Contribute. What a beautiful lyrical word. Try tracing it across your tongue. Here in Minot during the month of April there will be myriad cultural Contributions, all adding up to a delicious month for everyone, regardless of age or cultural desire. So, grab your cultural calendar and jot down the dates and events, and get geared up for this month of giving and receiving.
Les Younger, president of the Minot Area Theatrical Society, urges you to circle the dates of April 4-7. At The Vegas, the MATS production "Pirates of the Chemotherapy" begins at 7 p.m., except Sunday when you can see the thespians at 1 p.m. In addition to the show you may also eat Friday through Sunday. For reservations, simply dial 509-5215. Les reminds everyone that $1 of every price that you pay for your ticket will be Contributed toward Breast Cancer Awareness. What a wonderful gift which will contribute to the health and happiness of countless women, he says. The combination of laughter and tears in the comedic camaraderie among six female thespians, all cancer victims determined to be pirates fighting this monster of female destruction, pretty much describes what you will see as the play evolves. Directing this production is Nicolette Nelson Eisenzimmer. Assistant director is Cassie Rech. Members of the all-female cast are Debbie Fauske, Kristin Nelson, Kit Young, Katlynn Taylor, Marjorie Hoeven and Nicolette Eisenzimmer. Les believes that his organization will feel good as this timely production reaches not only women, but also their families attempting to rid the monster, cancer.
Every Saturday in April from 10 a.m. to noon, if you are a fourth-grader or older and would enjoy contributing to future Mouse River productions, simply be at the Arlene Theater, where seasoned thespians will Contribute their know-how for you. The cost is $5 per class with classes culminating in one of "Aesop's (Oh, So Slightly) Updated Fables" on stage for the public's pleasure. The troupe of future thespians carries the intriguing moniker of "Mouse Tales Children's Theater" as they get ready for their cultural Contribution in our community. Contact Holly Eidsness at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
On April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Minot State University's Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, you can listen to a youthful 21-year-old cellist, Sebastian Baverstam. Brought to Minot as a performer in the International Artists Series, this Swedish-American cellist appears in Minot with a hefty number of accolades and awards. There seems to be absolutely nothing he is unable to bring forth on his instrument. If you are a lover of the instrument of his choice, the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall will be your hall of choice in April - another cultural Contribution to your happiness.
There are myriad opportunities to contribute to causes, communities and persons. "Swing into
Spring," brainchild of longtime Contributor Dr. Lowell Latimer, will take place for the eighth time in Minot at the Holiday Inn. If you are an adult, it will cost you $10 and if you are younger than an adult, $5 will assure you that you are Contributing to the Minot Public School Foundation, and that Dr. Latimer will put on his contagious smile. At 7 p.m. members of Minot's Wellington Assisted Living Choir will give you a musical gift. This is a new gift which will enhance your evening of music provided by the Joe Alme-directed Minot Community Band - one of Minot's favorite bands and one of its favorite directors. After the band's concert, Joe will direct the gifted jazz band, which will play numbers for your dancing for what has earned a reputation through the years as the "Swing into Spring Band to which swingers swing." Scheduled to take the floor again when the strains of "New York, New York" are heard is a top-of-the-line swinger Dr. Lowell Latimer. And, if her legs will follow his leading, his partner of choice will Swing into Spring with him once again. When you feel the urge to eat and drink during the evening, hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be present to serve your needs. Dr. Latimer assures you that your Contributions will serve to help the Minot Public School Foundation, the sponsors of this event. You'll have a fun night as you swing and contribute, too.
On Saturday, April 13, at the Sleep Inn and Suites at 7:30 p.m. your funny bones are promised a complete workout, courtesy of the Contribution of Minot's Nodakords. Their annual "Good Times Music Show" begins at 7:30 and will be preceded by a half-hour, when, if you choose, you may indulge in food and beverage. There will be popcorn and beverages during the evening, according to one of the Nodakords favorite members, Marty Graner - and he ought to know as the voice of experience. Another long-timer and favorite baton twirler, Gordon Troxel, will be twirling his trusty baton. Special Contributions during the evening to make it a "Good Times" show will be the Nodakords very own Dakota Blend Quartet, the music of the Dixieland Band, and the incredible vocal music of own Treble Makers. At the conclusion of the evening's show, if you want still more good time stuff, the Nodakords invite you to hang around for some informal musical fun. Tickets will be available at the door but will be available at Nite Train Pizza, Jacobsen's Music, Sleep Inn and Suites, and from any Nodakord member. Adult tickets sell for $15 with ages 12 and under admitted free.
