Legacy Events

Arrowhead Legacy Events and Tickets

Thanks to funding from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Arrowhead Library System provides FREE art, history and cultural  programs at our public libraries and free arts access through our Event Tickets Program.  See below for programs scheduled at your library and tickets available at library check-out.

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© by Frederick Blanch

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Jungle Portraits, Photography with Frederick Blanch, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

May 12, 2014, Monday
3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library
6:00 p.m. Babbitt Public Library

            May 13, 2014, Tuesday
1:00 p.m. at the Baudette Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library

            May 14, 2014, Wednesday
3:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

            May 15, 2014, Thursday
Noon at the Virginia Public Library
7:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library

            May 16, 2014, Friday
1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library
6:00 p.m. Cloquet Public Library

            May 17, 2014, Saturday
10:30 a.m. at the Marble Public Library
1:30 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library

            May 19, 2014, Monday
1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the Calument Public Library

            May 20, 2014, Tuesday
6:00 p.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library

            May 21, 2014, Wednesday
Noon at the Hibbing Public Library
3:30 p.m. at the Chisholm Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the Keewatin Public Library

            May 22, 2014, Thursday
1:00 p.m. at the US Forest Service Visitor Center on Hwy 53 in Cook
6:00 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library Green Room

Breathtaking and beautiful: the photography of exotic birds, flowers, and scenes from around the world plus hints on turning your photos into artistic masterpieces.  Questions are encouraged during a fascinating program exploring the capture of nature with a camera, presented by writer/photographer, Frederick Blanch.

Frederick will take you through his exotic photographs from Ecuadorian sword-billed Hummingbirds to colorful Puerto Rican Palms, to the tranquil setting of a Japanese reflecting garden. His collection represents many years of travel, through gardens, prairies, jungles, cloud forests and mountain regions throughout the world.

Join us as Frederick explains how his photographs are refined by incorporating the distinctive Jungle Portrait texture and, in some, inherent, but obscure colors are enhanced. The final picture is imprinted on high quality, white artist’s canvas by the giclĂ©e method and “gallery-wrapped” or traditionally framed beneath glass.


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to Les Trompettes at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls, on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 7:30 pm. 

The "Trompettes de Lyon" instrumental ensemble was born in 1989 from the meeting of five musicians trained in the academies of music and universities of Lyon. Today, the very same musicians still compose that quite unique music group, whose main originality resides in the wide range of instruments they play: depending on which sonorities they wish to get, they can run the gamut from the piccolo to the bass trumpet. 

Such eclecticism has made them the welcome guests of various prestigious festivals of classical as well as baroque music. Don’t miss these five prodigiously competent trumpet masters, in no way starchy, as they guide you with lightness, smartness and brilliance through all ages, forms and tones of their instruments!

Tickets are available from the Virginia, Baudette, and International Falls Public Libraries.


There has been a change to the Arrowhead Concert Association performance on April 10th.  Due to issues beyond the concert association's control, Voca People will NOT be performing.  Hudson Shad will be performing in their place. 

For more information about the performance see their website at:  http://www.hudsonshad.org/  It is still a Capella performance but more of a classical style than the themed contemporary performance the Voca People would have been.

No changes will be made to the tickets, patrons will use the tickets that were distributed.  More information will be in the Mesabi Daily News Tuesday and Sunday.


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Virginia Mae Hope (1921-1944), World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot in a free history program offered at the following dates and locations:

April 25, 2014, Friday, 1:00 pm at the Grand Marais Public Library

May 8, 2014, Thursday, 3:30 pm at the Gilbert Public Library

May 15, 2014, Thursday, 6:00 at the Cook Public Library

June 19, 2014, Thursday, 7:00 at the Grand Rapids Area Library 

Virginia Mae Hope is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share her story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could. See Virginia Mae Hope as she engages you with her memorable life stories as a female World War II pilot.

The Minnesota History Center brings history alive with a variety of history players including female World War II fighter pilot, Virginia Mae Hope. Learn about growing up during the Great Depression, how Pearl Harbor affected the nation and what it was like for her to serve as an Airforce Service Pilot during WWII.


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Minnesota History Center-History Player, Charley Goddard, a free program being offered at the Cloquet Public Library on Tuesday, April 17, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.

