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Plenty of arts events planned during holidays

Published 11:21am Thursday, December 1, 2011

I always marvel when someone makes the comment that there is nothing to do in Fergus Falls. I don’t think anyone could be more wrong.

Especially at this time of year, we are bursting at the seams with fun things for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or want to enjoy a show with family and friends, the arts in Fergus Falls provides something for everyone. It’s an exciting time in the community and here at A Center for the Arts.

This coming weekend is no exception with an artist reception at the Kaddatz on Thursday, a holiday boutique of local artists on Friday and Saturday, the Madrigal Feast at M State, and Dance and Dessert here at A Center for the Arts.

Jenny Field is having an art reception at the Kaddatz on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. She has bright, bold, and inspiring work that’s worth checking out.

If you’re interested in local art and looking for a unique gift, check out the holiday boutique right next door to the Kaddatz Gallery, featuring local artists Cindy McDougall, Jenny Field, Pomme de Terre Pottery, Gerry Thieme, and Tessa Schierer. The boutique runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

I know the Madrigal Feast is a favorite out at M State. It’s happening this Friday and Saturday evening. Not only will you enjoy great entertainment, but there will be great food as well.

And don’t forget that the Fergus Falls School of Dance is doing their annual performance of Dance and Dessert at A Center for the Arts this Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the center and the community that helps bring a professional dance company to Fergus Falls for a performance and master classes.

The show features a variety of dance styles and there is a dessert reception at the Senior Center following the performance. Another community favorite and a great way to leap into the holiday season.

There are some exciting touring acts being presented here at the center as well. One show that I can’t recommend enough is Billy McLaughlin’s SimpleGifts on Thursday, Dec. 8. This Christmas show has been selling out all across the state and it’s kicking off our Holiday Series.

The six-piece ensemble features guitar, piano, violin, Celtic whistle, and absolutely beautiful vocals performing traditional seasonal and holiday music that harkens back to a simpler, quieter time. You may remember Billy from his visit to Fergus a couple years ago when we screened the documentary film that has been made about him and he played a concert featuring a local orchestra. He was also at the Guitar Summit this past September.

You really don’t want to miss his appearance with this Christmas group.

As you can see, there is no shortage of options for things to do in Fergus Falls this December and the rest of the month is packed full of more opportunities.

It really is a great time of year to spend some quality time with friends and family supporting all of our local talent or experiencing a touring show. To find out more about any of the activities happening at A Center for the Arts in particular, please visit our website at

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