Fall concert season at NYMRCC
The 2013 fall concert series at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center continues next month, with three events scheduled.
The Cory Wong Jazz Quartet performs Friday, Oct. 4 at the Center, starting at 7:30 p.m.; Minnesota troubadour Charlie Maguire performs Friday, Oct. 18, also at 7:30 p.m.; and Dorothy Fix & the Vine perform Friday, Oct. 25 at new venue The Creamery, starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the Cory Wong show are $12 in advance or $15 the night of the concert; Maguire’s performance is free and open to the public, hosted by the Viking Library System; and there is a $5 cover to attend the Dorothy Fix show, though admission is free if you come in Halloween costume.
Bob and Bonnie Thompson donated the historic Creamery building to the Cultural Center at the end of 2011.
The building has a long and storied history in the community, as a center for farmers and the agricultural economy for decades, as a dairy bar, then as a hardware store, boat dealership, and home of Mid-State Auto Auction.
From 2007-11 the Creamery housed the “Creamery Cafe,” under the ownership of Cheryl Humbert and Jack Monty.
Through the generosity of the Thompson family it now belongs to the community and will be operated under the care of the New York Mills Cultural Center. The Creamery’s first major project is a business incubator designed to provide 21st century communications tools to creative community members who want to develop their ideas into sustainable businesses.
This project is assisted by the “Work of Art” series of workshops presented through Springboard for the Arts, a statewide technical assistance organization for artists run by artists and the creative energies of more than 20 artists from the region.
Plans include reopening the restaurant, making space for artists to work, and developing new, robust businesses for the region. Much of what takes place in the Creamery will be under the umbrella of the Continental Divide Folk School, a new arm of the Cultural Center dedicated to engaging artists with the community.