Road Stories Blog

Recipe: Brigadeiro from Brazil

By Anna Keyes

We welcome this guest post by Anna Keyes, part of the Arts Midwest extended family and our resident expert on Brazilian language and culture. Anna spent a year studying and living with families in Brazil and maintains close ties there.

Where American birthdays have cake, Brazilian birthdays have brigadeiro. These sweet chocolate treats are a favorite around the country, and it’s easy to see why. They are reminiscent of chocolate fudge, but with a flavor all their own—and they only require four ingredients!

Pu-erh Tea

By Ken Carlson

“I wouldn’t trade my [you fill in the blank] for all the tea in China.” We’ve probably all heard someone utter this phrase at some point. China is well-known for its rich and diverse history of tea, and Pu-erh Tea—produced primarily in mountainous Yunnan Province—is one of the most celebrated of China’s teas.

Yunnan Province is located in Southwestern China and is home to Shanren, a musical group touring this fall as part of Arts Midwest World Fest.

Community Profile: Hanover, Indiana

By Ken Carlson

Hanover, Indiana has several claims to fame, but one of the most celebrated is undoubtedly Logan’s Point or more commonly “The Point.” Located on the campus of Hanover College, the Point is the only place along the Ohio River that three of the river’s bends can be viewed from one location. This picturesque spot is one of the most frequently painted and photographed natural landscapes in Indiana.

Community Profile: Midland, MI

By Ken Carlson

Pull out a map, and you’ll see that Midland, Michigan is located near the crook of the thumb of the Michigan “mitt.” It’s in the region commonly referred to as the Great Lakes Bay Region, with the cities of Saginaw and Bay City close by.

If you visited Midland in the 1850s, you would have discovered riverbanks lined with Chippewa Indian Wickiups, round huts made of bent saplings and covered with skins and bark. Perhaps you would have come across a Native American hunting or fishing while others worked crops of corn, squash, gourds, and pumpkins.

Community Profile: Bemidji, MN

By Emily Anderson

Bemidji, Minnesota is a city of 13,431 residents in the North Woods of Minnesota. Only a few miles away from the starting point of the Mississippi River, Bemidji is known for the natural beauty of its woods and lakes and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Community Profile: Medina, Ohio

By Stephen Manuszak

Founded as the seat of Medina County in 1818, the city of Medina was originally named Mecca, after the birthplace of the Islamic prophet Mohammed. Because another Ohio town already had the name Mecca, the name was changed to Medina after another Saudi Arabian city. Most of Medina’s early residents were farmers, but the community grew significantly in the 1830s with the completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal, which was constructed to connect waterways with Lake Erie and carry freight traffic throughout Ohio.

Brazil Study Guides

By Emily Anderson

With the FIFA World Cup kicking off, you may be hearing a lot about Brazil in the news. Did you know that a third of the world’s coffee comes from Brazil? Have you ever wondered what Carnival is about? Check out our study guides to learn more about Brazil, a country with vibrant cities and pristine rainforests.

Community Profile: DeKalb, Illinois

By Stephen Manuszak

Named after the decorated war hero Johann de Kalb, who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, the city of DeKalb, Illinois, is home to more than 43,000 residents. The city was founded in 1837 as a small community along the Kishwaukee River, but DeKalb grew significantly after the arrival of the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1853.

Agriculture was a large part of the city’s early economy, and DeKalb’s central location made it easy to ship crops and access larger markets.

Community Profile: Sisseton, South Dakota

By Emily Anderson

Sisseton is a city of 2,470 people situated in northeastern South Dakota on the Lake Traverse Reservation. The reservation is home to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate—the word “Oyate” means “people” or “nation” in the Dakota language—which includes more than 10,400 members of the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Dakota people. The Dakota people are a subdivision of the Sioux, who are native people of Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. The reservation that became the present day home of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate was established in 1851 by the Treaty of Traverse de Sioux.

Community Profile: Orange City, Iowa

By Emily Anderson

The European feel of Orange City, Iowa, was a pleasant surprise for both Baladino and Le Vent Du Nord during their residencies as part of the 2013–2015 season of Arts Midwest World Fest. Orange City is a small community of 6,004 residents located in northwestern Iowa. It is the seat of Sioux County, and in addition to headquartering several major companies, it is home to Northwestern College, a small liberal arts college known for a strong theater department.