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Phoenix Theatre is tackling a well-known, well-loved and very technically challenging musical for its summer production: "Into the Woods." For those unfamiliar with this show, it follows a cast of fairy tale characters (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, etc.) as their stories unfold and blend together. The second act follows the same characters after they have received their "happily ever-afters" and what they thought were their greatest wishes.
Summer is the time for slow days, vacations and enjoying life outdoors during the months that don't come with snow and ice. During these days, people in the Hiawatha Valley spend time in and around Lake Pepin: sailing, watching the waves from beaches in Lake City, and camping along the lake in Stockholm, Wis.. While traveling around the Driftless Region, maybe take some time to visit the art galleries that are one of the things that make this pocket of Minnesota and Wisconsin unique. Secret Heart Gallery Maiden Rock
As the daughter of a music teacher and a band member, Kat Perkins grew up surrounded by music. "I just always knew that I wanted to be in music," said Perkins, who is now a full-time singer-songwriter and motivational speaker. Perkins is one of three headliners for the annual Rolling River Music Festival, which will begin 5 p.m. July 13 in Red Wing's Central Park.
Lou Chicquette was newly graduated from high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. "We people who were of that age knew that we would be somehow involved if it came to a war, and of course it did. And so I enlisted in the summer, probably July of '42; Army Air Corp." When Chicquette enlisted he passed the physical and written tests but, due to the large number of men enlisting at the same time, Chicquette was told that he would hear back from the Army Air Corp at a later date.
The St. James reopened its patio for Mother's Day. Now, the historic hotel is moving onto the next phase in renovations: the Port room. Marilyne Bouteiller, St. James Hotel's director of sales and marketing, explained that the hotel is going to be seeing more updates and changes. "Basically it all started about two years ago. When we looked at the property and we looked at what our role is within the community and basically what we need to become in the next 150 years; when we grow old," Bouteiller explained.
Jaime Souza, the education and outreach coordinator for the St. Croix River Association, answered questions about the "Farm to Faucet" educational pilot program she is helping start. Q: What is the Farm to Faucet educational pilot? What was the process of creating this program?
HASTINGS—"I saw a lot of poverty because village people were coming to my Mom for help," said Ann Makena-Daggett, who was born and raised in Kenya and now lives in Hastings. The need in rural Kenya and its villages stayed with Makena-Daggett even after she moved to Minnesota. So in May 2018, doors opened at Loving Home in Nkubu, Kenya, an orphanage that Makena-Daggett worked to start.
Clinton Toughill has been interested in movies and their creation for the majority of his life. After buying a camera, gaining editing skills, taking a few business classes and launching Practical Matter Films, he said he felt ready to jump into the world of movies with his first documentary: "Different Roads to Heaven." The majority of this film focuses on interviews with religious leaders in four different Christian denominations: two Roman Catholic priests and pastors at Lutheran, Baptist and Seventh-day Adventist churches.
Eight dance companies shared the stage during the opening night of 31st annual Minnesota Dance Festival. Though planned and hosted by Ballet Minnesota, the majority of the acts were contemporary — tutus and leotards replaced with athletic shorts and T-shirts. Taylor Huber, executive director of Ballet Minnesota and the festival, explained that this was the first time the show was held in Woodbury but Ballet Minnesota is no stranger to the city.
Seniors in high school to senior citizens elbowed their way into Angry Inch Brewing to ensure that they could see presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke when he entered the building for a meet-and-greet Wednesday, May 8. Those who arrived after the building was at capacity stood in the doorway and in a line outside, huddled under umbrellas and an awning to avoid the continuous rain.