Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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Spotlight : Celtic and folk music group Locklin Road performs for an afternoon of live music at the Cannon River Winery next Saturday Aug. 30.
Ray Sands and the Polka Dots will perform on the national TV program “Mollie B Polka Party,” airing on RFD-TV and FamilyNet throughout the year. The local polka band plays 1 p.m. Sunday Aug. 10 at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota. The four-day taping of live performances features several Midwest polka band.
Spotlight : Neal Topliff will perform as part of the “Sheldon Presents: Arts for Your Health” music series at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. The concert begins at noon Aug.
When Veronica Hernlem heard about the public art fad dubbed “yarn-bombing,” she had never seen an actual completed work in person.
Next Wednesday’s Concerts in the Park hosted by Red Wing Arts Association brings regional favorite and nationally recognized quintet Davina and the Vagabonds to Central Park. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and after a brief intermission the show continues until 9 p.m. Davina Sowers came to the state in 2005 with husband (and bass player) Michael Caravale. She traded Florida palm trees for Minnesota snow.
When was the last time you visited a museum? If nothing seems to spark your memory, make a mental note for a rainy day or steamy afternoon and check out the Goodhue County History Center. Perched above Red Wing on Oak Street, the museum stands as the state’s oldest county historical society, housing more than 150,000 artifacts and archival materials. “In the history center we have many exhibits from archaeology to agriculture to industry,” Executive Director Dustin Heckman said.
Performing an original blend of folk meets flamenco with blazing guitars and heartstring-tugging lyrics, Patchouli will bring its energy and chemistry back to the Mississippi River Valley. The nationally touring guitar duo plays for a Red Wing Concert in the Park show 7 p.m. Wednesday July 16 and performs a set at the annual Stockholm Fair at noon Saturday July 19. Patchouli is Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli, who both live and record locally. The two were on an extended tour in the south for the past six months.
Spotlight : The annual Red Wing Arts Association Garden Tour is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday July 13. The tour includes a rain garden, gardens at a historic home and plantings of four neighbors along scenic Summit Avenue in Red Wing. Observe artists work, listen of musicians play and have questions answered by University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners at each site on Sunday. There will also be a 10 a.m. floral arranging demonstration at the Red Wing Depot Gallery on Saturday July 12. Begin your tour at the Depot to pick up your passport and map.
The annual Cannon Valley Fair kicks off its 99th run Tuesday July 1 and culminates with fireworks at dusk on Independence Day. The celebration takes place in the heart of Cannon Falls. “We have the local popular bands performing - Dave Carpenter and Contriband, Ray Sands Band and Hitchville, all free on the grounds at our new stage,” said Phyllis Althoff, Cannon Valley Fair secretary. Althoff adds, the new stage was made possible from the Minnesota Department of AG Legacy Grant Money. Major attractions offered this year’s new stage include the Battle of the Bands show at 8 p.m.
Two folk music legends will take the stage at the State Theatre, playing their own sets, then joining forces as Crossings brings Michael Johnson and John Gorka to Zumbrota. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday June 28.