As a working student pursuing a doctorate in creative writing, Molly Reid is hard pressed to find time for her debut novel. Reid, who is in residence this month at the Anderson Center, will see her first collection of short stories, "The Rapture Index," published next spring. She won a contest put on by by BOA Ltd. Editions, an independent press, for her stories modeled after the medieval bestiary. "I find that with the novel, I haven't been able to work on it much. You can't drop in and out like with short stories," she explained. "I need immersion."
Rural Wisconsin may not be considered a hotbed for eclectic "new music," but that's exactly where Heather Barringer got her inspiration and her training. Barringer, executive director and musician with the Minnesota music ensemble Zeitgeist, grew up in Ellsworth and took the first steps toward a career as a percussionist on the family farm. What's more, she'll be performing on a piece of a silo underloader when Zeitgeist comes to the Anderson Center's historic barn for a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 11.
The 2018 residency season at the Anderson Center began May 1 with the arrival of three writers, an artist and a printmaker; three others — a poet, a potter and a composer — will arrive May 16 for two-week stays. They were chosen from a record 315 applicants representing many states and several foreign countries. "It was a very competitive application process," said Executive Director Stephanie Rogers. This residency season is the 23rd for the center, but her first since taking over leadership of the artist community.
A Celebration of Children, complete with music and dance, art, history, food and the star of the show — flowers, will take place 3:30-6 p.m. May 3 at the Fourth Street stairway to the Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak St. The community is invited to join with the young people of Kids Count and HOPE Coalition at the stairway, either at the bottom or on top in the museum's outdoor space, where the activities will take place. Sponsors hope lots of people will climb the 189 steps, stopping to smell the flowers en route.
Arena Dances, a Minnesota modern dance company, asks the question: In an information-driven technological world, does "Main Street" still exist? Sheldon Theatre Executive Director Bonnie Schock put it another way: "How do we find community when we're behind our cellphones?" Opinions, reflections and perhaps some answers are explored in "The Main Street Project," a multi-media event that will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Sheldon Theatre.
Images of Red Wing — cellphone snapshots as well as artist-made creations and historical photographs — are the focus of Red Wing Arts' participation in "Meet Me on Main." Three linked activities will launch on April 27. For the first time, the arts group is using social media to gather images that will be projected on the walls of the Sheldon Theatre and Red Wing Public Library as the day's finale. People are submitting their photos via Facebook, email and other Internet platforms.
"Meet Me on Main," a collaborative project that brings together local arts and theater groups, historians and downtown advocates, aims to involve the entire community one way or another next week. The event offers a full schedule of entertainment and enlightenment — from street corner dances and art exhibits to school workshops, an architectural scavenger hunt and a huge finale involving projection of cell phone camera images on some downtown buildings.
When residents transfer to St. Crispin Living Community's new skilled nursing center from the former Seminary Home on April 24, it will be like moving into a brand new home. Amenities and technology that aren't typical in nursing homes have been built into the facility, according to Jake Goering, administrator and CEO. The furnished suites — 16 each in the Sprucehill, Hearthstone, Rivertrail and Springview neighborhoods — are complete with private tub/shower bathrooms.
One little girl with a handful of seeds sparks the transformation of an immigrant neighborhood in "Seedfolks," a one-woman play based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Paul Fleischman. Sonja Parks transforms herself into 11 diverse characters in the play, which will be performed for the public 3 p.m. April 21 at the Sheldon Theatre. This is her first visit to Red Wing.
Red Wing, like the rest of Minnesota, is experiencing an age wave. Four years ago nearly 1 in 5 city residents was 65 or older. Some 285,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 this decade. By 2020, there will be more seniors than school-age children in the state. One of the fastest growing populations is adults 85 and older — seniors who often develop unique health care needs including Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Demand for memory care services is expect to increase another 17 percent by 2025.