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BEMIDJI -- There is a lot to be said about the espirit de corps among the students and alumni of the Department of Music at BSU and the obvious pride on the faces of their instructors. This year's JazzFest, headed up by Del Lyren, professor of high brass and jazz at BSU, is welcoming clinicians considered best in their class: Steve Smith, drummer with the band Journey during their heydays of the '80s and Graham Breedlove, trumpeter with Army Blues, the top jazz band of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.
One of the major requirements for us before moving to Minnesota was that we find a college town. We were leaving a college town and knew the energy that could be produced by young adults in sports, music and creative efforts. This week's is a good example of how committed the community and the college are working together toward a goal. Bemidji State is in a good position to provide a solid education and fine arts presentations for the students and general public. This week, the JazzFest begins and there are three different concerts associated with the event.
Notable Bemidji fantasy writer Roy C. Booth is looking for submissions for his anthology, "St. Valentine's Day Drabbles 2015." Stories of 100 words -- not including the title or byline -- of spooky goings-on, high adventure and all things speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror) can be submitted. There is no payment to the writers only for the love, glory and Amazon Author Page credit. Contact Booth at email@example.com .
BEMIDJI -- "My family name is the most beautiful, for it is really a verb translated to mean, 'I trust God.'" That is how the Rev. Alain L. Ndagijimana chose to open his conversation about his early life in Rwanda. Ndagijimana is the new chaplain at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, a position he took over in June. "We love it here in Bemidji, the people have been so welcoming and accepting of me and my family," Ndagijimana said. " ... My mother, Patricia, has lived with us since 2013, as I am the eldest and only son left, so she has to follow my lead.
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?