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There seems to be a negative perception of Fargo in the summer. Allow us to clear the air because there are, in fact, quite a few things to do around our neck of the woods! We may not have a lake in walking distance, but we do have a Family Fun Park, pools, golf courses, an escape room and a trampoline park on the less-than-sunny days, and of course the summertime festivals that we plan around. Need a calendar? We’ve got you. At least for the month of June, we do. We don’t want to overwhelm you with all the Fargo goodness in one post. We’ll save the July happenings for a more suitable time – stay tuned!
Happy Harry’s RibFest – June 6-9th
Held in the FARGODOME parking lot, this event truly kicks off the summer with award-winning ribs and entertainment for all ages. Here’s a breakdown:
- Wednesday, June 6th - Guests are able to enjoy lunch from 11 am – 1 pm with free parking! Games Galore will have entertainment provided for the kids, and starting at 7:15, The Mastersons will kick off the evening as headliners to Steve Earle & The Dukes at 9:00!
- Thursday, June 7th – Take your coworkers out to lunch between 11 am and 1 pm, and head back over to hear Ultrasound and Stephen Pearcy rock out the evening.
- Friday, June 8th – Picking up on the trend? Get some ribs for the third day day this week and celebrate Friday! Entertainment? Paradise Kitty to kick off the night, followed by ThundHERstruck at 9:00!
- Saturday, June 9th – Lunch, door prizes, Penny & Pals, and Games Galore to enjoy with the family, and the one and only Joe Nichols to end the 22nd Happy Harry’s RibFest!
Restaurant Week – June 7-16th
New York City began “Restaurant Week” in the 90s, and Fargo welcomed the idea in 2014. With positive feedback, they’re bringing it back for the fourth year! What is “Restaurant Week” exactly? It’s an opportunity for participating restaurants to create menus offered at a discounted price! Take part in the photo contest, check out the participating restaurants, and get your stretchy pants on – it’s go time. Check it out here!
West Fargo Cruise Night – June 21st
Photo from West Fargo Pioneer
Who doesn’t love gawking over classic cars on a summertime stroll? It’s not the 1950s, but it might as well be on June 21st! Take the family to check out Sheyenne Street in West Fargo, and enjoy a summer evening in Fargo. Read more about it here!
Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival – June 22-23rd
Photo from FargoMoorhead.org
If you’re not a Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo native, I’m willing to bet you read the second word in that title and your brain then skipped over to the word “Viking.” Am I wrong? Being a Scandinavian community, we are obligated to celebrate it accordingly. From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both Friday and Saturday, come out to the Hjemkomst Center to find the Nordic Marketplace, a Viking Village, and so much more!
StreetsAlive! – June 24th
“One day to ditch the cars, grab the kids and get moving!” StreetsAlive! encourages families to get out and get active by taking part in a vast array of activities right downtown. Exhibitors have booths scattered throughout the bike route showcasing different healthy opportunities that their organizations provide. Other booths have fun active play or healthy eating activities; and it wouldn’t be a downtown affair without some local art, food, and goodies. Get involved here!
If these events aren’t quite up your alley, take some time to check out the new ice cream shops downtown! Or, enjoy a day at Thunderroad Family Fun Park. Or, soak up the sun, relax, and enjoy a day at the pool. There’s never a dull moment, and any place is what you make of it. Stays tuned for July and try to keep up with this fun, active community we know and love!
April showers bring May flowers, and a plethora of big events. May is a special month that recognizes mothers, graduates, and it also happens to be a pretty popular month for weddings (or leading up to some). Our lives seem to get busier during the month of May, and it can be hard to celebrate those people accordingly with this month presenting all of these events! You may be coaching yourself through this month with reminders like this:
“I have to pick up flowers for my mom, but she doesn’t like gifts so maybe I’ll just get her a card. But she deserves a small mansion and a personal masseuse, how will flowers and a card suffice?"
"Okay, my little sister graduates this month. When did that happen? I was just changing her diapers and she still has to go through an awkward phase. We’ve gotta make this the best graduation ever!"
"I have to get something for all of the weddings I have this summer! What’s a unique gift I can give them to commemorate this special day?”
May – it’s a month of recognition, preparation, a reintroduction to the sunshine we’ve missed so much, and (we’ll say it) - stress. We want to celebrate these people and these occasions with as much pizazz as we can! Sometimes, it’s hard to think outside the usual “flowers, card, and candle” routine. This is where your pals at FargoStuff can help you out! Let’s start with your little sister’s graduation, shall we?