What was it like to be a teenage soldier during the Civil War? Charley will tell you about his life growing up in the frontier town of Winona and the tensions leading up to the start of the Civil War in 1861.

Charley was mustered into Company K of the 1st Minnesota Regiment on April 19, 1861, at the age of 16 years old.  Learn about his experiences on and off the battlefield including discharges, promotions, wounds and death. Charley wrote over eighty letters home that are now on file with the Minnesota Historical Society and they are brought to life through this Minnesota History Player performance.


Fiddler on the Roof 
A production of the Lake Superior Community Theatre

Event passes are available at local libraries.
Fiddler on the Roof is based in Tsarist Russia in 1905 on a book by Joseph Stein with Jerry Bock music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. A musical favorite about a father trying to maintain his family and their Jewish  traditions.
Tevye must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters as each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith.

Hear musical favorites “If I were a rich man”, “Any day now”, “Tradition” and more!

Performances are April 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:00 p.m.
and a matinee on April 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium.

Pick up your tickets at your library and call 218-220-0682 to reserve your seat.


A Superior Love, Songs from the Shores and Oars of Lake Superior
Christina Cotruvo, Celtic Harp music at your library

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Chrisina Cotruvo, a Superior Love, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

April 28, 2014, Monday
 3:00 p.m. Buhl Public Library

April 29, 2014, Tuesday
 1:00 p.m. Hibbing Public Library
 6:30 p.m. Cloquet Public Library

April 30, 2014, Wednesday
1:00 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library
6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

May 1, 2014, Thursday
3:30 p.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library
6:00 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

May 2, 2014, Friday
2:00 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library

May 3, 2014, Saturday
1:00 p.m. Duluth Public Library
3:30 p.m. Carlton Public Library

May 5, 2014, Monday
1:00 p.m. Mt. Iron Public Library
6:00 p.m. Moose Lake Public Library

May 6, 2014, Tuesday
3:30 p.m. Aurora Public Library
6:00 p.m. Babbitt Public Library

May 7, 2014, Wednesday
12:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library

May 8, 2014, Thursday
 Noon Virginia Public Library
6:00 p.m. West Duluth Branch Library

Christina presents her original music celebrating Lake Superior love.  Enjoy Celtic harp instrumental music based in the love songs of the people who have lived and traveled Lake Superior – no sinking ships!

Living on the shore of Lake Superior inspires Christina Cotruvo’s soothing and relaxing harp music.  Learn what inspires her, how she researched the stories behind the songs and hear the beautiful music Christina creates with her Celtic harp.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on facebook at “Arrowhead Legacy” or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy. 


Susan Hawkinson 
Poetry Programs at your Library

Susan recently published her book, Tina Christina Sestina, and will be visiting area libraries to read her poetry, writing experience and participants will spend some time writing their own Sestina poetry.

Puzzle of a Poem with Susan Hawkinson,
a free poetry program for 5th graders and older is being offered at the following dates and locations:

Thursday, April 17, 2014
6:00 p.m. Duluth Main Library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library

In the book, Tina Christina Sestina, the fame-game girls want to trade their scarves and pearls for Tina Christina’s crawfish claws, snails, and turtle shell. Tina Christina refuses. Instead she takes them to meet her clairvoyant Aunt Tina at her summer camp on Big Lake Water. When Aunt Tina realizes that the three girls, asleep by the fire, are dreaming the same dream, she awakens them, saying, “You must go and find your dream creek.” Leaving camp, the three set out on the first of many bold adventures!

How did the author take events from her life to tell this tale? Where does the truth end and fantasy begin? How did the poetic form called the sestina influence the telling of the story? Author Susan Hawkinson will read sections of the story as she addresses these questions and yours. Middle school students, teens and adults will all enjoy learning about and writing the Sestina format with Susan Hawkinson!

Sestina Poetry with Susan Hawkinson, a free program
 being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, April 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. Hibbing Public Library

Friday, April 25, 2014,
4:00 p.m. Cook Public Library

Have you ever heard of the troubadours who traveled from castle to castle to recite poetry? One of them created a poetic form, reminiscent of a puzzle or labyrinth. It’s called a Sestina. Come hear the story of Tina Christina Sestina, a Northwoods girl, who takes her friends on a trip to meet her clairvoyant Aunt on Big Lake Water. Learn to use the Sestina form to create your own wild adventure!

