Thursday, September 8, 2011

Culturology 9-8: School's In

by Travis Ryder
Even though schools are back in session and autumn is in the air, we're expecting a beautiful and warm weekend with a lot of music and cultural events around our region.  You have a couple of opportunities to meet staff and volunteers with KAXE and KBXE on Saturday, too.  Read on:

Friday, Sept. 9
The Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork has an opening reception for watercolor and acrylic painter Terry Honstead. The reception goes from 5 to 7 and the exhibition is up until the end of the month.
The Babe City Rollers women’s roller derby team has an exhibition mixer, 6:30 Friday at the BSU John Glas Fieldhouse.
Country, bluegrass, and gospel music is at the Cowboy and Hobo Days music festival this weekend on the Crow Wing County fairgrounds in Brainerd.
Speaking of hobos, the hobo stew will be on at Heritage Days in Pine River Saturday at noon.  Other events Friday and Saturday include historical tours and displays and a quilt show.
The Second City comedy troupe rolls into Brainerd for a show Friday night, 7:30, at Central Lakes College Chalberg Theatre.

Saturday, Sept. 10
Bemidji Women’s Expo runs from 8 to 4 at Sanford Center.  KBXE will be there!
Walker Ethnic Fest features traditional food, crafts and music all day Saturday in Walker.  KBXE representatives are here, too!
The Dog Days sailing regatta is sponsored by the BSU outdoors program.  Sailors and skippers of all levels will be racing on Lake Bemidji from 2 to 5 p.m.
The Eli Wirtanen Pioneer Farm preserves the Finnish homesteader tradition of the areas surrounding the east Range.  The farm in Markham will host a Fall Festival this Saturday, with draft horse demonstrations, antique appraisals, artisans, food, music and storytelling.  The farm is south of Biwabik, just off County Highway 4.
The Miltich-LaPlant Folk Ensemble plays a fundraiser hoedown Saturday starting at 5:30.  It’s a fundraiser for Bigfork Valley health system and it’s at the Marcell Family Center.

Sunday, Sept. 11
Long-time group The Pretenders and Friends perform a 2 p.m. show of ballads, country, and early rock at the Edge Center in Bigfork.
The Jug Band Boogie is on at Tavern on the Edge in Effie, starting at 3 and going well into the evening.  Jug bands stream in from all over the state to vie for the fish scaler trophy.
Performer and recording artist Kelley Hunt is in concert Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.  Proceeds benefit the Headwaters School of Music scholarship program.
The West Range Country Show comes to the Greenway Auditorium in Coleraine Sunday night at 6.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
The Glazed and Amused ceramics shop has a themed painting event you can participate in.  Tuesday starting at 3:30, the theme is After School Snack.  The shop is in downtown Bemidji.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Classical cello and piano music from Evan Drachman and Mary Au is at the Edge Center in Bigfork Wednesday night at 7.  It’s a pay-what-you-can admission fee.

Minnesota History Datebook
September 9, 1861 The steamboat Alhambra pulls Minnesota’s first locomotive into St. Paul. Operation of the engine, called William Crooks, begins the following June with a trip to St. Anthony. It’s now on display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth.

September 4, 1908 A forest fire almost entirely destroys the Range town of Chisholm. Though it left 6,000 people homeless, no serious injuries are reported.

September 10, 1934 Baseball slugger Roger Maris is born in Hibbing. In 1961 he would hit sixty-one home runs for the Yankees.  That broke Babe Ruth's single season record, which had stood for thirty-four years. Maris's record stood for thirty-seven years.

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