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Pioneer Previews for September 1: Bluegrass blooms at Lake Bemidji State Park

BEMIDJI -- Lovers of old time bluegrass and spiritual music should come on down to the amphitheater at 2 p.m. today at Lake Bemidji State Park where Jerry Brademan and his friends will entertain as well as invite the audience to join in singing.

Yes, these old-time favorites will be in print form, so no one will have the excuse they don't know the words. This is the final concert of the season and a chance to say goodbye to old and new friends. Admission to the concert is free but entrants will need to have an annual car park pass or a $5 daily pass available at the front gate. No rain date as the indoor Visitor's Center is a few steps away. These concerts are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council and a collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

• Don't let today go by without a call to Jeanette Halcrow (444-2689) and make your reservation for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra fundraiser "Desserts by Design" to be held Sept. 13 at the Sanford Center. Today is the deadline to purchase tickets. An evening of decadent desserts arrayed on creative table decor, a silent auction, beautiful music by BSO musicians and a boisterous live auction are highlights of the annual gala. Music Director Beverly Everett will speak about the upcoming 75th Anniversary Season. Tickets are $25 each and include all of the above and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 to preview the tables before selecting having to make a difficult choice.

• Deadlines are also growing near for the annual Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Oom Pah for the Arts Fundraiser. Tickets are on sale now at ReMax of Bemidji, 602 Beltrami Ave. NW, or through board members Ashley Hull, Bev Erickson, Erin Jacobson, Flavia Sagedahl, Ilene Johanneson, Jean Baer, Jeremy Fayette, Karen Amble, Marilyn Miller, Marsh Muirhead, Mike Tangen, Mitch Blessing, Scott Merschman, Shelly Geerdes, Sue Snider and Virginia Holy. Tickets are $50, which includes a $35 tax deductible contribution that directly goes toward the scholarships and underwriting of arts projects in the Bemidji area. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with wine and beer tasting on Oct. 4 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. Seating is limited; don't miss out on this lively evening of libations, German food and dancing to the tunes of Jim Thompson, Dennis Doeden and friends.

Church musician series completed

Just a reminder that the Bemidji Church Musicians annual summer series finished last week at First Lutheran Church. Many thanks are sent to the attendees for their enthusiastic support of this yearly music series on behalf of the committee.

Friday events

• Showcase artist of the month at Gallery North, Joan Wilson, will share her insights of plein air sketches and rainy day studio sketches during the 2-5 p.m. reception. First Friday Featured Artists for the month are woodcarver Colleen Hilz and Patty Lovegreen (watercolor tapestry)

• Alpha Land Reading and Workshop with Tom Evans, part of First Friday events, 5 to 7 p.m. Bemidji Community Arts Center.

• The Artists of Studio 10 will be hosting a First Friday reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Brigid's Cross Restaurant and Pub in downtown Bemidji where " Birds of a Feather" will flock together.

• The "Grove Kings" will be playing from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cass Lake American Legion Club in conjunction with the monthly walleye dinner.

• Book reading by newly published poet who is already a Bemidji author, playwright, actor and musician, Steve Saari. Everyone will connect with these deeply personal musings, "This Long Trip to Myself," is a collection of deeply reflective, humorous and offbeat free verse and tone poems describing the new life adventure for the author. The reading which will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Kat's Book Nook, 750 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW and is free and open to the public.


If you haven't had the chance to see and hear Del Lyren's presentation on "Learning Jazz Improvisation on an Electric Wind Instrument," be sure to get to the final one at 2 p.m. at the Nemeth Art Center in downtown Park Rapids. Lyren, professor of music and department chair at Bemidji State University. Lyren received a Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Award, and will present a multi-media presentation on his work with Jeff Coffin with the EWI and his music journey with the Dave Matthew's band this past spring in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The public is invited to attend this presentation at no cost.

Seeking vendors

The 4th Annual Opener Art Festival, a visual arts show/sale open to artists in all areas of visual art, is seeking artists for event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Sanford Center ballrooms, 1111 Event Center Drive SE. All artwork will be juried with the inclusion of four to six photos of proposed art work along with the application. Cost to participate is $85 for a 10 feet by 10 feet booth plus a $15 processing fee with the deadline date of Sept. 15. There will be 50-plus vendor spaces available: electricity, tables and chairs are included in the fee. Set-up time will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8. Send applications to Shannon's Art & Soul, 313 Beltrami Ave. Bemidji, MN 56601. Applications may also be dropped off at the address. Call (218) 444-7555 for more information.

Voice of the Prairie

Long Lake Theater is soliciting people who would like to participate in its inaugural season of old-time variety shows with radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more. The show will be rooted in Hubbard County, where a musical and artistic community provides endless inspiration for the show, which will appear live on stage at Long Lake Theater on the third Friday of each month starting in September. Contact Bruce Bolton at for more information.