The summer Susan Hawkinson and her girlfriends were 16 years old they lived outdoors, cooking their meals over an open fire, and built their own shelters.  It was her personal experience that summer that made her love the wild outdoor life of the characters in her poetry. Tina Christina Sestina is her first book written for teens through adults.


Several Arrowhead region staff, trustees, and library directors met with
Legislators on Library Legislative Day - March 5th. Mary Murphy authored
HF 1501, a bill to appropriate $3 million for the 2014-2016 biennium for Public 
Library Accessibility and Improvement grants through the State's
currently authorized matching program. 

As you recall, Mary Murphy was
the Representative who also paved the way for public libraries to
participate in Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funding. 
Photo -
Representative Mary Murphy, ALS Legacy Coordinator Chris Magnusson, ALS
Assistant Director Shari Fisher, ALS Board President Marge McPeak, and
Duluth Public Library Director Carla Powers.

The Yard Bizarre!
A fabulously curious poetical spectacle of fun for absolutely everyone!

Mountain Iron, MN, February 28, 2014 - The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present The Yard Bizarre! A fabulously curious poetical spectacle of fun for absolutely everyone! A free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, March 24th
·        3:30 pm Baudette Public Library
·        6:30 pm International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, March 25th
·        10:30 am Hibbing Public Library
·        1:00 pm Chisholm Public Library
·        3:30 pm Mt. Iron Public Library

Wednesday, March 26th
·        3:30 pm Gilbert Public Library
·        6:00 pm Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Thursday, March 27th
·        3:30 pm Calumet Public Library
·        6:00 pm Grand Rapids Public Library

Friday, March 28th
·        10:30 am Cook Public Library
·        3:30 pm Ely Public Library

Saturday, March 29th
·10:30 am Cloquet Public Library
·3:30 pm Duluth Public Library – Green Room at the Main Library
Wednesday, April 2nd
·        1:00 pm Coleraine Public Library

Friday, April 4th
·        11:30 am Two Harbors Public Library
·        2:00 pm Silver Bay Public Library

The Duluth Playhouse and the The Boogers present The Yard Bizarre!  A poetry inspired play based on the Squibly siblings. The three Squibly siblings have come to hide some of their most prized possessions before they get sold off at Nana’s yard sale. But even when they are hiding, they love to sing, dance, and play while sharing their favorite poems in inventive ways. This interactive theatrical event will be like nothing your family has ever experienced.

The Boogers are dedicated to creating professionally performed, fun, original and enriching theatre for the whole family. Our goal is to create an interactive experience where kids can learn and grow through experience.  But we are The Boogers and we are rascals at the end of the day!

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy or email cmagnusson@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.

Legacy Event Passes for Musical Postcards are now available!

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra production Musical Postcards at the DECC in Duluth, on March 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Pick up your ticket and then call or visit the DSSO Box Office to reserve your seat by March 21st!

Let the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra ignite your imagination and bring you on a spectacular voyage around the musical world of pops and light classical music.  Maestro Dirk Meyer will spice up the performance with comments about his experiences traveling the world and conducting in concert halls from Toronto to the Czech RepublicBulgariaMadrid, and Vienna.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available at your local library. To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy.

The Creativity Tank is Coming to a Library Near You!

 The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Creativity Tank, a group of teaching artists that provide workshops to develop and express creativity through meaningful hands-on art experiences in drawing, paper-making, fiber arts, book arts and creative writing.

Libraries selected different projects to allow children to create unique felt, paper, or polymer projects based on their own stories, poems and drawings.  Bring your family to one or more of the programs to create, connect, learn, share, and grow through a variety of visual arts projects and processes!



Monday, February 3, 2014
3:00 pm - Baudette Public Library – Board Book Story Telling

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
3:30 pm - Hoyt Lakes Public Library – Story Book Theater Project
6:00 pm - Aurora Public Library – Story Book Theater Project

Thursday February 6, 2014
10:30 am - Cloquet Public Library - Felting Project 
3:30 pm - Virginia Public Library – Decorative Heart Book

Friday, February 7, 2014
10:30 am - Cook Public Library - Decorative Heart Book
4:00 pm - Gilbert Public Library – Decorative Heart Book

Saturday, February 8, 2014
10:30 am - Mt. Iron Public Library - Decorative Heart Book

Monday, February 10, 2014
4:00 pm - Grand Marais Public Library – Story Book Theater Project

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:30 am - Hibbing Public Library- Papermaking Project
6:30 pm - West Duluth Public Library – Polymer Coloring Project

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
4:00 pm - Silver Bay Public Library– Story Book Theater Project
6:30 pm - Two Harbors Public Library – Story Book Theater Project

Thursday, February 13, 2014
3:30 pm - Grand Rapids Public Library - Australian Bush Game Project

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy.

