Consensus to perform 2 concerts in Brainerd area

The Brainerd lakes area vocal group, Consensus, will perform two concerts featuring Minnesota composers and contributors 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake and 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

The group will celebrate the strength of Minnesota with its many composers -- from F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Choir, to Jake Runestad, who recently was awarded by the American Choral Directors Association for his outstanding compositions. A song from Brainerd's own Phil Mattson and another from Hibbing's Bob Dylan are in the program as well.

"We hope there's something for everyone in our program,” said David Pelowski, who sings bass in the group. “There's even a song about mosquitoes -- the unofficial state bird.”

Members of Consensus are: Marcus Aulie, Sonya and Laurence Chamberlain, Christopher and Sarah Fogderud, David and Jennifer Pelowski and Brian and Jennifer Stubbs.

Admission to the concerts is free, but donations will be accepted.

Crossing Arts hosts Second Saturday events

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host Crossing Arts Kids, a featured artist of the month and the “Fantastic Fibers” exhibit Saturday, Sept. 14.

There will be two sessions for Crossing Arts Kids art programming: 10-11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m., where youths will “Explore Mosaics” with guest artist Trisha Peterson. This class is sponsored by Alice Larson, Shelly Bolt, Jean Kraft and Julie Despot. Registration is required, space is limited. Visit or call TCAA at 218-833-0416 to enroll. A $3 per child/$5 per family materials donation is requested but no child will be turned away due to need.

Meet the featured member artist of the month, Jan Lendobej, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Lendobej will spend time on her two artistic outlets of playing piano and painting. Mainly painting in watercolors, her subject matter includes "somewhere she'd like to be." This could be a cottage in the woods, a bike trail, a sidewalk cafe and places that are central to her Catholic faith, a news release stated. She plays and composes her own music, and many of her songs have a spiritual theme. Lendobej will share a few of her musical compositions with those who stop by Saturday, along with her artwork. View some of her pieces on display, talk with her and learn more about the process for creating her artwork.

"Molt" by artist Jan Rapacz. The artist made this art with acrylic paint peel, wool and silk fabric and glass beads. Submitted Photo
"Molt" by artist Jan Rapacz. The artist made this art with acrylic paint peel, wool and silk fabric and glass beads. Submitted Photo

In the art gallery, the current exhibition, “Fantastic Fibers,” will be on display. An opening reception for the exhibit will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, with a free-will offering at the door. Light refreshments will be served. TCAA thanks its supporting sponsors for the event, Lorraine Embretson and Ruth Anne Weaver.

This exhibition features a selection of artwork from 14 artists working in a variety of different fiber mediums from embroidery and hand-dyed fabrics, to quilting and mixed media sculptural and installation pieces. Each artist on display has re-envisioned what people may think of traditional fiber arts, and presents some of the best contemporary fiber works in the local area and beyond, a news release stated.

This exhibition will be on display through Sept. 28.

TCAA hosts workshops

The Crossing Arts Alliance announces several workshops it will host in September.

  • 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14: “Alcohol Ink Flowers” with Patricia Lintner. Students will learn to create abstract flowers by exploring the vibrant medium of alcohol inks on non-porous paper. Ages 12 and up, no experience necessary. Cost is $55 for Crossing Arts members -- alcohol ink supplies included; or $65 for non-members. There is a $10 discount for students supplying their own alcohol inks.

  • 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18: Studio Wednesday Teens, “Button Making.” Teens, ages 13-18, are invited to design and create fashionable buttons. Teens can wear or share them. Sign up with friends or meet new friends; hosted every other Wednesday after school. TCAA will have all the supplies. Cost is $3 per person.

  • 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21: “Intro to Wet Felting” with Lisa Jordan. Working with a variety of fibers, students will be introduced to the art of wet felting. Students will create eight to 10 pieces of felt that can be used as a reference piece for future projects, or as art pieces themselves. Applying these principles, the students will feel more confident making larger pieces like journal covers or scarves. Students will learn to make mistakes, and how to add yarn, silk and other materials. Students will work around small resists, how to blend colors and be introduced to a variety of felting tools, as well as various techniques of agitating fibers. Cost is $65 for TCAA members, or $70 for non-members

To enroll, call TCAA at 218-833-0416 or visit Pre-payment is required. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before class will not be eligible for a refund.

Music center offers singing opportunities

LITTLE FALLS -- The St. Francis Community Chorale will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept 19 at the St. Francis Hall at the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls. All adults are invited to sing; no auditions are necessary. The group sings a wide variety of music from sacred to Broadway to pop. Fall rehearsals will focus on preparing for a Christmas concert, scheduled Dec. 8.

For more than 10 years the Community Chorale has gathered together hundreds of singers who love the opportunity to meet other adults, sing together, present beautiful concerts and make new friends, a news release stated.

The Community Chorale is free and open to everyone thanks to a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council. To sign up or for more information call St. Francis Music Center at 320-632-0637 or visit

St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.

