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Around the Arts, July 22

Mother Banjo will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Farm By the Lake. Submitted photo. 1 / 3
Gaelynn Lea will perform at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Timber’s Event Center in Bagley. Submitted photo. 2 / 3
Frogleg will close out Crazy Days at Second Street Stage on July 26 in Park Rapids. Submitted photo. 3 / 3

Mother Banjo to perform at Legends on Lomond

BAGLEY—Mother Banjo will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, during Farm By the Lake's Legends on Lomond Concert Series. Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called "an outstanding poet" (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and, according to a press release. An engaging live performer, Mother Banjo weaves humorous stories with fun covers and her own original material, the release said.

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:

• 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 Farm by the Lake is located at 17797 366th St. in Bagley.

Gaelynn Lea to perform at Timber's Event Center

BAGLEY—Violinist Gaelynn Lea will perform at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at Timber's Event Center, 1718 Central St. W. The event is handicapped accessible.

Lea performs traditional fiddle music and original songs using her violin and a looping pedal.

Lea has played more than 200 shows in 39 states and six countries, performing in a wide variety of venues, such as coffee shops, bars, schools, music festivals and performing arts centers. She has been a featured performer at Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center and BBC World News.

In addition to performing and recording, Lea speaks about disability awareness, the power of music, and leading an enriching life, a press release said. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bones Disease. Lea uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.

Theater to present "Shrek The Musical Jr."

FOSSTON—Fosston Community Children's Theater will present "Shrek The Musical JR." at 7 p.m. on July 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. on July 29 at the Fosston Library Arts Center, 403 Foss Ave. N. Admission is free and donations are accepted.

The family friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others, a press release said.

Frogleg to perform for Second Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS—The Minneapolis-based band Frogleg will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Second Street Stage concert series. The group performs soul, funk, rock, jazz and bluegrass, a press release said.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The free concerts in the Second Street Stage series include a beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities on Second Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71. Bring your own lawn chair.

To see the complete summer lineup, visit

BACM presents Karen Carpenter tribute

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will present Glenn Seibel on the euphonium and Wayne Hoff on the piano at noon on Wednesday, July 25, at United Methodist Church, 924 Beltrami Ave. NW. The concert will be a tribute to Karen Carpenter on the 35th anniversary of her death. Hoff will supplement the piano with electronic keyboard sounds. A feature in the program will be "Glorious Liberation" by Ivor Bosanko.

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

For the past 22 years, the free-will offerings have been used to grant scholarships to students beginning their college music careers. For more information, call Kenneth Wold at (218) 751-2554, Carol L. Johnson at (218) 751-0415 or Shar Paquette at (218) 751-1893.

The remaining schedule for the Bemidji Area Church Musicians includes:

• Aug. 1: Evangelical Free Church—BACM 2017 scholarship recipients, Evan Byler, Lilia Kastner, Sophie Warrick.

• Aug. 8: New Salem Lutheran Church—Melanie Hanson, violin; Michael Hanson, Saxophone.

• Aug. 15: Calvary Lutheran Church—Jennifer (Paquette) Ellis, piano, folk harp.

• Aug. 22: St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church—First City Handbell Choir, Carol L. Johnson and Vicki L. Stenerson, co-directors.

• Aug. 29: First Lutheran Church—Turtle Island Ensemble: Sarah Carlson, piano; Sonja Connell, cello; Jon Romer, native flute; Bob Madeson, euphonium; Mike Tangen, guitar.

Watermark plans artist reception July 26

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will host a reception for one of the artists featured in the exhibit "Bagakaande—It is brightly colored" from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. The joint exhibit, on display in the Miikanan Gallery, features the work of painters Sarah McRae and DG House. McRae will be available during the reception to visit with attendees and discuss her work.

Sarah McRaeMcRae (Red Lake Nation) is an emerging artist who grew up in Minnesota. She received her bachelor of arts in art education from Concordia College in Moorhead and her master of fine arts in graphics from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her artwork references traditional Ojibwe floral arrangements.

DG House (Cherokee Tribe of Alabama) is a prolific artist who has received numerous honors and awards and has exhibited around the country. Residing in Montana, House is currently the guest artist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Watermark Art Center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Admission is free. Learn more at

Historical Society presents melodrama

BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Historical Society will present "The Shagwood Secret or... Double Deal at the Dirty Dog Saloon," on Thursday, July 26, on the Marilyn Shutter Stage at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, 7223 Fairgrounds Road NW. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and children. Call (218) 444-3376 for more information or to reserve seats. Tickets also are available at the museum store, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW, or online at Online ticket orders can be picked up at the Great Northern Depot prior to July 26 or at will call.

The family friendly event will tell the story of Snake Diamond and his greedy cohort, Delores Divine, who are setting a trap for Ethelburt Shagwood, a press release said. They realize he owns a mountain of gold, but his only interests are his horse and his ranch—until Delores lavishes her attention upon him. Meanwhile Chloe Clod, who slaves at Snake's saloon for bed and board, attempts to warn Shagwood of the danger.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk dates announced

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Sculpture Walk will host several upcoming one-hour tours of the Bemidji downtown sculptures. Local Bemidji history and architecture also will be discussed.

The tours will meet at the Tourist Information Center next to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. They will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Sundays through Labor Day, including Aug. 5 and 19 and Sept. 2. The tours will be held rain or shine, and no registration is required. For more information, visit

Blackduck readies for Woodcarvers Festival

BLACKDUCK—The 35th annual Blackduck Woodcarvers Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Blackduck Wayside Park. Woodcarvers will display their works for sale and exhibit. There also will be food, drawings and an arts and crafts show. The event will be held rain or shine.

Farm By the Lake seeks applicants for festival

BAGLEY—In anticipation of its Fifth Annual Festival, Farm By the Lake has posted a call for artists, authors, musicians and classic cars. The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. To receive an application, call (218) 694-2084 or email The registration deadline is July 31. Farm By the Lake is located at 17797 366th St. in Bagley.

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 of 2017 as well as additional productions later in the year.

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 performances will continue. Thursday shows

have been eliminated. A season pass is now available and can be purchased from Kaiser or Geraedts or 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:

• "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.