Longest Night Music Festival Sunday Dec. 21

Listen to musicians from around the region at this annual free concert

Longest NightJoin us for this free concert as the world turns toward the longer days of spring. A bevy of artists (including Lisa Winter, Fr. Peter Kirchner, John Perry, Dave Virnala, Tyson Cavalier, Todd Voss, Fern Belling, Amanda Standalone and more still to be named) will be at the Center to celebrate the solstice and the season of light. We hope you can come to this free, informal concert, the last Cultural Center event of the year.  And, as always there will be food shared by the community with all who attend.  Doors open at 6:30 pm on the 21st of December and the music starts at 7:00 pm.

And we’ll introduce everyone to the coming “winter light” festivities to be held February 2nd (Candlemas Day and Groundhog Day, midway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox), and enjoy the Winter Light exhibit that will fill the main gallery with beautiful interpretations of light brought to you by visiting artist Charles Matson Lume. Other festivities associated with this Winter Light show will be posted by year’s end.

Special thanks to Festival sponsors Toni Ebner, Dean’s Country Market, and Dennis Happel.

Holiday concert with Tim Sparks

The Nutcracker Suite – Saturday December 13

Hope you can take time this holiday season to enjoy Tim Sparks’ playing of his arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite here at the Center on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 pm.  Admission is $12 by advance reservation (call 218-385-3339) or $15 the night of the concert.  Student admission is $5.  Tim is from Frazee, and he is also a world renowned guitarist and interpreter of world music.

Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music “Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.”, Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous”, and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says “He’s really one of the best musicians I know.” From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, Tim has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide.

Here is a little sample of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”  Thanks to Carol and Neal Myhre who sponsored this concert.

Community Art Show in December

Opening December 5th in the ground floor gallery

Cultural Center Gallery

Do you have a special painting, photograph, or other work of art in your home that you would like to see on display at the Cultural Center’s ground floor gallery this December? Will you share that work with the community for one month? The Community Art Show at the Cultural Center will allow you to display your beautiful art with the community during December this year. Your art does not need to be made by you. Please consider showing one of your special art works to other folks in the community.

This final gallery show of the year at the Center will feature art from individuals and families in the region. The show will open on December 5th and continue through December 30th. Please bring your special art to the Center during our regular business hours, Tuesday through Friday, December 2 – 5, between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm.

A special reception for the owners of these art works – and for everyone interested in the community – will be held on Friday, December 19th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm where we invite everyone to stop in and talk about why they like the art work you have in the show, how you acquired the work, and relate any interesting story about what this work of art means to you. Sharing your stories about your art will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday the 19th of December, and the show will be open to the public through Tuesday, December 30th.

Yoga with Mel – Fall/Winter Classes!

Yoga instructor Melissa Lepper is BACK to keep you warm this winter with  Yoga classes

$11/Class or $90 for a 10 class punch card

The schedule for yoga is as follows

Monday at 6:00-7:00pm
Yoga Sculpt
A fun class that combines yoga and strength training. Set to fun upbeat music in a slightly heated room. For all levels. Whether you’re just starting or an advanced yogi this class will compliment your regular practice.
BYOM/W (bring your own mat and weights)

Monday 7:30-8:30
Candlelight Vinyasa Flow
Starting out with a quiet meditation following a gentle flow that moves your body and clears your mind. Designed to bring a sense of balance and well-being into your life and practice. This class is for all levels. BYOM

Thursday 6:00-7:00pm
Vinyasa flow
Whether you’re looking to stretch and strengthen your body, or ease your mind this class has you covered. Moving through a series of postures linked with your breath brings a welcomed challenge to your practice. Great for athletes, beginner yogis, or advanced practitioners. BYOM

Thursday 7:30-8:30pm
Yoga Sculpt
A fun class that combines yoga and strength training. Set to fun upbeat music in a slightly heated room. For all levels. Whether you’re just starting or an advanced yogi this class will compliment your regular practice.
BYOM/W (bring your own mat and weights)

About the Instructor: Melissa Lepper received both her 200 hour and sculpt training through Core Power Yoga in Minneapolis. She has found a real passion in sharing yoga with people. Other than spending time on her mat, she enjoys living around all the lakes, and being with her husband Matt, and their son Rex.

Holiday Silent and Live Auction Fundraiser

Annual Cultural Center fundraiser

Thursday, December 4th

at the New York Mills City Ballroom

  • Bid on 80 great gifts for this holiday season in the silent auction from 6 pm to 8:45 pm
  • Live auction with Rod Mursu calling the sale of 10 special items beginning at 7:30 pm.
    • Take a private plane ride over Otter Tail, Wadena, and neighboring counties
    • Traditional sleigh ride for 12 persons
    • other special experiences will be listed here in the coming days
  • Join us for great snacks, wine and beer tasting, and good conversation from 6 pm to 9 pm

SilentAuction

Annual Holiday Artist Bazaar and Stock-Up Sale

Unique gift choices from local artists Dec. 9-13

Annual Stock-Up Sale Dec. 12 from 6-9 pm

  • Artist BazaarWork by over 100 local artists and artisans will be featured in the annual Artist Bazaar this year.
  • 5 days of holiday shopping plus the great Stock-Up Sale on December 12 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Shoppers receive 10%, 15%, and 20% off during the Stock-Up Sale and Cultural Center members get an additional 10% on top of these discounts.
  • Wine tasting and delicious treats, and a special class taught by Sarah Carlson on making your own personalized wrapping paper and gift tags.
  • Free gift wrapping during the Stock-Up Sale with Lynn Kasma and Alice Martin

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite

Tim Sparks – Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

Guitar wizard Tim Sparks plays the Nutcracker Suite in New York Mills on Saturday, December 13

NutcrackerJoin Tim as he plays one of his signature pieces at the Cultural Center at 7:30 pm. Admission is $12 advance reservation or $15 at the door. Student admission is $5 any time. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Center at 218-385-3339.

When Tim Sparks won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship with his amazing solo guitar rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite in 1993, the critics heralded it as a significant contribution to the existing body of guitar literature. For Sparks, it was the natural evolution in a musical journey dedicated to the adaptation of all forms of music to the guitar. Sparks brings all of the charm of The Nutcracker Suite to the solo guitar in his unique and wonderful rendition.

Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music “Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.”, Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous”, and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says “He’s really one of the best musicians I know.” From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, Tim has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide.