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Kirkbride Arts and History weekend to be held Sept. 15-16

The 5th annual Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend, Sept. 15 & 16 in Fergus Falls, will feature a variety of interactive activities exploring the past and future of the Fergus Falls State Hospital.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 - 9:30 p.m., the abandoned hospital grounds will come alive with art, music and film. The free, family friendly event will feature the Red Herring String Band, a kite-making workshop with Bethany Lacktorin, a nature printmaking activity with Kaddatz Gallery, chalk art by Aaron McCune, sculpture demonstration by Rose Clancy, games with DanceBARN collective, food from Ole and Lena's Pizza, and more. Starting at 8 p.m., an outdoor screening of home movies and short original films will be shown. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Saturday's events.

Saturday's activities at Kirkbride Park are the culmination of other educational activities and artist talks taking place on Friday, Sept. 15 and earlier on Saturday, including a workshop on Creating Caring Communities presented by the National Alliance on Mental Health (Friday, 12 p.m. at Kaddatz Galleries), an outdoor tour of the State Hospital grounds by the Otter Tail County Historical Society (Friday 3 p.m. at Kirkbride Park), and artist talks with Rose Clancy (Friday, 5 p.m. at Kaddatz Galleries) and Kirk Williams (Saturday, 2 p.m. at the Otter Tail County Museum).

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