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  • Brown Bag to feature music, readings

  • There will be a variety of entertainment at the Coutts Museum of Art Brown Bag Lunch Program from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.
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  • There will be a variety of entertainment at the Coutts Museum of Art Brown Bag Lunch Program from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.
    Lindsborg harpist RoJean Loucks will be performing Celtic Music for the program. In addition, Kansas authors Ted Farmer and Ann Norlin will be providing book-talks and signings of their respective books.
    Loucks didn’t grow up playing the harp. It wasn’t even her lifelong dream to learn. An intriguing midlife encounter with a harp at a renaissance festival led to her find a folk harp of her own. Since then, she has been singing and performing in small groups and church choirs, accompanying for music festivals, musical stage productions, and various community groups. For the March program, she’ll be focusing on Celtic harp selections.
    As a special addition to the March program, two Kansas authors will do short readings from their books, and be available for book-signing.
    El Dorado resident Ted Farmer will be reading from “Jon Peter: Volunteer in the Civil War.” This is a well-crafted, poetic story of President Lincoln’s call for volunteers in the Civil War. The Midwest people sent their young sons to defend it. The story, revealed in the lines of verse give the reader a new understanding of the dramatic part the Midwest played in the Union cause.
    Norlin will be reading from her book, “11-11: The Carl Fyler Story.” Co-authored with Karl Webb, this is the story of Major Carl Fyler, a respected World War II B-17 bomber pilot who flew for the Air Force’s Hell’s Angels. After 25 hazardous missions, he was shot down over Bremen, Germany. Carl ended up as a POW in Stalag Luft 1, for 510 days before returning to the United States, a changed man.
    The Coutts Museum of Art, located in downtown El Dorado, is a regional destination art museum that houses more than 1,500 works of art in an historic downtown building. The collection includes Art of the American West, contemporary American, European, and regional Kansas art.
    The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum and all Brown Bag Programs are always free and open to the public. The Brown Bag program is funded in part by El Dorado Main Street. Check the Coutts’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/couttsmuseum for updates on museum activities.
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