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Performing Arts — Aug. 17

This calendar lists theatrical productions and other unique entertainment events.

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The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center announces its 13th annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant, a large-scale community street theater experience taking place in New York Mills this month.

All are invited to the two culminating performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at the New York Mills VFW during the NYM C&C Corn Feed and at noon Saturday at Finn Creek Open Air Museum during the Finn Creek Summer Festival.

Each year, an original play is created based on characters and tales from the Kalevala, the Finnish book of legends. This narrated play is brought to life by local community members through larger-than-life puppet costumes, stilt-walking, songs and music by award-winning duo Curtis & Loretta of Minneapolis.

This year's performance will tell the story of "The Wise Little Bird," and attendees will see familiar characters from years past, including Vainamoinen, the Dame of Pohjola, and Ukko the Thunder God along with his wife Rauni.

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Community members of all ages create the puppets, costumes and scenery, and learn to walk on stilts throughout two weeks of workshops leading up to the performances.

Both performances are family friendly and open to all, and a free-will donation will be collected following both performances. The Corn Feed is free to attend. The Finn Creek Festival has a gate donation of $5 per adult with children free.

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