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Patt Rall Arts Column for July 9: Lake Bemidji State Park to host picnic

Head of the Lake Bemidji Picnic for families who like to picnic and listen to authors, story tellers, musicians, puppeteers, and singers will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Arrive by car, bike or boat and admission is free. This event is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, as well as the collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The start time is 1 p.m. with the musical group Timeless Traditions and the day will end with a 5 p.m. concert by Trillium.

Concert series

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series welcomes Freedom's Call, a family group of well-known young teens from Bemidji. They play a blend of bluegrass and gospel music on their violins, mandolins, guitars and banjos. The show will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. Please be aware that cars need a state park sticker to enter. These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature as well as the collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

Church musicians

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians 2009 Summer Recital Series holds concerts each Wednesday until the end of August. Pianist Lois Simonson will perform at 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 Highway 2 W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of music scholarships at the door. Always well attended, these half-hour concerts give the public an opportunity to hear area church musicians play and also enjoy a luncheon at the host church after the concert for a nominal cost.

Mystery on stage

"Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," a mystery by Stephen Dietz, is open at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Sherlock Holmes with his trusted companion Dr. Watson at his side matches wits with the evil Dr. Moriarty in a chilling mystery staged in London's underworld. The show will run at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday until July 18 with a half-price Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. July 12. Ticket prices are $22 and $10 for students younger than 21. Call the box office at 751-7270 for ticket prices on singles, students and group rates or order tickets online at The playhouse is located in the Historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Puzzle Trail

The Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., offers a Puzzle Trail, a history adventure designed for the whole family. The Puzzle Trail will lead participants to 10 sites on the National Register of Historic Places in Beltrami County. This is a fine opportunity for those interested in learning about Geocaching and Waymarking. The History Center is offering "Geotrek 101" as an orientation class on the use of GPS units and then do mock searches in the downtown Bemidji area. The classes will be held at noon Wednesday, July 15, Saturday, July 18, 18 and Wednesday, July 22 at the History Center. Open to visitors and residents alike, call 444-3376 to register and there will be GPS units to borrow for the class.

Paul Bunyan Broadcasting & the

Bemidji Symphony

The Free Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Family Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Special Guest Performers will be Triple Play, the jazz trio featuring Chris Brubeck (bass, trombone, piano and vocals), Joel Brown (guitar and vocals) and Peter Madcat Ruth, (harmonica and vocals. The concert will feature familiar pieces like "Take Five." For the past three years, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting has been the promotional patron for the BSO's Free Family Summer Concert. A Paul Bunyan Broadcasting staff member will welcome the audience on the night of the concert and work with Beverly Everett on presentation of the program. There will also be a Mystery Maestro.

Watercolor classes

Wet on Wet Floral Watercolor class where students will create a loose style of watercolor painting of a hollyhock or a favorite flower will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21. All materials will be provided, and students will complete a matted 16-by-20-inch painting. Wet on Wet Floral Watercolor class where students will create a loose style watercolor painting of birch trees will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 13. All materials will be provided and students will complete a matted 16-by-20-inch painting. For information call 751-7741 or register at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W.

Other events

- Tickets are on sale now for Mask and Rose Women's Theater production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." The times and dates are 7:30 p.m. July 16-20 and 3:30 p.m. July 18 and 19 in the Bard in the Park Tent behind Paul and Babe. Tickets are $13 for general public and $5 for students at Brigid's Irish Cross Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Summer Camp of Shakespeare to Go will perform at 12:30 p.m. July 18 in the Bard in the Park Tent. There is no admission charge for this event but a free will offering will be accepted.

- Tin Pan gALLEry welcomes children's author and artist, Don Houseman. Houseman uses original pen and ink drawings to illustrate his book about the grand old barn and the animals that inhabit it. His books will be on sale through July, and the artist's reception is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, when Houseman will read from the book at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and autograph copies. Blackduck History Center located on Main Street and Margaret Avenue is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., features art and fine crafts by more than 35 artists.

- Beltrami County Historical Society has an ongoing exhibit in collaboration with Gallery North, "Summer Breeze." Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the Historic James H. Hill Great Northern Depot.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., galleries are featuring "New Work" by local artists Marlon Davidson, Butch Holden, Jay Jones, Marley Kaul, Don Knudson and Vivienne Morgan in a display of sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, painting and photography. There is also new inventory in Shop 426 whose proceeds benefit programming at BCAC and the participating artists. BCAC is open Monday through Saturday and is free and open to the public.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Janelle Christnesen as its featured artist for July.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., features local artist Audrey Merschman who works in oils and watercolors. Merschman has done illustrations for 11 children's books and watercolors for a card company. Her work is shown or sold throughout the United States and some other countries. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes the work of Pat Shough, who paints under the name of Sillimandi, for July. She is a vibrant colorist who brings spontaneity to her watercolors and acrylics of flowers, birds and animals. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.

- Gallery North welcomes Showcase Artist for the Month Tom Hetznecker, who is known for unique line drawings. Featured gallery artists are Kathy Gustafson and Terry Honstead. Poet Chuck Stone's books: "When I Was a Kid," with illustrations by Kathy Gustafson, and "Looking North: Images of Life in Northern Minnesota," are also featured this month.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., invites the public to chase the wind with photographer Brian Grund. His exhibit, "Chasing the Wind," is about taking the time to notice the serendipity of life and its meaning in teaching basic values of love, respect, integrity, patience and humility. All the photographs are for sale and the proceeds will be used to pay for wilderness travel expenses for youth.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee welcome an exhibit by Natalia Himmirska, "Embrace." Her work will be on display through August for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community at large. The work is for sale, and a price list is provided at the reception desk.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents the photography of Tyson Kuznia, a professional photographer based in Fargo, N.D. Kuznia will share his passion for portraiture in sensual, delicate compositions in color and black and white

- Beltrami County Historical Society is accepting vendors for the eighth annual Depot Day Fest. Artists and crafters, flea marketers, antique collectors, woodworkers, metalworkers, jewelers, non-profits and garden producers are encouraged to attend. There are a limited number of outdoor spaces. Call 444-3376 for details. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 8 at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Sculpture Walk received a grant from the G.W. Nielson Foundation to fabricate and display fiberglass images that will be decorated by artists for the 2010 season. Members of the general public are being asked to vote for an image - fish, beaver, turtle, deer, small canoe, Paul Bunyan or anther choice. Votes will be compiled until the end of August, at which time the winner will be announced. To cast your vote, e-mail Two-dimensional artists may also access this Web site for further information and apply to participate by decorating the winning image.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday

- Stop by the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert, 7:30 p.m., July 18, Bemidji High School.

- 42nd Annual Art in the Park Festival, July 18 and 19, Library Park.

- Community Band Concert, 7 p.m., July 19, Baker Park.

- "Riders of the Golden Sphinx," Bemidji Community Theater's annual melodrama in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park, 7:30 p.m., July 31, Aug.1, 7-8. Free admission, family friendly.

- Community Band Concert, 7 p.m., Aug. 2, Baker Park.

- Wilton Days, Aug. 8-9. For Talent Show sign-ups call 751-1186.

- Mozart's "La Nozze di Figaro," 7:30 p.m., Aug. 19-21, Thompson Recital Hall.

- "Pirates, The Musical," by Mrs. Yam's Children's Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20-22 and 2:30, Aug. 22.

- Street musicians 5-8 p.m. every Thursday night, downtown Bemidji.

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BB, 119 Third St. N.W.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to