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.