First opportunity, Thursday, Dec. 3, showcases Scandinavian fiddler
By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - Footprints of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment will be seen at the Cokato Public Library in the coming months with an array of cultural programming being offered.
In November 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, creating new financial resources for land conservation, water conservation, parks and arts.
As part of this amendment, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) was one of 12 library systems to receive funding for arts and cultural heritage programming.
The first program will feature Karen Solgård, a Norwegian Hardanger fiddler, who will be performing traditional Norwegian, Swedish, and American folk songs Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Room.
Solgård calls the Norwegian Hardanger the “Norse Fiddle,” as a way to better describe it to her American audiences.
The Hardanger fiddle is named after a region in Norway where it is thought to have originated, according to Solgård, who was born in Crookston.
For more information about Solgård and the music made from a Hardanger fiddle, visit www.norsefiddle.com.
The Minnesota Zoo will be making a trip to the Cokato Public Library Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. with interactive presentations about nature and animals using live animals, according to Sheila Rieke, Cokato branch manager.
Then, Tuesday, Jan. 26, the library will host Mixed Blood Theatre, presenting “Daughters of Africa.”
“Daughters of Africa” is a “tour-de-force” musical by Sly Jones encompassing three centuries of African American women, from the life of a slave woman to today’s Oprah Winfrey.
The musical will feature songs from Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, and Beyoncé.
For more information about upcoming programming at the Cokato Public Library, visit www.griver.org/locations-and-hours/cokato-public-library.