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Entertainment briefs - April 10 version

New classes offered at Mills’ Folk School in April

The mysticism discussion workshop is a guided discussion instead of instruction. Mysticism has the most astonishing lesson to offer for those who can pause to see. Yet, it is something that can’t be taught. It can only be uncovered. Discussion leader is Kent Scheer and the first session will be held on Thursday, April 10 at the Creamery.  There is no charge for this activity.

A Slovakian Easter egg decorating class will be taught by Pam Robinson on Friday April 11 and Saturday April 12. Interested in her ethnic heritage, Pam learned this egg decorating method as a teenager, which uses a wax-resist technique and a homemade straight pin ‘tool’. Participants will learn how to blow out (empty) the contents of a raw egg and create two Easter eggs with beautiful designs based on the use of dots and teardrops. There are two options for this class: Friday April 11 from 6 – to 9 p.m., or Saturday April 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. These two sessions are identical.

Join Karen Aakre for a unique workshop where participants will make a pair of baby slippers and mittens, or adult-sized wristlets and headband, on Thursday, April 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.  This workshop is given as an extension of the Sheep to Shawl fiber arts show on display through March 15 in the ground floor gallery.

Workshop participants will create and take home a work of art using the shinfeller techniques.   Traditional shinfeller designs will be stenciled on small pieces of sheepskin to create either a headband and wristlets or baby booties and baby mittens.

For more information or to register call (218)385-3339.

Verndale Lions host Easter breakfast

The Verndale Lions will host an Easter breakfast Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Verndale Community Center. There will be a french toast breakfast, diabetes screening and an Easter egg hunt for children in the park beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be a coloring contest for children in preschool through sixth grade.  Four winners will be chosen and the winners will win a bike from Wayne’s Discount. Entries can be picked up at Wayne’s Discount.

All proceeds will go to the Verndale Lions scholarship fund.

Square Dance on tap April 11

Park Rapids Friendly Squares will be having a square dance on Friday April 11 at Century School. Royce Nelson will be calling from 7:30 to 8 a.m. There will also be mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 a.m. Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips. The club will have their annual meeting right after the dance from 10 to 11 a.m. The club members will provide a potluck lunch after the dance. Park Rapids Friendly Squares will also be having a square dance on Friday April 25 at Century School with Abe Maier calling from 7:30 to 8 a.m. There will also be mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 a.m. The club members will provide a potluck lunch after the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

For more information contact Joy Benjamin at (218)564-6098.

Johnson presents art exhibit April 6 through May 8

Community cultural artist Jill M. Johnson is presenting her new site-specific installation The Piga Project: Women, Immigration, and Resilience at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center from April 6 through May 8.  An artist reception will be held on Sunday April 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. with an artist talk at 3 p.m.

The Piga Project creates new forms of folk art as a way to challenge our ideas about culture and belonging.  Researched over a period of two years in Sweden and the US, Johnson's project also explores questions around the emigration/immigration process and women's experience.  

Several workshops will accompany the show.  On April 3, Johnson will work with concepts of identity and meaning through clothing - color, fabric, today's dress, and folk dress as a way to encourage us to think ultimately about the communities we create.  This workshop is part of the High School League art show and is open to High School students with registration through the cultural center.

The artist talk will discuss, through a tour of the exhibit, the effects of immigration on women and families and how these differences may actually be similarities across many cultures and time periods.

The Interactive Immigration Altar workshop will be held Sunday May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.  During this workshop, participants will explore meaning and belonging, the emigration/immigration process--no matter how long away one is from the time of immigration.  

On Sunday May 4 at 5 p.m., a one-hour presentation of spoken word poems and short repeat film loops from Sweden will play, illustrating the concept of memory.  This is from new work-in-progress that Johnson is working on during her artist-in-residency in New York Mills.

Cantus performs April 23

Cantus will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.  The ensemble will present “A Place For Us”, a musical narrative about the universal search for home.

This performance is sponsored by the Greater Wadena Arts League. Advance tickets are on sale at The Wadena Pioneer Journal and Thrifty White in Wadena. Group rates for  ten or more are also available by calling Mim Maas at (218) 639-0804. All children through twelfth grade get in free with a student I.D. More info will be available at or by visiting Greater Wadena Arts League on Facebook.