Arts Downtown Park Rapids Tonight, Thursday February 16

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 in downtown Park Rapids.

Diane Sauer and Jan Lundsten will be featured from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè, 116 3rd Street West. These two friends have entertained audiences individually and together for many years. Both have performed locally or you may have seen them perform at the Woodtick Theater in Akeley.

From 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. poet Sharon Harris and her niece, author and designer Tarah L. Wolff, will be at Beagle Books, 112 3rd Street West. They will take turns reading from their new books and talk about Jack Pine Writers Bloc. Harris will read from her new book of poetry (her third), Unspoken. Wolff will read from her first book, a fantasy novel in a planned series, Embraced by Darkness, Book One: Sacrifices. Wolff did the covers and layout for both books and Harris edited them. Copies will be available.

The new band, Small Town Fugitives, will play blues and folk-inspired rock music from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main Ave. Members of this new band are Nate Decker on bass; his sister, Angie, on drums and her husband, Ryan Schilling, on guitar; and his brother, John Schilling, on mandolin. Ryan also does lead vocals and is the group’s songwriter. Nate and Ryan have been playing together for about a year, but this will be the four-member band’s debut.

Third Thursday events are designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists. Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081 or

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.