Join Us, Sunday, June 25, 12-4 PM

Fun for All!

Join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company in celebration of Twin Cities Pride. Come for the changing table. Stay for a beer or coffee from Tiny Footprint Coffee. Make some art with the M. Did we mention there's also FREE, locally-made, cookies?

 

DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME

1:00-1:30 PM and 2:00-2:30 PM // Rica de la Concha, will be making an appearance to read children’s books during our Drag Queen Storytime. Take a seat on the Rainbow Rug and listen to a positive picture book from our inclusive collection.

SIGNS OF CELEBRATION WITH THE M

12:00 - 4:00 PM // Make your own lawn sign! The M will help guide kids, of all ages, to create their own mini lawn sign, using upcycled materials and assorted artistic mediums. The signs will celebrate what PRIDE means to you. 

 

RAINBOW READING RUG

12:00 - 4:00 PM // Come hang out on our Rainbow Reading Rug, a comfortable spot to lounge and explore a collection of inclusive children’s books, featuring titles that celebrate differences, gender exploration, and ALL kinds of families. Special thanks to the George Latimer Central Library for sharing books from their collection.

FACES BY STELLA FACE PAINTING

2:00-4:00 PM // Celebrate PRIDE with a face painting session from Faces By Stella. Rainbows, sunshine, unicorns or whatever fits your style. Suggested donation $5 to be donated to Transforming Families Minnesota.

 

COLORING CORNER

12:00 - 4:00 PM // Take a creative break with crayons, markers, and colored pencils on coloring pages for All. Don't forget to share your creations on social!

HOPSCOTCH, HULA HOOPS & MORE

12:00 - 4:00 PM // Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, hopscotch and hula hoops, there's more family fun indoors and out. 

 

PIANOS ON PARADE

All Day Long // Show off your amazing music skills or start up a sing-a-long on Lakes &Legends upright piano from Pianos on Parade.

DOGS WELCOME!

All Day Long // Bring your best furry friend in for a break with a locally-made brew.

 

Treats & Beverages

You know what goes great with FREE cookies? Beer and coffee, of course.

 

Lakes & Legends Beer

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company offers a selection of year-round beers as well as rotating seasonal and limited edition brews. All beers are available for enjoying in the taproom or in growlers to take with you to share and enjoy later. There's always a delicious locally-made soda and kombucha on tap, too!

TINY FOOTPRINT COFFEE

Tiny Footprint Coffee is committed to serving the community and a great cup of coffee. Enjoy a freshly brewed pour-over coffee along with cold press coffee, complete with a syrup bar to add your own flavorings. In addition, Tiny Footprint Coffee will be donating $1 per cup to Transforming Families and $4 per each bag of coffee sold. 

 

Event Sponsors

 

Pianos on Parade

Since 2010, Pianos on Parade has connected local businesses, professional artists, municipalities, children, teachers, and schools to produce over 200 engaging public art installations featuring uniquely designed pianos.

And, we never in a million years thought our message would be on one!

We want to give a huge thank you to the students at Humboldt High School in St. Paul for this honor -- and for supporting All in our community with their creativity! Learn more: http://www.keys44kids.org/pianos-on-parade/

It feels so good to do good together.

On Thursday, we dropped off our January-April donation to the ACLU of Minnesota — an amazing $19,093.33.

Thank you all for your support! We feel very humbled by the overwhelming and positive response to this important message, and feel great responsibility to be as transparent as possible with our mission and your trust. Here’s what we’ve donated so far.

 

Donations for 2016: $6750

When we started in November of 2016, we had no idea how much work and how much fun this project would be. What started as a small order of lawn signs quickly grew into a way to unite our all our neighbors near and far.

