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Entertainment Briefs - July 24

Jonathan Friesen1 / 4
Mary Ann Cleary took first place with "A Lily Day" in the 2014 Plein Air exhibition and contest at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.2 / 4
Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp will perform at 7 p.m. today in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd.3 / 4
Marlene Chabot4 / 4

Motley Two Rivers Music Fest scheduled

MOTLEY - The eighth annual Two Rivers Music Fest and Craft Fair will be held Friday and Saturday at the Fairgrounds in Motley.

The free two-day event was established to provide an annual family entertainment event through music that will range from bluegrass, country, gospel, variety and old-time; arts and crafts; and fireworks. It's a free event and spectators should bring their own lawn chairs.

The festival begins at 4 p.m. with a pie and ice cream social at United Methodist Church.

Saturday's event begins at 7 a.m. with a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast, sponsored by Motley's Fire Department. A parade commences at 11 a.m. At noon, the grounds open with food and beverage vendors. The Kiddie Land will run from noon to 4 p.m. and is open for youth of all ages. The 34th Division Marching Band will perform.

Bands on Saturday include: Alan Godage & Sundown, classic country, performing at 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Katie Ziegler, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Tami and the Bachelor, a national touring band from Minneapolis, 6-10 p.m.

In case of rain, the music will be moved into the pavillion. Fireworks will be displayed at 10 p.m.

The bands are sponsored by Motley Lions, the city of Motley and Enberg Logging.

Bandstand performance from the Roggenkamps

Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp will perform at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd. They have 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, have recorded several CDs, 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 adding their touch to the early traditions of country, gospel and bluegrass music. Tim and Cindy perform a variety of styles from slow ballads to fast instrumentals and on various instruments including guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, dobro and mandolin. They enjoy preserving authentic American music. The Roggenkamps' harmony singing is reminiscent of some of the classic brother duets in early country and bluegrass music and they have drawn much of their material from groups such as The Louvin Brothers, The Stanley Brothers and Jim and Jesse.

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 Roggenkamp released a solo CD entitled, "Northern Lights," which received a glowing first-page review in the nationally published Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, as well as great reviews in regional magazines. The CD, including several original songs, received national and international airplay and was distributed nationally on "Prime Cuts of Bluegrass."

Cindy Roggenkamp plays standup bass and rhythm guitar and sings heart-warming and honest vocal leads and harmonies. She also performs most of the emcee duties and has a way of connecting with the audience and keeping the show moving. The couple has 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 are currently working on an all gospel project.

Bandstand concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the concert. Rainout site is The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. If the concerts are moved indoors, signs will be posted on the bandstand and it will be announced on WJJY radio. Concerts in the park are a collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Funding for the concerts has been provided by community donations and a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council.

Music Festival Prelude concerts scheduled

The Lakes Area Music Festival prelude concert series began last week and continues this weekend with performances in three local communities.

Concerts will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crosslake Lutheran Church; at 3 p.m. Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood; and at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Festival favorites - pianist Mary Jo Gothmann, baritone Rodolfo Nieto and Festival Director Scott Lykins - along with violinist Jeremy Rhizor will perform. Gershwin's "Summertime" will be on the program, as will works by Schubert, Vivaldi, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

The Prelude Series is a preview of the Festival's sixth annual season running Aug. 3-24, bringing 100 professional musicians from around the world to the lakes area to perform chamber music, symphonic orchestra and opera. These free concerts will be held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. The organization will present a variety of educational and social opportunities for the audience and community to participate in.

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Author Jonathan Friesen to appear

Jonathan Friesen is our ninth author with his new book, "Mayday," for the Brown Bag Summer Author Series. He will be at the Brainerd Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.

In Friesen's new young adult book, "Mayday," 17-year-old Crow will stop at nothing to protect her younger sister - even if it cost her her own life. There are a few catches, though; first, she won't be coming back as herself.

Friesen, of Mora, is the author of a number of books for young readers, including the Schneider Family award-winning book, "Jerk, California."

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. All are welcome and there is no charge.

Author Alice Conklin to appear

Author Alice Conklin will appear for a book signing for "A Crown for a Princess" from 1-3 p.m. Saturday during an open house at The Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.

