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Arts League and Green Island host Market, Music and More in Wadena

Market, Music and More


Market, Music and More The Greater Wadena Arts League (GWAL) and Green Island Retreat and Preserve are working together again to bring about the second annual Market, Music and More on Saturday, Sept. 17. Organizers of the event say that while the Affaire des Artes festival held in Burlington Northern Park the first weekend in June is Wadena's kick-off to summer, the Market, Music and More is the celebration of harvest and the changing of summer to autumn.

The first M of the event is the market. According to GWAL's co-founder, Cheryl Prindle, "this year's market promises to be better than ever."

All local vegetable and meat growers have been invited to set up their tables of produce to sell in Burlington Northern Park from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition to local produce and meats, sellers of home crafted furniture, rugs, quilts; arts and crafts can also be sold.

"We will allow just about anything, except for flea market type merchandise," Prindle added.

This year, a special feature of the market will be Leatherwood Vinegary, the gourmet vinegar business started some 17 years ago near Long Prairie. Nancy Leasman from the Vinegary will also have her whimsical notecards available and books she has authored.

The second M of the event is music. There is some pre-planned music, in the park and then again at Green Island, Starting off the day in the park will be the popular local musician Leon Gordon. Then later in the day, at Green Island, the music of Patty Kakak will begin around 4:30 p.m. The BN Park portion of the event is also an open mic opportunity for any local musicians who would like to showcase their music during the market in Burlington Northern Park.

"Whether your talent is classical, rock, country, folk, blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm or funk, you can claim a piece of the spotlight in the park that day," said Mim Maas of GWAL. Musicians interested can contact Maas at (218) 631-1751 or by e-mailing her at wadenaarts@

The third M stands for more. More is a harvest dinner served at Green Island. The food is all being donated by local producers and is being prepared by Derek Olson of the Harvest Thyme Bistro. The dinner is a fundraiser for the Arts League and tickets must be purchased in advance. They are limited to 30 so people are encouraged to get them right away. They are available at The Bistro, or from David Evert or by calling Mim Maas at (218) 631-1751. Also available at Green Island are tours and the Sculpture Walk. Go to Green Island's website for more information about the Sculpture Walk and what Green Island is all about.