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June’s cultural jewels

Cultural question for this column: Can fundraising for culture with rummage sales be considered “cultural”? In Minot, in June, the answer is a resounding yes. On June 12, 13 and 14, the Taube Museum of Art, located at 2 N. Main in downtown Minot, will hold its annual fundraising rummage sale, offering a variety of items. And among these items, you can be sure there will be cultural treasures. Should you have treasures that you would like to contribute to the sale that are too large for you to deliver to the Taube, call 838-4445 and someone will be willing to do the picking up. All funds go to help keep “Minot’s Home of Art” alive and well, according to Nancy Walker, executive director of the Taube.

On June 27, 28 and 29, another Nancy – Nancy Pearson, known by many as the “glue that keeps the Mouse River Players together” – invites you to come to the Arlene Theater at 115-1st St. SE for the MRP annual fundraising rummage sale, where, Nancy says, you could be fortunate enough to find some very cultural treasures. Like the Taube, Nancy says she hopes you will call 838-3939 should you have something the size of a piano which you will transport to the sale scene; someone, if need be, will come to your home to pick up small items. Both Nancys and members of their organizations will appreciate your contributions as bringers and buyers.

Longtime residents of Minot likely remember the late Marilyn Saugstad Campbell, the daughter of the late Tom and Eva Whitted Saugstad of the Logan area. But did you know that Marilyn was an artist? Marilyn belonged to the Minot City Art League and used her artistic talents evidently for pleasure rather than for sale, working in a variety of media as she portrayed myriad subjects. On Sunday, June 2, beginning at 1 p.m., a good friend of the Campbells, Pat Colby Hazel, will offer you a chance to purchase at live auction some of these paintings at the Taube Museum of Art. Pat says that she will be the auctioneer. Also, in addition to the paintings, there will be offered myriad heirloom treasures that Pat will be asking you to look at – and hopefully offer to purchase – as she describes them. It’s an opportunity to purchase artwork from the talented hands of one of Minot’s home-grown artists. Call Pat at 340-5335 if you have any questions.

On June 5, the Taube will observe National Running Day with the Run for the Arts Fundraiser walk/run. This event is for both adults and children and will begin and end at the Taube. Registration is at 6 p.m. and ends at 6:45. If you are an adult and want to compete in the 5K, it will cost $20 if you are a nonmember of the Taube and $15 if you are a member. For the 10K, the fee is $25 for nonmembers and $20 for members, and for 10 and under the cost is $10.

For the adults, get your feet ready to go at 7 p.m. and the children’s race starts immediately after the adults. Prizes will be awarded for all runners following the races. There will be food for everyone, as well as door prizes. There will be excitement for all the runners and walkers when they have an opportunity to design their own t-shirt with the words Run for the Arts. This running event serves to kick off the Summer “Art”ventures. Should you need more information, just call Nancy at 838-4445. While you have Nancy’s ear, ask her about the many art-related activities the Taube has planned for your youngsters to be involved with during the summer months – all guaranteed to be fun as well and adventurous.

For the wannabe adult artists, the Taube series “Paint the Town Red” continues June 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Taube, with Wendy Kimble, the artist. Wendy will help you turn out, before you leave the venue, your very own masterpiece. It will cost you $35, which will cover needed supplies. It is suggested that you call the Taube at 838-4445 to register as there are many wannabe artists who keep coming back and back to get better and better. Chances are that in the very near future, all of you may have the excitement of showing off the colorful artwork produced with the help of talented instructors.

From “Paint the Town Red” to the Red and Green of Minot State University, our cultural calendar takes all of you out to the first summer theater production, “Shrek, The Musical,” scheduled for June 11-16 at the MSU Amphitheatre with shows starting at 8:30 p.m. This first production, according to Kevin Neuharth, veteran director par excellence, is based on the Oscar-winning film. The story is part romance and part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone. And he should know, now that he has entered the ranks of grand-fatherhood.

