Mainstreet inauguration event Jan. 21 in Hopkins
Members of Senate District 46 DFL party are organizing a “Mainstreet Inaugural Celebration” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins.
While Washington, D.C., prepares for the 57th Inaugural, a somewhat smaller celebration is planned for “Main Street Minnesotans.”
“The Hopkins Center for the Arts is our hometown venue for great events affordable to Main Street Minnesotans,” said Eric Margolis, Hopkins resident and one of the event planners. “Our event will also reflect the theme ‘Faith in the Future,’ chosen by the Inaugural Congressional Committee. With the event occurring on the national holiday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., we plan to reflect on the Civil Rights achievements of Americans that worked to realize the constitutional rights established for We the People.”
This celebration is “unofficial” in that President Obama’s appearance will be in the form of a cardboard standup.
“Our President Obama will pose with anyone for a photo,” said Margolis. “We encourage people to dress up if they want. At our Hopkins Inaugural celebration in 2009, celebrants wore evening gowns, prom dresses, tuxes, military uniforms and medals, ethnic outfits and pioneer costumes.”
Featured musicians include well-known Minnesotans like “America’s Troubadour,” singer-songwriter Larry Long, who will perform several duets with recording artist and actress Tania Hughes and area high school students.