 

Donations for Q1 2017: $16,258.33

As our story quickly spread on social media, we’ve made wonderful connections with local schools, non-profits, churches, businesses and cities. We worked with the city of Edina on custom posters for Southdale Mall, Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis on custom permanent signage, and the city of Golden Valley on their Pride festival. We’re now in 15 retail establishments in Minnesota, with more on the way. Members of the community have organized on NextDoor.com to make bulk purchases and spread the message in their local areas. We also had several very successful t-shirt sales on Cotton Bureau. Our first quarter donation surprised us all and we were so happy with the outcome.

 

Donations for All Are Welcome Beer, April 6, 2017: $6312

Thank you All for showing up for All Are Welcome Beer. The ACLU, Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, and All Are Welcome Here were blown away by the show of support by everyone who turned out for this special event. All the volunteers and employees who helped run the event commented on how fun the night was and how upbeat, kind, and supportive you all were. Not to mention generous! By the night's end, we sold out of all SEVEN kegs — that's 868 glasses — of All Are Welcome Beer and turned the brewery into a dance club.

 

Stay tuned for more summer fun

Our summer is filling up with more events, collaborations, and partnerships. We’re working on two Pride weekends and partnering with The M museum in St. Paul and Barre Bliss on some other fun projects. We’re also proud to be a sponsor of Twin Cities World Refugee Day, organized by CAPI.

All Are Welcome at Wedge Community Co-op

Respecting the planet and all who share it, we have a deep appreciation for the missions of our local co-ops, the good work they do along side eco-friendly farms and small businesses, and the services they provide for their customers and community. We are so proud to work with the wonderful staff at the Eastside Food Co-op, Hampden Park Co-op, Wedge Community Co-op, and more to come.

When Laura Glass, art director for Wedge Community Co-op, asked us to collaborate on some signage for their newly remodeled building on Lyndale Avenue, we replied with an enthusiastic, "YES, PLEASE!" Designed with support from JoEllen Martinson Davis, our Custom Projects and Events Coordinator, the final result is beautiful, bold, and welcoming in six different languages.

"Hey, can we talk about these amazing signs in a blog post?" we asked Laura.

"Sure! I'll get you a statement from our CEO," she replied. The wonderful words we got in return filled us with such gratitude, we're actually (almost) a little too Minnesota modest to share them with you, but we will.

From Josh Resnik, Wedge Community Co-op CEO:

"We are so excited to have the beautiful All are Welcome Here artwork prominently displayed on our Lyndale building. When we completed our recent re-model we wanted to create new signs that welcome and support all people from all backgrounds.

As we tried to design our own words and design, we kept going back to the "All Are Welcome Here" artwork that has become so popular across Minneapolis and how much we love that.

This message of positivity and inclusion is totally aligned with our values at the Wedge, so we feel honored the “All Are Welcome Here” group collaborated with us to make something that celebrates and supports our community."

Stronger Together: All Are Welcome Here Small Business Collaborations

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As a small business, we are inspired by the efforts of other small businesses to promote a kinder, safer, more inclusive place for All in Minnesota and beyond.

We have been so fortunate in the business partnerships we have forged thus far: i like you, Bibelot, Northern Sun, Pacifier, Eastside Coop, Hampden Park Coop, Wedge Coop, and other retail partners, and Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, Tiny Footprint Coffee, Amy's Cupcake Shoppe, and St. Croix Chocolate Company, who partnered with us on All Are Welcome Beer. In addition to those named here, several other small businesses have reached out to us to ask how we could All collaborate to do more for our community. These inquiries gave us an awesome idea...

Introducing the All Are Welcome Here small business initiative!

Starting in May, we'll be partnering each month (or so) with a new small businesses on a fundraising project. Our shared goal? To promote the good work small businesses are doing, to increase awareness for inclusivity and diversity in their communities, and to raise money for the ACLU and for other nonprofits working to support the rights and dignity of all our neighbors.

 

 

For the month of May, we're excited to work with BlueNose Coffee.

