Folk Dance Series Continues with Finn Hall

East Central Regional Library in partnership with the Pine County Historical  Society in Askov welcome people of all generations and dance levels to check out a series of folk dance instruction and live performance at the Pine County Historical Society in Askov.

On Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. join us for the second event in the series as an award-winning group from Minneapolis called Finn Hall entertains and educates us.  These musicians recreate the feel and sounds of the historic Finnish-American dance halls for local dancers offering waltz, polka, schottische, mazurka, tango, humppa and other dances.

The folk dance series will continue with the Norwegian sounds of De glada on Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m., followed by an Octoberfest event later in the fall.

No registration is necessary for the event, which are free and open to the public. The dance workshops are geared for ages 14 and up, and singles and couples are welcome. This project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.



World War II Interactive Experience with Arn Kind

Learn about WWII through the eyes of a war correspondent at the Wyoming Area Library on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm.  Arn portrays an Ernie Pyle-type news reporter who is embedded with an infantry company in war-torn France during the Allied Offensive to liberate Europe.  From this unique perspective, participants see the war as current events rather than history.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Memories to Perform at Aitkin 20th Annual Christmas Tea

For more than 40 years The Memories have entertained audiences across the country. With their unique harmonies and great songs, this duo is made up of Warren Petryk and Tim Stevens.  The Memories continue to deliver a show has been described as “Music, Laughter, and Wonderful Times.”  Join us they entertain at the Aitkin 20th Annual Christmas Tea.  The event will start at 3:00 pm.  Free and open to the public, but space is limited.  Please pre-register at the Aitkin Public Library or call 218-927-2339.  This event is in partnership with the Friends of the Aitkin Library and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Harpist Andrea Stern

Harpist Andrea Stern will be presenting a holiday music program at the McGregor Public Library on Saturday, December 3 at 11:00 am.  Refreshments will be provided by the McGregor Friends of the Library.  Join us for this festive celebration, learn about the harp and get into the holiday spirit.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Shadows of Time: Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots

Author Bill Schrankler will discuss his new book, “Shadows of Time… Minnesota’s Surviving Depots” at seven East Central Regional Library branch libraries. The book brings to life 168 of Minnesota’s remaining railroad depots. Bill will share entertaining, fact filled information gathered along with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images. His narrative provides a look at Minnesota railroad history through brief studies of the aging structures that range from opulent buildings to small wooden structures. The evening will be informative for all interested in history, railroads or trains. Several of East Central Regional Library branches’ surviving depots are mentioned in his book including Hinckley, Milaca and Princeton. This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Funds.

Tuesday, November 1
6:30 pm – Milaca Community Library

Thursday, November 3
6:30 pm – Chisago Lakes Area Library

Saturday, November 5
10:30 am – McGregor Public Library

Monday, November 7
6:30 pm – Princeton Area Library

Thursday, November 10
6:30 pm – Pine City Public Library

Saturday, November 12
10:30 am – Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Thursday, November 17
6:30 pm – Hinckley Public Library