KTTC Television’s Tom Overlie (pictured with attendees). Jess Abrahamson will emcee this year’s event.

Reach for the arts!


The Fall Gala will feature classic rock and roll that will cause your tail feathers to shake.
The Fall Gala will feature classic rock and roll that will cause your tail feathers to shake.

The Old Fashioneds of Winona will perform classic jazz and rock ‘n roll.
The Old Fashioneds of Winona will perform classic jazz and rock ‘n roll.

Area arts, business, and community leaders will gather on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Lanesboro Community Center to celebrate creativity and artistic innovation in Lanesboro at the Lanesboro Arts Fall Gala, featuring silent and sealed bid auctions of fine art and unique experiences benefiting Lanesboro Arts’ year-round rural arts programs and creative place-making efforts. In lieu of a live auction, this year Lanesboro Arts will invite attendees to Reach for the Arts! during a presentation following a gourmet sit-down dinner prepared and served by Lanesboro’s Old Village Hall Restaurant. Versatile Winona group The Old Fashioneds will perform old-time jazz and classic rock ‘n roll. The event will also feature Jess Abrahamson and Tom Overlie of KTTC News, a cash bar, and storytelling. At $65 per person, tickets are sold in advance from Lanesboro Arts. Go to www.lanesboroarts.org or call 507-467-2446 for more information.

The Fall Gala has become a favorite annual Lanesboro area event that creates an opportunity for arts lovers to dance and socialize while supporting an organization that made an impact in 2017 through gallery exhibitions, community murals, performances, place-based artist residencies and educational programs, and the Smithsonian Water/Ways initiative. Led by bedazzling vocalist Sarah Johnson and accomplished blues guitarist Mike Munson, Winona band The Old Fashioneds will perform two live music sets, beginning the evening as a duo for a sultry dinner set of old-time jazz and torch songs and ending the night belting out toe-tapping, old-school rock and roll with bassist Dave Casey and drummer Zac Barbieur. Specializing in bringing old fashioned music to modern day, the band has performed at countless regional clubs, dance classes, music festivals, and fundraisers. Raucous, raunchy and high energy, they will get you dancing and remind you why rock and roll was considered the devil’s music one minute and make you want to grab your sweetheart the next.

Chef Mike Olson of Lanesboro’s Old Village Hall Restaurant will prepare an elegant gourmet dinner menu anchored by lacquered beef brisket or grilled vegetable napoleon entrée choices, in addition to butlered appetizers and desserts. In summer 1994, Old Village Hall owners Jon and Sarah Pieper returned to Southeast Minnesota to create a restaurant that would emphasize creative foods using the freshest ingredients and utilizing regional fare whenever possible. Chef Olson uses seasonal ingredients. Jon loves to go to the St. Charles Amish farmers market to get local produce and the Piepers also keep an herb garden behind the restaurant for beauty and to incorporate fresh-picked herbs into their menu.

Silent and sealed bid auction items will include original art like jewelry by Johanna Berge and Jovy Rockey; a mosaic by Bebe Keith; prints by Betsy Bowen; digital photography Deb Lee Carson; paintings by Mark Hanson and Sara Lubinski; ceramics by Anthony Huonder, Linda Lewis and Chad Jerzak; and more. Auctions will also include plenty of unique experiences like a party for six at the Scandinavian Inn – complete with an overnight stay and breakfast, a tour and overnight on a sailboat on Lake Minnetonka, a dinner for 10 at Old Village Hall Restaurant, overnight stays at gorgeous lodging establishments, and tickets to regional performing arts events.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, butlered appetizers, jazz music, and the sealed bid and silent auctions. The sit-down dinner will follow at around 7 p.m. and the Reach for the Arts presentation will begin at 7:50 p.m., followed by desserts and dancing until the event wraps up at 10:15 p.m.

Proceeds from the event benefit the year-round programming of Lanesboro Arts, serving as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing meaningful and diverse art experiences for people of all ages. In the heart of historic downtown, Lanesboro Arts hosts literary, music, theater, and film events at the St. Mane Theatre, and houses two galleries featuring work by more than 90 regional artists. Lanesboro Arts programming also includes the annual Art in the Park fine art festival, the Lanesboro Emerging Artist Residency Program, classes and workshops, Surprise Sculpture, and Lanesboro Arts Campus Initiatives.

Tickets are $65 per person and are available at Lanesboro Arts, 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro; at www.lanesboroarts.org; or by calling 507-467-2446.  This event is open to the public. The Lanesboro Community Center is located at 202 Parkway Avenue South in Lanesboro.


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