Sean Emery  -  Funny Guy Juggling Stuff


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Sean Emery - Funny Guy Jugglin’ Stuff, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, February 18            4:00 p.m.         Hoyt Lakes Public Library
                                                7:00 p.m.         Buhl Public Library

Wednesday, February 19       4:00 p.m.         Virginia Public Library
                                                7:00 p.m.         Cook Public Library

Thursday, February 20           1:00 p.m.         Silver Bay Public Library
                                                6:30 p.m.         West Duluth Public Library

Friday, February 21               4:00 p.m.         International Falls, Backus Auditorium

Saturday, February 22           10:30 a.m.       Cloquet Public Library
                                                2:00 p.m.         Moose Lake Public Library

Monday, February 24             4:30 p.m.         Two Harbor Public Library

Tuesday, February 25            4:00 p.m.         Ely Public Library

Wednesday, February 26       10:00 a.m.        Chisholm Public Library
                                                1:00 p.m.         Hibbing Public Library
                                                4:00 p.m.         Marble Public Library

Thursday, February 27           9:00 a.m.         Aurora, Mesabi East School 
4:00 p.m.         Gilbert Public Library            7:00 p.m.         Grand Rapids Public Library

Friday, February 28               4:00 p.m.         Grand Marais Public Library

Saturday, March 1                  Noon               Calumet Public Library                    

No one works a crowd like Sean Emery! Simply put, Sean has a lot of fun, and you will too! With his talent and uncanny ability to read people, Sean will scoop up your audience and embrace them with his circus skills, comedy, and showmanship.  Professionally trained with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, Sean truly is one of the most in-demand entertainers from county fairs to Radio City Music Hall, festivals, theaters, cabarets, and even the White House! 

Enjoy his sparkling wit, amazing juggling, unicycleing and physical comedy! A master of improve; Sean is a one man comedy and variety show entertaining audiences of all ages!

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Douglas Wood - EarthSongs, Earth Stories

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Douglas Wood – EarthSongs, EarthStories a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, February 5, at 3:30 p.m. Ely Community Center
Thursday, February 6, at Noon at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Author, illustrator, musician, composer, naturalist, and wilderness guide: this is Douglas Wood. Douglas conveys the wonder, beauty, and mystery of the natural world and its relevance to the human spirit. Connecting it all is his passion, to communicate through words and music the inspiration found in Nature–not as a place to visit, but a place to call home.

A program of songs and stories, laughter and painless learning, Douglas Wood’s family program EarthSongs, EarthStories has been performed from coast to coast for tens of thousands of listeners of all ages.

From a Native American legend of how mosquitoes came to be (complete with unexpected audience participation) to songs about frogs and fleas and the signs of rain, to the quiet pondering of our place in the universe, this program takes an audience on a gentle journey.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Thank you for the Music – A Modern Tribute to ABBA

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer  free event tickets to Thank you for the Music – A Modern Tribute to ABBA in the Hibbing High School Auditorium, on February 8th at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you for the Music – A Modern Tribute to ABBA is an exciting and dynamic tribute to the Swedish pop super-group ABBA. Powerful harmonies, high-energy dance, big personalities, and the unforgettable hits of ABBA make this contemporary musical tribute one not to be missed.  Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me, Fernando and Mamma Mia are only the beginning of this nostalgic musical journey.

Audiences will delight in exciting modern re-interpretations of ABBA classics, as well as a wide array of musical arrangements that pay tribute to ABBA’s original sound.  The cast leads the audience on a journey of ABBA history mixed with a bit of humor. All of this combines with 4 part harmonies and electrifying vocals to create an absolutely unforgettable entertainment experience.

Event tickets will be available at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time starting in early January!


Romeo & Juliet 

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Classic Theatre Project production of Romeo and Juliet at the Myles Reif Center in Grand Rapids, a free program being offered on January 30th at 7:30 p.m.

