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BHS graduate to perform recital

BAXTER — Maggie Boland will perform a vocal recital at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Baxter. 

Boland is a 2006 Brainerd High School graduate, a Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, graduate and a graduate student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., where she is working toward her masters degree in vocal music performance. 

Boland will be accompanied by Gayle Mortensen, the director of Parish Music at Prince of Peace. Boland will be performing works by Claude Debussy, Gwyneth Walker, Samuel Barber, G.F. Handel, Johann Strauss, Jules Massenet, Twila Paris and Albert Malotte.

There is no charge for this concert, but a free-will offering will be taken.  

Hager to present next organ series

Ken Hager will perform at noon Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd, as part of the Lakes Area Summer Organ Series.

Among the pieces Hager will perform are selections from J.S. Bach’s “Eight Little Preludes,” John James’ “Two Trumpet Voluntaries” and Widor’s “Adagio” from Organ Symphonie No. 5.

A free-will offering is taken which will be given to Zion Lutheran.

Dregni to speak at Brown Bag Lunch

Author Eric Dregni will be the seventh author in the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch Summer Authors’ series. He will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. His talk will focus on his latest book, “Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America,” published by the University of Minnesota Press.

In the book, Dregni tracks down and explores the significant — often bizarre — historic sites, tales, and traditions of Scandinavia’s peculiar colony in the Midwest. Dregni reveals the little-known tales that lie beneath the surface of Nordic America and proves by example why generations of Scandinavian-Americans have come to love and cherish these tales and traditions so dearly.

Dregni is assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul. He is the author of several books, including “Minnesota Marvels,” “Midwest Marvels,” “In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream” and “Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital,” all published by the University of Minnesota Press.

During the summer, he is dean of Lago del Bosco, the Italian Concordia Language Village in northern Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library and all are welcome.

Roggenkamps performing in Gregory Park

Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the bandstand at Gregory Park as part of the Concerts in the Park series.

The couple has been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota and surrounding states and Canada for more than 30 years, performing traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music. They are members of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, they have recorded several CD’s, made numerous television and radio appearances and are Roster Artists for the Five Wings Arts Council of Central Minnesota. They also are well known in bluegrass circles for founding the Lakes Bluegrass Festival and running a nationally known bluegrass music website named Today, they focus on the early traditions of country, gospel and bluegrass music.

The Roggenkamps perform a variety of styles from slow ballads to fast instrumentals, and on various instruments including guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, dobro and mandolin. Their harmony singing is reminiscent of some of the classic brother duets in early country and bluegrass music.

Tim Roggenkamp is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his hard-driving banjo playing, but is also accomplished on lead and rhythm guitar, mandolin, fiddle and dobro. Tim released a solo CD entitled, “Northern Lights,” which received a first-page review in the nationally published Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

Cindy Roggenkamp plays standup bass and rhythm guitar and sings leads and harmonies. She also performs most of the emcee duties.

The Roggenkamps have recorded many albums over the years, starting with their first vinyl release in 1978 entitled “Where I’m Bound.” Their most recent release is an all duet recording simply titled “Country and Bluegrass Favorites” and they’re currently working on an all gospel project.

The concert is free and people can bring a lawn chair or a blanket, relax and enjoy the sounds of the bands. Concerts in the Park is a collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. Rain out site is the senior center in Brainerd.

Poetry and Music event with Timothy Frantzich

Heartland Poets and the Crossing Arts Alliance will host a poetry reading and special musical performance by Brother Timothy Frantzich from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Last Turn Saloon and Eatery in Brainerd.

Poets from around the state attending the 25th annual League of Minnesota Poetry summer retreat in northern Minnesota will be reading at the event. The event also will welcome community members to share their poetry. This event is free and open to the public. The Heartland Poets is a group of Central Lakes Minnesota poets who meet on a monthly basis at the Brainerd library to share their love of writing and appreciation of poetry. This non-profit group is dedicated to encouraging poetry in all forms.

Frantzich is a singer, songwriter and storyteller who “loves cavorting with poets.” Frantzich, a native Minnesotan, has toured and traveled extensively throughout the United States and United Kingdom performing at numerous poetry conventions and events. He recently made his seventh annual appearance and performance with Robert Bly at the Great Mother conference in Maine. Frantzich has been a guest on Garrison Keillor’s, Prairie Home Companion and has performed at thousands of pubs and churches.

Sign up for free bus tour

People can register at the Brainerd Public Library for a chance to take a free bus tour to the Minnesota History Center for Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Exhibit on Aug. 18; and the Minnesota Science Museum in Minneapolis to see the Real Pirates Exhibit on Aug. 25.

