8679.

2. Self-Guided Tours

The Capitol is open to the public daily. You can find a suggested itinerary for viewing the Capitol at

Minnesota State Capitol staircase3. Grand Opening Celebration

Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13, 2017
A unique, historic and truly Minnesotan three-day event will commemorate the completion of the $310 million historic restoration of the State Capitol, the Minnesotans who made it possible, our rich diversity, and our shared future.
View the full weekend schedule and get tickets at

Governor's ResidenceSummer Tours of the Governor’s Residence

Minnesota Governor’s Residence
1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Reservations encouraged, particularly for large groups
Information: 651-201-3464

Governor's Residence foyerThe 2017 summer tour season at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence began in June, opening doors to the public on June 13. The Residence will be open on additional Tuesdays in June, July and August. Reservations are welcomed and encouraged for all group sizes, with walk-ins accepted based on availability. Grounds and gardens are open to the public until 1 p.m. on tour days.

There is no fee for the tour, but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, as the Governor’s Residence is a drop site for Second Harvest Heartland.

Red Wing Pottery.Red Wing Collectors Society’s Annual Convention

Minnesota State College Southeast
308 Pioneer Rd., Red Wing, MN
Information: 800-977-7927

Buy, sell and learn about the beautiful pottery pieces created by the potteries in Red Wing, Minnesota. The RWCS convention is the premier place to find Red Wing pieces to start or add to your prized collection.

The RWCS is the largest collectors’ society in the nation and more than 1200 members attend this event. Some events are for members only but many are open to the public.  For example:

  • Pottery Show and Sale: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8. Over 150 tables selling Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery.
  • Pottery items on sale in the Pottery Place parking lot.
  • Houghton’s auctions at The Bluffs Bar & Grill, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 4 and 5. (See ad online at

booth from 2017 show“From Mission to Modern”
18th Annual 20th Century Art and Design Show and Sale

Progress Center Building
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul
Admission $7

From mission to modern all in one show. The 20th Century Art and Design Show and Sale “From Mission to Modern” features antique and contemporary furniture and accessories from the American Arts & Crafts movement and Mid-Century design. From Stickley to Eames, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

The Twin Cities Bungalow Club will be there, too. Look for our table to check out membership benefits. 

Grove Park InnThe 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference

Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Since 1988, the Grove Park Inn and Bruce Johnson have hosted the National Arts & Crafts Conference and Shows, showcasing the country’s finest seminar speakers, recognized experts, reputable antiques dealers, educational tours, workshops and discussions, as well as respected artists and skilled artisans from across the country (a total of more than 130 exhibitors) plus the most enthusiastic group of collectors anywhere. This conference is limited to 1500 people, so reserve early!

photo of pottery planterThe Beginnings of Modernism: British Design, 1870–1910

Wells Fargo Center
90 South 7th St., Minneapolis

In U.S. and European decorative arts, Britain led the way in modern design. Designers and makers who were part of the English Arts & Crafts movement wanted to provide handmade—and often luxurious and expensive—alternatives to mass-produced goods. Standards were set and maintained by the Guild of Handicraft led by Charles Robert Ashbee. London department store Liberty’s of London sold handmade and unique objects made by British craftsmen and women. This exhibition shows the dominance of Britain during this era.

Photo of woman and man fixing a toy.Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics

Hennepin County Environmental Services

Sewing machine won’t sew? Toaster won’t toast? Toy helicopter won’t fly? Don’t throw it out! Bring your broken household appliances, electronics, mobile devices, toys and clothing in need of repair to a Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic.

Skilled volunteers will provide free, guided assistance to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix these items. Bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job.

You will learn valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Events are first come, first served.

Photo of two men fixing a phone.Fix-It Clinics are held monthly at locations throughout the county. More details and upcoming dates and locations available online.

Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Events are first come, first served.

Volunteer fixers are needed to make this initiative a success. Volunteers should have skills in soldering, electronics and electrical repair, computer repair, sewing, or general tinkering, and have a strong desire to teach and empower people.

Contact Nancy Lo at or 612-348-9195 with questions or to volunteer.

Free Fix-It ClinicsRamsey County Fix-It Clinics

Ramsey County residents who have broken household items can now get them repaired for free at monthly Fix-It Clinics being held at libraries and other civic buildings. Items to bring include electronics, clothing, appliances, light fixtures, and other items “small enough to carry.”

Started in July 2015, the clinics are managed by the Ramsey County Public Health Department and follow a successful program underway in Hennepin County.

Photo of items needing repair.The clinics will be held one Saturday a month in 2016 at various locations. Details available online. If you can troubleshoot repairs for broken items, consider volunteering at a Fix-It Clinic. Volunteer fixers who have skills in soldering, electronics repair, electrical repair, sewing, wood working and general tinkering are essential to making the clinics successful. Email or call 651-266-1199 for details and to sign up.

Preservation Alliance of MinnesotaClasses Offered by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) offers classes in four series—Homeowner, Professional, Old Home Certified and Community. From hands-on workshops to behind-the-scenes tours, from state-approved continuing education to specialized courses, PAM delivers unique and unparalleled preservation-based education.

Photo of 3 windows.Bungalow Club members will be especially interested in the Homeowner series. Classes and workshops such as “Repairing Old Windows” and “Refinishing Wood Floors” will help you better understand and maintain your home.

Check the PAM website (under the “Services” tab) for the listing of upcoming classes and workshops. Whether you’re discovering how to identify an architectural style, drain a radiator or use historic tax credits, PAM makes it easy to sign up for an affordable learning experience. PAM members receive a 15 percent discount on classes!