Grad Party Package
As you may know, FargoStuff has a sister! Well, a sister company, that is – Office Sign Company. A sister company involves two separate businesses that are owned and operated by the same parent. With that, we have the opportunity to do some cross referencing. Similar to how we do with other local businesses, even if they aren’t our sister company. We like to share the Fargo love and all the fun this city has to offer. For this specific blog, however, it’s a perfect time to introduce a package that Office Sign Company is offering for graduation open houses!
For the first year ever, Office Sign is offering a Grad Party Package to help make your graduate’s open house the best party on the block. This package includes a selfie frame, photobooth props, a personalized return label, open house yard sign, grad banner, and save the date magnets! The best part is these items are all customizable, which makes a great momentum for your graduate. For more information about this package, visit their site!
Did you know that National Tassel Day is May 17th? Along with that, are you surprised that there is a national day for a stringy decoration worn on your head? Neither am I. Regardless, there is a more profound meaning to that tassel worn atop of that grad cap. Being able to turn it from right to left is a big moment for graduates. Seeing as how FargoStuff likes to celebrate all the National Days applicable, we’d like to extend an exclusive offer of 10% off the following gift items! Using the promo code GRAD18, shower your graduate with the praise they deserve because they did it; and by jiminy they deserve a little Fargo love!
The Places You’ll Far-Go, Gift Basket
Dr. Seuss said it best, “Oh, the places you’ll go!” You probably said this to your graduate when he or she was a baby; you said it to them when they turned their high school graduation tassel, and you’ll say it again when they turn their college graduation tassel. You’ll say it when they make their first big move, take on their first job, and embark on their own journey. The name says it all.
As a fun way to celebrate them, this gift basket comes complete with the famous “Moscow, London, Paris, Fargo” t-shirt, some local Three Bears Honey, a GO FAR yeti-style travel, mug, and locally produced Twenty Below coffee and Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels. Take 10% off this basket and surprise your graduate with some local goodness.
When graduation passes, the real world arises; and if your graduate is looking for an office job, this customizable portfolio will help them look the part! The design displayed includes the Bison logo, as we are licensed to sell NDSU Bison apparel and merchandise, but you’d prefer a different design let us know! Give us a call or send us an email, and we will be happy to walk you through your order with a customized design. Bear in mind, however, we are only licensed to reproduce NDSU’s logo. If you’d like another design, you can count on us. Take 10% off with the promo code GRAD18!
Bamboo Travel Mug
Cheers! You graduated! Now it’s time for some regular 8:00 am days rather than your 8:00 am class once a week. Which, we all know what tough to wake up for at that point. Gift your graduate with this Fargo engraved bamboo travel mug so they can start their work day with a hot cup of joe. If you’ve been following the pattern, congrautlations because you can take 10% off of these mugs as well with the promo code GRAD18.
Congratulate your graduates, celebrate your mothers, and prepare for a plethora of weddings and perfect your dance moves for those receptions. May is a busy month and we wish you the best of luck! Take advantage of these deals, as they will only be valid until Monday, May 28th! Stay tuned for gift ideas to come for those summer weddings. Cheers!
Sweet summertime is approaching! Seeing as how Fargo gets a limited amount of time in the upcoming weather, we have to take advantage of all the next few months have to offer: the lake breeze, the smell of hamburgers grilling, and of course the plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy. That being said, take advantage of the delicious food available from our local food trucks this summer! They come out in the late spring and leave us early fall. It’s only necessary to get your fill while you can.
So, what food trucks are available and where can I get this tasty food? Not to worry, we’ve done our research. With the help of our handy-dandy tool Yelp, here are the top 5 food trucks to try this summer!
1.) Taco Bros. Food
Guess who’s back (back, back, back again)? The one and only, Taco Bros. The hype is nothing to take lightly with these guys. This food truck can be found at 400 Roberts Street in downtown Fargo. They are open Monday through Saturday for two shifts: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and they’re back at it again for the dinner crowd from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. For the late night crowd? Feel free to stop buy from 1:00 am – 3:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Take-out is even an option for those who may want to work through their lunch shift. Rated 4.5 stars on Yelp, the Taco Brothers don’t disappoint. Give their food truck a visit next time you’re downtown!