Set traditionally in an Elizabethan marketplace and wholly embracing Shakespeare’s vibrant language, the energy, talent and dedication of Classical Theatre Project captures the youthful passion and ultimate tragedy of Shakespeare’s timeless story. 

With sold-out performances across North America, and recognition from the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase and Canada Council for the Arts, CTP’s Romeo & Juliet can rightly be called an international phenomenon.

Event tickets will be available at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time starting in early January!


Disney’s the Little Mermaid, Jr

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present free event tickets to the Duluth Playhouse presentation of Disney’s the Little Mermaid, Jr offered at the Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium in Duluth on the following dates and time:

January 23-26, 2014
Thursday-Friday: 7:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 p.m.

Dive right into this under-the-sea adventure! In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

Event tickets will be available at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time starting in early January!


New Locations on our Museum Passes!

Starting January 1st we will have four new locations available on our Museum Passes!  The new additions are:
  • Tweed Museum of Art on the University of Minnesota, Duluth campus,
  • US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth,
  • Hibbing Historical Society Museum in the Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, and
  • International Wolf Center in Ely
Tickets will be valid from January 1st to March 31st and will be available at local libraries starting December 31st.

Also on the free passes will be museums listed below:

  • Bois Forte Heritage Center
  • Carlton County Historical Society
  • Duluth Children's Museum
  • Ely-Winton Historical Society
  • Forest History Cemter
  • Glensheen
  • Judy Garland Children's Museum
  • Lake County Historical Society
  • Minnesota Discovery Center
  • Minnesota Museum of Mining
  • North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum


Free Museum Passes

Arrowhead Legacy Museum tickets are again available at regional libraries!  Tickets are valid through December 31st and can be used at any of the museums listed below:
  • Bois Forte Heritage Center
  • Carlton County Historical Society
  • Duluth Children's Museum
  • Ely-Winton Historical Society
  • Forest History Cemter
  • Glensheen
  • Judy Garland Children's Museum
  • Lake County Historical Society
  • Minnesota Discovery Center
  • Minnesota Museum of Mining
  • North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Youth Metal Tooling Workshops in November

Please join us for a unique art experience! Shannon Cousino, Education Director for the Duluth Art Institute, will be conducting a metal tooling workshop outreach program for children ages 7-12 and up.  Create a picture frame using rolls of soft aluminium and chopsticks as the tool to draw with! The instructor will teach kids how to create texture in the metal with the chopstick and add color to the frame. Kids can also bring a special photo with them from home and crate a frame around it.

All youth should be accompanied by an adult for family time and the program length is 60 minutes. Hope to see you there!

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy  Events see our calendar. Find us on Facebook or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy.

Preston Gunderson Legacy Event
Performing at the Buhl Public Library
August 5th, 2013

Preston Gunderson, a native from Virginia, Minnesota kicked off his musical tour on Monday at the Buhl Public Library. Preston performed and provided input on writing and recording original music, his processes and his musical experiences as a singer/songwriter.

Preston Gunderson, a casting finalist for this years season of The Voice on NBC was one of only 200 out of over 500,000 auditions to be flown out to Los Angeles! This August he will perform at area libraries songs from his album "While I was Gone," which cracked the top #200 on the iTunes pop charts, and songs from his latest release, "The Recluse -EP,"which was top #25 on the iTunes singer songwriter charts.

Preston Gunderson is currently working on a new album at the famed Terrarium recording studio http://www.the-terrarium.com/index.html in Minneapolis.  You can hear a sample of his music at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/preston-gunderson/id485158290

The musical performance and songwriters workshop is for both teens and adults!  Feel free to bring a note pad to jot down songwriting tips as Preston shares his personal story of being a songwriter and working in the music business industry.  Preston's musical tour continues through August 15th, 2013.

A Day Out with Thomas

August 2-4 and 9-11, 2013

Vouchers are ONLY valid for rides offered at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Vouchers are now at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time until gone!

Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra Legacy Event
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Weber Music Hall at UMD
7:30 P.M.

Duluth Native Derek Bromme

Ewazen: Rhapsody for bass trombone and strings

Purcell:  Chacony in G Minor

Diamond:  Rounds

Janacek:  Suite for strings

Mozart:  Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Tickets are available at select libraries.

