• Las FlamencasLas Flamencas

    Free world music & dance concert

    Saturday, November 22

    7:30 pm

  • The Spirits WithinDon Garey

    Pastel Work by Don Garey

    October 18 - November 26
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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 or Wednesday, December 2 or 3, 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 6:00 – 8:00 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


Annual Holiday Artist Bazaar and Stock-Up Sale

Unique gift choices from local artists Dec. 9-13

Annual Stock-Up Sale Dec. 12 from 6-8 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 8:00 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.

World music, dance, and song from Spain

“Las Flamencas” dance, music, song November 22nd

Flamenco“Las Flamencas” unravels the iconic appeal of flamenco women and their legendary art form. Join this journey in and out of satire, sorrow and celebration, inspired by the power, vulnerability, and strong self-identity of the flamenco female, past and present. With special guest, flamenco singer Vicente Griego, and guitarist Trevor May.

Featuring Deborah Elias, special guests flamenco singer Vicente Griego (Albuquerque) and guitarist Gabriel Osuna (Los Angeles), and talented local musicians and dancers. Las Flamencas is an evening you won’t want to miss.

Dancer/Director Deborah Elias was originally a classical musician, but fell in love with flamenco and has devoted herself to dancing ever since. As Deborah Elias Danza Española, her works have included flamenco theater pieces Palabras al viento (2011), The Moon’s Desire (2010), and Tia (2007), as well as a show of traditional flamenco, Flamenco Pure & Strong (2011), which toured to 13 cities across Minnesota. She has studied intensively with Susana di Palma, which has evolved into a strong and lasting artistic partnership, and has appeared in over 20 productions of di Palma’s company Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre. Ms. Elias is a dedicated educator, conducting residencies and workshops in K-12 schools through COMPAS and the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Roster of Teaching Artists. She has been recognized with awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Guest Singer Vicente Griego “is striking for his deep, sonorous wails that seem to come from a cavern, someplace deep within his soul” (Anna Poplawska, Chicago Artist’s News). Coming from New Mexico, Vicente has devoted his life to the study of cante flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. He has toured the U.S., Canada and Latin America with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company and continues to accompany internationally renowned companies such as Yjastros, Juan Siddi Flamenco Company, Carola Zertuche’s Teatro Flamenco, Martinez’ Pueblo Viejo, Fanny Ara, Jesus Montoya y Pureza Flamenca, and Encuentro.

Guest Guitarist Gabriel Osuna, born to a family of artists and musicians in New Mexico, began singing hymns and laments as a child in his mountain village. He later pursued the study and performance of flamenco guitar in Spain and abroad. Chuscales, El Viejin, Pedro Cuadra, Ramon Jimenez, Rafael Habichuela, El Entri, Juan Maya Marote, David Marin and Miguel Angel Cortez are some of his most influential mentors. He has collaborated on numerous studio recordings and is featured on Dezeo, a Ladino album by Consuelo Luz. He has performed at the “World Expo” in Hannover, Germany, and at the “Saint-Florent-le-Vieil Les Orientales” Festival in France. Osuna has presented his music in theaters and in “Tablaos” (small flamenco cabarets) including a season at the gypsy caves in Granada. Currently Gabriel resides and performs in the Los Angeles area with the musical group “Encuentro”.

Guitarist Trevor May began his studies of flamenco in Sevilla, Spain right out of high school. For over ten years he has been playing around the Midwest, most notably with Zorongo Flamenco in the Twin Cities. Studying at the Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren gave Trevor a pure foundation of flamenco accompaniment for singing and dance. This passion has provided him the opportunity to play for many world-class flamenco artists such as the esteemed dancer Manolete. Trevor now plays with a variety of artists to keep the tradition of flamenco alive for all audiences.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.  This free performance is sponsored by Viking Library System and the Cultural Center.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see and hear this multidisciplinary cultural experience at 7:30 pm on November 22nd.

Madhatter’s present “Don’t Hug Me”

November 14 & 15 at the Creamery

Tickets are available at the Cultural Center for the November 14 & 15 performance at the Creamery.  Mills Lanes is catering the dinner with their famous burgers, chicken fillet sandwich, and wildrice/black bean burgers.  Tickets are $25 for dinner and the play.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm and the play at 7:00 pm.  This very funny comedy has been described as “Fargo” meets “Bridesmaids”, but without the woodchipper or food poisoning.

Don't Hug Me

Visiting Artist: Staci Schoenfeld

stacibioStaci R. Schoenfeld received an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and is Managing Poetry Editor at Revolution House. A recipient of grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women and residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, her poems appear in or are forthcoming from Greensboro Review, Washington Square, Southern Humanities Review, Muzzle, Hayden’s Ferry Review, diode, South Dakota Review, and The Collagist, among others.

Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and “Attempts at Flight” was a finalist in Yemassee’s Pocataligo Poetry Contest. A featured poet at Holler Poets Series in Lexington, KY, Rivertown Reading Series in Paducah, KY, S&Q in Champaign, IL, and Slant Reading Series in Evansville, IN, she has also received a Postgraduate Fellowship from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, as well as scholarships to attend the Appalachian Writers Workshop and the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

While in New York Mills, Staci is working on revisions to her poetry manuscript, The Blue Notebook, which explores childhood trauma, mental illness, and what it means to be a survivor. She will be running a drop-in erasure poem workshop on Saturday, November 8th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Center and hopes that you will come by, introduce yourself, and make some poems with her.