Summer was a flurry of activity at arts centerPublished 11:36am Thursday, August 15, 2013
It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-August. It has been a whirlwind summer here at A Center for the Arts, and as summer slowly winds down things start to pick-up once again as we prepare for the start of our season. This summer has been jam-packed with Children’s Theater, the Summer Musical, our ambitious theater renovation and seat installation project, Concerts in the Park, Organ Concerts and Summer Arts Academy.
This Friday marks the end of our two-week Summer Arts Academy program. At the end of each class session, around 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the students will be performing plays they created in the Academy on our stage at the Fergus Theatre. Anyone and everyone is welcome to stop by on Friday, Aug. 16 to see what these creative kids came up with.
We are excited to announce that we are once again offering Youth Theater Classes this Fall after school. Katharine Strom will be teaching classes to 5th-8th graders on Thursday evenings from 4 to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 19. We are taking registrations now for that class, along with all of our other educational programs—children’s choirs and preschool music class as well. Class sizes are limited, so please get your kids signed up as soon as possible.
As much as we are planning ahead (we are already looking towards are 2014/2015 season) the summer isn’t over yet. In fact, there are still some pretty exciting things coming up. If you haven’t heard, Monroe Crossing will be playing at the free Concerts in the Park on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Roosevelt Park. On Wednesday, Aug. 21 they are hosting a free bluegrass workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. here at A Center for the Arts. There is no charge thanks to a touring grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, funded by the Legacy Amendment.
We only have three concerts in the park left this summer. Tonight, Thursday, Aug. 15 is Megan Johnson with acoustic soul, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. The last concert of the season, on Thursday, Aug. 29 will feature Anthony Miltich.
If you haven’t stopped by the park to catch one of these concerts, I can’t encourage you enough to give it a try. Concerts in the Park have turned into a great community gathering with something for everyone. There is food, music, local produce, and more. This year a couple new things were added as well.
Otter Tail Telcom/Park Region Telephone has been gracious enough to set up free wi-fi in the park, giving everyone access to the internet during both the Concerts and the Movies. The Kaddatz Galleries has been doing Family Art Tables once a month where anyone can make an art project at the park and take it home with them for free. Their last art table of the season will be on Thursday, Aug. 22 with artist Naomi Schliesman.
Every year we try to book a wide variety of musical styles to appeal to the diverse population we have here in Fergus Falls. If you ever have any questions about who is playing at the park and what type of music to expect, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we hope to see you soon.
Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.