Puppet Pageant 2017

9th Annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant Friday, August 18th in New York Mills! Announcing second performance in Perham on Saturday, August 19th! The Cultural Center is pleased to present its 9th annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant performance in New York Mills on Friday, August...

2016 Puppet Pageant

Puppet Pageant based on tales from the Kalevala Friday, August 19th @7pm After the Corn Feed Dance, music, acting, costume design and performance skills are taught by Anne Sawyer-Aitch, Creative Director and Puppeteer from Minneapolis, who has worked with In the Heart...

Puppet Pageant Workshop Schedule

2016 Puppet Puppet Pageant Workshop Schedule Workshops For All: (Parents can drop children off) Monday August 8th 9am-Noon Tuesday August 9th 9am-Noon Wednesday August 10th 9am-Noon Thursday August 11th 9am-Noon Friday August 12th 9am-Noon Monday August 15th 9am-Noon...

Get Involved! ~ 2016 Puppet Pageant

2016 Cultural Center 8th annual Puppet Pageant    Supply, Volunteer, and Sponsor Request The Puppet Pageant is a community theatre production and there are many ways to get involved! Volunteer Opportunities: Sewing: costumes Carpentry: help with stilts, as needed...

Puppet Pageant this Friday, August 21st

Workshops underway for 7th annual Puppet Pageant Workshops for the Puppet Pageant kicked off last week and continue this week, all leading up to the final performance on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 7:00pm (immediately following the New York Mills Civic & Commerce...

Garage Sale fundraiser to benefit Puppet Pageant

Come to a Garage Sale behind the Cultural Center, under the Sugar Creek Woodworking awnings, this Friday and Saturday, August 21 & 22, 2015. Hours will be 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, with $1 a bag from 11:00 a.m. until...

7th Annual Puppet Pageant

7th Annual Puppet Pageant Please join us for the 2015 Puppet Pageant, once again under the creative direction of Anne Sawyer-Aitch.  This year’s original play will weave folklore from the Finnish national epic poem, the Kalevala, and the cultural heritage of the...

2014 Puppet Pageant

Join us for two weeks of fun and creativity! Learn to walk with stilts, children & adults help to make large puppets and perform in our theatrical event!                                                               Workshop Schedule: For all participants August...

Puppet Pageant this Friday

The annual Puppet Pageant is Friday at 7 pm behind the Cultural Center Don’t miss the Corn Feed at Central Park from 4-7pm before the Pageant!  The Center and Creamery Restaurant will sell tamales during the Corn Feed and have desserts and beverages after the...

Sometimes You Move the Puppet and Sometimes the Puppet Moves You

In August of 2016, Nik Nerburn, a filmographer originally from the Bemidji, MN area, came to New York Mills to the Center’s Artist Retreat Program. While here, Nik shot video of the Puppet Pageant workshops, the performance, and the New York Mills Corn Feed (on...

Come to the Pageant and enjoy dessert after

This Friday, August 16, is the 5th annual Puppet Pageant Tamales in Central Park before the Pageant from 4-7pm.  Then, a brief (one block) walk to the Pageant stage behind the Cultural Center to see 8-foot-tall Star Bears and a heroic mouse, and after come to the...

Vainamoinen and the Golden Goose

The 9th Annual Puppet Pageant in 2017 can now be seen streaming on our YouTube page! Click to watch: Cultural Center on YouTube

Donate While Shopping at Amazon

Donate While Shopping at Amazon Did you know about GivingTuesday? When you shop online at Amazon.com today, on this Giving Tuesday, throughout this holiday season, and every day, here is an easy and effective way to support the Cultural Center. Just click on the image...

Artist Retreat Residency

Arts Retreat When the Cultural Center was founded its name was “The New York Mills Arts Retreat.” The artist retreat and residency program remains central to the mission, purpose, values, and vision of the Center today. new york mills arts retreat free artist...

Annual Events

Annual Events   The Great American Think-Off: A philosophy contest for everyone The Great American Think-Off is an annual philosophy competition open to all at no cost. To participate, submit an essay on-line by clicking on the headline above, by email to...

About the Cultural Center

About the Cultural Center The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities for rural Americans for more than two and a half decades. The...

Artist in Residence ~ August 2016

Nik Nerburn Filmmaker / Photographer Nik is a research-based storyteller, filmmaker and photographer. He is interested in oral histories, vernacular folklore and local legends, being equally informed by documentary journalism and avant-garde forms. His work often...

Support the Center through AmazonSmile

Did you know about GivingTuesday? When you shop online at Amazon.com today, on this Giving Tuesday, throughout this holiday season, and every day, here is an easy and effective way to support the Cultural Center. Just click on the image to be directed to our...

AmazonSmile program at the Cultural Center

AmazonSmile helps bring you the Puppet Pageant and the Think-Off If you buy goods from Amazon.com you can now help provide resources to the Cultural Center too.  When you shop on Amazon just click on the following link to ask for Amazon.Smile.  You will still be on...

Winter Light Festival

Saturday February 1st at 7 pm Lanterns, light, and 11 short films from the Rural Route Film Festival We’ll be reaching the halfway mark between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox at the beginning of February and we think it is time to celebrate the return of...

Art in the schools

We’re fortunate to have three representatives from the New York Mills School serving as members of the 2017 Board of Directors of the Center. Rebecca Imsande is the Music teacher, Judith Brockway is the elementary Principal, and Matt Holtberg is the Technology...