A view of Gateway Park, located near the softball/baseball field in Lanesboro.
Lanesboro Arts seeks community vision for Gateway Park
Lanesboro Arts invites community members to share its vision for Gateway Park at a pair of events in the space in September. Ceramics artist Anna Metcalfe will lead two tea and conversation events in the park on Saturday, September 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 3-4 p.m. A free outdoor concert with classic rock quintet The Vintage Tones and the Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ food truck will take place on Saturday, September 22, from 5-7 p.m.
Gateway Park is the natural sloping semicircle area across from the baseball/softball field on the west bank of the Root River between the County Road 8 underpass and the Coffee Street walking bridge in Lanesboro. This site was identified by community members at Lanesboro Arts Campus Visioning sessions in 2013 and 2014 as a potential future location for a stone amphitheater with related amenities.
In partnership with the city of Lanesboro and the Lanesboro Park Board, Lanesboro Arts believes utilizing art, design and history to maintain, enhance and connect a unique and natural asset like Gateway Park has the potential to contribute significantly to on-going community efforts to improve quality of life and stimulate economic growth. Thanks to support from the Rochester Area Foundation and the Mardag Foundation, Lanesboro Arts is inviting community members to come together for events in Gateway Park that will include fun and creative ways for them to share their ideas, input and vision on potential features and designs for a more formalized gathering and recreation space that supports a healthy community.
For the tea and conversation events, Metcalfe will facilitate small group dialog with participants over tea and cookies about space and community so that art can be a vehicle for change. Using strategies from a project Metcalfe has used in other communities called “Upstream,” this project seeks to build connections and share stories between both neighbors and strangers within a watershed through tea drinking, a simple and universally-understood action that will serve as the mechanism by which stories are collected and shared. (The rain site is Lulu’s Funhouse.)
Metcalfe lives and works in Minneapolis where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with her MFA. Metcalfe currently works for Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minn. Interested in the junction of public art and craft, she makes work inspired by water, agriculture, food and community. As a teaching artist, Metcalfe loves to promote collaboration and interdisciplinary learning environments between the sciences and art-making.
At the free outdoor concert and community visioning event with classic rock quintet The Vintage Tones and the Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ food truck on September 22, planners and designers from Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc., (HKGi), will lead design charrette activities that will allow community members to share their ideas, preferences, and priorities for Gateway Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to the concert. The event is taking place following “Girls Day Out” on Coffee Street and the Lanesboro “History Alive!” pop-up plays.
The Vintage Tones is a five-piece rock band primarily based out of Rochester, Minn., that performs favorites and deep cuts from the 1950s and 1960s, including the songs of the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison. The Vintage Tones specialize in performing the music of the Beatles and the music that influenced them, as well as similar styles of early rock and rockabilly. The group consists of Peter J. Post on rhythm guitar and vocals, Patrick J. Heaney on lead guitar and vocals, Lanesboro resident Dave Harrenstein on keyboards and vocals, Geoffrey Forscher on bass, and Dean Loftus on drums.
For more information, visit lanesboroarts.org or call 507-467-2446.