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Bluff Country Gathering - Celebrating America's old-time music heritage


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wrangle up your mouth-harps, drag your banjo out,

Tune your old guitarra till she twangs right stout...(from "The Bunk-House Orchestra" by Charles "Badger" Clark)

And don't forget to rosin up your bow and crank up the wires on your old fiddle. It soon will be time for the Bluff Country Gathering in Lanesboro, MN, this year being the thirteenth annual celebration of old time music. It's a great way to start the festival season with terrific music, workshops where you can learn new tunes and techniques, and an old-fashioned barn dance. The dates are May 19-22 with these public events:

Concert Friday, May 20, 8:00 PM at the Lanesboro Community Center; Barn Dance Saturday, May 21, 8:00 PM at the Lanesboro Community Center.

For those wanting to participate in the workshops, the event begins on Thursday evening, May 19, with a potluck supper at the Sons of Norway Hall followed by a staff concert open only to registered students. The show gives the students a chance to hear all the workshop instructors and get an idea what sessions they might like to attend.

Admittedly, a vague and confusing connotation, "old time music" means different things to different people or in different parts of the country. Rather than the old time (or "old-tyme") music of the upper Midwest, a dance music often centered on the accordion and the polka/waltz/schottische, the Bluff Country Gathering celebrates the rural music of this country that was used for organized dance, such as squaredancing and traditional long line dances. Also a part of this music are the ballads (story songs), minstrel numbers, parlor songs, blues and more, all the types of music that are sung and played by ordinary people as part of their everyday lives. What we're talking about here is country music with no electric instruments, no vocal gymnastics, no pretension, a style built on honesty and simplicity, a music still sounding organic and timeless.

The staff for the 2011 Gathering is an outstanding collection of traditional musicians from around the country. Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz have old-time credentials that could fill several pages. A native of Halifax County, Virginia, Ginny grew up in a large extended family of singers and musicians and her father, Ben Hawker, was her mentor growing up. She learned the beautiful old singing of the Primitive Baptist Church from him and she continues to honor his style and grace with her singing and storytelling. Whe .....
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"The King & I" auditions to come

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Auditions for the 2011 Wits' End Theatre production of The King & I are coming up May 30 and 31 at Potter Auditorium in Chatfield. Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m. This great Rodgers & Hammerstein musical requires a large cast and offers parts for all a ..... 
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Rhubarb Festival to be held in the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota, Lanesboro

Mon, May 16th, 2011
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Lanesboro, Minn. May 11, 2010 - The seventh annual Rhubarb Festival will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 10am until 4pm at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro, Minn.

Taste Everything Rhubarb! You will be able to taste everything made with rhubarb ..... 
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An evening to celebrate living local

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO-Join Lanesboro Local on Sunday, May 22, 2011, as they celebrate the joys of living locally. A fundraising event for the non-profit organization, guests will enjoy an artfully prepared meal by Chef Stephen Larson at QUARTER/quarter Restaura ..... 
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"Take Note" showing at the Rushford Peterson High School

Mon, May 16th, 2011
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Join "Take Note!" for their 5th Annual Spring Show on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30 PM in the RPHS Theatre. Your toes will be tapping and you'll be humming along with these familiar 50's and 60's Doo Wop tunes! Tickets are available at the door and onl ..... 
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An evening to celebrate living local

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO-Join Lanesboro Local on Sunday, May 22, 2011, as they celebrate the joys of living locally. A fundraising event for the non-profit organization, guests will enjoy an artfully prepared meal by Chef Stephen Larson at QUARTER/quarter Restaura ..... 
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Community theatre announces summer schedule

Tue, May 10th, 2011
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Spring Valley - Brave Community Theatre of Spring Valley has announced their summer 2011 performance schedule. This year, BCT will offer two crowd-pleasing favorites - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Nunsense.

The first theatrical off ..... 
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The King and I coming to Chatfield this summer

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
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The King and I is coming to Chatfield this summer for the first time in the history of Western Days. This great Rodgers & Hammerstein production is loaded with memorable music, colorful scenery, beautiful costumes and energetic performers, including ..... 
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Commonweal offers free performances to Fillmore and Houston County

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
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The Commonweal Theatre Company announces performance dates in 2011 for its County Free Nights. Theatre-lovers living and/or working in Fillmore or Houston counties may attend Ibsen's classic drama An Enemy of the People on Thursday, April 14th; the ..... 
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