Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Celebrating family along Faribault’s Virtues Trail August 26, 2019

Waiting in line for face painting at the last Family Night. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo July 2019.


ANY TIME A COMMUNITY comes together to celebrate families through the arts rates as positive.

The Virtues Project Faribault does exactly that at monthly summer gatherings along the Virtues Trail in Heritage Bluff Park in the core of downtown. The final such seasonal event happens from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, August 28.


Face paintings by Laura O’Connor is wildly popular. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo July 2019.


After attending the previous Family Night at Virtues Trail in July, I’m sold on this activity-filled evening of storytelling, theater, crafts, games, music, face painting and more. To observe families enjoying each other, to see preschoolers engaged and happy, to watch elementary-aged kids creating art and much more simply delights me. We need more moments like this in our communities.


Hands-on art created at the July Family Night. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo July 2019.


Back to School themes this final Family Night just as kids are heading, or have already headed, back to school.


Love in three languages on a mirrored sign along the Virtues Trail. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo August 2018.


If my granddaughter lived locally, I’d take her to this event. Izzy would love every aspect of Family Night. If you live in or near Faribault, embrace this opportunity to celebrate families.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


8 Responses to “Celebrating family along Faribault’s Virtues Trail”

  1. Missy’s Håndarbeid (Missy’s Crafty Mess) Says:

    Great face painting

  2. valeriebollinger Says:

    It’s nice they have this event monthly during the summer. It’s a great idea.

  3. Edward Brian Says:

    My wife and I recently visited Faribault, I was interested in Alexander Faribault and his father in law Duncan Graham. I grew up on the Spirit Lake Sioux reservation near Devils Lake ND. I joined the Navy and traveled the world, then worked as a UPS man for 23 years in Dickinson ND. We recently moved to Shakopee MN. Duncan Graham was an early 1800’s furtrader near Spirit Lake on what is now called Grahams Island. My mother taught in a country school on Grahams Island, her pioneer grandfather helped build it. Duncan Graham and his Dakota Sioux wife are buried in Faribault Calvary cemetery but their markers have been lost over the years. I assume they are near the Faribault family plot.

    I enjoy your posts and observations.


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