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Swingstation Fundraiser a success for Lanesboro Arts Center


Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Thanks to much community and regional support, the Lanesboro Arts Center's annual 'Swingsation' gala fundraiser was a success, raising $29,000+ for Lanesboro Arts Center programming. Contributing to the success of this event was a wide variety of volunteers, from Lanesboro high school students to area farmers, senior citizens to local business owners, Lanesboro newcomers and locals to television news anchors. Auction donors and event attendees also ensured the fundraiser's success, through donating and/or bidding on original artwork and unique items-some of which were auctioned live by Lanesboro Sales Commission auctioneer Mert Boyum, with help from KTTC's Jess Abrahamson & Tom Overlie, and Commonweal Theatre Company's Sarah Hawkins & Irene ErkenBrack. The gala evening featured appetizers and a dinner catered by Karen Connelly, drinks by the Parkway Pub, and music by a jazz quintet put together by Dave O'Mara. Event sponsors included KTTC Television, F&M Community Bank, Preble Farmers Mutual Fire Ins. Co., Associated Bank, Poet Biorefining, and Ameriprise Financial. Board Chair Dick Haight commented, "The show of support by sponsors, item donors, volunteers and attendees was a tribute to the arts programming that we provide to the region."

Proceeds from the event benefit the year-round programming of the Lanesboro Arts Center, serving as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. In the heart of historic downtown Lanesboro, Lanesboro Arts Center houses two galleries featuring work by more than 80 regional artists. Programming also includes the annual Father's Day Art in the Park celebration; the Lanesboro Residency program (bringing 2-4 artists to Lanesboro each year); the Picture Parade elementary school education program; classes and Kids Create! Family Art Projects; and literary, music, theater, and film events at the St. Mane Theatre. For more information about the Lanesboro Arts Center, visit www.lanesboroarts.org.

2. Some Swingsation staff and volunteers: (front L-R) Diane Haight, Ceil Allen, Sara Decker, Courtney Bergey, Karen Dunbar, Robbie Brokken, (back L-R) Norleen Cooke, Maria Sampson, Lester Dunn, Dick Haight, John Davis. Other staff & committee volunteers were not able to be in the photo: Bonnie Handmacher, Betsy Holbrook, Jason Resseman, Bill & Karen Swanson, and Val Tindall.

Northern Lights Women's Chorus fall concert

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

"A Choral Celebration" will be presented by Northern Lights on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago St., in Decorah. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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Vesterheim and ArtHaus offer barnetimen (children's hour)

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and ArtHaus invite all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to a "Tradition Expedition" during Barnetimen (Children's Hour) on Tuesday, November 16, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Me ..... 
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Lanesboro Winter Escapades

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture



As winter approaches and the holiday season gets underway, it is normal for people to get busy. Stress can be high this time of year, with the expenses and work of planning the holiday get-togethers. It is also a time that many people do not ..... 
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Luther College to host Lutheran Festival of Writing Oct. 29-31

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa- Creative writers will gather, present readings of their work and lead discussions about writing and the writer's life at "The Vibrant Word: A Lutheran Festival of Writing," Oct. 29-31 at Luther College.

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The Art of Food at Lanesboro Arts Center

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will feature work by 32 regional artists in a juried exhibit entitled "The Art of Food" to be held October 23 - December 23, 2010. Art will range from photography to paper mosaic to watercolor to printmaking to jewelry. The exh ..... 
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Renda Sacquitne honored through Vesterheim donation

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa-Family and friends of the late Renda Sacquitne, Decorah, have donated two benches to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum's Open Air Division as a memorial in her honor.

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Commonweal Theatre's student matinee series ready for the school year

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its Student Matinee Series for the fall semester of 2010. This program reaches more than 1,500 regional students and teachers annually as part of Commonweal Theatre's goal that every high s ..... 
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Find out what Vesterheim's hiding on a "Free Thursdays" tour

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - "Only a fraction of Vesterheim's remarkable collections are on public display at any one time," said Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim volunteer coodinator. "Come for a special tour to see the rest."

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