BlueNose Coffee co-owners Sarah Missler and Tim Aylwards are not only committed to crafting a perfect cup of coffee, they are also committed to using their business to do good for All in the Farmington-Northfield area. Every month, they donate a portion of their profits to non-profit organizations and community causes.

For the month of May, BlueNose Coffee will donate 25% of profits from their online coffee and tea sales to the ACLU of Minnesota. Pick your coffee, pick your roast, and your special blend will be created and shipped to you within 24 hours.

Fresh, delicious, and supporting a good cause -- you can order your coffee and tea at www.bluenosecoffee.com.

 

Do you run a small business and want to join forces?

Please send us an email at hello@allarewelcomehere.us! Be sure to include information about your business and ideas of how a co-sponsored fund raising project might work. Together, we can spread a message of diversity and inclusivity for All!

Color Your World with Inclusivity and Positivity

Looking for a way to brighten up these cold and gray spring days? Inspired by a collection of strong women coloring sheets in the Huffington Post, we decided to make our own coloring sheet. Please download, print and send us a photo of your beautiful creations on social!

Looking for more coloring fun? Go here to download and color Maya Angelou, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Goodall, and more!

All Are Welcome Beer: Thank you all for an amazing night!

Did R.T. Rybak and John Munson actually dance on top of the bar at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company? You betcha and we have the photos to prove it! It was just one of the magical, only-in-Minnesota moments from All Are Welcome Beer on April 6. (Photos by the wonderful Erin Benner at angelicjewelphotography.com.)

Thanks to the star power of our celebrity guest bartenders, there was a line out the door -- and all the way down the block. R.T. Rybak, John Munson and Nora McInerny got the party started, followed by Adam Levy, Maria Isa, and last minute addition of ACLU super fan Jeremy Messersmith. Sweetpea and Seven sizzled behind the bar followed by event closers P.O.S. and Lazerbeak from Doomtree

Event supporters learned more about ten local nonprofits who joined the fun including Still Kickin, Arc Greater Twin Cities, Human Rights Campaign, Women's March Minnesota, American Refugee Committee, Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota and the Dakota, and American Families United. At the table for The Iraqi + American Reconciliation Project, we wrote over 100 letters of support for Iraqis in our community. The ACLU of Minnesota ran out of pocket-sized constitutions. The Minnesota RollerGirls entertained the kiddos with their wheels and encouraged all to take and share #allarewelcomebeer selfies.

We ate delicious cupcakes by Amy's Cupcake Shoppe, chocolates from St. Croix Chocolate Company, and savory sausages from New Bohemia. Tiny Footprint Coffee made tasty pour-overs, too! 

By the night's end, we sold out of all SEVEN kegs --  that's 868 glasses -- of All Are Welcome Beer, danced to DJ Rick Ausland from Instant Request, and raised over $6000 for the ACLU of Minnesota.

Thank you, ALL for making this evening such an amazing success!

All Are Welcome Beer: Photos of All

Thank you All for showing up for All Are Welcome Beer. The ACLU, Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, and All Are Welcome Here were blown away by the show of support by everyone who turned out for this special event.

All the volunteers and employees who helped run the event commented on how fun the night was and how upbeat, kind, and supportive you all were. Not to mention generous! By the night's end, we sold out of all SEVEN kegs -- that's 868 glasses -- of All Are Welcome Beer and raised over $6000 for the ACLU of Minnesota.

Are you in one of these pics? Please download and share! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #allarewelcomebeer. (Photos by the wonderful Erin Benner at angelicjewelphotography.com)

Selfie Station

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Show your support for transgender people

We strongly believe in transgender people's right to be themselves and support efforts to help transgender people live without discrimination, stigma and systemic inequality. We've created this image for you to download, print, and share in support of our transgender family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Together, we can work to make a world that is more inclusive and accepting of all.

Not sure what it means to be transgender? We highly recommend reading this page from the Human Rights Campaign.

