Mothers and Fathers, Grandmas and Grandpas or just good friends, listen up. If you haven't had the chance to see "The Magical Pied Piper" on stage now at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji get there any way you can. It is top notch family theater with local youth, some parents and new comers to the Bemidji Community Theater company. A collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, the last performance is this afternoon at 2 p.m. After working a bit in the box office last night, I went behind the black curtain to grab a seat in the back because, lured by German folk songs in the lobby. Lights down, in parades the cast singing a German folk song while they assemble on the set, the replica of a medieval village and the magic begins. From the first note to the last, it is amazing: these youngsters from Bemidji using German accents in their parts (wow!); the cats, appropriated striped and patched, and lying around; the rats in black motorcycle jackets, hats and shades and the folk of Hamlin town. Special thanks to Christine Canon for her make-up expertise and comedic interpretation of the town baker. Bridget Stomberg is an all round aide backstage and up front with musician Wayne Hoff. Karen Bradley?s vocal direction is amazing as always for she is able to bring a mixed group of first timers and veteran players to the point where they all start and end together! Set designer Dwayne Johnson and his helper Ernie Rall once again fill the space with a set that keeps surprising and amusing the viewer. Artist Gregg Wilimek added his special touches to the background of green hills and valleys. The costumes as always are authentic replicas from the time period and the children?s apparel is particularly charming. Director Mary Knox Johnson has done it once again. She brings to the stage of the playhouse, a production worthy of any professional house. Congratulations to all? It goes without saying that this audience member was spellbound from curtain up to the finale. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. See Patty Lester at the box office starting at noon today: tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children up to the age of 17. There is so much happening on the music scene in Bemidji today?a flourishing arts town to be sure. If you are thinking about going to hear the Celtic music at the Headwaters Universalist Unitarian Fellowship today, you can bring a dish to share at their pot luck starting at 5 p.m. and then settle back for the 7 p.m. show. "Carmina Burana" and "Fanfare for the Common Man"----what a combination---two of my favorites of modern classical literature. Erika Svanoe and Bradley Logan would so appreciate seeing a good turn-out for today's concert starting at 3 p.m. today in Bangsberg Hall on the campus of BSU. Thanks for all the good wishes and welcome backs?Ernie and I really appreciated the warm good wishes by emails, phone calls and in person. It was an adventure to be sure but not one that we would like to repeat on our next trip. Thanks again. A special shout-out to Dr. Annie Henry---your card and its sentiments mean so much to this writer. It was an honor to interview you for the story and I look forward to hearing more first person history in the future. Thank you for sharing your account of the tumultuous 1960's.