Paramount Center for the Arts celebrates centennial with live music


Live music, artists sharing their work, children’s activities and dealerships are at the heart of the Paramount Center for the Arts 100th anniversary celebration on Thursday afternoon.

“It’s a way for us to give back and an opportunity for people to safely come together and have a really fun art experience together,” said Gretchen Boulka, Director of Performing Arts at Paramount. “We wanted to bring quality entertainment to this event.

The celebration will take place outside in front of Paramount on rue Saint-Germain. The street will be closed from Eighth Avenue to 10th Avenue and the main entrance to the event will be on Ninth Avenue.

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Starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, there will be an outdoor performance by Buckets N Boards, a comedic percussion group that performs regularly in Branson, Missouri. The duo do tap dancing, beatboxing, body percussion and bucket drumming for a show for all ages, Boulka said.

At 5:30 p.m., the Nepalese Students’ Association of St. Cloud State University will give a short performance. Then at 7:00 p.m. there will be a short presentation honoring the COVID-19 heroes of St. Cloud.

“It’s a chance to publicly thank these leaders of our community,” said Boulka.

The presentation will include words from health, public safety and school leaders. There will also be a featured poem, written by poet Tracy Rittmueller titled “The 100th Anniversary Communal Poem”.

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People gather for an unveiling event for the new sculpture "Write about" Thursday July 15, 2021, at the Paramount Theater in Saint-Cloud.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Killer Vees will present an outdoor performance of “I am He said: Celebrating the Music of Neil Diamond.” “

Throughout the celebration, which runs Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., artist booths will line the streets, offering visitors the opportunity to view and purchase works of art and meet artists. The artists’ programming includes:

Gourd Artist Tanya Allen, Central Minnesota Watercolourists, Central Minnesota Woodworker’s Association, Collage Artist and Author Sarah Drake, Potter and Ceramic Artist Sandy Fabian Pottery, Ceramic Artist Dave Glenn, Ceramic JD and Megan Jorgenson, Woodturners Association from Mid-Minnesota, Fiber Artist Jeri Olson McCoy, Ceramic Artist Sue Smith, Ceramic Artist Laurie Yourk, and Ceramic Artist Kathy Wiant.

Starting at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 26, 2021, the Killer Vees, presented here, will present an outdoor performance of “I am He said: Celebrating the Music of Neil Diamond”.

Activities for kids during the celebration will include face painting, a balloon artist, and the ability to make a Paramount button.

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The event is free and open to the public and attendees pay only for parking and concessions. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for live performances.

The block party is just one of the events that the executives and staff of the Paramount Center for the Arts are organizing this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Paramount Theater. In September there will be an Autumn Moon fundraiser, in October there will be a free screening of the silent film originally presented as the first event at the theater. On Christmas Eve there will be cake, coffee and punch in the lobby to celebrate the theater’s anniversary.

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