Beat the heat with blues, macramé and wire wrapping nature finds

Legacy events will continue to bring quality talent and hands-on activities to our communities next week. Here’s a quick run down of what’s going up:

Blues Music with Mike Munson
Monday, July 22, 6-7 pm – Aitkin
Spend an evening with Minnesota blues musician Mike Munson. From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, Munson’s music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance. This program is recommended for all ages. No registration necessary.

 

Intro to Macramé
Tuesday, July 23, 2-3:30 pm – McGregor
Macramé is back! Learn the basic knots of macramé and create something all your own at this workshop, recommended for ages 12 and up. Registration is required on the events calendar at ecrlib.org or check with library staff at the front desk.

 

Fairy House Workshop
Wednesday, July 24, 2-3:30 pm – Mille Lacs Lake/Isle
Create a petite, little home for your garden or home where fairies will want to visit. Led by teaching artist Jen Anfinson, participants will use an array of nature-inspired objects to construct a fairy house of miniature scale. Let your imagination take hold! Recommended for ages 15 and up. Registration is required on the events calendar at ecrlib.org.

 

Wire Wrapping for Nature Finds
Thursday, July 25, 3-4:30 pm – Chisago Lakes
Calling all rock hounds! Learn how to wire wrap your favorite nature finds like agates, sea glass, rocks, shells and driftwood. Bring your treasures, or materials will be available at class. We also will go over other techniques to turn your finds into pieces of jewelry. Geared toward ages 15 and up. Registration required on the events calendar at ecrlib.org.

 

These events are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Laugh with comedian, bestselling author Lorna Landvik

Loosen that post-holiday waistband and get ready to laugh with Minnesota author and comedian Lorna Landvik during a special performance at the Chisago Lakes Area Library.

No registration is necessary for this program, set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Find the Chisago Lakes Area Library at 11754 302nd St. in Chisago City.

Writing and theater were Landvik’s twin passions while growing up in her home town of Minneapolis. She went on to perform stand-up and improvisational comedy in California and began to write her first novel, the critically acclaimed Patty Jane’s House of Curl, when she and her family moved back to Minnesota. And she has continued to nurture her interest in theater with comedy and acting in plays.

Readers will find interest in Landvik’s latest novel, Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, which picks up where Patty Jane’s House of Curl left off. She is also the author of Your Oasis on Flame Lake, The Tall Pine Polka, Welcome to the Great Mysterious, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Oh My Stars, The View From Mount Joy, Tis The Season, Mayor of The Universe and Best To Laugh.

Presented by the East Central Regional Library, this project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

The Great War: Minnesota in World War I with Arn Kind

Learn all about “The War to End All Wars” with popular historical presenter Arn Kind.  Kind is presenting “Minnesota in the Great War” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. This two hour exciting, living history program is free and open to the public and will be held at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Saturday, November 4 at 10:30 am and at the Princeton Area Library on Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 pm.

For the United States, the First World War lasted just 19 months and involved more than 100,000 men from Minnesota. They served in the army, navy, marine corps and medical corps. Of that number more than 1,400 were killed in battle or fatally wounded. Another 2,000 died of disease, many from the flu epidemic that broke out during the war.

Kind, in his presentation, will discuss the causes of the war; why and how America got involved; strategies used to win the war; the uniform, weapons, equipment and the life of the typical Minnesota soldier or “Doughboy;” and the role women played in the war.

The audience will learn about the new technologies that were introduced during the war. Technologies such as the airplane, submarine, tank and the introduction of lethal gas on the battlefield made the Great War the first “industrial war.” Minnesotans found themselves on battlefields and seas that were far more lethal than anything that had come before.

The event is funded with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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.

 

Prohibition in Minnesota: an ECRL Reads program

The 1920s is probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Minnesotans, along with the rest of the country, were plunged into what many called “The Great Experiment.” PROHIBITION. A primary theme of the ECRL Reads book, Ice-Out, is prohibition in Minnesota, the struggle for many to survive and how it changed the lives of ordinary people. As gangsters grabbed the headlines, everyday Minnesotans quietly set up their own stills and speakeasies, producing what many considered, the best corn liquor in the nation.

Learn all about Minnesota’s wild and woolly prohibition days as ever popular historical re-enactor, Arn Kind presents Prohibition in Minnesota. He will be visiting six branches within the ECRL system.

Thursday, September 21 – Mora Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, September 23 – Hinckley Pubic Library – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday, September 25 – Cambridge Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 26 – Chisago Lakes Area Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

*Thursday, September 28 –Event Center at McQuiod’s Inn, 1325 Hwy 47 North, Isle, MN. –  6:00-8:00 pm – in partnership with McQuiod’s Inn and the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Saturday, September 30 – McGregor School Auditorium – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – in partnership with McGregor Community Ed and presented by the McGregor Public Library

Join us for this in-depth and interactive look at how this constitutional ban played a part in Minnesota’s history. All programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

*LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF VENUE!