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Jud Fall Festival, art show set for weekend

On Saturday and Sunday the Jud community will host its annual Fall Festival. Featured events are the Jud Invitational Art Show and a craft show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days with other events including tours of Dagen's Store and Museum and Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation. The Jud Cafe will serve noon meals Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening, folks can enjoy live music at the Jud Bar.

The crafts will be held in a new location this year, the Methodist Church basement.

"It's unfortunate that our space is limited this year because we could have well over 20 booths if space allowed," said Deanna Dagen, who is in charge of crafts. Sister's Quilts of Jud will have crafts on display at one of the booths.

The Invitational Art Show is in its seventh year. This year's show includes performing arts in addition to visual arts usually associated with art shows. Miss North Dakota National Miss Stacy Schaffer will attend to perform Lyric Dance.

Schaffer, of Wishek, N.D., was crowned on May 31 at the North Dakota Teenager Scholarship Pageant in Bismarck. This is the inaugural year for the Miss Division ages 19-25. Schaffer is the first person to receive the title of North Dakota National Miss. She advanced to the nationals in Nashville, Tenn., the end of July. There she took second runner-up in the speech competition in which each contestant prepared a 200-word memorized speech on the topic: "What is the biggest issue facing teens today and how can I help bring awareness to it?" Schaffer's speech focused on children's and teenagers' educational opportunities in the United States versus Third World countries.

Chaffer is a full-time student at the University of Mary majoring in pre-law with a minor in political science. In addition she is a legal assistant for Joseph J. Cichy. P.C. and coach for the Bismarck High School Demonettes Dance Team. She is also active on campus where she is the vice president of the pre-law club, a member of the Forensics Team and qualified for the university's academic honor roll for students earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher. In her spare time, Schaffer is an active volunteer at the God's Child Project in Bismarck and enjoys exercising, dance, reading and spending time with family and friends.

During the next year Schaffer will travel the state talking to many students about the importance of education.

At the Jud Art Show Schaffer will be visiting with those attending and giving dance performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days.

Raven Dark Cloud, folk guitarist and songwriter, of Fargo, will also entertain throughout the two-day event. From North Chicago, Dark Cloud started playing music at age 4, surrounded by musicians in his family. He took up guitar, bass and keyboards in his teens. His exploration on a wide variety of instruments naturally led him to songwriting. He will perform some of his original songs at the show.

His songwriting and playing styles reflect a variety of influences from classic rock groups (Santana, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Queen, Grand Funk, Deep Purple, Doors and Rush) to individual guitarists (Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson and the Edge), to his life experiences and many travels across the U.S.

In the late '80s, Raven headed for Tacoma, Wash., where he spent the next several years in various bands including "Nice Boyz," "Union" and "The Overcomers," who performed everything from originals and classic rock to heavy metal, Christian rock and psychedelic rock.

After the death of his mother, Dark Cloud returned to his musical roots in Illinois, living a gypsy lifestyle through the '90s, performing as a solo street performer and with various bands throughout the Chicago area, Tacoma, New Orleans, Tennessee and Alabama. Now settled in Fargo, Dark Cloud has recorded his debut CD and performs at venues throughout the region.

Also at the festival, Shirley Wegner Nitschke will read from her book about German Russians, "Heimat." In addition, she will hold conversations about the sequel which she is currently writing.

Featured artist is Katherin LaCroix, Nortonville, N.D. She will display oils, pencil drawings, gourd art and several masks.

"We are fortunate to find such a talented artist right in the area. I know Kathie's masks are going to raise comments as they are strongly politically motivated," said Pauline Bergman who coordinates the show.

New to the show are Donald Terhard and Ritchie Jacobson, both Gackle, Maren Ehley, Linton, and Liz Phelps, Wishek.

Clint Saunders and Daron Krueger will also return with their photography. Others returning are Tam Goodman, Theresa and Donald Paul, Monte Breckheimer and Andrew Knudson, all of whom were award winners at the Pekin Days Art Show in June. Theresa Paul won the Best of Show at this year's show in Pekin.

Eleanor Edwards will display Brazilian embroidery. Edwards, who is 98, is still doing fine needlework and painting. She was the featured artist at the first show held in Jud and has displayed work every year since.

Also returning is Marj Flegel of Kulm who has contributed to every show since they began.

"I enjoy art so much, and it is great fun to see what comes to the show in Jud," Flegel said. She has brought her painting on an antique mirror, "Ice Pond," to every show.

Tours of Great Plains Assistance Dog Foundation facility will be offered at 2 and 4 p.m. each day. Deanna Dagen will conduct tours of Dagen's Store and Museum at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This building is on the National Historic Register of Historic Sites with the store boasting nearly 100 percent original artifacts and the Cream Station with everything original and intact from when it closed in 1968.

"The festival is always a lot of work but it is worth it to have the streets filled with cars and lots of people around for a few days," said Wally Rode, who operates Rode's Service in town.

Walking tours of the murals all around Jud are part of the festivities as well. Mural brochures are available at all businesses, at the art show and at Dagen's Store and Museum.