The weekend is chock-full of events for art aficionados, families with young children and those itching to get holiday shopping started. The weather might be cold, but the holiday season is heating up!

1. Arts events: Patrons of the arts have a lot to choose from this weekend with theater productions at both M State and Fergus Falls High School, as well as a Charles Beck preview event at Kaddatz Galleries and an opportunity to make some music with the new Hinge Arts artist in residence at Springboard for the Arts.

Fergus Falls High School is putting on their production of the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls” on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Secondary School auditorium. The show follows gamblers Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson, played by Ty Butler and Jacob Opatz, who start a bet on whether or not Masterson can convince religious mission worker Sarah Brown (Kendal Nygaard) to run away with him to Havana, Cuba. Meanwhile, Detroit is trying to avoid marrying his fiancee of 14 years, Miss Adelaide, played by Charlee Ugstad. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students.

Across town, M State is putting on their performance of the play “The Musical Comedy Murder of 1940,” a comedic satire of 1940s whodunnit mysteries with a mansion full of secrets and secretive people. The show is on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students.

Kaddatz Galleries is hosting a Charles Beck Paintings and Other Works preview event on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery is giving patrons an opportunity to preview and purchase more than 30 never-before-seen small oil paintings and bird carvings, as well as see rarely exhibited drawings and paintings by Fergus Falls artist Beck. Tickets are $30 and the first 99 attendees will receive a gift of local art. There will also be drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The “C. Beck: Paintings and Other Works” exhibitions officially opens at Kaddatz Galleries on Nov. 12 and runs until Dec. 21 with a public reception on Dec. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Finally, Springboard for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls will be hosting “Moment Music: Participatory Music Sessions” on Saturday Nov. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for high school students interested in learning more about “moment music” from current Hinge Arts resident Ryan Evans. There will be an adult session on Saturday, Nov. 16. Over the course of the two-hour session, the group will create a three-movement piece of “moment music,” or music that is determined in the moment by who shows up and their musical tastes and talents. This is not a musician-only event and is open to anyone.

2. Otter Cove Character Breakfast: The Otter Cove Children’s Museum isn’t open yet but they’re already hosting events in Fergus Falls including their Otter Cove Character Breakfast at Bethel Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Come dressed as your favorite character and go meet and take pictures with other popular and lovable characters, get your face painted and go away with a balloon animal or creation made by a balloon artist. Of course, it wouldn’t be a breakfast without some food, which will be provided by Dad’s Belgian Waffles. Entry is $10 per person, $5 for children 5 and under, and free for children 1 and under.

3. 2019 Holiday Boutique: The Bigwood Event Center is hosting the  2019 Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a headstart on holiday shopping with lots of vendors, a cash bar and concessions. Admission is free but be sure to bring your naughty or nice list so you don’t miss buying presents for anyone!

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