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Find art and more at Art in the Park this weekend

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Band Shell

Saturday, July 24

9 to 10 a.m. - Red Letter Band

10 to 11 a.m. - Denny Amundson

11 a.m. to noon - Red Letter Band

Noon to 1 p.m. - Denny Amundson

1 to 2 p.m. - Dave Carroll

2 to 3 p.m. - Bruce Nelson

3 to 4 p.m. - Dave Carroll

4 to 5 p.m. - Bruce Nelson

Sunday, July 25

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Gone Fishin'

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - The Hot Dishes

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Gone Fishin'

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - The Hot Dishes

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Skilly and Duff

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sami Steidl with Emergency Stop

3:30 to 4 p.m. Skilly and Duff

Entrance Area

Saturday, July 24

9 to 10 a.m. - Patchouli

10 to 11 a.m. - Shane Dewald

11 a.m. to noon - Patchouli

Noon to 1 p.m. - Shane Dewald

1 to 2 p.m. - Patchouli

2 to 3 p.m. - Markus Blom

3 to 4 p.m. - Patchouli

4 to 5 p.m. Markus Blom

Sunday, July 25

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Johnathan Moeller

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Tom Strohmyer - Wonderful World of Woody

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Johnathan Moeller

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - Tom Strohmyer - Wonderful World of Woody

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Magic Momma Music

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Johari Tribe dancers

3:30 to 4 p.m. - Johari Tribe dancers

Playground area

Saturday and Sunday, various times - Bradley Joseph

The annual Art in the Park, now in its 35th year, will be held at Alexandria City Park this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25.

Art in the Park has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1976. The fine arts and crafts show, promoted as "Central Minnesota's finest outdoor craft festival," has grown from about 15 vendors to about 180.

Sponsored this year by West Central Sanitation and Echo Press, the Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) event draws crowds and exhibitors from throughout the state of Minnesota as well as from several other states.

Art in the Park also includes a variety of ethnic foods and entertainment. The event was originally held at Legion Park in Alexandria, and its purpose was to offer the community a chance to see and purchase the fine art of local artists.

The show still lives up to its original high standard of fine art and high-quality crafts.

The event is now held at Alexandria City Park, nestled along the tree-shaded shores of Lake Agnes and Lake Henry, just off Highway 29 North.

Proceeds from Art in the Park are used to maintain and improve the Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre.

Shuttle service is available. Rainbow Rider transports visitors between City Park and the Douglas County Fairgrounds, where parking is available.

Cost of the shuttle service is $1 each way.

2010 Featured


Magic Mama

Magic Mama is an Eco-Edu-tainer who performs organic hip-hop and world beats for all ages. Through her music, Magic Mama delivers an empowering and hope-filled message of love and respect for all, and inspires creative thinking and Earth-friendly actions.

She plays an eclectic variety of instruments including acoustic guitar, harmonium, canning jars filled with water and a recycled paper drum. With the help of a loop machine, Magic Mama records and layers vocals and multiple instruments live, building to a full-band sound. She also provides the audience with handmade, recycled instruments, including empty cheese-puff bags, rainsticks and used water-filter shakers.

Having spent time the past two years touring nationally, she is currently producing her third album, Renegade Spade, a soundtrack to the Good Food Revolution.

Also known as Kjersten Hallin, Magic Mama is a classically trained pianist who played at the college level in 6th grade. As a child, she also played the violin and clarinet before setting music aside in college, where she trained in fine arts, K-12 art education, environmental studies and outdoor adventure.

After college, she worked as an arts educator in both public and private schools. When she became a mother, she began writing songs about the essence of childhood, the experience of parenting and the connection with nature. These songs became the album Rodeo deGaia, organic hip-hop and world beats for the whole family.

For more information, visit her website at

Gone Fishin'

Inspired by current artists such as The Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers and The Hoppers, as well as classic gospel from groups like the Cathedrals, Gone Fishin' was formed to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a musical gospel ministry.

The name Gone Fishin' came to the group directly from the Lord, and definitely implies that they are "Fishers Of Men," noted the group members. (Matthew 4:19 - "Come follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men.")

The group includes three male vocalists, two female vocalists and, last but certainly not least, one sound and lighting technician.

Gone Fishin' has a very unique and distinctive sound with a warm and wonderful blend of harmonies that capture the attention of all in attendance.

Couple those rich harmonies with a classy touch of humor, and thoughtful inspiration, and audience members will surely be witness to a faith-filled event.

With backgrounds in music and theater, this group is well-schooled in the arts and performs with an energy that radiates throughout the crowd.

Gone Fishin' delivers the gospel of the Lord in such a way that many in attendance stop and reflect on their own personal relationship with Him. It is not unusual for some in attendance to come forward after each performance and share their own personal experiences on their walk of faith, according to group members.

All of the music Gone Fishin' members sing comes directly from the Bible, and they have chosen works by some of the greatest songwriters in Christian music today.

It is their mission to share "the good news" with as many people as possible, and they strive to do this in a very professional and inspiring manner. For more information, visit the group's website at