Senior/gentle yoga resumes

Ann Pate returns to the Cultural Center with yoga classes this winter/spring

Senior/Gentle Yoga

Instructor Ann Pate is a certified yoga instructor.  Classes will be held Wednesday mornings  from 9 – 10 am beginning March 4th and continuing through April 29th in the Center’s gallery space.  Practice yoga among the art works.

A gentle journey building strength and flexibility through yoga and core yoga flows.


Please bring your own yoga mat.

Beth Wood and David Stoddard Concert

Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 pm

David Stoddard and Beth Wood, accomplished singer/songwriters, will appear at the Cultural Center on Saturday, March Beth Wood7th at 7:30 pm.  Call 218-385-3339 for ticket reservation.  Advance sale price is $12, or $15 the night of the concert.  Student admission is $5 and anyone who brings a donation for the Mills Food Shelf gets a buck reduction in the admission price.

Dave is known to many here as he hails from Fergus falls. He has appeared at the Center several times for the Longest Night Music Festival.  We are really happy to have him back as a headliner along with Beth Wood, his Oregon-based friend and musician.  He and Beth write songs, play multiple instruments, and sing with power and musicality.

Dave StoddardDave plays mostly house concerts and concert venues, and also spends time promoting the work of independent singers and songwriters through his radio program, Northern Roots Radio. He’s a pretty good cook.

He’s played at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, for example, and at the Kerrville Music Festival in Kerrville, Texas. He’s shared the stage with people like Juice Newton, Leon Russell, Rik Emmett, Lou and Peter Berryman, Michael Smith, and Pat Donohue. He has won the Kerrville New Folk award, as well as songwriting awards at the South Florida Folk Festival, the Minnesota Folk Festival, and others.

With grandiose dreams of becoming a musician, a baker, or a cowgirl, Beth left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina.  A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, where she picked up a degree in literature and a guitar.  Beth began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since.  Fifteen years, thousands of shows, nine albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, Beth has never looked back.  Beth’s exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and engaging, energetic stage presence have been winning over audiences from coast to coast.

“Sometimes Love,” Beth’s ninth album, was produced by singer-songwriter and producer wunderkind Tyler Fortier in Eugene, OR. This project was born out of Beth’s Song-of-the-Month Club and features collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Tyler Fortier, guitarist Peter Perdichizzi, bassist Milo Fultz, drummer Merlin Showalter, and vocalist Erin Flood-Fortier, among others. The Eugene Weekly says “Sometimes Love” is…”strong and engaging pop-country; her soulful alto occasionally recalls Dolly Parton and her songwriting brings to mind the iconoclastic folk singer Patty Griffin.”

John Piepkorn, finding the beauty in the abandoned

Wadena native mounts photographic show

Hey Over ThereJohn was born in Wadena and his exhibit of “the abandoned” will be on display in the Cultural Center main gallery from March 4th through April 11th.  A reception, slide show, and presentation by John will be held on Saturday, March 14 between 6-8pm.  Slide presentation begins at 7:00pm.

I have always been intrigued by abandoned buildings. Each one is a bit of a mystery and I’ve felt compelled to document as many of these old schools, churches and homesteads as I can. Even though these places are sometimes pretty bleak, it’s my intention to capture what I think is a beautiful image of what most people don’t necessarily think of as a beautiful subject. One of my photographer friends calls it, “Finding the Beauty.”

My images are digital photographs captured on Nikon Cameras. A majority of the images are printed on Kodak ENDURA Metallic VC Paper, which gives each image a striking, distinctive metallic eye-catching look. A number of images have also been printed on aluminum in order to give me some alternative presentation options. You will see some rustic looking frames throughout the exhibit which have been crafted with reclaimed wood.

Two of my images are encaustic pieces, which is a technique that involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments Elgin School Houseare added, and then applied to the photos that are pre-mounted on Baltic birch.

About the artist:

I was born and raised in Wadena, Minnesota. Educated at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. I have been a photographer for a cataloging company for 18 years in Plymouth, MN and currently live in Minnetonka, MN with my wife Ann and my two boys, Anders and Gunnar.

Annual Regional Art Show

Submit your work and participate in the annual regional art show at the Center.  Everyone is welcome, all media are accepted, and this is a non-juried show.  Details below.

Please click on the entry form below to print the submission guidelines and the entry form.  Thank you for entering this annual people’s art show May 27th to July 2nd, 2015.  Reception Saturday May 30, 7-9pm.

2015 Regional Show

Monroe Crossing Concert February 27

Monroe Crossing bluegrass bandMonroe Crossing

Minnesota’s premier bluegrass music ensemble will perform at the Cultural Center in New York Mills at 7:30pm on Friday, February 27th. Tickets are available by calling 218-385-3339. Admission is $12 advance sale and $15 the night of the concert. Student admission is always $5.

Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.

Since the year 2000, Monroe Crossing has released 13 CDs and a live concert DVD and has made more than 1500 concert appearances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The secret to the band’s longevity and success? According to fiddler and lead singer Lisa Fuglie, “It’s just plain hard work and dedication. We all share a love for bluegrass music and for performing on stage. We appreciate every audience, large or small, and understand that we’re there for them, not the other way around.”

Mandolin player Matt Thompson adds, “We have learned the importance of entertaining audiences and not just playing top-quality music. We regularly hear people say that they didn’t think they liked bluegrass music until they saw us play!”

Monroe Crossing has been showered with awards, including Best Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association’s 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet. Monroe Crossing is the only Bluegrass band ever nominated as the Minnesota Music Academy “Artist of the Year,” which also recognized the band with an award for “Bluegrass Album of the Year.”

In 2007, they were selected as an Official Showcase Band at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Convention in Nashville, and later that year, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

Brew your own pro biotic tea

Making kombuchaKombucha

You can easily make your own kombucha, a pro biotic fermented yeast enzyme tea that is very good for you.  Enjoy making this healthful drink and save money too.

  • Monday, February 16 at 6:00 pm
  • Cultural Center gallery
  • Fee: $5
  • Instructor:  Brad Wegscheid

Cultural Center OPEN Monday Nights!

The Cultural Center is happy to announce we will now be open Monday nights from 5-8 P.M.

At this time you could….

join our sit-n-stitch group for some needle arts!uaaaaaanamed

…do some yoga by candlelight with instructor Melissa Lepper.

Photo provided by Emma Olson

experience Charles Matsons’ light installation,


     and get some shopping done in our gift store.
*Currently offering 20% off Great American Think-Off Coffee and 10% off Kari Briscoe -Kebsterama items




About our northern climate in 2015

ABOUT OUR CLIMATE: What We See and What You Should Hear

Join a conversation with climatologist Erlend M. Knudsen and conservationist Oria Jamar on current news of climate change and its impact on northern areas like ours. This is a 60+ minute gathering which will include presentation as well as time for question and answer and general conversation. To be held at the Cultural Center gallery here in New York Mills on Thursday, February 12th at 7 pm. A $5 donation to the Will Steger Foundation is asked.

Erlend M. Knudsen is a young Norwegian climate scientist with a specialty in Arctic sea ice and climate systems, while Belgian Oria Jamar specializes in conservation issues in the tropics and the Arctic. Beyond this, the couple has personal love of high, cold, and windswept places, which range from blue glaciers to dark mountains. They traverse and trek at every opportunity and do it purely for the awe of such sights. Now, they are passing through Wadena for a brief visit, Erlend’s fourth visit here. They will continue on to Will Steger’s homestead in Ely and therefore can add news of Will’s own concerns and observations.