Entertainment Briefs - Dec. 19

Read all about what's happening in the Brainerd lakes area this coming weekend and beyond. From concerts to author events to art exhibits, there is always lots of things to do. Each Thursday, make sure you check out the Entertainment section to add things to your calendar.

Cary J. Griffith
Author Cary J. Griffith

Author of ‘Gunflint Burning’ to speak at library

Visiting author Cary J. Griffith, will share his presentation on “Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters,” his book on the 2007 Ham Lake wildfire at noon Jan. 6 at the Brainerd Public Library.

The author event is part of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch Author Series. The year 2020 will be its 21st year of hosting the author series that brings award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers to the Brainerd library.

“Gunflint Burning” is a comprehensive account of the dramatic events around the Ham Lake fire of 2007, one of the largest wildfires in Minnesota history. In sharp detail, Griffith describes the key events of the fire as they unfold, transporting readers to the front lines of an epic struggle that was at times heroic, tragic and sublime.

Griffith is the author of four books, including “Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods”; “Opening Goliath,” winner of the 2010 Minnesota Book Award; “Wolves,” winner of a Midwest Book Award; and “Savage Minnesota,” which was published serially in the Star Tribune. He lives in Rosemount.

Participants are welcome to bring a packed lunch or just enjoy the light refreshments provided. This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.


For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at .

Auditions set at Brainerd Community Theatre

Auditions for the role of Honey in the Brainerd Community Theatre production of “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, in the Dryden Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Rehearsals will begin in January, with performances Feb. 20-22 and 27-29, 2020. For those interested in the role but unable to make this audition date, contact director Michael Sander at to see about arranging a different audition time.

Honey is the younger of the two women in the Edward Albee play. She is in her mid-20s to early 30s, married to an ambitious academic, not too bright and rather shy, but there is a steel controlling rod beneath her wide-eyed exterior. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Holiday tea and open house set

WADENA — The Wadena County Museum and Bookstore will host its Holiday Tea and Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

First on the schedule will be instrumental music by professional Pan Flute player, Mario Arroyo. His music will be followed by stories from author Jerry Mevissen and storyteller, Sonja Kosler. The open house will conclude with Christmas music played by pianist, Lisa Winter. Refreshments will feature freshly brewed tea and holiday treats.

For more information call 218 631-9079 or

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