‘Three sisters’ event slated

BLUE EARTH — Rural Renaissance Project will hold a kickoff event Friday and Saturday for its pilot project at the “three sisters” buildings in downtown Blue Earth.

Rural Renaissance is a nonprofit group aimed at bringing creative and entrepreneurial opportunities to rural communities.

Plans for the Three Sisters redevelopment include a wine and coffee bar, art gallery, bakery, tech company, and more.

The launch party and open house will take place during Giant Days. RRP must raise $1 million of the $2.5 million for its capital campaign before construction can begin, as negotiated in a development agreement with the Blue Earth City Council.

Events Friday will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Attendees can enjoy appetizers, drinks and live music, as well as a pop-up art gallery, Q&A staff panel, and prize drawings through the evening. Renderings of the future site will be available for viewing.

Mini tours of the “three sisters” buildings, samples and demonstrations will be offered from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, with the “Ag Twitter All-Stars” event beginning at 2 pm. Staff will be available to answer questions and walk guests through the blueprint for the buildings.

All events will be hosted at the “three sisters” buildings at 130 S. Main St.

Rural Renaissance Project says it is a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that leverages the framework of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to invest in the success of rural communities. Programming is rooted in the following five pillars: technology, arts, local foods, health and wellness, and sustainable infrastructure such as internet, water and energy.

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