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A rose is a rose, is a rose: Fundraisers help support the arts

Four members of the Desserts by Design committee are (from left) Nancy Haugen, Louise Jackson, Dee Sweeney and Tanya Hasbargen. Not pictured: Kimya Cummings and Eve Rongstad. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

They are striving to ensure the viability of the center diamond in the crown for the future: The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra.

“It gives me the greatest pleasure,” said Louise Jackson, who has been a working partner since joining the orchestra guild some years ago -- and it’s already the ninth-year edition of Desserts by Design as lead by Jackson.

This year’s gala fundraiser will continue to awe and charm the guests as they will be met at the door with a glass of wine and a savory. Jackson mused that the BSO cannot fail; it is our concern to keep it financially viable. “We are so lucky to have an orchestra of this quality,” said Jackson, “and I hope you’ll come (to the gala) and help keep the dream alive.”

Invitations are in the mail for the event at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24 in the Sanford Center Ballroom. All the main characters will be in attendance to chat with the guests and view the different tables decorated with caring hands and creative minds.

Another fundraising event will be hosted by Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of Northwest Minnesota Foundation, to ensure the ability of the BAAE to uphold the support of arts in the Bemidji area. That event will be celebrated on Oct. 1 at Sparkling Waters as ‘Ooh La La for the Arts.”

Sorry about the mistake in last Sunday’s column regarding “Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van” by Bemidji Community Theater. The play is a comedy and not a musical/comedy. The folks from licensing agency (French) asked for a retraction. The show opened on 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 and continues with a matinee today at 2 p.m. and continues Sept. 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and another 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 17. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children through 18. Parental discretion is advised for under middle school children.

Upcoming events
  • The next poetry reading will feature Carol Ann Russell at 4 p.m. at Cantabria Coffee Co. in downtown Bemidji and the theme is “Around the world to downtown Bemidji.” The event is sponsored by Watermark Art Center as the First City Poetry Reads initiative.
  • Join Robert and Lynn Halbrook in an engaging program featuring Minnesota’s most renowned haunted places at the Bemidji Public Library at 6 p.m. Mon, Sept. 25. Experience strange phenomena these places seem to share with artifacts that have been retrieved from their sites. This program is recommended for ages 10 and older.
  • Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning starts their fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 20, with the program “Charles Lindbergh: Triumph, Tragedy and Controversy” with David Jones.

Patt Rall is a longtime arts supporter and journalist in Bemidji. She can be reached at