Arts briefs: Spelmanstämma to brighten Scandia museum

  • Updated: August 9, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Greg Herriges will perform at the Global Rhythm Festival at Franconia Sculpture Park on Aug. 16. Others performing include Duniya Drum & Dance and Pan Dimensions Steel Drums.

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Spelmanstämma, a traditional Swedish music festival hosted by the American Swedish Institute’s Spelmanslag, starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Gammelgården Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia.

Spelmanstämma is a long-held Swedish tradition for fiddlers to gather on a lovely day, play tunes and teach each other new music. The music has never been written; it is always shared by playing only.

Entertainment, food and activities include a 1 p.m. musician parade followed by the All Spel, when everyone plays music. The Spelmanslag performs just before 2 p.m. The museum’s historic buildings will be open until 4 p.m.


Artistic quilt works on display at library

Sue Hedin’s “Pieces of Silk” quilted artwork is on display at the Stillwater Public Library Gallery, 224 Third St. N., through August. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21.

Hedin’s quilts have been displayed locally and nationally, and one is currently in the digital collection of the Library of Congress representing Minnesota. “Pieces of Silk” is a collection of smaller contemporary works displaying a variety of traditional quilting techniques, including simple piecing, appliqué and reverse appliqué, as well as experimentation such as folding and overlapping pieces. The geometric shapes are sewn in dupioni silk, a textile woven with different threads to create an iridescence and texture. The circular shapes in this collection are inspired by Buddhist and Hindi mandalas, among other global textile traditions.

Big Truck Event is set for small kids

The Stillwater Early Childhood Family Center’s annual Big Truck Event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the center, 111 Holcombe St. S., Stillwater.

Families with kids up to age 5 are welcome to explore the inside and outside of all kinds of vehicles and participate in other fun activities.

There will be fire trucks, dumps trucks and other vehicles, face-painting, sun visor creations and bike decorating, games, and a bike, trike and stroller parade.

This is a free event, no registration required.


11 a.m. parade begins Pioneer Day festival

Newport’s 2014 Pioneer Day festival will take place on Sunday, Aug. 10, and will kick off with a parade at 11 a.m. The parade will start at 1st Avenue and 17th Street and move down 17th Street to 4th Avenue and then continue to 6th Street, where Pioneer Park is located. The festival, which begins at noon in Pioneer Park, includes inflatables and games for children, food and craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, a car and motorcycle show, bingo, a balloon artist, raffle drawing, an Elvis Presley impersonator and live music from noon to 5 p.m.

Buttons are now for sale at City Hall, the Library and Community Center, North Pole Restaurant, Newport Drug, South Suburban Rental, and John Bartl Hardware. Buttons are $3 each or four for $10 and are good for all-you-can-eat corn on the cob and also the raffle drawing at 5 p.m.

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