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Artistic summer on the way in Winsted
May 30, 2016

By Starrla Cray
Associate Editor

WINSTED, MN – Brazilian street drumming, stilt-walking, a social painting class, and an outdoor orchestra concert are just a few of the cultural experiences taking place in Winsted over the next few months.

The outdoor concert, featuring the Buffalo Community Orchestra, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Winsted Mill Reserve Park by Winsted Lake.

“They’re really, really good,” said Julie Guggemos of the Winsted Arts Council.

Food will be available for purchase from the Winsted Lions Club, and free ice cream will be served courtesy of the McLeod County Dairy Association and Winsted Holding Activities That Unite People (WHAT UP).

There will also be a farm animal petting zoo, provided by the Winsted Jolly Juniors 4-H Club.

At dusk, WHAT UP will present the Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out.”

In case of rain, the music and movie in the park event will take place inside the Holy Trinity School gym.

“Come, and bring your friends,” Guggemos said. “Spread the word.”

Youth art camps
Art camps through the Winsted Arts Council are another opportunity for entertainment and learning this summer.

Day camps for younger children will take place in June and July. Led by Julie Weinbeck Baruch and Leisha Diers, participants will dance, create, and explore.

Teen/tween camps will begin in August. Anne Sawyer-Aitch will teach stilt-walking and festival costume creation; and Tim O’Keefe will provide street drumming instruction.

Sawyer-Aitch is a Minnesota State Arts Board roster artist, and O’Keefe is the director and Mestre de Bateria of Batucada do Norte, Minnesota’s own Brazilian percussion band.

Painting, wine, art
The Winsted Arts Council is planning a group painting class this summer, but a date has not yet been set. The first class took place earlier this year, and was an overwhelming success.

Another social art opportunity is the Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival, which will take place Saturday, July 17. Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce member Glenn Weibel is one of the festival’s founders, and is hosting bus transportation from Winsted for $20 per person.

Winsted Arts Council info
For more details about Winsted Arts Council activities, call (320) 485-3330 or email winstedartscouncil@gmail.com.

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