All Are Welcome Beer: Meet our guest bartenders

Serve a great cause while getting served a great beer — by a great Minnesotan!

On Thursday, April 6, All Are Welcome Here and Lakes & Legends Brewing Company are co-hosting an event, All Are Welcome Beer, to raise awareness for diversity and inclusivity in our community and to raise money for the ACLU of Minnesota, local champions fighting for the rights of All. 

Lakes & Legends will release a new brew made exclusively for this event: All Are Welcome Beer, and local champions of diversity and inclusivity will serve your beer at the bar. 100% of tips and 25% of profits from All Are Welcome Beer go directly to the ACLU. So order a round for your friends — be sure to tip your guest bartenders!

 

R.T. Rybak

R.T. Rybak // 6:00-7:00 PM

In his dozen years as mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak's love for our community and passion for equality, whether for marriage, among races, within education, or between cities, was contagious. 

As best expressed by Star Tribune reporter, Kim Ode, "R.T. Rybak loves Minneapolis like a middle-school crush. You imagine postcards on his bedroom wall of the Guthrie, “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” the Midtown Global Market, Minnehaha Falls, all connected with strands of pink yarn." He swims in lakes Harriet and Calhoun, cross-country skis around Lake of the Isles, and even crowd surfed — as mayor — during a "Rock for Democracy" event at First Avenue. 
 
In 2016, Rybak was named  the CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundatio which distributes millions of dollars in grants for education, civic engagement, economic vitality, arts, community health, and environmental conservation. Rybak is also the author of "Pothole Confidential," a memoir about his 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis. His life-long dedication to Minneapolis inspires all of us to be better Minnesotans. No wonder we all want to share a beer with him.

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Nora McInerny // 6:00-7:00 PM

After her then-boyfriend, Aaron Purmort, was diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma in 2011, Nora McInern started her blog, My Husband’s Tumor. It told the story of their relationship, from the day they met, to the night of their wedding, to the birth of their son, to the loss of their second child and Nora’s father. And finally to the loss of Aaron himself.

Through it all, McInerny bloomed as a writer, recording every heart-wrenching moment as a community of readers grew with each post. By the time Aaron passed away in November 2014, more than 200,000 people were following along. Those readers stuck with McInerny as she founded hte non-profit Still Kickin, published her first book, a memoir It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too), and created the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Askin with American Public Media.

“She’s a bad-ass, her own person, unapologetic about who she is," said Julia Cheiffetz, executive editor at Dey Street Books. "What distinguishes Nora is her fearlessness in terms of telling it like it is in a way that speaks to other people and gives them permission to tell their truth."
 

 
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John Munson // 6:00-7:00 PM

Let's be honest, ALL of us Minnesotans have wanted to share a beer with John Munson — to geek out over the Beach Boy's Pet Sounds, to ask advice about growing an impressive mustache, or to simply thank him for providing the sound track to our lives.

Munson is a card carrying member of the ACLU, a super fan of the First Amendment, an enthusiastic beer lover -- and the amazing bassist for some of Minnesota's most iconic bands including Trip Shakespeare, The New Standards and, most successfully, Semisonic. He was also the music director and bassist of The Witnesses — the house band for the popular, but now cancelled, American Public Media variety show, "Wits."

When he's not wrestling bears or juggling fire, Munson writes, records and performs with The Twilight Hours.

He is also the inspiration behind our stylish All Are Welcome Beer aprons.

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Maria Isa // 7:00-8:00 PM

Maria Isa is a singer, songwriter, actress, and activist born in Minnesota to NuyoRican (Puerto Ricans from New York) parents. Raised on St. Paul’s West Side, Maria soaked in the melting pot of Latin American culture and channeled it into performing arts and activism at an very early age. Isa boldly expresses her personal views on- and off-stage, and is passionate about sociopolitical issues including voting rights, racism, sexism, and police brutality.

