Editor’s Mailbag

Dick Kimmel

Kimmel hosting Jam Session

at the Coffee Hag in Mankato

MANKATO — Minnesota Music Hall of Fame musician, Dick Kimmel, is hosting a series of acoustic jam sessions at the Coffee Hag, 329 N Riverfront Dr in Mankato. The first jam session will take place on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the outside seating area behind the Coffee Hag.

Anyone is welcome. Bring a chair and your acoustic (non-plugged in) stringed instrument. The jam is intended for everyone to participate playing folk, bluegrass, and old-time stringband music. Listeners are certainly welcome, too.

Special guest, old-time fiddler Pamela Longtine from the Twin Cities will be present to play selections from her 2018 CD “Pamela Longtine – Saddle Old Kate.”

This activity is part of Artist on Main Street, a partnership between City Center Partnership, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation. This partnership includes visual arts along the alley behind Old Town businesses.

For more information on the music and future dates, visit: www.dickkimmel.com.

Suzuki Music Open House

NEW ULM — Learn and play music together, Suzuki style! Join the New Ulm Suzuki School of Music for free instrument demonstrations at their fall semester Open House. Members of the faculty will answer questions about the Suzuki Method, lessons, tuition and scholarship opportunities.

The Open House will be held on Monday, August 20th at 6:00 pm at United Church of Christ, 301 South Minnesota, New Ulm, MN. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The New Ulm Suzuki School of Music (NUSSM) has great options for the whole family from group classes to private lessons to ensembles and orchestra. Try out some different instruments at our ‘instrument petting zoo’ or get sized for beginning violin lessons. NUSSM is now accepting students for bass, cello, and piano. Due to an overwhelming response, a wait list has been created for violin and viola.

Suzuki Talent Education was founded by Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki on the belief that every child could learn, and music study was for everyone, not just for those who exhibited signs of talent. He also believed that a positive learning environment would also help to foster excellent character in every student.

Founded over 25 years ago, the New Ulm Suzuki School of Music is co-directed by Paula Anderson and Judy Martens. If you would like information, please visit newulmsuzuki.org or email office@newulmsuzuki.org.

New Ulm Battery at Kiesling House Saturday

NEW ULM — The public is invited to the Historic Kiesling House, 220 N. Minnesota St., to see the New Ulm Battery on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Members of the New Ulm Battery will interact with the audience and share the history of the organization and tell about the cannon which will be on display on the grounds at the Historic Kiesling House

Following the US-Dakota War of late summer 1862, the Minnesota Civilian Militia Act authorized the formation of an artillery unit to protect New Ulm against future Dakota attacks. Those attacks never came; but the city continued to maintain the Battery up to present day. The Battery was originally formed as a military unit to engage in combat, but it enjoys the reputation of “never having fired a shot in anger.” The Battery stands as a symbol for the city of New Ulm and is used extensively for dedications, parades and educational purposes.

and traditions of area immigrants and events, like the US-Dakota War of 1862, that shaped New Ulm. Examine the development of community and influence of social and political issues on residents that lived in this area of Minnesota.

Admission: $3 per person — Free 5 and under.

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