Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald Revealed

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul on September 24, 1896. He spent his formative years and early adult life in Minnesota. Although he considered himself a failure, Fitzgerald became one of the most popular writers of the 1920s and is probably best known for his novel, The Great Gatsby, published in 1925. The novel deals with issues of decadence and excess and is widely interpreted as a cautionary tale. Much of his notoriety was his relationship with his “muse”, his wife, Zelda. Fitzgerald and Zelda became well-known figures in St. Paul society in the early 1920s for the parties held at their White Bear Lake cottage with friends, newspaper reporters and fans.

Join us at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Tuesday, October 24 for “The Life and Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald” presented by staff from the Minnesota Historical Society. Come dressed in period attire (or not) and enter the world of the speakeasy as the Friends of the Chisago Lakes Area Library create the atmosphere of the Roaring 20s and serve refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.

Then at 6:30 pm join us as Minnesota Historical Society staff inform us about Fitzgerald’s early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda and the impact of St. Paul on his stories and novels and his connections to the James J. Hill family and other prominent people of the time.There is still time to join the ECRL Reads program which runs till Thursday, November 16.

We must not forget the contributions to literature during the 1920s including great authors such as Ernest Hemmingway, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes and of course, Minnesota’s own, F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The first ever ECRL Reads is taking place in East Central Regional Library’s six counties and are encouraging everyone to read the same book, Ice-Out by Minnesota author Mary Casanova. Ice-Out takes place in 1920s Minnesota during F. Scott Fitzgerald’s early years and the “great experiment” known as Prohibition.

The program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and the Chisago Lake Area Library in partnership with the Friends of the Chisago Lakes Area Library. All programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

What’s it Worth with Mark Moran

Have you ever wondered the worth of that prized possession you keep in your display case or jewelry box? Or how about a coveted piece of fine art, old toy or sports memorabilia?

Now you can find out.

The East Central Regional Library presents author and appraiser Mark Moran and his traveling antique appraisal program at select branch locations this month. Moran, who has appeared on the PBS program, Antiques Roadshow, will evaluate your item and help you learn more about its history.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m., Cambridge Public Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m., Mora Public Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m., North Branch Area Library

One item per household may be appraised. Acceptable items include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments, books and sports memorabilia.

Excluded items include all weapons, including swords and knives (folding knives with advertising accepted); traps, like leg-hold; Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; and Beanie Babies.

Registration for appraisals is required. You can only register by calling 763-392-0657.  Please leave only ONE message and do not call your local ECRL branch.  They cannot register you for the program.  Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  Additional guests who would just like to listen and observe are welcome.

Opinions of value are informal and may not be used for insurance or charitable donation, which requires a certified appraisal. This is not a certified appraisal.

This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

Get Ready to Laugh with Mary Mack

You may have seen her on television shows like Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham or NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Now you can experience first-hand this native Minnesotan’s unique brand of stand-up comedy closer to home.

Folk humorist Mary Mack is bringing her endearing, slightly quirky stage presence to the Milaca City Hall Council Room on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 13 and up, the performance is presented by the Milaca Community Library and East Central Regional Library.

Mack delivers a one-of-a-kind performance with her mandolin sing-alongs and off-kilter stories of life as a former polka band leader, music teacher and all-around confused individual. Starting her entertainment career in Nashville, she now tours the country in her $400 Dodge Neon, splitting the rest of her time between Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Milaca City Hall is located at 255 1st St. E. in downtown Milaca.