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A romantic Sunday concert in the park, possibly patterned on the classical concerts on the grass in Central Park in New York City, will begin at 1:30 p.m. today in Lake Bemidji State Park. The setting will only highlight the gifted performers who will begin their teaching and musical career this semester at Bemidji State University. Husband and wife duo, Eric and Jennifer Olson, will take the audience to several eras in romantic/classical compositions with Eric's violin and piano playing accented by Jennifer's lilting voice.
"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.
Could the "Wooden Nichols" name be taken from one of the players we see in various groups -- Ken Nichols? Whether yes or no, Ken and his friends (and ours as well) in Wooden Nichols will bring back memories with "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Five Hundred Miles" from the 60s along with other rock and roll favorites when they perform at 1:30 p.m. today at Lake Bemidji State Park. The Wooden Nichols are Ken Nichols, Bill Ayers, Terri Bakker, Don Leet, Kari Munson, Larry Young and Don Zieman; they were one of the first groups to appear for the concert series at Lake Bemidji State Park.
Another fun filled Sunday for Bemidjians, relatives, summer visitors and children. It's going to be difficult to choose, but whatever you pick, you can't go wrong. • Family Day at Lake Bemidji State Park welcomes The Imagination Workshop and their "magical lines" from 1 to 5 p.m. as sponsored by Bemidji Parks and Recreation and Bemidji State Park.
• If you enjoy the music of the 50s and 60s, "stroll" on over to the amphitheater of Lake Bemidji State Park. A family group from Akeley -- Northern Bass -- will be rockin' and rollin' at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 Lake Bemidji Concert Series. Headwaters School of Music and the Art, in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park, present these summer concerts. Admission is free for each concert, but you will need to have a valid park pass or purchase a day pass at the gate.
BEMIDJI -- July is almost gone, but there still time left to settle down with a good book on the pontoon or the deck and enjoy some summertime reading. Speaking of pontoons, have you seen the book "Goodnight Loon" by Abe Sauer, which is soon to be sold at Big River Scoop in downtown Bemidji? For parents and children alike, the book is a welcome change, and where else could you find three walleyes eating rhubarb pie. There are lots of other surprises between the covers, along with the colorful illustrations.
The Watermark Art Center and Paul Bunyan Communications present one of Bemidji's most popular events this week -- "Art in the Park" -- which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The 47th Park Fine Art and Craft Festival will once again be staged on the shore of Lake Bemidji in Library Park. More than 100 artists and vendors will showcase ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, glass paintings, fabrics, weaving, jewelry, paintings, etc. Vendors will sell great food and there will be music by Pat Surface in the Spiritwood Music Tent all day, both days.
I hope you all had a good Fourth of July holiday, and today finishes off the holiday weekend with plays and music. • The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" musical comedy today at 2 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. It's a musical comedy where adults playing the characters of quirky teens who freely deliver double entendre, hilarious dialogue and lots of caring. All the cast is embroiled in the organized chaos of a spelling bee under the supervision of the hapless vice-principal played by Paul Reyburn.
BEMIDJI -- Justin Holley considers himself lucky. Many of the Bemidji author's recent short fiction stories have been picked up by regional and national anthology publishers and magazines. Holley, who also is the vice-chair of the Region 2 Arts Council, said he grew up writing poetry and song lyrics. He started writing short stories in 2006. "I think I wrote 250 thousand words before I could say I was ready to seriously start writing," he said. "Those stories were all a learning experience for me as I learned sentence structure and many other grammar rules that are with me today.
Today's soloists for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert -- Tammy Hensrud and Korliss Uecker -- have been generous with their time and talents this past week. They gave a career talk for students at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts; a recital of operatic music accompanied by Beverly Everett at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids and a vocal master class at Thompson Recital Hall at BSU.