Kerssen to be featured at Sorenson Gallery

FOSSTON -- Pam Kerssen will be the featured artist for the month of July at the Sorenson Gallery, located at the Fosston Library Arts Center, 403 N Foss Ave.

Her paintings can be viewed during regular library hours, some paintings will also be available for purchase. The public is invited to a reception for Kerssen from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, where attendees can meet her, see her paintings and enjoy some refreshments.

Strikepoint handbell ensemble to perform July 25

WALKER -- Strikepoint, one of the world’s top handbell ensembles, will be performing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Hope Lutheran Church, 305 10th St. S. Admission is free, but a $15 donation is suggested. This performance is part of the group’s 2019 summer tour.

Strikepoint, from First United Methodist Church in Duluth, was established in 1984 and has been touring annually since 1986. Their travels have taken them to England, Scotland, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Canada, Hawaii and throughout the mainland U.S.

Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition set for Aug. 1

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at BSU’s Bangsberg Hall, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE.

Bemidji Sings! is an event of Minnesota Sings, a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists in two age categories,15-25 and 26 and older. Emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, the first-place winner from each age division will go on to represent Bemidji at the state level for Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals.

Finalists who have been chosen to perform Aug. 1 are: April Aylesworth, Darolyn Erickson, Brooke Donaghue, Traci Djonne Schanke, Ronelva Gustafson, Susannah Roed, Charlotte Saxton, McKayla Syverson, Kari Ekhoff, Christa Drake, Maya Lindquist, Carson Carter, Skilah Hurd and Britta Aas.

Finalists will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and the judge's overall impression. Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition will be judged by Zachary Swank, Karen Bradley, Linda Wagner, Kitty O'Connor and Peter McKenzie.

Admission for the evening is $5. Tickets and more information can be found by calling (218) 444.5606 or online at

Mae Simpson Music to perform on 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS -- Mae Simpson Music will perform soul, funk, blues and rock from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at 2nd Street Stage in downtown Park Rapids.

Originally from Beaufort, S.C., Mae Simpson set out from the south at a young age and began her musical career in Omaha. At age 21, she headed north to Minneapolis. By November 2017, she joined her vocal and guitar talents with Jorgen Wadkins on guitar and Ricardo Romero on percussion, a release said. Influenced by blues, soul, funk and folk, the trio quickly realized their collaborative efforts had a sound worth pursuing and rounded out their sound with four more musicians, the release said.

The beer garden will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour. Attendees can support this event by buying an official 2019 button and receive $2 off all beverages at the beer garden.

To see the complete summer line up, go to

MNHS announces Artist-in-Residence winners

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Historical Society recently announced Gerald White as one of the recipients for the 2019 Native American Artist-in-Residence program. The program is designed to help revitalize traditional forms of Native American art. Each artist will serve a six-month paid residency to study the collections at the Minnesota Historical Society and other institutions to aid in a better understanding of their respective art forms. They will also share this knowledge by developing community-based programming in their home communities, a release said.

White is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe from Deer River. He is an educator and woodcarver who plans to examine ball-headed clubs in the MNHS collections. Initially used as implements of war, today the clubs are more commonly seen with pow wow regalia, specifically the Woodland style, in which White dances, the release said.

Jennie Kappenman from the Red Lake Ojibwe was also awarded an Encouragement Grant. These grants aim to support artists in continuing their work with cultural arts and research. The grants consist of a stipend and a paid research visit to MNHS collections.

Aardahl Lutheran Church to hold summer festival

BEMIDJI -- Aardahl Lutheran Church will hold their Summer Music and BBQ Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, July 14. Cost for adults is $8, free for children 10 and younger. Music will be performed by Antonio Arce, Not Your Average Family Band, John Henningsgaard & Friends, and Figuring It Out (Abello Family). Barbeque pulled pork sandwiches, beans, cole slaw, chips and Pepsi products will be served. Aardahl Lutheran Church is located at 2920 Van Buren Ave. SE.

Headwaters to hold community appreciation concert

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold an outdoor community appreciation concert from 4 to 6 p.m. today, July 14, at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt will take the stage with her touring band. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe, a release said.

The concert is free, though any donation proceeds will go to Headwaters scholarship program for youth music and art activities. In the case of rain, the concert will take place in the Headwaters performance hall. Beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Brigid’s Pub.

Find out more about the concert by calling Headwaters at (218) 444-5606 or visit

BACM presents next summer recital July 17

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital series will continue at noon on Wednesday, July 17, at First Baptist Church, 1555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW.

The concert will feature the Bemidji Brass Quintet, a group of local musicians who gather together to play classic brass works and arrangements as well as show tunes, jazz, and contemporary music. The Bemidji Brass Quintet includes Kyle Riess and Shelby Shinbarger, on trumpet, Eve Sumsky on horn, Ryan Webber on trombone, and Brennan Paulson on tuba.

A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. A free-will offering will be received at the door for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians.

‘The Defrost Project’ workshop to be held July 19

PUPOSKY -- Bella Thalia Arts will host a workshop about what it means to live in rural Minnesota from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19 at the arts space, 24011 Highway 89 NW. The workshop will feature “The Defrost Project,” a group of actors from New York City who use theater as a tool for community-building, a release said. This will be a three-hour workshop packed with games, stories and theater, the release said. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. in potluck style with ice cream sundaes provided. Then workshop starts at 6 p.m. Attendees are advised to dress comfortably and bring their own water. There is no cost to attend. To register, email or call (218) 760-2211. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Defrost Project, Mask and Rose Theater and Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space.

Community Band to perform July 14, July 28

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Community Band will present a series of patriotic summer concert at 7 p.m. today, July 14, and Sunday, July 28, on the south lawn of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU.

