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 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


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


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

Workshop will show kids how to decorate Ojibwe-style shoulder bags

So far, kids have enjoyed creating their very own dream catchers and corn husk dolls. Now it’s time to decorate Ojibwe-style shoulder bags that can be taken home in the last of a series of workshops instructed by the Mille Lacs Indian Musuem and Trading Post.

For ages 6 and up, the program will run from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 26 at the McGregor Public Library. All materials provided. Pre-registration (required) is open on the Events Calendar. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Presented by East Central Regional Library. Funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Creating Music with Computers at McGregor Public Library

East Central Regional Library invites students of all grade levels and adults to an entertaining performance starring George Maurer and his presentation, “Creating Music with Computers,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the McGregor Public Library.
Maurer is a performer, composer and producer, and he has toured the country to illustrate the impact on music in today’s culture while using today’s technology to enhance appreciation for the arts. Using his keyboard, microphone, and visual display, he shows how music is composed using computers and digital technology for albums, movie soundtracks, television shows, video games, and more.
This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Art of Zentangle

Anyone can create beautiful, intricate line patterns “one stroke at a time,” using the zentangle method of pattern drawing.  Join certified zentangle teacher Esther Piszczek in creating this art on a 3.5 inch by 3.5 inch paper tile with pen and ink with pencil shading.  This special event will be held on Wednesday, May 10 from 6:00-8:30 pm.

No previous drawing experience necessary.  Relaxation is a common side effect!  Pre-registration is required!  Stop by or call the McGregor Public Library at 218-768-3304.  Space is limited.

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

Sit Down with Stand-Up Comedy

Spend the day with comedian Scott Novotny as he presents a unique workshop and presents a family-friendly comedy performance in McGregor.

At 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 29 join us at the McGregor Public library and learn about stand-up comedy, improvisation, comedy writing and more.  The program will also incorporate the history and culture of stand-up comedy in Minnesota and its development since the 1970s.  This workshop for adults will last 60-90 minutes.

Please pre-register by stopping by the library or calling 218-768-3305 and asking for the McGregor Public Library.

If you can’t make the workshop, then join us for the comedy performance that evening, Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm at the McGregor School Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.  The workshop and the comedy performance are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.