Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

Tue, August 29 2023, 5:30 - 8pm
Summer social
Early Eagle discount price of $42
$45/person after June 30

Boarding at Bohemian Flats Park
2150 West River Parkway, Minneapolis


Enjoy the golden close of summer on an evening cruise on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with UMRA friends and colleagues.  Our view of the city and the river gorge will be from the deck of the Minneapolis Queen, operated by Paradise Cruises. Watch a video here. There is indoor and outdoor seating available on the boat.  The dress is casual but come prepared for the evening weather.  The boat will leave the dock at 6 p.m. sharp and return at 8 p.m.

The cruise fee includes a taco bar, and there will be a full service cash bar available on the boat.

The price for the cruise will be $45/person, or take advantage of an Early Eagle discount price of $42/person if you register by June 30.  We expect the cruise to sell out, so act soon if you’d like to take part.  The last opportunity to register will be July 30 or when the last space is sold, whichever comes first!  If you must cancel, we cannot guarantee that your fee will be refundable.  

Due to the strong response, we are at nearly full capacity and have closed online registrations.  Please contact both Jan Morlock at [email protected] and Cathy Lee Gierke at [email protected] for questions, cancellations, or to check if there are any remaining available spaces on the river cruise.  One of us will be available to responde in a timely manner!

There is abundant parking in the pay lot on site at Bohemian Flats Park.  Please note that the UMRA parking discount will not apply in this lot owned and operated by Minneapolis Parks.  

We hope you’ll stay in touch over the summer and join us for the cruise on August 29.

~ the UMRA 2023 Special Events Planning Team:  Will Craig, Cherie Hamilton, Cathy Lee Gierke, Kate Maple, Jan Morlock, and Diane Young.

Upcoming Events

Event Date: July 26, 2024, at 2pm

Erik Larson’s non-fiction narrative recounts the struggles of middle-class University of Chicago, Professor William Dodd, was appointed as U.S. ambassador to Germany during the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich. Dodd not only had to deal with the threats to democracy, but his thriftiness was criticized by State Department officials who mainly came from wealthy elite families. In addition, Dodd’s daughter began dating Nazi officials.

Event Date: August 5, 2024, at 9:30am

Our August 5 hike will be a reprise of our hike last summer at William O'Brien State Park.  This is a beautiful park with a winding trail and a great view of the countryside.  The hike is about 5.5 to 6 miles and we'll go at a moderate pace with frequent water breaks.  After the hike, we will eat lunch at Rustic Roots Winery, a half mile north of the park. 

Event Date: August 16, 2024, at 2pm

Kathy Cramer will lead the discussion of The Bookbinder by Pip Williams, a book set in 1914 Oxford chronicling the life of Peggy who works in the University bindery, but craves a life beyond binding books but to being a scholar herself.

Event Date: August 28, 2024, at 5:30pm

Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Jonathan Padelford, leaving from the Harriet Island dock in St. Paul, boarding time at 5:30 p.m. We will have a brief program on board by Patrick Nunnally from the River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment.

Event Date: August 31, 2024, at 11:59pm

August 31 is the due date for annual reports and updates.  Annual Reports, Toolkits, web page updates, operating document updates and archives collections are all due each year on this date.

Event Date: September 10, 2024, at 10:30am

Autumn is a wonderful season in Minnesota so plan to join UMRA at the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Kristen Mastel, head librarian and curator, will reveal its treasure trove of publications and artifacts relating to plant history, horticulture, and natural history. After the tour, those who are interested may stay to eat lunch together, sitting outside if the weather is nice. Later, you are invited to a one-hour tram tour of the entire Arboretum that includes natural areas of flowering shrubs, bogs, and forests, family garden and landscaping showpieces, and the red barn farm

Event Date: September 10, 2024, at 12:30pm

After a summer break the UMRA Photo Club will next meet September 10, 2024 in the meeting room of the Hennepin County St. Anthony Branch Library. For those interested in lunch, meet at the Great Dragon at 11:30 am. For September the THEME will be Curves

Event Date: September 16, 2024, at 10am

We will continue to discuss the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage.  You will also hear about notable non-health plan and non-broker resources.

Event Date: September 30, 2024, at 10am

Topics relevant to managing investments in retirement.  By David Foster, CFP©, CRPC©, CRPS©

Event Date: October 13, 2024, at 9am

This trip begins in Madrid and ends in Barcelona with stops 3 cities in between. International round trip airfare from NYC is included in the quoted price. See the attached a copy of the e-brochure with highlights and complete itinerary.  Register by May 1.