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Get ready to enjoy two nights at Carnegie Hall! (In Hackensack MN!)

World-renowned percussionist Josh Duffee is bringing the excitement of two famous concerts to the Hackensack Community Building on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 2018.  His theme is “The Kings of Swing Play Carnegie Hall.” Josh and his 11-piece Big Band will play tribute to the famous Carnegie Hall Jazz Concerts of the Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller orchestras in 1938 and 1939 in New York City.  Featured soloists will include Lynne Hart on Clarinet for the Benny Goodman Concert, and David Budimir on Trombone for the Glenn Miller Concert.

Don’t miss this chance to experience big city entertainment close to home.   

Cash or Check Tickets $15 available June 1, 2018 at Southside and Swanson's in Hackensack, Minnesota.

Online ticket prices $18

Thank you to our President of Northwoods Arts Council

'Bringing the Arts to Life' for Hackensack and the surrounding community has been NAC's motto since its inception twenty four years ago. An enormous amount of energy goes into our Jazz Festival and this Art and Book Festival, which is our final event of the year. Thank you, Sue and the staff and friends of the Northwoods Arts Council! 

Sue Ready's highlights both the Authors and the Artists from this year's 22nd Art and Book Festival event on her 'Ever Ready' blog. Click here for the Authors, and click here for the Artists.                                                                                                                                   

NAC'S 22ND ART & BOOK FESTIVAL, Saturday August 12, 9-3

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The Northwoods Arts Council (NAC), a local nonprofit organization, presents their annual Art and Book Festival Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hackensack.

Artists, crafters, food vendors, musicians and children’s art and face painting will be located on Lake Avenue, which will be closed to traffic.

The NAC is pleased to welcome 15 new artists to this year’s festival, featuring metal sunflowers and yard herons, Ukrainian etched eggs, Raku clay angels, wood arts and jewelry, to highlight a few.

The NAC is also excited to have returning artists displaying their unique mastery of photography, wood bowls and urns, herbal soaps, paper collage and twisted metal garden art, among others. Don’t miss 19 artists and authors’ booths inside the Community Center

Unique to this festival is the popular book arts section, where 36 authors sell signed copies of their books in two locations, the Hackensack Community Center and Union Congregational Church.

A new event has been added this year with a special writing workshop, “Now or Never: Collecting Family Stories.” It will be presented by Faith Sullivan, winner of 2016 Midwest Book Awards. The presentation will be at Union Church, 11 a.m.-noon the day of the festival.

There is something for all at the Northwoods Arts Council “Brings the Arts to Life.” Bring your family and friends. Don’t miss the fun. See you Aug. 12 in Hackensack.

-As seen in 'The Pilot Independent'.

“SINATRA!” Festival a sell-out success!

Thanks to our supporters!

The Northwoods Arts Council (NAC) would like to express our gratitude to everyone who helped make our recent “SINATRA!” Festival a sell-out success.  Bringing this event to our area took a collaborative effort by many, and support from our community, but we did it!  Josh Duffee and his Big Band with featured vocalist Jason Richards brought Ol’ Blue Eyes and his music to life for a highly appreciative audience.  Thank you all for attending!

Our volunteers all deserve to take a bow for a job well done.  The area newspapers and radio stations TV all graciously publicized our event with articles and public service announcements. Stores allowed us to hang posters in their windows.  A number of businesses and individuals made generous monetary donations which helped offset our expenses.

We want to especially thank our sponsors, whose support was critical in keeping our ticket prices affordable:

Gold Level – Ed Haefner Memorial Fund, Hackensack Lion’s Club

Silver Level –Sue & Jim Holthaus, Itasca Mantrap Co-op Electrical Association, Mann Lake Ltd., Russell & Loralee Torkelson

Bronze Level –Lynn Abraham Memorial Fund, Steve & Erin Adams, First National Bank North, Dick Garbisch, Hackensack American Legion, Steve & Barb Helscher, Bob & Cathy Iversen, Northwoods Dock & Service, Powers Township, Southside Fuel Plus

Plans are already underway for the 2018 Festival.  Watch for our 2018 concert announcement on or our Facebook page.

Sinatra Vocal Competition

Thank you for your interest in the Northwoods Arts Council's "Singing Sinatra" Vocal Competition. We are very excited to host vocalist Jason Richards with the Josh Duffee Big Band on July 7th and 8th for our "Sinatra!" music festival.  This vocal competition is open to both ladies and gentleman who are in high school, and you do not need to participate in/or be a member of your high school band or choir program to be accepted to audition for this competition.  This event is FREE to all area high school students interested in auditioning.  Click here for more information.

Josh Duffee band members’ credentials are quite impressive!

The Northwoods Arts Council (NAC) is excited to announce the return of the 'Hackensack Hot Jazz Festival' on July 8-9, 2016. The 2015 festival was a sizzling success, where guests enjoyed the music of Josh Duffee & his Big Band, plus dancing and refreshments.

Josh is regarded as one of the world’s greatest 1920’s style percussionists. He performs at numerous jazz festivals and concerts worldwide, and we’re lucky to get him back! Josh and his band take great pride in authentically representing 1920’s -1940’s jazz and big band era music. 

Josh’s reputation in the live music world enables him to bring us talented, professional musicians who have played with Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Mel Torme, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, Randy Brecker, The Four Tops, and many more!

This year's festival will focus on popular music from the Big Band Era, and is guaranteed to appeal to music fans of all ages. We anticipate that once again, music fans will flock to Hackensack to see this quality entertainment.

We greatly appreciated the financial support we received from our community last year and are looking forward to an equally successful even this year.

To donate to NAC and/or volunteer for the festival, please call Linda at 218-363-3634.

Ticket sales are now available in Hackensack at Loons Unlimited, Southside and Swansons, and here on the website.

Meet Shirley Johnson

Hackensack has been part of my life for 53 years. Our family would visit my husband's parents at a small cabin during the fishing opener, and some weekends in the summer. Eventually, Hackensack became our home after we retired. While Snowbirding in AZ  I received a letter in the year 2000 from Joanne Morén and Ann DeGray asking me to join  the chorus of "The Ballad of Lucette". It was so much fun! I was hooked, joined the Northwoods Arts Council that year and soon  became treasurer for NAC.

I have made many good friends in the community since I have joined. Although, I love to sing, I really do not have an artistic ability, but I do have organizational skills for behind the scenes, and an exceptional talent for volunteering. (Shirley is also treasurer for three other local organizations.)




Meet Viv Palmer

 After I retired from the St. Cloud school district in 2004, my husband and I moved to the Hackensack area. Not knowing anyone up here, we set out to meet people by joining: our lake association, church, Lions, Legion and the Northwoods Arts Council which we knew would be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I am not a singer, writer or actress but that didn't stop me from participating in a few of the summer plays, Ballad of Lucette and Vista View, performed by our NAC. This past summer we brought in outside talent, Josh Duffee and his "Big Band" sound Orchestra, for a rousing weekend of jazz which was loved by all who attended. In fact, with financial support from our community, we are planning to have Josh back next summer for a two day event in July.

NAC also holds the Art and Book Festival in August which gives local artists and authors the opportunity to show and sell their work. We members organize, set up, tear down and do just about anything else which needs to be done when putting on an event. It is work but thanks to the terrific people who belong to this organization, it is also very rewarding. Hackensack wouldn't be the same without the NAC who is actively "Bringing the Arts to Life" in our northwoods.