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Jeff Menten & Paul NYE Livestream concert

The Fosston Community Library and Arts Association is Sponsoring Acoustofiddle Livestream Concert on

Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 PM

Violinist Jeff Menten, Park Rapids, and Fingerstyle Guitarist Paul Nye, Walker, will be presenting a Livestream Concert on Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. 

The concert is sponsored by the Fosston Community Library Arts Association, and made possible by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, as part of a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund through the voters of Minnesota. 

Menten and Nye, who refer to their duo as “Acoustofiddle” have been performing together for nearly a decade and were part of Akeley’s Woodtick Musical Theater band for many years. 

The duo describes their music as “funky folk, punky polka, cool Celtic, caffeinated classical, and Gypsy jazz, with a bit of grassy blues.”  The music Menten and Nye will be presenting will cover a wide range of genres, including traditional, original, ethnic, and the duo’s arrangements of some pop covers.  Menten and Nye have regularly performed across the north country for several years until this year when the Covid-19 pandemic forced many music venues to close down, causing cancellations of live performances.  Many musicians have done performances on various social media platforms. 

The livestream concert will be videotaped live, courtesy of Calvary Church in Walker, which has allowed Menten & Nye not only the use of the facility, but also the video, audio and live-streaming software the church uses for online services. The concert will only be available online on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Viewers can go online to www.paulnye.com for a link to the performance. The performance venue will be closed to the public, but the virtual online audience will be able to make comments through chat in realtime during the concert.  Menten and Nye will be reading some select comments throughout the show.  

Pre-concert streaming will be available at 6:30 p.m. on August 20th, with the concert starting at 7:00 p.m.   There is no charge for the concert, but viewers will be given an opportunity to tip the performers through PayPal or Venmo during the performance.  

Put this concert on your calendar!

TRFACT Community Concerts — Tune in Weekly!

The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater has had to adapt due to the pandemic. They have postponed their Summer 2020 shows to 2021.

Instead, they will be holding community concerts each Tuesday at 5 pm on Pioneer 90.1 radio during the summer. These concerts include a variety of performers including singers, musicians, and monologues.

Singer Sherry Knott

To listen, tune to Pioneer Radio 90.1 FM on Tuesdays at 5pm. Watch our FaceBook page or the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater FaceBook page to see the lineup of performers each week. Videos of individual performances will also be added to their FaceBook page.

First Friday July 3 Event

Color & Celebrate another Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art Adventure

Gather Online – July 3rd

Plan to join the Kolling Cards and Things Made Here

First Friday Art Online
Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art Adventure
into the amazing world of coloring art
and celebration of American Independence
4:30 p.m. CDT July 3rd, 2020

The theme will be
American Heritage: Independence Day and the main focus will be
“The Battle of Yorktown” (Revolutionary War)

Admission to the event will be FREE to you and your household/workplace, but please pre-register.

You can go through the shopping cart at www.kollingcards.com or by emailing Cindy. The “zoom” event will be a mix of Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art tips, techniques and reviews with special focus on the Yorktown Battlefield Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art Poster.

Order by June 27th for best chance of delivery by July 3 (depending on your location). It’s more fun to color along while we learn and experiment.

Good for all ages.

The Zoom Master will be available to help anyone who doesn’t feel “techy” enough. She is patient and can walk you through the steps. You will need internet or wifi access, a smart phone or computer and it’s good if you have a camera and mic on your gizmo; but of not… it can still work. If you have hesitations or questions, contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the Zoom Master. Plan to join in a little early if you are uncertain.

American Independence – Revolutionary War: Yorktown Battlefield expect about 45 minutes; tops 1 hr.

This is an online opportunity offering social distancing and access to learning and sharing coloring art tips, techniques and mediums spiced with tidbits of American Independence Day Heritage.

Any questions, please contact your artist, Cindy Kolling of
Kolling Cards and Things Made Here!
Artist Owned Business Sustainably Serving You and Your Customers since 1986 PO Box 101
Gully, MN 56646 USA
ph/fax 218-268-4396

First Friday — The NWMAC Can help Promote your event

First Friday is an arts-related event held each month on the first Friday of the month. These recurring local cultural and social events promote artists and arts events throughout the country for the purpose of showcasing and exhibiting art, introducing residents and visitors to artists and the arts in your area and the opportunity to sell or purchase and collect art. These self-guided events may also feature promotions at individual businesses who may extend their hours of operation. First Fridays may be as simple as individual artist studios opening up for a Friday evening or a coordinated city-wide art crawl.

The NWMAC would like to help promote any First Friday events in our region. We will do this by adding your event to a region-wide map and sharing the information on our website, Facebook, Instagram, Explore Minnesota website, and in our newsletters. Are you interested in participating? Or do you have questions? Contact our Promotions Specialist, Kristin Eggerling at keggerling@gmail.com.

At this time, we are planning to begin our promotions for the May 1, 2020 First Friday. The Entry Due Date is the first Friday of the prior month. So, to be included in the May 1 map you will need to let NWMAC know that you are participating ASAP.

Use our online grant system to submit the information about your event.

When are First Fridays in 2020? Dates include May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, and December 4. (these are also the dates to let us know your plans for the next month)

Do I have to commit to each First Friday? No. You may be interested in holding a First Friday event only once, periodically, or every first Friday. It’s your choice.

What if I want to open my studio for a First Friday, but no one else in my community wants to hold events? The NWMAC will promote all First Friday events in our region. One event in a community is fine.

Is there a cost to participate? There is no cost to be listed on our map or for our promotions.