Entertainment Briefs - Aug. 3

Michael Hoover to perform in Gregory Park Guitarist and singer Michael Hoover will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd. Hoover is from Marcus, Iowa. In 1960, he started playing around the Midwest with ...

Guitarist and singer Michael Hoover will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd. Submitted
Guitarist and singer Michael Hoover will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd. Submitted

Michael Hoover to perform in Gregory Park

Guitarist and singer Michael Hoover will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd.

Hoover is from Marcus, Iowa. In 1960, he started playing around the Midwest with bands called "Charades," "The Cult" and "Jefferson Davis." Then Hoover's guitar took him to Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1968 for two years on the road with booking agent "The Sam (Dart-Board) Gibbs Agency." Hoover played with various groups such as "Gary And The Impacs," "The Misfits," "The Mo Jo's" and more.

While traveling, Hoover traveled to Billings, Mont., for a three week gig with a band called "JUSTUS." He stayed there for 20 years where he played with "Short Change," "Neal And The Nicetones," "Beaver Creek Ridge" and "Savannah."

In 1991, Hoover returned to his hometown where he and his wife Kaye of Brainerd, formed the duo "Software" where they performed together for 15 years.


Bandstand concerts are free and open to the public. People can bring a lawn chair, a blanket and be ready to enjoy the music. Rain out site is at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. If the concerts are moved indoors, signs will be posted on the bandstand and it will be announced on WJJY radio.

Concerts in the park are collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Additional supporting sponsors are the Brainerd Community Foundation, Brainerd Lions, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union and the BN Credit Union.

School of Rocks set Aug. 10

Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock will perform a community concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in the auditorium at Franklin Art Center in Brainerd.

The concert will wrap up the first School of Rock summer camp. During the six-day camp, bands were organized, comprised of students in grades five through 12, who will perform two classic rock songs on stage with a full complement of lights and sound. Student mentors and camp instructors will also perform.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Contact TCAA with questions at or 218-833-0416.

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.


Nashville duo to perform Saturday at county fair

Nashville country duo, Branch and Dean, will perform from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.

The duo, Steve Branch and Dean Scallan. will perform three live shows. The duo have been touring across the country and internationally for years bringing their traditional country sound to all audiences. Their music can be heard across the nation on country radio. They recently returned from Scotland where they continue to build their fan base. The duo has also held the longest No. 1 single on the United Kingdom country charts with their single, "Your Ol' Lady's Gone."

The musicians also work as National Celebrity Ambassadors for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Branch lost his son to Cystic Fibrosis and the duo wrote "The Dash" as a tribute to him. The duo has also helped to raise more than $1 million for the foundation.

Happy Hour for a Cause set

BAXTER-Happy Hour for a Cause will be 5-7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Prairie Bay in Baxter.

Prairie Bay will provide light hors d'oeuvres and Cash Wise Liquor of Baxter will provide a variety of samples. All proceeds go to the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project.

RSVP at 218-454-4145.


A fully tax-deductible minimum donation of $20 will be accepted at the door.

Author to appear in upcoming festivals

PEQUOT LAKES-Connie Claire Szarke, award-winning Minnesota author, will appear from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chokecherry Festival in Pequot Lakes; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 in The Corn Feed Festival in Emily.

Szarke is the author of a trilogy: "Delicate Armor," "Lady in the Moon," and the newly released second edition of "A Stone for Amer."

Ted Feyder to perform in Staples

STAPLES-Minnesota singer/songwriter Ted Feyder will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Northern Pacific Park during the Music in the Park Series in Staples. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Faith Lutheran Church.

An accomplished musician, Feyder plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica. His songs are inspired by the northwoods, family and faith.

Feyder grew up north of Hibbing in the Side Lake community. His family lived on Big Sturgeon Lake and that is where he was first introduced to music and the outdoors. At age 10, he learned the guitar and he continued studying music and performing throughout high school and college.

During the 1980s, Feyder lived in Alaska, which inspired a number of self-penned tunes featuring nature and family topics. In 1989, he moved back to Minnesota and for 10 years was part of the esteemed folk-rock duo, Feyder and Everhart, which he formed with college-friend Glen Everhart. During that time, the duo performed full-time, entertaining at colleges, corporate events and resorts. They also recorded four CD's, including "Goin' Up North," which became a favorite of Minnesota outdoors enthusiasts; and was featured on radio and television stations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Since 2007, Feyder works as the worship pastor at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.

Author Geye to appear in Wadena

WADENA-Peter Geye, a 2017 Minnesota book award-winning author, will appear 11 a.m. Aug. 12 in Book Ends, the monthly meet-the-author event at the Uptown in Wadena.

Weye has authored three novels: "Safe From the Sea" in 2010; "The Lighthouse Road" in 2012; and "Wintering" in 2016, which won the 2017 Minnesota Book Award for fiction.

Geye writes what he knows, having spent childhood vacations in the Boundary Waters Canoe

Area. After a bumpy youth as a student in Minneapolis, he accepted a challenge from a high

school English teacher to read a book if he hoped to be as smart as he acted. He read Hemingway and the rest is literary history. With his writing, Geye hopes to inform his children about their father's values and to inform parents about loving their children in a million different ways.

