Newsletter Published

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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 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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