Day: August 23, 2014

Lakes Area Music Festival, Summer 2014

Quote of the Day:  …You see, my dear friend, that I am made up of contradictions, and I have reached a very mature age without resting on anything positive, without having calmed my restless spirit either by religion or philosophy. Undoubtedly, I should have gone mad but for music. Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven’s gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. It is not the straw to which the drowning man clings; but a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Man, that’s a hard name to spell! And, pronouncing it!? It takes a true Russian to get it right.) Tonight, I had the great pleasure (and by pleasure, I mean all of my senses came alive) to hear the amazing talents of musicians from around the country come together in our own Brainerd, MN for the Lakes Area Music Festival. The Festival has been running from August 3-24, 2014. If you’re reading this before 3:00 pm on Sunday, Aug. 24, and you are anywhere near the Brainerd lakes area, you still have time to catch the final performance. I am telling you that you will be transported around the world, perhaps even out of it. As we were standing for one of the many standing ovations for the performance...

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Wine and Words 2014

Quote of the Day:  Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have. Lloyd Alexander, found on Winding Oak’s facebook page, a place that supports libraries, librarians, and children’s literature. Last night was the 2nd annual Wine and Words event for the Brainerd Public Library. I was a guest at the Blue Cottage Agency table with some fun friends, who are library/word geeks just like me! Lorna Landvik was once again our MC, and she does a tremendous job. She’s funny, personable, and a great writer, too. Her newest book, Best to Laugh, comes out September 15, 2014, and I will be sure to ask for it for Christmas, as it misses my birthday by almost 10 days.  Sheila DeChantal started this event last year, and with the help of many volunteers/library geeks, they pulled off a huge event with over 200 attendees, 114 silent auction gift baskets, five – make that six – successful and dynamic authors, and a fine meal. To find out more about the event and this year’s authors, go to their Friends of the Brainerd Public Library website. Also, making front page news in the Brainerd Dispatch, over 1400 kids (including teens) participated in the summer reading program! 13,000 hours of reading. Woo Hoo! Since the evening was all about libraries, one of the authors Barbara Claypole White, who found herself in...

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