- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2014
Stillwater officials want festival name changed

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - Stillwater city officials are asking organizers of a new summer music festival to change the name, saying it could be construed as vulgar.

City Administrator Larry Hansen emailed festival organizer Cassie McLemore on Thursday to request that the Stillwater Log Jam find another name, but McLemore called the request “ridiculous.”

McLemore told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the festival’s name fits with the city’s history of a logging community. She also said her group tried to lease the name “Lumberjack Days” from the nonprofit Lumberjack Days Festival Association but couldn’t reach an agreement.

Mayor Ken Harycki said a resident recently contacted him with concerns over the phrase.

“We were made aware - how can I put this delicately? - that the name was a vulgar reference that we would prefer not to have associated with a family event in the city,” Harycki said. “We don’t want to be the laughingstock of the nation.”


Minnesota Orchestra shutdown helped smaller groups

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Attendance for community orchestras and choruses increased steadily during the Minnesota Orchestra’s 15-month lockout.

Some music directors said they think the lockout triggered their increases, while others didn’t know the cause, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/1aSG74khttp://bit.ly/1aSG74k ). But they agree that the silence from Orchestra Hall kindled a new appreciation of classical music.

Jennifer Anderson is music director at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. In December 2012, they sponsored a performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” She says attendance was incredible, even though the $40 ticket price was considered high.

She is also director of VocalPoint Chorus. That group’s annual concert in February 2013 drew 700, a big increase over the previous year.

“People were trying to find concerts to go to,” Anderson said.


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