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Center is thankful

Published 10:18am Thursday, November 15, 2012 Updated 12:19pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mid-November is here and the holiday season is suddenly upon us. As we move into the season of giving and thanks, I want to express the Center’s continued gratitude for the generosity of the Fergus Falls community.

Time and time again this community pools its resources and shares the wealth, giving not only monetarily but also volunteering time and skills. We want you all to know how much we appreciate and depend on your generosity. Thank you.

Today happens to be Give to the Max Day. Give to the Max Day is an online giving campaign aimed at collecting a high concentration of donations for Minnesota non-profits through the GiveMN website. There are prizes and matching grants as further incentives to encourage more giving.

Fergus Falls alone has dozens of non-profits who happen to have accounts on, the website where online donations can be given, including A Center for the Arts. We encourage you to look for your favorite nonprofit and consider giving what you can. It’s fast and easy and it feels good.

As all of you hopefully know, A Center for the Arts has repeatedly asked for assistance in the renovation of our newly acquired space across the street from the theater.

At this point, we are dependent on donations and volunteer labor to help us get the space to where we need it to be.

Thus far we have benefitted from more than 50 people putting in more than 150 hours of time in the space, as well as many generous donations, and have made a great deal of progress.

We are so grateful for all the help we have already received. We have certainly come a long way, but there is still a lot of work to do. We are still in need of help, whether it be adopting a room at $150, throwing in a small donation to help cover the cost of materials, or donating some time and labor-we need it all. If you have an interest in helping us with this project in any way, please let us know.

The holiday season is not only the season of giving, but it also happens to be an extremely busy time in Fergus Falls for arts activities.

This weekend the arts opportunities abound. There is an art reception for artist Naomi Schliesman from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Kaddatz Gallery.

This weekend you can enjoy a jazz band concert at M State, the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” at Kennedy Secondary School, or join us here at A Center for the Arts for an art reception for Chris Welle and a concert featuring April Verch.

Chris Welle’s stunning canvas photographs are on display in our lobby for the month of November and they are all for sale.

His absolutely beautiful photographs would make excellent gifts. We are hosting an art reception for him from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Friday just before the April Verch concert that evening at 7:30 p.m. We encourage you to stop by and meet Chris personally.

There are still general seating tickets available for the talented Canadian fiddler and step-dancer, April Verch. Her show is at7:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 16. She is internationally renowned and the first woman to win both of Canada’s most prestigious fiddling competitions.

She was also invited to play in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. You don’t want to miss her show.


Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.

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