At the science museum, participants can meet members of the Whydah’s crew and explore what life was like on a real pirate ship. In Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, participants will discover the perils and privileges of 18th century pirate life.

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit highlights viewing of classic film clips in a 1930s-style movie theater, where participants can get behind the counter of a 1930s soda fountain and watch a recreation of a World War II combat flight in a C-47 plane

The drawings will take place on July 27. Two seats for the bus tour will be given to each winner. One entry per person. Children must be 8 years old or older and be accompanied by an adult. Winners will be called shortly after the drawings.

Local poets win national awards

Charmaine Pappas Donovan and Doris Stengel, both of Brainerd and Heartland Poet members, recently received awards at the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc’s (NFSPS) 53rd annual convention in Merrillville, Ind.

Winners in over 50 poetry contests were announced throughout the convention.

Donovan won four special Convention Contest honors and cash prizes. Two awards were for invocational poems which Donovan read at convention meal times; others were for poems written about Indiana. Donovan also received first place for an art poem in Category 10 and received Honorable Mentions in other categories.

Stengel’s narrative poem won second place in Category 11. Prize winning poems received cash prizes and will be published next year in ENCORE, Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2012.

‘A Walk in the Woods’ to be performed

STAPLES — Madhatters and Lamplighter Community Theaters will present “A Walk in the Woods” by Lee Blessing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

The play is based on the 1982 Geneva Convention in Switzerland where two nuclear arms negotiators famously left the talks to take a walk in the woods. Blessing’s play explores what may have taken place when a young idealistic American and an experienced, cynical and mischievous Russian step away form the table to find a new way to negotiate.

Tickets are $6 and are available at the door or Thrifty White Drug and An Open Book, both in Wadena; or Miller True Value and First International Bank, both in Staples/Motley.

Don Hoffman is the director and for the first time Madhatter and Lamplighter have all original score for the show written by Ron Levine.

Kevin Olsen plays Audrey, the Russian negotiator, and Matthew R. Olsen plans John, the American negotiator.

This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Warner to present next Staples Music in the Park

STAPLES — Folk/Americana musician and entertainer Dennis Warner will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Northern Pacific (NP) Park as part of the Staples Music in the Park series. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Centennial Auditorium.

Warner is recognized for his crafty wit and skillful musicianship. Though he grew up in Minnesota, his travels have taken him to all 50 states and he brings his smooth vocals and six and 12 string guitars to more than 100 cities each year.

Warner’s concerts blend ballads with up-tempo songs, and audience participation. His credits include appearing on numerous regional television and radio programs as well as NPR’s “Great Acoustics, Live!” and “River City Folk.” He has hosted his own radio special, “Jammin’ with Dennis Warner” broadcast by public radio affiliates. Warner recently released SEEDS (his ninth CD) and is the author of the children’s book “Beads on One String.”

The Music in the Park Series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club. The series is organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the Staples Motley Public Schools and the City of Staples.

For more information on the Music in the Park series, check out

Paint anywhere in Aitkin County

The sixth annual Jaques Art Center’s Paint Plein Air event is taking place through Friday, where, painters of all ages are invited to paint anywhere in Aitkin County and then bring their work to the center by Saturday.

Contact Jaques for more information at (218) 927-2363.

Participants’ work will be exhibited in local banks through Aug. 6. People have plans to paint at Riverwood’s healing garden from 8-10 a.m. Friday. An awards ceremony and artist reception will be at 2 p.m. at the Jaques.

Also at the center will be “Felted Fall Fashion Fun” to be held Aug. 30 with felting instructor, Elaine Lawler. During this all day class people will make two lightweight scarves for fall and winter wear. Participants need to choose their colors before Aug. 1.

2012 BWA writing contest

Brainerd Writers Alliance (BWA) invites any Minnesota resident to submit a writing entry into a statewide contest by Aug. 15.

Categories include fiction and creative non-fiction, with both categories having a 2,500 word limit; and poetry with a limit of three poems that can be submitted. Entry fee is $15. Work submitted must be unpublished and must have received no previous awards. Submission guidelines include author sending two hard copies of each entry, stapled; no name on entries, only title, category and word count; double-spaced, 12-point New Times Roman font or similar.

Writers need to send their cover sheet, entry/reading fee and two copies of each entry: Beverly Abear, BWA contest chair, 6584 Parkview Circle, Baxter, MN 56425.

Winners of the contest will be notified by Oct. 1. The winners will be read their submission at the BWA fall workshop held Oct. 27 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, with speaker Bill Meissner, creative writing director at St. Cloud State University.

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