40 Ways to Holiday, Day 22: December 14

In 2017, there are exactly 40 days from Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day. And with the elimination of the eighth floor display at Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis and Holiday Lights in the Park in Saint Paul, along with the disappointing change from tradition at Holidazzle, more people than ever are looking for new holiday activities. Enter “40 Ways to Holiday.” Each day between November 23 and January 1 will have at least one event worth checking out, along with plenty of giveaways along the way! Find the full list of days here.

Day 22: Thursday, December 14

Featured pick: Miss Richfield 1981’s Annual Holiday Show

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She loves her Sanka and Walgreens panty hose: Miss Richfield 1981 takes over the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis for her 18th annual holiday show. Photo credit: Russ King

Raised “south of the Crosstown”, Miss Richfield 1981 does an annual stint at the Illusion Theater, an intimate spot along Hennepin Avenue downtown Minneapolis.

Miss R dedicates her life to the “friendly citizens and responsible merchants” of her hometown, and in all truth, represents Minnesota around the world. You might have seen her in Orbitz commercials.

This year’s one-woman show is called “2020 Vision: A Holiday Survival Guide for the New World” and it is NOT for the kids or those easily offended. Any audience member might get a zinger or pulled up on stage. And the antics are now traditions for me. Have you tried singing the words for “Frosty the Snowman” to the tune “Ave Maria”? It oddly works. I have seen Miss Richfield’s holiday show for a few years now. After last year’s show, the guy behind me said to his wife, “He’s got more energy than anyone I’ve ever seen.”

Miss Richfield 1981’s “2020 Vision: A Holiday Survival Guide for the New World” starts December 1st and runs Fridays – Sunday nights through December 23 with addition performances tonight and December 21.

Miss Richfield 1981 in “2020 Vision: A Holiday Survival Guide for the New World”
Fridays – Sundays, December 1 – 23, additional shows on December 14 and 21
Illusion Theater
8:00 p.m.
Tickets starting at $32

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Posing with Miss Richfield 1981 after her holiday show a couple years ago.

Other happenings

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Minneapolis resident Kat Perkins, a semi-finalist from NBC’s “The Voice”, begins three nights of holiday shows in Chanhassen.
  • Semi-finalist from “The Voice,” Kat Perkins, starts three nights of holiday shows tonight at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. You can add on dinner at 6:00 p.m. (get the prime rib!) to the 8:15 p.m. concert.

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