Entertainment Briefs — Oct. 26
A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.
Downtown Brained presents Spooktacular event
BRAINERD — Celebrate the spooky season in downtown Brainerd from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
Enjoy a day filled with family fun and activities on South Seventh Street. Enjoy live music from Bruce Archer from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pop into downtown businesses for trick-or-treating from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Continue the fun into the night at Ya Sure Kombucha with live music and a costume contest for all ages.
Crosslake hosts Spooktacular Halloween party
CROSSLAKE — Bring all the kiddos ages toddler to 9 years to a Spooktacular Halloween party from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Crosslake Community Center.
There will be activities, games, treats and fun for all at the event at 14126 Daggett Pine Road. Costumes are encouraged. All the children must be accompanied by an adult.
Haunted Hidden Hallows back at Paul Bunyan Land
BRAINERD — For more than two decades, Paul Bunyan Land has been offering a spooky Halloween attraction, and it will again 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday.
The Brainerd lakes area attraction’s “scream team” consists of “more than 100 seriously demented people,” according to its website.
The maze, haunted house and entry paths are redesigned annually, so the experience will never be the same. Concessions available include hot chocolate, apple cider, hotdogs, nachos, pop and cotton candy.
Final tickets are sold at 10 p.m. The cost for the three-story haunted house for $14, for the 14-acre corn maze for $18 and for both $28.
Paul Bunyan Land is located at 17553 Highway 18, east of downtown Brainerd.
Safari North Wildlife Park offers Haunted Trail
BRAINERD — Have a wild time at Safari North Wildlife Park’s Haunted Trail from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday in Brainerd.
There will be no animals on display or used at the Halloween event, however, but things to do include the haunted trail, pumpkin sales, fire pits and s’more kits, apple cider, hot chocolate, caramel apples, mini-doughnuts,.cotton candy and more, and a hayride shuttle
Tickets are $15 per person, with $1 off admission with a canned good that is brought to the park at 8493 Highway 371.
For more information, call 218-454-1662 or visit www.safarinorth.com .
Northland Arb offers Halloween Trunk or Treat
BAXTER — Enjoy a low-scare trail, and trunk or treat at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
Come experience haunted thrills featuring “Alice in Wonderland,” “Underwater World,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more at the outdoor event.
The cost is $5 per person.
Sarah Morris to perform in Grassroots Concerts
NISSWA – Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Sarah Morris comes to Grassroots Concerts in Nisswa on Friday, Oct. 28.
The 90-minute concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church. The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar is at 5459 Lakers Lane in Nisswa.
Her endearingly honest, expertly penned songs encourage audiences to pull away from the big picture and get caught up in the magic to escape into stories at once hauntingly familiar and uniquely her own, according to a news release.
In 2016, Morris was a top four finalist in the NewSong Music Contest at Lincoln Center in New York City, second-place winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in North Carolina and an Americana semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
Whether solo, backed by her long-time band The Sometimes Guys, as half of the duo The Home Fires with Vicky Emerson, or hosting local and traveling musicians live online, her playful-hearted presence is captivating and contagious, according to the news release.
Admission for general seating is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12. (Masks are required for all audience members and volunteers; N-95 masks will be provided for those who need one, according to the news release.)
At each concert, nonperishable food or cash donations are welcome and will go to a local food shelf.
Crow Wing County Sheriff to offer trunk or treat
BRAINERD — Join the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office for its trunk or treat event from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Trick-or-treaters can enjoy displays from the Sheriff’s Office’s recreational division, tactical team, mounted patrol, K9 team, bomb team, squad cars and drone team.
This is a free family event that will take place in the Crow Wing County public parking lot on the corner of Laurel and South Fourth streets in Brainerd.
Reporter to talk at library about Congdon murders
BRAINERD — Reporter and best-selling author Joe Kimball has covered the infamous Congdon murders since the day the bodies were discovered in 1977. He will be at the Brainerd Public Library at 416 S. Fifth St. from noon-1 p.m. Nov. 2.
“Secrets of the Congdon Mansion” is a first-hand account of Minnesota’s most infamous murder case where one of the state’s richest women was smothered to death in her 39-room Duluth mansion, and her night nurse was bludgeoned to death on the stairway.
An adopted daughter was accused of planning the crime as a way to speed up her inheritance. In addition to two murder trials, the aftermath includes bigamy, arson and more murders. The mansion, known as Glensheen, has become a popular tour site on the shores of Lake Superior.
Even 40 years later, Minnesotans are fascinated by the story of the mansion, money and murders. Kimball’s account was an inspiration for the popular play “Glensheen: The Musical.”
In his library speeches, Kimball talks about covering the story from start to finish as a reporter for the Star Tribune and gives inside details of the victims, investigators and perpetrators to bring the tale to life.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota in 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.
Halloween fun at New York Mills Cultural Center
NEW YORK MILLS — There is plenty of Halloween fun to be had in New York Mills this year.
The community is invited to enjoy a children’s party at the Cultural Center and bowling at Mills Lanes on Saturday, Oct. 29, plus trunk or treat in the City Center West Parking Lot on Monday.
All children aged 10 and under are invited to the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center from noon–3 p.m. Saturday for the annual Halloween party. There will be games, crafts and treats for all to enjoy. (Children under 8 years of age must bring an adult.) Costumes are encouraged.
This event is family-friendly, free to attend and all are welcome. Call the Cultural Center with questions at 218-385-3339.
Later from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, children of all ages are invited to Mills Lanes & Lucky Strike Grill. (Age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Enjoy $2 games, free shoe rental and $2 off large pizzas. For more information, call the bowling alley at 218-385-3691.
On Halloween day from 4:30-6:30 p.m. the 11th annual trunk or treat event will take place outside the City Center building at 118 N. Main Ave. in the west parking lot. All are welcome for family fun and candy.
For more information, contact Josh Hoaby at 218-457-0830.
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra at NYM Cultural Center
NEW YORK MILLS — New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s fall concert series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, with Galactic Cowboy Orchestra in an intimate listening room-style gallery space to experience the Minneapolis-based band up close and personal.
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra was started in 2009 by founding member/bass player John Wright. The band was born out of a desire to play technically challenging music derived from his influences ranging from Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Dixie Dregs and King Crimson, to name a few.
Wright enlisted the aid of guitarist Dan Neale, who brought to the table many deep jazz influences in his advanced playing and composing style. Along with the band’s first drummer, Mark O’Day, the beginnings of Galactic Cowboy Orchestra was founded.
Soon after, violinist Wright’s wife Lisi joined the band with her aggressive “electric guitar player plays violin”-style and engaging stage presence to complete the band’s sound and look, according to a news release.
Adult tickets are $10 in advance (buy online at https://bit.ly/3gEl0gW , stop by or call 218-385-3339) or $12 at the door; students are always $5 (can be paid at the door). Cash bar and light refreshments will be available..
For more information about Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, visit www.galacticcowboyorchestra.com . Call the Cultural Center with questions at 218-385-3339.