The Decorah Nespapers
June 01, 2016
Nordic Dancers to celebrate 50 years
This summer the Decorah Nordic Dancers will also be celebrating their 50th anniversary at Decorah's Nordic Fest. There have been more than 400 dancers and musicians, proudly entertaining and representing the Decorah community at home and around the world over all these years. “In fact, it might be said, that the Nordic Dancers, has been one of the major factors in making the Decorah Nordic Fest what it has become today,” said Ann Kephart, one of the directors of the Nordic Dancers. The current and past directors are inviting all alumni back July 28-30, 2016 to help celebrate these 50 years of Nordic Dancers at Nordic Fest. There will be the opportunity to participate in the Saturday parade, an informal "mixer" event at Upper T-Bocks in downtown Decorah following the parade, from noon to 2 p.m.; and an opportunity to dance (if so inclined) both in the parade, and at the Saturday night Nordic Fest Alumni Event at the courthouse square from 7-8:30pm. Reunion organizers plan to design Nordic Dancer Alumni buttons made with group year to recognize alumni dancers throughout the Fest. Organizers are reaching out to former dancers, “If you plan on being in Decorah for the Fest this year, please email: ann.kephart246@gmail.com so that we have an idea on the number of buttons to order,” Kephart said. “We hope to see as many of you as possible to make this 50th anniversary a great success.” “Also as a reminder there is a wonderful book that you can preorder a limited edition Nordic Fest 50th anniversary book it includes 22 chapters of Nordic Fest history, a section for you to include your own favorite Nordic Fest memories, and a DVD with archival footage from the first Nordic Fest donated to this special project … as well as a chapter dedicated to Nordic Dancers,” Kephart concluded. Online information can be obtained at www.nordicfest.com/site/nordic-fest-50-book.html; or by stopping at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce office on Water Street.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 8:59 AM
Readers of all ages will explore health and wellness this summer as the Decorah Public Library presents its 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!!” All summer long, a variety of fun events have been planned for families to participate in both at the library and within the community.
  • Center Stage Series 2016-17 subscription packages on sale

    Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash leads a cast of talented performances for the 2016-17 Center Stage Series, Sept. 10 through April 7.

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  • Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

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  • Former Decorah resident pens 3-volume  history of Iowa’s psychiatric hospitals
    David Rosheim, a former Decorah resident and Luther graduate (1966), has published a history of Iowa’s psychiatric hospitals at Cherokee, Independence, Mount Pleasant and Clarinda – two of which, Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant, were closed last year.
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  • The Decorah High School Music Department recently participated in the annual State Large Group Music Festival in Cedar Falls.
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  • Readers of all ages will explore health and wellness this summer as the Decorah Public Library presents its 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!!” All summer long, a variety of fun events have been planned for families to participate in both at the library and within the community.
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  • Upstart Crow Theatreworks present's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" May 5, 7 and 8 (note there is no performance on May 6).
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  • Gather your friends for a lively contra dance this Saturday, May 7. 
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  • “Predisposition”, a play about the bonds of family suffering during times of tension and hardship, written by Luther senior Emma Cassabaum, and directed by Luther senior Maggie Sulentic, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 7-8 in the Storre Theater on the Luther campus.
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  • Dragonfly Books will host international bestselling author Katarina Bivald with her book “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Traveling from Stockholm, Sweden.”
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  • Since late March, students from ArtHaus’ Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) along with with other area teens have been working in collaboration with music students from Luther College. The project, entitled Sound Garden, was facilitated by ArtHaus Co-director, Eric Petersen-Brant, and Luther’s Composer-in-Residence, Brooke Joyce. The group is set to unveil it’s collaborative creations this Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., during the Luther Research Symposium at Bentdahl Commons on the Luther College Campus. The project was sponsored by a community-based research grant from Luther College with funding from the Cargill Foundation. 
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  • Procter cast in Houston opera
    Teresa Procter, formerly of Decorah and now of Houston, Texas, has been cast as the “Principal” in Houston Grand Opera’s 2015-2016 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”.
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  • Northern Lights concert Sunday
    It’s spring and that means Northern Lights, the women’s chorale of NE Iowa and SE Minnesota, will present a free concert for the public.
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  • Luther senior recipient of Brudos Opera Prize
    Brianna Shelly, Luther College senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., is the 2015-16 recipient of the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize.
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  • Luther College performing ensembles Cantorei and the Luther Ringers will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther’s campus.
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  • ArtHaus hosts Poetry Slam and open house to celebrate Earth Day Friday, April 22
    ArtHaus will host activities and events for youth and adults in honor of Earth Day Friday, April 22.
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