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Arts in the Park to begin Sunday in Little Falls

Arts in the Park Series starts Sunday

LITTLE FALLS — Arts in the Park in Little Falls kicks off from 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday at Maple Island Park in Little Falls with a return performance by musical group Sheldon Carlson and Lynda Lintner.

Carlson and Lintner have been performing together since 2006. This will be their third time performing as part of the Arts in the Park series, produced by the Great River Arts Association (GRAA).  The musical duo have enjoyed performing in area nursing homes and assisted care facilities. 

When asked to describe their style of music, Carlson said in an email release, “Many of the songs we sing are older hymns redone in a country or bluegrass style, performed with a guitar, mandolin or 5 string banjo.” 

The concert is the first of nine summer events taking place at the Maple Island Park as part of the GRAA 19th year of Arts in the Park. Traditionally, the events, primarily concerts, have taken place on Sunday afternoons, but executive director, Cynthia French said that’s changing this year: “We received numerous comments last year that people would like to see the concerts earlier or later in the day, or possibly on a weekday evening, so we’re mixing it up. The Sons of Knut will be playing on June 21st from 5:30-7p.m., Metal Fest will take place on a Saturday this year and some of the Sunday concerts are happening a little later in the day.”

By offering events at different times, the GRAA hopes to attract a wider audience. They are offering a variety of activities this year, ranging from bluegrass to heavy metal to rock and roll. 

The final event of the summer will be the Kids’ Arts in the Park event scheduled Aug. 12, an event that offers youth of all ages the opportunity to participate in a variety of arts activities and will feature a musical performance by the St. Francis UROCK bands. 

The Arts in the Park programs are organized by the Performing Arts Committee, a group of volunteers that work with the GRAA. If you would like to volunteer on this committee, and help with this summer’s events or to plan future events, you should contact the Great River Arts Center.  

All of the events are free and open to everyone. The GRAA collects donations during the events, which go towards paying the artists. 

If it rains, the concerts will move to the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls. 

For a complete schedule of events for the summer, visit, or stop by the arts center to pick up a schedule.

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