The program will entail Weye discussing his novels and the writing process in general with short readings from his books, followed by question and answer period, book sales and autographs.

'My Fair Lady' auditions coming

PEQUOT LAKES-Auditions are scheduled for "My Fair Lady," a musical to be staged

by Pequot Lakes Community Theater, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21-22 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

"My Fair Lady," is based on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.

The musical will be directed by Gary Hirsch and choreographed by Wendy DeGeest, with music direction by Renee Anderson. Performance dates are Nov.10-12 and 17-19.

The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from

Professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.

"My Fair Lady" appeared on the Broadway stage in 1956 with a list of hit songs which

included "Wouldn't it be Loverly," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "The Rain in Spain," and "On

the Street Where You Live."

The cast of characters includes Professor Henry Higgins, Colonel Pickering, Eliza

Doolittle, Alfred P. Doolittle, Freddy Eysnford-Hill and a large number of supporting roles along

with a good-sized chorus. Ages 15 and older are welcome.

Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday nights starting Aug. 24.

Hirsch asks those auditioning to arrive early to fill out the audition form.

"Dress to move, bring tap shoes if you have them, and please prepare a song you think will make you sound good. It does not need to be from the show," he stated in an email release.

"My Fair Lady" is being produced with special permission from Tams-Witmark Musical

Library. This Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts 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 information go to or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at

218-568- 9200.

Night out event planned Aug. 24

Community members are invited to The Night Out-an event that directly benefits Central

Lakes College students-at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Dennis Drummond Wine Company in


Hosted by the CLC Foundation, The Night Out will feature a silent auction, appetizers and dessert stations, music and a program, photo booth, items for sale from the CLC

print shop, cash bar, beer tasting from Jack Pine brewery and a wine tasting from CLC

viticulture program.

Tickets are available at and are $50.

Crosslake Artisan's Fair coming

CROSSLAKE-Crosslake Area Historical Society's annual Artisan's Fair will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Historic Log Village across from the Crosslake Corps of Engineers Dam and Campground in downtown Crosslake, 35404 Crow Wing County Road 3.

More than 25 artisans will be situated throughout the Historic Log Village displaying crafts

reminiscent of 1900. As in prior years artisans will demonstrate their skills and have their creations available for sale.

There will be soap making, hand spinning, pottery, weaving, blacksmithing and more. There will be activities for the children in the schoolhouse plus a corn-husking contest.

Returning this year will be live alpacas that Dave and Esther Endicott are bringing from Serenity

Now Alpaca Farm near Jenkins. Many products are made from alpaca wool. Esther Endicott will

demonstrate how to spin, weave, felt and knit with the beautiful alpaca yarn.

Blacksmith Jim Newgord from Pillager will be back again year to fire up the forge in the blacksmith shop. Local resident, Mary Dischinger will be rendering lard over an open fire in her grandfather's kettle for soap making. Allan Hochsprung, wood turner will display bowls and vases he's made. Pine Needle baskets will be constructed by Sharon Larson. Dave Hudson from Pennington is returning this year to show his talents as a potter.

New this year is Jim Tessier from Vadnais Heights who carves wooden spoons and kitchen

utensils. Nancy Provost will display antique glass ornaments.

Ken Benson will provide music on accordion and Kai and Bridget Allen will stroll the grounds

playing guitar and fiddle. Author Candace Simar who has written a series of novels woven around the life of an early Norwegian immigrant during the Sioux uprising in our state beginning with the first book "Ambercrombie Trail," will appear.

All the buildings in the village will be staffed with volunteers in period costume. Step into Crosslake of 1900 and see the log building that was the first official school on the Whitefish Chain; the Ostlund home that was built by August Ostlund and his son, Charles in the

late 1800s; the first Watertown Township Town Hall and a replica of the first Crosslake store. Take a look in the Livery where you'll see the original Whitefish Chain Mail boat, a 1949 Chris-Craft, restored by Ronnie Schultz and Joe Ruttger plus many other exhibits of Crosslake's past.

Parking will be available at the Frandsen Bank, on the street, at the campgrounds and in the museum parking lot.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Anyone who would like to join the artisans and demonstrate a pioneer craft, can call Nancy Rudberg at 218-692- 2309 to arrange for a position in the event.

Book Talk on Bandolier bags set

ONAMIA-A book talk and signing for "A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag" will be 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 20 at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia.

The Bandolier bags, or called gashkibidaaganag are the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes and are prized cultural icons. From the 1870s to the present day, Ojibwe bead artists of Minnesota have been especially well known for their lively, creative designs. Neighboring Dakota people would trade a pony for a beautiful beaded bag, it stated in a news release.

Marcia G. Anderson will share the results of 30 years of study, in which she learned from the talented bead artists who keep the form alive, from historical records, and from the bags themselves.

Anderson examines the history, forms, structure and motifs of the bags, giving readers the tools to understand a bag's makeup and meaning. She also offers a tour of Minnesota's seven Ojibwe reservations, showing the beaded bags associated with each along with the personal insights of seven master beadworkers.

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