Entertainment briefs - June 26

Mystery author to appear in Brown Bag series Julie Kramer is the fifth author in the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series with her book "Delivering Death." She will be at the Brainerd Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Monday. Kramer writes a mys...

Lakes Area Music Festival directors Scott Lykins (sitting) and John Taylor Ward will perform July 3 in the Music in the Park series held in Crosby.
Lakes Area Music Festival directors Scott Lykins (sitting) and John Taylor Ward will perform July 3 in the Music in the Park series held in Crosby.

Mystery author to appear in Brown Bag series

Julie Kramer is the fifth author in the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series with her book "Delivering Death." She will be at the Brainerd Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.

Kramer writes a mystery series of six books set in the desperate world of television news, a world she knows well from her career working as a freelance news producer for NBC and CBS, as well as running the WCCO-TV I-Team in Minneapolis, where she won numerous national investigative awards. Her literary awards include the Minnesota Book Award and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense. She has been compared to Janet Evanovich.

The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

Daybreak to perform tonight in bandstand


From the sounds of Judy Garland to Patsy Cline or from Sinatra to Buble, central Minnesota band Daybreak will perform at 7 p.m. today in the bandstand at Gregory Park.

Daybreak performs versatile music ensembles, featuring hits from the 40s through today's top classics.

Daybreak is anchored by Minnesota Rock and Roll and Country Hall of Fame guitarist Dick Wilt.

Leisha Kaye is the voice of Daybreak. She began performing with the group as a teenager and has developed into one of Minnesota's top song stylists.

The rhythm section features Jim Hanson on bass, keyboard and vocals. Pat Scrimshaw is one of Minnesota's finest back-up musicians. He's featured on the harmonica, saxophone and vocals. Setting the pace is the driving beat of Joe Yager, one of the top drummers in the upper Midwest.

Bring a chair or blanket and be ready to enjoy the concert.

The concerts in the park are a collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Funding for concerts has been provided by community donations and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Art Council. Rainout site is The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. Listen to WJJY for rainout information.

Northern Plaid Festival on July 26


The Brighter Days Foundation's second annual Northern Plaid Festival will be held July 26 at the Northland Arboretum. The festival includes an arts and crafts fair, 5K Plaid Run/Walk, free kids one-mile fun run and live music.

Visit the website to register for the 5K Plaid Run/Walk. Entry fee is $25 or $30 on race day and for those who register by July 1 are guaranteed a T-shirt. Costumes are not required but are highly recommended. Prizes will be awarded for 5K winners and the Best Plaid Outfit.

The Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. and goes through the Northland Arboretum woodland trails and then connects to the Paul Bunyan trail for a flat finish. The event is clock timed with bib markers. The kid's fun run will start after the 5K and is free to those who register in advance.

The festival that follows will feature The District Band playing from 10 a.m. to noon. Mr. Magic's tricks, vendors, water wars, Airmaxx trampoline launch pads, jousting games, professional face painting, Viking cheerleaders will be signing calendars and more. Activities will be unlimited to kids for a $5 wristband.

Money raised from the event will support the Brighter Days Foundation (BDF) which promotes family wellness in the community. BDF is a local, nonprofit foundation that has been around the Brainerd lakes area since 2009. The foundation helps chronically or seriously-ill children and their families by surprising them with gifts that take their mind off the struggles of the treatments they are receiving.

Music in the Park in Crosby begins tonight

CROSBY - The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce kicks off its Music in the Park series which will be held from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday in the Crosby Memorial Park.

The Ripple River String Fiddlers will perform at 7 p.m. today. The fiddlers, who are a combination of members of the Great River Strings and the Ripple River Strings who perform at malls, nursing homes and the Nisswa-stamman. The players range in ages from 8-84 and bring a variety of talents. The music is filled with fiddling tunes, classical strings and songs written especially for the group by conductor Arnie Anderson.


Next week, Lakes Area Music Festival directors Scott Lykins and John Taylor Ward will perform pieces from the great American songbook as well as some opera hits. Each August, the Lakes Area Music Festival brings musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and around the world to participate in seven free-of-charge concerts at Brainerd's Tornstrom Auditorium.

Booth spaces are still available on "Park Avenue." Set up a booth for only $10 per night to promote your business or sell your goods and services. If interested in sponsoring Music in the Park, contact the Chamber at 218-546-8131.

Artists receive awards in annual Regional Art Show

NEW YORK MILLS - Fifteen artists from the region are participating in this year's annual Regional Art Exhibit at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. The show will be on display at the Center through July 5.

At the artists' reception held June 21, merit awards were made in five categories to participating artists and an audience choice award will be made at the end of the show. Virginia Marr of Fargo received an award for her oil painting of her granddaughter Ella Johnson kissing a fish before releasing it.

Awards also went to Tim Cassidy of New York Mills for his steel sculptures Uplift and Fossil; Jon Solinger of Pelican Rapids received a merit award for his digitally altered land and waterscapes; and Pam Collins of Staples was awarded for her multimedia cloth mosaics inspired by her recent visit to Ireland.

Rush Lake resident Shirley Daulton won a merit award for her porcelain monoprint 2 Fish.

The annual regional show is held each summer at the gallery of the Cultural Center. All artists are encouraged to submit work for the 2015 show and details will be posted on the Cultural Center website, .

Minnesota based mystery novelist to appear in Baxter

Author Marlene Chabot of "Death At The Bar X Ranch," published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, will appear for two book signings in the Brainerd lakes area: From 12-2 p.m. July 2 at Book World in Baxter; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4 at Pequot Lakes Stars and Stripes event.

Those who love horses will enjoy the mystery series.

The book is about a newly unemployed teacher Mary Colleen Malone who ever suspected she would become a Miss Marple wannabe when she and her recently widowed aunt decide to sublet her private investigator brother's apartment in the Foley complex near Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis. After having listened to a message intended for the PI's ears only, Mary is determined to solve what sounds like an easy case for Reed Griffin, owner of the Bar X Ranch and soon finds herself not only facing down her demons from childhood, fear of horses, but also being surrounded by two deaths and three deceiving men.

Chabot received a bachelor's degree in education from Saint Cloud State University, an associate's degree in marketing from Anoka Ramsey College, and a certificate from the Institute for Children's Literature. The author has three previous books released in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and two short stories for Minnesota anthologies, one of which will be released in September. She also is a member of Sisters in Crime, a freelance contributor to Her Voice magazine and writer for other Central Minnesota projects.

The book is also available online at and Barnes and

Artist work on display in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS - The display of Kathy Braud's artwork will be on display through the end of July on the second floor gallery at the Morrison County Government Center.

Braud works mostly in watercolors with subjects ranging from floral to landscape scenes creating collections of moments through her brush strokes.

As a Little Falls resident, and lifelong supporter of the arts, Braud participates in art shows, various public displays and exhibitions including the Northstar Watermedia Society original watermedia show and sale located at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Braud won numerous awards, most recently a purchase award for her rural schoolhouse painting that will be on display at a small gallery inside a rural school in Terrace. She also is currently displaying her artwork with the Salute to the Arts in the Q Gallery located at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

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