Pioneer Previews: Bemidji area to celebrate with holiday shows

Tickets are on sale now for holiday shows in Bemidji, Akeley and Hubbard. The first show to open will be "A Christmas Carol" at the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Director Greg Gasman has taken favorite scenes from seven previous pro...

Tickets are on sale now for holiday shows in Bemidji, Akeley and Hubbard. The first show to open will be "A Christmas Carol" at the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Director Greg Gasman has taken favorite scenes from seven previous productions and written a version of the original play with a new twist. Based upon the original story by Charles Dickens, Gasman and his players have twisted this "yarn" into an original tapestry with stories, music and singing on stage and in the audience. A family show that is suitable for all ages is a collaboration among Bemidji Community Theater, KG Entertainment and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students and are available now at Harmony Natural Food Co-op, The Wild Hare Bistro, Brigid's Irish Cross Pub and at the door.

Akeley production

The Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will have on stage a Victorian living room and the story of "The Night Before Christmas" an original script written by artistic director Fred Rogers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and runs from Dec. 9 through Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children and may be reserved on-line at or call 652-2666. The theater is located in downtown Akeley at 6 Broad Street E.

Hubbard comedy

Long Lake Theater in Hubbard (south of Park Rapids) will welcome "Ole and Lena's - It's a Wonderful Life." Featuring Minnesota's favorite Scandinavian couple. Ole's dreams of escaping a small, northern Minnesota town and pursuing adventure in the wild Midwest are repeatedly quashed. On Christmas Eve, Ole's guardian angel descends to save him from despair and remind him that this is, after all, a wonderful life. Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11, and 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 9, 10 and 12. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and $12.50 for groups. Call 218-732-0099 or e-mail at . They will reply with a confirmation of your reservation. For directions to the theater, see website.


TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is the city of Hackensack where we will meet Lucette, Paul Bunyan's wife. In Pequot Lakes, Steven Weagel will show how he creates metal fish art. Raymond Wattenhofer, a painter from Park Rapids will show some of his landscape work. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at Click on Common Ground for past episodes. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2, 2008.

Tuba concert

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is calling for all tuba and euphonium players to sign up and be a part of a Christmas tradition, Merry TubaChristmaS 2010. The tradition started in 1974 with Harvey Philips. The 2010 concerts will be performed in more than 250 cities throughout the country. It costs no money to participate, and music will be provided. There will be one rehearsal at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the HSMA, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Call 444-5606 to sign up to be a part of this holiday concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Paul Bunyan Mall.

Library program

Free tickets are available now at the Bemidji Public Library for "The Golden Age of Radio" with Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.E. Vocalist Prudence Johnson and pianist Don Chouinard perform during an interactive program of classic radio standards from the 1930s and '40's ("Beer Barrel Polka" and "Singin' in the Rain"), photos, stories and audience sing-a longs. Attendees are invited to get dressed up in vintage inspired attire and tap their toes to favorites like "A Tisket a Tasket" and "Accentuate the Positive." Blackduck Public Library will provide transportation to the event if there is enough interest. Call the library at 218-835-6600 to register or for more information. Look at the website for information on the performance at other libraries in the system. "The Golden Age of Radio" is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is presented as part of Minnesota's Greatest Generation in the Libraries, a partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Stocking stuffers

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is offering as stocking stuffers gift certificates for the coming 2011 summer season: "Forever Plaid," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Lend Me a Tenor," "21A" by Kevin Kling and "The Full Monty." To receive the gift certificate, send a $100 check per person to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W., Bemidji, Minn. 56601 or email them at


High Tea

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host a High Tea at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.E. This annual holiday event is for the whole family with an array of teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets. Participants are encouraged to wear some vintage apparel (hats or clothing) and be prepared to step back in time and enjoy the elegant offerings. The cost is $12 per person and includes refreshments, free museum admission, raffle drawing and a keepsake photo. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reservations as both sessions have limited seating. These fundraising events are what help keep the doors open at the History Center.

Lefse Cook-off

The Beltrami County Historical Society is accepting reservations for lefse makers and vendors who are interested in securing space for the annual Lefse Festival Cook-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center, 2300 24 St. N.W. Entry fee for each lefse maker is $15 and vendor space is $40. The winning lefse maker will receive prizes and bragging rights as the "best darn lefse maker in northern Minnesota!" For details, call the History Center at 444-3376.

Madrigal Dinner

Tickets for the 42nd Annual Bemidji State University Madrigal Dinner are on sale now. This event which heralds in the Yuletide season will begin performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10 and 11 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of the Hobson Memorial Union. The $35 admission prices includes a five-course dinner, a Renaissance royal court in an English castle, the king's players, minstrels, trouvères, cellar keepers and beggars. Tickets are only sold through advanced sales and may be purchased in person at the box office located on the second floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m., Monday -Friday.

