At the June 12 Park Rapids Rotary Club meeting, Rotary Foundation chair Craig Nulliner, at left, honored Harlan Johnson and Lu Ann Hurd-Lof. Club president Scott Hewitt also congratulated the Paul Harris recipients. They were recognized for their contributions to the foundation’s mission of enabling Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, support of education and alleviation of poverty.
Installed recently as 2019-20 officers of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 212 of Park Rapids were (front row) Lynn Cadwell, Renee Buggert, Pat Cadreau, Lynn Spilman, Evie Hagen and (back) Dorothy Pierzinski, Ginny Ranisate, Linda Swanson, Mary Safratowich and Diane Lechner. Submitted photo
"Collapsing Stars," a Twin Cities-based band, headlines 2nd Street Stage on Thursday, June 20. Sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, 2nd Street Stage celebrates summer and live music Thursday evenings through Aug. 15. "Collapsing Stars" bring a blend of blues, roots, folk and Americana sounds "with a hint of modernity." In the last few years, they've earned producer credits on a record for Rhymesayers Entertainment, played a showcase at the renowned Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and in 2016 performed for over 120,000 people at Red Bull Crashed Ice.
"Unpolished," a local Park Rapids bluegrass band as seen on Lakeland PBS "Backroads," will perform Thursday, June 20 at Faithbridge Church for the Noon Hour Concert Series. Playing an eclectic mix of roots, Americana and bluegrass on bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo — complete with rich three-part harmonies — the group covers many styles of folk music, including music from the 1800s through Civil War, old cowboy music, railroad songs, bluegrass and traditional gospel.
Local artist Nate Luetgers will be leading a painting class for youth on Saturday, June 22 at the Nemeth Art Center. This free class is supported through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council to provide access to arts learning during the summer to youth in the area. Luetgers has been a prevalent artist in the community, leading art classes for all ages, for many years. The Nemeth is hosting two art classes by Luetgers to help young artists explore their creativity and self-expression through art.
Jim Ertl shared this photo he took of a loon and chick. "Two loon chicks hatched in a nest by our dock on Fish Hook River," he said. "The picture is from Sunday morning (June 9) returning to the nest. Beautiful sight!" (Submitted photo)
In fitting fashion, Scott Cirks (son of Gene, nephew of Kelley) and Nick Marvin took top honors in the Cirks Brothers' Memorial Scholarship Fishing Tournament June 8 on Lake Belle Taine in Nevis. The winning duo caught a limit of walleyes early, then filled their limit with nice bass and pike on their way to a total weight of 40.48 pounds to top the 48 team field, according to tournament organizer Jeremy Anderson. The father-son team of Kevin and Tayden George took second place with a total weight of 36.71 pounds and also caught a full limit of all three species.
The Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids held a reception and awards ceremony May 18 for its annual Juried Youth Art Show. The show, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), attracted submissions from high school students in grades 10 through 12 from around the region, including Park Rapids, Menagha, Nevis, Perham, Bemidji, Dilworth and Ulen-Hitterdahl. The show exhibits works of art done in a wide range of mediums, including digital computer graphics, oil and acrylic paint, charcoal and graphite as well as photography.
The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to a ribbon-cutting event and tour of the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. Eight sculptures have been selected and will remain in place for a year. This year, the Sculpture Trail extends downtown with two additional artworks at 2nd Street and Main Avenue. The tour will end there.
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association invites all to celebrate summer at 2nd Street Stage events Thursday evenings from June 13 through Aug. 15, except July 4. That week the concert will be Friday, July 5. This will be the eighth year of the great community get-together that 2nd Street Stage has become. The 10 free concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 8) with bands, a beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities on the second block of South Main. Bring your own lawn chair.