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Father’s Day fun at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro artist Jane Grevstad is all smiles for this year’s Art in the Park – her first time participating as an artist. Photo submitted

Father’s Day in this area of Minnesota is also synonymous with another important date on the calendar which is Lanesboro’s Art in the Park event. For those who may have a difficult time finding dad that gift that you thought he may actually use or trying to schedule events to do together as a family on dad’s special day, the planning is done for you at Art in the Park each and every Father’s Day since 1980.

Even dad’s gift was taken care of when kids visited the “Make a Tie for Dad” table to design and create a tie made especially for their fathers. Some dads walking around Sylvan Park on Sunday, June 15, 2014 were fortunate enough to proudly wear several ties made by their children. Mike Flaby was one of these lucky dads, wearing more than one tie made by his children Natalie,10, Oliver, 3, and Hunter, age 10 months.

Of course Art in the Park is enjoyed by everyone, not only dads. Women have been known to purchase an item or two even though it’s “Father’s” Day and children have so much to see and do they are not sure where to start but usually end up following alongside parents in hopes of taking home something special of their own.

This year’s Art in the Park began at 10 a.m. with music from the Indie-folk duo Patchouli and although the day began with some rain and even more wind, the skies cleared in the late morning and gave way to a pleasant sunny afternoon when Patchouli returned to the stage to play again from 3-5 p.m. Patchouli consists of Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli who love returning to Lanesboro several times a year. Patchouli will be in Lanesboro again on June 25, July 30, and September 14 of this year. For more information visit their website at www.patchouli.net.

Music continued in the Sylvan Park gazebo throughout the day including the jazz band Patty and the Buttons and local favorite Tom Schramm providing entertainment for the crowd as some chose to get up and dance to their favorite tunes. Music at Art in the Park is presented with support from Mark and Romi Wilhelm and the Rudolf E. Wilhelm Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

With more than 100 vendor booths full of fine art and creative crafts placed in one large circle around Sylvan Park and additional food stands and activities inside that large circle, it takes quite awhile to stroll around and see everything.

Pottery in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors could be found and so many with creative uses. The quality of all of the potters work was impressive and each piece unique. Sue Pariseau who is a potter and also on the board of the Lanesboro Area Art Trail Committee stated that there had been “a lot of good traffic” through the park and added it was “nice to visit with everybody” who stopped by their booth. Katherine E. Smither of George Pottery had some amazing samples of her work at her booth. Katherine’s pieces are “functional pottery with character” according to her business card. Carl’s Pottery was another booth with exquisite pieces of handmade art just to name a few.

Jewelry was a very popular choice for many people with the wide array of fine jewelry located in different spots throughout the park. cHw designs and Red Sky Beads were two of many booths with jewelry and accessories for sale. Zippy Bags booth was full of purses and bags with multiple functions that are as colorful as they are useful.

Stained glass by The Olde Glass Factory and others, paintings, photography and so much more for the art lover in all of us were on display and whether purchasing or not the items were interesting to look at. Another type of art from Joe’s Creations is made from reclaimed metal and farm equipment with items such as tall metal flowers being created with the reclaimed metal. Jody & Kim Reinardy along with Joe Fliegel also had impressive metal garden art pieces at Art in the Park which would make a wonderful addition to any type of garden.

Soap made with goat’s milk was available from Simple Soaps for Simple Folks and Crooked Pine Soap. Sue Soenen of Mound Prairie Baskets demonstrated her basket weaving skills as she enjoyed the visitors who stopped by to watch and possibly take a basket home with them. Soenen has had a booth at Art in the Park for several years and says she has many repeat customers each year.

Food stands were busy during Art in the Park and with so many selections it seemed most people decided to try a little of everything. The Lanesboro Arts Center served curry and rice and egg rolls and also sponsored the pie and ice cream which could be seen on plates throughout the park no matter the time of day. Dee Slinde, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, served up pie and ice cream with a smile and friendly hello to anyone wishing to try one of many kinds of pie available.

Walking tacos hit the spot for many visitors for lunch which was graciously served by the JO Volleyball group. Friends of the Lanesboro Library provided hot and juicy pulled pork sandwiches and Evan Thiss, age 14, was a walking billboard for the sandwiches. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church offered brats, hot dogs and pickles to hungry guests. Snacks were available thanks to the Farmer’s Market and visitors could quench their thirst with water, pop and lemonade offered by the Lanesboro Community Theatre group.

While adults enjoyed the diverse items in each booth children were drawn to the petting zoo complete with a calf, a horse, a goat, geese, bunnies and more. Alexis Petersen, age 7, of Racine, Minn. enjoyed holding the kitten in the petting zoo. Alexis is the daughter of Terry and Lisa Petersen.

The Commonweal Theatre Company gave previews of its current play ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ and the Lanesboro Community Theatre also gave attendees a taste of their production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ making Art in the Park even more interesting and exciting.

With everything that the town of Lanesboro and the Lanesboro Arts Center’s Art in the Park has to offer local residents and guests from around the world it is no wonder the event has been going (and growing) strong for 34 years. If you have never been to Art in the Park in Lanesboro there is another chance next year and for those who make it an annual tradition on Father’s Day it’s never too soon to start making plans.

For more information on Art in the Park visit www.lanesboroarts.org. To view a wide array of photographs from this year’s Art in the Park check out the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page.

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