Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Blogging about concerts and more July 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 10:47 AM
Thursday night band concert in Central Park, Faribault

Thursday night concert in Central Park, Faribault

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not much of a musician. In fact, I can’t even read a note.

Not that I didn’t want to learn about music. As a child, I longed to play the piano. But our family had no extra money for a piano, let alone room in our cramped 1 ½- story farm house for the space-hogging instrument.

Instead, I got a toy accordion for Christmas one year and practically played the keys right off the squeeze box. I didn’t need to learn notes; I had a cheat sheet to guide my fingers.

Despite my lack of musical knowledge, I savor music, like that which fills Central Park in Faribault nearly every Thursday night during the summer. For years, my husband and I loaded up the lawn chairs and the kids for the weekly “Concerts in the Park” series. Now it’s just my husband and me, and the lawn chairs.

You can read about our recent concert experience in a blog, “Listening to the blues, savoring the moments in Central Park,” posted on the Midwest Mix Magazine website, http://www.midwestmixmagazine.com/.

I’ll be writing occasional blogs for this free-distribution southern Minnesota arts magazine which debuted with the July/August issue.

You can view the entire magazine online or pick up a copy. Check the website for locales. This magazine is packed with stories centering on the artistic side of southern Minnesota—an interview with a St. Peter poet, a feature on an up-and-coming young blues singer from Sleepy Eye, an article about Fieldstone Vineyards near Morgan, book and music reviews and more.

Even two stories by me, about fellow folk blogger Beth Johanneck (and her friend Melanie Dunlap) and about Berne Swissfest, grace the pages. I encourage you to check out Midwest Mix Magazine. And visit Beth’s blog, http://countrymouse.blogharbor.com/. She, like me, grew up in southwestern Minnesota. Beth’s prairie roots show in her down-to-earth writing and photography.

That said, take time this summer to attend an outdoor concert, even if you can’t read a musical note or carry a tune.


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