Image from Fargo-Moorhead's 'Foodie Friday'
Image from Fargo Monthy Magazine
As of May 1st, Sliderz is open for the season! Located outside of Duffy’s Tavern (16 12th St S.), this food truck serves up a mouthwatering variety of sliders to “satisfy your meat tooth,” as No Bull would say. All sliders come with your choice of fries; from sea salt, to Cajun, to parmesan garlic or curly fries, you’ll leave full and happy. Sliderz is open Monday through Saturday! Their lunch shift is from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, but they’re back at it again from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Similar to Taco Bros, Sliderz is also open on Saturday night from 1:00 am – 3:00 am! We’re all guilty of those late night cravings, are we not? Allow Sliderz to quench the hunger.
3.) The Dog Father Mobile Eatery
Image from The Dog Father Mobile Eatery
What’s better than the name? The food, of course. Fargo welcomed this Chicago-style food truck with open arms two years ago. They started on a stainless steel cart, and now run out of a busy food truck! Their menu, according to Yelp, includes hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, Polish sausages, and Italian sausages. Take advantage of this delicious food during lunch as they are only open from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday through Saturday. With summer comes baseball, and with baseball comes hot dogs. Celebrate the season according with The Dog Father Mobile Eatery!
4.) Texas Q BBQ
Image from Fargo Food Truck Park
Shoutout to this food truck for bringing a little Southern BBQ to our Northern neck of the woods. Opening soon, this food truck is a must-stop! Located at 409 N. Broadway downtown, they serve up tender brisket, chicken, pork, ribs, and so much more. Give them a follow on Facebook to check out the hours they will be open, and get yourselves some of that Southern love.
5.) Jumbo’s Sloppy Joes
Image from Jumbo's Sloppy Joes
You may have heard of “Jumbo’s Sloppy Joe Sauce” available in grocery stores. Well, allow us to introduce to you the Mandan, North Dakota business of Jumbo’s Sloppy Joes! This business started in the 1950s when Jumbo Jim offered a sloppy joe dish at his drive-in that left customers hungry for more. Now, we’re happy to have a local food truck to serve us Jim’s excellence! Located downtown Fargo, grab a bite to eat when they’re available! Wednesday through Friday, stop by anytime between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 pm – 2:00 am, or Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm! Is your mouth watering yet?
Don't say we didn't give you any lunch ideas this summer. Fargo is a fun place in the summer, and thanks to local goodies like those listed above, it makes it all the merrier. Take your lunch break outside, bring a coworker, or bring your whole team! Park it at a picnic table and get all the Vitamin D you can. You may suffer through a food coma that afternoon, but will it be worth it? Absolutely.
Fargo is a funny town. Though it’s classified as the biggest city in North Dakota, there’s an evident “small town” feel about it. With every great “small town” is a great mom and pop restaurant. Word to the wise, Fargo has a very large plethora of restaurants to choose from. We could write one blog post per week about a food joint, and probably have enough content for three years. But, to make things easier on you, we’ve narrowed down the voted favorites.
I may be biased, but I must say that Fargo doesn’t disappoint when it comes to food. Southerners have their barbeque, but we Northern folk know a good diner when we see one. Based on our research, the following qualify as the top five!
Photo from Yelp.com
Don’t let the slight wait keep you from a booth in the cozy Shack on Broadway. The service is top-notch, and the food will draw you back again. Trust us, there’s a reason for the wait. A crowd favorite there is the pancakes! According to a frequent Shack guest, “They have the best pancakes in town. It says so on their menu.” So, it’s gotta be true. Right?
If the name doesn’t give it away, we couldn’t not include Mom’s Diner in our top 5 Mom and Pop restaurants. We were always told to appreciate the cooking we got at home before we were on our own, right? Well, if you’re in need of some fresh, hot food, Mom’s Diner is the place for you. The food is made to order and it’s located in the center of town!
Alright, let’s get serious. Are you a coffee cake fan? If so, stop what you’re doing and go get yourself a slice from Randy’s Diner. Not in the area? Make a trip because it’s that good. Uff da. A great place to enjoy a breakfast or lunch when family is in town, and you’re bound to find some Bison fans the Sunday following a home game!