The concert program will feature well-known classics to celebrate American music and Independence Day including the infamous “Stars and Stripes Forever” march, a medley of Armed Forces service songs, and other classic patriotic music to celebrate Independence Day.

The band will also be featuring Sarah Sundeen on clarinet performing “Clarinet on the Town” by Ralph Hermann. Sundeen is a longtime member of the BACB, holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from BSU and is a member of multiple performing ensembles in the Bemidji area.

The band will be under the direction of Terry Bradley, a retired music educator who lives in Bemidji. Terry’s teaching and military careers span 35 years in education and 20 years as a National Guard bandsman. He holds degrees in music education from Minot State University, BSU, with additional graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been active as a band adjudicator for 45 years and has conducted bands in the US, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.

Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a beverage to enjoy with complimentary treats provided by concert sponsor Raphael’s Bakery Cafe. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Bangsberg’s Thompson Recital Hall.

Watermark Art Center to hold art camp

BEMIDJI, MN – Watermark will hold “Mark Makers” art camp, a day camp for grades one through six. This program offers an immersive art experience to area youth, a release said. Kids will spend the week studying a variety of art techniques and skills. Mark Makers Art Camp is divided into two sections defined by grade level. The camp will be held July 29 through Aug. 2. The cost is $120, $100 for Watermark members. A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship funding for fourth- through sixth-grades has been filled, but scholarships remain for kids in first- through third-grade. Pre-registration is required. Visit to register.

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Headwaters to hold Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley in three sessions July 15-19. Led by musician, singer and song-writer Téa Renee, Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley introduces participants to the skills and techniques of playing the ukulele. Learn about tablature, fingerboard charts, chord charts, strumming patterns, common chords, tuning methods, tuner apps, different sizes and names of ukuleles, strings, and types of picks. Try out popular

chord progressions and song forms such as country, folk, pop, rock and blues.

The week will wrap up with a potluck meal and short final performance.

No previous experience needed. All learning materials, instruction and songbook are included with registration. Bring a ukulele and tuner, or purchase through Headwaters for an additional fee. Cost for the class is $70 per participant.

The following sessions will be offered from Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19.

  • Session 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, for adults.

  • Session 2 from 1 to 4 p.m., for ages 12-17.

  • Session 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., for adults.

For more information and to register, contact or (218) 444-5606.

Trinity Lutheran Church to hold summer concert

CASS LAKE -- Trinity Lutheran church will host a summer concert featuring pianist Wayne Hoff and other musicians from the Bemidji area at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the church, 6810 U.S. Highway 2, Cass Lake. The concert will feature vocals, instrumental, jazz and ragtime music. All are welcome, cake and ice cream will be served following the performance.

TigerLion Arts to present ‘Nature’ walking play

PUPOSKY -- TigerLion Arts in collaboration with the Mask and Rose Theater and Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space in Puposky, will present ‘Nature,’ the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, this production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple, a release said. Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.” A professional ensemble of actors will take the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience, the release said. This original work is collaboratively created with writer/actor Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Here’s a look at the schedule of events:

  • Chorus Pre Show from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16

  • Chorus Pre Show from 1 to 1:30 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Chorus Pre Show from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Chorus Pre Show from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18

The community chorus is still in need of chorus members, contact Cate if interested.

All events take place at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space, 24011 Highway 89 NW, Puposky. The public is advised to bring their own picnic lunch or supper and chairs or blankets for seating.

Cost for adults 65 and older is $12, adults ages 18 to 65 is $18.

Tickets can be obtained in advance at Brown Paper Tickets:

For more information, connect Cate at (218) 760-2211 or

‘I Went for a Walk Today:’ Family Theater Workshop planned

PUPOSKY -- Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space will hold I Went for a Walk Today, a Family Theater Workshop, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space, 24011 MN-89 (15 miles north on Hwy 89, Puposky).

Participants can connect with nature through creative play with the cast from their walking play 'Nature.' Professional actors will connect participants to nature through the walks, theatrical play and reflective journaling. Each workshop attendee will receive a 'Nature' field journal to take home. Limited to 30 participants. For families with children 6 years and older. Cost is $10 per participant, or $15 for a family of three or more. For more information, call (218) 760-2211 or email

This activity is made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council due to the legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The event also is made possible by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

BSO announces 2019-2020 season concert dates

BEMIDJI -- With their 80th season wrapped up, the Bemidji Symphony would like to thank the community for their participation and financial support.

Here is a look at the upcoming 2019-2020 Season entitled "Rhythms of Life."

Summer Pops Concert:

  • Saturday, Aug. 3: "I've Got Rhythm" featuring pianist Brayden Drevlow.

Season Series:

  • Sunday, Sept. 29: "Heartbeat of the Orchestra" with cellist Anthony Arnone.

  • Sunday, Nov. 24: "Deep Pulses" with opera singer Tammy Hensrud.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: "Rhythms of the Season" with vocalist Brandon Box-Higdem.

  • Sunday, Feb. 16: "Big Screen Rhythms" featuring epic cinema selections.

  • Sunday, March 29: "Classical Swing" with saxophonist Scott Sandberg.

  • Sunday, May 17: "Across the Pond" featuring Pianist Gareth Cordery.

Annual mailers should arrive in mailboxes around the community shortly. Those who purchase season tickets prior to the Summer Pops concert, will get a complimentary ticket for the Aug. 3 "I've Got Rhythm" concert.

Order requests can be sent in via postal mail, or purchased online at:

With the purchase of season tickets, patrons also have the opportunity to include a tax-deductible donation to the Bemidji Symphony. The average cost for one concert is $18,000 and tickets, program ad sales, and other fundraising doesn't raise enough. Give online anytime at: Season ticket requests and donations can be mailed to: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.