- Fowler and Johnsen, Prairie Fiddle, September 14
The John G. Neihardt State Historic Site presents: “A Musical Program on the Prairie Fiddle” At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2014, musicians Dave Fowler and Carolyn Johnsen will present various historical and romantic perspectives on the instrument we lovingly call the “fiddle” and its upscale cousin, the violin. The program will include early Irish-American tunes, historically traditional Nebraska tunes, and a bit of bluegrass styling, as well as romantic tunes from barn dances, honky-tonk clubs, and gypsy cafes. Dave Fowler will fiddle while Carlyn Johnsen accompanies him on the keyboard. These performers encourage you to come with your requests. Be ready to enjoy an hour of lively, varied music in the intimate setting of the Neihardt Memorial Room, and share in the reception to be served after the program. Also, if you have not yet viewed the fine exhibit of pastel art by the late Rev. F.W. Thomsen of Blair based on Black Elk’s Vision as told in Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks, this is a great time to do so. Peruse our selection of books and CDs as well as local beadwork.
- Fifteenth Laureate's Feast November 9, 2014
The John G. Neihardt Foundation, dedicated to the legacy of Nebraska's Poet Laureate, will hold its fifteenth annual Laureate's Feast dinner and auction fund raiser on Sunday, November 9th in the Swanson Conference Center at 32nd and Sorenson Parkway entrance of the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.
This year, the Neihardt Word Sender award will be presented to Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet. She is the first female to be honored with this distinction in Nebraska. As the State Poet, Hansen serves as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature in Nebraska; gives public presentations and readings; leads workshops and discussions; and provides outreach in schools, libraries, literary festivals and other venues. Hansen has won numerous awards including the 2012 Nebraska Book Award for her book Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet (written with Linda Hasselstrom). Readers of her work will find a narrator with a palpable connection to the natural world, a reverence for the past, and an ability to celebrate the local wonders of our state.
In previous years, the Word Sender award has been presented to such luminaries as photojournalist Fr. Don Doll, journalist Tom Allan, author Joseph Starita, Ron Hull of NETV, former Governor and Mrs. Thone, folklorist Roger Welsch, State Poet Bill Kloefkorn, and Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. The evening's activities include a wine reception with music by Michael Murphy of Omaha. Emcee will be Paul Hammel, Omaha World Herald journalist and Foundation board member, and the auctioneer will be Dr. Myrvn Christopherson, former President of Dana College, now retired. The reception, meal, and decor are all designed and prepared by the Culinary Arts Department of Metropolitan Community College.
Both the silent and live auctions contain interesting, unusual, and valuable items, such as fine art and signed prints, fine wines, a variety of gift baskets, Opera Omaha and Omaha Symphony tickets, athletic event tickets, first edition works by Neihardt, and a great variety of dinner certificates and gift and collector items.
The Laureate's Feast is open to the public, but does require advance reservations as dinner seating is limited; reservations are open through November 2nd. Contact the Neihardt Foundation office at 1-888-777-4667 or 402-648-3388 or on-line at Neihardt@gpcom.net for reservations. Tickets are $100 per person. Also available are sponsor tables for eight at $1000. The Neihardt Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization and 35% of the dinner cost is tax deductible. The reception, music, and silent auction begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the live auction. Dress is business attire.
- Fall and Winter Programs September 14, October 12, November 6, December 14, 2014
For more information, please contact the Neihardt State Historic Site at 1-402-648-3388 or 1-888-777-4667 or by email at email@example.com. Visit the site at 306 W. Elm Street, Bancroft, NE.