Laura MacKenzie and The Lads

Laura MacKenzie and The Lads is a traditional trio with a richly Irish core. This Saturday they will perform Christmas carols and holiday music with a Gaelic twist at the library.

The trio utilizes an array of surprising instruments such as wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various bag pipes and voice. Together, they present a dazzling spectrum of Irish music (sometimes with dance).

When Laura and The Lads join forces, traditional artistry and modern sensibilities come together and something wonderful happens: a driving, intensely melodic profusion of sound…a hybrid of flutes in full flight, voices that soar, drums that echo, and hold-on-to-your-hats piping that delivers a rich tapestry of marvelous music.

The trio will perform in the Foot Room at 1 pm.  Bring your whole family and start your Christmas season off a little early!


Cover image for Old world murder : a Chloe Ellefson mysteryWith the holidays here our schedules fill up even faster than normal, so take a moment to mark your calendars for the next Friends of the Library book club meeting.  On December 8th the book club will gather at 6 pm at the Red Wing Village Co-op (2533 Eagle Ridge Drive) to discuss Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst.  Some of you may remember Ernst from earlier this summer when she was here for an author visit.  Not only prolific, Ernst is also gifted enough to cross genres and audiences without a hitch.  She has written numerous children’s books, including several in the immensely popular American Girl series, as well as a couple of non-fiction books.  She has now published her sixth volume in the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series, but the club will be starting with book one, Old World Murder.  So pick up a copy of this novel today.  You just might discover a whole new series and a whole new group of friends!     

“My Impressions of Cuba”

Red Wing resident and attorney Chuck Richardson has an unusual distinction among the well-traveled; over the past fifteen year he has legally traveled to Cuba ten times.  From those voyages grew not only a love of the Spanish language, but of the Cuban culture, including its music and its people.  Chuck will present “My Impressions of Cuba” on Saturday, November 21st from 10 am-12 pm in the Foot Room.  His captivating images and story telling will transport the audience to this enigmatic country.  Come explore the colors and warmth of Cuba on a day when Red Wing will be cold and gray!

This event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Give to the Max!

gtmd-logoToday is the annual MN Give to the Max day and it just so happens that our awesome Friends of the Library group is one of the charities that you can donate to. They do so much around here – buying equipment, arranging author programs, running a book club and just generally helping out whenever they can. If you are able to donate any money, please consider them (or one of the other wonderful charities available through GiveMN). Thanks!