Entertainment Briefs - Sept. 21

Boathouses in Brainerd area featured in book "Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka," a coffee table book with more than 400 photographs by photographer Karen Melvin and writer Melinda Nelson not only includes boathouses on Lake Minnetonka, but also of b...

A boathouse on Gull Lake featured in "Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka."Submitted
A boathouse on Gull Lake featured in "Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka." Submitted

Boathouses in Brainerd area featured in book

"Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka," a coffee table book with more than 400 photographs by photographer Karen Melvin and writer Melinda Nelson not only includes boathouses on Lake Minnetonka, but also of boathouses in the Brainerd lakes area.

The book, available on Amazon, serves to inspire all cabin owners, and those lucky enough to have a boathouse, Melvin stated in a news release. Melvin said there are more than 1,000 boathouses on several Minnesota lakes, including those on Brainerd area lakes. She stated her friend and collaborator Royal Dossett has documented every boathouse in his Zodiac style boat over the past few summers.

"Tracking down boathouses of Minnesota has given Royal a reason to be on the lake, enjoying the day and contributing his work to the common good," Melvin stated.

Boathouses on Gull Lake are featured in the book.


'Painting the Figure' class set

LITTLE FALLS-Great River Arts will begin its fall arts education programming with "Painting the Figure" class from 3-6 p.m. Saturday.

The class will be taught by Matt Duckett, who joined GRA this summer as programming and education coordinator, He will share his expertise painting the human figure and portrait from life. All skill levels are welcome.

Duckett will guide participants through a wide range of subjects, exploring painting the figure alla prima-or directly in one sitting-in oil. Discussions will include the challenges of composition, drawing and work students to working with a live model. Students will explore topics such as creating a palette, color mixing, brushwork and finishing edges.

Duckett has exhibited his art across the United States and internationally, in galleries including the Salmagundi Club in New York City and Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz. He has been recognized with awards and multiple national publications for excellence in art, including Fine Art Connoisseur and Poets and Artists. His personal work explores various subcultures and marginalized peoples, from Scandinavian traditional lifestyles in rural Wisconsin, to Chicago's unique Irish musical heritage, to displaced aboriginal tribes in the remote mountains of the Philippines, it states in a news release.

The class is $65 for GRA members and $75 for non-members. For more information and to register, stop in, visit or call us at 320-632-0960. Preregistration is required.

Cuyuna Range Community Band seeks members

The Cuyuna Range Community Band, under the direction of Rich Peterson, is seeking


musicians to join the band for our upcoming 2017 fall season. The band is a volunteer concert band that performs at local venues throughout the area including the Heartwood Center in Crosby, the Aicota Assisted Living in Aitkin and at the Deerwood Auditorium.

Band membership is open to musicians of all ages from high school seniors to adults. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Aitkin Growth Center, 316 First Ave, NW, Aitkin.

For more information contact Dick Gunderson at 218-527-0527 or Rich Peterson at or 320-630-0149.


Second edition cookbook released

"The Great Minnesota Hot Dish: Your Cookbook for Classic and Comfort Food" by Theresa Millang and Karen Corbett, published in Cambridge, was released this month and is available online and at Christmas Point in Baxter.

"Called casseroles in most parts of the country, the hot dish really does come in more varieties than noodles, tuna and crushed potato chips," it states in a book description. "With more than 200 recipes of Minnesota tradition, this cookbook demonstrates how practical hot dishes can be."

From classic to ethnic to gourmet recipes, there are more than 200 recipes including "Chicken-Couscous Hot Dish," "Mille's Wild RIce Hot Dish" and "Chilaquile Hot Dish." There are historical Scandinavian recipes that date back to the early 1900s and new innovations in hot dish, including cajun, creole, tofu, southern and Chinese. The cookbook is in its second edition.


'Ice-Out' paperback released this month

Author Mary Casanova's book "Ice-Out" is now available in paperback, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

"Walking on thin ice on Rainy Lake, in northern Minnesota, it's more than a saying," the book description stated. "And for Owen Jensen, 19 is suddenly responsible for keeping his mother and five brothers alive, the ice is thin indeed."

"Ice-Out" returns to the frigid and often brutal Prohibition-era borderland of Casanova's novel "Frozen." Owen, smitten with "Frozen's" Sadie Rose, is struggling to make something of himself at a time when no one seems to hold the moral high ground, the book description states.

Inspired by real events in early 1920s Minnesota, and by Casanova's own family history," Ice-Out" is at once a story of young romance against terrible odds and true grit on the border between license and responsibility, rich and poor, and right and wrong in early 20th-century America.

'Enchantment Lake' available in paperback

Author Margi Preus' book "Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery" is available in paperback by the University of Minnesota Press.

"On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as 17-year-old Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hotdish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog and a legendary treasure said to be under enchantment-or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake?" the book description states.

Preus is a New York Times best-selling author of books for young readers, including "Shadow on the Mountain," "West of the Moon" and "Heart of a Samurai" and a winner of a Newbery Honor and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature.

'March of Crime' released this month

Author Jess Lourey's newly released book "Crime of March" is now available.

Lourey returns to Battle Lake with her 11th "Murder-By-Month" mystery, published by Midnight Ink.

According to the book description, "Ida Gilbertson of the Battle Lake Senior Sunset nursing home has a new hobby: crafting life-sized dolls and displaying them around town. Budding PI Mira James finds the dolls creepy enough on their own, but when she's forced to sit next to one and discovers a human corpse under the hat and wig, it becomes personal."

Lourey is best known for her critically-acclaimed "Murder-by-Month" mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist. Lourey also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, young-adult adventure and magical realism, literary fiction and feminist thrillers.

'The Willpower Workaround' available

Author Maureen Anderson's "The WIllpower Workaround" is available in paperback.

She describes her book, "What if you could eat as much as you wanted, all day every day, and never gain weight? No gimmicks, nothing unsafe. And what if it was among the easiest things you've ever done? Think about it. Why do you give up on the latest diet? Because you're often, if not always, hungry. There's some complicated meal plan or point system or set of recipes you have to follow.."

Anderson lays out this plan in the book. Anderson is the host of the nationally-syndicated radio talk show, "Doing What Works," that helps people fix what they don't like about their life. She is also the author of "The Career Clinic: Eight Simple Rules for Finding Work You Love" and she is the co-author of "Staying the Course: A Runner's Toughest Race."

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