The weather outside may not show it yet, but spring has sprung at the Becker County Museum, which will be hosting a plethora of gardening and spring-themed events this weekend in Detroit Lakes.

The 2nd Annual Detroit Lakes Art Crawl is set for this Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21, and in conjunction with that, the museum will once again be offering its Downtown History Tours on both Friday and Saturday.

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"We will have tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days," says Buermann. "Tickets are required, and because space is limited (approximately 12 people per tour), they must be purchased in advance, for $5 each."

Each ticket holder will receive a free souvenir brochure that includes photos and historical information about Detroit Lakes' downtown, she added.

"We will be walking south down Washington Avenue, from Veterans Memorial Park to the library, and back again on the opposite side of the street," Buermann added, noting that the tour is about one hour in length. "We will highlight the history of the buildings, the architecture, and talk about some of the businesses that have come and gone. All ages are welcome on this tour."

Also on Saturday morning, from 10 a.m. to noon, the museum will be hosting its monthly Family Day, with planned activities that the entire family can enjoy together.

"This month's theme is 'Painting Pots and Planting Seedlings'," Buermann said. "Participants will be marbling clay pots, then planting in them, with seedlings from Bergen's.

"We will provide the pots, the paint and the plants, and clean up the mess afterwards," she added.

Cost to participate is $10, and includes two pots and two seedling plants to take home, along with enough painting and gardening supplies to complete the project. Seating and supplies are limited, so please contact the museum in advance to reserve your spot, Mitchell said.

Coming attractions

The museum's final scheduled event for the month of April will be its "Happy Hour History" presentation on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. This month's presentation will be the second of three planned events focusing on the "Leading Ladies of Becker County."

"This month's speakers are Janet Green, Amy Stoller Stearns and Sharon Sinclair," said Mitchell. "Admission is a free will offering, but because this is 'happy hour,' you will be able to purchase one drink and one appetizer for $8."

The event will be catered by La Barista, and is open to the public.

May's Brown Bag Lunch presentation will feature local resident John Hovdenes, who will be highlighting the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. This presentation will take place at noon on Wednesday, May 9, and admission is free; those who wish to reserve a catered lunch for $8 must do so no later than 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

Next up is a new event, "Tea & Coffee at the Museum," which is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, May 18. This monthly discussion will take place in round table format, with a different history-related topic set for each discussion, said Mitchell.

"The first discussion will focus on Becker County's main streets," she added, noting that area residents are encouraged to come and help "fill in the gaps" of information about the county's past, by telling some stories about their hometown's downtown - the kind of stories that won't be found in any history book.

And last but not least, May's Family Day activities are set for Saturday, May 19, Buermann said. "We'll be helping families create their own photo tile magnets," she said.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for upcoming events, please call 218-847-2938 or stop by the museum (714 Summit Ave.) during its regular hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can also visit the museum's web page, www.beckercountyhistory.org, or check out its Facebook page for updates on future exhibits and events.