Musician, poet and bicycle advocate Ben Weaver, along with ceramic artist Anna Metcalfe, will lead a Group Bicycle Ride on the Root River State Trail from Lanesboro to nearby Whalan, MN beginning at 10:00 a.m. on June 29. The journey will include a mid-ride stop at the gazebo in John Whaalahan Park in Whalan for a musical performance by Ben and exchange of stories while enjoying morning tea by Anna & snacks by Aroma Pie Shoppe. Please arrive early as the group will depart promptly from the Lanesboro Visitor Center, 100 Milwaukee Rd, at 10:00 a.m. The group will arrive back in Lanesboro around 12:00 p.m. (noon).
This is a free-will donation / pay-what-you-can event. Space is limited and advance registration is helpful for planning purposes. Click here to REGISTER IN ADVANCE! Registration includes agreement to the safety and liability release forms, which you can also view and download here. This document is automatically sent to participants in the confirmation e-mail as well.
This event is happening in conjunction with an evening Film Screening & Concert, “Music for Free on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route” with Ben Weaver, at 7:00 p.m. at the St Mane Theatre. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets to the evening film & concert.
As an artist that has traveled by bicycle around Lake Michigan and the length of the Mississippi River, Ben Weaver is exceptionally motivated to take risks as a community builder by putting himself into new and different situations for authentic community engagement that draws upon his experiences in order to bring new perspectives and a renewed sense of energy and urgency to the work and lives of Lanesboro area community members.
This event, as well as the film & concert later in the day, offer community members an opportunity to continue dialog around the issues and ideas explored during Ben’s previous visits to Lanesboro. Reflecting on his upcoming visit, Ben shares, “I am excited to return to Lanesboro. It will feel particularly meaningful to reconnect with the community whose members have helped inform my own process of story collecting and sharing.” Ben adds, “The importance and value of unification through diversity has been an ongoing topic of discussion between myself and the people of Lanesboro each time I have visited. I am curious to see how that will continue to evolve in connection to this new project of mine.”
Artist Anna Metcalfe‘s community-engaged “Upstream” project is a decade-long investigation of the waters of the Upper Midwest that reflects her abiding connection with water. With a background in clay, Metcalfe is interested in how social engagement is endemic to craft and how it can be a conduit for social and environmental change. Her work investigates relationship to landscape and water through community storytelling and personal narrative.
Metcalfe is returning to Lanesboro, following her Tea & Conversation events in Gateway Park this past September, to join Ben Weaver in helping build connections and share stories between both neighbors and strangers within a watershed through tea drinking, a simple and a universally-understood action that will serve as the mechanism by which stories are collected and shared.