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Cars zig-zagged through Farmington, Northfield and Faribault on Oct. 13 and 14 for the 2018 Studio ARTour. Thirty-eight artists participated in the event and displayed ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal work, paintings and more.
Twenty four of the 60 members of the Prairie Fire Lady Choir packed into the WideSpot Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 13. The concert featured a variety of songs, such as "Settle Down," by New Zealand pop-singer Kimbra, "We Belong," made popular by Pat Benatar, a Leonard Cohen mashup and a piece written by one of the original members of the choir. For a couple of songs the choir used a tamborine, egg shaker, melodica and three-ring binder — used as a drum — to add to the 24 voices.
Despite the mid-October snow, the Red Wing Arts Fall Festival was filled with art lovers, Red Wing community members and a lot of hot coffee. This year, the festivities also included a new attraction: the youth art booth. Six students, ages 12-18, displayed and sold their art at the festival. The young artists filled their tent with photography, mixed-media collages, decorated pumpkins, mini-Minnesota's made out of clay, a painting of outer space and more.
This year's Flyway Film Fest, the annual weekend of films shown in Pepin, Stockholm and Alma, will comprise 16 feature-length films and four collections of short films. Two of the films, "Decoding the Driftless" and "Promises of Sand" focus on the "Driftless Region." These films will be shown as a double feature at the Minema in Pepin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. "Decoding the Driftless" focuses on the natural landscapes and ecosystems in the area. Directors take the film's viewers through bluffs, sinkholes and into rarely seen underground rivers.
While driving through downtown Red Wing something new can be seen: banners. The city and Downtown Main Street partnered to decorate the lampposts on Main Street. Curt Gruhl, a member of Downtown Main Street, explained that roadwork left lights from West Avenue to West Main Street that were in need of decorations.
CANNON FALLS — Goodhue County sheriff candidates Marty Kelly and Paul Gielau met Wednesday, Oct. 10, for a Q&A session at the Goodhue County TRIAD in Cannon Falls. The candidates were asked a range of questions about why they are running for sheriff, what they would do in the leadership position and changes that they would make to the department. When asked why he is running, Kelly replied, "I still do feel that our officers, jail staff, secretarial staff need the support from administration to do the job effectively and to be able to serve you better."
The Red Wing City Council took a step toward ending the housing shortage in Red Wing on Monday, Oct. 8. by approving a plan to build two developments. This plan will result in up to 250 units being built on two different sites. One site will be northeast of Walmart on Tyler Road. The other will be southwest of the Mayo Clinic Health System Red Wing. The units will be apartments and townhouses and will include affordable housing and housing for seniors.
The Prairie Fire Lady Choir will perform at the WideSpot in Stockholm at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. This all female a cappella choir is made up of 60 women from Minnesota. According to Annette Schiebout, who has been in the group since its founding, the choir began in 2010. Before the group's first gig, the five or six members would meet at one another's homes to sing.
Katharine Eksuzian of Victoria was recently announced as the 2018 recipient of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award. This award was given through the Northern Clay Center. According to the center, the award is for an individual who is working toward a career in pottery or studying or researching historical aspects of pottery and the industry. Mackenzie Catton, program associate at Northern Clay, explained that Eksuzian has been working with the organization since January 2015.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Sheldon Theatre celebrated its grand reopening. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house for guests to explore the updated interior, The Revolution, known by many as Prince's band, performed for a full house. The audience comprised people of all ages and generations.