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What brings you here?


Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Sara Pecinovsky

Art in the Park: Many of us have heard of it, especially in the local tri-state region. This was my third year attending the event and it was no surprise to me to see the large crowd of people once again making their rounds visiting each of the artists’ tents with their labors of goods. For the past 33 years, people have flocked to Lanesboro, Minn.; some to view, others to purchase creative works from artists near and far and dine on local foods. Typical summary of what this festival is all about, right? For most, visiting Lanesboro was to celebrate Father’s Day or be outside in the wonderful weather. However, let’s not forget the artists and this particular day in June. What brings a large group of artists to a small tourist town, tucked away in the countryside of southeast Minnesota and continues to bring them back year after year?

The thing I love the most about Art in the Park is how unique it is compared to other art events. The people are friendlier, more welcoming and are willing to slow down from the rush of life and have a little chat to get to know one another. I spoke with several artists today and they each had their own personal comments to share. I decided to gather a compilation of several comments and see what most artists’ insights were about “Art in the Park.” From the numerous comments I collected, there were many that caught my attention. One in particular that was commonly stated was, “The location is great and the event is well organized.” Artists love that the set-up is in a circular formation; where the customers and event goers can stop by each artist’s tent and not miss anyone. Each artist had something special to offer, whether it being the personal stories about their art or just letting their art speak for itself. All of them seemed to enjoy having this day to let people view their work. The location is the best part about the event. The park is beautiful! One artist shared that, to her, “It almost seems that the park was made just for this event. I can’t imagine a nicer place than this.”

So, we know the location is an ideal backdrop for any artist. In relation to location, another artist’s comment was, “It is very relaxed and a great event to show off artwork, even for the first time goers.” Yes, there were a great number of first timers this afternoon, but each were enthusiastic to be there and are looking forward to coming back next s .....
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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Barn Quilt from Houston County Selected to Represent Minnesota

Thu, Jun 20th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

SPRING GROVE, Minn. — Artwork on a Houston County barn has been chosen to represent Minnesota in a new redwork ornament kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection. The “Maple Leaf” design on Karen Bingham’s barn is also featur ..... 
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Jack Brass Band in Chatfield

Mon, Jun 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Jack Brass Band from Minneapolis will be entertaining the audience at the Chatfield “Music in the Park” series on Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the City Park Band Shell. Food will be served from 6:00 -7:30 by ..... 
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Chatfield Public Library Receives Preservation Award

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

By Karen Reisner Preservation planner Robert Vogel, during the city council’s June 10 meeting, reviewed the history of the award which was first presented in 2009 by the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission. The purpose of the award is to r ..... 
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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‘White Water, Black Gold’ Documentary

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘White Water, Black Gold’ Documentary Film to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 7:30 pm – FREE and open to the public – Discussion following the film. Next up in the Third Friday Film Serie ..... 
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Dynamic Street Performance of Traditional Music at Vesterheim

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa —Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum welcomes members of the band Bjärv, an exciting, traditional Swedish folk band, performing from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, in the museum courtyard outside the main entrance. Bring a ..... 
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Spin Fishing for Trout Workshop at the National Trout Center

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Join us on Saturday, June 15 at the National Trout Center, Preston, Minn. from 10am – noon for a spin fishing instruction workshop with Jeff Broberg. Broberg is the current President of the Minnesota Trout Association, a National Trout Center Boar ..... 
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