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Lanesboro’s Sons of Norway celebrates 85 years in Lanesboro


Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Participants in Lanesboro Arts Center's 'Surprise Sculpture' summertime arts program created a Viking ship, complete with shields, celebrating the 85th anniversary of Lanesboro's Sons of Norway.

Lanesboro, Minn. – Twenty-four kids of various ages, five adults, one summer intern and two Lanesboro Arts Center staff members put their heads and hands together to create a Viking ship out of cardboard (thanks to Preston Specialties for donating the cardboard), complete with personalized shields celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Sons of Norway in Lanesboro. The creation was a project of ‘Surprise Sculpture’, a summertime arts program of Lanesboro Arts Center. The ship was made in the gazebo at Sylvan Park (thanks to the City of Lanesboro for supporting this program), and then participants walked it down to its resting spot in front of the Sons of Norway building. Sons of Norway member Lynn Susag – who has traveled to Norway – talked to the group about the history of Norwegians in this country, and of the Sons of Norway organization. “Ages before Columbus arrived in America, it is believed the Vikings crossed the seas on their unique ships. This summer the Sons of Norway celebrates their 85th anniversary in our community and the Surprise Sculpture Viking Ship decorated with the number 85 offers a fun and interactive connection.” Lynn answered questions from the group, and explained that the Sons of Norway welcomes all who have an interest or connection to Norwegian and Scandinavian culture, heritage, and tradition.

‘Surprise Sculpture’ is a weekly summertime arts creation program presented by Lanesboro Arts Center. Each week, with the guidance of LAC staff and volunteers, students work together to create different large sculpture projects using recycled and upcycled materials. At the end of each session, students help to place the sculptures at various locations in Lanesboro, left there to ‘surprise’ public audiences. The last session of ‘Surprise Sculpture’ 2014 is on Tuesday, July 1. With two months left of summer, Lanesboro Arts Center offers plenty more FREE family-friendly arts events throughout July and August: 1) Bronze Pour on Saturday, July 19 from 1-6 p.m. in the Gateway Park, across from the softball field by Cty 8 – this is “art-in-the-making”, with a hot hot hot furnace of molten bronze, and sand resin molds waiting to be poured and transform into sculpture. NOTE: the Pour itself is free, but LAC is also offering a bronze sculpture-making workshop for $25/person; choose from one of two dates: Friday, July 18 from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2) Artist Spotlight rece .....
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Community input wanted for “Libraries Grow Community” Mural Project at the Lanesboro Public Library. Online survey or paper questionnaire available now

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The Lanesboro Public Library is happy to announce that it has been awarded a SEMAC (Southeast Minnesota Arts Council) grant to have a mural painted in the entrance hallway. The theme of the mural will be “Libraries Grow Commun ..... 
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Playwright Mark Brown to visit Commonweal Theatre

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, Minn., is proud to welcome award-winning playwright Mark Brown for its Sunday Salon discussion series on Sunday, July 13 immediately following the matinee performan ..... 
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Chatfield Concert series- Ravensfire

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Ravensfire, a traditional Celtic band, will perform at the Chatfield “Music in the Park” summer concert series on Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Chatfield City Park Band Shell. This talented ensemble includes La ..... 
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Lanesboro Live features “Gravedigger’s Daughter”

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon’s upcoming “Lanesboro Live” show will feature a visit with Rachael Hanel, author of the new book “We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter”, and the band FAIR TRADE ..... 
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“Vesterheim Inspires: The Frozen Connection” on Free First Thursday

Wed, Jun 25th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Come to Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, on Free First Thursday, July 3, to explore this world-renowned collection and find out about the museum’s connection to the Disney film “Frozen.” ..... 
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Deephaven author hoping to inspire young people by sharing the stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

By Rachel M. Anderson What is the one thing most successful people have in common? Doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs and others who are doing well for themselves are all in the business of helping others. Kevin Wilt, who made a name for h ..... 
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RASA’s “The Butler Did It” modifies production dates to July 9-13

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts Community Theater production of, “The Butler Did It”, written by Tim Kelly, will be held a week earlier this year than in the past. It will NOT be held during Rushford Day’s Celebration. The production wil ..... 
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PSA/Houston lawn chair concerts

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Lawn Chair Summer Concerts at the Houston band shell will be held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from July 2 to August 27. There will be a variety of family oriented musical performances beginning with Jake Olson and sons on July 2 and Molly B and ..... 
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