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The Filipino community has joined the ethnic groups that will celebrate their culture during the annual Northern Plains Ethnic Festival. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.19, at Prairie Outpost Park on Museum Drive. Rose McMurtry, her partner Emmalyn Vance and a helper will be preparing Filipino foods that will be served individually or as a complete meal.
Marisa Schmidt has been cleaning, painting and decorating in preparation for the opening of her Wonder Years Learning Academy. The academy is a preschool to be held in the lower level of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dickinson. It will open on the first day of the public schools -- Aug. 24. She’s accepted help from volunteers with the Badlands Ministries who did painting and cleaning for two days as part of their community service.
Georgia Chrome is all about playing chart-topping country music, but the musicians are best known as the house band for Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row at Scottsdale, Ariz. They are bringing their style of music to North Dakota when they appear for the First on First Dickinson Summer Nights concert series. Their performance is Thursday, Aug. 17, with Outlaw Sippin’ as opening act.
The Schneider Sisters like to sing in harmony, but each doesn’t hesitate to sing a solo on a stage as large as the bandshell. The sisters, the daughters of Cebe and Bruce Schneider, will be featured in the final bandshell performance of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. “They sing everything from gospel to pop -- their voices are so different, there’s no two vices that are the same,” said Cebe.
BEACH—The Golden Valley County Museum has many stories to tell when visitors pause to listen, imagine and learn. Imagine students walking to school with a lunch pail in hand, or the neighborhood women at a quilting bee, or the men threshing oats with horses and steam tractors. Their stories are told through the multiple artifacts left behind. Anyone who has ever attended a country school will remember the "Dick and Jane" primary readers, the desks with an inkwell and the pot-bellied coal stove in the corner.
Before North Dakota entered the Union as a dry state in 1889, the region's commercial beer industry thrived. Alicia Underlee Nelson recounts North Dakota's journey from a dry state to a booming craft beer hub in her newly released book, "North Dakota Beer: A Heady History." She will be in Dickinson for three appearances: • She will appear for a book reading, signing and appetizers from 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at CNC Clothing Gallery, 46 First Ave. W. in Dickinson.
MEDORA -- A 98-year-old veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps reflected on his experiences to help restore the Chateau De Mores State Historic Site during a History Alive! presentation on July 23. Assistant Site Supervisor Ed Sahlstrom portrayed the veteran after doing research and talking to the actual veterans who returned to the Chateau.
Guns will be a blazin’ in the Badlands when the North Dakota Mounted Shooters Association pulls into Medora on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13. The association is sponsoring a competition at the Ranchorama. Saturday’s main match starts at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday’s main match starts at 9:30 a.m.
Church of Cash, billed as a “World Class Johnny Cash Tribute,” will celebrate the life and music of legendary Johnny Cash during a concert for First on First Dickinson Summer Nights.Their show is Thursday, Aug. 10, in downtown Dickinson with Sawdust as the opening band. Johnny’s music can be heard through the voice of lead singer Jay Ernest with his natural deep bass-baritone voice.
Lisa G and the Showdown will entertain the bandshell crowd with a roster of country music spiced up with rock. The band’s performance is next on the bandshell series, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.8. The band performs monthly at the BrickHouse Grille B2 Lounge, but the bandshell is its first community-wide performance. “All the people in the band are from other bands,” said Keith Traquair, who plays keyboard and sings with the band.