Madhatters One Act Play Showcase

Performing groups from Wadena, Staples, Perham, and Fergus Falls will come together to perform a wide variety of shows in the Madhatters One Act Play Showcase at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

Audience members will vote for their favorite show. Audiences will be voting in categories such as Best Show, Best Actor, Best Actress, and more, with the winner of Best Show receiving a top prize of $500.

Tickets are $10 for adults 18 and above and $5 for students. Children 8 and under may attend for free, but will not be allowed to vote for the prizes.

Tickets are available at Weber's Hardware, Greiman's Silk Screen & Sign, Glamour Salon, Aunt Lora's Sewing, from your local performing group, or at the door.

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For more information contact Michelle Curtis at 218-640-3268 or Bronwynn Touchette at 218-820-8740.

Madhatters One Act Play Showcase
Madhatters One Act Play Showcase

Jon Hassler book available

Minnesota novelist Jon Hassler's story that was unfinished when he died — “Days Like Smoke: A Minnesota Boyhood” — is now available.

Hassler left the manuscript for this unpublished memoir of his youth in rural Minnesota during the 1930s and ‘40s, giving us his memories and experiences through a writer’s acute and detailed observations. He remembers piano lessons, small-town secrets, his passion for movies, and his holy duties as the only altar boy at St. Joachim’s, a news release stated. With chapters organized by simple themes such as houses, lessons, and groceries, and ever attuned to the idiosyncrasies of the people around him, Hassler reviews his early years and occasionally reveals when a particular neighbor, teacher, or friend inspired a character or scene in his writing.

Hassler has chronicled small-town Midwestern life in popular novels such as “Staggerford,” “A Green Journey” and “North of Hope.”

Will Weaver, another writer devoted to rural Minnesota, gently edited Hassler’s unfinished manuscript and contributed a moving foreword that gives readers biographical information about the author as well as describing the literary connections with his life and, above all, his empathy for the real residents and imagined characters of small-town Minnesota, the release stated.

Kat Perkins, Tonic Sol-fa in Pillager

Minnesota singer Kat Perkins, runner up on season 6 of “The Voice” and a capella quartet Tonic Sol-fa will help celebrate the opening of the new CTC Center at Pillager Public Schools with concerns Thursday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 16.

Kat Perkins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 for the first four rows and $11 for the rest of the seats.

Tonic Sol-fa will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $26 for the first four rows and $21 for the rest of the seats.

Tickets can be purchased at

Brewery Comedy Tour in Jenkins

Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that has already hit 1,500 breweries and wineries across the U.S.

More than a dozen New York and Los Angeles stand-up comics are on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. Their credits include top festivals, TV and major club appearances.

Two to four comics from the tour will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Snarky Loon Brewing Co. in Jenkins.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at