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INTRO TO JAMMING with Chris Kokesh
Tuesdays in January, 6:30-7:30pm
Lessons From the Art, 189 Main St, Iola
$40 for 4 classes, Gift Certificates Available!
Beginning knowledge of your instrument is helpful.
Have you wanted to sing and play with other people but aren't sure where to start? Do you need some motivation to get out your old guitar, fiddle, ukulele? In this class we will use well-known songs to learn to play together, play melodies by ear (not required), and have a bunch of fun! All ages welcome, children under 12 accompanied by adult.

Chris Kokesh spent the last 10 years as a full time performer and teacher of folk music in Portland, OR. She was trained in classical violin (Suzuki method), and more recently has focused on folk styles such as bluegrass, Celtic and country. She loves to help her students identify and learn songs and tunes that inspire them.

For more info or to register, contact Tammie Jo at 715-340-2136 or

On March 19th Jim McKnight and David Wright appeared on the student radio station program called "On Point"  at the UW Stevens Point. The effort was to explain the workings and history of the Chautauqua organization. In addition, the Michael Perry upcoming show was promoted as best we could. I can say that it was most entertianing and the young folks running the operation were professional and a delight to work with (don't mind that preposition ther at the end).


Do listen to WDUX in Waupaca Thursday Morning at 8:45 for an additional interview on our programs. That would be March 22nd.

Here are some exciting upcoming events. As others are scheduled, they will be added.


Jan. 27th. A film, Queen of the Sun,  about bees and what they are telling us about nature. The film will be starting at 7:30 in the Jensen Center Theater. There will be light refreshments following the film along with a discussion of the film.



QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.




Feb. 4th, Sat. : A Contra Dance that will feature live music of the Twin Hill String Band. This great event will be held in the Jensen Center Community Room. Starting time 7:00.


This event will also have a snack potluck and a selection of beverages for purchase, including the always refreshing beers from Cental Waters Brewery. In case your wondering what contra dancing is, it is a traditional type of dancing not totally unlike square dancing but with lines rather than squares. You do not have to be a "square" to do this but "cool" would help. No costumes are needed just enthusiasm and a bent for having fun.


The price for the event is a very reasonable $7 per person. 

Mike Perry Coming Soon April 14th


Mike Perry will becoming to the Theater@1800 (Sentry Theater) on April 14th at 7:30: One of the midwest's most entertaining individuals will be bringing an evening of stories racked with humor and entertainment.


Tickets available at the Box Office for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Phone 715-346-4100