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Art Hounds: A spoon gathering, celebrating rhubarb and exploring abortion with new play

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Lanesboro has a population of approximately 750. Last year's Rhubarb Festival brought in visitors from around the area.
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This weekend, Art Hounds will be carving spoons in Milan, celebrating all things rhubarb in Lanesboro and checking out a new play about abortion. 

A spoon gathering in Milan

When Minnesota Guitar Society's Emily Youngdahl Wright first attended the "spoon gathering" in Milan a few years back, she was amazed at the beautiful and useful works of art the carvers made.

The gathering welcomes carvers of all abilities, offering workshops and "blanks" for people to transform into their own spoons. The gathering runs both Friday and Saturday with most of the workshops on Saturday. Attendees can camp across the street from the Milan Village Arts School.   

"Choices" at the Minnesota Opera Center

English teacher Karen Bix loves seeing new theater, and she's particularly intrigued by a play called "Choices," which is making its debut at the Minnesota Opera Center this weekend. 

The play was compiled from transcripts of interviews with people about their thoughts and experiences with abortion. Bix says the play is a smart approach to getting people to open themselves up on a topic that is both controversial and polarizing.  

Celebrating rhubarb in Lanesboro

    When Adrienne Sweeney first joined the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., fourteen years ago, she'd never even heard of rhubarb. 

Now she looks forward to the annual Lanesboro rhubarb festival, which includes performances by the Rhubarb Sisters and "Rhub-Art" — prints made from rhubarb leaves.  

The festival is this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sylvan Park.