Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sing Around the “Campfire” with Casey Aro

The Arrowhead Library System can help chase away the winter blues with a free family music program being offered at the Cloquet Public Library on Wed., March 13, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.

Tired of winter? Got cabin fever? Bring the kids and join us for a good, old fashioned "sing around the campfire". Local musician Casey Aro tells us, “The winds blow cold in Northern Minnesota, but one way to warm up is to spend some time with Casey!”

Zim’s Casey Aro has been performing for over 25 years. You may have heard him at the Minnesota Discovery Center (formerly Ironworld), any one of a number of regional festivals and events, or even at the Minnesota State Fair.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of Casey’s performances, this is your opportunity to hear a truly unique storyteller and musician. The program is appropriate and fun for kids of all ages. Fast forward to summer and enjoy the music and humor of Northern Minnesota’s own Casey Aro.
 This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at Find us on facebook at “Arrowhead Legacy Events” or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Storyteller brings the folklore of Norway to the Library

Storyteller, artist and musician Arna Rennan will present a family program of tales, songs and music from Norway at 11 a.m., Sat., March 16, 2013, at the Cloquet Public Library. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
With the simplest of elements, Arna Rennan transports her audience to another time and place—to the mountains of Norway.  Using her voice to sing and tell stories while strumming a dulcimer, she brings new life to ancient tales, a tradition used by grandmothers to entertain their grandchildren while mother was busy baking, cleaning or milking the cows. “Children learned stories that taught them courage and the use of their brains to carry them through any situation,” says Arna, who first learned Norwegian folk songs from her parents who emigrated from Norway in the early 1950s.
Arna later lived in Norway for 15 years, and has studied at the Institute for Folk Culture in Rauland, Telemark. There she learned "Kveding" vocal folk music from Ragnhild Furholt and Frode Nyvold. Her repertoire spans lullabies and ballads from the Middle Ages, cow calls, dance tunes and much more. She plays the seljefl√łyte, the overtone flute and “langeleik,” the Norwegian dulcimer. She has performed extensively throughout the Midwest for many years, including at the University of Chicago Folk Festival and most recently in Washington DC.  She has released two recordings: Nordic Shores and Big Brother, Little Brother with her ensemble, Nordic Angst.
For more information, call 879-1531.