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Calling all silent movie stars: Join the volunteer spirit that thrives in Lanesboro


Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Ever dream you’d star in a moving picture show? Here’s your chance to be part of a fairytale-come: the 2013 Silent Movie project.

This fantasy volunteer project got started this year in Lanesboro, Minnesota, a place where people work together to make things happen. When Lanesboro Community Theater members developed a plan in August to produce an all-local silent movie that would air over Taste of the Trail Towns weekend, September 8-9, they put out a call for actors needed to bring the fairytale retelling concept to life.

The silent, subtitled video of transformed fairytales would be a family-friendly production, shown outdoors on warm evenings at Sylvan Park and would be called “Silent Movie in the Park – After Dark!”

“In less than 4 days, we had a cast of almost sixty eager volunteers,” said director Barbara Benson Keith. Local people and weekend guests came forward to act out a variety of humorous and creative roles – ranging from townspeople trying to crack the mystery of Rumpelstiltskin’s name, to a succession of princes chopping their way through brambles to break Sleeping Beauty’s spell, from fairytale royalty to a troll beneath a bridge.

What made the 2012 production uniquely attractive to so many volunteers? Perhaps the fact that it was a silent film. Producer Sandy Webb noted, “Volunteers felt free to explore their very own original ways to portray their characters, knowing the film would be edited by a kind eye.” Many participants echoed Kay Wold’s comment, “It was so much fun!”

On the nights of the screenings, fifteen more volunteers stepped forward to set up equipment, to make and sell popcorn and treats, and to ensure that all aspects of the show went smoothly. As dusk set in, a legion of local moviegoers arrived at Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park with their blankets and lawn chairs. Individuals and clusters of friends, couples on date-night, families with kids in footy pajamas. Ready to see what was all the buzz was about.

And, still, the volunteers kept coming! Yet another dozen musicians, magicians, dancers and vocalists donated time and talent to create preshow entertainment. Then the once-upon-a-time movies began. Parents whispered the silent movie screen titles to their too-young-to-read children. Neighbors thrilled to identify one another in their roles on the screen. Audience members laughed along with the actors. Yes! Thi .....
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Stone Soup Supper to celebrate Lanesboro Local

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN- Lanesboro Local is putting on a harvest celebration and fundraiser, and the public is invited. Echoing the classic Stone Soup folktale about how a hungry community made a luscious soup when everybody contributed just a little somethin ..... 
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The Fattenin’ Frogs will perform at St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Fattenin’ Frogs will rock the stage at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The band plays rock & roll and traditional American music, with a style developed by mixing blues, country, folk, rhythm & blues, gospel, bl ..... 
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Celebrate Local Farmers’ Markets with Fillmore County Public Health

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Minnesota fall brings with it wonderful foods such as root vegetables, squash, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, popcorn, grapes, and apples, which can all be found at local farmers’ markets. The six farmers’ markets of Fillmore County provide a great ..... 
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SEMAC awards arts grants

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On August 21, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 28 grants for a total of $110,025 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included sixteen McKnight Individual Arti ..... 
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Your Challenge- Experience ExpoCulinaria 2012

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

“Bring it to the table,” is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation, but it will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, MN. At the feature September 22nd attraction of ..... 
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Taste of the Trail and Fall Fest in Preston September 15

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Bikers from near and far are invited to join in Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” event on Saturday, September 15 from 10am-3pm at the Preston Trailhead. Event schedule as follows: 10:15am-12:15pm – the “Root River Blue Grass Band” performs ..... 
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Project America 79-day marathon run comes to Preston

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Monday, September 10, marathon runner and veteran, Mike Ehredt, will arrive in Preston, one of 79 stops along his 79-day journey. Ehredt started out from International Falls on August 23 and is currently running a marathon a day in honor of falle ..... 
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Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery to host Nashville-based country artist Becky Schlegel

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

Spring Valley, MN. August 30, 2012—Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery will play host to Nashville-based country artist Becky Schlegel on September 7th. She’s visiting Minnesota from Nashville and the winery is on her tour schedule! Becky has be ..... 
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