Church Ladies Extravaganza planned

LITTLE FALLS - "Church Ladies Extravaganza" will be performed Aug. 14-15 and will be held at the Little Falls Ballroom. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. Be ready to meet Sister Mary Ace with her tool belt, Sister Mary Catastrophe and her safety list, and Agnes with her "delicious buns" ... and the Church Lady, Prudence, known as Jason Schommer will express opinions on many pertinent topics of the day". A tasty church lady approved meal will be served at 6:30 p.m., with an interactive play entwined throughout the event.

Proceeds from the event will go to Oasis Central Minnesota, which is a sponsoring organization for programs such as Share A Meal, Paint A Thon, Fix A Home and Ruby's Pantry.

Tickets are $25 and are available by calling the Oasis office at 320-632-9140 or by stopping at the reception office at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls. Tickets will also be sold at the Green Fair Folk Festival held on the St Francis Campus on Aug. 6. Tickets must be purchased prior to Aug. 8. No tickets will be available at door.

Mille Lacs Lake historian to appear for event

GARRISON - Knowledge Bites will present Joe Fellegy, author of "Thirty Years on the Big Lake" and renowned historian for Mille Lacs Lake and the surrounding area during an event at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Fellegy will provide "bites" of information about fishing on Mille Lacs, stories about some of the old resorts, lake towns, storms, boats and boat builders, 30 years of steamboats, the pine-logging era, place names, the accomplishments and interactions of diverse and interesting people and more.

The event is free.

Author Chabot to appear

Local author Marlene Chabot is signing her new mystery "Death At the Bar X Ranch" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Peoples National Bank in Brainerd. Chabot's main purpose for appearing at the bank is to help raise funds for the annual "Back to School Drive."

Plein Air winners announced

The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin announced its 2014 Plein Air exhibit and contest winners.

Winner are: Mary Ann Cleary, who took first place with "A Lily Day;" Bob Luedtke, second place, "The Old Creamery;" Kari Hogden, third, "The Logan;" Honorable mentions are Cynthia Kath for "Downtown," Mary MacArthur for "Willow on Cedar," Tom Dimock for "Waiting for the Next Train," and Dianne Lewis for "Going No Where Fast."

In the "Quick Paint" category, Duane Barnhart won with "John Deere, Farmall & Two Cases" and Polly Savory earned honorable mention for "Everybody's Coming."

The exhibit and sale will continue through Saturday.

Music in the Park features two bands

CROSBY - The Cuyuna Range Community Band and Finding Blakesley will both perform from 6-9 p.m. today in the Music in the Park series at Crosby Memorial Park.

The Cuyuna Range Community Band, composed of 30 adults, will perform first and then Finding Blakesley, who performs various styles of rock and alternative rock, will take the stage.

'Tom Sawyer' theater auditions are Sunday

STAPLES - The Staples Motley Area Arts Council auditions for Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical production of "Tom Sawyer" will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

Up to 84 young people, ages 7-18, are needed to play the roles of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Huck Finn, Cousin Hildegarde, Cousin Sid, Susie Harper, Mrs. Thatcher, Mrs. Harper, the Townies, the River Rats, the Ghouls and the Bats.

Two professional actors will direct the production and act in the roles of Aunt Polly and a Conman, the Rightful King of France. Lusie Cuskey and Stephen G. Tabor both have professional acting and directing experience as well as experience with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre.

Set on Halloween, this version features original music by Daniel Nordquist and Deborah Pick. No advance preparation is necessary.

The audition session begins at 5 p.m. and will last two hours. All auditioners are required to be in attendance the full time. The cast will be announced at the end of the two hour audition. There is a registration fee.

Each cast member will receive a rehearsal schedule for the remainder of the week. Rehearsals will be held from 5-9:15 p.m.

Two performances are scheduled at 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Tickets for the performance will be available at the door.

This week long Prairie Fire Children's Theatre residency is being sponsored by Staples Motley Area Arts Council. For more information, contact Amy Hunter at 218-894-1925 or at

Puppet show to be presented

NEW YORK MILLS - The Cultural Center will present the Margo McCreary puppet show at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New York Mills Farmers Market.

The performance is free to the public, and is made possible, in part, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Minnesota program with funding provided by the Legacy Amendment appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, and by the West Central Initiative Foundation in Fergus Falls.