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Double the entertainment at Gregory Park

There will be two bands performing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the bandstand at Gregory Park as part of the Concerts in the Park series.

The Trinity Gospel Singers and its gospel bluegrass group, Common Thread, will perform. The Trinity Gospel Singers have performed every year in the park and the group will open the concert with Common Thread performing second.

The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy the concert. Rain out site will the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center located at 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

The Concerts in the Park series are a collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and the center.

No Refund to perform in Staples

STAPLES — No Refund will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Staples Music in the Park series in Northern Pacific Park.

Kevin Nyberg and Scott Wegner formed a rock band in the late 80s, while still in high school. Twenty years later they’ve reunited to form No Refund and perform their favorite classic male vocal duo tunes. Included in the concert are hits recorded by the likes of the Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel and the Bellamy Brothers.

Besides the “Brother” acts, No Refund will sing songs like Waylon & Willie’s “Good Hearted Woman” and music of the Bee Gees; the Drifters; the Beatles; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; among others.

In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

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.

Taste of the Arts to be featured

The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCCA) is hosting its “Tuesday Sampler: Taste of the Arts,” an eight-week project designed to feature both a literary artist and a visual artist on Tuesdays in August and September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TCAA Gift Shop and Sales Gallery, located in the Franklin Arts Center building. 

TCAA received a grant from Five Wings Arts Council for the event that promotes artists in a convenient fashion to the public that takes place during the Farmer’s Market that is held in the center’s parking lot. The event will provide attendees an opportunity to engage and have dialogue with artists and gain inspiration from their creative energy and talent.

Scheduled artists are Tuesday, Charmaine Donova, poet of “Tumbled Dry” and Greg Rosenberg, stained glass; Aug. 14,Doug and Sally Mayfield, novel writers, “Angle of Declination” and Kathy Braud, “wet in wet” watercolors; Aug. 21, Robert Fulton, children’s writer, “Pickle Bumps for Baby Dill” and Carolyn Abbott, shibori dyeing silk scarves; Aug. 28, Janice Bradshaw, creative nonfiction writer and Sonja Larsen, nature printing; Sept. 4, Bonnie Rokke Tenis, author and poet, Growing Up Margaret etc., and Judy Kusisto, miniature illustrations; Sept. 11, Theresa Jarvela, mystery writer, “Home Sweet Murder” and Diane Runberg, encaustic; Sept. 18, Candace Simar, historical fiction, Abercrombie Trail Series and Tom Larson, woodturning; and Sept. 25, Alice Conklin, children’s writer/illustrator, “A Crown for a Princess” and Haddie Hadachek, pottery.

TCAA activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008; and grants from Target, Sertoma Winter Wonderland and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund

CLIMB Theatre to perform

play at Brainerd library

CLIMB Theatre will present “The Tortoise and the Hare” at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Brainerd Public Library.

CLIMB Theatre, located in Inver Grove Heights, is a nationally recognized non-profit company that has provided programming to K-12 schools for 38 years. CLIMB’s theatre artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on topics like bullying, self-control, respect and the environment. CLIMB’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes and other creative works that inspire and propel people, especially young people toward actions that benefit themselves, each other and the community.

“The Tortoise and the Hare” takes a look at bullying and one way to deal with that with Slow Sal’s own determination and fulfilling a dream. It includes 20 minutes of performance and 20 minutes of related activities for 3-8 year olds and their families.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

Two bands Aug. 9 in Crosby

Two bands will perform Aug. 9 in the Music in the Park series held in Crosby Memorial Park.

Fort, Flynn and Deblock will perform at 6 p.m. and Seth Doud will perform at 7:35 p.m.

Bookstore Shop Hop

set in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Bookin’ It in Little Falls is participating in the Bookstore Shop Hop that will take place over two weekends on Aug. 11-12 and 18-19.

Store owner Laura Hansen explains the process: “You start at any of the four stores (Bookin’ It, Cherry Street Books in Alexandria, Beagle Books and Bindery in Park Rapids and Sister Wolf Books on the bike trail in Dorset) and pick up a Shop Hop Passport. Each store offers a variety of author appearances, book signings, events, specials and gift bags. At each stop on your travels you present your passport to be stamped. At the last stop, you turn in the completed passport to be entered for one of four grand prizes. Last year’s Shop Hop winners each got a large box of books and related items valued at nearly $200 each.”

