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Listen up as silent movies trigger deafening peals of laughter in Lanesboro, Minn.


Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Before Jack (Mike Holst) can sell his cow (Katherine Anderson) and score the magic beans, village authorities require a clean bill of health by the local veterinarian (Tom Sautter).

What’s so funny about a locally-made silent movie? One that reenacts fairytales we all know so well? What? It’s the fun of involving a big cast of local “movie stars” in a light-hearted project intended to get never-before-actors/actresses in front of a camera for the pure joy of bringing the community together to be entertained.

Please mark your social calendars for one or both free family showings of “2013 Silent Movies in the Park After Dark,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday evenings, September 14 and 15 in Sylvan Park, Lanesboro, Minn. -- same weekend as Lanesboro’s segment of the Taste of the Trail celebration. Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket, settle in for live local entertainment, then the Silent Movies and treat yourself to beverages, popcorn and biscotti made by local volunteers.

Good things are so often rooted in trouble. In July of 2012, when the Lanesboro Community Theater group called for auditions for the summer melodrama, an outdoor production they have typically staged in Sylvan Park each August – just one lone actor showed up to audition. It was clear that the notion of community supported entertainment needed refreshing.

After a little head-scratching, Community Theater volunteers proposed that their small budget for the melodrama be used instead for a local amateur film project. Why not a silent film, where the stakes would be low and anyone and everyone would be included in the fun of filming? Why not local, original, slightly-fractured versions of well-known fairytales whose storylines could easily be cue by subtitles? Soon, 60 local residents and visitors to Lanesboro were involved, gathering costumes and props and playing the parts – and having a bewitchingly good time! “The reception for the 2012 Silent Movies was so successful,” explained film project director Barbara Benson Keith, “that we all wanted to do it again – and again and again!”

The silent movie-making project continues. This year’s budget didn’t need to be very large since the stories are in the public domain, the roles and tasks have been handled by volunteers, the screen for outdoor showings was purchased last year and the projector is borrowed from a local source.

Tales selected for “2013 Silent Movies” include Jack & the Beanstalk, Cinderella and a traditional Norwegian troll tale called The White Cat of Dovre Mountain. On nights of the showings, as .....
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Experience “The World Of Jan Brett” at Vesterheim

Thu, Sep 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa— Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites you to experience “The World of Jan Brett,” on view October 14, 2013-January 5, 2014. This fun and engaging traveling exhibition brings to life the s ..... 
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Duluth, Minnesota, Artists Exhibit Work at Vesterheim

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa— On September 20 Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will open “Four from the North,” an exhibition of recent works by Alison Aune, Ann Jenkins, Ann Klefstad, and Arna Rennan, artists from the D ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

As summer draws toward its close, the Lanesboro Barn Dance presents the last dance of its 19th season. It’s a fine chance to kick up your heels.exercise while enjoying yourself! You can socialize with friends and new acquaintances while you glide ..... 
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Your Challenge - Experience the Taste of ExpoCulinaria 2013

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria ‘Bring it to the table,’ is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation. It will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, Minn. At the feature Septembe ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents “The Memory of Water”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Shelagh Stephenson’s beautifully moving story, “The Memory of Water”, September 21 through November 10 with discounted tickets available for previews September 13 to September 20. Ca ..... 
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Lemonade stand

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

All smiles, Gracie Pfaff and Kendyl Kraling set up a lemonade stand in Preston, Minn. during the hottest days of August. Photo by Jason Sethre

Artist Reception for Local Author Nancy Huesenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will host an artist reception on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. for local author Nancy Huisenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private” – Confessions of a Small Town Bed & Breakfast Owner.’ The ..... 
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SEMAC Announces October Grant Application Deadline

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for grant proposals in three categories. The postmark deadline is October 1, 2013. SEMAC is a non-profit arts agency and is the State of Minnesota Arts Board-designated regional arts counc ..... 
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