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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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Local tourism professional, Kiehne, elected as President of Southern Minnesota Tourism Association

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected President of the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association at its Annual Meeting held in Owatonna on September 13, 2012. The Southern Minnesota Tourism Association ..... 
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Letter about Voter ID

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Voter ID A Simple Thing? The Voter Restriction Amendment is not a simple thing at all. It changes Minnesota’s election process which currently works. Local governments would need to raise property taxes to pay for it because it w ..... 
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Letter about Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This past weekend I was a guest in Lanesboro and privileged to take part in the “Taste of the Trail.” While Whalan and Peterson went all out with signs and decorations, I feel Lanesboro was sadly lacking in both. Where was your ..... 
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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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Lanesboro discusses storm sewer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby and Associates was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 10 to discuss a few different issues. There was discussion about the storm sewer line that goes under the Riverside on the Root restaurant. At a p ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts youth Fun Shoot day

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

On a recent stroll down memory lane, Norrin Storelee and Dave Campbell recalled the early days of the Lanesboro Gun Club. Norrin recalls one Halloween when some folks were out at the gun club goofing around and some outhouses got knocked over. Not t ..... 
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A new dining experience in Smoky River BBQ

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

If you are not hungry when you walk in the door of Smoky River BBQ, you will be when the aroma hits you. The smell of BBQ brings to mind summer picnics and family gatherings. The placement of the business next to the river in a quiet spot also spar ..... 
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