In 2014, she was awarded Best Breakthrough Performance at the TC Film Festival for her film debut as Angie Garcia in the Latino Independent Film Strike One. In 2010, she received the National Hispana Leadership Institute's "Rising Latina Star" award for her outstanding work with Youthrive which educates incarcerated youth in theTwin Cities. Most recently, she was a speaker at the Minnesota Women's March. And, be sure to check out her newest project, Latina Theory: A Spanglish Podcast.

 

Adam Levy // 7:00-8:00 PM

In 2012, songwriter Adam Levy of The Honeydog lost his son Daniel to suicide after a long struggle with mental illness. The tragedy altered every inch of his and his family's life. It left Levy creatively incapacitated. He spent much of the following three years sharing his story with other surviving parents and individuals, as well as trying to make sense of the inexplicable trauma.

Gradually Levy started writing songs again. The songs didn't wallow in the unimaginable agony. Rather they dignified Daniel's suffering and short-lived artistic genius in the visual arts. The music became the album Naubinway. It buoyed Levy's spirit and left him hopeful for others who are suffering.

Between touring and sharing his story, Levy plans on following up Naubinway with a coffee table book of his son Daniel's remarkable art, as well as finishing a memoir about Daniel's life and struggles and the family's grieving process.

Sweetpea // 8:00-9:00 PM

Sweetpea, The Seismic Shake from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, has been teasing her way into the hearts of audiences for over 12 years. She’s been called a conductor of electricity -- known for her fierce looks, high-powered choreography, stunning musicality, with the ability of her energy to charm any room and fill any stage. A six-time competitor at The Burlesque Hall of Fame, she holds the titles of Most Dazzling Dancer (2013) and Duchess of Burlesque (2016).

Sweetpea is a proud spokesperson for such charity events as Dining Out for Life, lends her talents to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign, and Minnesotans United for All Families, and was a facilitator and personal trainer for Rainbow Health Initiative's Pounds-4-Pride campaign.

When not onstage baring and sharing her love of life, she's working to help others discover, nurture and express theirs at Studio Sweet.

 
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Seven // 8:00-9:00 PM

Seven, aka Butch Charming, is a welder, artist, instructor and DJ.

Welder by day, Seven teaches for Dunwoody Institute as well as creates custom fabrication through her business INDUSTRYelle. You can see some of her work at Ambiente, City Food Studio and Chicago Ave. Fire Arts Center. She's even welded a project for NASA.

In 2016, Seven was featured in an Emmy-award winning short film series for SciGirls Strategies on TPT - Twin Cities PBS. These 12 short films profiled young women from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds sharing both the challenges and triumphs of “a day in the life” in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce.

DJ by night, Seven creates masterpieces of dancing perfection. Working in a record store for many years, she started crafting her love of music and beats. You can dance to her sweet sets all around town, but next DJ Seven will be spinning at Velvet, a new dance night at The Gay 90's.

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Lazerbeak // 9:00-10:00 PM

Aaron Mader, known professionally as Lazerbea, is a Minneapolis-based artist and producer. Aside from being a founding member of the Doomtree collective, he is also the CEO and General Manager of Doomtree Records, handling the day-to-day operations, management, and inner workings of the crew and label. 

Over the past decade he has worked with a wide range of artists including Doomtree, Lizzo, Matt and Kim, Trampled By Turtles, Dessa, GAYNGS, P.O.S, Speedy Ortiz, Mac Lethal, Mixed Blood Majority, and The Plastic Constellations. In addition to original production and songwriting, Beak also works musically behind the scenes on commercials, movie trailers, TV shows, and remixes.

He may have a busy schedule but Lazerbeak is never too busy to give back to the community. Beak is currently working with the Crisis Nursery and is also a member of the Injustice Boycott. Most recently, he returned to his alma matter, Hopkins High School (class of 2000), to talk candidly with students about beats, business and life. 

