Entertainment Briefs - June 9

Daybreak to perform in bandstand Daybreak, a versatile group in central Minnesota, will perform at 7 p.m. today, June 9, in the bandstand at Gregory Park in north Brainerd. Daybreak performs music from Judy Garland to Patsy Cline to Lady Gaga to ...

Daybreak, a versatile group in central Minnesota, will perform at 7 p.m. today, June 9, in the bandstand at Gregory Park in north Brainerd. (Submitted)
Daybreak, a versatile group in central Minnesota, will perform at 7 p.m. today, June 9, in the bandstand at Gregory Park in north Brainerd. (Submitted)

Daybreak to perform in bandstand

Daybreak, a versatile group in central Minnesota, will perform at 7 p.m. today, June 9, in the bandstand at Gregory Park in north Brainerd.

Daybreak performs music from Judy Garland to Patsy Cline to Lady Gaga to Sinatra. The band features hits from the 40s through today's top classics.

Daybreak is anchored by Country Hall of Fame guitarist Dick Wilt. Leisha Kaye is "The Voice" of Daybreak. She began performing with Daybreak as a teenager and has developed into one of Minnesota's top song stylists. The rhythm section features the versatile Jim Hanson on bass/keyboard/vocals. Pat Scrimshaw, one of Minnesota's most versatile backup musicians, is featured on harmonica, saxophone and vocals.

Setting the pace is the driving beat of Joe Yager, one of the top drummers in the Upper Midwest.


Bandstand concerts are free and open to the public. People can bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Funding for the concerts has been provided in memory of Helen Mills. Rainout site is 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 a collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center.

Regional author to appear for Arts in the Park

Award-winning regional author Connie Claire (Peterson) Szarke, who has completed her trilogy of literary/historical fiction, will appear from 10 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. July 3 at the 41st annual Arts in the Park in Gregory Park in Brainerd.

Szarke's third novel, "Lady in the Moon," is about Callandra Mae Lindstrom, a once feisty girl, grown into a promising young woman. Lindstrom approaches her middle years altered by an abusive marriage, which she will learn how to survive by reflecting on the lives of others.

"Lady in the Moon," follows the author's books' "Delicate Armor" and "A Stone for Amer."

Szarke's fiction, nonfiction and poetry have won prizes and appeared in the following anthologies and magazines: Stories Teachers Tell, Dust & Fire, Lake Country Journal Magazine, Community Connections, The Minnesota Project, The Cub of the Golden Lion Passes in Review for Veterans of the 106th Infantry Division, survivors of the Battle of the Bulge and The Talking Stick, volumes 14-18, placing first in the 2009 competition and first in the 2010 Bloomington Creekside poetry competition.

The books are available through, or through Heron Bay Publishing and Indie Bookstores upon request.


LAMF seeks nominations for outreach performances

The Lakes Area Music Festival is launching a new outreach program this summer bringing musicians out of the concert hall and into the lakes area community.

Musicians from the LAMF roster performed at the Crow Wing County Jail and at a local nursing home in the 2015 season, and, as the recipient of grant support from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, the organization plans to expand these activities to reach a larger and more diverse population.

"One of the Lakes Area Music Festival's core values is accessibility," Scott Lykins, LAMF artistic and executive director, stated in a news release. "We offer a variety of educational programs to make the music we perform accessible. All of our concerts are free of charge in order to open our doors to everyone. This new program will allow us to bring our mission into a larger community and continue to remove barriers of access to world-class art for the people who can most benefit."

The music festival is seeking proposals from community members, hoping to draw a diverse set of venues and audiences throughout the lakes area. Proposals should consist of two short statements regarding ideas for an activity and how such would impact the community. Nominations may be submitted through the organization's website at and the deadline for submissions is June 20.

After review by a panel of community members, 12 to 15 events will be selected and scheduled during the three weeks of the annual festival series slated from July 31 through Aug. 21.

Music General spring dance planned

Music General will present its 37th annual spring dance review with shows at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.


The title of the show is "Music General Goes to the Movies." Dancers will perform tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dances to a variety of songs from movies. Highlights of the 90-minute show will be the award winning tap dance "Cop Chase," performed by the teen and senior company lines, the production number of dads and daughters and the finale to songs from "Grease."

Tickets are sold on Music General's website or at the door the day of the show.

Lake Shore author to appear for book events

BAXTER - Author Raymen Starkka of "SINS of Human Rights Abuse and Corruption" will appear for four book signings in the Brainerd lakes area.

Starkka, Lake Shore, will appear from 10 a.m. to noon June 18 at the Pequot Lakes Public Library and and from noon to 2 p.m. June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27 at Book World in Baxter.

