Call the fire department! Le Vent du Nord heats up Rhinelander, WI

By Ken Carlson

Actually, the members of Le Vent du Nord were invited guests of the Pine Lake Fire Department and other emergency responders from the Rhinelander area. It was an exciting way to reach folks who do such important work in the community.


Olivier performing in front of Engine #1 at the Pine Lake Fire Department. All photos by Jim Nuttall, Nancy Gehrig, and Terry Rutlin, courtesy of Nicolet College.

All but one of the fire trucks was moved out of the firehouse, chairs were lined up, and Le Vent du Nord offered an energetic mini-concert for the receptive crowd. Afterward, we had time for photos, and the guys got their own firefighter hats and Pine Lake Fire Department tee-shirts. Then they went for a ride in the truck with sirens wailing and lights flashing—for a few moments.


A group photo with the band and the volunteer fire crew at Pine Lake Fire Department. All photos by Jim Nuttall, Nancy Gehrig, and Terry Rutlin, courtesy of Nicolet College.

Despite cold temperatures that caused even this ensemble from Québec to pause, Le Vent du Nord’s visit to the Pine Lake Fire Department workshop was just one of many great workshops during a residency that reached nearly 5,000 community members. The week ended with a sold out concert and warm embraces.


First workshop at a packed Rhinelander High School with close to 700 students! All photos by Jim Nuttall, Nancy Gehrig, and Terry Rutlin, courtesy of Nicolet College.


Dancing on the gym floor in Crandon, WI, where three high schools from different towns converged. All photos by Jim Nuttall, Nancy Gehrig, and Terry Rutlin, courtesy of Nicolet College.


Three different senior centers joined for an afternoon workshop at Avanti Health and Rehabilitation Center. All photos by Jim Nuttall, Nancy Gehrig, and Terry Rutlin, courtesy of Nicolet College.

Thanks to our Nicolet College hosts Jim Nuttall and Nancy Gehrig for their great work on the residency and for taking such good care of Le Vent du Nord!


Nearly everyone wanted to high five with the band during a fantastic week in Rhinelander, WI. All photos by Jim Nuttall, Nancy Gehrig, and Terry Rutlin, courtesy of Nicolet College.

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