by Travis Ryder
Handel's "Messiah" performed by the Itasca Community Chorus, 3 to 5 p.m. at Greenway Auditorium in Coleraine; the chorus is combined with several area choirs.
The Grand Rapids Players’ auditions for the spring show, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum,” are at 6 at the Playhouse up County Road A from the fairgrounds.
Musician Paul Metsa drops by the KAXE studios for a chat and to pick out some music on Centerstage Minnesota. Then he crosses the parking lot to the Grand Rapids Area Library for a chat at 7 about his recent book, “Blue Guitar Highway.”
Chisholm musician Rob Wheeler performs Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnesota Discovery Center’s weekly music night, Acoustic Café. Admission is free Thursdays after 5. Appetizers, soups, desserts and hot and cold beverages are available to purchase. The exhibit “Ray Segar: One Man’s Quest for History,” MDC’s Community Gallery showing “Sketchers and Carvers,” and the Laurentian Northern Railroad Model Train Club display are open.
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program presents a Student Concert, 7 p.m. at the Reif Center, Grand Rapids.
The Reif Center’s performing arts season continues with a puppet, rock, and yoga adventure called Monkey Mind Pirates from the group Z-Puppets Rosenschnoz , 7 p.m. at 6:30.
The CLC Brass Ensemble will be performing during Sertoma Winter Wonderland at the Northland Arboretum. The Wonderland is open tonight through Sunday, 5:30 to 8:30.
Friday and Saturday
Winnie The Pooh’s Christmas Tail, performed by the youth acting troupe at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Adventure ‘N Theatre, directed by Dennis Lamberson. Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2:00 pm; Saturday, @ 7:30 pm.
A group of 15 students at Northern Lights Community School have a long term project on the history and culture of Ireland. They have been studying Ireland for a year and a half and will be traveling there in April. One of their fundraisers is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner called, “Next of Kin.” This is the fourth murder mystery dinner that the school has produced. It will be December 17th at the Sawmill Inn in Grand Rapids. It starts at 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Sawmill Inn.
Speaking of Ireland, hear Irish music from Two Tap Trio at Brigid’s Irish Pub in Bemidji starting at 8.
Saturday & Sunday
Vocal group From Age to Age presents O Magnum Mysterium, their annual Christmas tour featuring some of the world’s most enchanting holiday music. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd & Sunday, 1 p.m., Union Congregational Church, Hackensack. The Hackensack performance will be featured in a Christmas Day broadcast on KAXE, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.!
Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus performs at 2 p.m. at the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork.
A Christmas Carol presented by Nebraska Theater Caravan, 7:30 p.m. at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979, weaving traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative.
Minnesota History Datebook
Dec. 16, 1884 Machinist William H. Fruen of Minneapolis is issued the first U.S. patent for an automatic liquid-dispensing vending machine. Fruen had settled earlier in the year at the western edge of the city. The discovery of a pure spring in a glen led Fruen to sell jugs, and then coolers, of fresh water and found the Glenwood Springs (now Glenwood Inglewood Water) Company.
Dec. 17, 1915 The Mesaba Transportation Company of Hibbing is incorporated. Owners Andrew G. Anderson and Carl Eric Wickman transport passengers and freight from Hibbing to destinations in Alice and Grand Rapids. A subsidiary is incorporated in 1919 to build, repair, and sell buses. These companies would eventually become Greyhound Lines, headquartered in Chicago.
Dec. 11, 1922 Hurricane winds in Duluth are clocked at 72 miles per hour.
(Source: The Minnesota Book of Days, MN Historical Society Press)