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.

Jazz of the 20s and 30s with Belle Amour

Jazz music played a significant part in the life and culture of 1920s Minnesota.  But why did the Prohibition era and jazz go hand in hand?  In many aspects, the banning of alcohol led to the establishment of speakeasies and eventually the evolution of jazz music in the 1920s.  Jazz musicians were now able to find numerous employment opportunities in the speakeasies and became friends with many of the era’s gangsters.

The 1920s was a period of great change in American life and the jazz movement was spurred by the invention of the automobile as a new and independent mode of transportation helped the shift the population from rural areas to cities, plus the advancement of modern media including phonographs, radio and talking pictures enabled jazz to become an integral part of 20s culture.

Belle Amour, a fun, high-energy jazz group will perform on Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 pm at the North Branch High School Auditorium.  Join us as they present a mix of classic American 20s and 30s jazz standards, and be transported to a vintage era that will leave you feeling nostalgic.  You are welcome to come dressed in period attire (or not) and drift back in time to when jazz was the “bee’s knees.” The program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and the North Branch Area Library in partnership with North Branch Community Ed.  The Belle Amour event is part of our ECRL Reads program and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.