coments on some upcoming events

I copied the exact wording on this email to me because it tells the gist of the story very well. The library is small so be sure to make a reservation ( because the programs are worth the effort as the speakers are well informed and prepared.

"Candace Simar, a life-long Minnesotan and grandchild of Scandinavian immigrants, wondered how historic events impacted the lives of ordinary peopole.  While researching family history, she learned about the 1862 Sioux Uprising and that her great-grand father drove the stagecoarch from St. Cloud to Fort Abercrombie in the years after the Uprising. She became entranced with the idea of what he might have experienced had he arrived in Minnesota a year earlier.  Her book, Abercrombie Trail, is the story of Evan Jacobsonthe story that might have been her grandfather’s.  The Abercrombie Trail published by North Star Press in June 2009, is the first novelin a series of three."  Blackduck Community Library

There is so much to say about the Lonely Pines Concert that it was difficult to chose what to put in the column and what could be left out so decided to add more information on the blog–thanks for checking it out. The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association ( is bringing a concert to Bemidji on Feb. 13. the featured group is Junior Sisk & Ramblers which is gathering the reputation of "best traditional bluegrass bands to hit the scene in decades."  If you are a bluegrass fan or even if you are not, this concert will bring you a group that had nominations from IBMA in the past year for–Male Vocalist of the year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year." 

Another group will be joining them–The Woodpicks from Thief River Falls, winners of the "Race For a Place" contest in Minneapolis in 2008. They play a mix of gospel, bluegrass and Americana emphasizing vocal harmonies.  Tickets will be sold at the door, but if you buy in advance they are $2 less. ($14 in advance, $16 at the door) and $8 for teens, children 12 and under free.  Overbeeks and KRKB Music Outlet are selling the tickets. Mark your calendar for this show: 7:30 p.m.Sat. Feb.13 at the historic Chief Theater (314 Beltrami Ave.) in downtown Bemidji.   

Don’t forget about the Macalester College Pipe Band coming to Bemidji this weekend.  They will be joined by members of the Minensota Scottish Country Dance Association for some highland dancing as well. The troupe will perform the traditional Sword Dance, Tulloch (reels) and Highland Fling. Tickets ar $10 at the door or in advance at Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub and Keg-n-Cork in downtown Bemidji. More information can be found at the band’s website: From what I hear, the party will continue after the show at both pubs! I apologize for not putting more pictures on the blog but the pictures were too small to copy.

According to Brian Solum and as far as I can understand it:  The Pipe Major is first in charge and all the pipers watch his hands, the Drum Sargeant leads the drummers–snare drummers keep their eyes on the Drum Sargeant and the Base Drumers watch the pipe major. On parade, the Drum Major leads the group and holds the Mace. Phew–that’s a lot of watching and playing at the same time!

More to come as I will update the calendar in the next few days as information is still coming in.  I have updated the calendar. 

Long Lake Theater is Hubbard is looking for volunteers for backstage and to usher. This theater is located in a refurbished church and owned by Bruce Bolton and Sharon Geisen a graduate of BHS and BSU. They are having audtions for their children’s show, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at 2-4 p.m.on Saturday, Feb. 20 and 6-7 pm. Monday, Feb.22. A few of our local actors appear on productions throughout the season. Call them at 2189-732-0009 for more information or to volunteer. They are also looking for donations of period clothing, shoes, jewelry,hats, gloves, men’s suits and furniture–all in good condition. Of course, anyone who volunteers gets to see the show for free. Although a bit of a trip from Bemidji, it’s worth the trip.