Anita Jain of Common Strands International Fiber Art Exchange, a Minnesota nonprofit organization, has announced a call to fiber/textile artists to participate in Deep Roots 1. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for fiber/textile artists of Nordic American descent (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland) to visually express their personal connection to how they see, feel and/or experience their Nordic heritage. Artists selected will exhibit in Minnesota in March 2015, and will be considered for exhibition in Finland in summer 2015.
Artists selected will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Dassel History Center Gallery; exhibit will open Saturday,
March 28, 2015. Pieces at the exhibit will move on to further consideration for the Deep Roots Nordic exhibit at the Kasityo Museo (Handcraft Museum) of Finland in Jyvaskyla, Finland, during the summer of 2015.
Time, talent, and money. That is what it takes to put on a good show. Kimball Community Playhouse could not produce fantastic shows like Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” without the generous contributions of time and talent from the many participants in each production. One of those whose talents are often taken for granted is Bill Hoeft, sound and light technician. While having a stage on which to perform is a blessing, the cafetorium at Kimball Area High School presents some particular challenges. The sound system cannot handle the multiple channels required for a large cast production. There is not a separate pit for the orchestra to help control the sound of the musicians. The ceilings on stage are only 12 feet high, much shorter than the standard 20 feet of most theater stages. Yet through each production, Bill, like other KCP sound and light techs before him, deals with and overcomes these challenges in a variety of creative ways. He is paid far less than the amount of time that he invests in each show, and yet sound, and sometimes lighting, remain the issues most mentioned by audience members.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, was the annual Forest City Threshers Show. This year’s featured tractor manufacturer was Cockshutt; next year, John Deere. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Stepping foot on the east side of the Forest City Stockade, one is transported to 1850 or earlier. That’s on purpose.
There were 42 camps and buckskinners this year, all in period tents and costumes. The Rendezvous area is affiliated with the Stockade, but separate. Everything in the camps must be accurate to before 1850.
Meanwhile, everything inside the Stockade and the buildings to the west are dated to 1862, the year the fortress was built. All of the food and vendors are appropriate to the year 1862.
United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Jeff Gabrelcik of Watkins was hand-selected to attend the Advanced NATO Leadership course in Oberammergau, Germany, this June. Little did he know his time there would have another important impact on his life.
The NATO school and complex is located in the mountains of Bavaria, right above the village of Oberammergau, famous for its wood carvers and the Passion Play performed every 10 years there since the end of the Black Plague nearly 300 years ago.
Because the NATO complex has limited facilities for meals, the Leadership students are encouraged to have their meals in and around the village.