Photo from Naseth Construction
Story time! When Justin Bieber made his grand appearance in the Fargo/Moorhead area two years ago, he snatched a bite at the good ole Fryn’ Pan. Not to say the rest of the mom and pop places pale in comparison because the Biebs chose the Fryn’ Pan, but it’s kind of cool nonetheless. It’s comfort food for the soul and they’ll keep your coffee warm until you’re ready for your ticket.
Photo from The Concordian
Two words: Shakey Monday. This diner, open 24/7, offers the town’s best shakes. On Monday’s you will receive two of these delicious concoctions for the price of one! Bring your pal, you honey, or your kids to this 50’s themed diner and enjoy a coma-inducing shake that will change your life. Too much? Ehh, shake it off.
There you have it, five of the best mom and pop restaurants in Fargo to keep your cravings satisfied. Here at FargoStuff, we like to think of ourselves as your regular “Fargo How-To Guide,” so feel free to send over any suggestions you may have, and we’ll do our research to write it up for you! Thanks for reading, and enjoy the sunshine Fargo has recently been graced with. Cheers!
If our company’s name doesn’t give it away, Fargo has a special place in our hearts. From the Midwest Best attitudes to the hard “o’s” that we can’t help but annunciate, we’re all about this city of ours.
From local sports, to local art, to local fame - Fargo supports all. Not only that, but the members within the community actively look for ways to give back to the community. Whether volunteers are needed, fundraising is needed, or in times of misfortune - you can depend on a Fargoan.
Businesses in particular set community at a high standard. A solid majority of the businesses within the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo area have hosted an event, promotion, or auction to help a community-focused organization. Word travels fast in this small city of ours, and lending a hand isn’t hesitated. That, in my opinion, is truly what sets Fargo apart from the rest. But if you’re still not sold, let me reference the experts.
According to a Livability article from 2016, Fargo was qualified as a Top 100 Best Place to Live due to its “vibrant community and strong economy.” In reference to Heather Johnson, allow us to take you on an economically beneficial (and chilly) stroll through Fargo, North Dakota.
Have you ever noticed how businesses seem to flourish in this town? It makes you wonder, “Is it the lack of competition?” No. “Is it the fear of starting a business in a metropolis?” Ehh.. not so much! It’s the educated population, according to Heather Johnson. “More than half of the population has completed at least some college, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.” If you think about it, we do live in a tri-college area – all of which specialize in different areas to prepare students for the vast opportunities ahead.
Now, rumor has it that “There’s nothing to do in Fargo.” Well, take that rumor and throw it out the window. Every city, town, village, or metropolis is what you make of it. And Fargo has just as much fun to offer as the next place! With over 50 gyms, 350 restaurants, several cinemas, museums and shopping centers, and countless outdoor activities, Fargo will keep you entertained. Not sure where to start? Check out this fun app designed to “Go/Do” in the FM area!
The last subject Heather discussed in her article was the top-notch health care that Fargo has to offer. “Cass County ranks second in clinical care access, according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, and third in health behaviors data, with a relatively low level of smoking and obesity.” With two major hospitals (Essentia and Sanford) located throughout the city, Fargo has specialized branches of healthcare to offer our community and more.
Though we’re a humble community, and a humble state at that, every so often we need to brag about this city we love. Now, we’d like to open the discussion up to you! What is your favorite part about Fargo? How would you convince someone to move here? Let us know on our latest Facebook post for a chance to win a FargoStuff t-shirt! Thanks for reading, and stay warm until Spring has truly sprung. Cheers!
An artist of many trades is hard to come by. They work in different mediums, learning the ins and outs of each platform to furthermore push their capabilities. This alone sets them apart - they "march to the beat of their own drum." And, as it turns out, FargoStuff is lucky enough to have this kind of artist right on our site. Without further ado, we are happy to introduce our Featured Artist, Nancy Baier. Read on to learn more about Nancy, her artistic capabilties, and the advice she has to share with up-and-coming artists.
Aerial View - Nancy Baier
Woodland - Nancy Baier
I was born and raised in Michigan – in the Detroit area. Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, our suburb was a small town. Later, I moved farther out, then to the “middle of the mitten,” and now here I am in Fargo, ND.
Out of the Woods - Nancy Baier
Moonlight Visitor - Nancy Baier
As a younger child, I remember loving to color… but what I loved most was blending the crayon colors. Then as a teenager, I found that I could draw things I saw very easily. The sense of proportion and perspective was natural to me. In my 20s, I worked as a technical illustrator and that ability had a tremendous impact on my skills. I made illustrations for technical manuals using everything from blueprints to actual vehicles. It may not sound too exciting but it was truly rewarding to earn my living by drawing! My work was also well-recognized by my peers and superiors which was great motivation.
