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Lanesboro – Talent Galore!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Over the Back Fence

Lanesboro is well known for an abundant arts scene, usually having more things to do on any given weekend than most towns of our size. That can be attributed to the extraordinary number of talented people in our community. While the Commonweal Theatre prepares for its upcoming season kickoff with a preview of Mary’s Wedding on March 19, 2015.

A new offering is Idle Time Recreation’s Open Mic night on the first Friday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Loft at Beste Byen. Music, poetry and short stories have been much appreciated by the audience so far, with the promise of more to come every month as this event grows. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door, performers are encouraged to preregister. Snacks, coffee, tea and soft drinks are available for purchase, and guests may bring their own wine or beer.

The Lanesboro Community Theatre will be presenting ‘Almost, Maine‘ at the St. Mane Theatre on March 6th-8th, with a preview show at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on February 27-28. The cast and crew features many local residents, and truly showcases why Lanesboro has talent galore!

Join us for the weekend!

 

Dee Slinde

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Never Fear, Spring is Near!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Even though we are still experiencing some of the coldest weather of the winter season, we are pleased to note that there are signs of spring popping up in Lanesboro already in the form of planning for a number of spring and summer events! Here are a few ideas for your spring travel plans and ideas.

Lanesboro Arts kicks off the season with the always humorous Over the Back Fence variety radio show on March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the St. Mane Theatre. The first show will be an entertaining romp through the 1980’s. I hear “big hair” will be back in style for the night!

The Commonweal Theatre’s Ibsen Festival offers The Master Builder in a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, art, music and dance…people are still talking about last year’s offering of Brand! We encourage you to join us April 17-19 to experience theatre at its best!

The Bluff Country Studio Arts Tour provides an opportunity to visit some of the area’s finest artists in their studios from April 24-26, plus enjoy a beautiful drive through the scenic backroads of Bluff Country on a fine spring weekend!

The month of May brings a plethora of activities, including the Lanesboro Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to noon, the nationally known Whalan Stand-Still Parade (video above) on May 16th, and the annual Bluff Country Gathering May 14-17.

Plan ahead to join us, bring your bikes, kayaks, canoes, tubes and your desire to enjoy a fun and unique time in Lanesboro this spring!

 

-Dee Slinde

 

Shop Small to Support Your Neighbors

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Guest Post by Dee Slinde

As the chill of winter settles on Lanesboro, we are reminded of the upcoming Holiday Season, and all of the joy and giving of thanks that goes with it. It is usually considered to be a time of family, friends, remembrance and appreciation. Over the years I’ve noticed each holiday becoming more commercialized, often to the detriment of the true meaning of the holiday. Shopping for holiday gifts on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday has become an artform, a competition and a controversy as big box retailers compete for consumer dollars, and consumers compete with each other to find the cheapest deals.

Over the past few years, as a counter to the massive consumerism that has brought us what some have referred to as the “Happythanksween” season, there has been a movement to encourage shoppers to be more thoughtful in the spending of their holiday dollars. We are encouraging folks to ‘Shop Small’ on Small Business Saturday, November 29th, 2014. The effects of this are twofold: it allows families to focus on their traditions of being able to gather together to give thanks on the actual Thanksgiving holiday, and it encourages people to shop at the locally owned and operated stores to keep our local community’s economy thriving.

The dollars spent at our local stores and restaurants directly affects not only our neighbors that own the businesses, but also many other businesses and ourselves when those dollars recirculate throughout the community. For example, the purchase I make at a local merchant’s business may  be used to pay the wages of the business’s staff, who will then spend it on food, housing, utilities and so forth in our community. Some of my purchase goes to pay the taxes and utilities of the business, which helps the City to provide the services we enjoy, such as plowed streets, beautiful parks, and quality schools. Some of my purchase might be used to pay a local plumber or carpenter for a remodeling project at the business. Perhaps the carpenter likes the community and may decide to build a new home in the area that will add to our local tax base, and in a roundabout way, helps to keep my taxes lower in the process. Pretty profound, when you think about it.

Many studies have been done to track the value of a dollar that is spent in the local economy, and most studies indicate that for every dollar we spend locally, it will recirculate through the local economy an average of 7-8 times…in other words, the dollar you spend locally compounds by 700-800%…if only my stocks would produce such a return! The simple act of shopping at a small/local business has far reaching effects.

Lanesboro will be hosting Winter Windows Live on Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014. Being in a community that is filled with nothing but small, independent businesses, we invite you to shop thoughtfully/Shop Small! 

Schedule of Events

10:00 am: Free kids movie at the St. Mane Theater (Muppet Christmas Carol/sponsored by Lanesboro Arts, Pedal Pushers Cafe, Merchants Bank and Lanesboro Web Management Group.)

11:30 am: Winter Windows Live (free events) = artist Leisa Louis Grill at Lanesboro Arts, musician Tom Schramm at Amish Experience, scenes from “A Christmas Carol” at E2 Boutique, lefse-making at Pedal Pushers Cafe, Ekstrom Family Christmas at Beste Byen, Santa’s Workshop at the Cottage House Inn, Heart Strings Harp Circle concert at Coffee Street Fitness, Christmas games at Stone Mill Inn, and a Christmas sing-along at the Commonweal Theatre!

1:30 pm: The Commonweal Theatre presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”  Families and kids welcome, tickets available in advance or at the box office 507-467-2525.

Just relax…..in Lanesboro, MN!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

 

Among the many accolades Lanesboro and Bluff Country have garnered over the years is the beauty and charm and peace of our campgrounds. This past Memorial Day weekend, I was out at Eagle Cliff Campground visiting some friends and while I was there, I was struck by the sight of people staying at the campground, hanging out at their campsites and some of them simply sitting in captain’s chairs just hanging out and shooting the breeze. Some by a fire, some with a game of cards going, some with a drink in their hand. But what was mind-boggling to me was that they weren’t really “doing” anything other than relaxing and enjoying themselves. It reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite comic movies “Office Space”:  “I did absolutely nothing all day and it was everything I thought it could be”.

I don’t mean to get all philosophical or anything but this really struck me. I fall into that category that so many of us do. Ask me “so how have you been lately?”, and my answer is often “busy”. How many of us often say that? Too many. But I have been trying to rethink my answer to that question and not be so “busy”. This is hard! And I’ve started to realize that many of the visitors to Lanesboro have the right idea….to relax. To let go. To just be.

Now of course relaxing means something different to everyone. I love to sit and watch TV and knit and that’s how I find my “moment of zen”. My husband loves to write stories, and that’s what relaxes him. I have a friend who loves to bicycle for long distances and that calms his mind and gives him release from the day to day grind. What’s so awesome is that in Lanesboro we all can find our own unique way to relax and reconnect with ourselves, our family and with the world http://www.lanesboro.com/around us. Maybe it’s poking through the shops downtown, or taking the time to absorb the artistry all around you at the Lanesboro Art Center. Maybe it’s dinner and a play at the Commonweal Theatre, or the Over The Back Fence show at the St Mane. Perhaps it’s sitting around the campfire with friends and family, maybe roasting hot dogs or s’mores. Whatever you prefer, sometimes we feel guilty about taking quality time for ourselves, and it takes someone else to suggest the idea before we seriously consider it. 

So here’s my invitation to you. Come to Lanesboro and relax. You deserve it!

Until next time,

Stela

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE ‘BORO

*Lanesboro Barn Dance (August 16, 2014)

*Exhibit: Selections from the 2014 Minnesota Biennial (through October 12, 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”.