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Music atop Blue Mounds

Weekend events feature Sioux quartzite discussion, original string instruments
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Lori Sorenson

Music lovers enjoyed a serene evening atop the Blue Mounds State Park Saturday night when musician Paul Imholte played a variety of stringed instruments at the Interpretive Center.
As part of the 2015 Life on the Prairie series of summer events, Saturday’s Concert on the Prairie featured the haunting sounds of unusual and original string instruments.
Imholte wrote the music in honor of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie and performed to a small crowd gathered in the warm glow of a setting summer sun.
Earlier on Saturday, Sioux quartzite specialist Jim Kersten presented “Our Amazing Quartzite Country,” a tutorial on the glacial ridge that runs from Mankato to the middle of South Dakota.
Next in the series of free public events for Life on the Prairie is Freya Manfred at Home — Words on the Prairie.
The poet and author will return to her family home in the Interpretive Center to share thoughts on raising twins and on family relationships. She’ll read excerpts from her two books on these topics during the 3:30 p.m. event on Sunday, June 21.
Coming in August will be American Bison on the Prairie with Blue Mounds State Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen on Aug. 14 and A Walk on the Prairie at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Naturalist Howard Paul.
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