Sediment - Nancy Baier
Island Espcape - Nancy Baier
The varied landscapes I’ve experienced in traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada have a huge influence on my work, and I find nature to be endlessly inspiring. The natural world permeates my very desire to create.
Dead Tree Landscape - Nancy Baier
Distance - Nancy Baier
Riverside - Nancy Baier
Trinity - Nancy Baier
Early on, my primary medium was pen & ink. A little over ten years ago, I began illustrating for rubber stamp companies and independently under the name Shady Tree Studio, LLC. Some of my illustration work can be found here (although my background given on this page has never been accurate!)
Snow Hare - Nancy Baier
Seaside - Nancy Baier
More recently, I discovered other mediums and moved on, marching to the beat of my own drum. Now I work in polymer clay, encaustic wax, printmaking, and have recently begun to learn the art of needle felting. I have a goal to combine fiber work with polymer clay. Stay tuned! Each medium has its own rewards and its own season. Quite literally. I prefer to cure my clay out of doors and in Fargo, in the wintertime, that is somewhat challenging. So I have pursued linocut, drawing, encaustic painting, and now the needle felting, in the meantime. But planning polymer clay projects is never far from mind. It is also exciting being involved in the polymer clay community as this product makes headway toward being more widely accepted as an artistic pursuit. I have been told that it is not typical to work competently with so many art mediums. In some ways, I would like to “settle down” into a specific method and recognizable style. I feel that every exploration is a process of discovery and one step closer to finding my own voice in art.
"The natural world permeates my very desire to create."
Botany - Nancy Baier
Birch Grove - Nancy Baier
Felix - Nancy Baier
Fox in the Forest - Nancy Baier
Purple Flowers - Nancy Baier
If I have any advice to give someone wishing to pursue art, it would be to consider these components to living creatively:
1. Observe. The world around you. In detail. The big picture. There is inspiration everywhere.
2. Skill and talent. You can learn the skills. And you need to tune into your natural talents. Run with it.
3. Desire. Nurture it. Discover what moves you and why. It will help you find your way.
4. Discipline. People make time for things that bring them joy. Artists make art, so do it. Set goals. (Easy to say, hard to do. We all have busy lives and this will be your greatest challenge.)
We'd like to extend a sincere thank you to Nancy Baier for taking the time to give us a look inside her artistic life. Artists like her gift us with enticing visuals, and we love taking every opportunity to highlight our artists. If you'd like to see more of Nancy's work, that otherwise may not be on our site, visit her site! Check out her artwork we have available to purchase right on FargoStuff - these prints don't disappoint, and they are avaiable on different substrates! Again, thank you to Nancy Baier and cheers to local art!
Spring is a highly anticipated season around our neck of the woods. With the official spring season “arriving” in less than two weeks, it’s only necessary we prepare you for Spring in Fargo. Here are 5 things to keep in mind as we welcome this season back with open arms!
Spring begins March 20th, but don’t expect it until about… May
The official first day of Spring is technically March 20th, but the groundhog saw his shadow so we may not see the snow truly start to melt for a little while yet! We’ve made it to the homestretch, however. Keep in mind: March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb; and we have to get through April showers before we start to see May flowers! Cliché? Maybe. But totally accurate. Moral of the story, May will be a good month!
Car Washes: The more the merrier
Spring brings flowers, sunshine, smiles… and a little mud. Not to mention the salt mixed in with the slush. Getting into parent-mode here, but take care of your car and your car will take care of you! That salt will cause rust and that rust will put a damper on your spring vibe.
Expect to see an influx of short-sleeved tee’s and outside exercise!
Us North Dakotans and Minnesotans may get a little ahead of ourselves, but 50 degree days and sunshine? Oh man, the summer clothes tote is making its way back into the sunlight. The 6 months of winter are graciously peeled away layer after layer when that first nice day hits. Expect to see everyone and their dog [literally] out and about, smiling and waving with feel good vibes hittin’ you in all directions! Be on guard, though. The Midwest is notorious for its “False Spring,” as my coworker best puts it. “False Spring” is where we go through that first nice day with all those feel goods; we pack up our winter gear, get a carwash, and break out the country tunes (because we all know country and sunshine just go together). Then, the next week we have blizzard. Fret not, spring is coming eventually!