Sesame Street

"When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here." Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene - all in a quest to put the "super" back in Super Grover. "It's Elmo's Healthy Heroes to the rescue!" The new Bemidji Regional Event Center will welcome Grover and his friends at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28, and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Tickets are $10, $14 and $19. A limited number of $24 Gold Circle seats and $44 Sunny Seats (premium seat location and a pre-show meet-and-greet with two of the Sesame Street Live friends are also available. A facility fee of $1 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call 441-4000. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at . For information online, please visit .



- Beginning Watercolor class will be held from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Gracie's Woodsy Boutique (six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway .2). Participants will complete an 8-by-10-inch framed watercolor of a friendly winter chickadee. The cost for all materials and use of brushes is $40. Call 759-2952 to register.

- Beginners Acrylic Collage with Terry Honstead will be held from 1-3 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 3 and 10, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Participants will learn about focal point, importance of light and dark and texture with watercolor, salt, spattering, dripping, etc. Upon completion, participants will have a piece ready for framing. All supplies are included. The workshop is for adults and teens. Register by Dec. 1 at 444-5606 and the fee is $45 per attendee.

- Arts Workshop funds are available from Region 2 Arts Council. The "No-Risk Workshops" are coordinated through R2AC who will assist with registration and other aspects of the program. "No Risk" means there is no financial risk to the applicant. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited. Please contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail .

Art exhibits

- The Blackduck Area History and Art Center is showing Vintage Cookbooks during November with a special display in memory of Ruth V. Pearson. The cookbooks are from many eras and from all walks of life, including some of Ruth's cookbooks from high school. This is a collection of Sonja Juelson. Regular hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To make special arrangements, please call 7835-4478 or LaVonne at 835-8210.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., featured artist for November is photographer Pamela Lee Johnson and her collection of black and white photographs from the North Woods of Minnesota.

- Bemidji Community Art Center is featuring selected works from "It's Only Clay -2010," a national juried ceramics competition focusing on functional ceramics through Dec. 18. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the McKnight Foundation. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. N., at , 444-7570 or at Hours are Tuesday-Friday noon-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Winter Wonderland" through December. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information 219-444-3376 or

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for November Judith Selby's "Up Close and ..." The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view the bright floral watercolors of Angela Shogren for November and December. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N. in downtown Bemidji.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Give a Little Art." Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents Marlon Amaro and his exhibit, From Silver Screen to Silk Screen." Also on display are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Featured wines of the month have been added to the menu. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week; 444-5252 .

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will showcase featured artist and member, Marie Hamre, who is a tatting artisan. The annual Christmas boutique is open. The Gallery website is

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio is located at 311 Third Street. For more information call 333-6880 or email .

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, located in the Wild Rose Theater 501 Bemidji Ave., invites visitors to view two pictures by comedienne Phyllis Diller and the mixed media by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, watercolors and oil pastels by Rita Arsenault Quinn, pottery by Thomas Hamilton and photography by Catherine Adams. The gallery also carries books from local and regional authors and CDs from local and regional musicians. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, during events and by appointment.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam for November and December. The exhibit is open on Sundays and by appointment, 751-9654.

- Lueken's Village Foods North presents the works of Tom Kirkpatrick in its new rotating gallery. "Kirkpatrick Kreative Kolorings."

- North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "Pathways-The Art of Bemidji State University," by art students of Natalia Himmirska. This display will be up November-January for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Artwork will be for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is featuring new gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings (bowls, plates, etc.). Their work will be on display and for sale through February. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, email .

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Charles Pulkrabek and his exhibit of painting and drawings, "Journalism of the Soul." for the month of November. The coffee house is open six days a week, closed on Sunday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- Nov. 27, 7-11 p.m., Texas Two-Step with local musicians Timberline, Kari Munson and John Essigat the Solway Grill on U.S. Highway 2 West.

- Dec. 4, noon-1 p.m.: "I Remember When: Growing Up on the Kwiguk Pass of the Lower Yukon River," book signing with Molly Hootch Hymes at Book World.

- Dec. 5, 3 and 7 p.m., Bemidji Chorale Concert, First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Free will offering.

- Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

- Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., "Jingle Jazz I," Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg.

- Dec. 9, 7 p.m., photographer Aaron W. Hautala and his new book, "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition" as written by Michael Nordskog, Cabin Coffee House.

- Dec. 12, 3 p.m., Community Christmas Concert, Thompson Recital Hall.

- Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Towley Woodworking 2nd Annual Holiday Open House.

- Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., Schoolcraft Learning Community Winter Concert, Bemidji High School.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., every Wednesday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets the third Saturday of the month, contact .

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to

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