Kaboom! Thwack! Sharpen your pencil, layout your plot, and
hone your cartoonist skills!  Participants will learn about Minnesota cartoonists
and apply techniques from a professional cartoonist to their very own
mini-comics!  Workshop is ideal for teens. 

Minnesota Historical Society,
Minnesota Comic Workshop is being led by
Todd Balthazor;  an illustrator,
fine artist, muralist and children’s art instructor from St. Paul, MN, who
holds a BFA in illustration from the College of Visual Arts (CVA). 
Samples of his work can be viewed here or check out his online weekly comic strip “It is What it Is!” 

Comic Workshop” is presented by Arrowhead Library System in partnership with
Historical Society.  Comic Workshop is free and open to the public.  Space is limited! Sign up today!

Comic Workshop, Todd
Thursday, June 27th,
1:00- 3:00 p.m.  Duluth Public Library

Comic Workshop, Todd Balthazor
Friday, June 28th,
1:00- 3:00 p.m.  Grand Rapids Area Library

County Seat Theater Company proudly presents

May 15-19, 2013 
Shows at 7:30 p.m. except Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Leaving Iowa is a hilarious sentimental comedy about family and family vacations.  It is guaranteed to have you laughing and remembering the childhood vacations you tried to forget!

Tickets available at participating libraries.  

AT (218) 878-0071 

Doors open 30 minutes before performance

County Seat Theater Company, Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery 
2035 Hwy 33 South (on frontage road), Cloquet, MN  55720

Tickets for New Odyssey in concert are now available at select libraries.

Click on the link below for more information:

New Odyssey at the Goodman Auditorium in Virginia, April 1 and the E.W. Backus Auditorium in International Falls, April 2

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Music to You

4 Ensembles will be performing throughout the Arrowhead Region
February 16 - March 28, 2013

The Music and Culture of Latin
with Nixon Bustos, Bass and Melanie Sever,
Explore the
culture and history of Latin America as Melanie and Nixon take you on a tour
through Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba and Venezuela.  In this
interactive program, audience members learn traditional Latin rhythms, play
various folk percussion instruments and even get the chance to try out their
dancing feet with styles like the Argentinian Tango, Colombian Cumbia, and
Brazilian Samba!

The Sound of
 with Betty Braunstein,
Flute and Steve Highland,

How do the flute and violin make music? Join Betty and Steve as they explore the connection between sound and science with items like a tuning fork, slinky, and beaker of water! Hands on demonstrations, computer animations and live music show why music to your ears is also music to your brain. Audience: All Ages

The Timeless Beauty of
Harp and Flute
Betty Braunstein, Flute 
and Janell Lemire,

Betty and Janell play two of
the world’s most beloved instruments, the flute and the harp.  The ancestors of
these two instruments are amongst the oldest in the world.  Using their modern
flute and harp, images from the past, actual instruments from other times and
places, and music for flute and harp, these fine musicians will explore the
question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of
Audience:  All

Thanks for the
Nicole Craycraft, Laurie
Kevin Hoeschen and Rebecca

Music is much more than just
notes! Just as a photo or a particular smell can elicit vivid memories,
music can connect us with special times from our past. 

The string quartet explores the
connection between music and memory in a decade-by-decade journey through
American music.  With music ranging from the ragtime of Scott Joplin through the
more contemporary music of the Beatles and Coldplay, this ensemble is sure to
bring back memories! 

Check our online calendar for dates and locations: ALS Calendar

Campfire Songs with Casey Aro
 "Songs and Stories to Make you Smile"
March 12 - 23, 2013

Tired of winter? Got cabin fever? Bring the kids and join Casey for a good old fashioned "sing around the campfire".

The winds blow cold in Northern Minnesota, but one way to warm up is to spend some time with Casey!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of
attending one of Casey’s performances, this is your opportunity to hear a truly
unique local storyteller and musician. The program is appropriate and fun for
kids of all ages. Fast forward to summer and enjoy the music and humor of Northern Minnesota’s own Casey Aro.

Check our calendar for the dates and locations near you:

The Duluth Playhouse Presents

      April 1-13, 2013

An original adaptation of the fable of the elephant and the blind men by Sarah Ruth Diener

The Silly Shades Brigade is the coolest gang in town. Travelling the world in their signature stylish sunglasses, they love to explore and discover new things using all their senses except their sight. But when they meet Ellie, they have a problem agreeing on what kind of creature she is. How can an animal have a nose like a long spout, big floppy ears, strong feet, a tail like a wire brush and skin like old leather all at the same time? Will the Silly Shades Brigade let their disagreement break up their gang? Or will they be able to take off the shades and see Ellie for who she really is?

