Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 6

'Four Weddings' and a 'Funeral' to be presented The Great River Strings and the Ripple River Strings will perform "Four Weddings" and a "Funeral" on two different days at two different venues. The concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at th...

Concert Artists Annie and Teresa Goodwin (Annie on left) will perform a violin duet to Bach's “Concerto In D Minor” in the Great River Strings and the Ripple River Strings concerts titled “Four Weddings” and a “Funeral” on two different days at two different venues.
Concert Artists Annie and Teresa Goodwin (Annie on left) will perform a violin duet to Bach's “Concerto In D Minor” in the Great River Strings and the Ripple River Strings concerts titled “Four Weddings” and a “Funeral” on two different days at two different venues.

'Four Weddings' and a 'Funeral' to be presented

The Great River Strings and the Ripple River Strings will perform "Four Weddings" and a "Funeral" on two different days at two different venues.

The concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Crosby High School Auditorium and at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Aitkin High School.

The Great River Strings is directed by Richard Aulie and the Ripple River Strings is directed by Jill Lee. With the help of Mozart, Bach, Barber, Mendelssohn and Grieg the audience will experience the joy and sadness that is present in weddings and funerals.

Concert Artists Annie and Teresa Goodwin will perform a violin duet to Bach's "Concerto In D Minor." The Goodwins respect Bach, which can be seen in their presentation of his "Concerto for Two Violins."


Annie Goodwin, 14, is in the ninth grade. She has played the violin since she was 7 and enjoys playing for others and with the Great River Strings. Teresa Goodwin, 12, is in sixth grade. She also started playing the violin when she was 7. She likes playing music and thinks the violin is a fun instrument to play.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $20 for families. Children under 6 are free. Call Lynn at 218-678-3034 for more information.

New director at Ripple River Strings

Ripple River Strings also announces Jill Lee as its new director. Lee grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and currently lives in Crosby. She began playing violin in the third grade and viola during her senior year of high school. She graduated from DePauw University with a bachelor's degree in music education. She played violin with the Depauw Symphony Orchestra and viola for the student directed opera pit orchestra.

Lee has taught elementary and high school students and is currently a kindergarten and first grade music teacher at Riverside Elementary School in Brainerd. She also teaches private violin, viola, cello and bass lessons to students ages three to adult.

St. Cloud instructor held workshop in Crosslake

The Crosslake Art Club recently held a watercolor workshop at the Crosslake Community Center.

Dan Mondlach, a nationally known artist from St. Cloud was the instructor.


The Crosslake Art Club meets the first Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. For more information contact president Diane Runberg at 218-270-2217.

'Singin' in the Rain' to open Friday

PEQUOT LAKES - The Pequot Lakes Community Theater's musical "Singin' in the Rain" will open Nov. 14 on the stage of the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

"Singin' in the Rain" is a show for all ages. The 1920s Hollywood is the setting for the zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the careers of its silent picture stars. Faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their award-winning screenplay, each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number.

"Singin' in the Rain" performances will be performed Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee shows are at 2 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door, if available. To reserve tickets call the Pequot Lakes Community Education office at 218-568-9200. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 60 and older and $8 for youth age 18 and younger.

This production 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.

Poet writer to speak in Crosby


CROSBY - Candace Simar, a writer and poet from Pequot Lakes, will be the featured speaker on Nov. 18 at the November Author Talk at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library (JFHML) in Crosby.

Simar, as a lifelong Minnesotan, the grandchild of immigrants, who nurtures a passion for Minnesota History, will speak from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Her Minnesota-based historical novels include, "Abercrombie Trail" in 2009; "Pomme De Terre" in 2010, "Birdie" in 2011 and "Blooming Prairie" in 2012.

She is a member of the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, the Loft Literary Center and The Crossing Arts Alliance.

This event is sponsored by the JFHML Friends Foundation and is free to the public.

Friends of the Brainerd library win Evy Nordley Award

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library were the recipients of the 2014 Evy Nordley Award for "Best Project by Friends of the Library" for the Wine and Words 2013 fundraising event. The award is given by the Minnesota Association of Library Friends, and includes $1,000 and a custom plaque.