Brochures with store information and driving directions can be picked up at Bookin’ It. More information is available at

Book signings also are planned at Bookin’ It during the Shop Hop:

• 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 11, Beryl Singleton Bissell, author of two memoirs, “A Scent of God” and “A View of the Lake.”

• 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18, Danielle Sosin of “The Long-Shining Waters.”

• 1-3 p.m. Aug. 19, three authors published by Northstar Press of St. Cloud will appear and include Katie Knutson of “The Possession of Cassie Quinn,” Danelle Helget, “Lost and Found” and “Found and Destroyed” and Dennis Herschbach, “Convergence at Two Harbors.”

After the Shop Hop, Bookin’ It will present two mystery author events on Aug. 25. Minnesota mystery writer, William Kent Krueger, whose newest Cork O’Connor book “Trickster’s Point,” will appear from 12:30-2 p.m.; and from 1-4 p.m., Theresa Jarvela of “Home Sweet Murder.“

Books for the various signings can be purchased at the store the day of the event or reserved in advance by calling (320) 632-1848.

Leech Lake Art League

anniversary show and sale set

WALKER — The Leech Lake Art League, an organization of more than 30 local area artists, will celebrate it’s 40th anniversary this year with its annual art show and sale will be held Friday-Saturday at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School commons area.

The show and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with more than 25 local artists participating. Artwork will consist of original paintings in watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel, as well as sculpture, fine jewelry, prints and cards. Admission is free and several painting demonstrations will be conducted daily.

The league showcases one of its artists each year and this years’ featured artist is Vae Kaiser, who has been a member for 20 years. Kaiser is a retired teacher who graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in education and a minor in art. She and her husband, Harley, retired in 1986 and moved to Pine River. Kaiser also is a member of the Artists of Minnesota, where she has won several awards for her colorful floral watercolors.

The Art League was started in 1972 by Olive George and several of her painting friends, with a mission to promote the growth of art in the community and to provide a mutual learning experience.

Little Falls author receives national award

LITTLE FALLS — Kathy Braud of Little Falls recently received an award in Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS) National Watermedia Show.

Braud’s “Reflections in Color” was selected for a Holbein Award of Excellence with a Holbein Merchandise Award in this year’s RRWS’s 19th Annual Juried National Watermedia Exhibition by juror Donna Zagotta. The show will be on display through Sept. 16 at the Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead.

About 300 pieces were submitted for the show and 38 made it into this show. Braud is a signature RRWS member and has been accepted into the national show five times and has been an award winner three times.

Haiti exhibit to be

featured in Aitkin gallery

AITKIN — An upcoming exhibit entitled “Life Lessons from Haiti” will open Friday and run through Sept. 15 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, with an opening reception from 12-3 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibit is collection of colorful, vibrant folk art and fine art that reveals how the Haitian people used art to survive a tumultuous history.

Little Falls artisit in

national spotlight

Internationally/locally-known artist Charles Kapsner of Little Falls recently participated in the National VFW Summer Convention in Reno, Nev., where he made a presentation on the Minnesota Vets Cemetery Veterans Art Project. Kapsner made his presentation the day after President Barack Obama and just prior to presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The first of five paintings was completed in 2011, recognizing the history of the U.S. Army and is permanently displayed on a wall in the Committal Hall at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Kapsner is currently working on the second 8-by 10-feet oil painting recognizing the history of the U.S. Navy. These paintings will be followed by the U.S. Marine Corp/Merchant Marines, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.

Plein Air winners announced

AITKIN — The Jaques Arts Center in Aitkin announced the following Plein Air winners of 2012:

First place was for “Path in the Woods” by Mary Macarthur; second, “Between Showers,” Duane Barnhart; third, “Turtle Lake,” Cynthia Kath; honorable mentions: Aitkin feed No. 2; Robert Luedtke, River Valley Reflections, David Rickert; Serenity, Mary Ann Cleary; and Feed and Farm Supply, Raleigh Kinney.

The Quick Paint winners are Dacia by Dianne Lewis; and honorable mentions, Mighty Twins, Patricia Undis, Model a Ford, Robert Luedtke and Healing Garden, Kinney.

Music festival to feature family-friendly concert and dance party

The Lakes Area Music Festival will present a concert titled “Symphonic Tales,” at 3 p.m. Sunday; and a “Baroque Dance Party” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Both events will be held at at Tornstrom Auditorium.

The concerts are free, but donations are accepted to support the Music Festival.

