Video of final "When There's Good to Be Done" concert

The final concert of our "When There's Good to Be Done" tour throughout Minnesota, funded in part by the MN State Arts Board, was held at the Owatonna Arts Center, on May 4. Here's the link to the video, which was made courtesy of Limberg Productions. Click on the link, then scroll down to the Curtis & Loretta video.

Two final concerts of "When There's Good to Be Done" Tour

We are so thankful to the Minnesota State Arts Board, for awarding us the Arts Tour Minnesota Grant. It has been a wonderful year of touring across Minnesota, presenting our concert, "When There's Good to Be Done," at many locations. It's hard to believe that we have only two more concerts remaining! Thursday, May 2 we'll be at the Princess Theater in St James, and May 4 we'll be at the Owatonna Arts Center in Owatonna. 

Thank you to everyone who have helped make this 22 city concert tour happen! From volunteers at the venues, to local newspapers who covered our events, to "Friends of the Library" who served refreshments, and of course our wonderful audiences, we are thankful from the bottom of our hearts!

Click here for all the details on these two concerts!


Here's the latest on our "When There's Good to Be Done" tour, backed by an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

-- Our March 9 concert at the Owatonna Arts Center had to be postponed because of extreme winter weather. It has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm. All the details are here.


Curtis & Loretta sing "When There's Good to Be Done" at Moose Lake Public Library on October 29, 2018

-- We continue to marvel at the subjects in our songs! Just a few days ago, we heard that a man who heard our song, "When There's Good to Be Done," was inspired to donated his own kidney to a stranger after hearing it. Our song is the true story of Christy Harding, who donated her kidney to a little girl she found on Facebook. Read about it here!


-- Besides the re-scheduled Owatonna concert, on May 4, there is one more concert before our tour across Minnesota ends. It will be Thursday, April 11, at the Princess Theater in St James, Minnesota. All the details are here!



Next "When There's Good to Be Done" concert March 9

We'll be in concert at the Owatonna Arts Center on Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm. This is the 21st concert of a 22 concert tour across Minnesota, funded in part by the Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The program is "When There's Good to Be Done," original songs of Minnesota unsung heroes. 





Arrowhead Library Concerts!

We have had such wonderful audiences at our concerts up here in northeastern Minnesota! We are doing 19 concerts at Arrowhead Libraries, from Baudette way over to Grand Marais. We've covered lots of miles, seen lots of deer, and had a great musical experience. As we share our original songs of Minnesota heroes, many people have told us their stories! Yesterday a woman in the audience told us of her nephew, who donated a kidney to a person he didn't know. After the concert in Moose Lake, someone in the audience told us of the terrible fire that engulfed that part of the state in 1918. It consumed Hinckley, Moose Lake, and much more. They told us of how some people were able to escape, while some were not so fortunate. These songs I wrote spark conversations about other real-life people, and what they have been through. I love our job! 

These concerts of part of the "Arts Tour Minnesota" grant I received from the Minnesota State Arts Board; it's a part of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Top Photo - Our concert in Grand Rapids

Curtis & Loretta onstage at Grand Rapids Library, MN

Survey form for "When There's Good to Be Done" Concerts

Have you attended one of our "When There's Good to Be Done" concerts? We're doing 22 concerts across Minnesota, backed by an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the MN State Arts Board, starting with Oct 13 at the Barn Theatre in Willmar. Click here to see where the rest of the concerts will be!  

If you were at one of our concerts, and didn't fill out a survey form at the end, please download it here and mail it to us at Curtis & Loretta, PO Box 18652, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Thank you so much! Your answers will help us improve future concerts. 

If you did fill out a survey form, please feel free to leave any feedback you like as a comment on this blog post. Thank you!!



Harvey Ronglien turns 90 years old

You can come wish Harvey Ronglien a Happy 90th Birthday tomorrow, Fri May 5, at the Owatonna Center for the Arts / Orphanage Museum, in Owatonna, Minnesota. Open House from 3 pm - 6 pm. This extraordinary gentleman endured a love-less upbringing at the orphanage, but somehow grew up to be a generous and caring husband and father. He spent many years educating people about the history of the orphanage, starting the museum there, writing a book, and giving talks and tours. Such dedication.

Larry & Doreen Von Berg - "Give Love a Chance"

Larry Von Berg picked up the Star Tribune one day in September of 2013, and read an article about homelessness in the Twin Cities. Toward the end of the article, a name jumped off the page at him. Doreen Marie Donovan.  He had finally found her! It said she was working at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. It was five miles from where he worked, at the Courage Center. He hadn’t seen Doreen since 1974. They had volunteered together at the U of M back then, and went out together a few times, but when they both moved away, they had lost touch, but that was about to change!

 Larry and Doreen Von Berg



Chuck & Sherri Leyda - What Each One Needs

We’ve known Chuck & Sherri Leyda for many years. One night I was scrolling through Facebook, and  noticed Sherri was posting in the middle of night (Yeah, I stay up late!). Something about frying bacon for the kids. They have three children, two of whom are severely autistic. I started prowling their Facebook page, trying to discover what their life is like these days.

“Pulled another all nighter with Ro and Clara. Clara actually went to sleep at 5 am,” read one post.  Another post reported, “ She was up all last night screaming, head banging, and pinching.” Another, written by Sherri, said, “I am thankful for Clara, who showed me how to be spontaneous within the parameters of a strict schedule; I am thankful for Rowan, who has shown me exactly where the end of my rope is and the knowledge that I can climb back from it; I'm thankful for Mary, who has taught me a completely different way of parenting and the joy of knowing her thoughts and feelings.”  I started to understand what their everyday (and night!) life was like, and I detected absolutely no resentment or resignation about what their life has become.

The Leyda family having snacks at the Minnesota Zoo


Mary Ann Peltier Rigney - aka Dragonfly

Mary Ann Peltier Rigney was a friend of mine growing up in Stillwater, Minnesota. She was always a very positive person, but I never noticed it as much as when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November of 2008. I got together with her February 5, 2015 for an interview at her home. I asked how she had first discovered the cancer. She told me she was working in a chiropractic office at the time, and had to lay flat on her stomach on the floor one day to reach under a shelf to adjust the stereo system in the office. Except that she couldn’t lay flat. She said it felt like she was lying on an inflated balloon. She didn’t have any pain, but she knew something was wrong.

I sang the song I'd written about Mary Ann to her for the first time on June 18, 2015



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