I have a closet and a dresser full of clothes and will still say "I have nothing to wear." I could have chores to accomplish and say "I have nothing to do." Or I'll just be sitting on the sofa doing nothing.
Although one keeps hearing "there's nothing to do in Marshall (or the surrounding area)," there's plenty of events happening in the next few days to keep people occupied. Anything from the arts to sports to music; pick your interest.
Quite a bit of Southwest Minnesota State University's homecoming activities are taking place today. It starts out with the Lions Club pancake breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. at the Marshall fire hall, followed by the Mustang Stampede walk/run at the Regional Event Center at 9 a.m. Then there's the parade at 11 a.m. A family fun fest is set for 2-5 p.m. at the campus. Take 2 Improv is at 3 p.m. in the SMSU Black Box Theatre. And there's a volleyball game against Winona at 3 p.m. and the football game vs. Wayne State at 5 p.m. Capping off the night is Dueling Pianos from 9-11:30 p.m. at Caldo Italian Kitchen.
Personally, I'm finally getting the chance to check out the Meander: Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl. The event features about 45 regional artists in either their home studios or in various locations. The closest stop to Marshall is Granite Falls, and I figure that I've done stories on pretty much all of these artists, which includes a few painters, a couple that makes native willow and rustic furniture and accessories, a basket weaver, a photographer, and a man who makes handcarved shorebirds and decoys. I'm hoping to get up toward Ortonville as there's a dozen located there, and well, I've never been to Ortonville. And last Sunday was the first time I've ever been through Milan. The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is having its first concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in conjunction with the Meander - Salsabrosa, an Afro-Cuban group of musicians and dancers at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson. Meander times are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
This weekend also kicked off Lake Benton Opera House's fall play, "The Nerd." Jim Radloff of Lynd is making his third go-round as the title character. He's portrayed Rick Steadman, the "nerd," in Marshall and Willmar. A few of us from the Marshall Area Stage Company are heading to the opera house on Sunday to see the show. It's at 7:30 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. And if you aren't able to go this weekend, it continues Oct. 12-14.
Shetek Lutheran Ministries is having its 12th annual fall fantasy festival from noon through 3:30 p.m. Sunday at its campground on Lake Shetek's Keeley Island. The event includes Olympic-themed activities, including mattress bobsledding and iron man challenge, along with crafts and other things.
A reception for Luverne artist Mary Sobolik Petersen will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's arts center in downtown Marshall. Her exhibit focuses on the landscapes of southern and northern Minnesota.
On Monday, a couple of SMSU alums are going to be in Marshall - Sheri (Mathieu) Boeyink, pen name, Lynn Rush, and Ryan Ross. Boeyink is doing a reading at 7 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. She writes for the "new adult" audience, those ages 18-24, and her books are mostly paranormal romance. Ross is having a vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. at the SMSU Campus Religious Center.
Mind you, that's just through Monday.