Lanesboro, MN: The “Write” Place!

July 19th, 2014

Lanesboro, MN is a great place for writers to visit, live, and create! How do we know this? Because of all the great literary happenings in our sweet little hamlet!

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Sometimes it’s amazing what you can overlook in your very own backyard. Recently it was pointed out to me that Lanesboro is a haven for writers. And it hit me that a) that person was absolutely correct and b) I should know this is true from personal experience. After all, I’m married to a playwright, who lives and works right here in Lanesboro.

Once a month I perform on “Lanesboro Live” and our producer and host, Damon Prestemon, brings in at least one author each month. I love listening to these fascinating, smart, and witty people as they speak passionately about the stories or topics which have stoked their creative fires, and I try never to miss a chance to add to my personal library when they do a book signing. And it’s wonderful to hear how each author is incredibly moved by their experience in Lanesboro! Authors come here to learn, to experience, to CREATE – just like the dozens of musicians, painters, sculptors, actors, et al who live and work in town. Maybe it’s the natural beauty of the bluffs and the river that inspires. Or the relaxed pace of life we enjoy here.

Yes, Lanesboro is a huge draw for artists of all kinds, but I never before stopped to think about what a mecca this is for writers as well. Just last week, the Commonweal Theatre hosted playwright Mark Brown from Los Angeles to lead audience discussion after a performance of his play adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. The Lanesboro Arts Center offers up to four two- or four-week residencies from November through May to artists, including poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. And did you know that Lanesboro has it’s own publishing company (Shipwreckt Books), as well as several local authors who have had their works published? We regularly have both local and guest authors speak at the Lanesboro Public Library or do book signings at our businesses.

And, of course, the best place in any community to find new books is the local library. The Lanesboro Public Library hosts local and nationally-known authors for public readings and book signings. And recently our library was awarded a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to have a mural painted in the entrance hallway, created by a local muralist working with local volunteers. The theme?  “Libraries Grow Community.” How perfect for Lanesboro!

Until next time,

Stela

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE ‘BORO

*Bronze Workshop and Pour (July 18 & 19, 2014)

*”Fiddler on the Roof” at the St. Mane Theatre (July 18, 19, 20 & July 25, 26, and 27)

*Exhibit “Summer Dreams” at the Lanesboro Art Center (through August 10, 2014)

*”Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Commonweal Theatre (through September 6, 2014)

*”Around the World in 80 Days” at the Commonweal Theatre (through October 27, 2014)

*Lanesboro Farmers Market (May through October, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro, 
please visit Lanesboro.com and check out our “Calendar of Events”. 
 

 

Summer in Lanesboro!

June 13th, 2014

WELCOME SUMMER!

So much to see and do in Lanesboro, MN!!!

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 We hope you will visit us soon and often.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE ‘BORO

*”Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Commonweal Theatre (through September 6, 2014)

“Around the World in 80 Days” at the Commonweal Theatre (June 20 through October 27, 2014)

Lanesboro Area Art Trail (June 20-22, July 11-13, August 8-10, 2014)

“Treasures from the Hill” Fundraiser (Saturday, June 20, 2014)

Summer High Ropes Challenge at Eagle Bluff Learning Center (Saturdays in June, July and August)

*Lanesboro Farmers Market (May through October, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro, 
please visit Lanesboro.com and check our “Calendar of Events”.
 
 
Motorists using Highway 16 west of Lanesboro in Fillmore County will encounter a detour
during construction to replace two bridges in a project that begins on Tuesday, June 3.
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Becoming an Outdoor Family at Eagle Bluff

May 27th, 2014

Outdoor Family Weekend at Eagle Bluff

June 7 – 8, 2014

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Get your family out this summer for some hands-on outdoor fun! Reconnect with family members in the great outdoors.  Class options include: archery, geocaching, fly casting, rifle range, ropes course, canoeing and more. Pre-registration required.

The weekend is co-sponsored by the Minnesota DNR:
Bringing Families and the Great Outdoors Together.

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Contact Eagle Bluff ELC at 507-467-2437 for more information or to register.   Eagle Bluff is located 5 miles northwest of Lanesboro, Minnesota, just off Fillmore County Road 8.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE ‘BORO

*”Everything’s Coming Up Rhubarb” Concert at the St. Mane Theatre (Saturday, May 31, 2014)

*”Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Commonweal Theatre (through September 6, 2014)

*”Brand” at the Commonweal Theatre (through June 13, 2014)

*Exhibit “Inspiration in the Familiar” (through June 15, 2014)

*”Lanesboro Live” at the St. Mane Theatre (Saturday, June 7, 2014)

*Lanesboro Farmers Market (May through October, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro,
please visit Lanesboro.com and check out our “Calendar of Events”. 
 
 

Lanesboro Rhubarb Festival

May 17th, 2014

Lanesboro is the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota!

Celebrate with us at the 2014 Rhubarb Festival, Saturday, June 7!

 

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Get a running start!

Check-in and registration for Rhubarb Run 5K and 1 mile events begins at 8:00 a.m.

Race time is 9:00 a.m.

Need to sign up? CLICK HERE.

2014 Entertainment Schedule

Front Stage Events

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Singing of the Rhubarb National Anthem

Rhubarb Run: Welcome/Awards

Bee-Bop-a-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie sing-along

Announcements

10:15 a.m. The Rhubarb Sisters perform

10:30 a.m.

Rhubarb Games begin, Rhubarb Tasting begins, Minute-to-Win-it Rhubarb-Chopstick Contest begins,
Largest leaf and heaviest stalk contests open for entries.

10:45 a.m. Rhubarb Jugglers

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Tom Schramm and Over the Waterfall performs

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Sweet Rhubarb performs

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. AccordioNation performs with the Rutabaga Brothers

2:00 p.m. Prizes awarded for Rhubarb Games, Tasting Contest, Minute-to-Win-It Rhubarb Chopstick Contest, and Largest Leaf and Heaviest Stalk Contests. Winners must be present to claim prizes!

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rutabaga Brothers perform

Back Stage Events

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Zoo Talk*

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Story Tree

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rhubarb Zumba with Melinda Lutes

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rhubarb Fashion Show

*Cock-A-Doodle-Zoo will run continuously throughout the festival,
but for informational talks about the animals stop by at 11:00 a.m.

For more complete details about Lanesboro’s annual Rhubarb Festival, please be sure to visit RhubarbFestival.org!

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE ‘BORO

*Eagle Cliff Blood Drive (Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25, 2014)

*Public Participation Event with Artist in Residence Adam Manley (Saturday, May 24, 2014)

*”Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Commonweal Theatre (through September 6, 2014)

*”Brand” at the Commonweal Theatre (through June 13, 2014)

*Exhibit “Inspiration in the Familiar” (through June 15, 2014)

*”Lanesboro Live” at the St. Mane Theatre (Saturday, June 7, 2014)

*Lanesboro Farmers Market (May through October, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro,
please visit Lanesboro.com and check out “Calendar of Events”.