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Deep Breaths…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Whew! It’s been quite a month!

It’s gone by so quickly it almost feels like someone forgot to say “go,” but now it seems June is almost over. As we head into another month of summer fun, let’s take a moment to reflect on the June that was in 2015.

June 6 – Rhubarb Festival.

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Bee-Bop-A-Ree-Bop: The Rhubarb Sisters sing in perfect harmony about the tart and tangy taste of rhubarb.

Did you know that Lanesboro is the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota? Well, you do now, and let me tell you: I’ve never seen so much done with a humble vegetable as what went on in Sylvan Park back on June 6. The Festival (which is now so famous it even gets mentioned on TMZ) has rhubarb you can throw, wear, decorate, do art with, and in the case of one brave soul, light on fire and juggle.

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Oh, and I think you could eat it, too.

Lanesboro’s love of the stalk is legendary, so be sure to clear some time in your schedule next year on the first Saturday of the month to see what all the rhubarb is about!

June 9 – Small Business Celebration

As I covered here before, Lanesboro welcomed 10 new businesses into its community on June 9th in a mass ribbon cutting. The craziest thing is, after all of the fun and the television cameras and the business owners getting down to, uh, business… we heard reports of even MORE businesses opening this summer. There must be something in the water here in Lanesboro!

June 11 – Pie and Politics
The world-famous Aroma Pie Shop in Whalan, only five miles up the road from Lanesboro, officially re-opened for the season on June 11, and there was much rejoicing. The Pie Shop has gotten its fair share of publicity in the past, so making sure it’s open is definitely a priority for the area. Besides, after biking from Lanesboro to Whalan, you deserve a sweet treat!
Additionally Lanesboro has been visited by the Minnesota Secretary of State and has been contacted by two of the local senators. It seems like this summer, everybody wants to make sure they enjoy a slice of Lanesboro, and life is sweet.

June 21 – Art in the Park
For 35 years running, Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park has played host to artists of all stripes, from sculpture and paint to food and drink. Over 90 artists were featured in this year’s Art in the Park, along with musical guests, delectable food, craft beer, and even a petting zoo for the young at heart. There’s no better way to kick off summer, honor Dads across the board, and soak in Lanesboro’s signature art & culture than to hit up Art in the Park on Father’s Day.

Art in the Park: 35 years and counting in Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park! Photo: KXLT Fox 47

but wait, there’s more!

June 26-27 – 60 Mile Garage Sale
The Root River Trail Towns, an organization made up of the nine towns that dot the Root River State Bike Trail, are capitalizing on that which binds them all together by holding a garage sale this Thursday and Friday all up and down the length of the trail. From Fountain to Houston, Rushford to Preston, Peterson to Harmony, and everywhere else in between, businesses and individuals will have their doors open to bargain hunters up and down the 60 miles of bike trail. Maybe it’s a good idea to do the shopping on your bike, that way you’ll keep from buying too much to carry back home!

This is, of course, to say nothing of the art shows, theatrical productions, variety shows, musical guests, and countless other events that happened all within the 30 days of June here in Lanesboro, Minnesota. When that sun gets hot and the legs start itching to hike and bike, make sure you head down between the bluffs and check out all of the amazing things going on right here in Lanesboro!

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.