The book serves to inform the public of abuse and corruption within homeowners' associations, as well as in religion, with positive ways to change this abusive culture, the author stated in a news release. The author stated his book is a guide, which speaks to issues that would not have been otherwise addressed in the book market.

Starkka is a born-again believer who has become a whistleblower on organizations, religious leaders and associations who abuse their members.

Books are available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Xulon Press.


Trivia Mafia coming to Big Axe Brewing Company

NISSWA-Big Axe Brewing Company of Nisswa will host Trivia Mafia quiz every Wednesday night, starting at 7 p.m. June 15.

Sean McPherson, owner of Trivia Mafia, stated in a news release that Trivia Mafia, the largest trivia company in Minnesota, is coming to the Brainerd area for the first time.

Youth book sale planned

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library will kick off summer reading with a youth book sale from 3-8 p.m. June 16 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 in the library's large meeting room.

The sale will have thousands of children's and teen fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback, as well as movies and audiobooks. Most books are donated by the public or withdrawn from the Brainerd Public Library and will be priced at 25 cents.

Brown Bag Lunch Author Series set

The Brainerd Public Library will host its next Brown Bag Lunch Author Series at noon Monday with author Lucie Amundsen of "Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm-From Scratch."


The book details how a Midwestern family with no agricultural experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm discovering why local chicks are better.

Amundsen is a writer, marketer and reluctant farmer. She co-owns Locally Laid Egg Company, a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs in Minnesota, Iowa and Indiana.

Attendees are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free to the public.

For more information contact the library at or 218-829- 5574.

Local artist's work featured at Brainerd Library

Lakes area artist Kerry Kupferschmidt's watercolor paintings are on display in a new exhibit at

Brainerd Public Library through Aug. 31.


Kupferschmidt, who holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, has also painted with acrylics and oils throughout his career. Kupferschmidt sees his best watercolors as having a good design and a joyful expression of a scene or wildlife.

Kupferschmidt displays his work throughout the region including at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd and Jaques Art Center in Aitkin and with Central Minnesota Watercolorists in St. Cloud. He teaches classes in watercolor for Brainerd Community Education and also runs a business

creating artist's concept drawings and watercolors for builders and architects.

Exhibits of work by local artists are coordinated by the Brainerd Area Art Club and the library. For more information, contact the library at 218-829- 5574.

TCAA to offer silk scarf dyeing workshop

The Crossing Arts Alliance will offer a silk scarf-dyeing workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with Diane Runberg at The Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

The workshop offers an introduction to a fun and easy method of dyeing silk scarves using tissue paper. Students will create two colorful scarves to take home.

The registration fee covers all instruction and materials needed. Cost is $20 for Crossing Arts members, or $25 for non-members. Students may register by going to or by calling 218-833-4016, emailing or at the TCCA office in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Clifford the Big Red Dog to appear in Crosby

CROSBY-Clifford the Big Red Dog will take part in Crosby's first Music of the Parks event of this summer on Thursday, June 9.

Families can take part in hula hoop and watermelon eating contests, fish for prizes in a pond, throw a bean bag through the Operation Game patient, play nutrition hopscotch, have your face painted and create chalk art.

Sponsored by the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center food will be served from 6-7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park. Staff will also fit bike helmets for safety and give free helmets to those who don't have one that fits.

Seth Doud and Cuyuna Rhythm Band will provide live entertainment until 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Families can bring lawn chairs or blankets.

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce holds Music in the Parks the second and fourth Thursday nights through the summer. For more information, visit or call 218-546-8131.

Salute to the Arts planned

The annual Salute to the Arts exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and will run through July 1 at The Crossing Arts Gallery at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

An opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday. The reception is $5 for Crossing members and $10 for non-members. Memberships may be purchased the night of the event. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and refreshments will be served. Michelle Sakry-Winkelman will provide entertainment at 5 p.m.

The exhibit is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Artists exhibiting include Carolyn Abbott, David Boran, Kathy Braud, Kate Carlson, Karen Cheney, Adelle Erickson, Jeanni Foss, Haddie Hadachek, Gary Harris, Lynne Johnson, Molly Krautkremer, Kerry Kupferschmidt, Tom Larson, Jan Lendobeja, Evelyn Matthies, Martin Nelson, Mitchell Cory Nelson, Taya Person, Greg Rosenberg, Jane Ryan, Ellen Smith, Andrew and Andy Turner, Steven Weagel and Todd Yotter.

Works on display include lighted sculpture, paintings, photography, woodworking and more.

Mucky Moose comes to Brainerd for History Week

Kids' day during Brainerd History Week is Wednesday, June 15. Puppets without Borders will be presenting the story of Mucky Moose, a lovable but very smelly creature who loves to wallow in his swamp, at 1 p.m. at 702 Laurel St., Brainerd. The story is for all ages to enjoy.

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