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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji First Friday Art Walk has recently undergone a rebranding in hopes of breathing new life into the program. “First Friday has never had a logo or branding,” said Emily Enger, Communications Director at Watermark Art Center. “It's been a long standing program in the Bemidji community, but there's still a lot of people that don't know about it.”
Maria Eggler, center, serves a brat during the 10th annual RiverWood Bank Brat Picnic held Tuesday in downtown Bemidji. Eggler, along with Rachelle Barckholtz, left, and Rebecca Jewett, right, worked together to serve customers. The proceeds from the fundraiser go to the United Way of Bemidji Area. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)
If you go. . . What: Bemidji High School marching band Meet the Band fundraiser When: Silent auction and dinner from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m, followed by BHS marching band performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 Where: Bemidji High School. Silent auction and dinner in commons, performance on track Cost: $7 for dinner BEMIDJI—Though the Bemidji High School marching band is used to traveling long distances to perform in parades—to places like Benson, Milaca, St. James, Lake City and Roseville—the BHS students face a new challenge next month.
BEMIDJI—In 1988, a group of musicians from several Bemidji churches came together with a mission to increase the musical involvement between the churches. "They talked about festivals and a whole lot of other things and decided to have a summer recital series," said Kenneth Wold, chair of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians. Thirty years later, the Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series is still going strong. The recitals, which take place in various churches around the city, are performed at noon on Wednesdays.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is going somewhere new this year—indoors. The 2017 Walk will feature one sculpture located inside the Tourist Information Center, often seen as a starting point for the Sculpture Walk. The piece, "DonMar Tower," is the work of local artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson.
A brass quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra performs as an ensemble Wednesday afternoon at the Tourist Information Center in Bemidji. The full orchestra performed a concert Wednesday evening at the Bemidji High School. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)
BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Orchestra has played across the state, and they’ll bring Mozart and more to Bemidji next week as part of their Common Chords program. “Common Chords started in 2011 and we have been partnering with communities each year since then,” said Artistic Operations Manager Mele Willis. “Common Chords, itself, as a construct and as a project grew out of a very long history that this Orchestra has touring the state of Minnesota.”
A squirrel sneaks around the branches of a tree near downtown Bemidji. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)
BEMIDJI—Sanford Bemidji and Bemidji Rotary's third annual Blood Screening event will continue 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. today and Wednesday, May 10, in the east lobby of the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. Cost is $35 and no appointment is necessary. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Bemidji Rotary Club and the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground at the Bemidji waterfront.
BEMIDJI -- After a year and half of searching, Gallery North moved into a new home last week. “Some spaces seemed really small, like the Kelsey’s (Jewelry) building came open and there were a couple spaces down by MPR,” said Gallery North President Mary Knox-Johnson. “Some were too narrow or too long. They just weren't quite right.”