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Chatfield hosts intimate performance


Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Area residents were privileged guests at an intimate evening with artists Billy Dean and Dan Mahar on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The performance was for the most part acoustic with Dan playing some electric guitar during the show.

While spending time with the artists on the stage of the empty Potter Auditorium the afternoon of their concert, we reflected on family, life on the road, and inspiration, among other things.

As Billy Dean sat Indian-style in his stocking feet, he opened up about how important his family is and how proud he is of them. His wife, Stephanie, runs Dean Acres, which is their home as well as where concerts and special events are held throughout the year. Dean Acres is located one hour east of Nashville, Tenn.

He is also very proud of his children, Hannah, age 19, who is attending college to be a nurse and son Eli, age 20, who is also in college studying business marketing. Both Eli and Hannah play music, but only for fun.

When asked what kind of music Dean and Mahar listen to during their time off, they both stated that they don’t really listen to a lot of music as they are busy doing other things. Dan said that if he wants to write a certain type of song, he may listen to songs in that genre to put him in the mood to write.

“Inspiration for writing songs can come from anywhere,” stated Mahar, saying he can get inspired even from a line he hears on television. Dan stated, “You kind of have to be a voyeur and watch people and then write something that makes sense to everyone.” Both men have been able to do this successfully. Billy Dean laughed and said his inspiration comes from “college tuition” showing his ever present sense of humor.

The two artists draw the audiences in with their meaningful ballads, fun tunes, and some blues thrown in as well. There are heartfelt moments during the show in between funny stories and jokes that both of the men share. During one particular song Billy Dean pretended to be a man on the phone with his wife saying, “I promise I was only out ice fishing” and of course, “There is no phone reception on the lake,” which ties the joke to our area and caused chuckles and outright laughter throughout the crowd.

With no large band backing them up and all of the production that encompasses many concerts, the smaller, more personal setting of the Potter Auditorium is perfect for enjoying t .....
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Center Stage Series - Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' at Luther College

Thu, Feb 6th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa—Luther College presents a theatrical performance of one of the most revered novels of the 20th century, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. The "Fahrenheit 45 ..... 
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Luther College Student Activities Council presents Pentatonix March 6

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa – Vocal sensations and winners of season three of NBC's "The Sing-Off," Pentatonix will bring their unique and infectious style and sound to Luther College's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall Thursday, March 6. ..... 
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See, Think, and Create Like an Artist at Vesterheim’s Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to a Valentine hunt at Barnetimen (Children's Hour) on February 12 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. ..... 
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Eats for Equity returns Saturday, February 8 to cook up a local feast

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Growers, artisans and all who appreciate good local food are invited to a special dinner celebration on Saturday, February 8. That’s when Eat for Equity will once again team up with Lanesboro Local to celebrate the local bounty. ..... 
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Live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing excellent entertainment of all genres to Southeastern Minnesota. Join us for some of our upcoming events! Billy Dean & Dan Mahar February 1, 2014 7:30 p.m. (Potter Auditorium) Gramm ..... 
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'Sports, Media and Race'

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Luther College Hosts Black History Symposium with focus on sports and the media DECORAH, Iowa – "Sports, Media and Race," the 11th annual Black History Symposium, will be held on the Luther campus Feb. 19-20. Participants will explore the popular ..... 
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Chosen Valley Community Foundation “Chill Fest”

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The 12th annual Chatfield “Chill First” Celebration will be held this year on Saturday, January 12 in Chatfield. The celebration will have many events in Mill Creek Park and Groen Park along with other events occurring throughout Chatfield the w ..... 
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Documentary Films featuring Action/Adventure in Lanesboro January 18

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Sit back and experience big-screen action-packed adventure in films featuring everything from mountain bike jumps to Yosemite Valley rock climbing to Mexican jungle kayaking to extreme skiing to wingsuit flying. To kick off the 2014 Frozen River Fi ..... 
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