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Pioneer Previews: Summer concert series features touring group

BEMIDJI - The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series will showcase The Hollands beginning at 1:30 p.m. today in the amphitheatre at the Lake Bemidji State Park.

The Hollands are an international touring group with a knack for engaging the audience in a sing-along experience that makes the audience feel as if they are part of the action. Admission to the park requires a current sticker and one-day passes are available. The concert is open to the public at no charge because this series is funded by a Region 2 Arts Grant.

The 25th Anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musician Summer Concert series will begin at noon with Muff Magelssen playing the music of Eugene Gigout on the new Rodgers Organ at First Presbyterian Church, 501 Minnesota Ave NW. The Other Mountain Remnant with retired former pastor, guitarist Jim DeSmidt, and his wife, Jean, on the mandolin and flute, along with James Ellerson on the violin will play some bluegrass, country and a little Bach.

All of the concerts are open to the public and free-will offerings will be accepted for the BACM Scholarship fund. A post-concert luncheon will be provided at a minimal cost, a service of each member church to support their fund raising efforts.

"Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon opens at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. Directed by Andrew Browers, this romantic comedy, set in 1964, tells the story of two newlyweds who are establishing their first apartment, a meddling mother-in-law and eccentric neighbors. The play will be on stage at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays until Aug. 25.

For shows times and dates, see or call 218-732-0099.

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association invites the public to the final 2nd Street Stage summer music series from 6-8 p.m. between Main St. and U.S. Highway 71. Solo performers will be Cammille Henderson, Taylor Schroeder, Autumn Pendegayosh, Tim Walsh and Alex Ziemann. Duo Carly and Jake Helfrich will perform followed by three bands: Incredibly Real and Undecided from Park Rapids and Aitas from Staples.

Youth art and music will be featured Thursday through Saturday at venues throughout Park Rapids.

On Friday afternoon, piano students will play at Bella Caffe and other youth at Pioneer Park on Main Street.

Contact for a complete list of the times and dates. These events are underwritten by Itasca Mantrap's Operation Round Up and a legacy grant from Region 2 Arts Council.

"No Risk" Workshop Funding from Region 2 Arts Council for individuals and/or organizations from the five-county area. For information and to download an application, look at Region 2 website at workshops. The workshops must focus on learning experiences for adult artists in all genres and be open to the public.

Marion Caroline Reil will teach "Introduction to water color glazing," a painting workshop, from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 29. Materials will be provided to create a painting during the workshop. Fee is $45 and class size is limited. Registrations are taken at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. N.W.

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at

Auditions for "Oliver," collaboration between Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will be from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at the Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. Performance dates are Nov. 9-11, 16-18.

Shyanne Kaml with the Smokehouse Band will hold a CD release party at 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Eagles, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. $5 cover fee.