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THCR holds Harvest Moon Gala

Two Harbors Community Radio KTWH-LP 99.5 FM is hosting its first ever fall fundraising event, the Harvest Moon Gala, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the American Legion in Two Harbors.

The event will feature a lasagna dinner with a vegetarian and gluten free option as well as a social hour, silent auction and a concert featuring belly dancers, music from Crescent Moon and others and Shane Dickey telling stories in his distinct manner. The format of the event is a little different from other KTWH events, which includes the mid-winter Cabin Fever Reliever, that are geared more toward families.

"It's going to be geared more toward adults, more like a night out," KTWH volunteer coordinator Julie Luchsinger said. "There is going to be a chef prepared dinner at tables with linen cloths and it's going to be held at the American Legion so there will be a cash bar. Usually, we are serving apple cider and cupcakes, so it's a little different and a different kind of crowd."

The Harvest Moon Gala comes after the KTWH mid-summer FUNd Drive, where KTWH volunteers and show hosts asked listeners to make one time and sustaining donations in late July and August. Like with many small, community radio stations, fundraising is vital to KTWH and is what keeps the station on the air throughout the year.

"We're not run under any grants, the day-to-day operations are entirely up to us," Luchsinger said. "All the fundraising that we do goes to the day-to-day operation of the station. It pays the rent, it pays to keep the computers up and running."

Over the past year, KTWH has consistently added new programming and offered live coverage of local sporting events and other things like the Heritage Days Parade. Jason Sunday and Will Peterson are broadcasting live from Two Harbors football and basketball games as well as North Shore Hockey games. In addition, Jackie Rennwald and Dave Anderson did a live remote broadcast from the Heritage Days parade in July for the first time. Other residents are offering new programming on the station like George Highland's "Hootenanny 2017" featuring 1960s folk music and Kim Leon's "Coveralls," a show featuring interesting and obscure covers of famous songs.

"We're at least 60 percent local programs, meaning we have a local person from right here in Two Harbors putting together a local show," Luchsinger said.

Luchsinger said the plan is for the fall fundraising event to become an annual event in Two Harbors, but each year is going to have a different theme. She's excited for the Harvest Moon Gala and already has an idea for what's to come in 2018.

"It's very exciting to bring a chef plated dinner and belly dancing to Two Harbors, I think that's pretty cool," Luchsinger said. "I already know what the theme is for next year. I can't share it, but people are really going to want to look forward to that because Two Harbors has never seen it before. I am sworn to secrecy."

Tickets to the Harvest Moon Gala dinner are $30 and are available at the KTWH studios in the Harbor Landing. Tickets to the concert and silent auction are $10 in advance and are available at the KTWH studio and Cedar Coffee Company, 1130 11th Street, Two Harbors. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Silver Bay City Council and high school sports in Lake County. 

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