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PATT RALL COLUMN: Beautiful days still abound in the Bemidji area

Take a drive, take a run, take a bike to the final day of the Bemidji Studio Cruise today and enjoy the magic of area artists as they spin, mold, create mosaics, jewelry, paint -- and so many other skills -- from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The tours are laid out on a color scale: Red Tour travels through the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest to a variety of art; Purple Tour crosses the Mississippi and take in the lakes and river scenery on your ride to seven artists; Orange Tour sees the Bemidji countryside artists nestled in northern Minnesota’s woods and sparkling blue waters. Bikes may be rented at several locations on the tour and don’t forget to notice the Sculpture Walk throughout the city.

Celebrating music at BSU

The Woodwind and Piano Day on Saturday at BSU showcased present and former instructors of music: Professors of Music Lauren McNee and Lisa Perry performed a free recital in Thompson Recital Hall to conclude the department’s Woodwind and Piano Day. McNee, a flautist, and Perry, who plays clarinet, are well-established musicians who are each in their first year on the BSU faculty.  Their recital included Heather Guidry, adjunct instructor of music, on the oboe; Jacquelyn Schaffer, a former adjunct music instructor at BSU, on French horn; Miriam Webber, assistant professor of music, playing the bassoon; and Stephen Carlson, professor of music, on the piano.

Youth band forming

Headwaters School of Music & Arts invites Bemidji area brass, woodwind and percussion players to take part in a new youth community band. Youth ages 7-18 and their parents or guardians are invited to an organizational meeting and first rehearsal at 7:30­­­ p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the school, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW in downtown Bemidji.

Directed by Craig Haugen, the group will rehearse every other Monday, November-May, to prepare for several performances during the year. The goals for this group are to build ensemble aide, performance skills and camaraderie of rehearsing and performing as a group. All skill levels welcome, with a pre-requisite of one year of lessons, a release said. Haugen has taught privately through the public school system and BSU and all band instruments including ukulele and all bands instruments for more than 30 years. Contact Headwaters at 218-444-5606.

Out at Northern Town Hall

Look out for the annual Northern Town Hall Falls Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.28, for art work from area artists, crafters, artisans, and painters in support of the Watermark Art Center. Event at 445 Town Hall Road NW; browse the offerings while snacking on hot apple cider, coffee and cookies.

Keep on learning
  • Adventures in Lifelong Learning continue its fall lecture series with Margo Kelsey of Face It TOGETHER. Kelsey will be talking addiction as a disease; the impact on what our community is doing to help people get the assistance they need. Face It TOGETHER does peer counseling and navigation for those suffering from the disease as well as loved ones of persons with the disease of addiction. The program starts with coffee and socializing starting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The talk begins at 10 a.m.; Q&A from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the community room of Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Drive NW. Handicapped accessible and adequate parking. Free-will offerings are gladly accepted for the refreshments (coffee and bars).
  • Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the new Park Theater (formerly the Armory) in Park Rapids and present “Racial Disparity in the U.S.A.,” a 2017 Public Broadcasting System video that represents many segments of the population, and which explores the knotty problem of race relations. All programs are open to the public and handicap accessible; refreshments are served and free-will donations gladly accepted.  
  • Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning continues its fall lecture series on Wednesday, Oct 25, at 9:30 a.m., with Linda Nordland in Gonvick, 170 Main St., with “Tale a Trip to China;” see the “Great Wall,” stroll the Forbidden City and explore one of the greatest finds of the 20th Century,  “The Terracotta Warriors and Horses.” All programs are open to the public and handicap accessible; refreshments are served and free-will donations gladly accepted.
First City Singers seeks director

The First City Singers, a non-audition vocal performance group, is seeking a volunteer with choral direction experience to lead weekly rehearsals and occasional performances at area senior living facilities. Rehearsals are 1 p.m. Mondays at Headwaters Music and Arts. First City Singers also welcomes additional men and women ages 55 and older to the group; for information about the volunteer director position or becoming a member, contact organizer Kathy Hughes at (218) 751-5129.

Upcoming Events
  • Carved Paper Work with Jennifer Falck Linssen in an installation at Talley Gallery through Friday, Oct. 27. Those connections between distant winter and summer habitats are the focus of these pieces that are produced using 1,200-year-old Japanese for printing on textiles called “katazome” and hand-carved stencils called “Katagami.” The Talley is open from 9 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is handicapped accessible.
  • Fourth Annual Sweet Treat Shelter at Farm by the Lake, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. supported by area businesses in picnic shelter to hand out candy; Costume Contest at 6 p.m.
  • Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert series for 2017-18 brings to the stage award-winning tenor J. Warren Mitchell from his home in Germany. A rising star in the opera world will join the BSO for a program of well-known opera arias and German art songs. The production will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center, with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 adult; $15 seniors; $10 college students with current ID; K-12 students free. Tickets at Lueken’s Village Foods North and South and at the door and
  • Tickets for the Vene and Friends Fundraiser concert on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Nov, 15 at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji are available at Iverson Drug and K.K. Thompson.
  • Local famed mural and batik artist Mary Therese, revisits her artistic beginnings with a four-session class in basic watercolor at Headwaters Music and Arts in downtown Bemidji. This class is for all those who have wanted to learn watercolor but haven’t had the opportunity as well as folks looking to brush up on their skills. Find out more or register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online. Sessions start Wednesday, Oct. 25. Limited number of spots available; cost is $75 for member, $80 for nonmembers.
  • “Disney’s High School Musical” will be presented on stage at the Greater Grand Forks Community Theater, celebrating 70 years of community involvement by Firehall Theater. Performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3-5, Nov. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Nov.12. Call for tickets at (701) 777-4090 or
  • “Decades Rewind” 7:30 p.m. on Nov.9 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Dakota. The show celebrates the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s with 60 songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. Tickets at, box office inside theater and at (800) 375-4068. Ticket prices are $47 and $37 and all seats are good at the Fritz.Patt Rall is a longtime arts supporter and journalist in Bemidji. She can be reached at