An ORIGINAL play best for children through Grade 3. Being performed at 23 locations throughout the Arrowhead Region. See our calendar for the date and time near you:

April is Poetry Month

Join us for the Poetry of Ryan Vine

April 9-20

Local award winning poet, Ryan Vine will share several selections of his work, followed by an interactive discussion focused primarily on the use of metaphor.

Mr. Vine is the author of Distant Engines, a Weldon Kees Award winner and published by Backwaters Press in 2006. His honors include the 2011 Robert Watson Poetry Prize from the Greensboro Review, a Career Development Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and finalist nods for the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize and the May Swenson Poetry Award from the Utah State University Press. His poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Writer's Almanac, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune, among other places. He is the Rose Warner Assistant Professor of English at the College of St. Scholastica.

This program is intended for adults and students high school age or above. Dates and times are on the ALS Calendar: CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Minnesota Historical Society History Players

Costumed history players use props and artifacts from Minnesota's past to bring history to life!

Toni Stone

April 11-19, 2013

(1921-1996) As a pioneer for both women and African-Americans in baseball, this St. Paul native broke many barriers by playing for the first time on men's teams all across the nation. Although she faced a great deal of discrimination, she rose among the ranks of farm town barnstorming teams to become the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues. Her drive, perseverance and determination transformed her from a Minnesota "tomboy" to the "female Jackie Robinson" of the Negro Leagues.

Harriet Bishop
April 25-26, 2013

(1817-1883) St. Paul's first public school teacher.
In this program you will learn about the role of women in American frontier education, the differences and similarities between school in the 19th and 21st centuries, the diverse peoples who lived in St. Paul during Minnesota's territorial years, and the mid-19th century experience of leaving one's home behind to move to a new territory.

And in May, watch for Author Sarah Stonich touring to discuss the April release of her new book, Vacationland, set at a northern Minnesota resort.

Arrowhead Legacy Events
available at library check-out

Arrowhead Legacy Events provides FREE TICKETS to Arts Events and Museums across the region. Tickets are offered on a limited, first come/first served basis. Check in with your library for tickets to the following locations/events approximately one month prior to the performance.

Rose Ensemble 7th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour, A Musical Journey through Assissi, Florence, and Rome.  Three locations:
     Sunday, October 14, 7 PM - Sychar Lutheran Church, 14 Edison Blvd., Silver Bay
     Monday, October 15, 7 PM - Saint Anthony Catholic Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely
     Tuesday, October 16, 7 PM - Hibbing High School Auditorium, 800 E. 21st St., Hibbing
Duluth Children's Museum Storyland Exhibit
     December 1, 2012 through January 20, 2013
Duluth Playhouse, Disney's Alice in Wonderland JR
     January 24-27, Marshall School's Fregeau Auditorium

Mesaba Concert Association, Intersection
     March 9, Hibbing High School Auditorium
Reif Center, Lightwire Theater presentation of the Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & the Hare
     March 10, Reif Center Theater, Grand Rapids
Arrowhead and Border Concert Associations, New Odyssey
     April 1, Goodman Auditorium, Virginia

     April 2, EW Backus Auditorium, International Falls
Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, You Had Me At Hello
     April 20, DECC Symphony Hall, Duluth
Reif Center, James Sewell Balley
     April 20, Reif Center Theater, Grand Rapids

County Seat Theater, Leaving Iowa
     May 9-12, 15-19, Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery, Cloquet
Museum passes are available for January-March, 2013

New passes with some NEW museums will be available April 1 - June 30.

Past Programs:

Heebie Jeebie's Family Comedy Music Show
September 24 - October 4, 2012
Get ready to listen, laugh, sing, shout, and dance along with award winning musician Glen Everhart during this high energy, interactive 45 minute show, suitable for all ages.

Songs include: I’ve Got The Heebie Jeebies, Camp Ishy-fishy-stinky-socky-sk
eeter-slappy-toad-a-hoppy-burpa-lotta-woodsa-tickle-ee, Young People Of The World, The 4 Headed 3 Legged 2 Armed 1 Eyed Monster, The Littlest Worm, and many more!

