Open Mic at Toasty Beavers, Ox Trot and First Friday events.

Hey! Look at this you karaoke fans, Toasty Beavers is hosting an open mic tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 28 for musicians, comedians, poets, etc. Sign-up starts at 8 p.m. and performances will begin at 9 p.m. in the back bar. For more information, contact Chris Hunt (Owner of A Dance to Remember DJ & Karoaoke) at 651-276-4473. Toasty Beaver’s Sports Bar & Grill is located at 1154 Third St.

Thanks to all those who braved the rain and went on the Ox Trot last Thursday night. The fundraiser for the Beltrami County History Center was a sell-out with the numbers cut off at approximately 58 people each. My character, Priscilla Snow was the wife of Chester Snow a member of the Bemidji Elks Club when it first organized in 1908. We kept the era as the late 20’s just before the second state wide convention of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks here in Bemidji. It was a privilege for me to represent this fine organization and the members were so gracious and helpful with additional information for me. Although not in the original script, the Exalted Ruler Craig Harvey reverently read the “11 O’clock Toast” to those gathered. This tradition of offering a toast to their absent members dates back to 1888. Both audiences were appreciative and it was a successful evening for all involved. Thanks to Wanda Hoyum who gathered all the impersonators: Al Berkowitz, Sarah Einerson, Janet Rith Najarian, Ernie and Patt Rall. Special thanks to Patterson’s for donating the use of a tail coat for James J. Hill (Ernie Rall). And a very special thanks to all who participated. Way to Go, Bemidijians!

First Friday events will include the kick-off to Domestic Abuse Awareness Month with Kathryn Anne Lavelle at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House. The re-opening of the Fleur de Lis Gallery at the Wild Rose Theater with re-painted and refurbished gallery space and regular gallery hours. The last event is the second in the series of the Spoken Word Series, a reading by Maureen Gibbon. This is intended for mature audiences because of language and raw content (sexuality) and BCAC has asked that no one under 18 attend. Gibbons’ newest novel, ”Thief” is about a woman who is involved with two men: one a prisoner in a nearby prison who is a rapist and a thief and the other a drifter who is both angel and howling canine. There is raw sexual content in the manuscript. Gibbons will talk about the intersection of fiction and fact and have copies of her book for sale.  That’s all she wrote, folks.