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Pioneer Previews: Dorset to host authors' artists' festival

Dorset Festival of Authors and Artists will continue from noon-8 p.m., Friday, June 24, in Dorset (five miles east of Park Rapids on state Highway 34 and then follow the signs). Book signings by Minnesota authors including Will Weaver and Jim Proebstle and Melissa Vocelka will begin at noon at Sister Wolf Books. There will be live music by "Northern Bass" and Fran Gack and a display of glass mosaics, china mosaics, pottery, silk paintings, jewelry, acrylic paintings, Rosemaling and quilting. Attendees are reminded to bring their appetites (as well as their wallets) for Dorset claims to be the "restaurant capital of the world."

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present cellists Sonja Connell, Mikayla Connell, Elias Connell, Micah Errikkson and Eric Haugen and pianist KaySue Erikkson at the Evangelical Free Church Outreach Center, 115 Carr Lake Road S.W., at noon today, June 22. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. The choir members will serve a lunch, they have prepared, at a nominal cost of $5.

Summer comedy

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W., interpretation of a well-known comedy can be seen for the next two weeks; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare, adapted for the stage by Craig Johnson and added material by the cast makes this production a must-see for Bemidji theatergoers. The play, set in Athens, was based upon an ancient Celtic tradition of celebrating the summer solstice when maidens gathered special flowers to put under their heads to dream of their future husbands. The gods, assisted by the fairies, roamed the forests and made havoc of the lives of mortals with magical potions and devious trickery, or as Puck proclaimed "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, through Saturday, July 2, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, June 26. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for group of 10 for the evening performances, and $15 for the matinee. For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Long Lake Theater

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. This irreverent comedy about two spinster aunts who are beloved by the community and their nephew who stumbles upon a terrible secret is directed by Bemidji State University graduate Andy Browers. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Wednesdays until June 29 and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday until July 2. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 children (4-12). Box office number is 732-0099 or visit the website

TV series

On this week's episode of "Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week's episode takes us to Hackensack to watch Grant Goltz and friends build a replica of an Ojibwe 1860s birch bark canoe The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial show.

Book signing

Book signing with Dennis (Barney) Bartz, Bemidji High School coach, will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Kat's Book Nook, 750 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. Bartz will meet and greet visitors and talk about his book, "Run for Your Life."

Musical events

- Finnish-American folk duo, "Kaivama" will perform starting at 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. For more information about this group, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

- Performers at the Natural Choice Farmers Market at Union Square, Second Street and Beltrami Avenue Northwest for this week will begin with singer and guitarist folk singer Don Zieman at noon today. "Smoke" with Don Holt and Roy Hershberger will perform from 9 a.m.-noon and "Wooden Nichols" from noon-3 p.m., Saturday, June 25.

- Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will perform from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Lady Slipper celebration in Blackduck.

- Tim Sparks will give a guitar workshop for players of all levels at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the state park. The format is hands-on, so take a guitar and expect to leave with a greater knowledge of the fret board, musical connections and the skill to play all the tabs. This workshop is offered free to the public.

- The Turtle River Grass Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in the Bemidji State Park amphitheater. The band includes Dale Ellingson on bass; Denise Koenigsberg on hammered dulcimer, guitar and button box; Peggy Ellinson on mandolin; and Dean Ellingson on guitar and banjo. They are Blue Grass musicians but will add some new tunes that are definitely "out of the bluegrass box." The concerts are free but a state park sticker is required. This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Art Festival

Vendors are being sought for the "2nd Annual Opener Art Festival" to be held on Nov. 5 in the New City Ballroom. Artist applications and show information are available at All vendor work will be juried and only handmade products and visual art will be accepted. The artist deadline is July 15. For more information contact Shannon at 556-5907.


"Summer Friend 1" with Marion Caroline Reil will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Participants will complete and frame a 7-x-14-inch watercolor of a monarch butterfly hovering over a blooming thistle (or any flower) using a variety of watercolor background methods and intense color. The cost is $45 and all materials are included for this class for all students of every level including beginner. Register and sign-up at Gallery North.

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