“Symphonic Tales,” the first-ever winner of the festival’s Young Artist Competition, will be featured at the concert. Lydia Sadoff, 16, will solo in the allegro movement of the Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor by von Weber. Sadoff has studied clarinet at the Metro Music Academy in St. Paul and at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. She has been a member of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 2006. Sadoff has already been a winner of several other music competitions. The festival’s concerto competition is sponsored by Grand View Lodge.

Foot-stomping will be hard to resist as the musicians play “Explore Music! Percussion Ensemble,” inspired by Orff, and “Hoe-Down from Rodeo” by Copland. The concert will conclude with the tale of “Peter and the Wolf” by Prokofiev, narrated by Jeff Andrews, an actor and teacher from Rochester, New York. This concert will be conducted by Marlene Pauley, music director of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra.

The “Baroque Dance Party” will consist of music by composer J. S. Bach, who will be represented by the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major. Soloists for the concerto will be David Brubaker of the Minnesota Orchestra on violin, Catherine Branch of the Eastman School of Music on flute and Layton James, the retired long-time keyboard player for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, on harpsichord.

The concert also will feature four other selections from the Baroque era, including:

• Concerto Grosso in B minor by Handel, featuring soloists Sara Kwak and Vali Phillips, both of the Minnesota Orchestra, on violins, and David Huckaby of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on cello;

• Sonata in G minor by Vivaldi with Joseph Peters of the New World Symphony on oboe;

• Sonata in G minor, the “Devil’s Trill,” by Tartini with Che Ho Lam of the Minestra Quartet on violin;

• Two selections from “Hippolyte et Aricie” by Rameau with tenors Paul Hopper, ADA artist manager, Kyle Matthew Knapp of the University of Michigan and bass John Taylor Ward of Yale University. Ward also is the Festival’s assistant artistic director.

The Lakes Area Music Festival was established in 2009 and will feature seven concerts this season through Aug. 19. For more information, visit

20th annual Crosslake

Artisan’s Fair set Aug. 12

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake Area Historical Society’s Artisan’s Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Historic Log Village across from the Crosslake Corps of Engineers Dam and Campground in downtown Crosslake.

More than 31 artisans will be situated throughout the Historic Log Village displaying crafts reminiscent of 1900. Artisans will demonstrate their crafts as they sell their wares. There will be special activities and crafts for the children including corn-husking contests and a scavenger hunt. Lunch will be available on the grounds.

It is a family friendly day with something for everyone of every age. There will be soap making, candle dipping, hand spinning, pottery, weaving, blacksmithing and much more.

Strolling musicians Kai and Bridget Allen will entertain with guitar and violin. Accordion player, Ken Benson will entertain outside the Saloon while our floozy, Jan Burton from Brainerd serves root beer with local logger, Michael Fraser.

New at this years event is Dave Hudson, a potter from the Bemidji area and Justin Fry, who is a Certified Journeyman Farrier. He will be demonstrating the art of blacksmithing horseshoes in the newly built blacksmith shop in the village. Fry is a competitor for the American Farrier Association and competes nationwide. Eva Zech from Merrifield will be showing antlers, leather and salves.

Returning to the event is Debra Bellman, Grey Eagle, a poet and weaver, and Christine Kennedy, Pequot Lakes, creates and sells herbal soaps and lotions. Mary Hoag of Crosslake will render lard over a fire in her grandfather’s kettle for soap making; Bunny Geiger from Timothy Township will demonstrate candle dipping.; Allan Hochsprung, wood turner will display bowls and vases; Walter Grittner, St. Cloud, will display his wood carvings.

Other returning artisans include Becky and Jeff Behm, Raymond, demonstrating the art of fine thread crocheting and showing the art of fly tying; Carol Hopkins, Backus, weaves baskets; Dan Coleman, Park Rapids, brings his whetstone for a professional sharpening.

All the buildings in the Historic Log Village will be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers in period costume. Step into Crosslake of 1900 and see the log building that was the first official school on the Whitefish Chain, the Ostlund home that was built by August Ostlund and his son, Charles at the turn of the last century, the first Watertown Township Town Hall and a replica of the first Crosslake store. Take a look in the Livery where you’ll see the original Whitefish Chain Mail boat, a 1949 Chris-Craft, restored by Ronnie Schultz and Joe Ruttger plus many other exhibits of Crosslake’s past.

Anyone interested in joining the artisans or demonstrating a craft, call Hoag at (218) 692-3188 or Nancy Rudberg at (218) 692-2309.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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