Posted: Tue, December 10, 2013
There is a distinct difference between "collecting" and "accumulating", "stockpiling" or, to use a contemporary reality TV theme, "hoarding". The latter are indiscriminate habits reflecting, perhaps, the less-disciplined side of human nature that results in an often higgledy-piggledy compilation. "Collecting", however, is both purposeful and selective and often results in a display that is a thing of beauty and a testimony to human thought and creativity.
Posted: Mon, September 16, 2013
On display through the end of December, the current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center, "Collecting Christmas" is indeed a thing a beauty. Comprised of selections from a variety of collectors, the exhibit reflects the joy, tradition and reverence inherent in this holiday season. Nativity scenes contributed by Sue Baron of Charles City represent the Christmas story as interpreted through the eyes of different cultures and artisans. The warm glow of vintage glass ornaments collected by Bill and Renee Croell of New Hampton embody the simple pleasures of the Christmases past. "Manufactured to be collected" items such as Snowbabies, plates by Hummel and Bing and Grondahl, Rowe Pottery Santas and are intermixed with "made collectible by age and love" items such as vintage postcards, a diversity of angels and nostalgic full page illustrations of Santa scenes from early New Hampton Tribunes. Even Scrooge could find something of pleasure and meaning among these fine and carefully chosen artifacts.
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. It is open noon to six on Thursdays, ten to four on Saturdays, one to four on Sundays or anytime by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Center at (641) 394-2354 or consult its website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
He deals in concrete for a living, but Bill Croell and his wife Renee take special pleasure in their "light-as-air" glass ornaments.
Posted: Thu, July 25, 2013
If you are the type of person who likes to wander around antique or second hand shops, you'll enjoy this. If you've ever wondered what type of stuff your neighbor might be hoarding, you'll enjoy this. If you think it would be fun to stock a "cultural capsule" to launch into outer space in hopes of making contact with other life forms, you'll enjoy this. "This" is "Carnegie's Closet", the current temporary exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center.
On display through early November, the exhibit showcases some of the items donated by area residents that are now part of the Carnegie's permanent collection, but not always on display. Items in the Carnegie's Closet are varied...clothing and accessories, kitchen paraphernalia, religious artifacts, toys, calendars, medical gear, souvenirs from around the world, vintage catalogs, school memorabilia, greeting cards, sewing and needlework supplies and local advertising ephemera. Some of the items are common and some unusual, but they all, in some way, tell something about life as it is or has been in the Chickasaw County area.
There is a lot to take in, so the Cultural Center is issuing a challenge that could pay off for attentive observers. Until the end of October, visitors are invited to find specific items and information in the exhibit and record what they have found on survey sheets. On October 31, drawings will be held from the completed forms for cash prizes in each of three age categories: Elementary (grades 1-6), Middle and High School (grades 7-12) and adult (out of high school). Taking up the challenge could be rewarding fun...it could also prompt one to take a more in depth look in his own closets!
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. Fall and winter hours are: Thursdays 12-6; Saturdays 10-4; Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information call (641) 394-2354 or visitwww.carnegieculturalcenter.org
Photos: The Carnegie's Closet illustrates the beauty of ordinary kitchen utensils and the unusual items collected by a Chickasaw County turn of the century world traveler, Harry Dane.
Perhaps it's because of the late, wet spring. Perhaps it's because the school starting date is earlier than ever. Perhaps it's both, but "summer" 2013 seems to be coming to a premature closure. No matter how you feel about that...happy or sad...you're sure to enjoy the Carnegie Cultural Center's annual "Farewell to Summer" treat, the Johnson Strings. In concert on Sunday, August 18, at New Hampton's Mikkelson Park band shell, the performance will start at 6:30 pm and refreshments will be available. Back-up performance site will be Trinity Lutheran Church.
Posted: Wed, May 22, 2013
The rural New Hartford family including Paul (husband/father), Linda (wife/mother) and children (ranging from 10 to 20 years in age), Laura, Karen, Luke, Abigail, Seth, and Silas have been performing as the "Johnson Strings" for the past six years. Playing in venues throughout the Midwest, the Johnson's repertoire varies from classical to old folk music, ragtime, bluegrass, and gospel. With the exception of Paul, everyone in the family plays multiple instruments...piano, viola, violin, banjo, mandolin, cello and harmonica...and have had formal voice training. The children also have lessons with instructors at Wartburg and Coe colleges and the University of Northern Iowa.
The Johnson's ability to pick up and perform is made easier by the fact that all of the children are home-schooled, with the older children taking advantage of on-line providers for advanced degrees and certificates. The family is in the process of renovating a loft on their acreage into a concert hall so they can host events and concerts on site.
Admission is free, so everyone is invited to "tip their hat" to the season and take in what promises to be a highly entertaining event. For more information, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or visit its website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
Photo: The Johnson Family of New Hartford is certainly one of the finest when it comes to Iowa-produced musicians.
Get Ready for HATAGANZA
"Fashionista" or not, you'll have fun at the Carnegie Cultural Center's "HATAGANZA." Designed to complement the current Temporary Exhibit, "Hats, Hats, Hats!" the event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 on June 1 at the Center. The event's main attraction will be a program entitled "A Century of Hats" by vintage clothing collector and women's historian, Heather Edgington, of Spring Grove, MN.
During her college years at the University of Wisconsin, Heather worked in the Historic Costume Lab where she learned the value of preservation and restoration. Edgington also worked at one of Chicago's finest vintage clothing shops where she was enthralled by the varied collection of beautiful, period apparel...including the hats, of course!
Heather has collected exquisite vintage clothing and hats for over 25 years with an emphasis in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Thirteen years ago she started offering hat and style shows based on her collection and interwoven with women's history. In 2005, she started taking her show on the road and enjoys meeting new people who also are lovers of the old.
Following the program, attendees are invited to "Tea and Tidbit Tasting" featuring different varieties of tea and sweets. Everyone is invited to come dressed for the occasion. Door prizes will be given for the "Largest Hat" (determined by averaging the length, width, and height of a hat), "Most Bedecked Hat" (determined by the number of different trims) and "People's Choice." Another activity will be a "Name That Hat" contest.
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. Admission to the Center and to HATAGANZA is free. Summer hours are: Wed., Thurs., Fri., 12 noon - 6p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun. 1 - 4 pm. For more information, contact the Center at (641) 394-2354; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
PHOTO: Heather Edgington will present "A Century of Hats" during the Carnegie Cultural Center's "HATAGANZA"