The Sutter Brothers – Ross and Bart – will present a 50-minute program of music and stories, poetry and song that explores the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, their ancestors, and their descendants. For more than thirty years, The Sutter Brothers have performed shows that integrate Bart’s original writing with Ross’ versions of traditional Scandinavian and American songs and tunes. “Sons and Daughters of the Northern Lights” will offer glimpses of early settlers, memories of a vanished village school, a lament for ghost towns, and celebrations of colorful farm folk and fishermen. The show will be specially designed to evoke memories and provoke curiosity about regional history, ethnic culture, and the presence of the past in our contemporary lives.
Luffarslöjd is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use, using one’s hands and simple tools. Farmers used wires to mend fences and make basic tools around the farm. Leftover bits of wire were then used to make household items like whisks, cake tickles, trivets, or egg holders. More decorative items like candleholders, baskets, and hanging birds and other decorations were also commonly made. The design of wire items is really limited only by one’s imagination. After a talk and exhibit of luffarslöjd items, each person will make a basic hook or two to take home. All tools and materials will be provided. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait until the last minute to find your seat for this fun program!
These programs, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, were funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.