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Pioneer Previews: Small-town and Scandinavia on the stage

"Greet the Folks at Home" serves up a special afternoon today of original poetry and traditional music highlighting Ross and Bart Sutter's small-town roots, Scandinavian heritage and an honest mix of heartfelt humor and fun that the whole family can enjoy as they explore Minnesota characters and culture. The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 Lake Bemidji Concert Series, sponsored by Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park. Admission is free for each concert, but you will need to have a valid park pass or purchase a day pass at the gate. Day passes are $5 and the event is family friendly and casual.

Ross Sutter is a folk singer best known for his touching, thought-provoking and often hilarious interpretations of Scandinavian, Scottish and Irish songs as well as a wide range of American traditional and popular songs. Accompanying himself on guitar, dulcimer, button accordion, bagpipes, bodram or an Irish goat-skin drum, Sutter has performed at many venues throughout the state and has also been a guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show.

Poet, essayist, writer and brother performer, Bart Sutter, is the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories. Sutter is the author of collections of poetry and short stories, including "The Reindeer Camp and Other Poems" and "My Father's War and Other Stories." In 2006, he was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth. In addition, Sutter has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Bush Foundation and the Jerome Foundation. Books and CDs will be available for signing and sale at the end of the performance.

• Tickets are selling quickly for the "Desserts by Design," the annual fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra with elegantly dressed tables and a live auction, which includes Minnesota Wild home game tickets and a German Gourmet Dinner for eight prepared by Monica Maes. The $25 ticket includes complimentary wine, the desserts and a performance by Eric Gustafson and his trio (Daniel Nelson on guitar and Luke Bernard on bass) "Jazz Atavist." Deadline for tickets is Friday for the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Sanford Center. Contact Karen Amble at 444-7005 and leave a message.


• The brothers Sutter will again perform, this time at noon in the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. They will share more of their poetry and music: "North Country Characters: Songs, Stories and Poems from the Land of 10,000 Lakes." Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and refreshments will be served at the free event. Because the two shows are different, going to both concerts is recommended.


• The Bemidji Public Library will hold its annual sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1430 23rd St. NW. Everyone is sure to find a book and it is a community event from the youngest reader to the oldest. Registrations and dues to join the Friends of the Library are modest and they help maintain the various lectures and programs during the year at the library.

• Bemidji Area Church Musicians scholarship winner Matthew Bock, a piano and voice student at St. Olaf College, will be the featured performer at noon at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1508 Washington Ave. SE. Bock's 30-minute recital will include piano compositions from Mozart, Debussy and contemporary composer, N. Kapustin. He will sing "Clearings in the Sky" by French composer Lili Boulanger. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the scholarships given each year by BACM. The luncheon following the concert will be nominally priced.

• Last matinee for Long Lake Theater's production of "Leaving Iowa" by Spike Manton and Tim Clue is at 3 p.m. The show is "a toast to the classic family road trip, both touching and funny." Order tickets online at or call (218) 732-0099: $18 Adults, $9 children ages 4 to 12, and group rate of $16 for 15 or more tickets. It takes about an hour to get there but always worth the trip, see website for directions.


• The Bemidji Public Library will hold its annual sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. See listing above.

• Long Lake Theater's production of "Leaving Iowa." 8 p.m. See listing above. Shows will also be Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.


"Make a New Friend" with Sesame Street Live at 10:30 a.m. at the Sanford Center. Tickets are $10 and a $2 facility fee will be added to all tickets prices now available from Ticketmaster at both Lueken's Village Foods or by calling (800) 745-5032. For an extra $20, a pre-show meet-and-greet pass with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo.

The Tenth Annual Turtle River Day, a family celebratory occasion featuring music, food, crafters, children's activities, and just about anything one can imagine. The day will start with a 5K race or a pancake breakfast at Salem Lutheran Church. Events will be held on the old Turtle Creek Saloon (under the shade trees on the property between U.S. Highway 71 and County Road 21). A first this year is the Pedal Tractor Pull for 3- to 11-year-olds sponsored by the Thomas Family and Subway. The annual parade starts at 1 p.m. Music by artists who recorded their songs at the late Gary Burger's studio will be heard all day. Scenic Auto is underwriting the Classic Car show. Fulton Gallagher will create an original Crossword Puzzle with a $100 prize; and he will distribute the annual newspaper, "Turtle River News."

Ongoing exhibits

Locations and short explanations for August exhibits and on-going installations are available at Pull down the First Friday tab.


• Marion Caroline Reil will be teaching a watercolor class starting at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. The class is titled "Field of Dreams" and students will paint and mat a 16x20 watercolor painting of a field of daisies using masking, glazing and negative space. All levels are welcome, class fee is $45 and all materials are provided.

• Northern Artist Association will host a porcelain painting workshop with Nancy Eagleson from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29-30 in the Beltrami Electric Community Room, 4111 Technology Drive NW. Cost for the two-day workshop is $40 and all materials are included; two projects will be completed. Attendees are asked to bring a bag lunch. Sign up at Gallery North, or call 444-9813 or 759-2952 for more information.

Upcoming events

• Eric and Jennifer Olson will make their Bemidji debut before starting their college teaching careers with the music department at BSU this fall. Eric, a University of Minnesota alum, will perform on the violin and piano. Jennifer will vocalize in accompaniment in a variety of genres of classical music. They will also explore with the audience some of the reasons why composers wrote what they wrote. They will perform Aug. 24 at 1:30 p.m. in the amphitheater of Lake Bemidji State Park.

• Rock band Boston, with special guest Starship, and their high energy shows will be coming to the Sanford Center at 8 p.m. Aug. 30. Tickets are $81, $65, $45 and $31 and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or the Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Windows at the Sanford Center box office.

• Bemidji Community Theater production of "Fiddler on the Roof" will hold auditions from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 27-28 at the historic Chief Theater. The show is scheduled to run Nov.14-16 and Nov. 21-23. Men and women of all ages, teenagers and a few children are needed for the production.