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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Imagine playing a game of pingpong under 22-foot ceilings. “You can really let the ball go,” said Kelley Puffpaff, co-owner of the Red Wing Church House. That is one of his favorite things to do in his local vacation rental property – when it is actually vacant.
Held annually the third Saturday of July, the Stockholm Art Fair has come a long way since the chicken bartering and kitten giveaways of its early years. Now in its 42nd year, the fair features quality artwork, exceptional local food and a full day of music that attract thousands of attendees to the quaint community. This year’s event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spotlight: The Frontenac State Park Association hosts “Insects of the Prairie Nature Walk” Saturday July 11. Assistant park manager Nadine Meyer leads this family-friendly hike to explore the insects among the flowers, stems and leaves of the prairie plants. The group will practice capture and release of the insects. Tools will be provided. The prairie is currently teeming with life and participants will get a close look at some of the prairie creatures. Wear sturdy shoes (no flip-flops) and long pants, since some prairie grasses can be prickly.
“IGNITION” is a storytelling dance journey described as both uplifting and thought provoking. The 60-minute performance told through text and dance gives witness to how people ignite each other to overcome their difficulties. Presented by DA Dance, the piece premiers locally for a 7:30 p.m.
It’s almost hard to believe it’s the Fourth of July weekend.
As the patriotic, all-American red, white and blue summer holiday weekend draws near, local skies will ignite with the manmade, jaw-drop inducing wonders that are fireworks. Fourth of July celebrations kick into gear as early as today, with the official opening of the Cannon Valley Fair in Cannon Falls. The four-day festival celebrates its 100th anniversary with a beefed up fireworks display to conclude the celebrations. In fact, it’s doubled in size, says the fair’s secretary, Phyllis Althoff. An Independence Day parade begins at 11:30 a.m.
The innovative and versatile performer/composer Billy McLaughlin will make another appearance on the Crossings at Carnegie stage. The show, set for 8 p.m.
It was 1915 when the first Cannon Valley Fair gave locals the chance to gather themselves and their livestock. “The concept of the agricultural fair was first conceived by Cannon Valley Agriculture Association,” reads the fair’s secretary Phyllis Althoff out of the “Historic Cannon Falls” book. She went on to say the group sought to exhibit the agriculture, horticulture and industrial products of the entire state. “The intention of the group was actually to begin the event a year earlier, but there was a widespread epidemic of hoof and mouth disease, postponing it,” she said.
To our readers: The Republican Eagle kicks off its 2015 summer series today. Our reporters will tag “Along for the Ride” as we take a look at life behind the...
Spotlight : Watch sidewalk chalk artist Shawn McCann while he creates art outside the Red Wing Depot, Saturday June 27 as Red Wing Arts Association wraps up a week of Plein Air painting. “We are so pleased Shawn could fit the Plein Air Art Festival into his schedule this summer,” says Dan Guida, Executive Director of RWAA, who encourages the public to come check McCann’s work on the sidewalk on the train side of the Depot. As an artist, McCann says he loves to explore the relationship of art, space and interaction.