Lucky 13. Since 1993, the Minot YWCA has honored Minot area women for a variety of ways they have Contributed to our area. This year on April 18 in Minot's Grand International Inn, the YWCA will again honor women during its Girl Friends banquet which starts at 6 p.m. with feminine socializing. The banquet and program will follow at 6:30. Guest speaker for the evening will be past recipient of the honor of "Distinguished Woman," Shelly Weppler. Personally, it is with pride I will listen to Shelly as it happens she was nominated by me several years ago, and she was in my Sunday school class as a second-grader. "Distinguished Woman" award recipients will be awarded and applauded at evening's end for being Contributors.
The Taube Museum of Art's Executive Director, Nancy Walter, promises you an exciting evening April 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. if you are in Sweet and Flour Patisserie venue at 400 Central Ave. E, Suite 101. In the third of the series called "Paint the Town Red," aimed at helping those 21 and older who would like to learn from a real artist how to create a piece of art in one evening, Katelyn Feist says she's willing to share - otherwise known as Contribute - some of her artistic tips with all who gather in this venue. A cost of $35 may well lead to artistic works that will grace your walls and amaze your friends - and you too. During the month of April, the Taube walls will be covered with the artwork of North Dakota students. As you step into the Taube, you could be amazed at the talents of our North Dakota young people and be encouraged to feel that their artistic talents could lead to years of Contributing to culture, personally and publicly.
Another packed Ann Nicole Nelson Hall is scheduled for April 20 at 7:30 p.m. According to "freshman" conductor of the orchestra Scott Seaton, the concert billed as a "MSO Pops Saxophone Extravaganza" promises to be a concert jam-packed with saxophones and saxophone music, which should bring the hall to its feet as well as hands in applause from miles around Minot. The evening will also be remembered for its patriotic flavor. All branches of our military will be saluted with the Minot Air Force Base special guard's appearance with its color guard starting out the evening with its familiar appearance. This patriotic salute and saxophones are sure to be an extravagant Contribution for all of you who pack Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, and greet with resounding applause Scott Seaton, our brand new director, and our incomparable Symphony Orchestra.
April 26 will mark the 30th year that the MSU Alumni Association has hosted a special gala which Contributes to the MSU continuing presence in Minot, North Dakota. When you don your gala attire and make your entrance for this year's Alumni Association Gala Dinner and Auction, you will discover lavish decor and always-friendly MSU folks with whom to socialize with, while your top-of-the-line food is getting ready to be served at creatively gala candlelit tables. You will have opportunities to take home at evening's end special items displayed on the silent auction tables. Auctioneer specialists will hold aloft during the live auction a variety of "must have at any price" articles for which you can try to outbid other bidders. There is sure to be at least one or more hats up for bid, according to our source. Best part of your attending this year's Gala at the Grand International Inn is that your $30 admission ticket, which will mean you've Contributed to someone's education at our wonderful MSU. It will benefit students via scholarships, as well as many MSU activities through the year. It will contribute as well to the Connections publication and, importantly, your chance to hold the hands of our superb president, Dr. David Fuller, who plans on leaving MSU for other endeavors in 2014. It will be our chance to thank him for the many ways that he has raised MSU's bar, education-wise, to higher levels. A plus during the gala will be your holding the hand of David's sparkling wife Nancy, the woman behind and always with him at all times. Together David and Nancy will be sure to make April 26 truly gala.
Through the years, the Minot Chamber Chorale songsters have Contributed scores of a variety of vocal music enjoyed by hundreds of fortunate listeners. On Sunday, April 28, the vocalists, accompanied as usual by petite, talented Audrey Hugulen, will present their final concert for this season. A variety of your all-time favorites are sure to Contribute to an April afternoon held in Minot's First Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. After the concert you may have your ice cream - and eat it too. Director Bob Demke says the concert is free but that an offering, willingly given, will be appreciated. Small thanks, for sure, for a special vocal concert thanks to the Chorale songsters.
Even if April rain drops happen to fall, April's Cultural Contributions are sure to make this year's April a month to enjoy and remember.
(Arlene Saugstad is a freelance writer who lives in Minot.)