The Farm on St. Mathias and The E Squared Cafe will present the Celtic Festival and Summer Solstice Celebration Saturday.
The festival will begin at the Farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring live music by Rumgumption. Then the music group will perform from 7-10 p.m. at E Squared.
The festival at the farm will include: Storytelling by Mikko (Michael) Cowdery, a renowned storyteller from Alexandria; blacksmith demonstrations by Jim Newgord of Pillager and Jeremy Kneipel of Pequot Lakes; traditional stone cutting demonstration by Tom Carlson, a former Brainerd area resident; fiber spinning demonstrated by Mitch Johnson of Aitkin and Marianne Billings of Baxter; sheep shearing demonstrations; and a "Kiddie Karnival."
Lakes Area Artist Group show and sale set next week in Nisswa
NISSWA - The lakes Area Artist Group will host its 12th annual Fine Art Show and Sale June 25-27 at the Nisswa Community Center.
Featured artwork will be by Laurel LaBorde, Phyllis Frankum, Bill Grange, Kathy Kovala, Sonja Larse, Sharon Peterson, David Rickert, Barbara Rischmiller-Brook, Diane Runberg, Cyrus Swann, Maria Thompson-Seep and Gail Walsh.
The show and sale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and there also will be door prizes and demonstrations during the show.
Demonstrations on June 25:
• 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bill Grange will demonstrate pottery making.
• 3 p.m. Kathy Kovala, water color painting.
• 11 a.m. Sonja Larsen, nature printing.
• 1 p.m. Gail Walsh, Asian brush painting.
• 3 p.m. Bill Grange, pottery.
• 11 a.m. David Rickert, acrylic painting.
•1 p.m. Laurel LaBorde, watercolor.
• 3 p.m. Sharon Peterson, watercolor.
Hipp is next Brown Bag speaker at Brainerd library
The fourth author in the Brown Bag Speakers' Series is Earl Hipp.
The event will be from noon-1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library and is open to the public, free of charge.
Earl Hipp is a writer, professional speaker and part-time adventurer. His book, "Man-Making: Men Helping Boys on their Journey to Manhood," came from his own experience as one who was "under-fathered and under-male-mentored in adolescence" and from a desire to do what he can to ensure that fewer boys and men will be left to wander alone in the dangerous never land between boyhood and manhood. Hipp, with a degree in psychophysiology and a background as a clinical psychotherapist, is the author of seven books for and about adolescents. As a professional speaker, he has delivered educational and motivational programs to a wide variety of audiences including corporations, teachers, parents and youth-serving professionals.
Trucano to play organ
Brainerd High School graduate Joe Trucano will perform at noon Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd as part of the Summer Organ Series.
Admission is free.
Trucano attends Concordia College in Moorhead and is studying music ministry and organ performance. As a youth, he took lessons in piano, saxophone, cello and guitar. At BHS, he was a member of the Symphonic Band, A Cappella Choir and Chamber Orchestra. He studied cello for a semester at the University of Minnesota.
Brainerd man receives copy of CCC history book
Longtime Brainerd resident Norman Aune, the former owner of Aune Electric in Brainerd, recently received a copy of a published book about his days in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp near the southeast shore of Pelican Lake.
Aune received the book, "Lost in the WoodsThe Legacy of CCC Camp Pelican," written by James D. Henderson. Aune was 18 when he and about 200 other CCC enrollees and U.S. Army staff arrived by train Sept. 15, 1935, in Nisswa.
The book describes the camp's history, how it was formed, the men and boys who built it, the projects they worked on and what camp life was like. The book includes a roster of more than 800 camp members who lived in the camp between 1935-38 when the camp closed.
The story of the only CCC camp in Crow Wing County is available for purchase at Rainy Days Book Store in Nisswa, Lake Country Crafts and Cones in Crosslake or online from the author at http://pelmarpublishing.webhop.net.
All-State Lutheran Choir to perform in Brainerd
A group of about 40 high school singers, who make up the 2009 Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
The concert is free and open to the public. Area students who are members of the state choir are Jillian Anderson, Joe Anderson and Brian Kingsley, all of Baxter; and Toni Gage and Sarah Mozey, both of Brainerd.
The Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir program provides an aesthetic experience via choral music and to impart to local congregations enthusiasm and appreciation for music, new and old, in the worship service. The choir will perform a variety of music from the classics to gospel.
Thomas D. Rossin is in his 19th year directing the choir and he's the founder and director of "Exultate," a chamber choir and orchestra based in the Twin Cities. Accompanist is Stephen "Gabe" Gabrielsen, professor of music at Augsburg College and organist at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids.
Each concert is concluded with the choir seated with the audience and having everyone taking part in the singing of hymns. The choir will sing only a portion of its concert in the traditional choir formation.
Law to sign book at Book World in Baxter
BAXTER - A book signing event by author James E. Law will be noon-3 p.m. June 26 at Book World in Baxter.
Law's book, "Lee Went On 4th And 2 & Didn't Make it!" was published on Feb. 12 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday.
Law will review the book during the first 20 minutes of the book signing event.
The book is an easy to understand summary of the history of the Civil War. In Law's research, he became aware of the similarities in the conduct of a war and the conduct of a football game. He wrote the book in these terms so most Americans would understand it and in that it would make reading the history of the war more interesting.
Grand opening to celebrate completion of arts center planned Wednesday
The Franklin Arts Center will host a grand opening to celebrate its completion from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a brief program at 5:30 p.m.
The grand opening will give the community a chance to see all the changes that have occurred in the former school building. Participants will be able to tour most of the studios, common spaces and live/work units now occupied by artists and their families. They also can meet the civic leaders and project partners. Refreshments will be served.
The opening event will formally mark the completion of a project that began in 2004 when the Brainerd School District sold the Franklin Junior High School to the Minneapolis-based Artspace.
Franklin has three major components: 25 affordable live/work apartments; 30,000 square feet of non-residential space for artist studios, arts organizations and arts-friendly businesses; and 44,000 square feet (the auditorium and two gymnasiums) operated by the Brainerd School District as community space.
Artspace has been developing and operating creative spaces to meet the needs of artists and arts organizations since 1979. It is the nation's leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts with 23 completed projects in operation from coast to coast.
The Franklin Arts Center is the ninth project Artspace has completed in its home state and the third in greater Minnesota. It is also the second Minnesota school building (the first was in Duluth) that Artspace has transformed into space for artists and arts organizations.
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