How did a theater major from Chicago end up managing a humane society in Red Wing, Minn.? It's a long story, Marcy Dowse might say. Or she might skip over the details and get right to the heart of the matter: Someone asked for her help. Since she retired three years ago, Dowse has gotten involved in a variety of projects that enable her to apply her skills and talents in ways that serve the community. She doesn't say it in so many words, but clearly Dowse has a passion for nonprofits and all they accomplish, in Red Wing and countless other small towns.
Creativity is more than a career for Maggie Paynter. A painter by vocation, she has devoted a big chunk of her life to the arts and arts organizations. "That's how you nourish your life," Paynter explained. But her passion for being creative has always extended beyond the traditional concept of "work." It extends to gardening, cooking, sewing — and definitely, volunteering.
Four hand-picked musicians portraying John, Paul, George and Ringo will take Red Wing audiences on a "magical history tour" when they perform April 6 at the Sheldon Theatre. The Liverpool Legends will present "The Complete Beatles Experience" twice, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both shows will be complete with vintage instruments, costume changes and special effects, along with musical details that promise to ring true for Beatles fans of all ages.
An inquisitive mind takes her to far-off places. Family brings her home. Rhonda Hayes has a lifetime of stories to tell about both. The daughter of Leah Nell and Lowell Peterson, she grew up on the family farm in the Vasa area — she's part of the sixth generation there, according to her genealogical research — and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1976. "I've had a variety of office, sales and computer jobs, including managing a Red Wing Shoe store in Moline, Ill.," Hayes said.
Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, who has been belting out songs since she was a little girl, brings an all-grown-up version of her "devastatingly powerful" sound to the Sheldon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 30. Shemekia comes to music naturally. Born in Harlem, N.Y., she is the daughter of the late blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland.
Rhonda Vincent is clearly on a roll. After 50 years as a bluegrass singer — she started at age 5 — she has come into her own. Not only did she and her bluegrass band win a Grammy this year, but she recently got inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame, and she's working with Dolly Parton on music for a movie soundtrack.
RED WING — Ailey II, a company of young dancers in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater family, will perform "Revelations" and two other works Feb. 23 at the Sheldon Theatre. It's a unique group, artistic director Troy Powell said, because the 12 dancers are the best young dance talent chosen from 2,500-plus students at the Alvin Ailey School.
Longtime members of the Church of St. Joseph remember well the Stations of the Cross paintings that graced the walls of the 1870s building that served the Catholic congregation back in the day. But in the half-century since the current church building opened, everyone pretty much forgot about them. Small, modern stations were used in the 1965 building instead of the old paintings, probably because they didn't fit its contemporary design. That's no longer the case. The historic images are back.
Art Kenyon will not soon forget his first glimpse of the Stations of the Cross paintings that are only a memory to longtime members of Red Wing's Church of St. Joseph. "I walked into a storage room and I almost fell over, because there in a corner were these old, decrepit paintings, leaning on walls and on the floor. Their frames were dented and chipped and missing parts," the Red Wing artist recalled. "These paintings were covered with dust and grime. But as I walked around the room looking at them, I could see — they were pretty doggone good."
The New Standards and 400-plus close friends will celebrate romance in song at a "Valentine Party" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Sheldon Theatre. "Valentine's Day is just a wonderful holiday," said Chan Poling, the jazz group's pianist and vocalist. He and Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass) have spent it in Red Wing before, and would be happy make it a habit. "We love Red Wing and enjoy coming there," Poling said. They find that the intimate space that is the historic Sheldon lends itself well to this particular program.