HOUSTON, Minn. — Bluegrass music returns to southeastern Minnesota for the SEMBA Bluegrass Festival Thursday through Sunday at Cushon's Peak Campground near Houston.

Bands scheduled to perform include the Finley River Boys, from Missouri; Kevin Prater, from Kentucky; Don Joy and Melanie, from Missouri; Gid-R-Done from Iowa and Texas; and the Riverbottom Ramblers, from Iowa.

Concerts are at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 12:15 p.m. Sunday, with a gospel show at 9 a.m. Sunday. In case of rain, concerts move indoors to the festival building.

There are open stages Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Instrument workshops are at 9 a.m. Saturday. Informal jam sessions take place throughout the park.

Tickets for all four days are $40 ($38 in advance); tickets for Friday through Sunday are $35 ($33 in advance); Tickets for Saturday only are $20, for Sunday are $10, and for Thursday or Friday are $16. For tickets call 507-864-8109 or go to www.semba.tv.

Camping is available at the site; 507-896-7325.

In addition, a day-long instrument workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free with a wristband. Call 507-251-1884 for information.

Barn dance to be held at DreamAcres

WYKOFF — The Lanesboro Barn Dance moves to rural Wykoff where it will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at DreamAcres Farm.

Music is by John Lane and Bob Bovee, with dances called by Ann Carter, from Minneapolis. No experience or partner is necessary; all dances will be taught.

Admission is $8, or $20 for a family of four. Wood-fired pizza is available starting at 5 p.m.

DreamAcres is located at 17289 Fillmore County Road 8.

Lanesboro Arts will host exhibition opening

LANESBORO --A reception for artist Linda Ricklefs Baudry will be held Saturday at Lanesboro Arts to mark the opening of "The Edge of Familiar," an exhibition of her pastel paintings.

Baudry, who lives in St. Paul, is inspired by the natural world when creating her art. She said she is intrigued by the dual aspects of fragility and strength in nature.

The reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with snacks, wine and live music. Admission is free.

The exhibition continues through Oct. 13. Lanesboro Arts is located at 103 Parkway Ave. N.

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