Bhutan - A View from the Top of the World
Presented by Cal Rice, Professional Photographer
October 10 - November 6, 2012
Last October Cal spent two weeks in the Himalayas, in the country of Bhutan.  
He was with IBM for 32 years. Since then he has been a professional photographer and a teacher, mostly in adult education.
Cal tells us, "What I am trying to do in this career is to visit and photograph countries that are in the midst of cultural change.  Then come back to northern MN and share my experience.  This is more a documentary and cultural exchange rather than just a travelogue."
Cal will be bringing his program to 10 locations.

Fleece to Felt: Fiber Art Comes Alive
November 5 - November 17, 2012
The Duluth Art Institute is bringing fiber art to the far reaches of the Northland.  Learn how to transform fluffy, colorful sheep’s wool into a fun, felted butterfly.  All it takes is a little soapy water and a lot of imagination.  It’s a very interactive and accessible art project for all ages.  Let the metamorphosis begin!
The Duluth Art Institute is a non-profit community arts center located in Duluth, Minnesota with a mission to “enrich daily life with dynamic, innovative arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes active community participation.”  

The Holidays in Song
A Stress-Free Hour with Zachary Scot Johnson
December 3-13 
Decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, parties, planning...
sometimes we need a break from our holiday preparations.
Zachary Scot Johnson is a well-known performer from the Twin Cites who has spent the last 10 years touring with artists like Grammy winners Shawn Colvin and Keb' Mo' and movie stars/musicians Kevin Costner, Rita Wilson and others.
For this show, after much digging, Zach has uncovered some lesser known holiday "gems" to mix with songs we know and love.
Treat yourself to this enjoyable hour of music.

Create Slide Shows from your Photos Presented by Mark McCarty January 9-26
We used to have them stored in shoe boxes or drawers with the intention of organizing them "some day". Now our photos are relegated to folders on our computers to be shared with our families and friends "some day". Make that day today! 
With just basic computer skills, you can learn how to create beautiful slide shows using your photos, and then setting the slides to music. Mark will lead you through the process, including a discussion of different software choices, importing / viewing / fixing / tagging and organizing your photos, and adding music to your creation. He will also cover editing the slide show with a variety of ideas. Date and locations can be found here: Event Calendar

Pioneer Photography
Doug Ohman
January 21 - February 6
Travel the state of Minnesota with photographer/public speaker Doug Ohman as he explores many historic sites and structures that are quickly being lost to history.  Doug will share stores and interesting historical information about some of Minnesota’s most treasured buildings.  Doug will also tell his own story on how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.
Libraries will be hosting one of seven different programs:
  • Minnesota Byways
  • "Living the Dream" - Historic Homes of Minnesota
  • "Escape to the Lake" - Cabins of Minnesota
  • State Parks of Minnesota
  • "Going to Work" - The New Deal in Minnesota
  • Journey Down the River, Part 1
  • Journey Down the River, Part 2
See our calendar for dates and locations of each programs: Calendar
You can view some of Doug's work on his website: Pioneer Photography

Ragtime to Riches
with Shannon Lee Gunderson
January 11 - 26
Rescheduled programs:
Shannon's programs have been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 PM in Silver Bay and 6 PM in Two Harbors, and on Friday, Feb. 22 at 3 PM at the Evergreen Senior Center in West Duluth.
Many of you have heard Shannon play, either on her own or as part of the group know as the "Divas". For this program, Shannon will include a life line of early ragtime jazz, blues, country and pop music. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of our most talented local artists, who has always said that she is SO blessed to be working at what she loves...music!
Shannon will be performing in 10 locations. Check our calendar for details:

James Wedgwood - Comedy, Ventriloquism & More
"The Most Fun You Can Have Without Moving Your Lips!"
February 18 - March 8
Come see James Wedgwood and his amazing comic ventriloquism. Like a one-man variety show, James makes virtually everything talk, from wooden “associates”, to purses, bottles, and even audience members - yes, they open their mouths and James provides the surprising words! A game show, singing (without moving his lips) and much more are all part of the fun.
With outrageous characters and hilarious audience participation, this is a performance unlike any other and one you will not want to miss!  The show is appropriate for all ages so feel free to bring the whole family.
Details on times and locations can be found on our calendar: Online Calendar

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