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Bloch Party set Sunday at Hjemkomst Center

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is hosting a free outdoor Bloch Party this Sunday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Viking Ship Park, behind the Hjemkomst Center.

This is an outdoor and family-friendly event, so participants are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring blankets. There will be interactive art projects, Rangoli sand art, woodcarving, printmaking, Swedish Dala painting and ceramics.

The Bloch Party will also feature musical performances by Poitin, Ma’di performers, Heather and Thistle,  Mhd. library story time (Johnny Appleseed and  The Giving Tree), along with Margreat and Ishika.

Bloch is an interactive global art project by Com&Com which connects artists and folk traditions to facilitate a worldwide conversation. The core of this unique project is a large tree trunk called Bloch, which originates from an ancient Swiss tradition from the Appenzell region. Bloch travels to every continent. In each location, local artists contribute to Bloch and add their mark or story to the tree trunk.

Bloch traveled Europe (Switzerland and Germany) in 2012, Asia (China, Taiwan, and Singapore) in 2013, and this summer continues its journey to North America by visiting North Dakota in July and August 2014. There it will encounter and engage in traditional, ethnic, and cultural traditions and experience the state’s wide open spaces.

For more information, call 218-299-5511 or visit

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.