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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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.
Seventy-seven year-old Richard Reese never imagined he would be doing much traveling with his band. That was until recently. He along with bandmates Tom Rynders and Guy Williams of the group the Bald Eagles, returned two weeks ago from a tour that may just be the wildest trip of their lifetime - spending 15 days in Kabul, Afghanistan. The purpose of their journey was to expose audiences to Western music. Not country, not rock n' roll, not bluegrass, but the nostalgic sounds of American Dixieland. So how did these three Red Wing locals end up on a mini concert tour in Afghanistan?
Do your kids have ants in their pants? With summer vacation looming on the horizon, cooped up children may be ready to burn off some energy from an extended winter. Parents also may be looking for activities to get their kids out and about. Take advantage of one or many of the numerous activities and camps offered throughout the region. The list of children's summer workshops, camps and classes includes: What:Tissue paper collage Details: Young artists are welcome to come with an adult to enjoy some creative time.
If you drive through Zumbrota, make sure to look up. New streets banners showcasing 27 local artist's works will be flying high over Main Street starting next week. Art on Main is a fundraising project by the Zumbrota Area Arts Council to help pay for renovations at the historic State Theatre. To launch this event, ZAAC will hold a reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday May 19 at the town hall meeting room at Zumbrota City Hall. Each banner and its original artwork is available for purchase through an online auction.
Some art shows happen quickly and some are years in the making. The story behind the new show at Red Wing Depot Gallery began in 2009, thousands of miles away from Red Wing. The exhibit "Handcrafted Rugs by Women of Guatemala" opens today and runs through June 23. There will an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. today. The hooked rugs are handcrafted by Guatemalan women who are members of Thirteen Threads.
Dotted along the Great River Road region are a plethora of artists. For 15 years, the creative population has joined forces to produce a unique art tour for art-lovers and passersby alike. The thriving art scene in the villages of Maiden Rock, Stockholm, Pepin, Plum City and Durand welcomes the public into homes and studios again for this year's Fresh Art Spring Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday May 17 to Sunday May 19. The tour gives you the opportunity to have an art adventure in the quaint, charming communities nestled in valleys, on top of bluffs or along bodies of water.
Pianist Lorie Line opens her 24th years of performing with her "Intimate Series" tour Thursday May 9 and plans to travel to 25 cities this spring into summer -- including Cannon Falls. She will play at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium 3 p.m. Mother's Day, Sunday May 12, with music from the new album "Come Together" as well as favorites from her previous 45 CDs. Line is accompanied by her Fab Five, and as always, she has come up with new young talent to present to her fans.
Two artists exhibiting work at Crossings through the month of May say they are inspired by the flora and fauna of the natural world. Foxfeather enková describes herself as "a bird nut," while Jane Marie Lewis has always enjoyed the outdoors and beauty of the Mississippi River Valley. The Minnesota native's paintings - and enková's mixed media pieces - are on display through Friday May 31. A reception will be he 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 11.
Two artists exhibiting work at Crossings through the month of May say they are inspired by the flora and fauna of the natural world. Foxfeather enková describes herself as "a bird nut," while Jane Marie Lewis has always enjoyed the outdoors and beauty of the Mississippi River Valley. The Minnesota native's paintings - and enková's mixed media pieces - are on display through Friday May 31. A reception will be he 6 to 7:30 p.m.