Archive for the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ category


October 7, 2009

Celebrate the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s 82nd birthday with a dinner, program and silent auction on Thursday, October 15 at Mulligan’s Pub & Eatery in Perham.

Under the theme Remembering the 50s, the evening features a homestyle pot roast dinner, silent auction and a nostalgia filled program with master storyteller Bob Gasch. Gasch will elicit memories from the audience while weaving together local and national events, places and people from the 1950s.

Social hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30. People are encouraged to slick back their hair and wear their favorite poodle skirts, saddle shoes and jeans. Elvis impersonators are also welcome.

Tickets are $25. For an additional $15, a coach bus will be taken from the historical museum in Fergus Falls with stops at the BP stations in Battle Lake and Ottertail. Enjoy snacks and a beverage on the bus and leave the driving to us. The bus loads at 4:15 and leaves the museum parking lot at 4:30, Battle Lake at 5:00 and Ottertail at 5:30.

Please call the museum at 218-736-6038 to reserve a seat for dinner and the bus.


Encounters of the 3rd Kind: Convergence of SCI FI Enthusiasts

October 2, 2009

Meet at 4:51 p.m at the NEW Kiosk at the “Great Continental Divide” (located by the Big Chief restaurant) Come as you are or as your favorite Alien. Later you will head over to Latitude: 46.28 Longitude 96.09 (Otter Tail County Museum) to view the opening of the Science Fiction exhibit and meet with others that are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! All ages are welcome.


This exhibit opens Friday, October 9, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Admission for non-members on opening night is $3.00 for adults (ages 12 to adult), $1.00 per child (ages 5 to 11), children under 5 years old and members are FREE. Refreshments will be served. The entire gallery is open for reviewal.

“Encounters of the 3rd Kind” brings together the personal treasures of Science Fiction lovers of our community and beyond.

The exhibit runs from October 9, 2009 to December 18, 2009 to coincide with the BIG READ and FERGUS FALLS READS.

General admission rates will be charged after October 9, 2009.

Home Brewers Festival at Eagles

August 11, 2008

Sample the area’s finest home made wine and beer at the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s annual Home Brewers Festival on Friday, August 22, 7:00 p.m. upstairs at the Eagles Club in Fergus Falls.
The Brewers Fest features local beer and wine makers providing samples of their best product. Since they cannot commercially sell their wine or beer, the Brewers Festival is the only opportunity for the public to sample what they have made. With over twenty home brewers participating there will be a wide selection ranging from grape to craison wine and pale ale to chocolate stout beer. If you do not indulge, Stumbeano’s locally roasted coffee will be served.
There will also be a silent auction of beer and wine held throughout the evening. This in an opportunity to take home what you have sampled and at the same time raise funds for the historical society.
The Eagles Club is an ideal location for this event. Constructed in 1946 in the shape of sea-going liner, it was the dream of Fergus Falls brewery owner Heinie Heinrich. According to Jim Gray’s book Building from the Past, “Heinrich used the ship was used for lavish entertaining and was the delight of customers who came from great distances.” The lower level was used as a storeroom for the brewery. The Eagles Club bought the ship in 1961 where it has served as the club’s home since.
If you are looking for an event that is fun, unique and “lavishly entertaining,” then attend the Home Brewers Festival on Friday, August 22, beginning at 7:00 p.m. No one under 21 will be admitted.

Gerda to be Unveiled

May 29, 2008

Plan to attend our Gerda Gala – Gerda’s Official Coming Out Party commencing at 6PM at the Kaddatz Hotel Gallery in the lower level of the historic Kaddatz hotel located in beautiful downtown Fergus Falls on Thursday, June 12, 2008.

I have had a sneak peek at the painting Lance Albers has been working on and it is amazing – make sure to mark your calendars.

Anyone who makes a monetary contribution to our Gerda Project will receive special recognition this evening. Mail checks payable to the Otter Tail County Historical Society and mail them to: 1110 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537. Donations of $250 or more will receive a fine quality print of Gerda.

Gerda Project Featured in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal

April 2, 2008

Paint hit the canvas on Friday, March 28, during the Historical Society’s Friday morning coffee and discussion with artist Lance Albers. The Fergus Falls Daily Journal printed a copy of the original artwork for all to enjoy or hate – be that as it may. It’s a painting that can get a reaction across the spectrum of emotions. It has hung in the museum’s saloon exhibit since the early 1980s. This project will cost just over $3,000. Contribute $250 or more and you will receive a quality print. Checks can be make out to the Otter Tail County Historical Society and mailed to 1110 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

Fergus Falls Daily Journal Article by Tom Hintgen

An added bonus of the photo printed on the Journal is one of three Charles Beck prints we have hanging in the museum library. It is directly behind Lance.