Day-light savings time – clocks spring forward!
Thanks to the phone that’s probably in close vicinity, day-light savings isn’t quite as tough as it used to be. As far as manually setting the time forward, that is. Oversleeping, however, is a battle I think we all have to fight. But, day-light savings means more sunlight! Sunlight gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!
It’s a short lived season, enjoy the blooming while we have it!
Spring, much like Fall, comes and goes quicker than we’d like. So enjoy watching spring do its thing right in front of your eyes. We are a fortune area to be able to experience all four seasons – some more extreme than others! But Spring is a special one for us and we’re excited to welcome it back.
FargoStuff is a one-stop-shop when it comes to Fargo apparel. If you’re a local and proud, you can guarantee we have a shirt for that. Allow us to introduce you to our unique array of Fargo shirts. But first, can we appreciate that they’re available in onesies?
We’ve got your “Drink Local” tee’s, your Fargo lingo tee’s, and of course we’ve got the infamous Fargo Theatre tee’s. If t-shirts aren’t your style this time of year, they look great under a cardigan or sweater! Sometimes, these gems can get lost in the sea of scrolling, so we thought we’d resurface them for all to see.
The beauty of the apparel at Fargo Stuff is that they are one-of-a-kind - only available on our site and through our vendors. If you’re curious who those vendors may be, check them out! Need another perk? You have the ability to submit an idea on paper onto cotton through us! Send us your design, and our art and sublimation team will bring it to life. This retail shop has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Too much? Maybe. Learn something new? You betcha.
As always, we love hearing from our customers, and welcome suggestions with open arms. While you’re here, take a browse through these shirts, and enjoy 10% off today only. Cheers!
Have you ever been so caught up in a good book, or a so drawn to a piece of art that you catch yourself involuntarily smiling to yourself? That’s what happens when you see Rebecca Raber’s photographs. You might find yourself wearing that same smile after reading through this description about her life, her photography, and her journey, as well. Not only does she have an acute eye for photography, but she has a sharp ear for music and a talented hand at writing. Her insightful views are refreshing; and her local, North Dakotan background makes this featured artist all the better. Here at FargoStuff, we’re pretty big fans of our local artists, and we hope you enjoy learning more about them as we do. Read on, support local art, and enjoy!
Rebecca and Michael Raber - Italy
I grew up on a farm just outside Pisek, North Dakota. I am very grateful for that experience, because I know I first grew to appreciate beauty in those endless summer sunsets on the farm, looking through frosty windowpanes, or when my Dad would take us out to see when the mayflowers were first starting to appear.
I graduated with three other students, all of us being involved in everything that was available (in a very typical ND high school experience). I attended Jamestown College and earned degrees in Music Education and History/Political Science. I taught music for five years before earning my Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of North Dakota, where I stayed to direct their popular Men’s Choir, the Varsity Bards, for five years. Afterwards, my wonderful husband, Michael (pictured above) and I made our home in Fargo, where I taught at Shanley High School for 14 years, while also working towards my doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at NDSU. We have since moved to Bismarck, where we both work at the University of Mary.
"I am very grateful for that experience, because I know I first grew to appreciate beauty in those endless summer sunsets on the farm, looking through frosty windowpanes, or when my Dad would take us out to see when the mayflowers were first starting to appear."
A Day in the Life:
Honestly, my drive out to the University (in the country, south of Bismarck) is always a highlight of my day, because the landscape is so beautiful. Frequently, I’ll stop to take photos in a few of the favorite spots I have, the Apple Creek crossing and the River Bottoms…both are really close to campus. In the fall and spring, the fog will hang in the sky, hovering just above the ground. It’s breathtaking! Our campus has a stunning view of the Missouri River Valley. I love it!
"At the end of the day, I’m a choir director who appreciates beauty whenever and wherever I can find it: in voices, people, or the ND countryside!"
Describe Your Start
I guess I have always taken pictures, but not always in an “intentional” way. I have a distinct memory of trying out the macro setting on my camera just for fun while shooting a flower at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. When I got the photos back and saw what it looked like because of using the macro, I was hooked. I began taking pictures in a more “intentional” way…looking for interesting lighting, subjects, shapes, colors, textures, etc. when taking my shots. I’m not formally trained, but I love to take pictures.
