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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Third Annual Sisters Sojourn event Sept. 13-14 in Mentor features 24 workshops, more

  • Over two hundred women are expected to come together in Mentor, MN for the third annual Sisters Sojourn on Sept. 13-14.
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  •     Over two hundred women are expected to come together in Mentor, MN for the third annual Sisters Sojourn on Sept. 13-14.  
        The two-day event was created in 2011 to “celebrate the creativity and commitment that women bring to their communities, families, and friends.”
        Art & Music, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Food & Wine, Body, Mind & Spirit, Music, Dance & Inspiration are the categories that will provide a total of twenty-four workshops for participants to choose from.  In addition to workshops, the event is highlighted with a concert each day.  This year, Friday’s concert will feature Amanda Standalone and the Pastry Shop Girls, from Fargo.  This group of women provides a unique style of ‘old-time’ harmonization with a blend of original blues and folk tunes.
        Saturday’s concert will bring back Caleigh from Bemidji. Their performance last year provided such an amazing rendering of Celtic and original folk songs and ballads, they were asked to return for a repeat performance.
        Each day of the event will offer inspiring opening and closing gatherings.  Sara Rogalla from Thief River Falls will again bring her “Laughter Yoga” session to end the day on Friday.  Jamie Lee, a three-time Sisters Sojourn presenter, will open the day on Saturday.
        New to the event this year is an Open-Air Market that will be located in the Mentor City Park.  Over thirty vendors will display and sell their fine art, crafts and commercial products. The market is open to the general public as well as event attendees.  Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  The Mentor Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, so it is expected that many vendors will be there early that day.
        Sisters Sojourn was organized by Jo McFarlin, Mentor and Bonnie Stewart, Fosston.  The event has far exceeded their expectations.  “When we first planned this event, we envisioned women connecting with each other and to a wide variety of experiences through our workshop offerings, “stated McFarlin. “We now have women from several states and Canada who are returning to see each other and take part in new learning opportunities.”
        The success of this annual event is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship from area businesses.  Major sponsors for 2013 include the McIntosh Country Store and The Thirteen Towns.  Many businesses and individuals throughout the region also sponsor workshops.  A complete listing can be viewed on the website.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Sisters Sojourn will be held at the Historic Mentor School just off Highway 2.  A complete listing of workshops, presenters, sponsors and other event activities can be found on the event website, sisterssojourn.com.  
        The website also provides registration information.  Questions can be answered by calling Bonnie Stewart at 218 280-9176.

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