Dan Israel Performs

Dan at the Bart

On Wednesday, August 19, renowned Twin Cities songwriter Dan Israel performed a solo show concluding our summer 2015 Back Porch at the Bart music series. The lucky audience that braved the threat of rain—no drops fell—were treated to an hour-long set of music spanning Dan’s productive career. He previewed a few songs from his upcoming fall 2015 release and even covered tunes by Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

If you missed his performance we sure hope you get a chance to hear him around town. Check his web site at http://danisraelmusic.com for performances.

Dan on the back porch

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Summer Events Calendar

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A Swedish Group’s Reservation at the B House

On Saturday, June 6, we had 20 guests from the TC Dala Forening Society from the American Swedish Institute hold a picnic in our backyard.

1852 Bartholomew House

Backyard of the Bartholomew House

They are a social group whose connection is to Dalarna, a province in Sweden that has a specialty in preserving their heritage. I was thrilled to receive a phone call from Joann, one of their members and a Richfield resident. On picnic day, the rain held off until the very end; we were all grateful for that. They took a tour of the Bartholomew Home (aka Bart House) and played a Swedish game of toss called, Kubb. I wish I had recorded it! We also gained a new member from their group, Mariann Tiblin. Thank you Mariann! I can say that this was the best group I’ve toured. They were curious, smart, and a super lively group. A big thank you to John Bjostad! He is our mighty volunteer of the week who trimmed our grass, pulled out the tables and chairs, and gave tours of the house.

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News: Week of June 1

On Monday June 1, Mai Vang met with Brandi, Lariat Lanes Manager of 13 years, to learn about the history of the bowling alley. It is closing after 57 years. John Powers took over the business 27 years ago. I went over there with a photographer to document the iconic cowboy and cowgirl murals. It felt bittersweet.

Cowboy Mural at Lariat Lanes

Mural at Lariat Lanes on Southwall of Cowboy.

Newsletters are going out this week! Thank you to volunteers Pat Eder and Herb Doty for placing mailing labels and getting it out.

We accepted a new donation from Barb Devlin. She was president of the Optimist Club and created a scrapbook of events throughout her term. What great memories. We love receiving complete collections like this.

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