Most Enjoyed Photography?
I love nature and landscapes most, particularly when I’m traveling. I also am drawn to architecture, and things that are really beat-up, showing that they’ve been part of someone’s life experience. I LOVE doorknobs, windows, and doors. When I’m in Europe, Michael and I like to walk around and seek those out. I love to think about how many people have used them over time, and wonder how their lives brought them in and out of those doors over the years.
"I guess I love photographing a sense of “home”…whether that’s a lone frosty tree up the hill from my farm, a long country road, or someone’s front step."
Where Can We See Your Work?
I have a website (www.rebeccaraber.com) where I have links to my favorite kinds of photography (travel, landscape, North Dakota, and people!). I love to take senior portraits…especially of my former students, and family/friends!
What Experiences Has Photography Provided You?
Actually, I love the opposite. I love capturing my favorite moments when I’m off doing something, and then sharing the photos with others! Once, while leading a choir tour in Texas, we had a bit of a bus issue, where all the students had to get off the bus. We were close to this beautiful stream, sparkling with the late afternoon sun. I rounded up all the kids for a quick group shot while we were waiting, and it’s one of my favorite memories of our time together!
Where Would You Like to Travel?
This is my dream question. I LOVE travel, and I love to capture the places I’ve been. I would go to Europe again and again. I’ve been fortunate to have traveled there several times through music, but there is so much to see. The tricky part is whether you go back and visit your favorite places, or go to see something new! New places on my travel list would include: Budapest, Greece, St. Petersburg or Moscow, and Scandanavia.
I have recently purchased materials for watercolors---we’ll see how it goes! I’m planning on using some of my photos for the subjects.
In this digital age, you can practice without fear of failure---you just delete what you don’t like! Having a camera (phone) with you at all times is both a blessing and a curse. It’s great because you can practice freely. It’s a burden when it distracts you from being in the moment and enjoying things with your original set of lenses---your eyes!
A huge thank you goes out to Rebecca Raber for allowing FargoStuff to feature her work. You can find some of her photographs right on our site; available to purchase with the option to print on different substrates. Watch for more of Rebecca's work in the future, and let us know if you know of more local artists looking to get their name out. Afterall, we're big about supporting local art and artists!
The month of February means a few things to us fellow Fargoans: Groundhogs Day, Giving Hearts Day, and Valentine’s Day! Groundhog’s Day makes the cut because a vast majority of us don’t want that groundhog to see his shadow. No shadow means Spring! A shadow, however, means 6 more weeks of Winter…… I digress.
As noted in our last blog, Giving Hearts Day is on February 8th this year, and is known as our region’s top giving day of the year! Not only that, but we are becoming one of the top giving regions in the nation. That being said, February is quite a month for us!
Lastly, February means Valentine’s Day. Some love this day, some are indifferent, and some may be less than fond of this day. However, Valentine’s Day is a day that can be special for everyone! Below are some gift ideas that can be given to all; a friend, family member, loved one, or maybe even a stranger. A little love goes a long way.
The Fargo Sweet Tooth Basket
Taste the local sweets of our labor with this gift basket! This basket comes with the popular “Drink Local” tee, Dot’s Pretzels, Twenty Below coffee, Yeobo gummy bears, Three Bears Honey, and a Fargo mug to complete the package. A perfect gift for friends, roommates, and family!
One of the best things about art is how much it communicates without a conversation. Share a piece of art you love with the one you love! Maybe Fargo was where you started your family, or where you began your career. Maybe it was where you encountered some of the most profound acts of random kindness – what better way to commemorate that than with a Fargo print? Available on different substrates, they are sure to make this the center piece of any room.
Okay, did the heart give it away? Clearly a fitting gift for the one and only “Hearts” day, but the meaning behind it is so much more. For a limited time, these Fargo Hearts are available on our site, and every penny goes to a charity of your choice. These reclaimed wood, Fargo Hearts are an awesome gift for sisters, brothers, coworkers, loved ones, and even a stranger. There are 20 non-profits to choose from when you purchase one of your own, and if you have one in mind that’s not listed, no problem! Write-in options to donate to your favorite charity are more than welcome.
Whether you love this day or dread this day, use it as a day to give. After all, that’s the theme of Fargo’s February! As always, we love hearing feedback from you and welcome any suggestions or concerns! In the meantime, everyone cross your fingers for clouds so that Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow. Cheers!