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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Their art is among most recognizable in the area: Think funky, retro and whimsical -- dogs in cars and roosters driving go carts. The creators of the eye-catching, humor-evoking pieces are Wisconsin-based husband and wife artisan duo painter Bruce Dunlap and clay potter Linda Day Dunlap. Tucked back in the coulee region of Pepin County, their house is the work and play space. They live there, create art and feed their eight chickens. Day bought the estate on Pottery Lane in 1988 from, believe it or not - a woman with pottery studio.
The annual Stockholm Art Fair happens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday July 20 at the Village Park in Stockholm, nestled next to Lake Pepin. The event has come a long way since its inception in 1974. Back then, a group of artists who had recently moved to the area held the art fair as a way to let the people know who they were and what they did. The thinking was that if no one showed up, it would be just a picnic. But people did come to the upstart fair along the Mississippi River.
See replica sailing crafts used in expeditions traveled by Christopher Columbus including the Pinta and the Niña. The crafts dock in the Lake City Marina from Thursday July 11 through the Tuesday July 16. The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the New World beginning in 1492. Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501.
Alex Nelson can the play the piano. With his classical training and naturally gifted ear, the 22 year-old Red Wing native was recently hand picked by the up-and-coming country band Charissa and Country Cross to join their summer touring schedule. Since joining the six-member crew as a keyboardist, Nelson has been exposed to the world of the traveling musician - from his recent time in Nashville to preparing for the nation's largest music festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee.
On the cover of Patchouli's new album a pirate ship sails past a striped lighthouse. Tthe Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and cartoon castle fill out a hillside as the musical duo floats by in a heart-shaped hot air balloon. The colorfully light-hearted artwork reiterates the record's title "Anything is Possible." Patchouli's 12th album was just released and to celebrate-- the two return to the area to entertain. See them play 7 p.m. Friday June 28 at Falconer Vineyards' summer Concert in the Vines.
Flash back to 1996.
Local indie-pop or classic rock music lovers along with proud Red Wing patrons will be treated to a one-of-kind opportunity when Free Energy comes to town next week. The band is built up of Minnesota talent including Red Wing High School graduates Paul Sprangers on lead vocals along with brothers Scott Wells, on lead guitar, and Evan Wells, on bass. Other members include Nicholas Shuminsky on drums and Sheridan Fox on guitar. You can hear Free Energy perform for an exclusive free show 8 p.m. Thursday June 20 at the Central Park Band Shell, sponsored by the YMCA and Red Wing Shoe.
A juried artisan show, top-notch bike race and community dance are a few of opportunities at the Zumbrota Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival. The annual jubilation happens Thursday June 13 to Sunday June 16 throughout Zumbrota. Gather with neighbors, family and friends to experience the festival's features including children's activities, live music, food vendors, sports tournaments, a grand parade, fireworks and street dance. "The festival has been going on for several decades," said Dan King, Zumbrota Community Development director, "but has been in its current form for 25 years." Th
Goodhue's annual Volksfest is the unofficial kick off to a summer full of festivals, fairs and fun.
Looking for some summer fun? Community festival season has arrived.