Harper's Chord Christmas returns to LF

LITTLE FALLS-Harper's Chord Christmas will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Great River Arts in Little Falls, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Harper's Chord Christmas will present a family friendly show and feature musical talents of Roger Fink, Jill Moore, Micah Barrett and Evin Haukos, it stated in a news release. Harper's Chord plays originals and carefully selected covers that tell poignant stories and speak to people's musical sensibilities, the release stated.

Light appetizers will be served by the A.T. Black and White restaurant.

Admission is $18 and people can reserve tickets online at greatart.org/live or by calling Great River Arts at 320.632.0960 or order them Harper's Chord

Paul Bunyan Transition Plus' holiday sale planned

The Paul Bunyan Transition Plus' annual holiday craft sale will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at PBTP. Student-made holiday decor, gifts and food items will be sold.

The PBTP is the white house located between Brainerd High School's North and South Campus at the end of the parking lot.

For more information call 454-5395.

Folk dancing set at Franklin

International folk dancing returns at 7 p.m. Wednesday in room 228 of the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, sponsored by the New Piney Woods Folk Dance Club.

The club meets once a month to enjoy music and dance of countries around the world. All of the dances are taught and are tailored for beginner dancers. No experience or partner is necessary.

A $5 suggested donation is appreciated, but not required.

The original Piney Woods Folk Dance Club was formed in 1983 as a recreational international folk dance club. They first danced in the Long Lake Town Hall and then the old Oddfellows Hall in Brainerd. The group lasted for 10 years, doing dances from around the world. In 2016, several members of the old group made a plan for renewal of the club.

For more information please call Paul Wilson at 218-764-2994 or check the Facebook page.

Cast announced for 'And Then There Were None'

PEQUOT LAKES-Pequot Lakes Community Theater announces the cast and crew for its

February production of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None."

Director Craig Friday of Crosslake stated in a news release 21 local actors and actresses turned out for the auditions.

The cast:

Fred Narracott will be played by Gary Binda of Crosslake; Mr. (Tom) Rogers, Isaak Anderson,

Pine River; Mrs. (Ethel) Rogers, Marjorie Harris, Breezy Point; Anthony Marston, Phylipe Bell, Pequot Lakes; Vera Claythorne, Karla Johnson, Brainerd; Philip Lombard, Eddie Binda, Merrifield; Dr. Armstrong, Travis Chaput, Brainerd; William Blore, Ben Gordon, Pine River; Emily Brent, Jen Anderson, Pine River; General Mackenzie, Larry Petron, Nisswa; and Justice Lawrence Wargrave, Peter Herzog, Pequot Lakes.

The production crew includes stage manager Julie Friday of Crosslake; technical director Kim Utesch of Pine River; technicians Jared Foss of Brainerd and Matthew Bonfig of Merrifield; set designer and builder, Tim Leagjeld of Pine River; costumer, Debra Binda of Crosslake; and property master, Gary Binda of Crosslake.

The plot follows 10 strangers invited to spend the weekend on Soldier Island off the coast of Devon England at the request of Mr. and Mrs. Owen. They become stranded as the weather takes a turn for the worse.

A mysterious recording accuses each of them of a crime. One by one they begin to die according to the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme titled "10 Little Soldier Boys." They all claim their innocence but yet they are all suspects. Who will survive? Who is the killer?

"And Then There Were None" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and will be staged Feb. 16, 17, 23, and 24 and Feb 18 and 25.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the

Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural

Heritage Fund.

For ticket information go online at www.glapa.info or contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

Wadena's holiday tea and open house set

WADENA-The Wadena County Historical Society will host its free annual Holiday Tea and Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Wadena County Museum.

Brewed tea and holiday treats will be served and there will be live music with singers from the Wadena Deer Creek Elementary school to perform at noon; Mario Arroyo, a local musician who plays pan flutes, will perform at 1 p.m.; and Christmas music played by area pianists on the museum's 100 year-old piano will perform during the afternoon.

Arroyo, originally from Quito, Ecuador, has performed all over the world. He records, produces and performs instrumental music with his own handcrafted bamboo instruments. He offers lessons on how to play pan flutes.

For more information email 603wchs@arvig.net or call 218 631-9079.

BHS Windfall to be featured on MPR

Following a year of performances across the state, Classical Minnesota Public Radio will wrap up its Pop Up Classical season with a performance with Brainerd High School's choral ensemble, Windfall. The choir will perform a 30-minute segment at 6 p.m. Friday at the court of the Westgate Mall in Brainerd/Baxter.

Pop Up Classical stages live performances in unexpected places. The goal of the MPR program is to take classical music out of the concert hall and make it accessible to everyone. MPR extends its appreciation to Westgate Mall, Rafferty's Pizza and BlackRidge Bank for their support of this event, it stated in a news release.

Last month, MPR News (88.3-FM) and Classical MPR (90.7- FM) were off the air for listeners in the Brainerd lakes area due to storm damage. This Pop Up Classical serves as a thank you to the listeners for their patience, understanding and continued support to MPR, the news release stated.

Windfall is a 12-member select choral ensemble from BHS, lead by choir director Brian


Minnesota Public Radio operates a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 900,000 listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services-MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current-produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences.

Programs produced by MPR's national programming division, American Public Media, reach 19 million listeners via nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes A Prairie Home Companion, BBC World Service, Marketplace and the leading classical music programming in the nation. APM also offers a diverse array of podcasts-from shows featuring best-selling authors to the best food, culture and comedy shows on public radio.

Visit minnesotapublicradio.org for more information on MPR.

Cuyuna holiday band concert set

DEERWOOD-The Cuyuna Range Community Band, under the direction of Richard Peterson, will present its annual holiday concert and fundraiser at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Deerwood Auditorium.

The Cuyuna Range Community Band is an all-volunteer group of area musicians who

perform regularly throughout the past year at community events and concert venues. The band's performance will draw from a variety of musical sources including works from contemporary, novelty and the classical genre as well as some holiday favorites. As a part of our fundraising efforts, there will be several raffle drawings for assorted prizes that have been donated by area businesses and individuals.

There will be no admission charge for the event but, people are asked to bring a donation item for area food shelves.