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Invites are in the mail for the Gallagher's (Fulton and Nancy) Valentine's Day romantic evening at the Hampton Inn and Suites, where you can sing "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" along with Bemidji's notable vocal artists and beyond; and enjoy a gourmet dinner at the hands of Chef Lenard Riley. Attendees will hear musical selections by Cory and Amanda Renbarger, Hannah Allen, Amanda Boring, Luke Bernard, Mark Christensen and tenor J. Warren Mitchell, a guest artist from Oklahoma.
Congratulations to the artists of Studio 10 who are represented in a 26-piece show titled "Across America," installed now through March at the Reif Center Gallery in Grand Rapids. Each artist brought their respective diverse style and artist view of places across our country. The Reif Center Gallery is accessible during the workweek and is located in the lobby area of the auditorium. One of our favorite Bemidji events is coming up soon, the annual Taste of Northern Minnesota sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, to be held on Jan. 22 at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI -- When they tried bringing live classical performances to Grand Forks, N.D., it did not work out for the simplest of reasons -- time. In order to accommodate the 24-hour-a-day system, time has to be sliced into zones which changes every 15 degrees longitude. So if a person wanted to see a live performance of a great symphony or ballet, they had to be in their seat at the Empire by 7 a.m.
BEMIDJI -- What started out as a family project back in the 1960s has found its way into a published book by a well-known Bemidji board member of learning in youth to senior non-profits who wanted to renew interest in reading to the young. Perhaps becoming a grandmother again spurred Betty Hanson-Lehman to search her multitude of photos to find just the right ones -- those primarily taken by her and husband Tom Hanson when they opened their photo studio in Bagley in the mid-1950s, specializing in graduation and wedding pictures and freelance photographs for many publications. The book -- "Ku
With the dawn of the New Year, new initiatives are beginning to raise interest in the lull of wintertime. For example, the highly successful fundraiser for the Beltrami County History Center played to a full house, as who doesn't like to play "Clue?" What is even more interesting is the number of visitors who decided to participate in the family friendly events held downtown to celebrate the New Year's holiday. The noon monthly book discussions will start on Jan.
This time of year, we turn inward toward our family and friends to continue our holiday traditions or start ones with newly established familial relationships. The concerts are done, presents still need to be wrapped — we're using bags this year to save some time for relaxing — and looking at the December folder and finding it bare. If that isn't a hint, what is?
The last few Christmas events are coming up quickly and one of the "most looked forward to" is the annual Bemidji State University Varsity Singers because non-auditioned singers are pleased to add their voices to the holiday scene under the direction of adjunct professor of choral music Steve Reznicek. Those who sing just for the love of it -- amateurs -- and are brought to a new level of skill best describes this versatile group of majors. Today's concert at 3 p.m.
The Bemidji Chorale's 35th annual Winter Concert will be held today at 3 and 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church of Bemidji, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. The concert is conducted by Patricia Mason, accompanied by Wayne Hoff, and features a wide variety of programming. Beginning with a "Glorious Fanfare" accompanied by trumpets, the concert incorporates original compositions and traditional music of the season. This thematic program in three sections considers: Winter Joy, Winter Cold and Winter Fun.
BEMIDJI -- Ice crystals showered us as we followed a trail of candles to the entrance, a gates man greeted us with "Good Eve, welcome to the Manor" as we entered. Fellow guests greeted us and promised a evening we would not soon forget, and after 14 years, we will tell you about the magic of the Madrigal Dinner at Bemidji State University. But then again, why spoil the magic for you?
Thank you Bemidji, for making so many people happy: Bemidji Community Theater hosted more than 1,700 attendees at its home base in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.