PRCA Roaring 1920s Speakeasy Soiree and Silent Auction

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Old #1 Southside

Doors Open at 7pm

Advance tickets available at PRCA

Enjoy an evening thrown back to an era of epic change. We will have 1920s inspired hors d’oeuvres, Charleston lesson, photo booth with props, music and more! Have fun and dress as “ritzy” as you want but not required. Join us for a roaring good time!

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Local Art Non-Profit and Brewery Bring an Open Mic and Beer Tasting to Morris

Local Art Non-Profit and Brewery Bring an Open Mic and Beer Tasting to Morris

Read Local Books, Beer and Bars The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and Goat Ridge Brewing Co. are teaming up to bring local artists together with locally crafted micro-brews at its first “Books, Beers, & Bars” open mic on Saturday, April 25th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at 630 Atlantic Avenue. 

The open mic is free and open to the public. James A. Zarzana, author of The Marsco Dissident, and Rebecca Fremo, author of Chasing Northern Lights will be reading from their books. After their reading there will be a Q&A, and book signing.

Goat Ridge Brewing Co. will be providing several locally brewed micro-beers to taste for free. Goat Ridge Brewing Co. is opening in New London on April 11th and this will be their first public event. Goat Ridge Brewing Co. supports craft beer, community engagement and the celebration of local culture.

This open mic is another event in The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance’s Read Local program. The Read Local program, which began in Marshall, MN, brings Minnesota authors to towns in Southwest Minnesota to participate in a variety of literary events and grow local artistic culture. The mission of the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance is to advocate, promote, and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area by

* Supporting the creativity of all people
* Welcoming and celebrating a variety of cultures and perspectives
* Weaving arts, culture, and heritage into the fabric of the community
* Creating a physical place to see, do, experience art/culture/heritage.

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PRCA Presents: Read Local Reading and Potluck


What: Read localRead Local Reading and Potluck

When: Saturday, February 7, 4-6pm

Where: Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267

On Saturday, February 7, five Minnesota authors will read from and discuss their writing at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. The event, which will be from 4 to 6pm, is free and open to the public, and includes a potluck. Board members of the PRCA will bring food, but everyone is invited to bring something to share.

The five authors are part of the “Read Local” program, a project started by Steve Linstrom in Marshall, Minnesota, to bring regional writers to western Minnesota. Read Local has been underway in Marshall for a year, and now Morris and Granite Falls have joined the program.

The five authors coming in February are:

Paul Legler, a lawyer and policy consultant who lives near Minneapolis, and whose novel, Song of Destiny, tell the story of two brothers who grew up on the North Dakota plains during the turbulent ’70s and have come back together after thirty years.

Milissa Nelson, from Sartell, will share her YA novel, Seasons of Raina, that tells the story of a bullied girl who moves to Minnesota from Colorado to find a new life

Forrest Peterson, a former editor for the West Central Tribune, now works for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is the author of Buffalo Ridge, a novel about ordinary people surviving challenges to agriculture and the meth scourge with humor and strength.

Anne Tews Schwab, from the Twin Cities, will read from her novel in verse, Capsized. Schwab received her MFA from Hamline and has fun writing poetry about pirates. You can find some of them at

Gene Stark, of Glenwood, has three books to share: Deep Tracks to Follow, a memoir of a family and a dog; Flyover Seasons, lyric poetry about western Minnesota; and Tracks in the Mud: Trailing the Last Great Fur Boom, creative non-fiction about the end of the fur industry.

All of these books, as well as books by other Read Local authors, are available at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance.

The Read Local program was designed to bring local and regional writers and readers together in intimate settings, and to make their books available to the general public. The roster of chosen books includes a wide variety of literature: fantasy fiction, picture books, YA novels, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, literary novels, and more.

For more information, please contact the PRCA at 585-5037,, or come by the gallery at 630 Atlantic Avenue in Morris.

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