Yet another production for you to attend during a summer evening will be called “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” June 26-30. In this one-act musical comedy, six quirky adolescents compete in a spelling bee run by three quirky grownups. Don’t be surprised if you are in the audience and are escorted on stage to compete as a contestant. Sounds like you better brush up on some quirky words before you reserve your seats. Starting June 1, call 858-3228. Adults will fork over $8, senior and student tickets are $7, and 12 and under tickets are $5. As always, you may, for a price, purchase popcorn and beverages.

For your summer outdoor enjoyment, Terri Aldrich, executive director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts, has arranged some cultural jewels that will be held in several of our parks on Sundays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. The first concert will take place in venerable Oak Park on June 9. You will find the incomparable Jerry Spitzer wielding his veteran baton while Minot’s equally incomparable Minot City Band members perform your favorite numbers.

On June 13 at 7 p.m. at Oak Park, amiable director Gordon Troxell will wield his trusty baton while Minot’s favorite Nodakords songsters fill the summer air with memorable male voices.

On Sunday, June 16, at both 4 and 7 p.m. in Scandinavian Heritage Park, Terri has arranged for a concert and presentation that is not “run of the mill.” You will get a chance to hear Manuel Delgado, who was born in Mexico and studied music and theory at the Institute of Music in Mexico City. He has traveled the U.S. for 20 years and is a talented guitarist and vocalist. In addition, the recent winners of a poetry competition will share with you their winning way with words, and members the Society of Creative Anachronism will demonstrate their unique art.

In Scandinavian Heritage Park at 7 p.m. on June 20, you will be in for a musical treat when “The Five of Us” sing. This popular quintet will sing a variety of songs as only five female songsters can harmonize. In addition to these five, you will find the one and only Jacque Younger with her “Grandma Butterfly” collection.

Come to Scandinavian Heritage Park Sunday, June 23, at 4 p.m. to hear Minot’s popular Dakota Dixie Band, this band will also perform at 7 p.m.. There is no reason why, if you like, you can’t attend both concerts. They are free. In addition to the band music, artist Rebecca Nielson will be showing some of her paintings

On June 27, in Oak Park, the International Brass Quintet will amaze you with their talented fingers on their favorite instruments. And Gladys Lowell will also amaze you when she shows you what, as a quilter, she has created.

In Oak Park on Sunday, June 30, at both 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., you’ll have the pleasure of hearing Minot’s City Band, again, as always, directed under the incomparable direction of Jerry Spitzer. Silently, you will be able to see what Aaron Michaels has found with his camera.

Special kudos to MACA Director Terri Aldrich for arranging this annual Arts in the Parks entertainment.

From 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, Minot’s Scandinavian Heritage Park will be alive with music thanks to the musical event popularly known as the Integrity Jazz Festival. This year’s festival will feature the likes of The Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition, the Pivetta Duo, Bismarck’s Little Big Band, the Swing Band of Minot and the Between the Acts Combo are scheduled to perform. Cost is only $20. Helping to make this festival family fare, there will be vendors with a variety of food, beverages and crafts. Tickets will be available at the gate as well as at the MACA office. Call 852-2787. What a jewel of a day as June culture concludes, thanks to MACA and scores of other contributors.

Hundreds every year celebrate the first day of summer, commonly known as the summer solstice. This year, on June 21 from 5 to 10 p.m., you can be among the hundreds of people at Scandinavian Heritage Park for the Scandinavian Heritage Midsummer event. The president of The Scandinavian Heritage Association, Gail Peterson, who is in charge of this event, says that there will be bands, bands and bands, and vendors, vendors and vendors, all adding up to an exciting celebration of the summer solstice in Minot. Call the Heritage Center at 852-9161.

Personally, from recent 101st birthday planning all the way to its final celebration at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, all I needed to do was to contact Gail Peterson at the park and know that everything would be well done – everything but the weather, over which even Gail has no control. Gail’s volunteers of all ages helped to make a rainy celebration sun-shiny.

How fortunate we are here in Minot to have our parks like jewels – not only beautiful venues for events but places to take our families and showcase their beauty to visitors.

And now wishes go out to every reader of this column. Enjoy each of Minot’s June’s cultural jewels.

(Arlene Saugstad is a freelance writer who lives in Minot.)