Celebrate Crosslake Days at the Historic Log Village

 The Crosslake Historic Log Village will be the site of the annual Cider and Candlelight Tour from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28.
The Crosslake Historic Log Village will be the site of the annual Cider and Candlelight Tour from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28.

CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Historic Log Village will be the site of the annual Cider and Candlelight Tour 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the 1900s village after dark, lit by lanterns and candles like a century ago. Buildings will be heated with wood fires if it is cool.

Costumed volunteers will provide tours of the historic buildings. Hot apple cider and fall treats will be served in the blacksmith shop. Peanuts, candy corn and root beer will be available in Duffy’s Tavern. Ray’s Promenaders, local square dancers, will entertain in the Livery. Visitors are invited to join in the dance. Wagons rides will also be offered.

An “open mic” will be on the deck of the Town Hall for people to sing a song, tell a story or joke or play an instrument. Children are especially encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to share their talents. No political views will be permitted.

There is no admission charged for this event, but donations are requested to help maintain the Historic Log Village.

HSO hosts new event

LITTLE FALLS -- Heartland Symphony Orchestra is hosting a new event -- the Fall Food Festival -- 4-6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Sprout in Little Falls.

The festival will include a food demonstration of handmade pasta and music by Sully Gwost and Kalli Sobania, local musicians and former Heartland Symphony Orchestra players.

Growers, eaters, creatives and economic developers together established Sprout in 2012. They believed food, art and culture are core and integrated in the promotion of health, sustainability and vitality of a community. Heartland Symphony Orchestra believes its mission is to provide quality musical experiences in central Minnesota for community members, both as participants and audience.

Orchestra board members Doug Larsen, Pat Makepeace and Peter Vogel put together the recipe for this event, which includes two hours of food, music and fellowship.

Tickets are $50 and include a season ticket to three concerts. The fall concert scheduled Oct. 12 in Little Falls also will include members of the St. Francis Music Center Orchestra playing side-by-side with members of Heartland. Both young students and adults enjoy playing with the orchestra, as it provides for them the unparalleled opportunity to perform with experienced musicians under the direction of highly skilled conductors, a news release stated.

Proceeds from this fundraiser go to support Heartland Symphony Orchestra concerts. For additional information call 800-826-1997 or email

Mitch Bender to speak on tattoo history

LITTLE FALLS -- The Morrison County Historical Society continues to explore the history of tattoos with this year’s annual program, “Pin-ups, Anchors, and Hearts: The Influence of Tattooing on American History.”

The program features guest speaker Mitch Bender, a professor in environmental studies at St. Cloud State University, who will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Morrison County Government Center in the county commissioners’ meeting room on the lower level. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., during which attendees can bid on silent auction items with proceeds to be used for historical society operations.

When Bender is not teaching environmental studies, he studies tattoo history and collects tattoo art and paraphernalia. He also collects his own tattoos, getting them from artists whom he admires as he travels. His favorite era of American tattoo history spans World War I and the Vietnam War. This is the tattoo history he will be discussing during his presentation.

After Bender speaks, the program will include the historical society’s annual meeting. Dessert will be served during the event.

The cost of the annual program is $25, plus tax per person. Register online at or by calling 320-632-4007. Registrations are due by Sept. 24.

Brainerd Community Theatre auditions set

Brainerd Community Theatre announces auditions for Arthur Miller’s drama “All My Sons” will take place 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9 in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The audition consists of readings from the script. The play calls for five men and four women, ages mid-20s to 50s, and a boy age 10-12.

Rehearsals will begin the week of Oct. 14. Performances are Dec. 5-7 and 12-14.

For more information, contact the director at or 218-855-8255.

Outdoor Picnic Operetta set in NYM

NEW YORK MILLS -- The Cultural Center in New York Mills will present Mixed Precipitation’s Outdoor Picnic Operetta at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the New York Mills Sculpture Park.

The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta, is a new adaptation of Mozart’s opera, La Clemenza di Tito, with high stakes sports drama, natural disasters and ‘80s new wave music.

Created by Scotty Reynolds, producing artistic director, Jacob Miller, artistic associate, Gary Ruschman, music director, and the Mixed Precipitation team, this late summer harvest celebration offers local flavors with picnic bites shared with the audience.

A Picnic Operetta marks its 11-year tradition of celebrating the harvest with a blend of music, food and storytelling. According to a news release, in this adaptation of Mozart’s opera, a ragtag group of players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and a murderous revenge plot threaten their rise to the top of Rome's championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven?

All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito soar across the garden alongside new wave and synth-pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz and Pat Benatar.

Reservations are strongly encouraged to help with food and space planning. The suggested donation is $10-$20 per person. Donations are a critical source of funding for The Picnic Operetta and can be made with reservations or collected at the performance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

People who attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and water and to dress for the weather. The park is prepared to provide reasonable accommodations to patrons with physical disabilities and those using access services. A sighted guide is suggested for visually impaired patrons.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The New York Mills performance is sponsored by Perham Health.

For more information or to make a reservation and/or donation, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the center's website at