2008 featured an invitation only reading of Newsman’s Dream Comes True: Film at 11 by Graydon Royce, playwright and critic at The Star Tribune. The company included (cast) Bob Davis, Steve Hendrickson, Adam Whisner and Amanda Whisner, dramaturg Liz Engelman and director Michael Bigelow Dixon. Rehearsals culminated in a public reading followed by a s'mores post-show discussion at the TLC campfire. Tofte Lake Center kicked off its first public event with a moveable feast/site-specific work by Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, a national Minneapolis-based dance company. The piece, Rooms of Disquiet, under the direction of Stuart Pimsler, guided the 20 audience members around the 12-acre site of Norm's Fish Camp.
2009 featured a performance concert of the Ancia Saxopohne Quartet playing work composed by TLC composer-in-residence residence Jeff Herriott, and the return of the Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater Company, which shared a sneak preview of Tales From the Book of Longing which subsequently premiered at the Guthrie Theater in October, 2009.
In 2010, the Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Company returned to offer community workshops in caregiving and ballet, and launched their state-wide touring season with a special performance in Ely’s Washington Auditorium.
In 2011, The Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Company, returned to create and perform a community-developed piece called CAST FROM THE WATER'S EDGE: THE BOUNDARY WATERS PROJECT, which was performed by a combination of Ely locals and the SPDT company at Vermilion Community College.
In 2012 TLC was privileged to continue its third annual Emerging Artists Program, sponsored by the Jerome Foundation, offering 3 week-long residencies to 21 artists residing in either Minnesota or the 5 boroughs of NYC. The Stuart Pimlser Dance and Theater Company returned to Ely's Vermilion Community College to kick off their 2012 tour.
In 2013, TLC offered art two week-long master classes focused on the relationship between art and nature, offering day and week-long insturction to artists local and national. Our new dance-friendly rehearsal and perfomance space was inaugurated with Ely's Accidental Ensemble and featured the Minneapolis quartet Jelloslave later in the summer. The Stuart Pimlser Dance and Theater Company also performed in the new space.
In 2014, TLC extended our dance repetoire to two additional Minneapolis dance companies, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and Ananya Dance Theatre, hosted a night of Kirtan Chanting wiith the group Sitara & Kalyani with Pavan Kumar, and Stuart Pimlser Dance and Theater Company performed peices from their tour as well as their newest work-in-progress, Bohemian Grove.
In 2015 we were delighted to welcome back Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater with a full performance of Bohemian Grove. They also led an Intergenerational Movement workshop for the community in the Aerie. Shapiro & Smith Dance Company, back for their second season, performed Hands, a newly commissioned work-in-progress. Visual artist Holly Swift and photogprapher Linda Gammell also returned to lead Minnesota artists in their master class, Visualizing Nature, funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board. Multidisciplinary artist and longtime TLC collaborator Krista Walsh and past Emerging Artist Recipient Mary Bergs co-led the master class, Inside Outside, Exploring Internal and External Space.