Ripple River Gallery to host artist display

AITKIN-Where does an artist find inspiration?

For Butch Holden it comes from his continual fascination with the similarities of gardening and ceramics, a news release stated. Holden's pottery and digital paintings will be featured through July 14 at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake, with a reception 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 14.

"My art is about looking in different directions and reacting by making a pot, a painting or a photograph," Holden stated. "When I garden, I am manipulating all sorts of variables-soil, location, timing, temperature, water-all in the hopes of achieving a thriving plant. Pottery making is incredibly similar. I manipulate all sorts of variables-minerals, temperature, timing, water, location in the kiln-all in the hopes of achieving a desirable ceramic outcome."

While the goal of both gardening and art making is a colorful and meaningful outcome, natural surprises and setbacks can occur. Holden approaches his work with optimism. "Patience, knowledge and work fuels my optimism. My photographs of plants and pots are hybrids of what I feel are collaborations with nature," he stated.

Holden has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. He taught drawing and ceramics at Mount Senario College and currently is a professor emeritus at Bemidji State University, where he has taught since 1983. Holden has exhibited his work in local, regional and national competitions, and also has had many solo exhibitions. In addition to having juried many shows, he has served on numerous art grant panels.

He lives, works and gardens at his home in Bemidji.

Ripple River Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 218-678-2575 or email ripplerivergallery@gmail.com.

Friends of Hallett library hosts book sale

CROSBY-The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library Friends Foundation is hosting its annual mega book sale June 19-22 at the library in Crosby.

Each year, the Friends sort through a multitude of book donations to prepare for the sale. Genres include cookbooks, history, bestsellers, westerns, inspirational, science, collectible titles, children's books and more.

Hours of the sale are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 20-21; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at the Hallett library, 101 First St. SE, Crosby.

Proceeds raised will be used to fund online audio books through the Libby App.

Those with questions may call 218-546-8005 or email friends@hallettlibrary.org.

Youth Mic Night set June 24

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 sponsors the event through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a family-friendly talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences. Eight 15-minute time slots are open on a first come basis. Those wishing to sign up should go to www.YouthOnStageMn.org or may do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

Author to speak in Wadena

WADENA-Author Mary Krugerud of "The Story of the Girl in Building C: The True Story of a Teenage Tuberculosis Patient" will speak at noon June 20 at the Wadena County Museum.

Krugerud was originally scheduled for a March BookEnds program, but canceled because of a snowstorm. Her program was rescheduled to June 20 as part of the Minnesota Voices series.

"In the 1940s, tuberculosis was still a dreaded and dangerous disease," a news release stated. "The main course of treatment was bed rest and months of medical care in facilities remote from the general population. Wadena had a tuberculosis sanatorium, which later became the Fair Oaks Nursing Home. At the Wadena County Historical Society, there is a record book from the early 1900s with information about the patients who were there."

"The Girl in Building C" is the story of a girl named Marilyn who entered the Ah-Gwah-Ching State Sanatorium in Walker, for what she thought would be a short stay. It ended up being three years. During that time she wrote many letters. Selections from her letters reveal the fascinating and poignant story of what her life was like living in a tuberculosis sanatorium, which was probably not very different from the stories of those who lived and died at the sanatorium in Wadena, the news release stated.

Books by the writers selected for BookEnds and Minnesota Voices are now available at the new Wadena County Museum Bookstore. For reservations and more information, visit www.WadenaCountyHistory.org or call 218-631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net.

Historic Carnival set June 14

WADENA-The fifth annual Historic Carnival will be noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, on the grounds of the Wadena County Museum during Wadena's June Jubilee.

This free event features fun for all ages with horse and carriage rides, a stilt walker, history impersonators and live music by tuba player, Steve Anderson.

This year's Historic Carnival is happening during the grand opening of the new Wadena County Museum Bookstore.

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

Fiddling duo performs in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS-Teho, a fiddling duo from Finland, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

Teho features Tero Hyvaluoma and Esko Järvelä, who have played together for years in various different bands and projects, including the long-running and popular Finnish band Frigg.

Tickets for Teho are $12 in advance or $15 at the door; students are $5. Visit www.kulcher.org or call 218-385-3339 for advance tickets.

Green Fair Folk Festival set Aug. 7

LITTLE FALLS-The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invites the public to attend the 2019

Green Fair Folk Festival set 4-8 p.m. Aug. 7, on the west lawn at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls.

The 13th year of Green Fair Folk Festival welcomed more than 900 people in 2018, including 50-plus vendors and various food booths. This year promises to bring new vendors, exhibitors and new activities. Green exhibitors/vendors are invited and encouraged to attend.

Levi Pelzer will perform along with various bands from the URock Camp at St. Francis Music Center. The festival, which includes environmentally friendly ideas, is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.

For more information, or to register by July 11 to become a booth exhibitor, contact Elise Carey at gfff@fslf.org or call 320-632-0634 or visit www.fslf.org/GreenFair.

Stage North announces 2020 season

The Stage North Theatre Co. announced its 2020 season of plays.

The season kicks off with "Anything Goes," on March 26-28 and April 2-4, 2020. Auditions will be Jan. 10-11, 2020. "Anything Goes" is a 1934 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. According to a news release, the story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to a very British Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy No. 13, "Moonface" Martin, help Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical introduced such songs as "Anything Goes," "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," "Let's Step Out," "Let's Misbehave" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."

For the Halloween slot, Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" will take the stage Oct. 22-23 and 29-30, 2020, with auditions Aug. 21-22, 2020. "The Crucible" is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. The release stated the play is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. It is regarded as a central work in the canon of American drama.

The holiday show, "A Christmas Story," will be Dec. 16-20, 2020. Auditions will be Oct. 9-10, 2020. "A Christmas Story," from the popular 1983 movie, is set in the 1940s. A young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Season ticket packages will be available soon.

Stage North has two more plays left for this season, which include "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" playing Oct. 23-26 and the "The Snow Queen," playing Dec. 11-15.

All shows can be seen at the Franklin Arts Center. For tickets, call 218-232-6810, order

online at www.stagenorththeater.com or stop in at the A-2-Z Yarn Shop on the main level

of the Franklin Arts Center.