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Bluff Country Gathering 2013


Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Mark the dates on your calendar. May 16-19 is the fifteenth annual Bluff Country Gathering in Lanesboro, MN, a festival to celebrate our old time music heritage and pass on the playing skills and tunes of master musicians from around the country. There is only room for about 100 registered students. The word seems to be out, too, because participants who want to learn from these masters are coming from far and wide. There are already registrations this year from Alaska, California, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri, as well as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.



The 2013 Gathering is dedicated to two wonderful old time players who passed away in the last year. Jim Lansford, who was on staff at the Gathering twice with his wife and musical partner Kim, was a fiddler, banjo, guitar and mandolin player and singer. Jim and Kim also had performed for the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association’s summer festival, the Big Island Rendezvous, Victorian Days in Winona, and other Minnesota venues.



The second musician who is being honored by the Bluff Country Gathering is Garry Harrison, a fiddler, luthier and tune collector who put together the acclaimed Dear Old Illinois, a book of songs and tunes from his native state. Garry performed in Minnesota for the MBOTMA Winter Weekend with his band The New Mules. His daughter Genevieve Harrison Koester, who learned Garry’s tunes and playing style, will be passing those on to fiddle students this year. Her bandmates are her husband Smith Koester, a fine player who will be teaching banjo, and cousin Clifford Harrison, who will be accompanying them on guitar in the band now called White Mule.



Dan Gellert from Dayton, OH has performed and taught at the Lanesboro event previously (1999 and 2004). A fiddler/banjoist/singer of exceptional power and taste, Dan keeps that raw edge to his music that identifies it as the real deal. During 2012 he did some performing with Ry Cooder, including the Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.



Another staff member who has been to the Bluff Country Gathering twice previously, Alice Gerrard has a very special place in the old time community. She’s an exceptional singer and player (banjo, fiddle, guitar), the founder of The Old Time Herald magazine, and a recor .....
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High Tea for High Waters

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

“High Tea for High Waters” a special experience hosted by the women of Lanesboro United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday May 12, at 3pm. The event features fine china, creative table presentations, and a wide variety of teas, European infl ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents Blithe Spirit Pay-It-Forward Night

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre’s classic comedy, Blithe Spirit, on Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 pm for the Pay-It-Forward Night. Commonweal requests that anyone taking advanta ..... 
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Chasing Ice’ Documentary Film to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The Third Friday Film Series will kick off the 2013 season with the documentary film ‘Chasing Ice’ on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center, the Third Friday Film Series will ..... 
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Call for Artists

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - Artists are invited to apply for a residency with the Lanesboro Residency Program. Applications are due annually on June 30 (postmark and online submission deadline) for residencies scheduled November 1 – May 31. The Lanesbo ..... 
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HBC launches new agenda in Bluff Country

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - “SE MN Historic Bluff Country (“HBC”) will be different in 2013,” says its new Board President, Valencia Gaddis, a web designer and owner of SonSations Business Services in Rushford. “We can’t attract visitors today the sa ..... 
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Industrial Craft Expo will showcase “Made in Bluff Country” products

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, Minn. - “It’s time we show off the quality products and incredible innovation that comes out of this amazing Bluff Country region,” remarked Val Gaddis, Chairman of SE MN Historic Bluff Country, Inc.(“HBC”), a non-profit regional ..... 
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Author Candace Simar to appear at the Stand Still Parade

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Pequot Lakes author, Candace Simar, will attend the 2013 Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on May 18. The granddaughter of immigrants, Simar writes historical fiction about Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising and the decade followi ..... 
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Paris meets Preston at French Quarter style art show

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Two Friends, Two Countries, Two Cameras is the motto Stacey Hildebrandt and Lynn Lutzi Léger use on their business cards to promote their photography and their art. These photographers will be offering their work at a French Quarter style art show ..... 
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