Any Friends-supported project is eligible, provided project implementation began after January 1 of the preceding year. Examples include print publications, programming events, membership drives, fundraising campaigns, and website or digital initiatives. The creation of Wine and Words was spearheaded by Sheila Dechantal, current president of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, and carried out through hours of volunteer work and donations from local businesses and residents.

Dechantal said, "What an honor it is to work with such a great group of volunteers through the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library and the wonderful people in our community who came and supported our event. Watch for our event in 2015. It is going to be bigger than ever." Dechantal was inspired by the gala put on yearly by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, "Opus and Olives," one of the Midwest's premier literary events.

Resilient Uganda Project events set

LITTLE FALLS - Great River Arts LIVE! presents two opportunities to engage with the Resilient Uganda Project, which was founded by Little Falls native Bonnie Bzdok. The two free events are: Afternoon of Africa to be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Evening of Africa to be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday will highlight Bzdok's experiences living and working in Uganda.

Afternoon of Africa will be a family friendly, educational session geared toward youth who are third grade and older. The event will open with a paper bead making class where students will learn the same process used by the Ugandan women who are employed through the craft co-op. After learning about how the women create the stylish jewelry that helps them to sustain their families, Bzdok will speak about her time in Africa, her experiences and the impact Resilient Uganda is making on the lives of Ugandan families.

Evening of Africa will be an informative, happy-hour presentation for adults and it will educate folks on the Resilient Uganda project. Bzdok will share her photo journal and experiences in Uganda, the goals of the organization and how people can help.

Resilient Uganda has been helping Ugandan's establish self-sufficiency through a combination of humanitarian aid and education since 2013 when Bzdok founded the organization. Since its creation, Resilient Uganda has been able to provide water tanks, create jobs for women through crafting co-ops and improve the lives of countless Ugandans. For more information on Resilient Uganda visit .

Legacy Chorale concerts scheduled

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota's "Gimme That Ol' Time Religion" fall concert series will run Nov. 21-23 and feature folk songs, spirituals, bluegrass and southern gospel favorites under the direction of Sarah Aamot, accompanied by Laura Raedeke and supported by guest instrumentalists. The concert includes, though is not limited to: "His Eye is On the Sparrow," "Amazing Grace," "Down to the River to Pray," "Sourwood Mountain" and "O Come, Angel Band."

Concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Crosby-Ironton High School Auditorium in Crosby; at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Hackensack; and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The Legacy Chorale has performed since 2001. Their mission is "to ensure the legacy of excellence in choral music in the greater Minnesota area while enriching, inspiring and renewing the communities in which we live."

The Legacy Chorale includes 55-70 vocalists at any time of all ages, representing a number of greater Minnesota communities: Aitkin, Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood, East Gull Lake, Garrison, Hackensack, Lake Shore, Little Falls, Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pillager. The Legacy Chorale has held performances in Aitkin, Brainerd, Baxter, Crosby, Crosslake, Little Falls, Longville, Pequot Lakes, Staples, Wadena and Walker.

Concert tickets are available at the door or in advance at the following locations: Brainerd Dispatch; Bethany Bookstore of Baxter; the Crosby-Ironton Courier; The Pilot Independent in Walker; Union Congregational UCC Church in Hackensack; and at Lakes Printing in Brainerd. Or can call 218-270-8020. The concert is free to students age 18 and under.

The Legacy Chorale is participating in "Give to the Max Day" on Nov. 13.

Open Casting Call for reality TV Show

Chicago's O'Connor Casting Company will host an open casting call from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Mall of America for all Norwegian-Americans interested in applying for Season 6 of Norway's No. 1 Emmy award winning Reality TV show "Alt for Norge," also known as "The Great Norway Adventure."

The series follows 12 Norwegian-Americans who fly to Norway and immerse themselves in the culture and compete in a series of adventurous and fun challenges. The winner receives $50,000 and meet Norwegian relatives they didn't know exist.

For all information go to .

What To Read Next
This week's featured read is "Angle of Declination" by Deerwood couple Doug and Sally Mayfield.
Live music in the Brainerd lakes area.
This calendar lists book or author events, auditions for theatrical productions, art, craft or food fairs and other unique entertainment events.
Brainerd Community Theatre will put on a production of “9 to 5: The Musical” at Central Lakes College. The musical comedy by Dolly Parton is based on her 1980 hit movie about women in the workplace.