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Around the Arts, June 10

AntVenture by Al Belleveau, of Puposky, was recently installed on the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail in Park Rapids. Submitted photo.
Park Rapids to host sculpture walk ribbon cutting

PARK RAPIDS -- The city of Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission will host a ribbon cutting for the new Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. The park is located on Beach Road in Park Rapids.

Six sculptures have been selected and will be installed prior to the ribbon cutting and will remain in place for a year. The artists include Al Belleveau from Puposky, with a sculpture titled “AntVenture;” Dakota Brouillette from Park Rapids, “Junkyard Turtle;” Tim Cassidy from New York Mills, “Fertilized;” Paula Jensen from Longville, “Eagle Spirit;” Patrick Shannon from Vergas, untitled; and Simon Zornes from Zerkel, “Prayers to the Sky Mother.”

Red Bridge Park is the trailhead for the Heartland State Trail which is used year-round for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, snowmobiling and other recreational activities.

Vision Theatre produces Long Lake Theater season

HUBBARD -- For the 2018 summer season, Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be managed by Vision Theatre, a local company co-owned by Julie Kaiser and Jennifer Geraedts. Long Lake Theater produced Geraedts’ debut play “AH” in 2016. Following that, Long Lake Theater asked Vision Theatre to produce the first summer show in 2017 as well as additional productions later in the year.

“Vision Theatre aims to build on what Long Lake Theater created and infuse it with Vision Theatre’s style,” a press release said. “Patrons can rest assured that what they’ve fallen in love with at the theater in Hubbard will remain.”

One change that Vision Theatre has made is replacing 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. performances will continue. Thursday shows

have been eliminated. A season pass is now available and can be purchased from Kaiser or Geraedts or at Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids. For more information, visit or find Vision Theatre on Facebook. Patrons can call (218) 732-0099 to make reservations

The list of upcoming productions include

  • “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, June 15-July 1
  • “Always, Patsy Cline” by Ted Swindley, July 13-29
  • “Strangers on a Train” by Craig Warner, Aug. 17-Sept. 2
  • “Radium Girls” by D.W. Gregory, Sept. 14-23
Maple Lake Arts and Crafts Festival set

MENTOR -- The 37th Annual Maple Lake Arts and Crafts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 30, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Maple Lake Pavilion. There is no admission to attend. The event will include a variety of handcrafted items. For more information, call Duaine Sanden at (701) 885-5266.

Region 2 Arts Council seeks program assistant

BEMIDJI -- Region 2 Arts Council looks to hire a program assistant. Job duties include planning workshops for the region's artists and arts organizations, training others in the online grant application system and more.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, arts experience and excellent communication skills, a press release said. Some in-state travel will be required.

To apply, submit cover letter and resumé to Laura Seter, executive director, at P.O. Box 693


Park Rapids hosts Second Street Stage concerts

PARK RAPIDS -- The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association will host Second Street Stage events on Thursdays from June 14 through Aug. 16. The 10 free concerts will run from 6 to 8 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 9) with bands, a beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities on Second Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71.

Bring your own lawn chair. The beer garden will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour. Attendees can buy an official 2018 button and receive $2 off all beverages.

Rich Mattson and the Northstars will perform June 14. Mattson is a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer living in Sparta, Minn. In 1991, he opened his own recording studio in Minneapolis and over the years has worked with hundreds of artists, a press release said.

To see the complete summer line up, visit

Weekend Fiddle Camp planned for July 20-22

NARY -- Andrew Green and Renae Carlson, area musicians and music instructors, will hold the second annual Weekend Fiddle Camp, July 20-22, at the Nary School, 25895 County 9 Road. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with a final concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Students should bring a bag lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Students will learn and play fiddle tunes in small and large groups, as well as improvisation. The camp is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar or other string or folk instrument players of all ages who have been playing for at least one year.

The cost of the camp is $60. The registration deadline is July 13. For more information or to sign up, contact Andrew Green at (218) 766-4920.

Writers Conference public reading begins June 18

BEMIDJI -- An award-winning lineup of authors from around the nation will read their work at evening presentations during the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, beginning June 18, at BSU.

All public readings begin at 7:30 p.m. at BSU’s American Indian Resource Center. Readings, which include a post-event reception and book signing, are free and open to the public.

Creative non-fiction writer Paisley Rekdal will open the series, which also features poet Joan Naviyuk Kane, poet and distinguished visiting writer Edward Hirsch, fiction writer Mat Johnson, creative non-fiction writer Alison Hawthorne Deming and poet Wayne Miller.

Each author will also participate in the conference as teaching faculty.

The schedule includes:

  • June 18 -- Paisley Rekdal, creative non-fiction
  • June 19 -- Joan Naviyuk Kane, poetry
  • June 20 -- Distinguished visiting writer Edward Hirsch
  • June 21 -- Mat Johnson, fiction
  • June 22 -- Alison Hawthorne Deming, creative non-fiction
  • June 23 -- Wayne Miller, poetry
Dancing Light to perform at Legends on Lomond

BAGLEY -- Dancing Light will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, during Farm By the Lake’s summer concert series Legends on Lomond. The group blends the musical talents of Kiki and Greg, two expressive singer-songwriters.

Dancing LightKiki and Greg are currently collaborating with their son, Sebastian, who studies music composition at Berklee College of Music. Greg plays rhythmic and solo guitar, Kiki plays light percussion, and Sebastian embellishes their songs with silver flute, occasional keyboard, guitar and bass. Their style fuses folk, classical, rock and pop, a press release said.

The June 10 concert will feature Amanda Standalone. All concerts in the summer series will happen rain or shine and are free and open to the public. Some folding chairs are available, but attendees can bring their own lawn chairs. The full concert list includes:

  • June 10 -- Amanda Standalone
  • June 17 -- Dancing Light
  • June 24 -- Lost River Band
  • July 1 -- Jon Romer & Mike Tangen
  • July 8 -- Charter Junction
  • July 15 -- Confused Brothers Band
  • July 22 -- Mother Banjo
  • July 25 -- Gaelynn Lea (6 p.m. at Timbers Event Center)
  • July 29 -- Dillon Spurlin
  • Aug. 5 -- Shannon Murray
  • Aug. 12 -- Samuel Miltich
  • Aug. 19 -- Dirt Road Dixie (Cindy-Jo)
  • Aug. 26 -- Annual Art Festival (Art and live music noon to 6 p.m.)

For more information, call (218) 694-2084 or email

Bagley plans 31st Annual Art in the Park

BAGLEY -- Bagley’s 31st Annual Art in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, in the City Park overlooking Lake Lomond. The day’s activities are free to the public. It will feature music from Frank and the James Gang from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Headwaters Science Center will bring their “furry” animals, spiders and snakes under the middle shelter from 10 a.m. to noon. Children and youth will have the opportunity to create a yarn picture with Laura Dropps from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free face painting will be available for children throughout the day.

Crafts will include woodwork, jewelry, sewing items, paintings, soap making, and more. Nonprofit vendors selling food and beverages throughout the day.

To exhibit at Bagley’s Art in the Park, contact Linda Kaul at (218) 766-2261 or email The event will be held rain or shine.