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I have ancestors who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the seventeenth century, so I'm always on the lookout for books, movies or plays about that fabled place. My interest lies in artistic recreations of a time long past, creations like Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," and movies like "Plymouth Adventure," where to my dismay I learned that Governor William Bradford's wife almost had an affair with the Mayflower's captain.
Inspirational speaker Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth will be addressing the St. Croix Valley Girls 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson. She will speak about how her life went from budding actress to struggling quadriplegic with just one step. Her story After showcasing her talent as the lead in the Ellsworth High School's production of Grease, Tasha began to dream of a career in the theater.
NEW RICHMOND -- The Old Gem Theater is presenting the World War II play, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. During World War II, the Gestapo used Terezín, as a ghetto for concentrating European Jews. Fifteen thousand children under the age of fifteen passed through the Terezin but fewer than 100 survived. "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is based on poems and pictures that were created by the children of Terezin.
The collaborative book, Fundamentally Female, written by Reneé Rongen and contributors, is heading to the 2013 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24. The book will be featured in the swag bags of each of the female Oscar nominees.
The St. Croix Valley Shrine Club celebrated St. Valentine's Day with an annual party held at the Ellsworth Masonic Center on Feb. 15. Cheryl Hoffman of River Falls, who serves on the advisory board of the Women's General Auxiliary for the Shriners Hospital for Children, reported Karen Wigent of Prescott has been appointed chair of the Auxiliary for this year. Dee Tronrud of River Falls has also been appointed to the Hospital Auxiliary advisors. This last year the auxiliary raised over $160,000 in six states to aid the kids at the hospital.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m., the Trio St. Croix will present a free concert at Abbott Concert Hall, in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on the campus of UW-River Falls. The trio is comprised of Giselle Hillyer, violin; Roger McVey, piano; and Sally Dorer, cello. The program will feature music by Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as "Café Music" by the American composer Paul Schoenfield. For more information about the trio, please visit Trio St. Croix
The River Falls Community Theatre will present Nibbles & Bits: A Night of One-Acts & Desserts Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the River Falls Golf Course, 1011 County Road M. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show music and dessert starting at 6:45 p.m. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include coffee and dessert. Tickets available in advance at the Dish & Spoon Café, 208 N Main St.
Auditions for "Ozma of Oz: A Tale of Time" will be held at the River Falls High School in the Doris Fuka Auditorium at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and from 3-5 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The show is jointly produced by the River Falls Community Theater and the River Falls High School. There are roles for 12-19 people -- five men, five women, the remaining will be either gender. One role specifically calls for a male, aged 50+. For more information contact director Gorden Hedahl at 715-426-6082. The play will be performed April 11-14 at the River Falls High School.
"October 27, 1940, Sunday -- Went to chapel all day as usual. Our big meeting next Sunday. Gwilym Rees will be preaching. "October 29, 1940, Tuesday -- Went to school. My feet fit easier into the shoes than they did yesterday, as I have corn remove on and I hope they will succeed. I am going to take them off Thursday night probably. Did a lot of homework. "November 3, 1940, Sunday -- Big meeting today. G. Rees gave three beautiful sermons.
The Wyman Series at UW-River Falls will present Carnaval Brasileiro (Brazilian Carnival) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, in the University Center's Falcon's Nest. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature Brazilian music, food, dancing, and art, with performance by the ten-piece band, "Beira Mar Brasil," complete with horn section and hand percussion. Drumming Workshop Prior to the performance, a drumming workshop will be offered at 3 p.m. in the University Center's ballroom.