 
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P.O.S. // 9:00-10:00 PM

Minneapolis-bred rapper, punk philosopher, producer and co-founder of the hip hop collective Doomtree, Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S, has always been a study in organized chaos and verbal anarchy — a portrait of a freewheeling, boundless, rules-be-damned method of a man always trying to make sense of a world that rarely does.

In March, he released his first new music in more than three years to coincide with the anniversary of his kidney transplant, the nine-minute opus “Sleepdrone/Superposition”. This nearly nine-minute-long sprawling masterpiece touches on “being black, beefs, loves, hurts, victories, pride and the future” all while reflecting over the past two years since a kidney surgery sidelined him from making music. 

P.O.S. and other members of Doomtree have worked with many local charities including the Sexual Violence Center, Southside Family Nurturing Center, Hope Community Center, Kicker Project, and Tubman as well as local schools including FAIR school, Roosevelt High School, and Hopkins High School.

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Minnesota RollerGirls //6:00-10:00 PM

The Minnesota RollerGirls project a positive, strong, athletic image because that's the kind of women they are! 

When they're not competing on the track, the Minnesota RollerGirls are dedicated to giving back to our community, and local and national charities.

They are incredibly excited to be participating in the first ever WCCO/CBS Minnesota Pulling Together event, an epic tug of war tournament across the Mississippi River! All teams competing are doing so to raise donations for Fraser, an amazing organization that is the largest and most experienced provider of autism services in Minnesota.

We're so thrilled that they can join us for All Are Welcome Beer. They may be serving your drink behind the bar or a tasty cupcake from a silver tray. If you're lucky, they might photobomb you at the #allarewelcomebeer selfie station. No guarantees.

 

All Are Welcome Beer: Join us April 6!

Drink Beer. Donate to the ACLU. Do Good for ALL.

On Thursday, April 6, All Are Welcome Here and Lakes & Legends Brewing Company are co-hosting an event to raise awareness for diversity and inclusivity in our community and to raise money for the ACLU of Minnesota, local champions fighting for the rights of All.

Serve a great cause while getting served a great beer—by a great Minnesotan!

Lakes & Legends will release a new brew made exclusively for this event: All Are Welcome Beer, and local champions of diversity and inclusivity--including R.T. Rybak, John Munson, P.O.S, Lazerbeak, Nora McInerny, Sweetpea, Maria Isa--will serve your beer at the bar. 100% of tips and 25% of profits from All Are Welcome Beer go directly to the ACLU.

You know who else is a great Minnesotan? You!

Looking for more ways get involved? Representatives from ACLU of Minnesota and other local nonprofit organizations will be on hand to discuss how you can take action to fight for human rights in our community and more.

Hungry for more?

St. Croix Chocolate Co. and New Bohemia will be on site selling sweet and savory foods featuring flavors from around the world.

Wanna join us, but have nothing to wear?

No worries. You can show your support for All buy purchasing one of our new ALL raglan tees designed for this event by All Are Welcome Here.

See you there!

RSVP and get updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1239465436150846/

St. Louis Park designer wants to make sure 'All Are Welcome Here'

Photo: Rich Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Photo: Rich Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

It all started when...

We're very honored to have our project featured in the Star Tribune Variety section this past Sunday. Thank you all for making our state and our country more welcoming and kind by supporting our message and each other.  

This project would not be possible without Janna Netland Lover, JoEllen Martinson Davis, and Gina Rumore -- our partnership is an amazing gift.

We also want to thank the lovely Danika Hoffmann for all her help and support -- and everyone who has helped us along the way including Leslie Plesser, Andrew Ahl, Nikie Nelson, Mike Chismar, Christina Edstrom, Suzanne Grundyblum, Jennifer Reid, Jennifer Rensenbrink, Liz Martinson, Kristen Klemann, Karrie Vrabel, Christina Edstrom, Matt Van Dusen, Michelle Farley and Willy Lee.

Thank you! Thank you!

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