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Longest Night Music Festival set for Friday in New York Mills

Dave Virnala performs at the 2010 Longest Night Music Festival in New York Mills. He will also be one of the musicians performing at this year's festival, which is set for Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Submitted Photo

For the past couple of years, the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has opened its doors on the "longest night" of the year -- the winter solstice -- for an evening of music, food and conversation with friends and neighbors.

This year's Longest Night Music Festival is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Cultural Center.

Musicians coming to the festival this year include Elisa Korenne, Dave Virnala and John Perry, all of New York Mills; and David Stoddard of Fergus Falls. They will be joined by New York Mills Chief of Police Dave Van Schaick and Lou Hoglund, editor of the Pelican Rapids Press.

Also scheduled to take the stage are Michael Dagen and Amber Fletschock of Hewitt, performing as Dorthy Fix.  The a capella quartet Kordal Kombat, composed of four alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris, will also sing about longer days to come.

No reservations are required to take part in this free evening of entertainment, and everyone is welcome to attend. The festival is being sponsored this year by Dean and Kathy Simpson, Dean's Country Market; and Dennis and Joan Happel and the Happel Law Office.

The Cultural Center is located at 24 Main Ave. North in New York Mills. For more information, call 218-385-3339 or visit