Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

From Faribault: The art of virtues at family night August 1, 2019

Face painting by Laura O’Connor proved especially popular.


CREATIVITY FOCUSED FAMILY Night at the Virtues Trail in Faribault on Wednesday evening




with face painting,


Jewelry artist Jessica Prill, right, of Fleur de Lis Gallery, set up a beading station.


jewelry making,







Sarah Beth Stadler and Suzanne Schwichtenberg of The Upper East Side offered hands-on art projects. Stadler leads “Crafty Mondays” for kids at the Central Avenue creative haven.



hands-on art with markers,





hands-on art with chalk, storytelling and much more to engage kids.


I’m reflected in a mirrored sign next to the tent headquarters for The Virtues Project Faribault.


As I meandered along the trail lined with mirrored signs promoting virtues like kindness, tolerance and creativity, I thought how valuable this event. It not only reinforces positive traits, but it shows the kids of this community that they are valued. People care. They volunteered for this Family Night.





Clearly, kids loved it. Their faces, their hands, their involvement showed their enthusiasm.


Enjoying ice cream, compliments of The Depot Bar & Grill.


Jeff LaBeau of The Depot scooped ice cream for attendees.


I, too, enjoyed myself, stopping occasionally to chat with friends, to eat a scoop of ice cream, to delight in a summer evening as beautiful as they come in Minnesota.


Displayed on a table with a pipecleaner art project.


I love how the people of Faribault are really stepping up to shine positivity in creative ways.



A final summer Family Night at the Virtues Trail is set for 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, along the trail in Heritage Bluff Park, next to the train tracks and across from The Depot Bar & Grill.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “From Faribault: The art of virtues at family night”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Beautiful evening! LUV the face painting! That was a hit last weekend at our “Hoedown” celebration, too. The gr. grands spent much time deliberating on their choices. Last eve was spent at our “Lawn Chair Music” series at the Trailhead Park bandshell. The group, “Under Paris Skies”, was an interesting mix of acoustic guitar, bass viol and accordian—–perfect for that Parisian street music experience. My faves were the several boleros that were played.

  2. What a wonderful event for families, most especially the children. It’s heartwarming to see those sweet little faces having so much fun while learning so much.

  3. Ellen Hawley Says:

    As an ex-Minnesotan, I enjoyed seeing the place again. Thanks for allowing me the visit. And great face painting.

  4. valeriebollinger Says:

    I’ve yet to walk that trail. It’s great Faribault uses the space for fun activities too.

  5. Littlesundog Says:

    Wow! Those images say it all! As an auntie, I would definitely take my nieces and nephews there to have some amazing and creative fun.

  6. Bella Says:

    what a fun event and the focus on kids keeps it all upbeat as in today’s world we need to spread kindness a little more

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